El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador), Monday, October 1, 2018
Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $ 35 million for a case of sexual abuse
The church says it will appeal the judge’s decision, claiming that the lawsuit has already expired.
The church of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States must pay $ 35 million for the crime of child sexual abuse. The fine will be paid to a 21-year-old girl who claims to have been the victim of sexual abuse by one of the members of the congregation, located in the state of Montana.
According to information published by AP, the girl and two other members of her family group suffered abuse between the 1990s and 2000s. The abuse was committed by a third member of the family who belonged to the congregation.
The victims claim to have reported the crime to the clergy of the church and the case was handled internally by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of New York, which is the national organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
At that time, 2004, the alleged abuser was sent off, but the congregation reinstated one year later, this according to the negligence lawsuit which was filed in court.
Watch Tower said it will appeal the verdict because the demand period has expired. In addition, they ensure that state law exempts its clergy to report “internal ecclesiastical proceedings on a serious sin of one member of the congregation.”
It is also anticipated that the fine will be reviewed by a judge before it becomes effective.
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