In what’s being described as a landmark ruling, two Ancaster sisters have been ordered to pay 125-thousand dollars in libel damages.
The case involves allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
Patricia and Sarah Vanderkooy alleged sexual abuse occured at the uncle’s farm in Simcoe when they were 4 and 6 years old. No police reports were filed and no charges laid.
The Superior Court judge didn’t find their accusations of abuse credible. He says the sisters didn’t like their uncle and sent emails to relatives to support their historical claims of abuse.
Their lawyer says the women, now in their 30’s, haven’t decided if they will appeal.
This is a decision some lawyers are saying could discourage sexual abuse victims from coming forward in the future.