Church Continues to Hide and Protect Known Serial Pedophiles

In 2004, I filed – and successfully won, a lawsuit against the Vatican, designed to overcome its arguments that it could not be held accountable for acts by pedophile priests occurring on US. soil.  This was done following the litigation and settlement of a case with the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY.  Because of our work, the Vatican is not immune from suits by US survivors of priest sexual abuse of children.  But the Louisville Courier Journal’s stunning revelation this past week of yet another situation demonstrates that the Church continues to hide and protect its known serial pedophiles over the interests of the children of the Church.  Rather than having the interests of the children of the Church at heart, it appears that the children remain at grave risk.  The LCJ’s article reveals the Church’s suggestion that there are “no child-victims coming forward to accuse Father Mouser of sexual assault while he was hiding in Motherhouse in Loretto, Kentucky.”  This ignores the science behind abuse.  Children don’t come forward. It is found that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least 5 years.  (Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007) It is not for decades that children have grown to see the impact the abuse has had on their lives that they feel compelled to report the abuse.  In the article, I am quoted as saying “After all of the ensuing years since the settlement with the archdiocese, it is heartbreaking that the church leaders continue to demonstrate that they have not lived up to their promises to protect the community’s children from known serial pedophiles.” I have been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by the Church since the first victim walked through my office in 2002.  I will continue to advocate, vindicate and fight for those who have been left behind by the Church.   With that said, it is important to realize that the statute of limitations on a civil claim against the Church runs out on the child’s 28th birthday, barring justice…

Letter to My Hometown, an Abuse Survivor’s Validation

Extensive experience in representing survivors of sexual abuse is not something an attorney takes lightly. It means that said attorney has gained the trust of sexual abuse survivors who are hurt, who carry often years of baggage, who seek validation and are in need of an advocate.  Over the years, I have often been the first person survivors of sexual abuse have opened up to because they have come to me to help them with their many legal questions. Sometimes it starts with the question  “do I have a case after all these years.”  And that begins our attorney/client relationship. I am honored when a previous client reaches out to me, sometimes years later, to share their personal life experiences and their gratefulness for my guidance.  Such is the case with Laura.  She came to me for advice.  I have been given express permission to share publicly this client’s voice as expressed in her writings. She has done this with the intention to help other survivors. Following is a link to her full letter, titled, Letter to my…

“Non-survivors fail to recognize, uplift, and center survivors of sexual abuse”; Child sexual abuse Survivors; Survivors Space

I am very proud of my daughter, Sophia McMurry, who recently published a very accurate statement on the disenfranchisement of Survivors and how this injustice may be remedied. Having represented hundreds of abuse and assault victims, I know that her observations are accurate and deserve our compasionate attention. View this article by clicking on this link:…

Louisville archdiocese sued over ‘erotic’ photos

Parents of a young boy who claim their son was inappropriately photographed by a Roman Catholic priest, now a convicted sex offender, are suing the Archdiocese of Louisville for negligence. Louisville attorneys William F. McMurry and Mikell Grafton and Paducah, Ky., attorney W. Fletcher McMurry Schrock represent the parents. Read: Louisville archdiocese sued over ‘erotic’…