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    Priest Sexual Abuse includes a range of immoral and improper actions commonly perpetrated on children and teens by pedophilic priests or other church members involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The abuse may be a one-off, non-consensual scroll barencounter or it can involve numerous assaults within an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” interaction with a young child spawned by the predatory intent of a clergy member, cloaked with the trust and reverence provided to a member of the clergy, leading to non-consensual sexual attack acts of molestation.

    In nearly all alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse scenarios, the failure by the Church member’s employer to completely, adequately and promptly disclose the crime to law enforcement and other authorities, or the continuing failure to investigate, contend with and resolve fully with the occurrence increases the effects on the abuse survivor, the community and possibly others. Current Priest Sexual Abuse cases covered in the press uncover these short-comings, including “pass-the-trash” scenarios where the abuser frequently a priest in the Catholic Church, is suddenly re-assigned from one parish to another only to continue his predatory, criminal behavior on an unaware parish community.

    Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse and Retribution

    Not a day goes by without a news announcement coverage about sexual assault and molestation of young children by predator clergy, or the effects of the abuse on the survivors and their families. If you are a victim of sexual abuse from a priest or other church member, these articles are likely to act as an echo chamber, reverberating the horror, embarrassment, guilt and other unwelcome thoughts staining your wellness. Encouraged by the societal movement and other channels that encourage survivors to reveal the assault they experienced, survivors of assault are increasingly turning to the legal system to compensate them for the lifelong harm and injury they have experienced.

    If you are a victim of assault perpetrated by a priest, the impact of the abuse on your life and foundational belief system might be immeasurable. Nonetheless, holding the responsible clergy and institutions to blame for their crimes and indifference can provide an amount of justice and recompense to assault survivors. Commonly, survivors can leverage their legal rights through confidential mediation therein avoiding the need for litigation. However, if litigation is required, a case can be filed where the plaintiff can remain anonymous.

    Predatory Behavior

    All predators, to varying degrees, employ predatory methods that are generally known as grooming, focusing on a potential assault victim. Following is a list of grooming actions used by predators who are in a job of authority relative to the subordinate young child.

    Grooming

    Grooming is a significant piece of a predator’s ploy. In a church environment, the priest is revered as God’s representative. Within this setting, the predator often works closely with small amounts of children, understanding each child’s needs, vulnerabilities and situations. Once a target is identified, these vulnerabilities – such as tumultuous family setting, isolation, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically exploited in the following ways:

    Trust

    A predator will first work to get the child’s trust. This step is most difficult to notice as religious communities are often tight-knit and personal interaction with clergy is commonplace. Here, the priest can pretend genuine interest in the child’s wellbeing and groeth – both emotional and religious.

    Reliance

    As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential 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 victim may spend more time with the priest, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the potential target might receive gifts from the priest, including valuable, intangible gifts such as blessings and special recognition.

    Isolation

    As the grooming progresses, the predator will try to isolate the potential target. This might result in solo counseling meetings, meals or various methods of one-on-one isolated encounters.

    Sexualization

    The predator might start to de-sensitize the target from reacting negatively to touching, caressing and other actions that lead to sexual interaction.
    priest lawsuit Vermont may begin with crossing the physical-touch barrier, or verbally, with suggestive messages to determine the victim’s reaction to the progression. This will escalate until the relationship gets to one of a physical, sexual nature.

    Maintenance

    As the sexual relationship is created, the predator will try to maintain control of the child and the continuing interaction. The predator may likely want to manipulate the victim by continuing to make the target feel special and worthy. The predator will keep exploiting the victim by whatever methods needed to maintain the immoral physical relationship.

    Impact on Clergy Abuse Survivors

    The effect of childhood assault on the survivor can be severe and life-altering. 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 problems establishing and keeping vibrant relationships. Individualized treatment and support groups can help survivors overcome these effects.

    Legally, a survivor of Clergy Sexual Abuse can recover 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 method of reviewing and responding to reports of assault. If you are a victim of Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse and would like to confidentially discuss your experience and your legal options, we are prepared to speak with you.