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Victims of Abuse in Church

If you are a victim of sexual abuse by priests, or other leaders in the church, your life has probably been affected in many ways. Almost everything about you may have suffered. Your relationships, your education, your career and even your spirituality and relationship with God may have all been seriously damaged if you were taken advantage of by a spiritual leader.

Though abuse in the Catholic Church is often in the media, sex abuse happens in nearly every religion or denomination—whether Anglican, United, Baptist, or Pentecostal. Church leaders are figures of trust and authority, and when that trust is destroyed, victims feel helpless. Survivors of sex abuse by clergy or priests often live their whole lives not understanding where the pain comes from; why they haven't accomplished much with their lives; why they keep turning to drugs or alcohol. Many people come to a realization, often well into adulthood, that the pain they've had their whole lives is rooted in sexual abuse by Catholic church leaders or clergy of another religion.

Sometimes, exploring the possibility of taking action against the abuser(s) is an important part of the healing process. Whether or not you ultimately decide to sue the perpetrator(s) is your choice. We help give you the information you need to make the choice that's right for you.

If you were sexually abused by a priest or clergy-member, you may have a claim against the person who assaulted you, or against other people who can be found responsible. Our sexual assault lawyers in Toronto can help you. Contact us today.

Latest News:

September 25, 2015

Father Donald Grecco charged over decades-old sexual Assaults


Officers with the Haldimand County OPP have laid charges against a former priest stemming from a series of historical sexual assaults.

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May 8, 2015

Priest exploited position to sexually assault women


A disgraced Romanian Orthodox priest has admitted to sexually assaulting 10 women, exploiting his position to victimize them in church, during confessions and in other places.

Ioan Pop, 56, used his holy position to fondle, kiss and make unwanted sexual advances at women from April 1, 1999 through September 2013. The assaults occurred while victims were seeking religious services such as confessions, weddings and funerals.

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April 10, 2015

Dufferin-Peel school priest confessed to sex assault in U.S.

The Star

Rev. James Roth died of an apparent suicide in February during an unpublicized investigation of a U.S. complaint.

A GTA Catholic school board did not disclose to parents recent allegations that a board priest had sexually assaulted a child a decade ago in the United States, while the Archdiocese of Toronto made the allegations public only this week — nearly three months after they surfaced.

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February 13, 2015
Pastor Clifton Pelley Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Teen

Ottawa Sun

A former pastor was found guilty Friday of two sex-related charges involving a teenage boy 25 years ago.

Mr. Justice Hugh O'Connell told the court he believed the testimony of the victim, who said Clifton Pelley had taken him into a church office after a trip to the U.S. in 1985 and told him he had the authority of the church and the police to inspect his genitals.

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November 7th, 2014
Father Robin Gwyn


Retired priest facing sexual assault charges in Kingston

KINGSTON, Ont. – Police in Kingston, Ont., say a retired priest is facing fresh charges related to alleged sexual assaults stretching back to the 1980s.

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September 12, 2014
Father Eric Dejaeger

The Star

Priest guilty of 24 sex charges involving Inuit children

A Nunavut judge has found a former Roman Catholic priest guilty of 24 of the more than 70 sex-related charges he faced involving Inuit children more than 30 years ago.

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May 14, 2014
Brandon Sun

Former SW Ontario priest gets 4 years on sex charges involving 2 teen girls

A former Catholic priest is headed to prison for sex-related crimes against two teenage girls. Justice Joseph Donohue sentenced Gabriele DelBianco, 57, to a total of four years in prison on Wednesday in Sarnia, Ont.

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March 02, 2014
Thunder Bay New Watch

Catholic priest charged with 25-year-old sexual assault

A Catholic priest is facing several sexual assault charges dating to alleged offences against a teenaged male victim between 1987 and 1989.

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February 05, 2014
CBC News

Vatican slammed by UN human rights committee over sex abuse

The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a UN human rights committee said Wednesday, urging the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.

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October 30, 2013
North Renfrew Times

New charges laid against priest

The Ontario Provincial Police have laid new charges against a Pembroke priest already facing possible jail time for sexually assaulting young boys.

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October 22, 2013
CBC News

Former Ontario priest faces historical sex assault charge

A former priest living in Pembroke, Ont., has been charged in connection to allegations of sexual offences from more than 40 years ago.

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October 21, 2013
Sun News

Ontario teen says minister told him to keep sexual activity secret

BRANTFORD, ON -- A man who said he was repeatedly molested as a teenager by a former Anglican minister said he was warned not to tell anyone what was going on or they would both get into trouble.

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October 17, 2013
Sun News

Ontario priest officiated at wedding of alleged sex assault victim

SARNIA, ON -- A former priest charged with sexual assault officiated at the wedding of one of his alleged victims, court heard Thursday. Gabriele DelBianco, 57, is on trial for 16 sexual offences involving four women during the 1980s.

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July 30, 2013
CBC News

Eastern Ontario priest faces sex charges in 1985 incident

A Pembroke, Ont., priest faces two charges including sexual assault in connection with an incident in 1985.

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March 01, 2013

Six new sex abuse charges for retired Catholic priest

A former Catholic priest was back in court in Ottawa to hear six new sex abuse charges against him, stemming back to the 1970s.

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November 28, 2013
London Free Press

Retired priest charged

A list of charges against a retired priest living in Chatham has grown. Chatham-Kent police arrested Linus Bastien, 86, at his retirement residence on Keil Drive Wednesday morning. "This investigation is a result of charges started by Essex OPP," said Chatham-Kent Sgt. Mike Thompson.

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June 21, 2012
North Bay Police

Historical Sex Offence

On June 20th, 2012 John Edward Sullivan, 87 yrs was arrested in Montreal QC on a North Bay warrant for gross indecency. The charge is the result of a North Bay Police investigation into a complaint of historical child sexual abuse that is alleged to have occurred in the late 1960's.

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February 21, 2012
The Whig Standard

Priest charged with sex assault

Provincial police have charged a Roman Catholic priest in connection to an incident dating to 2004. Rene Paul Emile Labelle, 62, of Seeleys Bay was charged Monday with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and invitation to sexual exploitation. The charges relate to an incident alleged to have happened to a man who was a teenage boy in the summer of 2004.

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January 31, 2012
Paris Star

Anglican minister facing more sexual assault charges

Provincial police have laid a new set of historical sexual assault charges against a retired Anglican minister who formerly preached in Paris. The Brant County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Unit charged Anglican Minister George Ferris, 64, of Cambridge, Ontario. The sexual offences Ferris is charged with date back to the period from 1981 to 1988.

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January 26, 2012

GUELPH: Former Hamilton Catholic priest James Boudreau has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Boudreau, a 68-year-old retired catholic priest pleaded guilty in Guelph’s provincial court to two sexual assaults. He will be sentenced on April 13. Court was told Boudreau, took advantage of a young man’s friendship and another’s interest in the clergy when he sexually assaulted the two in the 1980s. Boudreau served as pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on Victoria Road North, from 1978 to 1985. He went on to work at six other Ontario churches, including Kitchener’s St. John’s Catholic Church.

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December 08, 2011

Catholic officials failed to report sex abuse, Ontario suits allege

Roman Catholic officials in Ontario were told on two occasions that a priest was molesting young boys but didnʼt alert the police or the childrenʼs aid society, allowing Rev. William Hodgson Marshall to assault children for three decades, two new civil suits allege.

One of the clerics who is alleged to have failed to report Father Marshallʼs sexual abuse is the late Monsignor W.E. Dillon, a long-time pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Windsor.

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May 8, 2010

Donald Grecco – Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

St Catharines area priest, Donald Grecco, has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting three former altar boys between 1978 and 1986 while a parish priest in Cayuga and, later, in Welland. He is to be sentenced on June 3. The charges, first laid in the fall of 2008, came shortly after Bishop James Wingle was installed as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines. Wingle resigned two weeks after Grecco pleaded guilty.

If you have charges against Father Donald Grecco, please contact us. We can help.

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April 19, 2010

Fr Godwin Scerri Charged with Sexual Assault

Ontario police have reopened a case against Fr Godwin Scerri, pertaining to a 1993 abuse scandal. The Catholic priest faces sexual assault and gross indecency charges pertaining to child sexual abuse in Windsor, Ontario, between 1983 and 1987. New allegations have recently come to light against Fr Scerri.

Canadian police hope to extradite Fr Scerri from Malta, where he and two other members of Catholic clergy face abuse charges. The seven-year court case involves the alleged sexual abuse of 10 former orphans under the care of the Catholic Church. Alleged abuse victim, former orphan, Lawrence Grech wrote to the Vatican requesting a papal apology this weekend.

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse in Catholic Church or have information regarding the charges against Fr Godwin Scerri, please contact us. We can help.

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