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div>Clergy Sexual Abuse includes a wide-range of immoral and unacceptable acts commonly perpetrated against kids and tweens by pedophilic clergy or other church members involving sexual abuse of varying degrees. The assault can be a one-time, non-consensual scroll barevent or it may include several acts within an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” interaction with a child created by the predatory intent of a clergy member, cloaked by the trust and respect imputed to a priest, leading to non-consensual sexual attack acts of molestation.
In most alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse scenarios, the failure by the Church member’s employer to completely, adequately and promptly report the offense to law enforcement and other authorities, or the further failure to research, contend with and deal entirely with the occurrence increases the effects on the assault survivor, the community and possibly others. Recent Clergy Sexual Assault cases reported in the press highlight these failures, including “pass-the-trash” scenarios when the perpetrator frequently a clergy in the Catholic Church, is silently re-assigned from one location to another only to continue his predatory, criminal action on an innocent parish community.
Priest and Clergy Sexual Assault & Justice
Not a week passes without a media headline reporting regarding sexual assault and molestation of children by pedophile priests, or the legacy of the abuse on the survivors and their families. If you are a survivor of sexual assault from a priest or other church member, these stories are likely to serve as an echo chamber, replaying the horror, embarrassment, guilt and other unwelcome emotions staining your wellness. Encouraged by the societal movement and other channels that encourage survivors to reveal the abuse they suffered, survivors of abuse are increasingly turning to the legal system to compensate them for the lifelong harm and injury they have suffered.
If you are a victim of assault perpetrated by a priest, the impact of the abuse on your life and foundational belief system can be incalculable. Nonetheless, holding the responsible church and institutions accountable for their crimes and failures can provide an amount of justice and recompense to assault survivors. Commonly, priest abuse Oakland California can leverage their legal rights through confidential mediation thereby avoiding the need for litigation. But, if litigation is necessary, a case may be filed where the victim can remain anonymous.
All predators, to varying amounts, use predatory methods that are commonly known as grooming, focusing on a potential abuse victim. Following is a list of grooming behaviors used by predators who are in a position of authority relative to the subordinate child.
Grooming is a major part of a predator’s strategy. In a church setting, the priest is revered as God’s representative. Within this setting, the predator often works closely with small numbers of children, understanding each child’s needs, weaknesses and circumstances. Once a victim is identified, these vulnerabilities – such as tumultuous family setting, loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically exploited in the following ways:
A predator will initially try to gain the child’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as religious communities are frequently tight-knit and personal interaction with clergy is commonplace. Here, the predator can feign genuine interest in the child’s wellness and groeth – both emotional and religious.
As a predator creates a trusting relationship with the potential victim and oftentimes their family, the child will begin to rely more and more on the predator for any need it is that the predator is exploiting and fulfilling. The child will spend increased time with the priest, feeling more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the potential target might receive presents from the predator, including valuable, intangible presents like blessings and special recognition.
As the grooming continues, the predator might work to isolate the potential target. This may mean solo counseling sess