Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses operate as a secret society, even hiding the truth from their adherents. This is what they don’t want you to know:

They say they abhor paedophilia and denounce child abuse, however their own policies protect paedophiles. As recently as November 2014 church elders were instructed to form confidential committees to handle potential criminal matters internally.

In a recent case brought against Watchtower they had to admit that there is a trove of documents with the names and whereabouts of known child sexual abusers in its congregations. They refused to hand them over. In that one case the judge awarded the abuse victim $13.5 million. The decision rested in part on the Witnesses’ refusal to hand over documents in the case, prompting the frustrated judge to ban the organization from making a defense.

In July 2015 Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard shocking evidence that 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sex abuse were identified by the organization in Australia going back to 1950, but none were reported to the authorities. For more on this click here

Jehovah’s Witnesses say they are governed by the ‘Two Witness Rule.’ This rule based on scriptures such as Deuteronomy 19:15 and Matthew 18:15-17, and any sin reported to them needs to have been witnessed by 2 or more witnesses or they cannot investigate. Most child sex crimes are kept hidden and not in view, therefore when the paedophile denies the claim the case is dropped, thus protecting the paedophile and not the child.

Additionally elders are directed to contact their head office first when such a claim is made and not the police. During the internal investigation the child will be interrogated by the elders who are unqualified to deal with such crimes.

Even if the crime has been established the elders are not under obligation to contact the authorities, nor do they warn the members of their congregations when a paedophile is among them. They are allowed to mix at their Kingdom Halls, at social gatherings and in their door to door ministry completely anonymously.

THIS HAS TO STOP