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Priest Abuse encompasses a wide-range of immoral and improper actions often commited on kids and teens by pedophilic priests or other church members involving sexual assault of varying amounts. The abuse can be a single, non-consensual scroll barevent or it may include many assaults inside an ongoing interaction. For instance, a continuing “trusting” interaction with a young child spawned by the predatory behavior of a church member, cloaked by the trust and respect imputed to a priest, leading to non-consensual sexual attack acts of molestation.
In all alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse situations, the failure by the Church member’s superior to entirely, adequately and immediately disclose the crime to law enforcement and other authorities, or its continuing failure to research, handle and resolve fully with the occurrence increases the effects on the abuse survivor, the community and potentially others. Current Church Sexual Abuse cases covered in the media highlight these short-comings, including “pass-the-trash” scenarios when the predator oftentimes a clergy in the Catholic Church, is quietly re-assigned from one parish to another only to continue his predatory, criminal action on an unaware parish community.
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Not a week goes by without a news announcement reporting regarding sexual abuse and molestation of children by predator clergy, or the legacy of the assault on the victims and their families. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse from a priest or other clergy member, these stories are likely to act as an echo chamber, replaying the horror, embarrassment, guilt and other unwanted thoughts staining your wellness. Encouraged by the social movement and other channels that encourage survivors to reveal the assault they experienced, victims of assault are increasingly turning to the legal system to compensate them for the life-long harm and injury they have suffered.
If you are a survivor of assault commited by a member of the church, the result of the abuse on your life and core belief system might be incalculable. Regardless, holding the responsible priest and institutions to blame for their crimes and failures might offer a measure of justice and recompense to abuse survivors. Commonly, victims can leverage their legal rights in confidential mediation therein avoiding the need for litigation. But, if litigation is required, a case may be filed where the plaintiff can remain anonymous.
All predators, to varying degrees, employ predatory tricks which are generally known as grooming, tracking a possible assault victim. Below is a survey of grooming actions exhibited by predators who are in a job of authority relative to the subordinate child.
Grooming is a significant piece of a predator’s strategy. In a church environment, the clergy member is revered as God’s representative. Within this environment, the predator frequently works closely with small numbers of children, identifying each child’s needs, vulnerabilities and circumstances. Once a target is identified, these vulnerabilities – like tumultuous family setting, loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically exploited in the following ways:
A predator will first work to get the child’s trust. This strategy is most difficult to discern as religious communities are frequently tight-knit and personal interaction with clergy is commonplace. Here, the priest can feign genuine concern in the child’s wellness and groeth – both emotional and religious.
As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential victim and oftentimes their family, the child will begin to rely more and more on the predator for any need it is that the priest is exploiting and fulfilling. The victim will devote increased time with the predator, feeling more comfortable with the relationship and relying on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the possible target may receive gifts from the priest, including valuable, intangible gifts such as blessings and special recognition.
While grooming continues, the predator will work to isolate the possible target. This might mean solo counseling meetings, meals or various methods of one-on-one isolated encounters.
The predator may start to de-sensitize the child from reacting negatively to contact, caressing and various actions that lead to sexual interaction. This could begin with crossing the physical-touch barrier, or verbally, with suggestive messages to determine the victim’s response to the progression. This will escalate until the relationship advances to one of a physical, sexual nature.
Once the sexual relationship is created, the predator will try to maintain control of the child and the continued interaction. The predator will likely seek to manipulate the child by continuing to make the victim feel special and worthy. The predator will keep exploiting the target by whatever methods needed to maintain the inappropriate physical relationship.
Impact on Clergy Abuse Survivors
The effect of childhood assault on the survivor can be overwhelming and life-altering. Many clergy abuse survivors suffer from long-term effects of the assault including depression, disturbed sleeping, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and eating patterns, and difficulty establishing and keeping healthy relationships. Individualized therapy and support groups can assist victims overcome these effects.
Legally, a survivor of Priest Sexual Abuse may gain financial compensation from the abuser and, more frequently, from the religious organization for its failure to protect the victim from the abuse, as well as failures or deficiencies in its method of reviewing and responding to reports of abuse. If you are a victim of Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse and would like to confidentially discuss your situation and your legal options, we are ready to speak with you.