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 the alarm on the issue.
Anderson has compiled and analysed Spanish media coverage on the activities of a group called “AbusosTJ” (JW Abuses), an activist group dedicated to tackling Watchtower’s discredited and dangerous child abuse practices, and their policy of compiling documented evidence of serious sexual assaults but of then refusing to pass those documents to the authorities for proper action to be taken. To quote Anderson, AbusosTJ;
…plans to file a legal complaint against the Watchtower offices in Spain for refusing to release internal documents, files and other evidence involving dozens of child abuse cases within the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
Anderson’s web page on the subject has a number of translations of different Spanish media reports, a youtube video of AbusosTJ in what appears to be the Spanish Bethel attempting to get the issue address, but being turned away, and further links giving background to the efforts to AbusosTJ. The group, who are comprised of former JW Child abuse survivors, are also requesting to be given any documents that Watchtower has relating to their own abuse.
It appears that AbusosTJ might be making serious headway in their efforts; they have met with members of Spain’s Congress who are obliged to reply to them within thirty days of the meeting with a response to group’s concerns, and have also engaged the police in the matter.
I highly recommend heading over to Watchtowerdocuments.org and checking out the links and the story, and if you’ve not already got Barbara Anderson’s website bookmarked for regular check-ups you would be well advised to do so.
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