Are you a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by Brother Gerald (Jerry) Seipp? Seipp served at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore between 1983 and 1996, in addition to other regional assignments.
If you believe you may have a clergy sexual abuse case against Brother Jerry Seipp, Jenner Law’s attorneys can advise you on your legal options. We offer free and confidential consultations for clergy abuse survivors in Baltimore and other areas. Contact us today to learn more.
What Do I Need to Know About Brother Gerald Seipp?
Gerald Seipp professed his solemn vows in 1977. Following his vows, the Baltimore native served as a friar in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. His known assignments include:
- Archbishop Curley High School, High School Ministry, Baltimore, 1983-1996
- St. Stanislaus Paris, Pastoral Assistant, Trenton, NJ
- Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD
Seipp retired from ministry at the Shrine of St. Anthony in 2016. He now lives in the Immaculate Conception Friary in Rensselaer, NY, and serves alongside other friars.
Concerns have been raised about the time Brother Gerald (Jerry) Seipp spent at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore between 1983 and 1996. The 2023 report from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General did not name him as credibly accused clergy. However, several teachers at the school were investigated for the possibility of clergy abuse. Those included on the list of credibly accused from Archbishop Curley High School include:
- Father Alfred Ewanowski, 1968-1976, teacher at Archbishop Curley High School
- Father Michael Kolodziej, 1975-1979, teacher at Archbishop Curley High School
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What Should I Do If I Was Abused at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD?
If you attended Archbishop Curley High School and experienced sexual abuse, we encourage you to contact our legal team as soon as possible. Not only could you get justice, but you could also help others hold their abusers accountable. At the same time, adults who report childhood clergy abuse now could protect the next generation from enduring similar abuse.
Our attorneys handling Maryland sexual abuse cases provide free, confidential consultations. We know this is not an easy topic to discuss. However, we aim to make it as comfortable as possible.
Are There More Baltimore Clergy Abuse Cases Already Underway?
Numerous survivors have come forward to report Baltimore clergy abuse and file lawsuits against the Baltimore Archdiocese and others involved. The four-year investigation by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General interviewed more than 300 survivors and uncovered 156 credibly accused clergy members, nuns, teachers, and others.
In many cases, this investigation was the first time these survivors spoke about their childhood sexual abuse. Some have filed civil lawsuits based on the information uncovered in the investigation. The Attorney General’s report says there are at least 600 victims of Baltimore clergy abuse and likely more.
In September 2023, the Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This could change how some of these cases proceed through the courts, so filing your report and starting your case as soon as possible is important.
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What Are My Rights as a Survivor of Childhood Clergy Sexual Abuse in Maryland?
Maryland law recently changed, becoming more friendly to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. State lawmakers passed The Child Victims Act of 2023 in response to the Attorney General’s report on clergy abuse in Baltimore. With the passage of this law, which went into effect on October 1, 2023, Maryland adults who survived sexual abuse as children can sue to hold religious institutions and others accountable for their role in the survivors’ abuse.
Some of the changes that came with The Child Victims Act of 2023 include:
- Redefining sexual abuse: This law redefines child sexual abuse in Maryland. The definition now includes perpetrators and those who allow or ignore the abuse.
- Eliminating the statute of limitations: This law eliminates the deadline for filing a lawsuit for adults who experienced childhood sexual abuse in Maryland. This makes it possible to sue even decades later.
- Permitting retroactive lawsuits: The new statute of limitations applies retroactively, meaning survivors can sue even if they previously ran out of time.
- Raising the limits on recoverable damages: The law raises caps on the recoverable damages in child sex abuse lawsuits. This includes eliminating the cap on economic damages from private organizations and raising the non-economic damages limit to $1.5 million. The cap on recoveries from government agencies is now $890,000.
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What Damages Can Survivors Recover in a Baltimore Clergy Abuse Case?
When a childhood sexual abuse survivor sues an institution like the Archdiocese of Baltimore, they aim to hold the organization accountable and recover fair compensation for the experience they endured. This generally comes in the form of a financial payout that covers damages, including:
- Medical bills, including for mental health care
- Income losses and reduced capacity to work
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
Our personal injury attorneys can calculate the possible value of a case, including your past and present damages. We use your financial costs, the current caps, and other cases to determine how much your case might be worth. We can then negotiate a fair settlement or take the case to a jury trial.
Call Today to Review Your Legal Options With Our Baltimore Clergy Abuse Lawyers
Jenner Law’s sexual abuse lawyers are accepting Maryland clergy abuse cases now. If you experienced abuse by Brother Gerald (Jerry) Seipp or anyone else at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD, call our team today. We want to discuss your case during a free, confidential consultation with our team.
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