On Tuesday, September 26, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of child sex abuse victims in the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada, seeking some $66 million CAD in damages. Note my quick write-up of the suit at this post.
For those unfamiliar with the term, a class action suit refers to a lawsuit that is filed on behalf of many persons, not just one individual. The settlement or judgment from that lawsuit would then be shared among all those plaintiffs.
This particular lawsuit against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada is unique, in that it will include all those in Canada who were sexually abused as children in the religion, and not just residents of one particular Canadian province. This suit includes plaintiffs who were sexually abused by elders in the congregation in particular, and those who were sexually abused by other adult members of the religion.
While the suit is still in its infancy, and has just been served to Watchtower this past week, those who feel that they may qualify to be part of the lawsuit can visit the website for the attorneys, and fill out their questionnaire at this page.
I will continue to update this site as much as possible, but please direct any and all legal questions to the attorneys listed on that page. In the meantime, please visit this news story, which includes a video interview with Tricia Franginha, one of the survivors behind the lawsuit. Many thanks to her and the others who have worked so hard on bringing this suit forward, and fingers crossed it brings some measure of justice for all the victims of the Watchtower Society.
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