Child Abuse

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

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. [...]

2022-03-01T07:21:03-05:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: Child Abuse|

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 [...]

2019-09-25T10:41:41-04:00January 14th, 2016|Categories: Child Abuse|

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, [...]

2019-09-25T11:16:32-04:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Child Abuse, Mailbag|

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 Child [...]

2020-08-03T08:57:14-04:00August 14th, 2015|Categories: Child Abuse, JW News|

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 [...]

2019-09-30T15:17:58-04:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: Child Abuse|

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 [...]

2019-09-30T16:20:46-04:00February 4th, 2015|Categories: Child Abuse|

Yes, The Watchtower Protects Pedophiles

SHIELDS GAZETTE - DAILY MAIL ONLINE    - THE JOURNAL    - THE SUNDERLAND ECHO "CHURCH officials hushed up a child sex scandal in their ranks and refused to co-operate with police." Over the years the Watchtower Society has been accused over and over by hundreds of child abuse victims and their advocates of enforcing policies upon congregation elders that result in concealing crimes and protecting child predators from exposure. The response [...]

2019-09-29T19:34:28-04:00July 16th, 2013|Categories: Child Abuse, Page Two|

Is Your Elder a Known Child Molester?

Over the past 10 years the Watch Tower Society has been rocked by allegations of covering up child sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. After paying out millions in low-profile out-of-court settlements, in 2012 the Watchtower lost a widely publicized lawsuit in what has amounted to the largest dollar judgment in any case of this kind – being socked for a staggering $28 million. A jury found that the leadership of the organization instituted policies that provided cover for a known sex offender.

In the aftermath of that massive judgment against them one would imagine that Bethel would change their policies and try to be more proactive in preventing these horrific crimes from being committed against the children of Jehovah's Witnesses under their watch. But according to the latest communiqué with the elders in the United States, not much has changed. Here is an excerpt from the attached PDF:

2019-09-29T19:36:31-04:00February 21st, 2013|Categories: Child Abuse, Page Two|

Bethel, Do you really need more lawyers?

My wife’s sister is an active Jehovah’s Witness. The two spoke recently and my dear sister-in-law, intent on encouraging us to "come back," related that the Watchtower has cleaned up its act lately, at least as regards its child abuse policy.  Unfortunately, she has had first hand experience in dealing with the Watchtower on this issue because a teenaged boy in the congregation molested her eight [...]

2019-10-01T14:57:18-04:00August 20th, 2012|Categories: Child Abuse|
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