The following article was written by Harvinder Singh, (BA, MA University of Birmingham, UK) and was published on the SCAARS.com website on November 16, 2018. We feel that it has special value and merit and should be read and considered by our readers. Please note that most of the spelling and punctuation remain as presented in the original document.
For the very first time, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder met with former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In their special 2-hour episode, they invited a panel of contributors to open up and share their personal stories of growing up in the secretive Watchtower organization. The hosts allowed the participants to describe their experiences candidly and without any restrictions.
On October 24, 2018, the Puerto Rico’s Telemundo Channel posted a 45-minute news variety show called “Entretenimiento Boricua” (slang for “Puerto Rican Entertainment”). It featured a 23-minute segment about Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse (with a focus on policy) as told in interviews.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, a jury in Montana ruled that the Watchtower Society must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church covered up her childhood sexual abuse. A Montana jury handed down the penalty on behalf of a 21-year-old woman. You can now read the full court order.
We can now add Spain to our list of countries that are taking action against the Watchtower’s treatment of abused children. Former Jehovah’s Witnesses – many who were abused sexually – are taking their message directly to a prosecutor and the Ministry of the Interior. The following article from the Global Chronicle has been translated for us by a volunteer.
On October 22, 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia released an announcement that a “hotline” had been created to serve survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy and other responsible members of religious organizations. The department’s action was apparently in response to public outcries for federal and state government leaders and agencies to finally take some effective action to track and investigate the ever-increasing numbers of crimes against children by clergy.