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Church Abuse encompasses a range of illegal and improper actions commonly commited on children and tweens by pedophilic clergy or other church employees involving sexual abuse of varying amounts. The abuse can be a one-off, non-consensual scroll barencounter or it might include many acts within a continuing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” relationship with a young child created by the predatory intent of a clergy member, cloaked by the trust and reverence provided to a member of the clergy, leading to non-consensual sexual attack acts of molestation.
In most claimed Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse situations, the short-coming by the Church member’s superior to completely, adequately and immediately disclose the crime to police and other authorities, or its further failure to research, address and deal fully with the situation amplifies the harm on the assault survivor, the community and possibly others. Current Church Sexual Abuse cases reported in the press show these failures, that includes “pass-the-trash” situations when the predator commonly a clergy in the Catholic Church, is silently re-assigned from one parish to another only to continue his predatory, criminal behavior on an unsuspecting parish community.
Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse and Justice
Not a day goes by without a media headline coverage regarding sexual assault and molestation of young children by predator priests, or the effects of the assault on the survivors and their families. If you are a victim of sexual assault from a priest or other church member, these stories are likely to serve as an echo chamber, replaying the horror, shame, guilt and other unwelcome feelings harming your well-being. Encouraged by the social movement and other pathways that encourage victims to reveal the abuse they experienced, victims of assault are more frequently employing the legal system to compensate them for the life-long damage and injury they have experienced.
If you are a survivor of abuse commited by a member of the clergy, the impact of the abuse on your life and foundational belief system may be immeasurable. Regardless, holding
abused by priest Connecticut and institutions to blame for their crimes and indifference might provide an amount of justice and recompense to assault victims. Frequently, victims can leverage their legal rights in confidential mediation thereby avoiding the need for litigation. But, if litigation is necessary, a case can be filed where the survivor can remain anonymous.
All predators, to varying degrees, use predatory tactics which are generally referred to as grooming, targeting a potential abuse victim. Following is a survey of grooming behaviors exhibited by predators who are in a job of authority relative to the subordinate young child.
Grooming is a major part of a predator’s ploy. In a religious setting, the priest is revered as God’s representative. In this environment, the predator frequently works closely with small numbers of children, identifying each child’s needs, weaknesses and situations. Once a victim is located, these vulnerabilities – such as tumultuous family setting, loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically exploited in the following ways:
An assaulter will initially work to get the child’s trust. This strategy is most difficult to discern as religious communities are frequently tight-knit and personal relation with clergy is commonplace. Here, the assaulter can pretend genuine concern in the child’s wellness and groeth – both emotional and religious.
As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential child-victim and oftentimes their family, the child will start to rely more and more on the predator for any need it is that the priest is exploiting and fulfilling. The child will devote increased time with the predator, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and relying on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the possible victim might receive presents from the priest, including valuable, intangible presents such as blessings and special recognition.
As the grooming progresses, the predator may work to isolate the potential victim. This may result in single counseling meetings, meals or other methods of one-on-one isolated moments.
The predator might begin to de-sensitize the child from reacting negatively to contact, caressing and other behaviors that lead to sexual interaction. This could begin with crossing the physical-touch barrier, or verbally, with inappropriate messages to gauge the victim’s response to the progression. This will escalate until the relationship gets to one of a physical, sexual nature.
Once the sexual relationship is established, the predator will try to maintain control of the child and the continuing interaction. The priest will likely seek to manipulate the child by continuing to make the victim feel special and worthy. The predator will keep exploiting the victim by whatever ways necessary to maintain the inappropriate physical relationship.
Impact on Clergy Abuse Survivors
The effect of childhood assault on the survivor can be overwhelming and life-changing. Many priest assault survivors suffer from long-term effects of the assault including depression, disturbed sleeping, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and eating patterns, and difficulty creating and keeping vibrant relationships. Individualized therapy and support groups can help survivors overcome these effects.
Legally, a survivor of Clergy Sexual Abuse may gain financial compensation from the predator and, more commonly, from the religious organization for its failure to shield the victim from the assault, as well as failures or deficiencies in its process of reviewing and resolving to reports of abuse. If you are a survivor of Priest or Clergy Sexual Assault and would like to confidentially discuss your situation and your legal options, we are ready to talk with you.