CLERGY SEX ABUSE
Representing victims of priest abuse throughout Los Angeles
Sexual abuse by clergy happens at a startling rate. Religious organizations provide a sexual predator with the opportunity to “groom” a child in a setting where there is an implied trust. This violation of trust is one of the reasons why sexual abuse by clergy is particularly harmful to the victims.
The young members of the congregation admire the clergy and other Church leaders. Children are regularly taught to respect and trust their priests or ministers, teachers, clergy and religious leaders. Oftentimes, the children are under the constant care and supervision of the priests or ministers. It is within this context that many young worshipers are “groomed” for abuse. Generally, families are unaware of the risks to their children and regularly welcome a minister into their house for dinner or holiday festivities. Ignorant of the potential harm, parents will sometimes even encourage their child to spend time at the church, or to become altar boys.
When complaints of clergy sexual abuse are made, often the minister is merely relocated to another community. Unfortunately, the families at the new congregation are never notified about past accusations of their new priest.