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Sex Abuse by Religious Leaders – Actions and Remedies

Communities of people place great amounts of trust their religious leaders to provide them with spiritual guidance and leadership in their daily lives. Unfortunately, however, some religious leaders can take advantage of their privileged roles and prey on some of the most vulnerable people in their communities – the children. 

When religious leaders like priests, rabbis, pastors and others sexually abuse children, these individuals will not only be criminally liable, but they can also be held accountable for their despicable actions in civil courts. In other words, survivors of the sexual abuse committed by religious leaders can file a sexual abuse lawsuit against their abusers.

At the Savage Law Firm, our Portland religious leader sex abuse attorneys are committed to getting justice for survivors of abuse. We know that it can be difficult to find the courage to stand up to abusers in court, and we are here to support survivors and advocate their rights as they attempt to hold their abusers accountable for their egregious actions.

Our Commitment to Seeking Justice for Abuse Survivors

Our lawyers have a proven track record of success when it comes to championing the rights of sexual abuse survivors both inside and outside of the courtroom. Some of the specific types of religious leaders and organizations we are skilled at targeting on behalf of our clients include (but are not limited to):

  • Priests, bishops and other religious leaders of the Catholic Church
  • Rabbis and other religious leaders of Jewish synagogues
  • Pastors, deacons and other religious leaders of Christian, Baptist and other organized religious.

Depending on the nature and circumstances of the case, our Portland child sex abuse attorneys may also go after:

  • The church or organization itself, if there is evidence that the organization knew about a religious leader’s history of abuse and did nothing to protect children from it
  • Sunday school teachers or church volunteers who may have committed, perpetuated or concealed the sexual abuse.

Portland Child Sex Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

For more than 30 years, the Savage Law Firm has been devoted to defending the rights of sexual abuse survivors, helping them shed light on the heinous actions of their abusers and ultimately helping them obtain both the justice and compensation they need and deserve.

Although we understand that no amount of money can ever make up for childhood sexual abuse, we also know that helping abuse survivors obtain compensation from their abusers can be crucial to getting access to the counseling and other long-term treatments they may need to deal with the psychological damage caused by the abuse. One of our central goals is to help sexual abuse survivors get the justice they need so they can reclaim their lives and futures.

Contact Us Today for More Information about Your Rights

If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a religious leader or by anyone, we encourage you to learn more about your rights and how we can help you by attending a free, no obligations initial consult.

Call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.