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Jehovah’s Witnesses sued in Canada for history of sex abuse cover-up

Jehovah’s Witnesses sued in Canada for history of sex abuse cover-up

Current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada have filed a $66 million class-action lawsuit against the religion’s leadership claiming that its policies protect members who sexually abuse children.

The suit was filed in Ontario on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse across Canada, where more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses reside.

“It appears the organization has not established policies to prevent sexual abuse from happening and has faulty policies when sexual abuse is reported to it, at the hands of elders or otherwise,” said Bryan McPhadden, the lead attorney on the case.

McPhadden said that since filing the suit he’s fielded calls from dozens of alleged victims interested in joining.

Jehovah’s Witnesses sued in Canada over history of sex abuse cover-up