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There is no amount of money that can take away the pain, shame, thoughts and guilt that victims have endured. Most of the time young victims are too ashamed to come forward and too young to understand the damage that was done until decades go by.

By then the Criminal and Civil Statute of Limitations is long past due once they realize the damage that was done. This needs to change. And being aware of signs of abuse and talking with your children and asking the rights questions about whether an organization has taken the proper safety measures within their organization will help minimize the chance of abuse.
the Roman Catholic Church documents now contain over 5,500 reports of priest abusers

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, exploitation or assault, call the Texas law firm of Nix, Patterson & Roach. You need a lawyer with experience handling these highly sensitive and emotional cases. Contact Neil Smith for a confidential, free consultation at 1-800-220-1088.

We offer free initial consultations to abuse survivors and take cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no attorney’s fee unless you obtain compensation. At the Texas law firm of Nix Patterson & Roach, we want to make it as easy as possible to pursue the justice you deserve.

Support Links

Crime Victim Services, from the Attorney General of Texas – Report, “What We Can Do About Child Abuse,” covers recognizing physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, then responding to the child and guidelines for reporting abuse to civil authorities.

Nat’l Ctr. for Prosecution of Child Abuse – Established by district attorneys, it serves as a resource for training, legal assistance, court reform and information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions.

Texas Legislature Online – Contact your local reps. Follow a bill through the legislative process.

To Stop Violence Against Children You Can Help 

The Hope of Survivors – A ministry of compassion providing support, hope and healing for victims of pastoral sexual abuse and misconduct.

Education and Advocacy

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) – Support and advocacy by and for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. SNAP is based in Chicago, with local chapters and support group meetings in over cities nationwide. Texas chapters are located in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Amarillo.

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 70 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – The mission of The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by involving clients, families and communities. Every day, almost 6,800 DFPS employees in more than 249 offices across the state protect the physical safety and emotional well-being of the most vulnerable citizens of Texas.

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas – established in an effort to enhance the sensitivity and responsiveness of the criminal and civil justice systems, thereby minimizing the impact of child abuse, providing vital medical and mental health services for these children and their families, and facilitating the prosecution of perpetrators.

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center at Alliant International University. Their mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma on local, national, and international levels. Their Annual Hawai’i Conference on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Child, Adolescent and Adult Trauma will be taking place March 8-10, 2011.