Clive Welsh

A Call for Witnesses: Survivors of Abuser and Former Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Youth Pastor Clive Welsh

PCVA is seeking information about alleged child sex abuser, Clive Welsh. Welsh was a former youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Santa Ana, California.

PCVA is currently investigating sexual abuse allegations against Clive Welsh while Clive Welsh was a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana, California. If you or someone you know has any information regarding sexual abuse by Clive Welsh while he was a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel that could help in these efforts, please contact us.  

This article provides frequently asked questions about Clive Welsh, child sexual abuse, and how PCVA’s experienced sexual abuse lawyers can help.

What are the allegations against Clive Welsh?

Clive Welsh was a pastor at Costa Mesa in Santa Ana, California who allegedly sexually abused several children the late 1980s to the early 1990s while serving as a youth pastor at the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

Did Clive Welsh sexually abuse other victims?

We believe there are many other victims of Clive Welsh who have yet to come forward and deserve justice for the terrible abuse they endured. If you or someone you know has any information, please contact us or schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers here

How can sexual abuse impact its victims?

Even if there is no outward injury to the body, sexual abuse of a child can have serious psychological effects.

The effects of sexual violence can include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Flashbacks Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Panic attacks
  • Substance abuse
  • Disordered sleep
  • Sexual dysfunction

These are serious issues that can harm a person’s ability to work, study, maintain relationships, and enjoy their lives.  Treatment for sexual abuse-related damage can take a long time and become very expensive.

What is the statute of limitations in California State for child sex abuse?

If you are currently an adult and experienced sexual abuse when you were under the age of 18, you have until the later of the following to file a civil case: 1) up until your 40th birthday or 2) within five years of the date that you discovered or reasonably should have discovered that the psychological injuries and/or illness suffered during adulthood were caused by the childhood sexual abuse.

If you are under the age of 18 and experience sexual abuse after January 1, 2024 you can file a civil case at any time.

Can I come forward or sue anonymously if I’m worried about my privacy?

Most likely. The law usually allows attorneys to file lawsuits on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse using a pseudonym, like “John Doe” or “Jane Doe,” or a person’s initials. It also may be possible to resolve your case privately without filing a lawsuit or going to court.

How can survivors receive damages for sexual abuse?

Our attorneys have been involved in some of the most complicated and concerning sexual abuse cases in the country, and we are often consulted by other law firms for guidance and expertise when representing abuse survivors.  We take a trauma-informed approach to our representation that acknowledges the sensitive nature of each person’s case.

Every case is different and results – which depend on the facts of the case – cannot be guaranteed.  However, we will fight to hold negligent institutions and individuals accountable.  Through our efforts, we have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages on behalf of abuse survivors.  While no amount of monetary compensation can erase the trauma, the financial assistance can help pay for necessary expenses to allow the healing process to begin.

How much do you charge?

Our work is done on a contingency basis.  This means that you do not pay us on an hourly basis, and we advance the costs of litigation.  If we help you resolve your case, we receive a percentage of the amount you receive, and you reimburse us for the costs we advanced on your behalf.

Our case results

PCVA has a lengthy history of pursuing damages from youth-serving organizations that employed individuals who abused their positions of authority to sexually assault children, including religious organizations, school districts, foster care agencies, boarding homes, and hospitals. See below for links to some of our case results involving such entities:

$7.5M Jury Verdict for Child Sex Abuse Case Against YMCA

$4.25M Settlement in Sexual Assault Case Against Issaquah School District

$4.2M Settlement Reached in Coach Sexual Abuse Case Against University Place School District

$3.9M Settlement in Sexual Abuse Against Tahoma School District

$3M Settlement in Coach Sexual Abuse Case Against Seattle Public Schools

$2.45M Settlement for Child Sexual Abuse Case Against Athletic Director/Teacher

$2.05M Settlement in Sexual Abuse Case Against Spokane School District

See a more detailed list on our Case Results page.