On September 23, 2016, the Governor of Guam courageously signed a bill ending the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases. For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this means they may be able to seek justice against abusers and organizations that allowed abuse to occur. Leading up to the bill’s passage, reports of sexual abuse have been mounting against the Catholic Archbishop of Guam, Anthony Sablan Apuron, who has been accused of molesting at least five altar boys in the 1960s and 1970s. Accusations of sexual abuse have been also been reported in recent years against other Catholic priests that served in Guam, including Fr. Louis Brouillard, Fr. Andrew Mannetta, Fr. Randy Nowak, and Fr. John Wadeson.
Sexual Abuse Victims’ Rights
Victims of child sexual abuse, even if it happened decades ago, may have the right to bring a lawsuit against perpetrators and institutions that allowed abuse to happen. Even if your abuser is no longer alive, you may still be able to sue the institution for its part in enabling the abuser’s access to children. We have represented dozens of men and women who were abused by Catholic priests, Boy Scout leaders, foster parents, family members, and other trusted figures. Time and time again, we have seen that instead of taking action against accused abusers, institutions turned a blind eye or simply moved the abuser to a new location, where the cycle of abuse continued.
Sexual Abuse Attorneys
If you or a loved one was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, the new law change means you may be able to bring a lawsuit and obtain justice.
Notice: Our attorneys are not licensed to practice in Guam, but we often associate with attorneys in other jurisdictions to help represent survivors of child abuse. In so doing, we have represented survivors of sexual abuse all across the United States.