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.
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.
In a follow-up article that continues his earlier reporting about the recent Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse case heard in Montana, Seaborn Larson of the Missoulian ties up the loose ends and expands upon the longterm effects that the case may have on the Watchtower organization. We present and preserve it for your consideration as follows:
TV station WGAL in Pennsylvania has been closely following the ongoing legal actions against Jehovah’s Witnesses in connection with their handling of child abuse cases. Becca Hendrickson, a staff and field reporter for the station, recently interviewed Barbara to discuss Watchtower’s policies that cover up and hide criminal activity within their Kingdom Halls.
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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