We Are Committed to Protecting Adult and Child Victims of Sexual Abuse in New Orleans
If you are a silent survivor, it’s time to tell your story. Sexual abuse results in real trauma and far too many victims never speak up. Whether out of embarrassment, uncertainty, or fear of retribution, far too many victims live their entire lives under the shadow of their abuse, and they never get the closure they so desperately need and deserve.
New Orleans Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers Are Unwavering Advocates for Victims of Sexual Abuse
At Herman Herman & Katz, we are committed to fighting for victims of sexual abuse. Our attorneys have represented dozens of victims of sexual abuse in cases involving abuse perpetrated by clergy members. If you are a victim, or if you suspect that someone you love may be a victim, it is important that you seek help. We are here for you, and we are just a phone call away.
As a victim of sexual abuse, speaking up is not easy. It takes courage, and it takes the ability to confront the pain you have been forced to endure. It also requires you to be vulnerable, as you will need to discuss what happened with an attorney who you don’t know. We understand all of this, and we are intimately aware of what it means to decide to tell your story. With decades of experience representing sexual abuse victims, we understand what you are going through, and we will make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and informed every step of the way.
We encourage you to read below to learn more about your situation, and then we invite you to call 844-943-7626 to speak with one of our New Orleans clergy sexual abuse attorneys in complete confidence:
Victims of Sexual Abuse
If you have been sexually abused as an adult, or if you are an adult and you were previously abused as a child, our attorneys can explain everything you need to know about taking legal action. We can explain the process step-by-step, and we can help you understand what you can expect during and after the process. When you contact us, you are not committing to anything. We will arrange for you to speak with one of our attorneys in confidence; and, after this initial consultation, you can decide whether you have more questions, you are not ready, or you are prepared to move forward with pursuing legal action. This decision is completely up to you, and we are simply here to help you make the right decision at the right time.
Victims of Church Sexual Abuse
We have particular experience representing victims and families in cases of church sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the issue of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church is so prevalent that it has become well-known, and over the years numerous victims have come forward. While the Catholic Church has shown that it is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to protect its clergy members, our attorneys have been successful in helping many victims of clergy sexual abuse expose the truth and recover substantial compensation for the effects of their abuse.
Of course, the Catholic Church is not the only church where sexual abuse occurs. We represent children, families, and adults in cases of sexual abuse involving all religious denominations, including cases involving assaults perpetrated against adults and children. No matter what happened, when it happened, or where it happened, if you or your child was sexually abused by someone in a position of power within your church, we encourage you to speak with one of our New Orleans church sexual abuse lawyers to learn about the resources and remedies that are available.
Victims of Sexual Abuse by the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Our firm is representing a significant number of clients in sexual abuse cases against the Archdiocese of New Orleans. At present, our firm is responsible for 80 percent of all filed cases of sexual abuse against the Archdiocese and has reviewed thousands of pages of documents relating to more than 23 cases.
Archbishops Philip Hannan, Francis Schulte, Alfred Hughes, and Gregory Aymond knew clergy members were sexually abusing hundreds of child victims over a period of several decades, and they did nothing. The Archdiocese recently filed bankruptcy in an attempt to continue concealing the truth about what happened.
We are actively pursuing multiple claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and we are confident that the truth will prevail. Our attorneys are committed to ensuring this happens, and we are strongly encouraging all victims and all other individuals who have information about the sexual abuse that has occurred at the Archdiocese of New Orleans to come forward. From the moment you contact us, your identity and all information you share will be held in strict confidence, and we will only reveal your name and pursue legal action on your behalf if you decide that you want us to do so. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a New Orleans clergy sexual abuse lawyer at Herman Herman & Katz, call 844-943-7626 now.
What Should You Do If You Are a Victim of Clergy Sexual Abuse?
If you are a victim of clergy sexual abuse, there are some important steps you need to try to take in order to protect your legal rights. There are also some common mistakes you should try to avoid. However, none of these steps are critical and none of the mistakes are fatal (so you should not worry if you have made a mistake), and the most important thing is simply to speak with a New Orleans sexual abuse attorney as soon as possible:
- Do not make contact with the abuser or the institution or business where the abuse occurred. At this point, you should not have any contact with your abuser or the institution or business that employed the abuser. If you were assaulted at church or anywhere else other than your place of employment, you should avoid going back to where you were abused.
- Seek medical treatment if needed. If you have not already seen a doctor, you should do so promptly. Tell your doctor what happened (like us, your doctors will keep any information you tell them confidential), and try to follow through with your doctor’s treatment recommendations. This includes seeing a psychologist or other mental health professional as recommended.
- Try to take detailed notes. Even if it has been years or decades since you were sexually abused, it is important to write down as much information about the abuse as you can remember. Writing things down can help jog your memory, and having a list to follow can be helpful when speaking with an attorney.
- Keep any relevant text messages, personal items, or other possible evidence. If you have text messages, clothing, or other items that could potentially serve as evidence in your case, it is important that you keep them until you can provide them to your attorney.
- Schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at Herman Herman & Katz. In order to protect your legal rights, the single-most-important thing you can do is to speak with an attorney. You can reach our New Orleans law offices 24/7, and we can arrange for you to meet with one of our senior New Orleans sexual abuse attorneys right away.
Many victims of sexual abuse experience intense suicidal thoughts and suffer from drug addiction. Being victimized can have other traumatic effects as well. If you need help, we encourage you to seek help immediately, and if you would like to speak with a New Orleans sexual abuse lawyer, we invite you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation Now
Would you like to speak with an attorney about seeking to recover from the effects of clergy sexual abuse? To speak with an attorney at Herman Herman & Katz in confidence, call 844-943-7626 or request a free consultation online now.
New Orleans church sexual abuse attorney for victim-survivors demand information regarding accused clergy payments
On May 7, 2020, attorneys for the victim-survivors sent a letter to counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans demanding information regarding various benefit payments, potentially totaling hundreds of thousands, made to perpetrator priests.
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In Re: The Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Chapter 11, No. 20-10846
TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTIES IN INTEREST:
This bankruptcy is about sex abuse victims. Hundreds of children were raped, sodomized, and physically tortured by the clergy of this Archdiocese. While the abuse lasted for generations, the Archdiocese of New Orleans buried allegations, moved rapists among its parishes, and bullied most victims into silence. Archbishops Philip Hannan, Francis Schulte, Alfred Hughes, and Gregory Aymond had a sacred duty to protect the children of this community and they utterly failed to do so. The Archdiocese’s misconduct is the prime mover of this bankruptcy.
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MOTION TO DISMISS ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING FILED
On July 3, 2020, attorneys for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors filed a Motion to Dismiss the Archdiocese of New Orleans Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case.
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