Canada: class action lawsuit filed against the Watchtower about the pedophilia issue
All the success in the world to Canada against the evil cult.
There is an article in today's edition (Tuesday, September 19, 2017) of the French Quebec newspaper Le Soleil which gives some more background, including about Lise Blais.
Leaders accused of aggression
Le Soleil, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, page 19 print edition (via Google Translate)
A class action lawsuit accusing Jehovah's Witness leaders of maintaining an environment conducive to sexual assault and breaching their duty to protect minors under their wing was filed last week at the Montreal Courthouse.
The motion in the Superior Court is directed at The Watch Tower Bible and the Tract Society of Canada and its counterparts in New York and Pennsylvania. These are the main decision-making places of the Governing Body, a high-level body responsible for leading the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses around the world.
Lise Blais, a former Jehovah's Witness, filed the motion on behalf of all the children or adults who have ever been in the religion and who have been sexually assaulted by other Jehovah's Witnesses. The prosecution will charge $250,000 (US $203,000) for each victim, the number of which is unknown to the plaintiffs.
According to the motion, Ms. Blais alleges that she was the victim of repeated sexual assaults committed by her brother in Amos in the 1970s and 1980s. Four members of the religion, including his parents and an "Elder", one of the greatest authorities in his congregation, would have been briefed at various times. But the authorities were never contacted, and Ms. Blais had to flee the family home at the age of 17 to get away from her aggressor who still lived there, also deplores the request.
CULTURE OF SILENCE
According to this judicial document, there is "a culture of silence" in the religion, which is largely attributable to the policies of the Governing Body, which "provoke fear among the Witnesses and force them to adopt an attitude of submission". In particular, the Governing Body encourages Jehovah's Witnesses to deal with cases of sexual assault in an internal justice system without recourse to outside authorities.
"We are still very early in the proceedings, but if we filed the motion, it is because we believe in the cause," simply told La Presse Me Sarah Woods, who is piloting the case.
In 2011, there were 27,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Quebec. Hundreds of people may be entitled to compensation.
That is a small, isolated seed to start by Ms Blais. The Amos QC (congregation)? must be the last before the North Pole.?
Terrebonne used to be the hometown of WT lawyer Jayden MacEwen where his father was one of the congregation elders...
There is another topic " Quebec's Burning Hate" on this forum, that touches on that theme too. $ 250 000.- reward money should loosen a few more tongues, hopefully all truthful.
Yes, we are investigating at doing a national, Canada-wide lawsuit. More info is available here: