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Is My Privacy Protected in a Clergy Sexual Abuse Case?

Keeping Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Claim Private

We often look toward highly respected members of the clergy for guidance in our lives. However, this can put abusive clergy members in a position of power to take advantage of and manipulate those who give them their trust.

Clergy sexual abuse is a complicated and sensitive topic to discuss — especially for those whose trust has been broken. The feeling of shame and embarrassment keeps survivors of clergy sexual abuse from pursuing legal action. However, many survivors don’t realize that they can file a civil suit against the clergy members and the entities that harbor them while keeping their identity confidential to the public. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a Civil Suit?

Unlike criminal cases, civil suits provide a way for survivors of sexual abuse to seek justice and hold their perpetrators accountable by pursuing compensation for the harm that was caused. A criminal case involves prosecuting an individual for wrongdoing and offenses against the state. A civil suit is initiated by the person who was harmed, and a criminal suit is initiated by the state.

How Do I Keep My Information Private in My Civil Suit?

In a civil lawsuit, the victim can choose to be anonymous and referred to as “Jane Doe” or “John Doe.” Another way to protect your safety and privacy is to file a protective order with the option of keeping your information confidential and private. A protective order can also shield any personal or private information about the case from being discoverable. Having an experienced clergy sexual abuse lawyer in your corner can help you keep your identity confidential so you can move forward in your healing journey and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

What Are My Next Steps?

Clergy sexual abuse is a problematic recurring situation in Colorado, with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation reportingclergy sexual abuse cases across the state in every county. If you or someone you know is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, you are encouraged to seek help.

At Denver Trial Lawyers®, we provide confidential consultations. Our experienced team will provide you with the support and resources to help hold your abuser accountable for their actions.

Call Denver Trial Lawyers® today at (303) 647-9990 for a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win.