Watchtower Faces Major Lawsuits in Canada

We were just notified about the following press release. This is a major and important legal action taken against three Watchtower entities by a major law firm based in Toronto, Canada. We will follow-up with coverage and commentary as quickly as more information becomes available to us. This could be a major groundbreaking legal event for the Watchtower both in and outside of Canada.

 

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS SEXUAL ABUSE CLASS ACTION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto
October 2, 2017

Jehovah’s Witness Sexual Abuse Class Action Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Tuovi Hate announced today that it had commenced a class action in Ontario against 3 Jehovah’s Witness organizations, one in Canada and two in the United States. 
The amount claimed on behalf of the former students is the sum of $66,000,000. 
The case has been brought on behalf of current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses who claim they were sexually assaulted by Elders of the organization. There is also a class of claimants composed of those who allege that when they were children they were sexually assaulted by adult Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The action has been commenced on behalf of all those affected, regardless of where in Canada they reside.
While the name of the proposed representative plaintiff has been disclosed in the Statement of Claim, a discreet and confidential claims process whereby the identities of other claimants are not disclosed will be sought.
Victims may contact the law firm in confidence at www.mcst.a . They are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire to provide particulars of their situation.
The defendants have not yet been served with the Statement of Claim but will be served in the near future.
A motion to certify the action as a class proceeding will be brought after the defendants have been served with the claim. 

Contact: Bryan C. McPhadden
Phone: (416) 601-1020 
Fax: (416) 601-1721 
Email: bmcphadden@mcst.ca

LINK to Official Announcement

LINK to Class Action Lawsuit Filing Document


Here is an additional report and video from Toronto City News:  LINK

 


Comments

Watchtower Faces Major Lawsuits in Canada — 19 Comments

  1. This type of action should’ve been taken long ago.
    But since it is in progress every JW should get a
    copy of the questionnaire.
    Two suggestions:
    1. Post it on the information board in every Kingdom Hall worldwide.
    (good luck on that one)
    2. Send an email or text to every known JW and ex-JW you are aware of. Link to the
    questionnaire or Barbara’s site.

    I have read/viewed many stories on various sites and You tube of those who have been assaulted.
    Fill out the questions and send it in. Don’t worry about the statute of limitations.
    What needs to happen here is exposure. Overwhelm WT. Inform the media. (Reveal, PBS. Your local newspaper). Get the questionnaire out there. Do it now. Stop this evil abuse of children. Expose
    the cruelty that ex jws have suffered and the deception present JWs are unaware of.

  2. Does it matter how many yrs back it happened? This is awesome!!!…How many fingers are now pointing at JW.org…this is not going away…”Dirty little secrets”…within …”Jehovah’s clean organization”… and we who were abused and are speaking out…are the ones they shun and mark and avoid…we will die as apostates at…Armagedon…while they, the abusers and those who covered over this and looked the other way, pointing at Catholics and other religions… will enjoy life eternal in Paradise with God’s smile of approval???? Hmmm…..? No amount of money can make horrors of abuse go away, this needs to be done…They need to be held accountable…thanks to all who listen and try to be of help.

      • A well-known active religion, such as the “Jehovah Witnesses”, should no longer convert people into robots, but into independently critical thinking and self-reflecting people. They must also be able to let their hearts and consciences speak. They are created in the image of God and are therefore not meant to be a kind of parrots. We have to say goodbye to these types of structures. Is this so difficult to understand?

        • The JW is not a religion is a CULT and yes they are well-known in a very negative way. Some people are polite, other are Christians that fell pity because they know that their message is trash, is an anti biblical message. Do you want to make changes LOL, to what structures I am under the impression that your not to well from your head maybe you should run for a position in the GB.

  3. Will this be sufficient to bring down this “CULT” please, please can someone make of this the biggest head lines in the News Media. TV, Newspaper, Advertisement, so this ignorant religious people understand that this, so called religious is nothing but a Satanic Cult since its beginnings back in 1784 with the Masonic, Ops! “Moronic” Russell and Rutherfraud. Also, the government should revoke or remove their tax exempt status as a Charity since this people don’t help no even their mothers. Thanks to all the ones that are working hard to bring out the true about the “Truth”. DOWN WITH THE WATCHTOWER…….of BABEL.

  4. Advertise, advertise, advertise the Watchtower Child Abuse Cover Ups.
    Send an email or text to every known JW and ex-JW you are aware of. Link to the
    questionnaire or Barbara’s site.

    Note: If you are still a JW,active or inactive, it is suggested not to use your own email. Get a gmail with a fake name. Don’t bring down the Tower on yourself. Have a Non-JW friend send out the link to the ‘friends’. Contact your local newspaper; give them the link to this site.
    Do it now. Stop this evil abuse of children.

    Larry

  5. Am still a JW from the Netherlands and i am not hiding for some elders or the GB at all. On the 31-10-2017 put the 21 theses on my Kingdom hall door in Arnhem, Netherlands. You shall ask me how it is possible you are not official disfellowshipped by some elders ? Because i not go to any JC and i ask to show my human rights on paper otherwise i go to police. They stopped after two years persecutions and i go to some Kingdom hall meetings and answer in freedom ! Am never left the JW religion but they left me…..the same as Maarten Luther.

  6. Why you are still a JW is beyond my comprehension. I understand the FEAR that the WTS instills in in all of its members by its Doctrinal Trickery (misapplied scriptures to fit their teachings)but to say you are not DF’d and you have ‘put them in their place’ because you basically threatened to go to the police and you ‘answer in freedom’. Your “freedom comments”, mark my word, will land you before a Judicial Committee at some point. They will listen to enough of your responses to the point they will feel that you are a bad influence and the congregation should not hear what you are saying. Why you keep going to hear fearful controlling talks and ignorant supporting comments by the ‘blinded sheep’ is not smart and will come back to bite you at some future time.

    I agree with your last comment that “they left me”. They left all of us by fooling us to go door to door to be recruiting, advertising agents to bring in more members to financially support a false claim that they are “God’s organization’, spiritual channel and (self-appointed) Faithful Slave. I could go on and on but how many more lies do you need to uncover to put them in their place.
    Who am I? One damn angry, betrayed ignorant, gullible etc. fading,former sheep. Someone who woke up to the ‘Watchtower Nightmare’ after having been a Servant for almost 50 Years. Wake Up and stop reading the Awake and any other uninspired, not spirit directed information. Sorry for the rant to you but not sorry to the Unfaithful Prison Warden. I am not telling what to do but they are not your friends not a friend of the ‘Real Truth’.
    Larry

    • In my Youth became enormous help from local JW’s and even the teachings over God and how to live in more a proper way was impressive. So later understood that God gave me through this people the help which i needed in that time to stay in life and go out of loneliness. It is curious that i never hear some JW of ex JW who say that he became real assist, help, support in his hard times even when he understood that everything is man made religion only. 1 Tess . 5:21

      • In 1969 I started studying what I thought was a Bible study. In 1970 I was baptized and thought that in about 5 years, 1975, I would be living in the New World (system, Paradise etc) on earth. After about 40 some years I realized that I was studying books that referred to selected, cherry-picked, scriptures to support a preconceived teaching or topic that fit the whims and wishes of the JW organization. I taught many people what I thought was the Bible’s teaching of “truth”. Not too long ago I realized I never ‘came into the truth” but came into a premeditated ‘lie, deception, half-truth).

        I say all of this and could say more but to answer your comment

        “In my Youth became enormous help from local JW’s and even the teachings over God and how to live in more a proper way was impressive.” JWs are good hearted people for the most part and live clean moral lives. But this is not proof of being in the truth or in God’s organization. These qualities can be found in the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army and in many churches, Islam, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. They are basic God given qualities found in most humans. They are not unique to JWs. Displaying these good qualities are used as ‘recruiting tools” to enlarge the Organization, which brings in donations. I know this because I was a very good recruiter and “servant” for about 50 years.

        You and I and others were not taught God’s teachings as the Bible clearly shows. We were given a WT version of teachings dating all the way back to Chas. Taze Russell who got the teachings from what he called “false teachings of Babylon” and from Adventists religion and others. Not the Bible but used it to support WT teachings.

        Of course, I have been helped and have helped others as a JW. I have also been helped by Hippies, worldly people and who knows what they were because that what real humans do. But kindness can be used to use people for selfish reasons.

        Ironically, Your reference to 1 Thess 5:21 “Make sure of all things, hold fast to what is fine” is good Scriptural advice but it is what JWs, including me, didn’t do when a JW contacted us. They and I didn’t ‘make sure of all (the) things” I was being taught in the “Bible (book) study. JWs today and those studying need to RESEARCH the Organization’s History. If they and you do, you will discover the false predictions/prophecies WT has made.
        Of all the dates they have predicted, not one of them have come true, all have failed.
        1914, 1925, 1975 and many others – all false. Look up Deut 18:20-22 it fits WT.

        Look up who the WT called the Scarlet-colored Wild Beast, it is the United Nations. Don’t you find it odd that the Watchtower joined the United Nations as an NGO (Non-government Organization) as a member for 10 years. They resigned after being exposed by The Guardian News but you will not find one word that they were a member in any WT publications. Very few JWs know this, why?

        I won’t go on but it is hard to stop after waking up from a 50 year nightmare. It hurts daily that I was so stupid but I realize I was scammed. If you want to verify any of what I said I will be happy to give you the evidence. Don’t be taken in by phony conditional “love”.
        I don’t know why, but I still believe in God but not the WT God (organization).

        Hope all goes well. Read and let the Bible speak to you. You don’t need the WT Index.

        Fully Awake Larry

        • LARRY say “Of course, I have been helped and have helped others as a JW. I have also been helped by Hippies, worldly people and who knows what they were because that what real humans do. But kindness can be used to use people for selfish reasons.”

          Willibrordus answer : Hippies can be nice people but it bring nothing in real hope, only the message of Bible, Gospel and today support of people who live in Bible morality. The JW’s brought trust in God and the Bible in 1987. The meetings and social network was a much higher level than such “hippie” lifestyle or church people in Netherlands( totally dead).

          LARRY say “Look up who the WT called the Scarlet-colored Wild Beast, it is the United Nations. Don’t you find it odd that the Watchtower joined the United Nations as an NGO (Non-government Organization) as a member for 10 years. They resigned after being exposed by The Guardian News but you will not find one word that they were a member in any WT publications. Very few JWs know this, why?”

          Willibrordus answer ; This things i know from 2014 already, nothing news.
          They the WTBTS invested in 1943( yes in 1943 ) 597.000 USD in the Nazi Germany economy !! 45 companies from US America and 1 religion. You know this?Today they invest in hedge funds like the HIENRIETTA RILEY ( owned by Wachttower )

          When you show this to members they start afraid and call “elders” for “apostate” propaganda, such mind controlled members we see mostly who live in this bubble.

          • Willibrordus,

            I think we are on the same page in what we know about the WT.

            What bothered me was your original comment, “i go to some Kingdom hall meetings and answer in freedom !”
            I answered: “Your “freedom comments”, mark my word, will land you before a Judicial Committee at some point. They will listen to enough of your responses to the point they will feel that you are a bad influence and the congregation should not hear what you are saying. Why you keep going to hear fearful controlling talks and ignorant supporting comments by the ‘blinded sheep’ is not smart and will come back to bite you at some future time.”
            I said this not to make you feel bad but to warn you that you are not putting them in their place, they are biding their time and waiting to hear just one comment too many, then I guarantee you will be before a JC meeting. But the choice is yours.

            One last thing that I pick up from your comments is that you still have a soft spot in your heart for what you think the WT has done for you.

            “The JW’s brought trust in God and the Bible in 1987. The meetings and social network was a much higher level than such “hippie” lifestyle or church people in Netherlands( totally dead).”

            This “compassion”, “loyalty” is residual indoctrination. It means that which is ‘left over’ in our memories of the good times and fellowship we enjoyed, etc. etc. This DOES NOT MEAN WE WERE IN THE “TRUTH”. (Excuse the Capital spelling. but let what I say sink in please)

            Just because they got us interested in the Bible, promoted a higher lifestyle than the Hippies or other “worldly” groups, paraded us up and down the streets in suits and long dresses doesn’t mean we owe them one thing. They owe us if anything because they robbed our lives of precious time that could have been used in making a real difference in people’s lives. But we as blind sheep marched in step handing out tracts, placing mags, trying to start Bible (book) studies which helped the WT get more donations to promote nothing more than a worldwide business that may have seemingly improved the lives of some. But that could have been found in many other places. They did this by leading us down a ‘path of false hope’. One of misapplied scriptures and doctrines based on reasoning from men not from God. Giving them credit for anything is misplaced loyalty.

            Our job, mission if you will, is to expose this cult in any way we can. Attending their meetings gives everyone there the feeling that there is hope for YOU yet. Making comments that hopefully will ‘wake them up’ won’t work; their ears are stopped and their minds are closed. We have wasted enough time knocking on doors with false predictions. We need to knock on the door the Bible says we should knock on. Find that door. Do you remember the advice: ‘Get out of her my people, if you don’t want to share in her plagues”?
            That’s what I have done. I don’t want to have any part of the plague.
            Again here I have vented a lot of my frustration of how so many JWs have left but yet feel they have some ‘obligation’ to the WT. I say get over it and move on.

            Thank you for your response. Expose the cult and really help all JWs and give all the householders at break.

            Larry

          • Dear Mr Larry answer about ““The JW’s brought trust in God and the Bible in 1987. The meetings and social network was a much higher level than such “hippie” lifestyle or church people in Netherlands( totally dead).” My answer is that even when you and others came with some false predictions you can not say that it was all waste. Many poor and people who live alone or have no any idea what the life is was helped by many JW’s in knowlwedge, social time and invitations to give this people, even me, attention.
            Personnly i think that when a born JW break away he never can understand people who are simple suffering because nobody is interested in them.So where is the compassion?? Some stages Jesus gave fish and bread, talk with them and later nobody understood even Jesus, but they have some hope and smile.

      • Mr. Van Der Weide: The JW are the most ignorant human being walking on the face of the planet. Stop with the nonsense that they are humble,nice and clean looking people by the way they dress, all that is in appearances or image that the WT likes to give out to the World in order to impress so they can bring more people into the cult and get more money. This is not a religion is a cult which roots are Masonic 100%. They were in the past and still in the present Masons and Illuminaties. This is what the people of this country (USA) call the 1%. Their Biblical teaching are the most disparate and illogical piece of crap that anyone can ever hear. Nothing in their teaching make sense and it is an anti biblical and anti christian message. In other words they are the one in opposition to the Christ the Son of God they are the Antichrist together with what they call Babylon the Great. Go an read the Bible on its own no with the help of the Crap-alaya and its contaminated message.

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