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

//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 adequately to allegations of child sexual abuse.”

Survivors of sexual abuse within the church and senior church members appeared before a public hearing last year.

The inquiry heard the church received allegations of child sexual abuse involving more than 1000 of its members over a 60-year period but did not report a single claim to police.

In its report on the inquiry, the royal commission found that the organisation’s general practice of “not reporting serious instances of child sexual abuse to police or authorities, demonstrated a serious failure on its part to provide for the safety and protection of children.”

The royal commission determined that the church’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse were outdated, including a rule that there must be two witnesses to an incident, which “showed a serious lack of understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse”.

“It noted the rule, which the Jehovah’s Witness organisation relies on, and applies inflexibly even in the context of child sexual abuse, was devised more than 2000 years ago,” the report found.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses approach to handling claims internally was not appropriate for children or survivors of sexual abuse, the report found.

“Survivors are offered little or no choice in how their complaint is addressed, sanctions are weak with little regard to the risk of the perpetrator re-offending.”

The head of the Jehovah’s Witness community’s service desk, Rodney Spinks, said the church is taking the royal commission’s work seriously.

“We want to benefit from the process; everybody does,” he said.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia are scheduled to appear before the commission again in March when a public hearing will examine current child protection policies and procedures.

Source – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


COMMENTARY: I don’t know why it took the Royal Commission so long to come to the conclusion that the policies of the Watchtower fail to protect children from abusers. The Watchtower’s own lawyers have stated in court and in legal briefs that Jehovah’s Witness elders do not have any responsibility to protect children from the crimes of a congregant. If the Watchtower is on record denying that elders have any responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, why should anyone be surprised if the organization is judged to have demonstrated a serious failure to protect children? More articles on the Watchtower’s serious failure.

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2016-11-28T06:25:04+00:00 November 28th, 2016|JW News|43 Comments
  • The beginning of the end for Watchtower?

    • Joseph Stephan

      They probably built a underground Vault on the compound in the Woods by the lake, to store their billions they received from the sale of the real estate in Brooklyn.

      • Cocheta

        they will throw their silver & gold into the streets at that time…all except for the GB who will be allowed to keep their billions & they will be allowed to flaunt it in front of the lesser WT folks who are starving to death!

        None of the people will be able to complain because they will be disfellowshipped & told they will be killed at Armageddon for daring to question Jehovahs favoured chosen men of the government. In fact when these Rolex kings get to heaven they will be given special permission to throw the rocks down to kill the people themselves! I was warned of that from ‘my’ chosen sister if you remember, so I wait for the rock with my name on it!

        • Beverly kenyon

          Oh, Cocheta, that ‘chosen sister’ really has problems. Who in their right goes mind goes around saying, when they get to heaven, they’ll be throwing rocks down on people’s heads! Huh! As DA would say! I shouldn’t laugh Cocheta, but when you mention the rock with your name on it, it just sets me off! That lady is not normal…sociopath springs to mind!

          • Cocheta

            that’s why I keep changing my name here, Beverly, at least it means I can buy some time to run while she is carving out yet another name on my rock 😉

            • Beverly kenyon

              Cocheta, you’re so really funny..I burst out laughing at that! I can almost hear the chiselling of the drill she’s using. That is one of the funniest things EVER!!! I think it also made Bklyn Kevin laugh as well! Cocheta, because I love you I’m going to give you some good advice…invest in a HARD HAT! You know…the ones builders use! And if you can’t afford it, we’ll have a whip round for you.

            • Cocheta

              hahahahaaaa…….thank you, kiddo 😉

            • Bklyn Kevin

              I’m afraid there’s a time coming when the situation well get worse than that.

              John 16:
              I have spoken these things to YOU that YOU may not be stumbled.
              2 Men will expel YOU from the synagogue. In fact, the hour is coming when everyone that kills YOU will imagine he has rendered a sacred service* to God.
              3 But they will do these things because they have not come to know either the Father or me
              4 Nevertheless, I have spoken these things to YOU that, when the hour for them arrives, YOU may remember I told them to YOU

            • Cocheta

              A POW to you, Kevin, that Scripture stopped me in my tracks there, I have never looked at it like that before!
              v2 especially, ‘everyone that kills you will imagine he has rendered a sacred service – wow, yes, the ordinary Joe Public will really start to hate us with a vengeance after this failure to protect our children & could very well persecute us to death during the GT. Chilling thought, especially when we are not the ones guilty!

            • Bklyn Kevin

              John 15:17-21..
              If the world hates YOU, YOU know that it has hated me [Jesus] before it hated YOU.
              If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master.
              (If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU) also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also. But they will do all these things against YOU on account of my name, because they do not know him that sent me.

            • DA

              we should really pray to Jehovah how we can know him better

        • Bklyn Kevin

          POW” Lol’ – a stone with your name on it. Well if that happens you won’t be able to say she wasn’t thinking about you.

        • ELiJAHx7

          The “Stone that the builders rejected” has himself plenty of “rocks” to reject….

      • Daisy

        …and they probably might have built an underground vault on the compound by the woods by the lake on a sink…sank…sunk hole! 🙂 daisy

        • Beverly kenyon

          That’s funny Daisy. Made me lol.

        • DA

          that’d be so messed-up. ha

          • Daisy

            not half as messed up as a pending Waco type attack on the compound in the woods by the lake…once the palisades, as suggested by Bklyn, are in place…

  • Anita

    The JW rumor mill functions very well about sexual indescretion involving females; not so well involving men, especially elders.

    • Cocheta

      Welcome to the The Watchman’s Post, Anita, you have come to a good place.

      It sounds very much as if you know more than you have stated, I really hope that you have not been affected at all.
      Agape Sister & once again welcome.

      • Anita

        Agreed!

  • Cocheta

    Oh Jehovah what are they doing to Your Name, I could weep.
    Yet, in my congregation & I’m certain in others too, they are still denying it ever happens.
    What a disgrace for all of us!

    • Anita

      Oh, I was a victim of a brother who was “spiritual” who I was dating, who initiated engaging in heavy petting (to test me.) And for his deeds, he gets appointed elder. Happened in the 80s. When I think back on it, I see how creepy they can be, so my heart goes out to things that happen to underage people who then have to face judicial committees of biased men!

      • Cocheta

        well, I hope you punched him, Anita!

        Yes, it is creepy, very scary too. Every time I look at the picture above I get such a heartbroken feeling & I just want to grab that poor child & run away with her to safety where no-one will ever hurt her again (I know that is only a model posed picture but I can imagine all the ones who are suffering!)

        Poor kiddies, they already have faced a very scary man without having to be questioned by sour-faced men………….. ooooh, don’t get me started!! I really should not read these sort of articles.

  • Anderiega

    The only way to even get a JW to look into the Royal commission is to say that “the Australian Royal Commission investigated all the major religions to see how each one was taking care of child sex abuse cases. Check out how our organization did.” (But you won’t find it on watchtower online library….)

    • 1914for100Alex

      If this thing gets any bigger, I have a feeling the Witnesses will be the ones getting preached to when they go door to door…and it won’t be in a good way. The WTS is doing them a great disservice by not keeping them in the loop, and they’ll be the ones paying the price for what the leadership has done.

      • LW

        And look what’s taking place on the world scene too, especially in this country…

  • Anderiega

    This comment may wander a little off the topic of this very important commentary. I too feel so sad (and righteously indignant) that Jehovah’s name is being dragged through the mud BECAUSE of His witnesses. (I am not above reproof though, because I’ve certainly been less than a shining example of a faithful slave). But this is so terrible, and we (Jehovah’s witnesses who are preaching in ignorance) look so stupid when we don’t even know what’s REALLY going on in our own organization, while trying to recruit new members. And any witness who denies that that is an aspect of their ministry is fooling themselves. (Recruitment) I have such an inner struggle with this: “you be like me and THEN I’ll be your friend” vs “let me share something that enriches my life with you, you decide if it’s something you want for yourself, either way, I’ll still have agape love for you.” (I live my life by the latter)

    During my recent (one year) YouTube wanderings, personally I’ve been surprised (and occasionally impressed) by how many different people are engaging in a ministry. Does anybody else feel this way? Perhaps it’s just me, because I was raised a JW and always told that only WE share the “good news” with people. I feel like the world IS waking up. Of course many, if not most, of these “ministers” are not using God’s personal name, but quite a few do use the name Yahweh. Just something interesting to me. I’m happy people are interested in the Bible. It gives me hope….I’m always imagining how Jehovah feels about me, my thoughts, others…who may not know Him, but know Him through their love and respect of Jesus. It makes me think that perhaps this “great crowd” is going to be full of so many people from different backgrounds because they were living in expectation of a second coming…even if they didn’t have all the details. I could he waaaaaaayyyyy off, but I thought I’d share my random, optimistic daydream with everybody.

    Again…sorry for posting here…I tried to create a forum discussion, but I couldn’t.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Well I think you’re right on point wasn’t there not a great mix company that followed Moses?.

      Exodus 12:38.
      And a vast mixed company also went up with them, as well as flocks and herds, a very numerous stock of animals. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/bi12/books/exodus/12/#v201203834

      Acts 10:
      At this Peter opened his mouth and said: “For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial,

      35 but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him .

    • L.H.

      Hello Anderiega.I’ve always had the feeling during my “carreer” in “the truth”, That there were lots of meek people, but they didn’t take the step to the organisation. I wanted to pioneer because I felt the need to share the good news to everybody, but at the same time was wondering :”what would withold them, well maybe they are protected from something”.And i still felt love and respect for them,applying what ive learned from Jesus to treat others like you want to be treated. And i thought all JW’s would feel the same but it appeared to me alot of them didn’t.(was still very naive as a 16 year old at that time)
      With what I know now, (TTATT)I am inclined to think that Jehovahs Heart and plan for humanity Is much bigger than we were made to believe. I must think of Gods promise to Abraham,that through his seed all nations will be blessed, and indeed a “great crowd” will come out of the tribulation.And we as Jehovahs Wittnesses are no better people than many others. Personally I have great respect for people who spend their lives of helping others , sometimes in very heavy circumstances. And much more for people , still in ” Babylon” trying to do theire best to live like Jesus, and do some form of ministry, even without being informed well about bible truths. I read about missionaries who risked there life going to China with bibles what in itself is admirable, and an act of faith in my eyes(but who am I). But what made it special to me was the reaction of an custums officer who is supposed to arrest people who try to preach and smuggle bibles into their country.He caught them on smuggling and let them go saying;” good luck brothers”. And like you I feel the world is waking up. After all, new generations are rising,not brought up with religion, learning evolution is a fact, but many still believe in God. If they are serious in their searching, they are being confronted ( on the internet) with all the misdoings in the org. and I can imagine they hold back. But couldn’t it be, like the Jews were chosen to bring forth the Messiah, JW’s have been used to bring forth the remaining of the annointed? And it is true that JW’s have the basic bible thuths, so maybe Jehovah is going to use the JW’s who live according to it,when he have done away with lawless persons, to preach the good news in all the inhabitted earth during or before or after the great tribulation. And my hope and prayer is that many persons will respond.
      I cannot believe Micah 4 and Isiah 2 is fullfilled now, or just within JW’s later in time, because after all 2/3 will not make it, but still there will be a great crowd , not possible to count. And lots of people dont even had the chance to study Gods word, when I think of mental institutions full of broken people,( often because of all sorts of abuse), and orphants in third world countrys ,or children who are send off by their parents and live upon the street, snuffing glue to mentally survive,, not to mention how they must survive physically. And if Jehovah is going to ressurect all people who have ever lived including rapist, serial killers dictators and so on, why would he destroy people who ” dont know the difference between their right and left hand”?
      I think I understood the book of Jonah is not about prophecie, but maybe it is a lesson for the people who bear his name. I mean, like Jonah was grumbeling about the city was not being destroyed after he preached, while he was prophesying that it would be, maybe it will be a test for JW’s to see others are going to be saved while they did all the efforts to live upon Jehovahs standards. Well, for now this is my take on this, And I hope Jehovahs plan and love wil get more clear on this subject. Hope I expressed myself well. Much love.

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Hello and welcome LH nice to have you visit.
        P.S. I really enjoyed your comments thank you.

        • L.H.

          Thank you BK for welcoming me. I enjoy your comments also very much,and those from others.

  • Beverly kenyon

    About 2 years ago I told my witness friend about the Child abuse sex scandal and she was angry and said if such a thing was happening the it was down to parents to look after their children at the Kingdom Halls. She wasn’t sickened that such a thing was happening to children and young people..she was outraged that parents weren’t keeping an eye on their children. I wanted to slap her…couldn’t believe that reaction! In Australia they kept it secret for 60 whole years, even 1 year would’ve been outrageous but 60!!! What are parents to do when they’re keeping it secret. So no, that’s disgusting to blame parents! Aren’t they suffering enough to know their children have been brutalised and they were unaware! The writing is on the wall just like with Belshazzar, only not overnight, but bit by bit. Their wicked and shameful Safe Guarding policy is going to be exposed once again for the whole world to see and will come round to bite them on their backsides!

  • Rowel Jimenez

    Skeleton in the closet of the wt now exposed…

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Luke 8:17 For there is nothing hidden+ that will not become manifest, neither anything carefully concealed that will never become known and never come into the open.

  • Srecko Sostar

    Hi to all, people :)) GB and their lawyers will reverse (turn upside down) this “story of the Royal Commission” and send to JW members propaganda explanation through publications and talks that in fact all what was happening about child molestetion isue is nothing else than persecution that “prince of darkness” generates through Royal Commision and “higher/worldly authority”. Most of JW members will stay inside church, with exception of few of them who dare to looking, reading and participate on blogs like this.
    My congratulations to all of you and others who looking/searching for truth, love and better understanding, and have courage to stand for yourself and others in your midst and on this forum. :))

    • Beverly kenyon

      Srecko, I wouldn’t be surprised if if they put out propaganda explanations and Talks and pass the blame…you are so right to mention that! Hope you’re doing okay Srecko.

      • Srecko Sostar

        Good morning Beverly! Glad to hear you!
        Thank you for good wishes. Love and peace with you!

        • Beverly kenyon

          And a Good Morning to you too Srecko, always good to hear from you and it’s lovely to see you popping in from time to time, posting on Brother King’s site. I always look forward to reading what you write. Love & peace to you to you too.

  • Burt Reynolds

    The watchtower child abuse policy is so much rubbish. There are so many coordinating issues that require joint working to protect vulnerable people. The elders do not understand their responsibilities and are not trained in the evidence indicators of abuse. That is essential. They are not given to care and do not feel they have a responsibility because they have not been made aware of it, or, crucially, allowed to admit that such a thing will happen in the congregation. They do not have the understanding for, or of, older people, let alone children. The elders are not trained how to look for issues and neither are they motivated to do so because all of the circumstantial issues go against doing so, such as protecting the name of Jehovah….a fallacy….believing victims, willingness to expose the problems, getting involved, how to interview, anti discrimination issues, respect for women, professional empathy, understanding of policy and life experience. The list is endless. For heavens sake, they do not even know how to care for the widow or fatherless child and prefer to spend their money on watchtower logo drain covers. The watchtower policy is not worth the paper it is written on. Sure it looks fine, and is junk full of legalese, but there is no one on the receiving end of it, either with the insight to act on it, or power to prevent abuse and even the knowledge about how to care for the victim. Their preventative measures are so flaccid it’s a disgrace, why, the do not even trust the victim to tell the truth and which is where their insight into evidence indicators abuse would assist…..if they had it, which they don’t. This bit of paper is worthless, but even worse than that, is that even the royal commission does not have these skills, they are simply a legal tool…a very good one….but nonetheless as far away from child protection as the watchtower. The people with the skills to help, are underfunded, under resourced, too few, too powerless, too inexperienced, hampered by political correctness and dogged with paperwork and bosses with a political motive. There is only one way to protect your child or vulnerable adult in this world, and that is to not let them out of your sight and teach them how to care for themselves without robbing them of their childhood and keep them out of residential care if at all possible. And also, don’t be decieved, it is by no means all men that commit these crimes, over ninety percent of cases we worked were committed by women in terms of neglect, physical harm and mental harm…men did the other, but sadly not exclusively. And for vulnerable adults, it was family and care staff, both male and female, but more female.

    I think it is important that we separate out from all this, the general population of the brothers and sisters, who are God fearing people. I know articles like the one above are necessary, but it is all to easy to demonise the whole congregation of which we were once a part. The fact that congregants are not trained is not a slur on them. Or on the elders. It may be their responsibility in part, but it is the parents in whole. And few elders are up with the issues of child abuse. It is the evil, self serving slave that bears the burden of responsibility for this human tragedy abv and beyond the perpetrator. If they had been dealt with properly and the support given from the watchtower, the damage would be less. The only sure way to prevent further damage is for parents to follow their instincts. Don’t for one minute think that the paedophile has gone from the congregation. They have not.

    • DA

      boy you wrote a essay here Burt. lot of good points. agreed

  • Srecko Sostar

    THE WT (STUDY EDITION) FEBRUARY 2017 and (STUDY EDITION) NOVEMBER 2013
    The JWorg leaders said all about themselves !

    “WHO REALLY IS THE FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE?” (2017)

    12. Since the Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible, what questions arise?
    12 The Governing Body IS NEITHER INSPIRED NOR INFALLIBLE. Therefore, IT CAN ERR IN DOCTRINAL MATTERS OR IN ORGANIZATIONAL DIRECTIONS. In fact, the Watch Tower Publications Index includes the heading “Beliefs Clarified,” which lists adjustments in our Scriptural understanding since 1870. Of course, JESUS DID NOT TELL US THAT his faithful SLAVE WOULD PRODUCE PERFECT spiritual food.

    LESSONS FOR TODAY (2013)

    17 . ….(3) At that time, the LIFE-SAVING DIRECTIONS that we receive FROM Jehovah’s ORGANIZATION may not appear practical from a human standpoint. All of us MUST BE READY TO OBEY ANY INSTRUCTIONS we may receive, whether these appear SOUND from a strategic or human standpoint OR NOT.

    • DA

      “NEITHER INSPIRED”
      yep, pretty self explanatory.

      2-Peter 1:20

      • Srecko Sostar

        hehe, “JWorg Circus is in our town – visit us, free entry!
        Comedy and tragedy in one. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”. What more have to be said?… as to my understanding they just condemned themselves.

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