[From Trey:] Today we’re launching “Disfellowshipped,” a 3-episode story about the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ practice of shunning, told in virtual reality. We designed our video “Disfellowshipped” to be an immersive experience, best viewed with a VR headset.
It’s been one year since Trey Bundy first reported the Watchtower’s child abuse problems. Twelve months ago the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) began publishing information about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their cover-up of child sexual abuse on their website, REVEAL. During broadcasts on their radio show, Trey Bundy was often the public face of those stories.
In an article dated September 23, 2015, Trey Bundy reports what happened when one of the Watchtower Society’s Governing Body members testified during two weeks of hearings before a Royal Commission in Australia.
Geoffrey Jackson, one of seven current Governing Body members, and several other high-ranking members of the organization in Australia testified for hours after swearing to tell the truth. In his article, Bundy asks, “Were any of them really telling the truth?”
Those of us who have been Jehovah’s Witnesses who are intimately familiar with the Watchtower organization know that everything elders, branch representatives – even members of the Governing Body – speak or write, even under oath, is questionable. We’ve learned that they are willing to hide, distort, ignore, and deny the “truth.” Even those who know that they are not being truthful to news reporters, investigators, and even the police will do or say whatever is necessary “to protect Jehovah’s earthly organization.” They learn how to do this as part of Watchtower strategy known as “Theocratic Warfare.” The recent Commission hearings in Australia provided us with a grand and endless display of their official use of that “theocratic strategy.”
We will be presenting more information on this story and the Australian Commission Hearings over the next few weeks. We are in the process of editing an entire section dedicated to the Commission hearings that included videos of all the sessions, links to transcripts of all the public sessions, more news articles, and all official exhibits released to the public.
Trey Bundy (REVEAL) reports that a panel of judges in Philadephia (USA) ruled that the Watchtower Society and its attorneys used “abusive tactics” to try to delay a trial where they faced charges of covering up facts in a case filed in 2013 by Stephanie Fessler. Fessler claims she was sexually abused 30 to 50 times from the ages of 14 to 16 by a middle-aged Jehovah’s Witness woman in another congregation.