Sunday, 17 June 2012

It's not just the Catholics

MSNBC reports:
In what both sides described as a momentous ruling, a jury in Oakland, Calif., has found that Jehovah’s Witnesses was partly responsible for the alleged sexual abuse of a girl by one of its members and must pay her more than $20 million.

The Alameda County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $21 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff, who is now 26 years old. That was on top of the $7 million in compensatory damages it awarded her on Wednesday.
The cover up of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses has been known about for a while, but has never captured as much attention as that within the Catholic Church.

Admirably, the plaintiff in this case, Candace Conti, did not seek settlement, but instead pursued a court finding to add extra pressure to change things within the Watchtower church, and has identified herself so as to encourage other victims to come forward.

The church will, of course, appeal. Accepting responsibility for child molesters they knew about and didn't protect children from is not something is not a precedent they will want to leave standing.

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