In another investigation into the Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, the FBI is collecting specific evidence to prove that Catholic clergy committed sexual crimes against children.
The investigation included recovering documentation, files, and testimony to prove that clergy:
Although the above investigation is not the first time the Catholic church has been in hot water, perpetrators of sexual abuse of children are not confined to religious figures. In fact, clergy is just one of the many occupations that fits a child predator’s profile; but child abuse can be committed by anyone in any occupation.
The truth is, at least 90 percent of all sexually abused children are abused by someone they know and trust, and oftentimes it is another family member.
There are 16 identified child lures that are used by child predators. Child lures are certain behaviors and situations that allow a predator to appear trustworthy to both the child and the child’s family.
The following is a list of several such lures that were discovered to be part of the Catholic dioceses’ systematic clergy abuse:
As parents, it is not something we like to think about. But sexual predators are out there, and the research indicates they are often someone we know. The first step to protecting our children is to trust gut feelings about others, and not allowing a child to be alone with anyone who seems “off”.
Additionally, educating children about the common child lures can provide children with the resources they need to protect themselves when parents cannot be there.
Here are some important topics to discuss with children:
If you or your child are suffering from the aftermath of sexual abuse, empower yourself, and begin the healing process today by contacting a Georgetown sexual abuse lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Our dedicated lawyers can offer compassionate, discrete guidance, while holding those responsible accountable for their actions. Call 302-656-5445 or complete our online form for a free initial consultation. From our offices in Wilmington and Georgetown, Delaware we represent clients in Dover, Newcastle County, Sussex County, and throughout the state.