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Frequently Asked Questions



Why should I consider taking legal action for something that happened to me many years ago?

Unfortunately, many abuse victims are not able to connect the emotional and psychological difficulties they experience in adulthood to the sexual abuse they suffered as a child. Making that connection is often the first step in a process of healing. However, while calling or emailing us does not obligate you to go forward, it can help relieve guilt and provide a sense of purpose by putting pressure on the Archdiocese to reveal sexual abuse by clergy, teachers, and other employees that they have kept secret for many years.


I have been told that the Statute of Limitations prevents me from filing a lawsuit. What’s different now?

Two things are different now: In a 2007 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court allowed certain clergy sex abuse cases that include fraud to move forward. And, our law firm has had experiences in other states where an Archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy and the courts have allowed claims even if in the past the claim was arguably barred by a statute of limitations. If this court was to act in a similar fashion, it will be important for those wanting to take advantage to be prepared or they might lose their right to file a claim forever.


How long do I have to decide if I want to file a claim?

The United States Bankruptcy Court has made a ruling that all claims against the Archdiocese must be filed by February 1, 2012. To be sure that an opportunity to seek justice and begin a journey of healing is not lost, it is important to contact us immediately so there is time to evaluate your claim and file the required documents.


If I engage Jeff Anderson & Associates will it cost me anything out of my pocket?

No, if you call us we will provide a free and confidential consultation, explain what an Abuse Survivor Proof of Claim is, fill it out, file it and continue to handle everything on your behalf.


If I file a claim can I remain anonymous?

Yes. In twenty years of representing adults who were sexually abused as children the majority of our cases are filed as “John” or “Jane Doe.” The decision to use your name is completely up to you and will be respected by your lawyers, the court and the media.


If I decide to do this it will be hard for me. How will I be supported?

We have worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse for over twenty years. From the moment you call you will be in the care of people who understand what you have been through and how difficult it is to take this step. In addition to our team's experience handling these very difficult cases, our paralegals and legal assistants are highly trained and some have advanced degrees in psychology. At every step in the process we feel deeply and work tirelessly in response to the injustice our clients have suffered. We have a reputation for being the best at what we do, and that begins and ends with our ability to support, protect and guide survivors along their journey towards justice and healing.


When I think about the abuse I suffered as a child I’m not sure what to do. Is there someone I can talk to privately that would begin to help me sort things out?

Fortunately the road to healing is paved with a multitude of caring organizations and individuals in your community. If you live in the Milwaukee area, The Healing Center is a good place to start. In addition, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has three chapters in Wisconsin and many across the country. A complete list of contact information for SNAP chapter leaders is available here. Finally, always remember that you are not alone, the abuse you experienced is not your fault, and together with many good people, healing is possible.

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