Sexual Abuse

Religious Institutions

We hold churches responsible when they allow kids to be sexually abused.

At Gillispie Law Firm, we approach the deeply troubling and continual problem of child sexual abuse in religious institutions with the utmost compassion and commitment to justice. Child sexual abuse by clergy members happens all too frequently in Arkansas. Be it within the Southern Baptist Church, a Non-Denominational Church, the Catholic Church, or any other religious setting, we understand the devastating and often permanent damage this betrayal causes to victims, and we are here to help survivors navigate the path toward healing and justice. We want to help survivors expose and hold accountable those who caused them harm. 

Help Stop Child Sex Abuse in Religious Institutions

Childhood sexual abuse within churches is a devastating reality that has begun to come to light in recent years, revealing a disturbing prevalence across many religious settings. Numerous high profile investigations and reports in recent years have unveiled cases of abuse, cover-ups, and failures to protect children in religious settings.

These crimes are underreported and the reasons for this are multifaceted. Perpetrators typically occupy positions of power and trust, such as pastors, priests, ministers, or youth leaders. Victims may fear retaliation, not being believed, or the potential repercussions for their religious community. The deep-seated trust and respect for religious authorities that some people carry can lead to confusion and self-blame, further silencing survivors. Often, when victims do come forward, church leaders and members of their congregations treat them with resentment and hostility, and sometimes go so far as to side with the perpetrator even when there is evidence of the crime.

Typically, most churches and the men who lead them are much less concerned with helping the victim and with preventing further child sexual abuse than they are with protecting their church’s reputation and financial health. It is extraordinarily rare for a church to voluntarily report allegations or evidence of child sexual abuse to civil authorities. 

It is crucial to acknowledge the gravity and extent of this issue, as it is the first step toward change and healing. Gillispie Law Firm is dedicated to breaking the silence, shining a light on the cover ups, and providing a safe and confidential space for survivors to share their stories and explore their legal options.


Report Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions

Coming forward about sexual abuse takes immense courage, and knowing how to navigate the reporting process can be overwhelming. The Gillispie Law Firm is here to guide you through every step, ensuring your voice is heard and your rights are protected. We can help you identify the appropriate channels to report your experience, providing the support and advocacy you need to take this critical step towards healing.


Your Rights as a Survivor

As a survivor of childhood sex abuse in a religious institution, you have rights, and our firm is here to help you understand and assert them. You have the right to seek justice, hold the responsible parties accountable, and pursue compensation for the harm you have endured.

The legal landscape for these cases can be complex, with statutes of limitations and various legal hurdles to navigate. However, recent changes in legislation in some jurisdictions have opened up new avenues for survivors to seek justice, regardless of when the abuse occurred.

Gillispie Law Firm has extensive experience in navigating these legal complexities, ensuring that your voice is heard and your rights are protected. We are committed to pursuing all available legal avenues to seek justice and compensation on your behalf.


Legal Help for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse in Churches

At Gillispie Law Firm, we offer tailored support for survivors of child sexual abuse in religious institutions. Our experienced and empathetic team provides comprehensive legal representation, ensuring that your case is handled with the utmost care and diligence.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering: We conduct thorough investigations to gather all necessary evidence, working diligently to build a strong case on your behalf.

Legal Advocacy and Representation: Our attorneys provide fierce advocacy and representation, ensuring that your voice is heard throughout the legal process.

Support and Resources: We offer support and resources to help survivors cope with the emotional and psychological aftermath of abuse, connecting them with counseling services, support groups, and other vital resources.

Confidential Consultations: Understanding the sensitive nature of these cases, we ensure complete confidentiality and provide a safe space for survivors to discuss their experiences and explore their legal options.


Compensation for Victims of Clergy Abuse

Survivors of child sexual abuse in religious institutions deserve compensation for the deep and lasting harm they have suffered. Gillispie Law Firm is committed to fighting for your right to meaningful financial compensation, working tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable. Our experienced attorneys will advocate on your behalf, seeking just compensation for all of your harms and losses. You are not alone in this journey, and we are here to help secure the justice you deserve.


Why Choose Gillispie Law Firm

Gillispie Law Firm strives to be a beacon of hope for survivors of child sexual abuse in Arkansas churches, as well a force of change. We are proud to be one of the only law firms in Arkansas that has successfully litigated against and obtained significant settlements from many different religious institutions and denominations on behalf of our clients.  

Our attorneys bring a wealth of experience, compassion, and dedication to each case, ensuring that survivors are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. We understand the courage it takes to come forward, and we are here to stand with you every step of the way.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of child sexual abuse in a religious institution, Gillispie Law Firm is here to help. Contact us today at (501) 244-0700 or through our contact page to schedule a confidential consultation and explore your legal options. Together, we can take the first step toward holding these powerful institutions accountable and ensuring the safety of children in Arkansas religious institutions.

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