Clergy Sexual Abuse: Protecting the Flock from the Shepherds

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Find out today if you are eligible for compensation.

Like many other clergy sexual abuse survivors, our clients Diana, Keith, and Stanley knew no one would believe their stories about what predators had done to them—the church was above reproach. They suffered in silence. Over time, they lost their right to seek compensation to help make their lives better.

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Turn to JJS for the Justice You Deserve.

Today, many survivors now have the opportunity to seek compensation and to hold their abusers and the church that protected predator priests accountable. Various states have enacted new laws, and dioceses have opened both compensation funds and bankruptcy programs that have revived the claims of many survivors who were sexually abused as children by clergy.

Time is of the Essence

Contact the sexual abuse lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs to find out if you are eligible to bring a claim for the torment you have endured, and are continuing to endure. It is imperative that you act without delay. These opportunities won’t stay open for long—state laws, federal bankruptcy laws, and established funds impose strict deadlines that abuse survivors must adhere to.

JJS would welcome the opportunity to help you bring a timely and persuasive claim, either in court or through an established compensation or bankruptcy fund. Our goal is to help you achieve a full measure of justice and the peace of mind that goes along with it.


"The shame, embarrassment, feeling of low self-worth, and scores of 'labels' we give ourselves are not fitting. He was a big man, I was a little boy."

– Catholic clergy sex abuse survivor


All communications with clients are confidential to the extent permissible by law, and privileged. While some survivors are comfortable sharing their names publicly, others may prefer maintaining privacy in these matters. If we were to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we could identify you only as a Jane Doe or John Doe.

Learn more about how we can help you. Call 1-877-692-3862.

Meet Our Sexual Abuse Division Leaders

Crusaders for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Our sexual abuse lawyers include, among others, Richard M. Serbin, who the media has described as a “crusader” for survivors of sexual abuse; Andrew S. Janet, who has represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors, including women who were sexually exploited by an OBGYN at USC’s university health center; Brenda A. Harkavy, a known leader in prosecuting rapists and other sexual predators; Patrick Thronson, who has represented survivors of clergy sexual abuse and human trafficking, as well as hundreds of women who were sexually abused by an “OBGYN” who obtained a medical license under false pretenses; Matthew White, who advocates for victims that suffered through sexual abuse as children at the hands of religious organizations and in other institutional settings. and Howard A. Janet, a compassionate advocate for sexual abuse survivors who has won record-breaking recoveries in a wide range of high profile cases.

A Track Record of Success

JJS has been helping clients in need for over 40 years, and we have successfully represented thousands of sexual abuse survivors. JJS strives to recover maximum compensation for survivors, but these cases are not simply about the amount of money recovered. They are about ensuring the best quality of life and achieving peace of mind.

Respectful, Compassionate and Determined

We pride ourselves on treating survivors and all of our clients with respect and compassion. We leave no stone unturned in our effort to maximize our clients’ compensation and help them move forward. We are here to listen and to help.


"It was a total destruction of a young girl's life.”

– Catholic clergy sex abuse survivor

The Truth Has Been Revealed

An August 2018 report issued by the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania pulled back the curtain on a culture of sexual abuse involving more than 300 Catholic priests over a period of more than 70 years. Attorney Richard M. Serbin testified before the Grand Jury and provided assistance to the Attorney General’s office.

Reports from across the country contain eerily similar, harrowing accounts of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, officials, and clergy. In many accounts, priests and Church leaders have suppressed these records and gone to great lengths to keep them secret.

"Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades, Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals have mostly been protected…many have been promoted…Shepherds must stop preying upon the flock.”

Report of the PA 40th Investigative Grand Jury

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