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Illinois Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Victims Deserve the Very Best Support and Resources

Illinois Catholic Priest Clergy Abuse Victims Deserve the Very Best Support and Resources

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The state of Illinois has been grappling with the shocking revelation of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members—the Attorney General's investigation found that over 450 clergy in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950.

The extent of the problem is far worse than previously reported by the church, and many victims are now sharing stories about the harm they’ve suffered.

The Horrifying Reality of Clergy Abuse in Illinois

The attorney general's investigation has uncovered a staggering number of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy members in Illinois, many of which have remained private for decades.

The church has often been slow to acknowledge the extent of the abuse—some church leaders have even been accused of cover-ups and failing to warn parishioners about potential abusers in their midst.

Victims of this abuse have long suffered in silence, but the release of the attorney general's report has brought their stories to light and provided a measure of healing to survivors.

Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Illinois

In 2014, the Illinois statute of limitations was eliminated for reporting child sex abuse to authorities regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

This replaced an earlier law that only gave childhood sexual abuse survivors 20 years after they reached age 18—or, five years after they discovered that sexual abuse occurred and caused their injuries—to report the crime to authorities.

There are resources that have the potential to help:

  • Victims understand their options;
  • Determine if their abuse falls within the statute of limitations; and,
  • Represent their interests with law enforcement.

In some cases, victims can secure assistance and resources to help the healing process. 

A Call to Action for Illinois Clergy Abuse Victims

If you or a loved one has been a victim of childhood priest abuse in Illinois, it’s crucial to take action as soon as possible—request the resources you need to heal from your abuse.

We believe Illinois catholic priest clergy abuse victims and their families deserve all of the assistance that can be provided.

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