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Victims of Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Get Additional Chances for Justice

Michigan has seen numerous lawsuits and settlements related to priest sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic dioceses.

Abusive priests have been using their positions of power for decades to sexually abuse child victims, and survivors are now demanding action and compensation from Catholic dioceses that protected the accused priests.

Many survivors have filed clergy abuse lawsuits against accused priests, clergy members, and dioceses that covered up abuse allegations.

The statute of limitations on child abuse cases in Michigan is ranked as one of the worst in the country for Michigan Catholic priest clergy abuse victims.

2016 legislation extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases in Michigan by 10 years—previously for first-degree offenses, there was no time limit on when a crime can be prosecuted.

However, a new bipartisan legislative package follows several sexual abuse scandals at a few Michigan universities in recent years and has been introduced in Michigan that would allow sexual abuse survivors more time to sue until they turn age 52.

The legislation would give survivors more time to come forward and offer them more tools to navigate the criminal justice system.

The bills would help hold institutions accountable and require that survivors are informed of their right to access advocates, attorneys, counselors, and other supports as they navigate through the reporting process.

We believe Michigan catholic priest clergy abuse victims and their families deserve justice and potential compensation.

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Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Victims may qualify for a case evaluation

For victims that aren’t satisfied with the Archdiocese of Detroit’s response, our legal team offers a free, private case review.

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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.

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Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Sexual Abuse Information To Prepare Communities

What is the status of Michigan’s statute of limitations on child sexual abuse reporting and reparations?

2016 legislation extended the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases in Michigan by 10 years—however, a new bipartisan legislative package follows several sexual abuse scandals at a few Michigan universities in recent years and has been introduced in Michigan that would allow sexual abuse survivors more time to sue until they turn age 52.

The seven Michigan dioceses have paid numerous settlements to survivors:

Detroit has paid roughly $4M in settlements related to abuse allegations;

Lansing paid approximately $699,000 in settlements between 1988 and 2002;

Lansing paid an additional $225,000 in 2010 to Monsignor John Slowey’s alleged victim;

Grand Rapids Bishop Robert Rose publicly disclosed settlement figures in 2002; and,

Grand Rapids has paid more than $1M to settle abuse claims across a span of 40 years.

An 18-year-old filed a federal lawsuit against the following defendants in 2021:

The Archdiocese of Detroit;

Bishop Kelley Catholic School;

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish; and,

Archbishop Allen Vigneron

The man claimed sexual abuse at eight years old

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Victims of Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Sexual Abuse deserve to get justice and potential compensation for injuries from church organizations and leaders that chose to protect alleged abusers over innocent children.

Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Sexual Abuse FAQ: Questions About Personal Injury

Is the Michigan statute of limitations on child sexual abuse really that bad?

The statute of limitations on child abuse cases in Michigan is ranked as one of the worst in the country, particularly for victims of Michigan Catholic priest clergy abuse—previously for first-degree offenses, there was no time limit on when a crime can be prosecuted.

What is the language of the current law?

The law only allows for victims to pursue civil cases until the age of 28 or three years from “the date the individual discovers (or, through the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered) both the individual’s injury and the causal relationship between the injury and the criminal sexual conduct”.

How would the new proposal help survivors?

The legislation would help hold institutions accountable and would require that survivors are informed of their right to access advocates, attorneys, counselors, and other supports as they navigate through the reporting process.

How would a victim begin the process of filing a Michigan Catholic Priest Clergy Sexual Abuse claim?

We believe Michigan catholic priest clergy abuse victims and their families deserve justice and potential compensation—starting by requesting a free, private case review with our legal team to learn more about the legal process, and the potential value of a claim.

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