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Priest Sexual Abuse – Information

Sep 9th 2019 at 6:17 AM
Priest Abuse includes a range of illegal and improper behaviors frequently commited on children and tweens by pedophilic priests or other church employees involving sexual assault of varying amounts. The sexual assault may be a one-off, non-consensual scroll barevent or it might include many acts within an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” relationship with a child spawned by the predatory behavior of a clergy member, blanketed by the trust and respect provided to a priest, leading to non-consensual sexual abuse acts of molestation.

In nearly all alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse scenarios, the failure by the Church member’s employer to entirely, adequately and immediately report the crime to police and other authorities, or the further failure to research, address and resolve fully with the situation increases the effects on the abuse survivor, the community and potentially others. Current Church Sexual Abuse cases covered in the press show these short-comings, that includes “pass-the-trash” situations when the perpetrator oftentimes a clergy in the Catholic Church, is suddenly moved from one parish to another only to continue his predatory, criminal behavior on an unaware parish community.

Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse and Justice
Not a week goes by without a media announcement reporting regarding sexual abuse and molestation of young children by predator priests, or the aftermath of the abuse on the survivors and their families. If you are a victim of sexual assault from a priest or other church member, these reports are most likely to serve as an echo chamber, replaying the horror, shame, guilt and other unwelcome feelings harming your wellness. Encouraged by the societal movement and other pathways that encourage them to disclose the abuse they suffered, survivors of abuse are increasingly turning to the legal system to compensate them for the lifetime damage and injury they have suffered.

If clergy abuse Texas are a victim of abuse perpetrated by a member of the church, the impact of the abuse on your life and core belief system might be incalculable. Nonetheless, holding the responsible clergy and institutions accountable for their crimes and indifference may provide a measure of justice and recompense to abuse survivors. Commonly, survivors can assert their legal rights through confidential mediation thereby avoiding the need for litigation. However, if litigation is necessary, a case might be filed where the survivor can remain anonymous.

Abusive Behavior
All predators, to varying degrees, employ predatory methods which are generally referred to as grooming, aiming at a possible assault victim. Following is a list of grooming behaviors used by predators who are in a job of authority in relation to the subordinate young child.

Grooming is a major part of a predator’s strategy. In a church setting, the clergy member is held as God’s representative. Within this environment, the predator frequently works closely with small numbers of children, identifying each child’s needs, weaknesses and circumstances. Once a target is located, these vulnerabilities – like tumultuous family setting, isolation, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically leveraged in the following ways:

An assaulter will first try to get the child’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as religious communities are often tight-knit and personal relation with clergy is commonplace. Here, the predator can feign genuine concern in the child’s wellbeing and groeth – both emotional and religious.

As a predator creates a trusting relationship with the potential target and oftentimes their family members, the child will start to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is exploiting and fulfilling. The victim may spend more time with the predator, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the possible victim might receive presents from the predator, including valuable, intangible presents like blessings and special recognition.
While grooming progresses, the predator might try to isolate the potential target. This might result in individual counseling sessions, meals or various methods of one-on-one isolated encounters.
The predator may begin to de-sensitize the child from reacting negatively to contact, caressing and various actions that lead to sexual interaction. This could start with crossing the physical-touch barrier, or verbally, with inappropriate messages to gauge the victim’s reaction to the progression. This will escalate until the relationship gets to one of a physical, sexual nature.
As the sexual relationship is created, the predator will try to maintain control of the child and the continued interaction. The priest may likely want to manipulate the victim by continuing to make the victim feel special and worthy. The predator will continue to exploit the target by whatever means needed to maintain the inappropriate physical relationship.

Impact on Clergy Abuse Survivors

The effect of childhood assault on the survivor can be overwhelming and life-altering. Several priest abuse survivors suffer from lifelong 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 maintaining vibrant relationships. Individualized treatment and support groups can help victims overcome these effects.

Legally, a victim of Priest Sexual Abuse can gain financial compensation from the abuser and, more frequently, from the religious organization for its failure to protect the child from the abuse, as well as failures or deficiencies in its method of reviewing and responding to reports of assault. 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.
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