[Opinion] Let’s not always give wrongdoers the benefit of the doubt

December 11, 2020
adamhorowitzlaw.com (law firm blog)

We at Horowitz Law are grateful to every single attorney who takes on the tough and often risky job of helping a child sex abuse victim expose predators, get closure and safeguard others.

So we’re very reluctant to offer unsolicited advice to our colleague in the trenches of child protection.

But sometimes, we feel we must.

Check out these recent quotes from an attorney representing clergy abuse victims:

“The diocese thought it could fix this, and it was completely unable to fix it.” Diocese officials figured that they could counsel or treat a priest out of criminal conduct, he added. “And so they closed ranks, and that’s the heart of their negligent behavior.”

This well-intentioned lawyer is no doubt trying to sound reasonable. But he’s inadvertently doing what so many – especially church-goers – do in the face of terrible crimes and cover ups. He’s basically giving the benefit of the doubt to officials who are accused of enabling and ignoring this horror.

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