If you endured clergy sexual abuse as a child or young adult, you have options for holding the abuser and church responsible for the harm they caused. Many clergy sexual abuse survivors in Dayton are pursuing justice and protecting future generations from the same type of abuse.
A Dayton sexual abse lawyer from The Fitch Law Firm LLC helps sexual abuse survivors get financial justice. We provide free legal consultations so you can learn more about your rights, and we can determine how our team can navigate this process. Contact us today to get started. We are on your side.
Why Choose Our Dayton Lawyers to Handle Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Case?
The Fitch Law Firm LLC provides compassionate, confidential services to our clients. Our founder, Attorney John Fitch, has worked for more than three decades to ensure every client receives personalized services and support when they choose his team for legal representation.
Our team is intimately familiar with allegations against clergy members in Dayton and other nearby areas. We know how to develop a strong case, pursue justice, and fight for the results our clients deserve.
Get Much-Needed Peace of Mind During a Confidential Consultation
As noted, our law firm offers free initial consultations. Here, you can meet with our team and share your story. We want to know more than what happened. We want to understand your legal goals and truly get to know you as a person. That way, we can customize our legal strategy to meet your needs.
Some law firms just review documents during consultations, forgetting the most important thing in the process: the individual client. Don’t lose another night’s sleep stressing about your options and what comes next for your personal injury claim. Connect with our team and get the reassurance you need.
Our Clients Never Pay Out of Pocket for Our Help
Our firm has a no-win, no-fee policy. You will not need to pay any upfront fees for us to begin work on your case. We use our firm’s resources to investigate the abuse, prepare your case, and fight for your best interests. You only pay if we recover compensation for you––and even then, it comes from the financial recovery we secure on your behalf.
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How Our Dayton Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers Build Compelling Cases
Generally, we file clergy sexual abuse claims against the larger institution responsible. While it may be possible to hold an individual abuser accountable under some circumstances, faith-based organizations generally have more financial resources.
As numerous investigations have shown over the years, some religious institutions have ignored reports of abuse, turned their heads as abuse occurred, or even actively concealed reports. We can often develop compelling evidence to show what happened, when and where our client endured abuse, who perpetrated it, and how it affected their life.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC stands up for survivors of sexual abuse and their families. With our advocacy, you can put your full focus on healing. In the meantime, we fight to hold the responsible party accountable for what you experienced.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Lend Their Investigative Skills
We don’t want you to relive the trauma of what happened by gathering case-related evidence. Our lawyers double as investigators, turning to multiple sources to generate the information your case needs.
Supporting evidence in your clergy sexual abuse claim could include:
- Your deposition
- Any existing correspondence between the involved parties
- Documentation showing involvement in the school, church, or activity
- Documented reports of the abuse to the parish, diocese, or another party
- Testimony from other survivors with similar stories
- Documentation of the damages you incurred
Many of these cases settle through negotiated agreements and do not require going to trial. This is a common outcome for many clergy sexual abuse cases nationwide. When we do take a case to trial, however, we work to ensure our client remains protected.
Understanding the State’s Statute of Limitations for Clerical Abuse Cases
The deadline to sue for clergy sexual abuse has changed several times through the years. Civil lawsuits for clergy abuse against a survivor who was a minor when the abuse occurred generally have later deadlines than those who suffered abuse as an adult. Let our attorney determine the timeline for your case based on the information we learn during your free, confidential consultation.
You could have a limited time left to sue, so contact us as soon as possible.
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Our Dayton Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer Pursues Financial Compensation
The Fitch Law Firm LLC holds perpetrators of abuse financially responsible. This not only helps you, the survivor, recover the money you need to get support and care, but it prevents similar occurrences in the future. Bringing your story to light could protect the current generation of children and teens attending the organization’s schools, churches, and other activities.
Our clergy sexual abuse attorneys know how to identify and document the expenses and losses you incurred and will continue to experience. Compensable losses in your case may comprise:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses (if there were physical injuries)
- Past, present, and future mental health treatment and support
- Related income losses
- Reduced ability to work and earn due to physical or emotional distress
- Past, present, and future emotional distress and psychological pain and suffering
You’re Not Alone in Pursuing a Clergy Sexual Abuse Case
Public allegations and lawsuits based on clergy sexual abuse in Dayton are not new. Several religious organizations in the area have published lists of credibly accused parties affiliated with their institution. Some allegations involve:
The Leaders of the Marianists
In 2020, the Dayton Daily News reported that Leaders of the Marianists released a list of 46 priests and brothers with credible accusations against them. This list included 19 men with ties to the Dayton area. Their affiliations included serving at the University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Both Dayton and Montgomery County are served by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Like other dioceses across the country, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati maintains a list of “substantially accused” clergy members. This list includes more than 65 names. Many of these possibly served in the greater Dayton area.
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