Victoria A. Boer v. Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada et.al. involves Vicki suing the Watchtower and some of its elders. The organization treated her paedophile father in high regard even after Vicki came forward. Vicki was forced to go through a confrontation that re-raped her again. Vicki sued the organization and its agents (aka elders and some at Bethel headquarters) for forcing her to go through the confrontation and preventing her from getting mental therapy.
Trial ended in September, 2002.
We are still waiting for Her Honour's (Anne Molloy's) decision in the trial.
Vicki has appreciated all of your support in waiting for this decision.
The decision must be given before May 31, 2003. Lawyers all over Toronto have been phoning Charles Mark (Vicki's counsel). There is a lot of media and legal interest in this case and thus, a lot of the legal community is stunned that Her Honour's decision has nt come down yet.
You maybe interested to know what is going on in the congregation in Shelburne Ontario. This is the congregation whose two elders along with Georgetown Headquarters forced Vicki to hold a confrontation and hug her father.
The Shelburne congregation has been continually praying deeply for Vicki to lose her case. They have been calling her a number of names, such as but not limited to, apostate, and believes she is a very evil person. The congregation has been told over and over again that the Watchtower will take this case all the way to the Supreme court. This has been confirmed by people within the congregation to Vicki and me.
What this congregation is doing, in my own personal opinion, is thoroughly disgusting and those who are doing it at the Shelburne congregation should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Especially when they are telling the free world that they have a strong child abuse policy!
There is a possibility that Scott, Vicki's husband, may not be able to attend court when the decision comes out due to job related duties (he is in the military). I think it is important that when this decision comes out, that Vicki have a support base at court to help her through this mess. Thus, I hope many of us will be there at 361 University Ave. in Toronto when the decision comes down.
When I get the court date for the decision I will inform the board. Until then, I think people should find the address for the Shelburne congregation and start writing a letter campaign complaining about their stance on this issue.
hawk (from snowy/freezing rain Kingston, Ontario)