Bochetto & Lentz attorney Kiersty DeGroote was interviewed by Hearst National Television for “Silent No More: The Reckoning,” the final installment of a three-part investigation of the Jehovah’s Witness religious organization. The story focuses on allegations that the institution and its officers spent decades covering up child sexual abuse and protecting the abusers. DeGroote is representing sisters Lynn Haggan and Tarah Bird in their lawsuit against the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Societies of Pennsylvania and New York, and their father, Donald Nicolson. The sisters are accusing the organization of a “widespread and massive scheme to cover up childhood sexual abuse.” The suit was filed on August 14th, the first day that New York’s Child Victims Act went into effect. The Child Victims Act installed a one-year revival period for claims of child sexual abuse to be brought by victims against their abusers, and the institutions that allowed the abuse to go on.
Watch the three part series here: