Can I sue my former priest for sexual abuse that occurred in the past?
Whether you are eligible to bring a civil lawsuit against a priest for past sexual abuse depends primarily on your state’s laws regarding such lawsuits, as well as the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. The most successful sexual abuse civil lawsuits usually involve some independent evidence that such abuse occurred, as well as a realistic potential for financial recovery for the victim. Therefore, you should contact an attorney experienced in these types of cases for advice about any potential claims you might have.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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