clergy abuse

My Father Is A Catholic Priest

My Father Is A Catholic Priest The problem of sexual abuse of children and young adolescents burst into the public’s consciousness in late 1984 during the trial of Gilbert Gauthe of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the last three decades, evidence has been disgorged from the Catholic Church demonstrating an alarming effort at concealment that [...]

New Jersey Child Sex Abuse Survivors Have More Time to File Claims

In February of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a Bill lengthening the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse survivors. This law effectively allows increased time for survivors of childhood sex abuse to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and the negligent institutions that harbored these perpetrators. Prior to this legislation, the [...]

Compensation for Victims of Pennsylvania Clergy Child Sex Abuse

Victims of Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse by Clergy Can Seek Compensation Through The Survivors’ Compensation / Reparations Fund Program When the Pennsylvania State Grand Jury report was released earlier this year, it highlighted horrible accounts of child abuse involving more than 300 priests throughout six Dioceses in the State of Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 child victims [...]

Child Sex Abuse is Philly’s Problem Too

Epidemic of Child Sex Abuse Over the last month (October 2018), the public watched as over 150 women came forward to share their accounts of the horrific child sexual abuse they endured under former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. These accounts were difficult to hear and even harder to process. But the brave women who [...]

Will Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Church Sex Abuse Lead to New Suits?

Article Reprint - Legal Intelligencer By Max Mitchell - Of the Legal Stuff August 15, 2018 Read Comments to this Report by attorney, Slade McLaughlin According to a high-profile grand jury report the state Supreme Court released Tuesday, thousands of children were sexually assaulted at Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania. The report documented cover-up efforts [...]

SPOTLIGHT the Movie – Slade & Paul Moderate A Philadelphia National Crime Victims Conference

At the 2016 meeting of the National Crime Victims Bar Association, Slade McLaughlin (far left) and Paul Lauricella (far right) moderated a discussion on the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal depicted in the Oscar winning movie, Spotlight, with the reporter, attorney, and victims depicted in the film. The conference was held in conjunction with the National Center [...]

Philadelphia Sex-Abuse Victim Settles Clergy Claims

The plaintiff in a civil clergy sex-abuse case has settled his claims against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the three men who allegedly abused him. Billy Doe, who alleged he was abused by priests Charles Engelhardt and Edward Avery and Catholic schoolteacher Bernard Shero, agreed to dismiss his case against the three men pursuant to a [...]

CNN Interview of Paul Lauricella on Appeal Court’s Reversal of Philadelphia Priest Conviction

Philadelphia priest to be released from prison after appeals court reversal Reprint Credits By Steve Almasy, CNN updated 8:35 AM EST, Fri December 27, 2013 Monsignor William Lynn's attorney will appear on New Day during the 7 a.m. hour Friday. (CNN) -- The first Roman Catholic priest in the United States imprisoned for covering up the [...]

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