When Trust In A Member Of The Clergy Is Violated
It is particularly upsetting when priests, clergy and other religious figures use their authority and credibility to commit abuses against children. Indeed, sexual abuse is one of the most serious tragedies that children and their parents can face. If you or a child has suffered sexual abuse, it is critical to work with an experienced lawyer who can fight for justice.
As the founding attorney at McElyea Law, I have committed my career to helping victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After nearly 25 years of practicing law, I have the experienced and knowledgeable to fight on your behalf. More importantly, I have obtained significant settlements against the local Catholic diocese. If you need a compassionate legal advocate, contact me today.
Long-Term Effects Of Sexual Abuse
In many instances of clergy or priest sexual abuse, a victim is forced or lured into engaging in sexual activity at a young age. Sadly, many of these victims are simply too young to understand the gravity of the abuse being committed against them, which can lead to years of psychological pain and emotional torment.
It is also important to remember that sexual abuse can take many forms, including:
- Inappropriate touching
- Sexual assault
- Child pornography
If you were sexually abused at the hands of a clergy member or priest, you have a right to seek justice ― and I will do everything I can to help you obtain this justice.
Sexual Abuse Occurred Years Ago? You May Still Have Options.
Given that clergy-related sexual abuse often involves minors, many victims incorrectly believe that once they reach adulthood it may be too late to bring a claim. However, even if you think that too much time has passed, it is still important to contact an attorney because there are exceptions to the statute of limitations when it comes to sexual abuse in Texas.
Compassionate Legal Assistance
Sex abuse in churches is a heinous issue that must be taken seriously. My focus is always on treating clients with compassion ― while at the same time aggressively pursuing justice on their behalf.
Contact me today if you have legal questions about clergy sexual abuse. In many cases, I offer FREE initial consultations. I represent clients throughout Tarrant County, including those living in Southlake, Arlington, Colleyville and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can reach me online or by calling 817-754-1570.