Quebec court asked to approve sexual abuse class-action lawsuit against Jehovah’s Witnesses
Proposed lawsuit accuses religious organization’s leadership in Canada and U.S. of protecting alleged abusers
A request to proceed with a class-action lawsuit that accuses the Jehovah’s Witnesses of failing to protect victims of sexual abuse has been filed with Superior Court of Quebec, the law firm representing the complainants says.
The request was filed Friday by lawyer Sarah Woods on behalf of congregation members who allege they were sexually abused and feel they were poorly protected by church’s leadership in Canada and its parent organization in the United States.
The request was filed in the name of Lisa Blais, a Quebec Jehovah’s Witness who alleges she was abused for years by her older brother, also a Jehovah’s Witness.