It’s always tragic when anyone is sexually abused. It’s particularly tragic when that abuse comes at the hands of an individual who is supposed to be one of the most trusted in an individual’s life – his or her pastor, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy. In some cases of abuse by clergy, the pastor or priest will develop a trusting relationship with his or her victims before the abuse begins. In other cases, the pastor or priest will deliberately prey on children, hoping that the children either won’t tell or won’t be believed.
If this has happened to you, the first step is to go to the police. If you are being victimized, you can be certain that there are others and there will be more in the future if the predator isn’t stopped. After consulting with the police and pressing charges, you should find a therapist who is experienced at working with sexual abuse victims. Healing from sexual abuse can take years, but it is possible with the right therapist and therapy.
Your next step should be to consult an attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases. In some cases, you may wish to have the attorney present when you go to the police. A sexual abuse attorney can help you understand the criminal aspects of the case, but more importantly, a qualified sexual abuse attorney can help you hold the abuser legally responsible in civil court. In some clergy sexual abuse cases, the church can be held responsible for the abuse.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that those members of the clergy who sexually abuse members of their church should be held both criminally and civilly responsible. If you have been sexually abused by a member of the clergy in San Francisco, Fairfield, Tracy or Hayward, call Micha Star Liberty, San Francisco sexual abuse attorney at 415-896-1000. She will help you hold the church and the pastor, minister, priest, rabbi, nun, or other member of the clergy responsible. Call today.