Clergy Priest Sexual Abuse Lawyers, New York Church Crimes Attorney

The clergy & priest sexual abuse lawyers and attorneys at National Injury Help are highly concerned about this epidemic of clergy abuse in New York, and will help any victim of priest sexual abuse no matter when or where the sexual abuse took place.

Here are some of the common questions on clergy & priest sexual abuse our law firm is asked.

Who can sue a church for clergy abuse in New York?

With the new sex crime laws just enacted in New York, anyone up to the age of 55 can now sue for past sexual assault crimes.

If you or someone you love in New York has suffered any form of sexual abuse at the hands of trusted priests, fathers, ministers or any other church staff member we will take stern and swift action.  We understand that it may be difficult for victims to come forward, but in doing so you’ll show other victims that justice can be had.  Take the time today to report any sexual abuse you may have encountered in your New York church.

What is the Statute of Limitations in New York for Clergy Abuse?

Because many of these church organizations hid or manipulated reporting of sexual abuse, courts may choose to not apply any statute of limitations (SOL) for filing sexual abuse claims in New York, even years later you can still file a clergy abuse lawsuit.  This just took place last Wednesday, August 15 when 427 new sexual abuse lawsuits were filed.

New changes in New York’s Sex Crime Laws go into effect.

Previously, most victims of childhood sexual abuse only had until the age of 23 to bring criminal charges or to seek damages in civil lawsuits.  New York’s SOL is one year; please see details below for extensions in the SOL.

If the victim brings a claim against a church or school which administered the perpetrator, or any action that is based in negligence, rather than criminal behavior, the SOL is 3 years—N.Y. Civil Prac. Law § 214. New York adopted a special statute of limitations for victims of sexual crimes in 2006—N.Y. Civil Prac. Law §213-c. The statute provides that actions for civil damages for defined sexual crimes, including sexual abuse of a minor, may be brought within 5 years of the acts constituting the sexual offense. 

Who is committing clerical sexual abuse in New York?

Reports of sexual abuse across New York State are mostly on men priests, Fathers and ministers; however sexual abuse can occur from other church members including:

  • Church Staff Members
  • Church Volunteers
  • Nuns
  • Church Administrators
  • Bishops
  • Deacons
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Field Strip Supervisors
  • Church Bus Drivers

Other types of clergy sexual abuse questions are as follows:

“My child said he/she was sexually abused at a New York church – can I sue the church?”

“Is there an age limitation in New York for filing a church abuse claim?” 

Again since the law was just updated, it used to be 23 years old or younger, now it’s 55 years old or younger.  We’re seeing many states courts now go up to 55 years old or younger.

“As an adult I was afraid to come forward with my church sexual abuse claim – Can I now file later now I’m older?

This is one of the most common questions we’re asked. The short answer is yes, we understand the trauma of being a victim and many times it may takes years before you are ready or feel comfortable in seeking legal help.  No matter what the reason is for waiting to file a sexual abuse claim against the church or priest, we are here to listen and to offer our help. Call 1-800-214-1010 directly to speak to one of our kind and understanding case managers.

How do I file a clergy or priest lawsuit in New York State?

Were you sexually abused by a trusted church member, or know a victim in the State of New York?  Contact us by calling 1-800-214-1010 or use the secure contact form at the bottom of this page.  Take Action Now and help prevent more clerical abuse in churches and houses of worship.

Resources for Clergy/Church/Priest Sexual Abuse Victims in New York

If you suspect any form of sexual abuse in a church or your New York State dioceses, you may report them by calling us at 1-800-214-1010, all calls are handled with the utmost privacy.

If you are a clergy sexual abuse victim and need a support group we recommend the tremendous work done by The SNAP Network.  Please visit their website at:

Who is SNAP?  Here is their mission statement:

Today SNAP is the largest, oldest and most active self-help group for clergy sex abuse victims, whether assaulted by ministers, priests, nuns or rabbis. SNAP is a confidential, safe place for wounded men and women to be heard, supported and healed. SNAP works tirelessly to achieve two goals: to heal the wounded and to protect the vulnerable. The organization has more than 25,000 members and support groups meet in over 60 cities across the U.S. and the world.

Clergy Priest Sexual Abuse Lawyers, New York Church Crimes Attorney page updated on August 16, 2019.