Just when you thought there couldn’t be more evidence of Watchtower’s mishandling of child abuse, another victim steps forward – this time in New Mexico.
Having already filed in San Diego for the Gonzalo Campos case, and in Ohio to represent Elizabeth McFarland, lawyer Irwin Zalkin is now launching a new lawsuit on behalf of Monica Jaramillo, now 35, who alleges she was raped by an elder when she was just eight years old.
And in a sickening twist, Monica’s mother alleges that she was abused by the same man when she too was eight.
Monica’s team claim that she approached elders about her abuse, but they failed to investigate the matter or even remove her alleged abuser as an elder. “I went to who I thought was the proper authorities within the organization, and then I was told to just keep it quiet,” said Monica’s mother, Vicky Davis. As a result of her ordeal, Monica is said to suffer from “great emotional distress” requiring medical and psychological treatment.
Irwin Zalkin is certainly developing a reputation as a thorn in Watchtower’s side, and in the above news report he wasted no time in articulating the severity of the organization’s child abuse problem. “We think this is sort of similar to the beginnings of the Catholic abuse story,” he remarked.
Back in February, fellow lawyer Rick Simons (who represents Candace Conti) described the child sex abuse problem as “rampant” among Jehovah’s Witnesses. (see video, 10:15 timing) As yet more victims step out of the shadows with the bravery to pursue Watchtower for the harm inflicted on them, you have to wonder whether this is as bad as it gets, or just the tip of the iceberg.
- KOAT TV news report on Monica Jaramillo
- KOB Eyewitness News report
- Zalkin Law Firm website
- JWsurvey articles on child abuse