It is often difficult for those who were sexually abused by a priest as a child to come forward to discuss the abuse with an attorney. Attorney Steve Boyd has been investigating priest sexual abuse since the early 1990’s when he was a journalist. Steve earned the highest decision by the Buffalo Diocese IRCP, the settlement fund of the Diocese of Buffalo.
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We know that the sexual abuse of a child is extremely damaging. That’s why every time a new client contacts us, we keep the entire matter confidential.
This type of abuse can cause lifelong trauma, feelings of guilt, and difficulty trusting others. Instances of sexual abuse have been reported against clergy of the Catholic Church as far back as the early 1900s. Since then, thousands of priests have been accused of sexual abuse globally. Many of these priests were and are members of the Diocese of Buffalo. Our priest sexual abuse lawyers have decades of experience investigating cases such as these, and have fought for claims involving sexual abuse by a priest throughout New York State.
Recently, attorney Steve Boyd obtained the highest mediation decision of any attorney bringing a case against the Diocese of Buffalo.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a priest of the Buffalo Diocese and need legal representation, please contact us by filling out our form or calling us at 716-400-0000 for a free consultation. Below you will find additional information about these cases and our attorneys’ experience in cases of clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.
Members of the clergy are supposed to be spiritual leaders of their communities. They are supposed to be trustworthy people. There is now proof that over 100 priests of the Diocese of Buffalo exploited that trust to commit atrocious acts of sexual abuse against children. They used their influence to ruin hundreds of lives in and around Western New York. Not only did their positions in the church grant them power over vulnerable parishioners, but they were protected by their higher ups when complaints were made.
Historically, instead of holding these criminals responsible, the Catholic Church has acted to relocate accused priests on multiple occasions. Instead of attempting to stop these horrific crimes committed by their organization, members of the church have doubled down, even going so far as to blame the victims. That practice stops here. It’s time to hold the predators and their protectors responsible for their crimes against children.
Priests who sexually abused children have been protected and defended around the world, and Western New York is no different. The Diocese of Buffalo has returned priests accused of such crimes to active ministry. And not just once – it’s happened over and over again. No report is made to law enforcement, and the predator is placed back in contact with children in a different community.
Although some priests have been found guilty after internal investigations by the Diocese, at best these clergymen have quietly been removed from ministry. No priest has ever been criminally indicted in Buffalo. These so called “investigations” by the Diocesan Review Board have been secretive and ineffective. The process of these reviews is unknown, and in some cases the Diocese has had knowledge of a priest’s abuse for decades before removing him from ministry. In addition, the Diocese of Buffalo has previously made attempts to hide reports of abuse without investigation, allowing the priest to continue sexually abusing children.
These criminals and those who protect them have gone directly against the teachings of the Catholic Church, their responsibilities to those who trusted them as religious leaders, and against basic human morality. They deserve to be punished, and the survivors of these crimes deserve full and fair compensation.
Sexual abuse is hard to talk about. It’s painful. There are thousands of priest sexual abuse survivors who have not yet come forward. No amount of compensation can make up for the crimes that these people endured as children, but those responsible must be held accountable for their actions and their inactions.
Cases involving priest sexual abuse are difficult to handle. These cases can be extremely complicated and difficult to prove. We work with some of the best experts in the country and know how to present your case in the strongest possible manner.
Steve Boyd has been investigating instances of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy of the Buffalo Diocese since 1993. As a reporter, he uncovered the first large scale priest sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. This level of experience and understanding of these cases is unmatched in the Buffalo area. Mr. Boyd is currently handling a number of these cases and continuously fights for his clients and their cases.
No, it is not too late to get compensation for the crimes committed against you. Under the current laws in New York State, someone who survives sexual abuse as a child cannot bring a civil case after they have passed the age of 23. This is called the statute of limitations in these cases. THE LAW IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. There are currently efforts being made to pass the Child Victims Act early in 2019, which would allow survivors to file civil suits against the priests and the Diocese. Read more about the history of the Child Victims Act.
In advance of the new law extending the statute of limitations, the Diocese of Buffalo has recently been paying large settlements to survivors of these crimes. In fact, Mr. Boyd obtained the largest known settlement decision against the Diocese of Buffalo in December of 2018.
We understand the sensitivity and discretion required in handling these cases. Our Buffalo sexual abuse attorneys are very experienced in handling these cases in a confidential way. We have deep understanding of the history of these cases and will work to get our clients the best settlement or verdict possible.
We understand that having been sexually abused as a child can be extremely difficult to talk about, and thousands of victims have not come forward for that reason. Many victims have been taught to feel ashamed and are afraid of other people finding out. If you are not sure about pursuing a claim and wish to speak with one of our attorneys, any consultation you have with us will remain confidential – even if you decide not to pursue a sexual abuse claim with our firm.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a priest in or around the Buffalo area, contact Steve Boyd today.