On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, a jury in Montana ruled that the Watchtower Society must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church covered up her childhood sexual abuse. A Montana jury handed down the penalty on behalf of a 21-year-old woman. You can now read the full court order.
On October 22, 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia released an announcement that a “hotline” had been created to serve survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy and other responsible members of religious organizations. The department’s action was apparently in response to public outcries for federal and state government leaders and agencies to finally take some effective action to track and investigate the ever-increasing numbers of crimes against children by clergy.
In a follow-up article that continues his earlier reporting about the recent Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse case heard in Montana, Seaborn Larson of the Missoulian ties up the loose ends and expands upon the longterm effects that the case may have on the Watchtower organization. We present and preserve it for your consideration as follows:
NBC News published a report by Elizabeth Chuck on October 7, 2018, that “on the heels of a $35 million jury award to a woman who alleged her Jehovah’s Witness congregation mishandled her childhood abuse, other survivors say there’s a pattern of cover-ups.” Read the complete NBC News article below: