Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Jehovah's Witnesses to compensate woman over sex abuse

A woman (name withheld) was subjected to prolonged and appalling sexual abuse between the ages of four and nine by a ministerial servant.

It is the first civil case in the UK of historical sexual abuse brought against the Christian-based religious movement. 
The woman who claimed Jehovah's Witness elders failed to protect her from sex abuse carried out by a paedophile has won a £275,000 payout.
The woman, now in her 20s, alleges she was abused as a child in Loughborough by ministerial servant Peter Stewart. A judge ruled the organisation was liable for the abuse because it failed to take "safeguarding steps" after Stewart admitted abusing another child.

The abuse took place at a number of locations, including Kingdom Hall, a place of worship used by Jehovah's Witnesses, with Stewart forcing her to keep silent by telling her "she was sinning" and "she would not be saved".
In 1995, Stewart was convicted of separate child sex offences, including rape and indecent assault, and jailed for five years.
He died, aged 72, in 2001, shortly before police arrived at his home to arrest him for sexually abusing  the woman. (s:bbc)

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