Recent Louisiana Legislation Allowing Civil Causes of Action with Clergy Sexual Abuse
Louisiana House Bill 492, Act 322, which became effective June 14, 2021, upon Governor John Bel Edward’s signature, has effectively changed the landscape regarding a victim’s ability to pursue compensation for abuse experienced at the hands of trusted Catholic Church priests. Essentially, it extends the period of time victims have to file charges. Under the bill’s terms, there is now a three-year “lookback window” which allows victims to pursue civil charges for unresolved child molestation claims no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. This new Louisiana law essentially “revives” old, expired, prescribed claims. For the next three years, they can pursue the justice they deserve no matter their age or when the abuse occurred.
Our law firm is experienced with these cases, and we are passionate about holding clergy accountable. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans, so don’t hesitate to visit us. Whether or not criminal charges are appropriate in a particular case depends on various factors, such as when the abuse occurred, the age of the victim, and the extent of the abuse. Our experienced attorneys thoroughly review each case to determine if criminal charges are appropriate, and we will work with you to pursue both civil and criminal remedies. Please contact one of our lawyers to get the process started.