Effective July 1, 2023, Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law P.C. acquired the Law Offices of Grieco & Petty, LLC.
Harrisburg Clergy Abuse Lawyers

Clergy Abuse in Harrisburg

NEWS ALERT: Diocese of Harrisburg announces funds to compensate sex abuse victims. Learn more.

We should be able to count on and trust our religious figures every day. They are there to resolve our sins or just merely talk to when things aren’t going right in our lives. But that simply is not the case anymore with all the recent news surrounding clergy abuse in Harrisburg and across Pennsylvania.

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we are on the front lines in the fight for the rights of minors and adults victimized by clergy abuse. Our Harrisburg clergy abuse lawyers are committed to helping those who were sexually abused by a religious authority. Our firm’s goal is to make sure your voice is heard and not silenced among the countless victims who have suffered and are currently suffering.

A Recent History of Clergy Abuse in Harrisburg

For decades, clergy abuse allegations have been popping up throughout the world. As of late, the news surrounding clergy abuse in Pennsylvania, specifically Harrisburg, has reached an all-time high.

As a report detailing a two-year grand jury investigation into the Catholic Church was about to be released in August 2018, the Diocese of Harrisburg published a list of religious figures who were accused of sexual abuse that stretched back to the 1940s. The list revealed 71 people connected to the diocese that have been accused of sexual abuse.

Weeks later, the statewide grand jury report on clergy abuse was released, listing the names of more than 300 priests who were accused of sexual abuse in six of the state’s eight dioceses. It revealed more than 1,000 children were abused over a span of 70 years. If you include priests from two other dioceses (one being Harrisburg), it amounts to nearly eight percent of the 5,000 priests who served in Pennsylvania during a 70-year period.

In light of the news surrounding clergy abuse, attorneys from Fellerman & Ciarimboli are actively looking to pursue justice on your behalf if you are the victim of a documented or undocumented incident of clergy abuse.

Facts About Clergy Sex Abuse

Sexual abuse is when a person experiences any unwanted sexual activity. When it happens with a religious figure, it is considered clergy sex abuse or clergy abuse as it’s more commonly put. As with any sexual abuse incident, the perpetrator will take advantage of the victim, using their position of power to either force or threat, prey on their victim’s weaknesses, use coercion tactics, or a combination of all three.

Victims of clergy abuse have most likely suffered from multiple forms of this unwanted behavior. The abuse can include molestation, indecent exposure, statutory rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and unconsented touching with or without clothing.

These acts of abuse can be devastating and can result in lasting negative effects that stay with the victim forever. People who were abused by clergymen as a child may suffer from multiple ailments as adults, including:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Guilt, confusion, and anger
  • Low self-esteem, dissociation, and depression
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Suicidal tendencies

Children may suffer similar effects if the abuse was more recent. In some cases, their behavior can take a drastic change for the worse. Abused children may change their eating habits, engage in risky behavior, and may even become overly sexualized.

Facts About Clergyharrisburg Clergy Abuse Survivors Can Take Legal Action Sex Abuse

If you are a victim of clergy abuse in Harrisburg, you have the right to seek compensation. Because of this traumatic experience, you may receive economic damages in the form of medical and therapy bills, along with being compensated for a loss of income. Victims may also be able to recover punitive damages so individuals and institutions that wronged you can be punished.

In Pennsylvania, victims of abuse have the right to file a claim against any party who is liable for abuse. That means you will be able to file a lawsuit against the person who harmed you and the organization who attempted to conceal the abuse. If you speak up and tell your story, you will be standing up for your rights and protecting others from future acts of clergy abuse.

Our Harrisburg Clergy Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help You

We understand your hesitation to come forward. Not only must you relive the memories of this traumatic experience, but you are going up against a powerful religious organization. While the feat seems insurmountable, our attorneys are here to make a difference.

The Harrisburg clergy abuse attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli will make sure your voice is heard and your rights are enforced.

If you are a clergy abuse survivor in Harrisburg and ready to step forward with your story, contact one of our three offices in Philadelphia, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre for a free consultation.

  • $795 Thousand Car Accident

    confidential settlement in a crash.

  • $1.3 Million Car Accident

    A settlement was obtained in this uninsured motorist case on behalf of a 21-year-old man who was ejected from an SUV and subsequently died. The driver of the SUV had been cut off by another vehicle. The settlement was obtained from Mr. Sperlazzo’s uninsured motorist carrier.

  • $1.1 Million Car Accident

    The verdict was obtained for Mr. Smith against the defendant who was high on heroin at the time of the crash. This verdict was the Number #1 Motor Vehicle Collision verdict in Luzerne County in 2012.

  • $900 Thousand Car Accident

    Our client was struck by a vehicle that was racing.

  • $750 Thousand Car Accident

    Our client sustained a significant injury, including, post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • $275 Thousand Car Accident

    The settlement was on an insurance policy of $15,000. The settlement was both for compensatory and bad faith damages.

    “They are the best choice!”
    We could have never made it without Molly Clark and Fellerman & Ciarimboli!! It's scary going after someone for wrongdoing and she took us through every step. She answered all our questions, good or bad. She was available 24-7 and weekends fighting for us. She fought for our needs and got us what was deserved!! They are the best choice!!
    - Star K.
    “I highly recommend Attorney Molly & the firm to anyone seeking reliable & compassionate assistance during challenging times.”

    I have a friend who sought help from Fellerman & Ciarimboli and said they were very nice and helpful. So when I needed assistance, they were the first ones I thought of, and gave them a call. I was connected to Attorney Molly Clark, who made a significant impact. Her comforting personality created a welcoming environment during our interactions, turning what could have been a somber experience into one filled with positivity. Our upbeat conversations, in contrast to the challenging situation, improved my well-being.

    What truly won me over was Molly's commitment to keeping me informed about the progress of my situation. Whenever I called her with questions, she promptly provided answers, ensuring I had the information I needed when I needed it. Working with Fellerman & Ciarimboli was a positive experience given the circumstances I was facing. I highly recommend Attorney Molly and the firm to anyone seeking reliable and compassionate assistance during challenging times.

    - Frank K.
    “You are like family to us & will always love you!”
    Molly thank you for everything you’ve done for Terry and me. You went above and beyond. You are like family to us and will always love you!
    - Arlene P.
    “I can't express how GREAT my first experience with an attorney has been!”
    I can't express how GREAT my first experience with an attorney has been! I'm not kidding when I say that both you and the entire firm are I think the best around. Once get things settled around here, I would like to make an appointment to come up to talk about some other issues, but I have been doing nothing, but singing the praises of you The entire organization to everyone that I speak with.
    - R.R.
    “The compassion shown to us by not only the three of you, but everyone to whom we encountered at Fellerman & Ciarimboli was off the charts and so sincere.”

    There are no adequate words to convey to you, Mike, and Ed how grateful our family is for all of your hard work in helping us through the most difficult time of our lives. Your commitment to justice is unlike anything we have ever witnessed. Our tragedy became your tragedy. The three of you have become part of our family.

    Harry, you explained everything necessary in terms which were comprehensible and helpful to us to better understand all that was presented. We are so grateful for that.

    The compassion shown to us by not only the three of you, but everyone to whom we encountered at Fellerman & Ciarimboli was off the charts and so sincere.

    We will grieve our profound loss for the rest of our lives, but all of you helped to make it a bit easier, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    God's Blessings to you and your family.

    - Client
    “Happy that I chose you to take my case. Your team is amazing, too!”
    Molly, Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much you mean to me, throughout this process, you have always been there and helped me through. I am glad it all came to a good ending and that it is over. But, I will miss you and you will always be referred to anyone that ever asks me for an amazing lawyer! Keep fighting for the people who need you! You are amazing at what you do, you're professional and genuine! I wish you all the best in your career and am happy that I chose you to take my case. Your team is amazing, too!
    - Nicole W.
    “I was in a bad accident and I had my daughter in the car with me. I highly recommend this firm.”
    I was in a bad accident and I had my daughter in the car with me. I highly recommend this firm. My attorney Myer Messinger was very compassionate and offered empathy with helping me and my daughter with the mental agony we experienced after the accident. Mr Messinger is very professional and knowledgeable. We sat for hours for the mediation and he fought to get me the best settlement
    - Enide Jerome
    “Very Informative & Helpful”
    “Corey Suda was our attorney as well as Ed Ciarimboli and they were both great, very informative, helpful, stayed in contact with us throughout our case. Very happy with the outcome of the case!!”
    - Debbie C.

Contact Us Today

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law, PC, we're always ready to take your calls! Give us a call or fill out the form below to contact one of our team members.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
  • Our Clients Time is Valuable
    Every case is unique and we spend the time working hard on your case, so you can focus on everything else.
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
    For 20 years our attorney's haven fought hard for clients and will not back away from a trial.
  • Ready and Available to Help You
    Schedule a free initial consultation with our team.
  • Our Results Make a Difference
    We've recovered hundreds of millions for our clients.