Child Abuse

Articles focusing on the child abuse scandal among Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Watchtower’s dirty little secrets

The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States. Since 2014, courts have slapped the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ parent corporation – the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York – with multimillion-dollar judgments and sanctions for violating orders to hand over secret documents. The documents could serve as [...]

2019-09-21T13:35:45+00:00December 10th, 2016|Child Abuse, JW News|177 Comments

Watchtower Changes Its Pedophile Policy

KINGDOM BULLETIN #12 Over the course of the past 15 years the Watchtower has come under increasing scrutiny regarding child sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. There have been numerous high profile lawsuits brought against elders and the Watchtower corporation, multi-million dollar judgments, capped in 2015 with the Royal Australian Commission holding a public inquiry and the subsequent bombshell revelation that of over 1,000 known cases of [...]

2019-09-21T14:11:25+00:00October 2nd, 2016|Bulletins, Child Abuse|110 Comments

Jehovah Will Call to Account the Complacent Ones

Wednesday, July 27 You guide me with your advice.—Ps. 73:24. Whenever we need guidance, we can “take notice of” Jehovah by consulting his Word to find out his view of matters and by seeking to apply Bible principles.  Sometimes, though, a trialsome situation lingers. You may have a grievous personality conflict with someone in the congregation. For instance, you may be hurt by a remark that you [...]

2019-09-24T09:31:36+00:00July 27th, 2016|Child Abuse, Commentary|266 Comments

Watchtower’s PR Dept Brushes Over Child Abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Watchtower has produced a brief melodramatic video of a child abuse victim telling her story. It is a slickly produced public relations movie. It even has some drone footage shot over the beach as happy families frolic. At first glance one might assume that the Society is trying to help the many victims of sexual abuse who have suffered at the hands of Jehovah's Witnesses. [...]

2019-09-24T15:57:24+00:00April 13th, 2016|Child Abuse|34 Comments

Abuse allegations among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newfoundland

Allegations of abuse involving two members of the Jehovah's Witness religious movement in Newfoundland have emerged, though details of the charges are protected by a court-ordered publication ban. CBC News has learned that a former volunteer church elder and his son are facing charges. The former elder is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation relating to allegations dating from 2009 to 2012 in central Newfoundland. According to [...]

2019-09-25T10:41:41+00:00January 14th, 2016|Child Abuse|3 Comments

NBC News – Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Abuse

The leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses have been getting a lot of press coverage lately, for all the wrong reasons. This is not really "news" to readers of this site, but it is noteworthy that the Watchtower's secret doings are being exposed more and more. And what did Jesus say? - "There is nothing covered over that will not become uncovered, and secret that will not become [...]

2019-09-25T10:47:22+00:00December 23rd, 2015|Child Abuse|16 Comments

Consequences for the Watchtower’s Child Abuse Policy

QUESTION: Dear Robert, how is it that that sex offenders out in the world have to go on a sex registry that lets parents know of child molesters living in their neighborhood, that secular law prohibits sex offenders from living within range of a school or park... and yet a sex offender could be sitting next to you and your young child in a Watchtower meeting, [...]

2019-09-25T11:16:32+00:00September 26th, 2015|Child Abuse, Mailbag|3 Comments

Governing Body now says abuse victims may be compensated

One of the most senior members of the Jehovah's Witness Church worldwide said compensation could be made to people allegedly sexually abused within its ranks if there was a Biblical basis for a redress scheme. . Geoffrey Jackson is one of seven men on the church's New York-based Governing Body, which oversees decisions regarding the organisation's 8.2 million members internationally. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to [...]

2019-09-30T14:54:12+00:00August 14th, 2015|Child Abuse|3 Comments

Australian commission hears child abuse situation among Jehovah’s Witnesses

More than 1,000 members of the Jehovah's Witnesses (in Australia) have been identified by the church as perpetrators of child sexual abuse since 1950, but not one was reported to police, an inquiry has heard. The Sydney hearing was told the church adopted a scriptural response to abuse, which it abhorred, and had files relating to 1,006 alleged perpetrators, dating back to 1950. The process required [...]

2019-09-30T15:17:58+00:00July 27th, 2015|Child Abuse|4 Comments

Watchtower refuses to help police investigation of rape of 15 year old

Church leaders refused to co-operate with a police investigation into a sex attack by one of their congregation on a teenage girl. Jehovah’s witness Paul Atkin has now been jailed for five years after admitting to sexual activity with a 15-year-old. A court heard the South Shields branch of the church carried out their own investigation after the allegation came to light and Atkin was booted [...]

2019-09-30T16:20:46+00:00February 4th, 2015|Child Abuse|0 Comments