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Jehovah Take The Wheel: Jury Orders The Religious Sect To Pay $20 Million Dollars To A Woman That Was Sexually Abused!

Posted on June 15th, 2012

Judge rules that Jehovah's witness group pay $20 million to sexually abused woman

The door-knocking in California might be on hiatus for a little while…

Judge Rules That Jehovah’s Witness Group Pay $20 Million To Sexually Abused Woman

In what both sides described as a momentous ruling, a jury in Oakland, Calif., has found that Jehovah’s Witnesses was partly responsible for the alleged sexual abuse of a girl by one of its members and must pay her more than $20 million.

The Alameda County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $21 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff, who is now 26 years old. That was on top of the $7 million in compensatory damages it awarded her on Wednesday.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ legal entity, is responsible for the entire punitive damages amount and 40 percent of the compensatory damages, said Rick Simons, attorney for the plaintiff. Sixty percent of the compensatory damages was assessed against Jonathan Kendrick, the man accused of abusing her.

Candace Conti sued Watchtower, the Fremont, Calif., congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Kendrick in 2011. It’s msnbc.com’s policy not to identify victims of sexual abuse, but Conti agreed to be identified so that any other victims would feel they could come forward too.

“The ultimate goal of the lawsuit was to have a change in policy, to be able to ID these people, child molesters, to the congregation to protect children,” Conti told msnbc.com. “Secondarily, to have silent ones come forward and tell their stories and to bring to light that overall issue of violence and the hush-hush policy.”

Both her parents were Watchtower congregation members at the time of the abuse, she said.
“I was trying to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be at that time,” she told msnbc.com.

WTF?!? Is NOTHING sacred anymore??

Jim McCabe, attorney for the Fremont congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, said that he was “stunned” by the verdict and would appeal.

“This is the first case I know of where a church has been hit with liability involving a rank-and-file member,” he told msnbc.com.

“Mr. Simons has his twist on the facts and we will see how a court of appeals views the trial court rulings and the evidence,” McCabe said.

The jury found that the elders who managed the Fremont congregation in the 1990s and who were under the supervision of Watchtower knew that Kendrick, a member, had recently been convicted of the sexual abuse of another child, but they kept his past record secret from the congregation, said Simons.

Kendrick went on to molest the plaintiff, who was a Jehovah’s Witness member in Fremont, over a two-year period beginning when she was 9 years old, the lawsuit contended.

Kendrick was eventually convicted in 2004 of the sexual abuse of another girl, and is now a registered sex offender in California, Simons said. He has not been criminally charged with abusing the plaintiff, but Simons said the case is under investigation by law enforcement.

We’re glad that this young woman got SOME restitution for the suffering she has endured for so many years. Hopefully when criminal charges are filed this Jonathan Kendrick will find himself in a tight cell with a wide…well, you get the picture.

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Reply #1 posted 06/15/12 4:29pm

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poor gal. that is a huge punitive damages award though. it will likely not stand on appeal

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Reply #2 posted 06/15/12 5:08pm

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Do you have a link for this?

edit...found link @ MSNBC

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/15/12225753-jehovahs-witnesses-ordered-to-pay-more-than-20-million-to-woman-who-said-she-was-sexually-abused?lite

[Edited 6/15/12 17:10pm]

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Reply #3 posted 06/15/12 5:09pm

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^ it's headlining on MSNBC right now

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Reply #4 posted 06/15/12 5:11pm

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XxAxX said:

^ it's headlining on MSNBC right now

I found it, thanks.

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Reply #5 posted 06/15/12 5:25pm

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http://usnews.msnbc.msn.c...bused?lite

The lawsuit alleged that Watchtower had a policy that instructed elders in its Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations to keep reports of child sex abusers within the religious group secret to avoid lawsuits. (true...first-hand knowledge)


“The verdict is significant because the policy of hiding sex abusers within the congregation was out in this case,” Simons said.

He also said the judgment was “one of the largest in the country for a child sex abuse single victim in a religious institution molestation case.”

Conti filed the lawsuit after trying, without success, to get Jehovah’s Witnesses in Southern California and in Fremont to change the secrecy policy, Simons said.

There was no settlement demand from her because she felt the only way to expose this policy and make it change was to bring this case to trial and make it public,” he said.


“The money is the only way left for her to force Jehovah’s Witnesses to stop keep hiding known sex offenders within their congregation.”

McCabe denied Jehovah’s Witnesses has a secrecy policy concerning child sex abuse. (not true)

He called the verdict "unprecedented."

“We’re stunned by the verdict. We hate child abuse and everything to do with it.”

McCabe said he was not aware of any other case in which a religious organization has been found liable for wrongdoing by a member who was not in an official position of responsibility.

(In 2007 during a ground-breaking trial motion in the Napa, California court against the Watchtower Society, victims' lawyers convinced the court that 'ecclesiastical privilege' does not supersede the legal obligation of clergy to report child sex abuse to secular authorities. The Watchtower Society paid an undisclosed amount (believed to be in the millions) in an out-of-court settlement with 16 unnamed victims of alleged sexual abuse within the religion.According to court documents obtained by NBC News, one plaintiff was awarded over $780,000 USD


Newspapers have reported that subpoenaed elders decline to testify against accused penitents, citing the confidentiality of penitent-clergy privilege.)



“We’ve got a long ways to go yet before this one is resolved,” he said of the planned appeal.

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Reply #6 posted 06/15/12 6:06pm

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What is going on with these organized religions(Catholics) & child molestation? Catholics do the the same thing with Priest..

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Reply #7 posted 06/15/12 8:44pm

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i am sad for Jehovah; he is such a loving caring gentle soul. pedolphilia is a satnic thing and soon Jehovah will put an end to it. I love you Father. comfort comfort comfort comfort comfort

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kiasheri said:

i am sad for Jehovah; he is such a loving caring gentle soul. pedolphilia is a satnic thing and soon Jehovah will put an end to it. I love you Father. comfort comfort comfort comfort comfort

Apparently not soon enough to help the poor victims... sad neutral

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noimageatall said:

kiasheri said:

i am sad for Jehovah; he is such a loving caring gentle soul. pedolphilia is a satnic thing and soon Jehovah will put an end to it. I love you Father. comfort comfort comfort comfort comfort

Apparently not soon enough to help the poor victims... sad neutral

the victims go way back in time. that was not the only child to be molested. i think about those that died in war, earthquakes, and disease. satan is desperate and will do anything to hurt GOD. he is paying for what he did to Him. the reason why there is so much bad in this world is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached throughout the entire inhabited earth. soon all suffering will end.

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Reply #10 posted 06/15/12 10:54pm

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kiasheri said:

noimageatall said:

Apparently not soon enough to help the poor victims... sad neutral

the victims go way back in time. that was not the only child to be molested. i think about those that died in war, earthquakes, and disease. satan is desperate and will do anything to hurt GOD. he is paying for what he did to Him. the reason why there is so much bad in this world is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached throughout the entire inhabited earth. soon all suffering will end.

The crimes are done by us to our own. This cannot be dismissed as satan trying to hurt God or a mere consequence of God wanting the Good news to be preached. It is thinking like this that leads organisations to seek to protect themselves and forget the victims.

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Reply #11 posted 06/16/12 4:56pm

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kiasheri said:

noimageatall said:

Apparently not soon enough to help the poor victims... sad neutral

the victims go way back in time. that was not the only child to be molested. i think about those that died in war, earthquakes, and disease. satan is desperate and will do anything to hurt GOD. he is paying for what he did to Him. the reason why there is so much bad in this world is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached throughout the entire inhabited earth. soon all suffering will end.

So the reason she got molested is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached?

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chopingard said:

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kiasheri said:

the victims go way back in time. that was not the only child to be molested. i think about those that died in war, earthquakes, and disease. satan is desperate and will do anything to hurt GOD. he is paying for what he did to Him. the reason why there is so much bad in this world is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached throughout the entire inhabited earth. soon all suffering will end.

So the reason she got molested is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached?

i am not saying that. Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

I want everybody 2 make it in2 PARADISE!!!!!!!
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There was a docu about this that aired here in london at least 10 yrs ago. I think it was on panorama. They showed a number of family's who had been shunned because of rape/violence by the husband to his wife/children. Seemingly if a woman goes to the elders & reports rape/violence towards herself or her children by her husband the elders ask does she have 2 witnesses & tell her 2 go & read her bible & be a better wife. They ask the children that report rape the same thing - do u have 2 witnesses!!!,there is some scripture they base this on. Panorama had secretly filmed footage of an elder phoning the new york head office reporting that very thing & he was told to follow the procedure. I remember something eles in that docu about them keeping a list of all these cases but never handing it over to the authorities.
"We just let people talk & say whatever they want 2 say. 9 times out of 10, trust me, what's out there now, I wouldn't give nary one of these folks the time of day. That's why I don't say anything back, because there's so much that's wrong" - P, Dec '15
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kiasheri said:

chopingard said:

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So the reason she got molested is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached?

i am not saying that. Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

You make Jehovah sound evil.

Think about what you are saying Jehovah will allow rape and murder and suffering at the hands of one of his creations untill we all know he is incharge.

If your father in this life stood by and watched you get raped (remember god sees everything) then said I will let it happen again untill everybody knows i'm your father, How would you feel about him?

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kiasheri said:

i am sad for Jehovah; he is such a loving caring gentle soul. pedolphilia is a satnic thing and soon Jehovah will put an end to it. I love you Father. comfort comfort comfort comfort comfort

i mean no disrespect but i think this must be said: jehovah is NOT the same thing as the WatchTower Society!!!!!!!

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Reply #16 posted 06/17/12 7:44am

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kiasheri said:

Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

Thank goodness I don't believe in god else I'd want to rip its evil heart out.

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Reply #17 posted 06/17/12 7:50am

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Humans, so far, I am not impressed.

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Reply #18 posted 06/18/12 11:28am

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That's a huge settlement for one person. Is this suppose to be incentive to encourage others to come forward? It's going to happen more and more among all denominations. Silence isn't golden, and the leadership should have woke up and stepped up to the plate to clean house a long time ago.

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NinaB said:

There was a docu about this that aired here in london at least 10 yrs ago. I think it was on panorama. They showed a number of family's who had been shunned because of rape/violence by the husband to his wife/children. Seemingly if a woman goes to the elders & reports rape/violence towards herself or her children by her husband the elders ask does she have 2 witnesses & tell her 2 go & read her bible & be a better wife. They ask the children that report rape the same thing - do u have 2 witnesses!!!,there is some scripture they base this on. Panorama had secretly filmed footage of an elder phoning the new york head office reporting that very thing & he was told to follow the procedure. I remember something eles in that docu about them keeping a list of all these cases but never handing it over to the authorities.

I remember all this also. I am friends with the woman who blew the whistle on the files that were kept secret at headquarters. But as it is written...“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light." Luke 8:17

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Cloudbuster said:

kiasheri said:

Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

Thank goodness I don't believe in god else I'd want to rip its evil heart out.

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Back at ya. hug

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kiasheri said:

chopingard said:

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So the reason she got molested is because Jehovah wants the good news to be preached?

i am not saying that. Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

So in essence, you are saying that everything bad that happens to good people is the fault of Jehovah Witnesses, and therefore each Kingdom Hall, and the Watch Tower Society, because you all are not satisfying Jehovah. Got it!

BTW, this would not be the God I would want to know, a God that would allow a child to be raped because He is not satisified with the work some of his children are doing. It sounds like a very egotistical and petty God to me. There is no love in the God you described in the above sentence. "I am not satisified with JW # 1 - 10 because they are not doing a good enough job preaching My Word, so I'm just going to sit here and watch this 5 year old be raped, beaten, and tortured until JW # 1 - 10 do a better job preaching My Word. The 5 year old's screams, cries, pleading, and begging will fall on My deaf ears because I'm just not satisified at all." <--- Definitely not a loving God.

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disclaimer posted below video--#1 - (02:30) As per "reason 2" of why the Watch Tower's abuse policy is unlawful, there was a slight error in the wording of the narration. It is NOT unlawful for elders to contact the branch office for guidance on how to deal with these cases, however it IS unlawful for the authorities not to be informed immediately of allegations of abuse, which is how elders are trained to handle these matters (i.e. to not call the police straight away). #2 - There is also a mistake at 05:30 - the Watchtower Society was not found "criminally responsible" in this case - rather "legally responsible". It's a fairly subtle error, but with not so subtle connotations!

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prittypriss said:

kiasheri said:

i am not saying that. Jehovah is just allowing bad things happen to good people until He is satisfied with the preaching work.

So in essence, you are saying that everything bad that happens to good people is the fault of Jehovah Witnesses, and therefore each Kingdom Hall, and the Watch Tower Society, because you all are not satisfying Jehovah. Got it!

BTW, this would not be the God I would want to know, a God that would allow a child to be raped because He is not satisified with the work some of his children are doing. It sounds like a very egotistical and petty God to me. There is no love in the God you described in the above sentence. "I am not satisified with JW # 1 - 10 because they are not doing a good enough job preaching My Word, so I'm just going to sit here and watch this 5 year old be raped, beaten, and tortured until JW # 1 - 10 do a better job preaching My Word. The 5 year old's screams, cries, pleading, and begging will fall on My deaf ears because I'm just not satisified at all." <--- Definitely not a loving God.

Jehovah has killed children before remember the first born of israel and the first born of egypt. the children of egypt could not do anything wrong in God's eyes and yet they died. The Watchtower Society has kept track of the preaching work and says that we are fufilling prophecy. there is a scripture that the word will be preached in all the inhabited earth and then the end will come. matthew 24:14

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Reply #25 posted 06/19/12 9:35pm

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kiasheri said:

prittypriss said:

So in essence, you are saying that everything bad that happens to good people is the fault of Jehovah Witnesses, and therefore each Kingdom Hall, and the Watch Tower Society, because you all are not satisfying Jehovah. Got it!

BTW, this would not be the God I would want to know, a God that would allow a child to be raped because He is not satisified with the work some of his children are doing. It sounds like a very egotistical and petty God to me. There is no love in the God you described in the above sentence. "I am not satisified with JW # 1 - 10 because they are not doing a good enough job preaching My Word, so I'm just going to sit here and watch this 5 year old be raped, beaten, and tortured until JW # 1 - 10 do a better job preaching My Word. The 5 year old's screams, cries, pleading, and begging will fall on My deaf ears because I'm just not satisified at all." <--- Definitely not a loving God.

Jehovah has killed children before remember the first born of israel and the first born of egypt. the children of egypt could not do anything wrong in God's eyes and yet they died. The Watchtower Society has kept track of the preaching work and says that we are fufilling prophecy. there is a scripture that the word will be preached in all the inhabited earth and then the end will come. matthew 24:14

But how do you explain all of the failed predictions of the Messiah's coming from The Watchtower Society: http://www.jwfacts.com/wa.../1800s.php

He's coming, especially for those who believe that He is, but nobody knows when exactly.

[Edited 6/19/12 21:36pm]

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angel345 said:

kiasheri said:

Jehovah has killed children before remember the first born of israel and the first born of egypt. the children of egypt could not do anything wrong in God's eyes and yet they died. The Watchtower Society has kept track of the preaching work and says that we are fufilling prophecy. there is a scripture that the word will be preached in all the inhabited earth and then the end will come. matthew 24:14

But how do you explain all of the failed predictions of the Messiah's coming from The Watchtower Society: http://www.jwfacts.com/wa.../1800s.php

He's coming, especially for those who believe that He is, but nobody knows when exactly.

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in the begining of the Watchtower organization the witnesses were called bible students. some of the watchtowers even had crosses on the front page. also they celebrated christmas. the organization has evolved in many different ways. in fact they did not call themselves Jehovah Witnesses until some time in the 1930s. what you are quoting came from apostates. they were witnesses for a time and left the organization for whatever reason and distorted the truth about God. they are very bad and witnesses do not listen to them or read what they print.

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Reply #28 posted 06/19/12 11:19pm

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kiasheri said:

angel345 said:

But how do you explain all of the failed predictions of the Messiah's coming from The Watchtower Society: http://www.jwfacts.com/wa.../1800s.php

He's coming, especially for those who believe that He is, but nobody knows when exactly.

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in the begining of the Watchtower organization the witnesses were called bible students. some of the watchtowers even had crosses on the front page. also they celebrated christmas. the organization has evolved in many different ways. in fact they did not call themselves Jehovah Witnesses until some time in the 1930s. what you are quoting came from apostates. they were witnesses for a time and left the organization for whatever reason and distorted the truth about God. they are very bad and witnesses do not listen to them or read what they print.

So are you saying that all the false prophecies that the Watchtower organisation has made in print time after time after time about when Jesus is coming were not made at all?

This is wrong. Not quite as wrong as showing no compassion at all for the victims of sexual abuse within your church instead seeking to downplay this is nothing more than a consequence of satan seeking to hurt God, no more deplorable than victims of earthquakes. Whilst ever there are attitudes like this then sexual abuse of children will continue within organisatons that hold these views.

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kiasheri said:

Jehovah has killed children before remember the first born of israel and the first born of egypt. the children of egypt could not do anything wrong in God's eyes and yet they died. The Watchtower Society has kept track of the preaching work and says that we are fufilling prophecy. there is a scripture that the word will be preached in all the inhabited earth and then the end will come. matthew 24:14


So what if "there's a scripture"? Why should that hold any weight?

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