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If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a member of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation in California, contact us today. California’s 3-year “lookback window” opens soon and may give you second chance to hold the Jehovah’s Witness Church accountable for your abuse.

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Decades of Hidden Abuse
Shocking testimonies have unveiled Jehovah’s Witnesses and their parent corporation the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York have allegedly silenced and ignored claims of sexual abuse for decades, allowing sexual predators to walk free.

According to the claims of sexual abuse survivors and advocates, the Watchtower Society has amassed nearly 10,000 names of alleged sexual abusers in Jehovah's Witness congregations. However, they blatantly refuse to release those names to law enforcement and the public, shielding child sex abusers to protect the face of the religion.
Corrupt Abuse Reporting System
Experts claim Watchtower Society instructed elders in the Jehovah's Witness congregation to report cases of sexual abuse directly to them, not the police. ABC News even said the Watchtower Society sent a letter to Jehovah's Witness elders saying to keep sexual abuse allegations among church leaders, because “wordly people are quick to resort to lawsuits if they feel their ‘rights’ have been violated.” From this steady process of internalizing sexual abuse reports, over the years, the Watchtower Society has kept and hidden the names of thousands of alleged sexual predators. None of these reports were ever turned over to local authorities.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society say they are under no “secular” legal requirement to report sexual abuse claims. They, instead, implement a harsh “two or more witness” rule within the congregation to take care of sexual abuse claims. If sexual abuse is reported to elders in the Jehovah's Witness congregation, they dictate that two or more witnesses of the abuse need to be produced in order for the claim to be credible. Because of the two-witness rule, many Jehovah’s Witness sexual predators are never brought to justice, never face any consequences, and are free to abuse more children.
Hold Your Jehovah's Witness Congregation Responsible
Your trust and innocence was exploited. This alone is devastating and terrifying. But to also be betrayed by the congregation you relied on for support and guidance after being sexually abused should never be a pain you need to face. The elders and leaders in the California Jehovah’s Witness congregation failed to protect you and others. For this, they need to be held accountable for their negligence so future generations of children in California Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses can be protected.
We can let you know you have legal options to reach justice
We can pursue compensation for you to help in your recovery
We can offer you a free case evaluation to help you decide if you have a case to pursue.
New California Laws, Second Chance for Victims
California laws have finally changed for the better. With the signing of AB 218 into law, California sexual abuse survivors now have more time to pursue action against their abusers in court.

AB218 Means California Sexual Abuse Victims:

Have until they are 40 years old to file a lawsuit against abusers
Can file a lawsuit five years after abuse discovery or discovery of injuries from sexual abuse
Have a three-year lookback window that completely removes the statute of limitations for sexual abuse for three years.
The clock is ticking. California’s three-year lookback window opens January 1, 2020 and ends January 1, 2023.
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We understand monetary compensation cannot change the crimes of the past. But, we do know a cash reward not only holds those responsible for your abuse accountable, but it helps cover any financial burdens that resulted from your abuse, like the cost of counseling or therapy.

Our California sexual abuse lawyers possess proven track records of success for clients and tackle even the most difficult cases. When you partner with AVA Law Group, we ensure you are connected with experienced, contentious California attorneys who's mission is to help you recover. 



We operate on a contingency-fee basis, so we only get paid if we win or settle your case. This means you never pay a cent out of pocket; we are paid through your settlement or damages award. To learn if you are eligible to file a claim against the Jehovah's Witness church and Watchtower Society for your abuse, contact us today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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