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Clergy abuse is a rampant problem thousands of children and youth in California have suffered. It is a terrible crime that can inflict lifelong pain and suffering on the survivor. If you or someone you love has experienced clergy abuse within the Diocese of Fresno, our Diocese of Fresno clergy abuse attorneys can help.
DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is a premier law firm in Fresno with years of experience assisting sexual abuse and assault survivors. We can handle your case with the highest degree of care and confidentiality, fighting for truth and justice on your behalf. Start with a free private consultation with one of our Diocese of Fresno clergy abuse attorneys.
We understand how difficult it can be for clergy abuse survivors to speak up, come forward and tell their stories. It can be even harder to get the courts to listen and take action on behalf of survivors. At our firm, we care deeply about what happens to children who suffer abuse within the Diocese of Fresno. We will fight for your rights as if you were a family member. From your initial consultation to the final meeting, you will feel our passion and commitment to the cause. One of our Diocese of Fresno clergy abuse lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way.
Currently, 14 individuals in the Diocese of Fresno have their names published on the Database of Publicly Accused Priests. This database comes from a culmination of media reports. Fourteen priests, archbishops, and other members of the clergy have come under fire for alleged crimes such as sexual misconduct, abuse, and child pornography.
One individual in the Diocese of Fresno, Louis Aloysius Garcia, has been convicted of abusing several developmentally disabled patients while serving as Chaplain at Porterville State Hospital. The database is exposing sexual predators within the clergy throughout the country. So far, it has named thousands of potential and proven perpetrators.
Fresno is one of six Catholic dioceses involved in the Independent Compensation Fund in California. This is a fund meant to provide recompense to survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse. Using the fund, survivors can receive settlements in as little as 90 days. Since the fund is an independent program, participants do not need to adhere to statewide statutes of limitations. If you missed California’s civil statute of limitations (eight years past the age of majority or three years past the date of abuse discovery), you may still be eligible for recovery through the fund.
If you are within your statute of limitations, however, a civil lawsuit may be in your best interest instead. A lawsuit could result in better compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. You may be able to obtain more from the individual and/or establishment responsible for your sexual abuse with a civil claim. A Diocese of Fresno clergy abuse lawyer from our firm can review your specific case and help you determine which legal route is best for you. Then, we can help you negotiate the best possible award amount.
At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we have years of experience within the practice area of clergy sexual abuse. We have helped dozens of survivors recover the costs of medical bills, therapy costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. We can provide peace of mind by negotiating or litigating your case while keeping your identity 100% confidential. You may be able to obtain justice, peace, and a financial award with our assistance. Call (714) 783-2205 or request a free consultation online today.