Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and Pedophilia

Destroying files of pedophiles in the congregation is common practice? Elders concealing offenses due to "church policy"? In other words, church policy enables pedophilia in congregations? The Jehovah's Witnesses organization settled nine lawsuits — so far? A Judge recently fined the Jehovah's Witnesses organization with $4,000 a day for hiding pedophile members.

Yes, that's correct — a $4,000 per day fine for protecting pedophiles among their members.

I could go on, but I'll let a few videos speak about the subject, since many of the reports have now reached mainstream news channels.

Jehovah's Witnesses have the Worst Cases of Child Abuse Ever Seen

Here is a compilation of news reports of child sexual abuse by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion. Former Bethel member from New York, Barbara Anderson speaks about how the head office views pedophilia at the 2:13 mark in the video. The religious elite appear to have two sets of policies — one for internal use and one for public consumption.

What shocked me the most about the religion is how rigidly they follow rules and policies — without heart or human compassion. The Jehovah's Witnesses do not consider pedophilia as a crime, but a "mere sin" which is easily forgivable, no matter how damaging to the victims. Yet, at one point in the video, an official statement by JW org was released:



I'll repeat this key point: The religious elite appear to have two sets of policies — one for internal use and another one one for public consumption.

In Australia alone, within the religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses were over 1,000 cases of pedophilia known to the elite. Guess how many of those cases were reported to the authorities. None.

That's right. Not one.

Clearly, that presented a problem to the country's child services and legal system. So much so, that dire situation prompted
the Royal Commission in Australia to hold a public hearing into the Jehovah's Witnesses in Sydney commencing on July 27, 2015. The scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire into:

1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.

2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.

3. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd for raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse within the Church.

4. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to prevent child sexual abuse within the Church.

5. Any related matters.

The public hearing was streamed live to the public via webcast, with links below: (or skip down to the two video summary episodes from John Cedars).

Day 1, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 1, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 1, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 2, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 2, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 2, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 3, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 3, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 3, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 7, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 7, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 7, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 8, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion
Day 8, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses Religion

I would like to credit the following YouTubers: Christian Sparlock-Freedom and Jakke Control for the above video links. Please feel free to visit their channels because they have shorter clips of key testimony.

Findings for Case Study No. 29 are now available from the Australia Royal Commission. View Report of Case Study No. 29: The response of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse in a pdf format.

Several great summaries of the case may be found below (with credit to John Cedars YouTube Channel):
Episode 1: Watchtower in Focus
Episode 2: Watchtower in Focus

Personally, I left the family religion in the year 2000 before the stories of pedophilia came flooding out from behind those secretive religious walls. Perhaps there were active reports while I was still a member, but members are carefully shielded from such unsavory reports. Members who question are given a standard response such as, "It's another program created by apostates. Please avoid those demonic reports, lest these shipwreck your faith" — or something equally non-validating to victims. Pedophilia articles have been written specifically for their Awake!   magazine by writers at their head office, but only in general terms — nothing specific.

Your comments are welcome, as always.


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