Child Abuse

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

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|34 Comments

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|1 Comment

Their Heart Has Become Hypocritical

Since the rebellion in Eden God’s purpose has been to produce a seed. Because of his faith Abraham was chosen as the one through whom the seed would eventually come. Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, had twelve sons that produced the twelve tribes of Israel. For that reason in later centuries God referred to the nation as “Jacob” and more commonly “Israel.”

Eventually, Judah produced the Christ and after that others were anointed to become part of the seed along with Jesus. Because they are to be the actual seed of blessing God promised would come through Abraham, the Christian seed is the real Israel of God. Paul explained these things in his letter to the Galatians.

At any rate, the Christian Israel of God became corrupt too, just like Israel had before it – even as the founding apostles foretold would occur. But before the conclusion of the system a new generation of anointed persons would appear in the world, thus constituting the Israel of God in modern times. Since its inception the Watchtower Society has been the seedbed for anointed Christians (and consequently the weed patch as well) first called the International Bible Students and since 1931, Jehovah's Witnesses; making Bethel a sort of capital city for the spiritual nation that has formed.

2019-09-29T19:39:39-04:00July 2nd, 2012|Categories: Child Abuse, Page Two|0 Comments

WatchTower’s Stunning Loss

It is being called an unprecedented ruling. And it has gone against the Watchtower Society.

A California jury has ruled against the Fremont North congregation elders, and also against the Watchtower in New York, and awarded damages totaling $28 million to Candace Conti, who was sexually abused by a congregation member when she was nine years old.

Jim McCabe, the losing attorney for Jehovah’s Witnesses, said he was stunned and called the ruling “outrageous” - vowing to appeal. However, in a press release Bill Bowen, the founder of Silentlambs, called it “a watershed moment for children’s safety in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

2019-09-29T19:38:33-04:00June 16th, 2012|Categories: Child Abuse, Page Two|0 Comments

Do Elders Have a Fiduciary Duty?

An open letter entitled A Conspiracy of Silence, Soon to End is now (2006)  being widely publicized on the Internet and mailed directly to hundreds of Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses, informing them the Watchtower Society’s attorneys are arguing before the court that Bethel-appointed elders have no fiduciary duty towards members of the congregation. But what does that mean? The word fiduciary comes from the Latin, meaning to [...]

2019-10-02T12:51:09-04:00April 6th, 2009|Categories: Child Abuse|3 Comments

A Conspiracy of Silence Continues

As of May the 10th the mainstream media is beginning to cover the Silentlambs’ press release publicizing the Watchtower’s recent million-dollar payout to 16 victims of child sexual abuse. Evidently the legal department felt that they did not have a very strong case going into court, and so as shrewd lawyers often do they advised their client – in this case, the Watchtower Bible and Tract [...]

2019-10-02T12:53:00-04:00May 4th, 2007|Categories: Bulletins, Child Abuse|0 Comments

Conspiracy of silence soon to end

This is an open letter to Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society. It was originally published  in May, 2006, and mailed directly to thousands of congregations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It was a senseless and brutal crime. A young bride was viciously gang-raped and left to die – murdered. An entire nation was shocked by the outrage and quickly mobilized in [...]

2019-10-05T15:50:14-04:00May 24th, 2006|Categories: Bulletins, Child Abuse|0 Comments