New Allegations Reveal Sexual Abuse Among Clergy in Charlotte
The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte recently revealed the names of clergy members that have been accused of sexual abuse of children. The Diocese released a list of 14 members of the Catholic Clergy that had credible sexual abuse accusations against them, dating back to 1972. The accusations were verified either by law enforcement or by the Diocese themselves. The clergy members identified in the report have all either been removed from the clergy or have passed away.
These are not the only North Carolina Priests accused of sexual abuse. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests claims that more names should have been included on the Diocese’s list. SNAP has identified the names of more members of the North Carolina Catholic community that have been accused of sexual abuse.
Types of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse occurs whenever someone is the victim of unwanted sexual activity. Cases of sexual abuse can occur even in cases where touching does not occur. Acts of sexual abuse include, but are not limited to, unwanted exposure, sexual harassment, and rape. Sexual abuse can cause severe emotional pain and suffering by those affected. While it can be intimidating for victims to come forward and speak about sexual assault accusations, no one is above the law.
New Legislation in North Carolina
Governor Roy Cooper recently signed into law a bill that tightened North Carolina’s sexual abuse laws. Children who were the victim of sexual abuse now have until the age of 28 to file a civil lawsuit. With the help of a knowledgeable sexual abuse lawyer, a victim could be eligible for compensation resulting from sexual abuse. Victims should keep in mind that there is no statute of limitations to file criminal charges with sexual abuse in North Carolina.
Contact an Attorney Today
Children are some of the most vulnerable members in our society. Our compassionate sexual abuse lawyers understand the trauma that can result from child sexual abuse and are willing to provide victims with the representation necessary for obtaining a positive outcome. If you or a loved one has been involved in a case of sexual abuse and would like to take legal action, call the Whitley Law Firm to schedule a consultation today.