Allegations of sexual abuse against trusted community leaders continue as more victims come forward to file reports. Religious leaders are not exempt from the list of those finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.
The senior advisor to Pope Francis, Cardinal George Pell, is taking a leave of absence from his duties to defend himself against allegations of sexual assault, according to CNN. This is not Pell’s first time making headlines with regards to alleged sexual abuse. In 2013, Pell denied covering up the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of other church officials.
According to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses, 7 percent of Australian priests and 40 percent of St. John of God Brothers have been accused of sexual abuse by 4,444 victims, with the average age of victims being 10.5 for girls and 11.5 for boys.
These numbers are shocking. The safety of our children is paramount. Religious leaders, teachers, and other community leaders are just a handful of individuals we look to for guidance and safety, and everyone must be held accountable for their actions.
Farmer Jaffe Partner Brad Edwards is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual abuse. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse, please e-mail attorney Brad Edwards at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 524-2820.