Jehovah’s Witnesses ignore Queensland child sexual assault survivor despite National Redress Scheme

Six decades after reporting her sexual abuse to elders of the religious congregation her family attended, Queensland woman Diane Lynn is still waiting to be heard.  

Ms Lynn was sexually abused for a number of years from before she was five years old by members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She reported the allegations to the organisation multiple times, but no action was taken. 

In August 2022, Ms Lynn was offered the full extent of compensation under the National Redress Scheme (NRS).

For the 65-year-old, it was “validation”, and she hoped to finally be heard.

“It was one of the most powerful moments in my life.

“It’s validation that someone actually listened and acted for the first time in my life.”