Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims
Sex Abuse Lawyers in Rhode Island and Connecticut
Timothy J. Conlon is at the forefront of litigation involving priest sexual abuse, child
molestation and sexual abuse in schools. Because of our uncompromising
efforts on behalf of the victims of child sexual abuse, attorney Conlon
was one of three attorneys presented with the 2003 award for Case of the
Year by the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association. The award was presented
to attorney Conlon to "acknowledge his efforts in connection with
the Rhode Island Clergy Abuse cases."
Attorney Timothy Conlon’s High-Profile Case
Attorney Conlon had chaired the Plaintiffs' Counsel Committee, and
in that capacity effected settlement of 37 cases on behalf of victims
and their families. The settlements totaled 14.25 million dollars, and
were negotiated with the assistance of Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation,
of Brockton, MA. We are presently engaged in negotiations regarding settlement
of several dozen clergy abuse cases in this state.
On April 28, 1998, Mr. Conlon, on behalf of the Plaintiff's Counsel
Committee, filed a 145 page amended complaint, that served as the model
from which all the Rhode Island cases were pled. This is not a short read,
however, the document synthesizes the history of sexual misconduct in
the Church, starting from the point at which the church had purchased
an island, on which it intended to exile offending clerics, and continuing
through the events that preceded the now famous crisis in the Church.
The document, released nearly four years before the nationwide scandal
was "uncovered" by mainstream media, presented the legal claim
that church officials and institutions are liable for sexual misconduct
of clerics based on allegations that those officials, mindful of the effect
that scandal could have on the institution, deliberately engaged in a
series of actions to protect priests and the institutions of the church,
to the detriment of children.
Protecting Children Harmed by Clergy Sexual Abuse
We have successfully represented scores of childhood victims of clergy
sexual abuse/priest sexual abuse. Because of the devastating psychological
effects of this sexual abuse, many of our clients have suffered from profound
mental illness. Many have developed serious substance abuse problems later
in life. The majority have been badly scarred and damaged from their experience.
Many suffered through troubled and unstable periods of their lives.
We understand the upheaval caused by such a severe breach of faith. We
have worked with victims to present their claims in a manner that communicates
the breadth and depth of the destruction wrought by abuse. We have worked
with medical and psychological professionals, and social service organizations
to get our clients the help and treatment that they need. We will aggressively
pursue available legal remedies to obtain maximum compensation on behalf
of our clients and their families. Our work has resulted in significant
settlements against church and educational institutions as well as other
agencies and organizations that failed to protect children against the
damage done to them.
Since 1987, Attorney Conlon has handled civil sexual abuse cases in a variety
of contexts, including:
- Residential care facilities
- Treatment providers
- Childcare officials
- Clergy abuse
Contact Our Attorneys to Find Out How We May Help
If your child has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy, or if
you were a sexual abuse victim as a child, contact us today with any questions
you may have regarding the matter. We will protect your legal rights,
assist you in getting the help that you need and obtain appropriate compensation.
Call (401) 216-4414 to get started.