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, and many more besides, thanks in no small part to the flood of information now coming to light in the wake of many court cases and official government investigations.
One of the most troubling aspects of Watchtower policy is the so-called “Two Witness Rule,” which time and again in court and in investigations such as the Australian Royal Commission has been identified as a key factor in abuse accusations being effectively ignored by Watchtower Elders.
A new video produced by youtube channel “Talk Beliefs” quickly and simply lays out what the two-witness rule is, how it is used by Watchtower when accusations of child sexual abuse are brought to the elders, and what the impact of strict adherence to this policy can be upon the abuse survivor.
This video is an excellent tool for use with the general public who are often completely unaware of the harmful policies of Watchtower in this area, and who might not always have to the time to read through multiple news articles or watch longer videos to get up to speed on the issue.
It is also well worth showing to current Witnesses, as many of them are either not aware of how this rule is applied within the congregations, or who are aware but have not fully thought through the probable end result of this rule:
That of a pedophile left free to abuse a child again and again whilst the elders simply “leave matters in Jehovah’s hands.”
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