Dallas Jehovah’s Witness Child Sex Abuse Lawyers
Nothing frightens or stresses you more than when your child tells you about sexual abuse. And the situation becomes even more difficult when they claim a religious leader has done so.
The community you and your child have come to rely on so much now comes into question. And you have a whirlwind of fear and anger making it difficult to choose your next action.
Unfortunately, it happens. And it even occurs within the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
While most religious leaders are upright individuals, some have serious issues that lead them to sexually abuse among the most vulnerable members of society.
Jehovah’s Witness church leadership has created the Watchtower Society to handle claims of child sexual abuse. But many have criticized the group, citing it pressures victims to stay silent to spare the church embarrassment.
Covering up and ignoring the issue only further harms your child and others. They will experience devastating emotional damage that may last most of their lifetime.
Sexual abuse may even drive them to dangerous behaviors later on in life, like alcohol and drug abuse, or even suicide. And the perpetrator will be allowed to continue to harm more victims.
What should you do if your child was sexually abused by a Jehovah’s Witness church leader?
As difficult as it may feel to you, the right thing to do is to act.
Your child needs protection and help. The church must understand the appropriate way to communicate to leaders their sexually abusive behavior is not okay.
A discussion, reprimand, or reassignment of the leader does not do enough. It allows the leader to continue their harmful behavior somewhere else. And Jehovah certainly would want to see the right and fair thing happen for your child.
That is when it makes sense to seek legal help.
And you will be fully protected when you choose Mullen & Mullen because:
- Unlike other firms, our lawyers do the real work on your claim themselves. Inexperienced paralegals and junior attorneys do not do this work.
- You can get connected with medical professionals who defer billing until after you win your claim and get your compensation.
- We have a great reputation. Just research Google and compare us to other firms to see for yourself.
- You only pay a 29% attorney fee (versus 33.3%) if your personal injury claim settles out of court (and about 90% of our cases do).
How do I know Mullen & Mullen’s Dallas lawyers can win my claim?
Our team has experience and a long history of demonstrated success winning all types of personal injury cases:
- Managing attorney Shane Mullen won a $1 million claim in Foster v. Nelson and $1.1 million in Robinson v. Howell. Both settled out of court. He also helped Priscilla Hughes win an undisclosed amount versus a large, powerful organization (Walmart).
- Senior Associate Attorney Joseph R. Morrison won a fifth largest premises liability verdict in Texas in Young v. Conagra Foods, a company worth $16 Billion.
- Founding Attorney Regis L. Mullen, Shane’s father, has 53 years of legal experience. In his early years, he represented large insurance companies. And now he puts that knowledge to use in court against big organizations.
- Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime member’s of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum meaning they have both won cases worth $2+ million.
No matter who takes on your claim, you have a powerful ally on your side with Mullen & Mullen Law Firm. While the big guys must be afraid, you can relax.
Our lawyers are nice, average guys in person who listen and care and get you the help you need.
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Winning your claim can help you afford the medical and mental health care you and your child need to cope with sexual abuse. It also provides closure, and you may give other victims the courage they need to step forward.
With Mullen & Mullen, many clients find out legal angles other law firms have missed. That could mean you win more, and it could result in you winning a claim another lawyer would not even represent.
You have absolutely no pressure to hire us now. Simply find out how we’d approach your claim and get your questions answered. Just use the quick contact form on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Sexual Abuse Claims by Jehovah’s Witness Church Leaders
Why can’t I trust the Watchtower Society?
Previous legal claims against the Watchtower Society show it required elders to send reports of sexual abuse to the Society. Those reports, requested in 1989, have never been acted upon and no one even knows where they are today.
The Watchtower Society currently has the names of thousands of alleged sexual predators. It has been ordered to turn the files over or pay heavy fines.
Currently, the Watchtower Society refuses to hand over the files. They get charged $4,000 per day they don’t do this, with their total unpaid tab now running north of $2 million.
The victims don’t see justice. And the perpetrators get to continue to do their harm.
Everyone needs accountability outside of themselves because the temptation to take advantage of self-monitoring is too strong.
Does the “Two-Witness Rule” work?
Does not Matthew 18:16 say, “But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’”
It does. But the Jehovah’s Witness leadership grossly misapplies this.
The purpose was to stop baseless accusations against members of the faith. In practice, however, it ends up letting perpetrators of child sex abuse to continue their crimes.
You rarely ever have a second witness of an actual act of child sex abuse.
Jehovah’s Witness leadership have stated that this rule only applies to church discipline and not crimes. But the Watchtower Society has also said church elders have no legal obligation to report sexual abuse claims.
Some Church members have even been excommunicated for failing to bring forth a second witness.
How long do I have to file a Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse claim?
It’s tough for sexual abuse victims to bring forth their case. For some, it can take years to muster the courage and bring the pain and suffering to the attention of authorities.
Typically, the statute of limitations runs 2 years from the date of the injury for most personal injury claims. However, many states have recently increased the time period for filing sex abuse cases. They have done this because children don’t understand what constitutes sexual abuse and deserve the opportunity for legal recourse as adults. You should act now to get an assessment of your potential case.
The action was taken in response to harms and cover-ups by the Catholic church. However, it applies for all child sex abuse victims.
Get a free consultation today with Mullen & Mullen’s Law Firm to find out if you have a legitimate case.
Learn how we can help! Contact us in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, or Fort Worth to discuss the facts of your potential Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse claim. Call (214) 747-5240 now or use the contact form or chat feature on this page.
There is never a fee for our legal services unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years. Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.