Jehovah’s Witnesses and Pedophilia

Destroying files of pedophiles in the congregation is common practice? Elders concealing offenses due to “church policy”? In other words, church policy enables pedophilia in congregations? The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization settled nine lawsuits — so far? A Judge recently fined the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization with $4,000 a day for hiding pedophile members’ files. Who knew that Jehovah’s Witnesses and pedophilia could appear in the same sentence?

Shocking Headlines about Jehovah’s Witnesses

Yes, that’s correct — a $4,000 per day fine for protecting pedophiles among their members.

I could go on, but I’ll let a few videos speak about the subject, since many of the reports have now reached mainstream news channels.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have the Worst Cases of Child Abuse Ever Seen

Here is a compilation of news reports of child sexual abuse by members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. Former Bethel member from New York, Barbara Anderson speaks about how the head office views pedophilia at the 2:13 mark in the video. The religious elite among Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have two sets of policies — one for internal use and one for public consumption.

Protect Victims — NOT Predators!

What shocked me the most about the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion is how rigidly they follow their own made-up rules and policies — without heart or human compassion for their victims. The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not consider pedophilia as a crime, but a “mere sin” which is easily forgivable, no matter how damaging to the victims. Yet, at one point in the video, an official statement by JW org was released:

Dear Jehovah's Witnesses, pedophilia is a crime and needs to be reported
Dear Jehovah's Witnesses, 
Pedophilia is a crime and needs to be reported to authorities. Elders are not the police. Evidence needs to be collected. By going to the elders, victims have no evidence as proof of the crime. I repeat: Very Important: please call the police.

I’ll repeat this key point: The religious elite appear to have two sets of policies — one for internal use and another one one for public consumption.

Child Abuse in Australia within Jehovah’s Witnesses

In Australia alone, within the religious order of Jehovah’s Witnesses were over 1,000 cases of pedophilia known to the elite. Guess how many of those cases were reported to the authorities. None.

That’s right. Not one.

Australian Royal Commission’s (ARC’s) Scope and Purpose for Investigation

Clearly, the magnitude of non-reporting of victims within the religion presented a problem to the country’s child services and legal system. So much so, that dire situation prompted
the Royal Commission in Australia to hold a public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sydney commencing on July 27, 2015. The scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire into:

1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.

2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.

3. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd for raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse within the Church.

4. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to prevent child sexual abuse within the Church.

5. Any related matters.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Pedophilia — ARC’s Public Hearing

The public hearing was streamed live to the public via webcast, with links below: (or skip down to the two video summary episodes from John Cedars).

Livestream — ARC Day 1

Day 1, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 1, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 1, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 2

Day 2, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 2, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 2, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 3

Day 3, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 3, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 3, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Lifestream — ARC Day 4

Day 4, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 4, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 5

Day 5, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 5, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 6

Day 6, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 6, Part 4 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 7

Day 7, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 7, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 7, Part 3 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Livestream — ARC Day 8

Day 8, Part 1 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion
Day 8, Part 2 Australia Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion

Special Thanks

I would like to credit the following YouTubers: Christian Sparlock-Freedom and Jakke Control for the above video links. Please feel free to visit their channels because they have shorter clips of key testimony.

Findings for Case Study No. 29 are now available from the Australia Royal Commission. View Report of Case Study No. 29: The response of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations of child sexual abuse in a pdf format.

Several great summaries of the case may be found below (with credit to John Cedars YouTube Channel):
Episode 1: Watchtower in Focus
Episode 2: Watchtower in Focus

Members Shielded from Unfavorable Reports

Jehovah's Witnesses and pedophilia. Crime? Or Sin?Personally, I left the family religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the year 2000, before the stories of pedophilia came flooding out from behind those secretive religious walls. Perhaps there were active reports while I was still a member, but members are carefully shielded from such unsavory reports. Members are told not to watch the news or read newspapers. Members who question the elders are given a standard response such as, “It’s apostate lies! Please avoid those demonic reports, lest these shipwreck your faith” — or something equally non-validating to victims.

Pedophilia articles have been written specifically for their Awake!  magazine by writers at their head office, but only in general terms — nothing specific. The governing body points to those articles and claims they have informed their members appropriately. Most unfortunately, children are warned instead about dressing modestly, as if their clothing is what attracts pedophiles to their victims. That is a fallacy.

Even worse, victims very often get blamed in Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official private investigations called “Judicial Committee Meetings”. It’s usually at those meetings — days, years or even decades — after the crimes that the elders advise not to report to the authorities, lest it “bring reproach on God’s name”.  Also, the pedophile sits in the room with the victim. Not only that, but the pedophile is often friends with the committee members. There is no support. In fact, these horrid meetings result in more trauma to the victims under investigation. Notice, I didn’t say the pedophile was under investigation? That’s because often the pedophile gets to grill his victim. Imagine that!

Update December 2017

New video link added December 16, 2017: Australian Royal Commission UPDATE 12-15-2017

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