Clergy Predator Abuse Overview

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Clergy Abuse encompasses a range of illegal and unacceptable behaviors frequently commited on young children and teens by predatory priests or other church members involving sexual abuse of varying amounts. priest abuse Vermont may be a one-time, non-consensual scroll barevent or it can include many acts inside an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” relationship 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 abuse acts of molestation.

In nearly all claimed Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse scenarios, the failure by the Church member’s superior to entirely, adequately and promptly disclose the crime to police and other authorities, or its continuing failure to investigate, address and resolve entirely with the situation amplifies the harm on the abuse survivor, the community and potentially others. Current Clergy Sexual Assault cases covered in the media highlight these failures, that includes “pass-the-trash” scenarios when the predator commonly a clergy in the Catholic Church, is suddenly re-assigned from one parish to another merely to continue his predatory, criminal behavior on an innocent parish community.

Priest and Clergy Sexual Assault & Retribution
Not a day goes by without a news announcement coverage about sexual assault and molestation of young children by pedophile clergy, or the legacy of the assault on the survivors and their families. If you are a victim of sexual abuse from a priest or other clergy member, these reports are most likely to serve as an echo chamber, reverberating the horror, shame, guilt and various unwanted feelings staining your wellness. Encouraged by the social movement and other channels that encourage survivors to reveal the abuse they experienced, survivors of assault are more frequently employing the legal system to compensate them for the life-long damage and injury they have suffered.

If you are a victim of abuse perpetrated by a priest, the result of the abuse on your life and foundational belief system can be immeasurable. Regardless, holding the responsible clergy and institutions to blame for their crimes and indifference may offer an amount of justice and recompense to assault victims. Oftentimes, survivors can assert their legal rights in confidential mediation therein avoiding the need for litigation. However, if litigation is required, a motion might be filed where the survivor can remain anonymous.

Predatory Behavior
All abusers, to varying amounts, employ predatory tactics that are commonly referred to as grooming, tracking a possible abuse victim. Following is a survey of grooming actions used by predators who are in a position of authority relative to the subordinate young child.

Grooming
Grooming is a major part of a predator’s ploy. In a religious environment, the priest is revered as God’s representative. In this environment, the predator often works closely with small numbers of children, identifying each child’s needs, weaknesses and circumstances. Once a victim is located, these vulnerabilities – like violent family setting, loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – might be systematically exploited in the following ways:

Trust
A predator will first work to get the child’s trust. This strategy is most difficult to notice as religious communities are frequently tight-knit and personal relation with clergy is commonplace. Here, the predator can pretend sincere concern in the child’s wellness and groeth – both emotional and religious.

Reliance
As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential target and oftentimes their family members, the child will begin to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is exploiting and fulfilling. The victim may devote more time with the priest, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the potential victim may receive gifts from the priest, including valuable, intangible presents like blessings and special recognition.
Isolation
While grooming continues, the predator might work to isolate the possible victim. This may result in solo counseling sessions, meals or various methods of one-on-one isolated moments.
Sexualization
The predator might begin to de-sensitize the child from reacting negatively to touching, caressing and other behaviors that lead to sexual interaction. This may start with breaking the physical-touch barrier, or verbally, with suggestive messages to gauge the victim’s response to the progression. This will continue until the relationship gets to one of a physical, sexual nature.
Maintenance
As the sexual relationship is created, the predator will work to keep control over the child and the continued interaction. The predator will likely want to manipulate the victim by continuing to make the victim feel special and worthy. The predator will continue to exploit the target by whatever ways needed to maintain the immoral physical relationship.

Impact on Clergy Abuse Survivors

The impact of childhood assault on the survivor can be overwhelming and life-altering. Several priest assault survivors suffer from lifelong effects of the assault including depression, disturbed sleeping, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and eating patterns, and difficulty creating and keeping healthy relationships. Individualized therapy and support groups can help survivors overcome these effects.

Legally, a victim of Priest Sexual Abuse can gain financial compensation from the predator and, more frequently, from the religious organization for its failure to shield the victim from the abuse, as well as failures or deficiencies in its method of reviewing and responding to reports of assault. If you are a survivor of Priest or Clergy Sexual Assault and would like to confidentially discuss your experience and your legal options, we are prepared to speak with you.