Quebec Court Asked To Approve Class-Action Lawsuit Against Jehovah's Witnesses

In Quebec, a court has been asked to approve a sexual abuse class-action lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses according to the CBC.

In Quebec, a court has been asked to approve a sexual abuse class-action lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses according to the CBC.

The request accuses the Jehovah's Witnesses of "having set up and maintained a hierarchical religious organization in which elders, its main authority figures, have been able to commit sexual assaults with impunity."

In the request, Jehovah's Witnesses are also accused of "creating an environment that protects sexual assailants of minors," notably by "hindering denunciation to secular authorities," such as the police or Quebec's Directorate of Youth Protection.

The lawsuit lists two sub-groups of complainants: those claiming they were abused by church elders and those who claim they were abused while minors by other members of their congregation.

The lawsuit is seeking $250,000 per complainant for moral and punitive damages.

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