Abuses by Nuns at the Institution des Sourdes-Muettes de Montréal
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On September 24, 2021, the plaintiff filed an application with the Court to preserve confidentiality over the identity of the designated member and of all class members. Through this application, the plaintiff requested an order to maintain confidentiality over the identity of all abuse survivors in the context of this class action, as well as over all documents that might reveal their identities, which must be sealed. On October 28, 2021, this request was granted by Justice Granosik.
During September 2021, the defendants also filed three applications with the Court, as follow:
-an application for a stay of the class action pending a final decision on the application for authorization of another class action;
-an application for anonymity to remove from the proceedings the names of sisters who have allegedly committed abuse, on the Class Action Registry and the TJL website, and to prevent TJL and class members from freely sharing this information;
-an application for particulars about the identity of certain members of the group.
This first application was the object of an agreement between the parties for practicality and proportionality reasons. On October 19, 2021, Justice Granosik rendered a judgment recording this agreement. The hearing of the application for authorization to institute the class action is thus suspended until a decision is rendered on an application for authorization to institute a class action in another file.
On November 2, 2021, the applications for anonymity and particulars were presented to Justice Granosik, the judge assigned to the class action. The plaintiff contested both applications and made submissions against them. Granosik J. will render judgment on both applications in the future.
The Class Action
On June 9, 2021, la Maison des femmes sourdes de Montréal (MFSM) filed an application for authorization to institute a class action against the Communauté des Soeurs de Charité de la Providence and other related organizations, such as the Sisters of Providence. The class action seeks to compensate every person who was victim of sexual, physical and/or psychological abuses by the nuns at the Institution des Sourdes-Muettes de Montréal.
Given the despicable acts committed on particularly vulnerable victims, the class action seeks the defendants’ condemnation to punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
You can read the MFSM’s Application by clicking here (French only).
Are you a member?
You could be member of the class if:
– You have been sexually, physically and/or psychologically abused by a nun at the Institution des Sourdes-Muettes de Montréal;
– You were a student or a boarding resident at the Institution des Sourdes-Muettes de Montréal at the time of the abuses.
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