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Jehovah's Witness Sexual Abuse Claims

Sexual Abuse Attorneys

As with other religious organizations, Jehovah's Witnesses have faced public criticism for allegations of sexual abuse within their congregations. Additionally, like many other cases of sexual abuse in religious institutions, the organization has dealt with many accusations specifically involving child sexual abuse.

Regardless of the setting in which it occurs, sexual abuse - as well as improper handling of accusations - should never be tolerated. At Stern Law Group, our sexual abuse lawyers are available to fight for the rights of abuse victims and their families.

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Public Allegations of Sexual Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses

There have been multiple public accusations and legal cases involving sexual abuse among Jehovah's Witnesses. Some of these include:

  • The Center for Investigative Reporting issued a recent report claiming that the Watchtower Society (the religion's parent organization) has actively covered up sexual abuse cases for over 25 years. The report claims that members were instructed to report internally to the Watchtower Society before reporting to authorities.
  • In December 2014, a $10.5 million lawsuit was filed by two former Jehovah's Witnesses in Oregon. The individuals claimed the organization covered up decades of sexual abuse.
  • In October 2014, the Watchtower Society was ordered to pay $13.5 million in connection to a San Diego case in which a seven-year-old boy had been abused by a member Witness elders knew had previously abused at least one other child.
  • In June 2012, the Watchtower Society was ordered to pay $21 million in punitive and compensatory damages after it was discovered that the Society had a policy to not disclose child abuse history of members to parents in the congregation. The court also found the Society did not report abuse involving a nine-year-old girl to authorities.
  • Some victims have publicly alleged they were ordered by elders to remain silent about abuse in order to avoid embarrassment to the organization.

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Stern Law Group has helped protect the rights of over 30,000 people. Over the years, our experienced team of award-winning lawyers has advocated on behalf of many sexual abuse victims and their families. We understand the emotional nature of these cases, and the exceptional skill and determination it takes to stand up and fight back against some of the largest and most powerful organizations in the world.

If you have questions about your case, your rights, and how you can file a sexual abuse claim, our team is available 24/7 to respond to your call for help. Contact us for a free and confidential case evaluations.

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