Killing of Former Priest by Sexual Abuse Victim Reveals Devastating Consequences

November 07, 2010

While a sexual assault of a child is never easy to cope with emotionally, the consequences are even more disturbing when the perpetrator is someone the child trusts like a priest or other member of the clergy. A man who alleged that he and his brother were victims of molestation by a priest 35 years ago and received a settlement of $625,000 in 1998 has been arrested for allegedly killing the retired priest.

According to reports, the alleged victim's life spiraled out of control after the abuse, and he battled depression and survived two suicide attempts. This tragic case is a sad reminder of the devastating long-term impact of child sexual abuse. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent victims of criminal assaults, including those who are sexually abused by priests or other members of the clergy.

Sexual abuse or molestation of children is widespread and touches the lives of millions of children. There are over 80,000 cases of reported sexual abuse each year reported throughout the U.S. with many more cases going unreported. Studies show that as many as one in three girls and one in six boys is sexually assaulted before the age of 18. While many of us as parents assume it could never happen to our children, it is estimated that there are 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. today. As alarming as these statistics may seem, it is even more frightening to consider that only one in ten cases of sexual abuse is even reported. Victims are often much younger than a parent may imagine with the median age of a child abuse victim being age 9.

The long-term consequences of sexual assault or molestation of a child can be devastating. A girl who has survived a sexual assault is four times more likely to engage in prostitution while a boy who survives a sexual assault is eight times more likely to do so. Children who survive sexual abuse also tend to have significant problems with drug and alcohol abuse with as many as 70-80% of survivors reporting drug and alcohol abuse. Girls who are sexually abused are 3 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders while male survivors are 70% more likely to seek treatment for such disorders. 50% of women in prison report being victims of a sexual assault as a child while 75% of serial rapists report being sexually molested as a child.

The sexual victimization of a child is tragic and often means years of mental health treatment and therapy. The media has been filled with reports of victims who are sexually abused by a priest or other member of the clergy, and children are almost always victimized by someone they know and trust. 30-40% of children are victimized by a family member while another 50% of child sexual abuse victims are victimized by an adult outside their home who they know and trust.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been helping Georgia families for over 25 years. We know the long-term devastating toll such abuse can have on a child and are committed to helping child sex abuse victims and their families seek the compensation and therapy they need. If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, call Montlick & Associates today to see how our Georgia sexual abuse lawyers can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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