Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.
A group of Catholic Church priests and nuns recently joined forces in an effort to stop sexual predators and hold the church accountable for the ongoing child sex abuse scandal. The group is known as the Catholic Whistleblowers.
The Catholic Whistleblowers is currently a steering group of 12 members who have blown the whistle on abusers in the past. According to a New York Times article - “Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse” - three are canon lawyers who once handled abuse cases on the church’s behalf and four say they were sexually abused as children.
The mission of the Catholic Whistleblowers is to encourage and support whistle blowers and potential whistleblowers to come forward and report and expose sex abuse and cover-ups by the church. They also want to support sex abuse victims and their families and to identify shortcoming in the church’s policies.
One of the first whistle-blowers to expose the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis and scandal was Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. He is known for blowing the whistle on the Irish church's handling of sex abuse by priests and taking on the Vatican. Martin says he acted "according to my conscience."
Until the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal peaked in 2002, the Church hierarchy was aware of the child sexual abuse by its pedophile priests, but did little about it to protect minors and help victims of sexual violence, nor did they take the necessary actions against the perpetrators. The church was ridden with secrecy, hid files on abuse cases, protected predator priests and was obstructing justice.
The Catholic Whistleblowers contend that more attention is needed because some bishops are violating the zero-tolerance policies, and abusive clergy (who now number 6,275, according to the bishops’ count of those accusations that they deem credible) still have access to children.
Notable Church Scandals Exposed:
For some additional resources regarding the Catholic Church and help for victims of church and priest sex abuse, click here.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused or sexually molested by a Catholic Church nun or priest, or if you have information and need help as a whistleblower, contact our sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys to discuss your legal rights.