5 hardships faced by victims of Jehovah’s Witnesses sexual abuse

//5 hardships faced by victims of Jehovah’s Witnesses sexual abuse

The Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership has created sophisticated strategies to conceal allegations of sexual abuse. Witnesses instruct local elders to keep claims of molestation private, internal documents show, all the while collecting detailed information on predators in their ranks.

For abuse victims, this can mean enduring a variety of hardships, such as being ignored by leaders and shunned by family and friends. Based on Reveal reporter Trey Bundy’s ongoing investigation, here are five issues victims have encountered.

1. They’ve been ignored.

It took Jose Lopez, a former Witness, nearly 30 years to find justice after being sexually abused by a member of his congregation. When his mother reported the abuse to elders in 1986, they did not call the police or warn other parents. Instead, they promoted his abuser, Gonzalo Campos, through the ranks – even as he continued to molest other children. In 1994, when another family brought allegations of Campos’ abuse to elders, they were told too much time had passed and nothing could be done. Campos was removed from the congregation in 1995 but reinstated five years later.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the organization’s parent organization, has instructed elders in all 14,000 U.S. congregations to avoid lawsuits by keeping reports of child abuse secret – from other Witnesses as well as from law enforcement agencies.

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2015-09-14T18:23:59+00:00 August 11th, 2015|JW News|13 Comments
  • Bklyn Kevin

    The very fact that the Elders are instructed by the governing body to avoid lawsuits and ignore justice Clearly shows evidence of a satanic presence among Christ brothers.
    For sure Satan has over sowed weeds among the wheat. Matthew 13:25-28. I’m afraid the watchtower has allowed themselves to be overreached by the love of riches rather than godly justice, allowing the word to be choked out as well as unfruitful . Matthew 13:22. 1 Timothy 6:9-10.

  • patri

    Too true Kevin. But who instructs the governing body? Spirit anointed ones?
    Obviously those governing the governing body have little scriptural knowledge, otherwise the instruction would be in the same tome as Paul’s words, that all souls be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God.
    The ongoing court hearing in Australia bears witness to the evasive responses from summoned elders, conditioned to protect and follow their leaders rather than Almighty God little realising that Bethel’s inspection is imminent and they’ll be judged more fairly than they themselves have done, by the One whose right it is
    Aleister Crowley’s horrible words “Do What Thou Wilt” comes to mind. Hope it doesn’t become a new slogan under the Jw. Org poster!

  • Jonah Peter Paul

    To be ignored is the least of the hardships I faced as an abused victim. What is more painful than that is for these people to twist the story and blame the victim for the crime that the perpetrators committed. The people in authority inside the org blamed me for the abuse, stating that “I deserved it”. But even more awful than that, I was slandered, defamed, ostracized and pushed out. Nobody listened. I started from the lowest up till I reached the GB only to find out that it is their SOP, standard operating procedure to silence the abused and protect the abuser. If I only knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have bothered seeking their help in the first place, knowing I would only be played with and laughed at. So you could imagine what a relief it is to know the whole truth about the organization I once loved and belonged to. But most importantly, knowing these things were long foretold in the bible was the greatest relief at all. Knowing why it happens, knowing what Jehovah’s promises are, that is what gave me peace of mind. Thank you brother Robert!

    • SAMMY

      Hello Jonah,
      I feel your pain…I too was sexually abused by my mother, ALVINA SAMSONIUK and the elders from the Riverview Congregation have so much anger and hate in their hearts, namely, Daryl Kalyniuk, Dave Ellery, Norman Horne and David Huff, they helped my mother who is a nutcase, on how to take legal action against me in order to cover up her crimes. How disqusting is that.
      In addition, theses elders are so corrupt they manipulated a way to throw me and my children out of the truth and guess what, well you can only imagine what happened next, the presiding overseer who covered up their behaviour, Barry Martens his wife died of a heart attack for no reason shortly after that. So you see remember this scripture….”Vengeance is mine, sayeth Jehovah, I shall repay”. So keep safe, be happy, Jehovah will take care of those wrongdoers. May peace be with you and enjoy life!!!!

  • Jonah Peter Paul

    Also just wanted to let you know how delighted we are to see that you
    resumed the commentary section. We have never read the daily text for
    years for many reasons but primarily because I have noticed it has
    changed and most of it are simply nonsensical rubbish. There really
    isn’t anything useful in it or even spiritually uplifting. Then here you
    go again and when you write those commentaries it just pierces the
    heart! BOOM! My husband was the one who informed me that you resumed it
    again and when I looked at it, wow we thought it would be great to post
    that on the fb page we created. Guess what, people liked it! You write
    with great balance, that makes you different from all the wannabe’s
    online. You state the truth pretty clearly using the best words to
    describe the situation but at the same time you explain how it all falls
    in prophecy which give the readers a better understanding of “what is
    really going on.” Please don’t stop the commentary section anytime soon.
    Also great to hear your view on the baptism of children. Maybe next
    time you could discuss the jw.org cakes, neckties, pins, bags, Caleb and
    Sophia merchandise and their statues in bethels and conventions around
    the world LOL. The organization has kept on teaching that we should not
    idolize celebrities from Hollywood but ironically they created their own
    celebrities for JWs to idolize. We have a small compilation of pictures
    that are both funny to look at and mind-opening for other JWs in the
    family who couldn’t see the errors inside the org. -LAST WILL BE FIRST

    • My mom used to tell people not to pay any attention to me because it only encouraged me to act up. She was right, of course. Thanks for the encouragement!

      Yeah, the Caleb/Sophia phenom is so creepy, I don’t know what to make of it. And who is that faceless girl in the black, white spot-speckled dress and hat, standing there with Caleb and Sophie?

      By the way, I think at the end of August after I archive this month’s commentaries I am going to switch to publishing the commentary as a post. In the WordPress platform I use there are two ways to publish – posts and pages. The commentaries now are on the same page. I think, though, it would be better for sharing and for the search engines if I publish them as posts.

      And I hadn’t read the Daily Text in years either. But hey, every once in a while I find something worthwhile.

      • Jonah Peter Paul

        Being able to comment on the commentary section, that would be great! I remembered that in the old site of yours others also wanted to comment on your commentaries but couldn’t find an appropriate place for it. I’ve actually started publishing and saving our favorite commentaries that you’ve written on facebook as a “note” so that we could get back to it anytime without hassle. I also post your commentaries as comments on some pages in Facebook about JWs and XJWs and I put a link to your website on it. Well it has been getting some likes which is good.

        Well we just randomly checked some Facebook pages who posts pictures of Witnesses around the globe and fished for some creepy images containing JW idolatry as you can see in the collage we posted above. There are so many creepy photos it’s really hard to decide which to post here. Oh that lady in black polkadot dress, well according to the page where we got the photo, she is an active witness and obviously a “die-hard fan” of Caleb and Sophia. We’d send you more maybe next time we’ll include the famous JWorg cake and bikini (no joke) that we saw online. My husband and I couldn’t help but imagine how lucrative a Jworg merchandise store would be. I thought maybe a perfume line representing a unique scent by each member of the GB would be really great too. Imagine the profit from a few million people. Just scrolling through some JW Facbook pages will give you an idea of how terrible the situation is when you read how people beg to find suppliers of Caleb and Sophia bags so they could give it to their children.

        A consideration of the tragic events that we had to go through inside the org now seemed like a blessing in-disguise. (THANK YOU FOR KICKING US OUT!) It’s almost the end and look here they are partying so hard. I heard there were a lot of partying going on, even art workshops and costume parties for children. Were you aware of the “HAPPY” song that the Bethel family danced? It’s all over youtube. It’s unbelievable how we were forbidden to dance for our JW relatives’ wedding anniversary while seeing the whole Bethel Family dance like crazy in a famous rapper’s song. What happened to the “do not be part of this world, do not listen to famous singers’ songs?” They not only listened to it, they danced it and even recorded it and put it on youtube! We’ll email you the link later.

        About the Daily Text, why even bother? Your articles and podcasts are here, we have the bible, that’s more than enough. We wouldn’t benefit from it anyway knowing what kind of people have written it.

    • e.v.g

      It’s getting creepy

  • e.v.g

    The leadership of JW’s are not taking care of the flock as Jesus said to Peter, they have created another duty for their lives, Jesus said:
    The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is focused, your whole body is also bright; but when it is envious, your body is also dark. Be alert, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is bright with no part of it dark, it will all be as bright as when a lamp gives you light by its rays.”
    They have focus another things, we can expect more dark things according to their envisions.

  • Luke 6:42

    42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, allow me to remove the straw that is in your eye,’ while you yourself do not see the rafter in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the straw that is in your brother’s eye.

  • Psalm 91:8

    8 You will only see it with your eyes As you witness the punishment of the wicked.

    • Jonah Peter Paul

      I really hope so! I was actually wondering if I would personally witness those who destroyed my life be punished. Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful verse!

      • we must be patient but slow to anger and quick to love. judgment is reserved for for Jehovah and his windstorm is fast approaching.

        2 Peter 2:9

        9 So, then, Jehovah knows how to rescue people of godly devotion out of trial, but to reserve unrighteous people to be destroyed on the day of judgment,

        Deuteronomy 33:21

        1 He will select the first portion for himself, For there the allotment of a lawgiver is reserved. The heads of the people will gather together. The righteousness of Jehovah he will execute, And his judicial decisions with Israel.

        Psalm 37:10

        10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.

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