Sadly, California is not immune to sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse, and children abused by clergy. In fact, largely due to the population and size of California, and the religious population of the state, clergy abuse, priest abuse, and minister sex abuse is quite rampant in California. But children of abuse, sex abuse victims, and even grown victims of abuse have rights, and deserve justice and civil retribution. Recent news stories indicate that there are far too many clergy abuse victims in the state, and it’s time they received their day in court so they can heal and move past the abuse they received at the hands of a trusted adviser.
Take this example, for instance. The Diocese of Orange in Southern California has been forced to pay nearly ninety clergy sexual abuse victims approximately $100,000,000 million dollars, the most massive payment ever by the Catholic Church. The $100,000,000 million dollar clergy abuse settlement is nearly $15,000,000 dollars higher than the settlement that the Archdiocese of Boston reached with sexually abused victims a few years ago.
If you or someone you love were clergy abuse, priest abuse, minister sex abuse or a sex abuse victim Sam Rogatinsky of the Rogatinsky Firm can help you get the justice you deserve. Simply contact Mr. Rogatinsky to go over the facts surrounding your case, all of which will be kept in the strictest of confidence. Mr. Rogatinsky is a well known advocate for clergy and sex abuse survivors. Please call Sam on the toll free number that can be found in this site, or you can call him on his personal cell phone at (954) 995-3805. Call any time, day or night. If Mr. Rogatinsky isn’t available, leave a message and he will call you back promptly.
Mr. Rogatinsky knows how important it is for sex abuse and clergy abuse victims to get assistance from therapists who understand clergy abuse survivors needs. Therapy is integral to recovery. If you are unable to find help, Sam Rogatinsky or organizations like Daily Strength and Way 2 Hope can assist you.
If you have a case, time could be limited for you to get the justice you deserve. To help, here are the statutes of limitation for California:
Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases:
- There is a special Statute of Limitations for child sex abuse that allows you to file suit up to 8 years after you turn 18. Ca. Civ. Proc. Code § 340.1(a).
- Actions regarding childhood sex abuse can be brought “within 3 years of the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that psychological injury or illness. . .” occurred due to the abuse up to the age of 26, under certain limited circumstances. § 340.1(b).
Criminal Statute of Limitations
For sex abuse victims less than 16 years of age, there is no Statute of Limitations until the sex abuse victim is 28 years old. Ca. Penal Code § 801.1, the same for felony sex crimes committed against a victim less than 16 years of age. §§ 286, 288a, 288.7, or lewd and lascivious acts committed against a child under the age of 14, § 288.
If someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, contact our law firm at (954) 995.3805 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Samuel Rogatinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org