Victims of clergy sexual abuse often suffer in silence for many years. The abuse often occurs when the victim is a child or teenager, and the perpetrators are usually in positions of trust and authority. This can make it difficult for victims to come forward and report the abuse. In addition, the Church has historically been very secretive about these sorts of allegations, and has often protected the abusers instead of the victims. As a result, many victims have never received any justice or compensation for what happened to them.
In recent years, however, there have been some changes. A number of states have passed laws that allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their abusers, regardless of when the abuse occurred. These laws have helped to give victims a voice and hold abusers accountable for their actions. If you are a victim of clergy sexual abuse, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against your abuser and receive compensation for your suffering.