Category Archives: Child Abuse

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There is no longer any room for doubt. The worldwide policies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on dealing with child abuse are actively endangering children. Jehovah’s Witnesses and child abuse: The facts. In the past three years alone we have seen … Continue reading

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BBC radio program highlights Watchtower child abuse failings

On April 26 of 2017, Investigative Journalist Trey Bundy and Reveal media, in partnership with the law firm UK law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, organised a landmark conference in London entitled: Bringing Abuse to Light: A convening to address the Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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2017 Watchtower convention: Children must “dress modestly” to avoid sexual assault.

Anyone who types the words “Jehovah’s Witnesses” into google these days will quickly see that many of the search results relate to some form of child abuse, be it a major payout from Watchtower to an abuse survivor, a news … Continue reading

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A Revealing Event: London Conference Highlights Child Abuse Among Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I have sat through many Jehovah’s Witness conventions and assemblies over the years. Without exception, the time always seemed to pass very slowly and, even at my most indoctrinated, I would catch myself counting the hours and minutes before the seemingly … Continue reading

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Watchtower updates UK child safeguarding policy. How much has really changed?
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A bit of a stir has been made in recent weeks about the latest version of Watchtower’s UK child safeguarding policy, which was revised by the organisation for 2017. For those not aware, every charity in the UK is required … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Fessler Prevails in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial, Elder Says: I Learned Clergy Privilege Watching TV, Admits Shredding Files
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Trial Summary – Part Two On a blistering summer morning in Reading Pennsylvania.  I crossed the railroad tracks, then Penn Street – coffee, briefcase, and boxed lunch in hand. Just a few steps away from the Sovereign Convention Center, something … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Watchtower’s Defense Collapses, Jehovah’s Witnesses Reproved For Failure to Report Child Abuse – Settlement with Fessler Reached
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Trial Summary – Part One “The matter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses has been resolved” stated Jeffrey Fritz, attorney for abuse victim Stephanie Fessler. Using language echoing the public announcements which Stephanie Fessler, now 28, was subjected to as a teenager, Fessler … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Fessler versus Watchtower – Opening Statements and Motions in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial – Day 1
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On a cold Philadelphia morning the 7th of February, 2017, Stephanie Fessler walked into the Court of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania, First Judicial District, Civil Trial Division. The time was 9.45 a.m. according to the clock which sits atop the … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Jury Selection Complete in Fessler Versus Watchtower Child Abuse Case – Trial Date Set
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Stephanie Fessler

For the first time since the 2012 landmark ruling in the case of Candace Conti versus the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, a jury will decide the outcome of a sexual abuse case in which multiple Jehovah’s Witness … Continue reading

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Article in major UK Newspaper: “We need to do more to tackle sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses”
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The Times news organisation, one of the most prestigious and widely read news outlets in the UK, has today carried an article by lawyer Kathleen Hallisey calling for urgent action to address Watchtower’s worldwide ongoing sex abuse scandal. Hallisey is extremely … Continue reading

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Watchtowerdocuments.org provides fascinating coverage of Spanish activist group “AbusosTJ.”
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A very interesting post has gone up on Watchtowerdocuments.org, website of longtime activist and campaigner Barbara Anderson, who has dedicated herself to tackling the issue of Watchtower’s child abuse problem and was one of the very first people to sound … Continue reading

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Spanish Newspaper Cronica Global joins list of news organisations reporting Watchtower child abuse scandal.
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News coverage of Watchtower’s child abuse controversy continues to circulate around the globe, and the latest news organisation to carry an article on the subject is the Spanish language Cronica Global. Carrying the headline “Jehovah’s Witnesses decree that cases of … Continue reading

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Animated film sheds light on Watchtower’s “two witness rule.”
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One of the most controversial stories to have impacted Watchtower in recent years has been the scandal over their handling of child sex abuse within the Witness community. Many news outlets have covered this issue, from the BBC to the Guardian, … Continue reading

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