Australia: “Royal Commission Referred 1600+ Cases to Police”

Brad Ryan at ABC News (Australia) reports that the Royal Commission on Child Abuse has created a huge backlog cases for the police to investigate. The lead to Ryan’s article published Sunday, September 12, 2016, stated,  “Police ‘under pressure’ after 1,659 cases flagged for investigation…”

Ryan reports that “…the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has referred more than 1,500 matters to authorities, straining the resources of police forces around the country…Justice Peter McClellan, who chairs the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, told a hearing in Sydney that 1,659 matters had been passed on to police to consider for further investigation.”

The article continues to describe the amount of work facing Australian law enforcement:

“…Prosecutions have been brought against 71 people.

“Because of the volume of references, the resources of the various police forces have been placed under significant pressure,” Justice McClellan said. “I understand a great many references are awaiting investigation, or the investigations are underway but not complete.”

Justice McClellan said the commission had received information about more than 4,000 institutions, but it was impossible to hold public hearings into all of them.

“We have carefully selected the institutions we have publicly investigated with a view to providing the Government, the institutions and the public with an understanding of the nature of the problems which we have identified,” he said.
“The case studies have been selected to ensure an appropriate geographical spread and also an appropriate reflection of the type of institution where survivors were abused.”

Commissioners have also met abuse survivors in 5,866 private sessions, with another 1,616 people yet to be seen.

The commission is today beginning a public hearing into how Catholic authorities dealt with allegations of abuse by former priest John Farrell.

It will examine the responses of the Catholic dioceses of Armidale and Parramatta, and a Sydney special issues group.

Justice McClellan said it was expected to be the royal commission’s final hearing specifically relating to Catholic institutions.


LINK to original article at ABC NEWS Australia

Watchtower’s Strategies to Hide the Truth

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.

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Royal Commission – Day 1

Mr. Angus Stewart’s opening statement:

“Your Honour and Commissioner, this is the 29th public hearing of the Royal Commission. This case study concerns the response of the church of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and its corporation, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Australia, to reports of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Australia.

“This case study will explore the experiences of two survivors of child sexual abuse and the Jehovah’s Witness Church’s response to their complaints of sexual abuse whilst they were members of the Jehovah’s Witness Church. The case study will also involve an examination of the systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witness Church and Watchtower Australia for responding to allegations of child sexual abuse, and the mechanisms in place to prevent child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness Church.”


Official Transcripts of the Hearing, Day 1, July 27, 2015


Watch the Day 1 presentations and testimony:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

JW Governing Body claims to be the “Faithful Slave”

Did you know how (in sworn testimony during the recent Australian Royal Commission hearing) Governing Body member Geoffrey Jackson responded to the question, “Do you see yourselves as Jehovah’s spokespeople on earth?”

Jackson replied, “That, I think, would seem to be quite presumptuous to say that we are the ‘only spokesperson’ that God is using.”

Really? Was he being truthful and honest when he replied that way?

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Father to daughter: Don’t worry about sexual abuse as “Jehovah sees everything…”

Another Jehovah’s Witness molester, Henricus Stephanus Landmeter,  has been found guilty of sexually molesting the child of fellow believers.

This time it was the District Court of South Australia in Adelaide handing down the verdict instead of in the United States. But just six months earlier in February 2014, Francis Wong of Fort Myers, Florida, also a Jehovah’s Witness, was convicted of molesting a number of young Witness boys. Wong received a life sentence in prison. 

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