In August 2018, a grand jury in Pennsylvania released a report detailing 70 years of childhood sexual abuse and the coverups in the Scranton, Allentown, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Greensburg dioceses. The report accused more than 300 clergy members of abuse and said there were at least 1,000 victims.
Let’s compare and contrast the differences between Criminal and Civil Court, and how both play important roles for crime victims. Victims don’t have to choose to go through one or the other, the victims can do both. Both systems serve different purposes and functions, and so a victim has a better chance of being made whole by entering both, if possible.