Category Archives: Child Abuse

Watchtower updates UK child safeguarding policy. How much has really changed?

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


News Bulletin: Fessler Prevails in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial, Elder Says: I Learned Clergy Privilege Watching TV, Admits Shredding Files

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


Breaking News: Watchtower’s Defense Collapses, Jehovah’s Witnesses Reproved For Failure to Report Child Abuse – Settlement with Fessler Reached

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


News Bulletin: Fessler versus Watchtower – Opening Statements and Motions in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial – Day 1

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


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

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


Article in major UK Newspaper: “We need to do more to tackle sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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

205 Comments provides fascinating coverage of Spanish activist group “AbusosTJ.”

A very interesting post has gone up on, 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


Spanish Newspaper Cronica Global joins list of news organisations reporting Watchtower child abuse scandal.

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


Animated film sheds light on Watchtower’s “two witness rule.”

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


2016: The Year In Review – Part One: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse

As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome a new year, we reflect on the events which captured our attention during the past 12 months – both good and bad – and ponder what might become of the year 2017. … Continue reading


Governing Body Member Tony Morris Flees a Journalist In The Street

Readers of JW Survey will be familiar with the work of Trey Bundy, an investigative reporter working for the Reveal News organisation. Bundy has been tireless in trying to bring to light the truth behind multiple and long standing accusations … Continue reading


NEWS BULLETIN: Australian Government Issues Report Condemning Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Sexual Abuse Policies

The criticisms of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their various regulations, from handling of child abuse matters to the prevention of medically accepted procedures such as the transfusion of blood, have resulted in a “smear” campaign against opposers of Witness policies. Those … Continue reading


Australian Royal Commission puts Watchtower back under microscope.

July of 2015 saw the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society endure one of the most controversial and shocking events in its history: Case Study 29. Part of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Case Study 29 was … Continue reading