Dutch University Investigating JW Sexual Abuse

Dutch News announced in January 2019 that  Utrecht University would be launching an independent inquiry into sexual abuse by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  According to the report, this is just the latest in a series of multiple investigations focused on the Watchtower organization and religion in The Netherlands.

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JW Police Dispatcher / Elder Negotiates Plea in Sex Abuse Case

On September 20, 2019, the Fresno Bee reported that a 45-year-old Fresno, California Jehovah’s Witness pleaded “no contest” on Friday to charges he sexually assaulted a young girl from his church who was only 17 years old. The man was identified as Martin Phillip Ramos. An additional surprise was reported in the article: The accused worked as a “police dispatcher in Madera.”

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Ask Court to Reverse $35M Abuse Verdict

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / Posted Sep 13, 2019 12:34 pm PDT /BILLINGS, Mont. — An attorney for the Jehovah’s Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl’s sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive damages to a woman who said she was abused as a child in the mid-2000s by a member of the Thompson Falls Jehovah’s Witness congregation.

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California Court upholds $4 Million Sex Abuse Judgment Against Watchtower

Legal Newsline reported that a California appeals court affirmed a $4 million judgment against the nation’s governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The ruling was in favor of a woman who claimed she was molested as a child by an elder. In its 44-page opinion issued December 10, 2018, the California 4th District Court of Appeal, a Division Two three-judge panel left in place terminating sanctions and its judgment against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc.

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Child Victims Act – Other States Blazed a Trail

[Albany Times Union, August 25, 2019, by Steve Hughes] As cases gear up for a long process in New York, the effect of California lawsuits offers an example. Victims and advocates fought for years to get the Child Victims Act passed and waited for the date that would allow them to file lawsuits, seeking a measure of justice for abuse that in some cases goes back decades.

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