The Kansas City Catholic Diocese recently settled a whopping 10 million dollar lawsuit with over 40 Catholic sex abuse and priest sex abuse victims. Terms of the settlement require the Diocese to make serious efforts to prevent further child sex abuse and priest sex abuse. The settlement is the largest in the state of Missouri and affects victims in the state of Kansas as well. The lawsuits claimed that the Catholic sexual abuse started nearly 60 years ago and went on all the way into the mid-’90’s. It’s great news that the Church is trying to prevent priest abuse and clergy abuse now and in the future, but what of other child sex abuse victims? Sadly there are too many church sex abuse and child sex abuse victims still out there who didn’t get a part of this settlement, but there’s still time to come forth.
If you deserve justice and you are a child sex abuse, minister sex abuse, clergy abuse, priest abuse, or sex abuse survivor, call renowned sex abuse and clergy abuse lawyer Sam Rogatinsky of the Rogatinsky Firm. Mr Rogatinsky is a respected sex abuse advocate for clergy abuse survivors. He practices strict confidence with all of his cases. Contact Sam on the toll free number located in this site. You can even call him or on his personal cell at (954) 995-3805. Call whenever you need to. If you get a message just leave your information. Mr. Rogatinsky will reply as soon as he can. Mr. Rogatinsky believes that child sex abuse victims need therapy to heal. He will even go so far as to help you find an experienced sex abuse therapist, one that is familiar with the horrors of priest and clergy abuse. Mr. Rogatinsky will also put you in touch with important church sex abuse and clergy abuse support organizations like http://www.childhelp.org/ and http://www.crusadeagainstclergyabuse.com/.
For your convenience, the statute of limitations for Kansas are listed below:
Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases:
- The Statute of Limitations state that a child sex abuse case must be filed within 3 years after the victim turns 18 or within 3 years after the date that the sex abuse victim “discovers or reasonably should have discovered that the injury or illness was caused by childhood sexual abuse . . .” § 60-523(a) (2008). This does not mean within 3 years after the victim was aware of the abuse, but withing 3 years after the victim realized that the injury was caused by the sex abuse. Id. § 60-523(c).
- Any suit filed “on or after July 1, 1992, including any action which would be barred by application of the period of limitation applicable” is retroactive to the effective date. Id. § 60-523(d).
Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases:
- There is a 5 year general Statute of Limitations. § 21-3106(4) (2008).
- The Statute of Limitations is tolled if two or more of the following conditions are are met with credible evidence: A. The sex abuse victim was a minor less than 15 old when the sex abuse crime was committed. B. The victim was at an age when they could not determine that the abuse was a criminal act. C. The sex abuse victim could not report the crime to authorities because they were stopped by a parent or legal guardian or that guardian was the abuser. D. There is substantial expert testimony stating that the minor sex abuse victim psychologically repressed the memory of the abuse, and the expert believes that the memory is accurate and not manipulated with substantial evidence that support the allegations. Id. § 21-3106(5)(f). Even if these conditions are met, a case must be filed by the time the victim turns 28. Id.
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 email@example.com