Recently, allegations have surfaced accusing Jehovah’s Witnesses of covering up years of sexual abuse accusations within their congregation. Elders within the church allegedly instructed other leaders to avoid reporting sexual abuse claims to the authorities so that the church could handle issues internally. The new reports say that the church maintained a list of sexual offenders within the congregation, tracking countless individuals for the past several decades.
Now, in the wake of this scandal, victims of sexual assault within the Jehovah’s Witness church are coming forward to seek justice from their abusers and the church responsible for allowing the abuse to go unchecked. By failing to report these sexual abuse allegations, and going so far as to hide repeat reports, the church may have enabled several sexual predators to go on to hurt more victims.
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If you or someone you love was abused within the Jehovah’s Witness church, you may be able to take legal action for your suffering. Our experienced sexual abuse attorneys at Wagner Reese are prepared to help you seek justice and compensation.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Jehovah’s Witnesses
The parent organization of the Jehovah Witnesses, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, supposedly sent a letter to other leaders within the congregation, instructing them to handle all sexual abuse claims internally. Any instances of abuse were to be reported to the church, not the authorities.
According to reports, Jehovah’s Witnesses require a two-witness rule in order to validate any claim. And, even if there were multiple witnesses, members of the congregation were still encouraged to go to the elders with their concerns, rather than the authorities.
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Over the years, countless children within the Jehovah’s Witness organization could have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their parents, family friends, elders, mentors, or other authority figures within the church community. Due to the organization’s refusal to report such instances, several children may have suffered ongoing abuse as a direct result of the church’s their negligence. Plus, sources also say that the organization allowed known sexual predators to remain in the church, and even allowed them to work closely with children without supervision. Had the organization reported abuse to the authorities, countless children could have been spared the traumatizing damage of abuse.
If you were abused within Jehovah’s Witnesses, our firm is prepared to help. We have ample experience representing victims of sexual assault, including those who were abused as children. We firmly believe that nobody deserves to be abused, and every victim should have a voice. Our experienced lawyers can help build a case in your favor and advocate for your rights against the liable party. If the church enabled your abuse to occur or continue, we want to use our ample resources and legal knowledge to hold them accountable for the damage they caused.
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