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Shocking Allegations Made Against Illinois Catholic Priest Clergy by Abuse Victims Confirmed

Some of the specific accusations against the Catholic Church reported in the Attorney General's investigation include:

  • Over 450 clergy in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950;
  • The church is slow to acknowledge the extent of the abuse;
  • Some church leaders have been accused of cover-ups;
  • Churches have passed alleged abusers to other communities; and,
  • Church leaders failed to warn new communities about abusers.

More Opportunities for Justice for Illinois Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Victims

The state of Illinois has been grappling with the shocking revelation of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members—the Attorney General's investigation found that over 450 clergy in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950.

The extent of the problem is far worse than previously reported by the church, and many victims are now sharing stories about the harm they’ve suffered.

However, there are opportunities for abuse victims to seek justice, starting with the reduction of the statute of limitations in Illinois.

The Horrifying Reality of Clergy Abuse in Illinois

The attorney general's investigation has uncovered a staggering number of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members in Illinois, many of which have remained private for decades.

The church has often been slow to acknowledge the extent of the abuse—some church leaders have even been accused of cover-ups and failing to warn parishioners about potential abusers in their midst.

Victims of this abuse have long suffered in silence, but the release of the attorney general's report has brought their stories to light and provided a measure of healing to survivors.

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Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Illinois

In 2014, the Illinois statute of limitations was eliminated for reporting child sex abuse to authorities regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

This replaced an earlier law that only gave childhood sexual abuse survivors 20 years after they reached age 18—or, five years after they discovered that sexual abuse occurred and caused their injuries—to report the crime to authorities.

The Role of a Skilled Attorney

Navigating the legal complexities of clergy abuse cases can be challenging for victims—an experienced attorney can make a significant difference in their pursuit of justice.

A skilled attorney can:

  • Help victims understand their options;
  • Determine if their case is within the statute of limitations; and,
  • Represent their interests with law enforcement.

In some cases, an attorney can assist in securing assistance and resources to help the healing process.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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More Opportunities for Justice for Illinois Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Victims

The state of Illinois has been grappling with the shocking revelation of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members—the Attorney General's investigation found that over 450 clergy in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950.

The extent of the problem is far worse than previously reported by the church, and many victims are now sharing stories about the harm they’ve suffered.

However, there are opportunities for abuse victims to seek justice, starting with the reduction of the statute of limitations in Illinois.

The Horrifying Reality of Clergy Abuse in Illinois

The attorney general's investigation has uncovered a staggering number of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members in Illinois, many of which have remained private for decades.

The church has often been slow to acknowledge the extent of the abuse—some church leaders have even been accused of cover-ups and failing to warn parishioners about potential abusers in their midst.

Victims of this abuse have long suffered in silence, but the release of the attorney general's report has brought their stories to light and provided a measure of healing to survivors.

iStock-951860386

Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Illinois

In 2014, the Illinois statute of limitations was eliminated for reporting child sex abuse to authorities regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

This replaced an earlier law that only gave childhood sexual abuse survivors 20 years after they reached age 18—or, five years after they discovered that sexual abuse occurred and caused their injuries—to report the crime to authorities.

The Role of a Skilled Attorney

Navigating the legal complexities of clergy abuse cases can be challenging for victims—an experienced attorney can make a significant difference in their pursuit of justice.

A skilled attorney can:

  • Help victims understand their options;
  • Determine if their case is within the statute of limitations; and,
  • Represent their interests with law enforcement.

In some cases, an attorney can assist in securing assistance and resources to help the healing process.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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Those that qualify will have an individual claim filed in a court of law for the justice and compensation they deserve.

Don’t suffer the injury of sexual abuse in silence any longer—we fight for justice!

Victims of Illinois Catholic priest clergy abuse—and the families that suffered with them—should have every opportunity for justice and potential compensation from the  church organizations and religious leaders who ignored credible abuse allegations, practiced victim blaming, or passed to protect suspected abusers.

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