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Victims Of Sexual Abuse By A Mormon LDS Clergy Member May Be Able To Seek Justice & Compensation

Survivors of sexual abuse from the LDS Mormon Church can get a free, secure, private case evaluation.

To qualify for a potential claim:

  • You must be currently under the age of 40
  • Sexual Abuse must have occurred in the state of California 
  • Sexual Abuse must have been committed by a Clergy member of the LDS (Priest, Bishop, etc.)

Survivors Are Coming Forward With Allegations Of Sex Abuse Within The LDS Church

Accounts of abuse within the church date back decades, with survivors confiding in trusted church leaders they thought would protect them and hold the accused accountable.

According to ABC News, several families have alleged that even after reporting sexual abuse by a church leader, the Mormon church failed to protect against sexual abuse.

A Mormon church bishop and driver’s ed teacher in Oregon pleaded guilty to six counts of third-degree sex abuse stemming from assaults on several of his students—Paul Douglas Burdick was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

Also, a woman whose husband confessed to LDS church leaders he’d had “inappropriate sexual contact” with his daughter has filed a lawsuit against the church, alleging her husband’s “confession-like communications” should have been kept confidential.

The Associated Press has obtained nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records from an unrelated sex abuse lawsuit against the Mormon church in West Virginia. 

Families of survivors who filed the lawsuit said they show it’s part of a system that can easily be misused by church leaders to divert abuse accusations away from law enforcement and instead to church attorneys who may bury the problem, leaving victims in harm’s way.

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Legal Change Gives Victims More Opportunities To File Civil Sexual Abuse Claims

Arizona’s new sex abuse reporting law, and similar laws in more than 20 states that require clergy to report sex abuse and neglect, say that clergy, physicians, nurses, or anyone caring another “reasonably believes” has been abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report the information to the police or the other official state agency.

But it also says that clergy who receive information about neglect or sexual abuse during spiritual confessions “may withhold” that information from authorities if the clergy determine it is “reasonable and necessary” under church doctrine.

Legal change around the country has given victims more opportunities to file civil claims of sexual abuse.

Such changes, like look-back window creations and extensions, have happened in New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, and many others.

These states have chosen to expand the statute of limitations for such claims, acknowledging it often takes many years for a victim to come to terms with their abuse and decide that they do indeed want to take legal action against an abuser or an associated organization.

Many states have also expanded other aspects of their sexual abuse laws, giving more survivors to file claims after their abuse takes place.

Our team believes that members who suffered abuse at the hands of the Mormon Church should receive justice and compensation for losses.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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Survivors Are Coming Forward With Allegations Of Sex Abuse Within The LDS Church

Accounts of abuse within the church date back decades, with survivors confiding in trusted church leaders they thought would protect them and hold the accused accountable.

According to ABC News, several families have alleged that even after reporting sexual abuse by a church leader, the Mormon church failed to protect against sexual abuse.

A Mormon church bishop and driver’s ed teacher in Oregon pleaded guilty to six counts of third-degree sex abuse stemming from assaults on several of his students—Paul Douglas Burdick was sentenced to six months in the county jail.

Also, a woman whose husband confessed to LDS church leaders he’d had “inappropriate sexual contact” with his daughter has filed a lawsuit against the church, alleging her husband’s “confession-like communications” should have been kept confidential.

The Associated Press has obtained nearly 12,000 pages of sealed records from an unrelated sex abuse lawsuit against the Mormon church in West Virginia. 

Families of survivors who filed the lawsuit said they show it’s part of a system that can easily be misused by church leaders to divert abuse accusations away from law enforcement and instead to church attorneys who may bury the problem, leaving victims in harm’s way.

shutterstock_415361695

Legal Change Gives Victims More Opportunities To File Civil Sexual Abuse Claims

Arizona’s new sex abuse reporting law, and similar laws in more than 20 states that require clergy to report sex abuse and neglect, say that clergy, physicians, nurses, or anyone caring another “reasonably believes” has been abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report the information to the police or the other official state agency.

But it also says that clergy who receive information about neglect or sexual abuse during spiritual confessions “may withhold” that information from authorities if the clergy determine it is “reasonable and necessary” under church doctrine.

Legal change around the country has given victims more opportunities to file civil claims of sexual abuse.

Such changes, like look-back window creations and extensions, have happened in New York, New Jersey, California, Maryland, and many others.

These states have chosen to expand the statute of limitations for such claims, acknowledging it often takes many years for a victim to come to terms with their abuse and decide that they do indeed want to take legal action against an abuser or an associated organization.

Many states have also expanded other aspects of their sexual abuse laws, giving more survivors to file claims after their abuse takes place.

Our team believes that members who suffered abuse at the hands of the Mormon Church should receive justice and compensation for losses.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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Victims of sexual abuse by a Mormon LDS clergy member—and the families that suffered with them—should have every opportunity to address the Mormon Church in court and get the compensation and justice they deserve.

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