An AO Advocates client was featured in the Sunday Times yesterday talking about the abuse she suffered at the hands of an official of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and her journey to gain compensation and justice. Abigail (not her real name) was abused by Peter Stewart, a ministerial servant, between the ages of four and nine.
The article, written by Sunday Times Education Editor Sian Griffiths, states:
Abigail said that she went to court for compensation because of the response of the senior members in the organisation to whom she complained.
She claims that following Stewart's release, she went to the organisation's elders but was told that, "because there was not a second witness to the abuse", he would be reinstated as a ministerial servant. Eventually, she confided in her husband, who urged her to take legal action.
"We expect this case to open the floodgates to dozens, if not hundreds, more cases," said [AO Advocates solicitor Kathleen] Hallisey. The firm already has has six other clients who are waiting the outcome of Abigail's case before deciding whether to go to court.