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More Watchtower Judicial Atrocities

Mélanie Poirier was 10 when she started taking piano lessons and it would prove to be an experience that changed her life forever. At that very first lesson, she said, her piano teacher sexually assaulted her. It went on for five years. "Week after week, at every piano lesson, he would masturbate in front of me. And he would ask me to touch him," Poirier told [...]

2019-09-21T13:41:49-04:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: JW News|36 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘demonstrated a serious failure’ to protect children

The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia failed to protect children in its care from sexual predators, a report has found. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its report into the organisation on Monday. It stated that: "Children are not adequately protected from the risk of child sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witness organisation and [the commission] does not believe the organisation responds [...]

2019-09-21T13:45:23-04:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: JW News|43 Comments

JW turns self in to police for sleepwalking burglary

Now if every pedophile would simply turn themselves in: Problem solved! OFFICERS in a police station were stunned when Jehovah's Witness Zak Babar walked in and handed over a bag of loot, saying “I think I've done a burglary.” Babar, 48, had committed the burglary while in a “stupor” after overdosing on newly prescribed sleeping pills which he did not think were working, Gloucester crown court [...]

2019-09-21T13:57:25-04:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: JW News|44 Comments

Elders force sister to listen to rape recording

A woman is suing a Jehovah's Witnesses church in Weber County after, she says, one of its instructors repeatedly raped her when she was a minor and the organization's leadership forced her to listen to an audio recording of one of the assaults. The woman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in 2nd District Court, accusing the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses church in Roy — as well [...]

2019-09-21T14:00:53-04:00October 16th, 2016|Categories: JW News|4 Comments

Alberta court weighs in on JW disfellowshipping

Alberta courts are wading into the controversial territory of jurisdiction over religious organizations after the Alberta Court of Appeal decided to allow the Court of Queen's Bench to hear an application relating to the 2014 expulsion of a member of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. The appellate court sided with Randy Wall, a local real estate agent and member of the Congregation who faced expulsion after admitting to being drunk on two [...]

2019-09-21T14:22:41-04:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: JW News|44 Comments

News investigates JW Sex offender going door-to-door

KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo COLORADO SPRINGS - 66-year-old Waymon Ivery is reliving a nightmare that happened more than two decades ago. Sitting in the KOAA studio conference room, he admitted his regret. “I had no idea -- no clue as to the effect that it would have," Ivery said, referring to the pain he inflicted upon his 9-year-old stepdaughter that he was [...]

2019-09-24T09:14:03-04:00August 28th, 2016|Categories: JW News|219 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia (not USA)

Jehovah’s Witnesses recorded 51 cases of discrimination in 2015 TBILISI, DFWatch–On November 23 last year, shots were fired at a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Vazisubani, a district in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. When bullets slammed into the building again one week later, a lawyer representing the religious community wondered why the police were not using footage from their surveillance cameras to solve the case. [...]

2019-09-24T09:19:43-04:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: JW News|6 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses apparently banned in Russia

COMMENTARY: Although the just signed in-to-law prohibits all religious groups from preaching, obviously it will impact Jehovah's Witnesses most directly since Jehovah's Witnesses are all about witnessing about the truth. Most people probably don't realize that Jehovah's Witnesses were illegal in Russia until quite recently, after the fall of the USSR. All during the Soviet era Jehovah's Witnesses were hauled off to gulags in Siberia for [...]

2019-09-24T09:40:39-04:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: JW News|22 Comments

Jehovah’s Witnesses face £1m legal bill over child abuse

COMMENTARY: This story could be repeated many times. Child is abused by elder or ministerial servant. The Watchtower denies any responsibility for it and treats the victim as an offender. This case though, after appealing a judgment to pay a relatively small compensation of 275,000 pounds, the appeal judge socked them triple to cover the victim's considerable legal expenses that resulted as a consequence of the [...]

2019-09-24T09:47:58-04:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: JW News|5 Comments

Former JW elder arrested for child abuse

COMMENTARY: The police say they have no evidence that Gorski abused anyone "in the church." And that is to be expected, given the fact that the Watchtower has a long-standing policy of suppressing the reporting of crimes committed against the children of Jehovah's Witnesses. Even if a JW child had been abused the authorities may not have been notified. Since the elder was removed obviously the [...]

2019-09-24T10:02:55-04:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: JW News|48 Comments