JEHOVAH’S WITNESS SEXUAL ABUSE CLASS ACTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2017
Jehovah’s Witness Sexual Abuse Class Action Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Tuovi Haté LLP 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.ca . 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
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.