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Jehovah's Witnesses Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed In Oregon

December 1, 2014 The Oregonian Childhood sex abuse lawyer Irwin Zalkin has filed another civil lawsuit against the Watchtower and a local Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Portland, Oregon.  Here is the coverage in the Oregonian with video of the victim, Velicia Alston. “There is a crisis of silence in the Jehovah's Witness organization," said Irwin Zalkin, one of several attorneys representing Alston and the man. Zalkin described the religious organization as "more concerned about protecting its reputation than it is about protecting its children." CLICK HERE to read full article.

Sex abuse settlement spares Boy Scouts from turning over more 'perversion' files

Dallas Morning News. August 21, 2014 "The Boy Scouts of America have settled a lawsuit filed by a former San Antonio Scout who said his adult leader abused him, officials on both sides said Thursday.  The settlement will not require the Irving-based BSA to turn over any more of its internal files on sexual abuse complaints, which were logged for decades but often not disclosed to authorities." Childhood sexual abuse attorneys Irwin Zalkin and Devin Storey, also represent former Boy Scouts who were victims of sexual abuse. CLICK HERE to read full article.

Testigos de Jehová pagarán 13.5 mdd por abuso sexual en California There have been numerous articles in the Spanish language press about the recent Court award to the Zalkin Law Firm client who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse in a Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation in San Diego. Since many victims of Jehovahs Witnesses sexual abuse may be Spanish speaking, here are links to some of these articles.

The Zalkin Law Firm Wins $13.5 Million Default Judgment Against the Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower on behalf of Childhood Sexual Abuse Victim

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 02, 2014  San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan M. Lewis has entered a judgment against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. (Watchtower) for $13.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit filed by the Zalkin Law Firm on behalf of a victim of sexual abuse who was a child member of the Linda Vista Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1986. Irwin Zalkin led his firm's team of sexual abuse attorneys in this case.

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Irwin Zalkin JW Podcast Interview

Listen to this informative interview of Irwin Zalkin where he discusses the childhood sexual abuse cases against Jehovahs Witnesses organization, the Watchtower.  This 45-minute in depth interview will give you an understanding of the recent Lopez case in San Diego and the refusal of the Watchtower to produce evidence and a key witness in the case.  The interview starts at 4:30 and ends at 50:00.  

Sexual Abuse Attorney Irwin Zalkin Announces Court Judgment

Video of Irwin Zalkin opening the press conference on October 29, 2014 to announce the $13.5 million judgment against the Watchtower on behalf of his client Jose Lopez,  Jose was a victim of childhood sexual abuse from his Bible teacher at the age of 6 in a San Diego Jehovahs Witnesses congregation.

Zalkin Law Firm Wins $13.5 million judgment

ABC Channel 10 News.  October 31, 2014 The sexual abuse attorneys at the Zalkin Law Firm are honored to represent Jose Lopez, a brave victim of abuse as a child in the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Zalkin Law Firm Wins $13.5 million judgment against Jehovah's Witnesses

October 31, 2014  Channel 10 ABC News. The sexual abuse attorneys at the Zalkin Law Firm are proud to represent Jose Lopez, at brave victim of abuse and we are pleased to have helped him in his quest for justice. Chick Here to see TV coverage.  

$13.5M for Jehovah’s Witness sex victim

UT San Diego. November1, 2014

San Diego judge finds church covered up abuse, put kids in danger. Similar lawsuits filed across country.

Irwin with J Lopez News Conf 103114   Childhood sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin represented this victim.  In this article, which ran on the front page of the UT, the national trend of childhood sexual abuse lawsuits against the Jehovah's Witnesses is highlighted. Click HERE to read article.  


October 31, 2014 FOX  News Here is the TV coverage of the court decision won by sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin against the Jehovah's Witnesses Watchtower organization.  

Jehovah's Witnesses Ordered to Pay $13.5M to Bible Teacher's Alleged Victim

NBC 7 San Diego. October 30,2014 The Zalkin Law firm, representing victims of childhood sexual abuse, won a major lawsuit in San Diego for a victim who was abused as a child in a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation. "A $13.5 million judgment was awarded Wednesday to a San Diego man who says he was the childhood victim of “very aggressive abuse” at the hands of his Bible study teacher." Click to read full story.  

It’s Time Colleges Addressed Childhood Sexual Abuse Too  October 27, 2014 Sexual abuse attorneys across the nation are beginning to see more cases of sexual violence on college campuses, and one report suggests the lack of support for victims of childhood abuse may only add to the problem. "The focus on college sexual violence is an important one, but such a narrow scope fails to provide support and address an even greater number of students, faculty and staff who walk onto our campus having already experienced sexual traumaas children. One in four women and one in six men have had an unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood." Click to Read Full Article.  

Bombshell lawsuits allege 'insidious child sex abuse epidemic'

October 2, 2014.  Daily Mail UK. Sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin was recently quotes in a Daily Mail report about Jehovah's Witness abuse cases. Keep reading: "Two bombshell lawsuits filed against the Jehovah's Witnesses allege 'an insidious...epidemic' of child sex abuse within the church with roots at least as far back as the 1980s. Two sisters in Vermont and a group of three siblings in Connecticut are suing the secretive church, local branches and the 'ministerial servants' they say molested them in the 80s and 90s with no repercussions from church elders, despite both groups having reported the abuse. The suits are among several that co-attorney Irwin Zalkin says his firm has filed in Connecticut, Vermont and three other states." CLICK HERE to read this in depth article.   Zalkin Clients E. Selimaj 100114

Siblings Sue Jehovah's Witnesses Over Alleged Child Sex Abuse

October 1, 2014.  Hartford Courant. Connecticut. Jehovah's Witness abuse attorneys understand that there are many morevictims out there, and a Hartford Courant report suggests the same. "Three siblings allege in lawsuits that they were sexually abused by a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization when they were children living in New Haven. The lawsuits, filed in New Haven Superior Court, allege that the siblings from the Almodovar family were sexually abused over a five-year period starting in 1988 by Orlando Afanador, a "ministerial servant." Their lawyers say it is the first lawsuits filed in Connecticut against the religious organization." CLICK HERE to read full story. Zalkin Clients E. Selimaj 100114 Evelyn Selimaj, 30, (at left) of East Haven and her sister Sybelle Almodovar, 35, of North Guilford hold a photograph of themselves together with their brother Ferdinand Almodovar. (Patrick Raycraft)

Lawsuit: Jehovah's Witness official molested girls

Burlington Free Press.  October 1, 2014

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Jehovah's Witness Official

"Two sisters, one of them a Vermonter, filed lawsuits Tuesday alleging they were sexually molested as young girls in the mid-1990s by a Jehovah's Witnesses official in Bellows Falls. "These very courageous and brave young women have decided that they need to do something about what happened to them as children that has been kept silent by the Jehovah's Witnesses," San Diego attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a Tuesday news conference in Burlington." CLICK HERE to read full article. Jehovah's Witness Sexual Abuse Attorney

Sisters Hire Attorney Against Jehovah's Witness Sex Abuse

Miranda Lewis, 23, of Chester, center, sits with her mother, Marina, and attorney Irwin Zalkin during a news conference at Gravel & Shea in Burlington on Tuesday announcing two sexual abuse lawsuits against the Bellows Falls Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Tract Society of New York. (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS )

Vermont Sisters Sue Jehovah's Witnesses For Child Sex Abuse

Today, the Zalkin Law Firm filed two lawsuits against a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation and the Watchtower, the national JW organization.

Jehovah's Witness Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed

"The two cases against True aren’t Zalkin’s only pending lawsuits against Jehovah’s Witnesses. He has been involved with more than 20 such cases across the U.S., six of which were settled out of court for confidential but “substantial” amounts, he said. In those cases, documents kept by the church showed that officials were aware of the sex abuse. Zalkin said Jehovah’s Witnesses keep similar records, but have refused to disclose them under court order." CLICK HERE to read coverage on Vermont Public Radio of the news conference.   Jehovahs Witness Sexual Abuse Law Firm

Sisters Sue Jehovah's Witness Congregation Over Sexual Assault

Miranda Lewis (right), with her mother Marina Mauvoleon-Folsom. Lewis and her older sister are suing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses over sexual assaults they say took place when they were less than five years old.  Taylor Dobbs VPR

New campaign to raise child sexual abuse awareness

The Philadelphia Tribune. September 22, 2014. Any sexual abuse attorney will tell you that awareness is the key to ending the problem. This Philadelphia Tribune article takes a closer look at one new program to help familiarize parents with the problem so they can protect their children. "The program, “Parents in the Know,” is intended to provide families with information they need to protect their children from sexual abuse from anyone, not just strangers but biological parents and their spouses or dating partners." Click to Read Article.  

Irwin Zalkin Interview about concerns over new leader of San Diego Diocese

ABC 10 News.  Sept. 11, 2014 Take a closer look at an interview with sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin from ABC 10 News. SAN DIEGO - Irwin Zalkin, Zalkin Law Firm attorney who represented victims of priest sexual abuse, was interviewed by 10 News regarding the concerns from some of San Diego County's nearly 1 million Catholics about the new head of the San Diego Diocese. Monsignor Steve Callahan was selected to serve as temporary administrator of the diocese after Bishop Cirilo Flores died over the weekend. 10News reporter Rielle Creighton shows why some believe Callahan is part of the church's dark past involving the sex abuse cover-up. Click Here to See Story.  

Rotherham: Sorry isn't good enough. When will Britain learn to protect its children?

The Observer. August 30. 2014 Even for sexual abuse attorneys, the report on the systemic child abuse in Rotherham, England, is frightening. More than 1,400 young victims exploited and abused over 16 years, and the signs of ongoing abuse was ignored by police and public officials. This excellent editorial shows how Great Britain is struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of these crimes and what should be the next steps. "The inquiry's findings are depressingly familiar. Systemic sexual abuse of children is not new. Whether perpetrated by Asian gangs or Catholic priests, BBC stars or members of parliament, in inquiry after inquiry, the same themes recur. Too brown, too religious, too famous, too powerful: the excuses for the failure to tackle toxic cultural enclaves that house the abuse of children may differ, but they always exist. As do the disbelief with which police and social services treat vulnerable children, the bullying and intimidation of whistleblowers and the failure of regulators to pick up blatant abuse." Click to Read Editorial 

Solano leaders turn out for child sexual abuse awareness presentation

The Reporter News.  August 28, 2014 As sexual abuse lawyers, uplifting news is rare, but this certainly is. One community is taking sexual abuse seriously enough to train community leaders. "Mayors, city council members, county supervisors, police and medical officials and other community leaders turned out en masse Thursday for a talk on child sexual abuse in Solano and the need for awareness training. Hosted by Hazel Payne, Miss Vacaville 2013, and Christina Baird, a Vacaville community services commissioner, the discussion combined personal testimony with statistics, visual aids and a panel collaboration to highlight the issue." Click to read full story.