Law Firm Describes JW Child Abuse Claims

A Nova Scotia based law firm, McKiggan Hebert Lawyers, published a rather extensive overview of claims that Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witness leaders are involved in covering up child abuse within the religion. The undated post appears prominently on their corporate website.

The article mentions the growing publicity describing the Watchtower’s troubled mismanagement of criminal cases involving Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Jehovah’s Witness Sexual Abuse Claims

Is The Watch Tower Society covering up child abuse?

Unlike similar articles posted by newspapers and other sources, this article goes right to the most damaging complaint about what frequently happens to child abuse victims who choose to leave the religion: Enforced “shunning” by former JW friends and family.

“Finally, and perhaps most damaging, Jehovah’s Witness sexual abuse victims who choose to leave the organization in the wake of their abuse are shunned (disfellowshipped).  For victims of abuse this means social, and cultural banishment just when the abuse survivor is most vulnerable.”

The report goes on to describe what has happened on the legal front in Australia, Great Britain, the United States and Canada. They point out that the Watchtower organization has been less than helpful to the legal authorities by stonewalling and withholding important documents.

“Superior and Supreme Court rulings in the US have made repeated requests for documents that are part of a decades-old database of Jehovah’s Witness sexual abuse activity kept under lock and key by the JW organization. The JW organization has refused to obey court orders.”

Read this well prepared and informative article for yourself and share it with others. You can find the original published version at the links below.

 

The Watchtower leaders continue to damage their reputation worldwide by refusing to review or change their failed and unfair policies involving child abuse and other criminal acts by Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the above referenced article points out – time is running out for the Watchtower and its leadership. They need to change their methods and policies now! 

The Watchtower has established a reputation for frequently changing their teachings and doctrines – especially when it involves false and failed prophetic events. They have survived “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” and “Stay Alive Until ’75” – and many other missteps. Now is the time for the Governing Body and the Watchtower’s Legal Department to admit that they have mishandled the issues of child abuse, shunning, and their blood transfusion policies and make significant policy changes immediately. They can call it “new light” or “inspiration from the Holy Spirit” – or whatever they want. It’s time for them to start protecting the lives of their children and other members instead of punishing them for being victims.

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Watchtower Faces Major Lawsuits in Canada

We were just notified about the following press release. This is a major and important legal action taken against three Watchtower entities by a major law firm based in Toronto, Canada. We will follow-up with coverage and commentary as quickly as more information becomes available to us. This could be a major groundbreaking legal event for the Watchtower both in and outside of Canada.

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A Reason to Celebrate: AJWRB

AJWRB (Advocates for Jehovah’s Witness Reform on Blood – ajwrb.org) is a diverse and dedicated group of former and current Witnesses from many countries. Some active supporters and volunteers are presently serving as JW elders and Hospital Liaison Committee members. Others have previously served in that capacity. A few work in a related medical field or have friends or relatives who are Witnesses.

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Montreal Judge: “Save the Girl’s Life”

The Friendly Atheist website [served by Patheos.com] reports that a judge in Montreal, Quebec, Canada may have saved a fourteen-year-old girl’s life. In his decision, Judge Granosik gave the doctors permission to overrule the young girl’s own decision to choose not to accept a potentially life-saving blood transfusion.

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Netherlands Times Reporter: “JWs – A Paradise for Pedophiles”

Child abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses is not something that can be considered just an American, Australian or British issue. The fact is that victims can be found in Kingdom Halls worldwide.

Sometimes a news reporter just gets a story right. In a copyrighted news article dated July 21, 2017, reporter Janene Peters (Netherlands Times)  covers an important story that another reporter wrote.

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Identifying “Spiritual Abuse”

Credits: Pixabay - John Hain

Within organized religious institutions, the manipulation and pressure over “performance” issues perpetuated by people in positions of authority are common, but not easily recognizable. The effects should be characterized as “spiritual abuse” initiated from a misuse of power and influence by leaders who lack humility and integrity – and who also consider themselves above questioning.

A Recommendation by Barbara Anderson

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