The Diocese of Lansing has recently revealed that 17 priests have been accused of sexually assaulting minors since its inception in 1937. In all, 155 survivors have come forward to report their sexual abuse at the hands of 69 clergy members. The abuse occurred across 10 counties and 74 parishes. Almost all of these incidents occurred between 1960-2000, with only one incident reported after 2000. In all, 73 allegations were made against 17 priests, and 82 allegations were made against 52 other clergy members.
The effects of sexual abuse are only just being understood. The physical, mental, and emotional effects of sexual abuse are greater than what most can imagine. Survivors often find themselves in need of medical care, including physical treatment, therapy, counseling, medication, and more. This can place a heavy financial burden on those already attempting to recover from such a heinous experience.
In 2010, attorney David Mittleman of Grewal Law helped a survivor of clergy abuse obtain a settlement of $225,000. In 2018, Grewal Law represented 111 of the 333 survivors in the lawsuit against Michigan State University, which led to the largest settlement against a university for a claim involving sexual assault.
Our firm has helped many other survivors of sexual abuse and assault. We understand how difficult it can be to share your story and the immense bravery it takes to speak out against your perpetrator. If you have been sexually assaulted by a clergy member, contact our office and allow one of our sexual abuse attorneys to help you navigate the legal process of filing a civil claim against the liable party. What happened to you is not ok, it is not your fault, and you are entitled to seek justice.
With more than 25 years of experience, Mick Grewal has the skills and knowledge to help his clients accomplish their goals. whether such pursuits involve personal injury and medical malpractice matters or even criminal charges. Founder and managing partner of Grewal Law, Mr. Grewal prides himself on providing full-service legal help to families in the geater area of Lansing, Michigan.