Category Archives: Child Abuse

News Bulletin: California Appellate Court Slams Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses Fined, Ordered To Produce Child Abuse Docs
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“Watchtower has abused the discovery process. It has zealously advocated its position and lost multiple times. Yet, it cavalierly refuses to acknowledge the consequences of these losses and the validity of the court’s orders requiring it to produce documents…And, in … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Australia Amends Working with Children Act – Jehovah’s Witnesses Forced to Comply or Face Severe Penalties
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On Wednesday September 13th, in a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Sydney Australia, a Ministerial Servant was appointed. According to a verified source present at this meeting, this announcement had been previously delayed because of the revised Working with Children Act policy, … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Release New Child Abuse Reporting Policy: Net Result? – It’s Business as Usual
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In a letter dated September 1, 2017, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses approved the release of a new Body of Elders letter in the United States, Australia, the U.K., Ghana, and across the globe. This letter is intended to refine … Continue reading

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Support the campaign to make IICSA investigate Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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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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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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