Illinois Sexual Assault Survivors of Priest Abuse Can Take Legal Action
If you or someone you know has been the victim of child abuse in Illinois, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Jeff Anderson & Associates is a leading law firm that specializes in child abuse cases. Our experienced attorneys have helped thousands of victims of sexual abuse, harassment, and priest abuse get the justice they deserve. If you need an abuse attorney in Illinois, we can help. We offer a free consultation so that you can get to know us and our legal team.
Attorney General Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse in Illinois
In August of 2018, Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General at the time, announced that her office would be opening an investigation into clergy child sexual abuse in the state. In December of the same year, Madigan shared the preliminary results of said investigation, revealing they had found more than 500 additional priests and clergy members with sexual abuse allegations, with a grand total of at least 685 accused clergy members.
This report contains the names of clergy associated with the Diocese in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proven or substantiated in a court of law. Download the report.
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Sexual Abuse Statistics
Survivors often feel isolated and feel like no one else understands what they are going through. Statistics confirm that survivors of abuse are not alone. They also demonstrate that we have a long way to go in holding perpetrators, and institutions that cover up their crimes, accountable.
- 1 in 10 children in will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This would equal 293,319 children in Illinois.
- An estimated 40% of children in Illinois between the ages of 0-17 have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (child abuse/neglect and exposure to domestic violence).
- In 2019, there were over 17,500 occurrences of alleged neglect or abuse of a child 5 years old or younger in Illinois.
- The rate of reported abuse and neglect in Illinois has increased. In 2019, the child maltreatment rate for children age five and under was 19 per 1,000 children, up from 14 per 1,000 in 2016.
- ACEs (Adverse childhood experiences) are linked to chronic health issues, mental illness, and substance abuse problems in adolescence and adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential.
- Only 33.6% of rape and sexual assaults are reported to the police.
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If you were sexually abused as a child in Chicago, or anywhere else in Illinois, call us for a free consultation with one of our Illinois sexual abuse attorneys. Our staff of attorneys, paralegals, and advocates have years of experience working with survivors of priest sexual abuse and work hard to ensure that each survivor’s call is handled with compassion, respect and confidentiality. Contact us today. .
Clergy Accused of Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese & Diocese in Illinois
The list below contains the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the archdiocese or diocese in Illinois who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law.
All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In some situations, the statute of limitations has expired preventing cases from being heard in a court of law. The information contained herein is an attempt to compile information already available to the public including information obtained from the media, www.bishopaccountability.org, the Archdiocese’s public statements, lists and reports that were released to the public, and other sources that have attempted to chronicle this information for public use.