A 2002 study discovered some chilling facts in regards to priest abuse, Catholic church abuse and clergy abuse cases that occurred in Hawaii. An astounding 5 Hawaiian Catholic priests were removed from duty because of the study as they were accused of sexually abusing minors in their care. Sadly, this is the tip of the iceberg. There are literally thousands of cases of unreported clergy abuse, church sex abuse, and child sex abuse that go unreported in this country each and every year. The Honolulu Archdiocese helped John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York assemble that data that was used in the astonishing report. The report was assembled in an attempt to discover the true depth of the clergy abuse scandal, and probed alleged clergy abuse and child sex abuse incidents committed by priests and church officials all the way back to 1950.


Out of the 530 priests that worked on the islands of Hawaii since that time, less than one percent of the priests have been removed due to alleged clergy abuse or child sex abuse. The problem is, the National average for removal is much higher than one percent. Several other priests have been removed since 2002, thanks largely to this report. So far, at least 5 clergy abuse lawsuits have been filed in Hawaii. Some of the sex abuse victims have said that that the national Catholic sex abuse scandal has caused suppressed memories of clergy abuse to arise.


If you are a victim of minister abuse, rabbi abuse, clergy abuse, priest abuse, or any church sex abuse, contact renowned clergy abuse attorney Sam Rogatinsky. Simply put, Mr. Rogatinsky can help you. You can reach Sam either on the toll free number listed in this site or on his personal cell phone at (954) 995-3805. Call day, night, weekday or weekend. If you get his voicemail, simply leave your information and Mr. Rogatinsky will call you shortly.


Mr. Rogatinsky will do all that he can to help you get your life back on track. He’ll even help you find therapy and put you in touch with support sites like http://www.jimhopper.com/male-ab/ and http://stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm.


If you have a priest abuse, catholic sex abuse, or church sex abuse claim, Mr. Rogatinsky is here for you. For your assistance, the statute of limitations for Hawaii are listed below:


Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases:

  • There is a 2 year delayed Staute of Limitations foe sex abuse suits regarding minors starting after the victim’s 18th § 657-13.
  • The discovery rule in Hawaii reads so that the Statute of Limitations starts running once the sex abuse victim realizes or should have realized that their sex abuse injury was caused by the sex abuse. See Dunlea v. Dappen, 924 P.2d 196 (Haw. 1996).

Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases:

  • There is a 6 year Statute of Limtations for serious Class A sexual felonies committed against minors. There is a 3 year Statute of Limitations for most other sex abuse acts committed against minors. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 701-108(2)(b), (d)., § 707-750. Most other sexual offenses are considered non-Class A felonies, (such as incest). § 707-741.
  • The Statute of Limitations is tolled in Hawaii until the minor sex abuse victim reaches the their 18th birthday. § 701-108(6)(c).


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 samr@clergyabuse.org