Clergy Abuse Victims Come Forward Against Father Thomas Summers

Kevin BiniazanJanuary 21, 2022

The widespread sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy has been a horrific but all too real nightmare for Virginia parish members. For decades, most victims remained silent, but after an anonymous man filed a lawsuit against Father Thomas Summers, more evidence has surfaced. Now, a lawsuit is moving forward.  

Here is what we know about the lawsuit thus far:

  • The plaintiff says he was raped and battered at the hands of Father Summers from ages 10-14
  • The plaintiff says Father Summers used coercive powers of the church to inflict abuse on the boy repeatedly. Father Summers threatened to withdraw the church’s financial support going to the victim’s family and to call social services to have the vitum taken away from his parents. 
  • The plaintiff also says that Father summers regularly used drugs and alcohol to incapacitate him.

While Father Summers died in 1992, there is still a chance for his victims to have their voices heard and their pain acknowledged by way of a civil lawsuit. This can be a critical step in getting the compensation deserved for years of abuse. If you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, contact our lawyers today for a confidential consultation.

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