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Clergy abuse is one of the most heinous sex crimes in California. The thousands of children who have suffered clergy abuse may live with significant emotional trauma, psychological effects and impacts on their personal lives. If you are a survivor of clergy abuse in Fresno, California, the Fresno clergy abuse attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo may be able to help.
We can aggressively advocate for your rights as a survivor, keeping your identity confidential if desired. We have the means to help you obtain a compensation award through a civil lawsuit or the Independent Compensation Fund. Contact us today for a free private case review.
As a Fresno clergy abuse survivor, your situation demands attention from top attorneys. A sexual abuse lawyer can strengthen all aspects of your case, from protecting your identity to fighting for better compensation from an at-fault party. Hiring a clergy abuse lawyer in Fresno can put you in control, giving you the resources and legal insights to present a strong case for financial recovery. Our attorneys can assist you with a civil lawsuit and/or compensation claim through the dioceses fund in Fresno.
The Independent Compensation Fund is a relief effort six dioceses in California organized on behalf of clergy sexual abuse survivors. The dioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento have come together to help reimburse abuse survivors for the damages they have suffered. The fund operates independently from the civil justice system and does not impose a statute of limitations on claims. You could receive compensation through the fund even if you are an adult survivor of sexual abuse from decades ago in Fresno.
If you are under 26 or it has been less than three years since you discovered clergy abuse, you may still be within the statute of limitations to file a civil claim. A civil lawsuit could hold the abuser publicly accountable for his or her actions. It could also end in greater compensation for your damages than the compensation fund. A jury could award you damages for pain and suffering, therapy, mental anguish, post-traumatic stress, punitive damages and more. Our attorneys can review your case confidentially to determine which route is right for you.
So far, 14 individuals in the Fresno Diocese are facing allegations, civil lawsuits or criminal charges for clergy abuse. These individuals include priests, bishops and chaplains. Of these individuals, four stand accused, six are facing civil lawsuits, one has settled, one has been acquitted, one convicted and one sentenced for clergy abuse. The names of the individuals accused of clergy abuse are available to the public on the Database of Publicly Accused Priests. The information in this database comes from media reports and does not mean the individuals are guilty or liable for the alleged crimes.
Sexual abuse by clergy members is a terrible wrongdoing that can affect a survivor for life. If you suffered clergy abuse recently or as a child, contact our lawyers in Fresno for a consultation. We can discuss your case for free over the phone, at our local law office or someplace that works for you. We can keep your identity private for the duration of your claim if desired.
Let us review your case and let you know if we believe you have grounds for a compensation claim in California. You could be eligible for financial relief through a civil lawsuit and/or the dioceses’ Independent Compensation Fund. Schedule a confidential case review today at (714) 783-2205.