Pedophilia amongst Jehovah's Witnesses "Temps présents" TV show of Nov 12, 2010 (French) :
Pedophilia and children amongst Jehovah's Witnesses, "Envoyé Spécial" TV show of September 25, 2010, on France2 (French) :
Jehovah's Witnesses - Paedophile exposure. Australia. 2002.
Jehovah's Witness Pedophilia Coverup?
Posted On: August 16, 2007 by John McKiggan
Black Sun Journal has posted
a fascinating article about allegations of cover up of sexual abuse with the Jehovah's Witness Watchtower Society.
It is not
unusual (perhaps even commonplace) for religious organizations to deny or cover up allegations of sexual abuse;
In most cases
where I have represented victims of clergy sexual abuse, the evidence has indicated that persons' in authority within the Church either
had knowlege of the abuse, or actively covered it up.
What struck me was the lengths to which the Watchtower Society will go
to deny or cover up allegations of sexual abuse within the Church. The article states:
Bowen's group has criticized the Jehovah's
Witnesses' policy that if an accused abuser denies the charge, two credible witnesses are required to establish guilt — due to literal
application of such Bible verses as Deuteronomy 19:15 ("only on the evidence of two witnesses, or of three witnesses, shall a charge
If two witnesses are lacking, the accused is deemed innocent, charges remain confidential and — silentlambs says
— parents who warn others are subject to disfellowshipping for slander.
Disfellowshipping is an extreme penalty that means a
total cutoff of relationships by family members, friends and business associates who are Witnesses.
Sexual abuse is a crime of
secrecy. Since most sexual abusers do not commit their criminal acts in the presence of witnesses the "two witnesses" requirement
is one that would be next to impossible to meet.
To go even further by threatening victims who want to warn others of sexual
abusers with being cut off from their family, friends and associates (the persons victims would turn to for help and support after
being victimized) is perhaps an even greater betrayal than the sexual abuse itself.
In most jurisdictions in North America it
is a crime for person's in authority to fail to report allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate agency (Children's Services
etc.) so that the allegations can be investigated in an independent and unbiased manner.
Perhaps it is time that Religious groups
be subjected to the same threat of criminal prosecution as private citizens.
Various links :
-Canada : "Attn: SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS IN CANADA!! We are mobilizing some potential law suits. Please either contact me (Tricia Franginha), or contact a lawyer by the name of John McKiggan. He encourages you to contact him ASAP if you are interested in pursuing either a personal claim against the Watchtower OR are interested in being part of a class action with one of his associates". Apr. 10, 2017.
-USA: The Watchtower has recently released their WT May, 2019 study edition which features several articles on child abuse, with some minor policies changes. But still doesn't clearly demand elders to automatically report child sexual abuse to authorities. Feb. 6, 2019.
-Canada: The lawsuit against the Watchtower for the child sexual abuse issue has been accepted in Quebec. It can now proceed further. It is a first victory. The lawyers have 30 days to appeal. More details to come. Feb. 27, 2019.
-USA: On NBC a tv series called “Silent No More” about sexual abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses aired august 12, 13, 14. Aug. 12, 2019.
-Australia: The Jehovah’s Witnesses issued a statement advising that they will not be joining the redress scheme. June 21, 2020.
-Australia: BBC Interview discussing JWs and the selling of their property. July 12, 2020.
-Netherlands: Jehovah's Witnesses lose appeal over abuse report. August 4, 2020.
-UK: Former Jehovah's Witness elders call for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse. August 10, 2020.
-Netherlands: Netherlands wants to punish silence on sex abuse in closed communities. August 28, 2020.
-UK: IICSA : Watchtower accused Lloyd Evans of hate speech!. September 23, 2020.
-Australia : National Redress Scheme: Scott Morrison names and shames groups refusing to sign up. October 22, 2020.
-USA: Three new lawsuits against Watchtower filed under NY Child Victims Act (CVA). November 1, 2020.
-Canada: News about the lawsuit in Quebec(Canada) against the Watchtower for child sexual abuse coverup: The plaintiffs have won, Watchtower lost its appeal. The 3 judges took the side of the victims. So the lawsuit can continue. The Watchtower lawyers will most likely appeal to the Supreme Court, but according to the victims’ lawyer, it is 98% sure the appeal will be refused. That would delay the lawsuit for a couple of months. December 11, 2020.
-Canada(Quebec): Pedophilia cover-up class lawsuit in Quebec: the Watchtower won’t appeal to the supreme court of Canada, the class action lawsuit can proceed. January 26, 2021.
-Australia: Labor wants levy on redress scheme dodgers. February 3, 2021.
-Netherlands: Jehovah's Witness HQ in Emmen, in the Netherlands, lost their appeal. The board of the Jehovah's Witnesses tried through the Open Government Act (Wob) to retrieve all data from the investigation into abuse within the community. September 13, 2021.