Sexual harassment is a serious problem throughout the country, and the damage done to both children and adults by this illegal activity is often extensive. Sexual harassment can take on many faces, and can include unwelcome sexual advances, being asked to provide certain sexual acts, talking about sexual matters, physical touching that could be seen as harassment, as well as other types of situations. Whether you were employed in a church and were subject to unwanted sexual advances, or were told that you should submit to these advances if you hoped to keep your job, or if you were a parishioner that was subject to these illegal activities, or your child has been the victim of such harassment, it is critical that you get legal representation from a California sexual abuse lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi.
There are many children and adults who have been the victim of sexual harassment by a member of the clergy, whether in the work environment or as a parishioner of a specific religious group. The harassment can be in sexual innuendoes, veiled sexual comments, or any other unwanted sexual actions that are upsetting and illegal. In many cases, the parishioner, sometimes innocent children, are asked to perform certain sexual acts, or to discuss private matters including talking about their genitals, or being asked to engage in discussing or participating in various sexual activities. These are serious crimes and must be addressed in a civil lawsuit against the individual and church that allowed the actions to take place, endangering the individual forced to listen to this material or facing threats from a member of the clergy if they fail to submit.
Some cases of clergy sexual harassment are when a parishioner or child is sought out, and efforts are made to speak to them privately to discuss sexual matters. This activity is often the precursor to even more dangerous crimes, including sexual abuse. The Catholic Church has been under scrutiny for many serious criminal activities with regard to sexual abuse over many years; it is considered urgent to be extremely vigilant about any sexual harassment and seek legal counsel from our firm immediately if it has taken place.
Contact a California sexual abuse attorney from our firm if you have been the victim of sexual harassment from a religious worker.