The church is a place where members of all ages should feel safe. However, over the past 20 years, courageous victims numbering into the thousands have come forth to report their experiences with clergy sexual abuse. Survivors are now taking legal action against the Roman Catholic Church and pursuing lawsuits claiming the church neglected to prevent criminal behavior and knowingly protected perpetrators.
Many organizations believe that the church should acknowledge the wrongful acts committed by their clergy and hold them responsible. While it is true that several church denominations are currently working on ways to stop sexual abuse committed by clergy, irreversible damage has already occurred. These abused children and their families have suffered tremendously.
Holding the responsible parties accountable for the abuse is a crucial step in the healing process. Monetary values will not make up for the traumatic experience that clergy sex abuse claimants have endured. However, receiving financial compensation from a clergy sex abuse claim can help them find justice.