Sexual abuse in Churches or religious organisations

Sexual abuse in churches or religious organisations

For many people, the Church, or religion is central to their lives and the clergy, along with others who officiate within religious organisations, are held in high regard by society. Unfortunately, it is now well known that these organisations have, certainly in the past, provided an opportunity for abusers to exploit the trust their position in society gives them in order to follow their own agenda.

Religious institutions have been slow to accept the prevalence of child abusers within their ranks, and some have even tried to cover it up. However, media coverage in recent years means that these institutions are slowly being forced to face up to the scale of the problem.

How do I claim?

If you have been abused by someone connected with a Church or religious institution, you can bring a claim for compensation directly against the organisation or Church itself. These organisations are vicariously liable for the abuse perpetrated by its officials or anybody closely connected to it.

Our highly experienced team have brought many claims against the Church for abuse perpetrated by members of the clergy, choirmasters and organists. We can advise you as to your rights and whether it is possible to bring a claim.

Are there time restrictions on making a claim?

Technically you have until your 21st Birthday to have brought a claim, but the courts do recognise that it is difficult sometime for survivors of abuse to come forward and many are only able to come to terms with what happened later in life. As such the courts always use their discretion when deciding whether to allow a claim to be made and our dedicated team at Verisona Law has a great deal of expertise in bringing cases “out of time”.

Verisona Law – what can we do to help?

Our expert lawyers are members of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) so you can be sure of our expertise and dedication. We have both male and female lawyers, so you can decide who you would like to work with in taking your case forward.

We pride ourselves on our understanding and sensitivity with our clients but also our tenacity with opponents when pursuing cases. Our aim is to seek redress for people who have suffered abuse, be that financial compensation, or organising treatment or therapy in order to help people seek closure.

In many cases we are happy to act for people on a “no win, no fee” basis and we are happy to speak to you about the most appropriate way of funding your claim.

  • Charles Derham

    Charles Derham

    Senior Associate - Head of Abuse Team

    T: 023 9244 6920

    M: 07500 007 153

  • David Hawkins

    David Hawkins

    Litigation Executive

    T: 023 9224 6757

    M: 07917 111 724

  • Lisa Gafarov

    Lisa Gafarov

    Litigation Executive

    T: 023 9244 6916

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