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Irwin Zalkin, Jehovah’s Witness Child Sex Abuse Lawyer

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Child sexual abuse has embroiled nearly every religion, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception. With nearly 9 million members and 120,000 congregations globally, Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be dedicated to protecting children from sexual offenders, but records reveal they routinely fail to implement policies that protect anything but themselves.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also promote an insulated culture that allows elders and group leaders to conceal cases of sexual abuse within the organization, and dissuade victims from stepping forward with their claims.

Reports have also shown that the Governing Body and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, entities within the group’s organizational structure, have concealed and dismissed numerous claims of sexual abuse brought by members within the Jehovah’s Witnesses dating back to 1950. Some former members claim the Watchtower Society has recorded thousands of named of alleged offenders within the Jehovah’s Witness community, and refuse to release them to law enforcement.

In court cases brought against the Watch Tower Society in both the U.S. and United Kingdom, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been found negligent in failing to protect children from known sex offenders. The organization has also paid substantial sums to settle abuse lawsuits outside of court.
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