12789956_524626494382303_1818666147_oIn recent years, news reports featuring the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been growing significantly in number.

Yet the subject has not been their famous door to door ministry, or coverage of their international conventions, or even of their controversial refusal of blood transfusions.

No, the reports claim that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the official name for the organisation that governs the Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, has been engaged in covering up child abuse within the religion on a massive scale.

But are these reports justified? Is this a case of an innocent religion being unfairly maligned because of the actions of one or two bad apples in their ranks? How many victims are there? Do the Governing Body know about these issues? What’s really going in the multiple courtroom cases that Watchtower has been fighting across the world?

To answer these questions Lloyd Evans, founder and Senior Editor of JWsurvey and activist against cult indoctrination, has produced a painstakingly researched documentary that draws together evidence from multiple sources spanning the past twenty five years.

The film takes the viewer step by step through the issue, from the accounts of the survivors and lawyers involved in the court cases, to the interviews from journalists who have investigated the claims. The film takes us to Barbara Anderson, the whistleblower who first raised the alarm on this issue, and shows footage of members of the Governing Body, the group who lead the Jehovah’s Witnesses, being interrogated under oath on the subject by the Australian Royal Commission, and being grilled by reporters at a District Convention.

The results are eye-opening and deeply concerning, and reveal a genuine risk to both the children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and also to the children of the general public.

We therefore urge everyone to view this video, and to share it as far and wide as possible to raise public awareness of this issue.

We would also like to add a personal message to all Jehovah’s Witnesses who may be reading this and who wish to view the video, but are concerned that they might be exposed to “apostate thinking.”

Genuine truth has nothing to fear from enquiry.

Falsehood posing as truth is terrified of enquiry.

 

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74 thoughts on “New Documentary: Jehovah’s Witnesses and child abuse: Is there a problem?

  • March 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    Ummmm…where is the video?

    • March 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm
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      Should be imbedded in the article, should show as a youtube link. Let me know if it’s not showing for you, I will ensure it’s correctly entered into the page. :)

  • March 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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    Jahova,s dont have a website or do they respond to any postal mail regarding abuse,they ignore all that relate to child abuse as if they are immune from prosecution

  • March 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    Excellent work!,
    Very good explanation about the database,
    Keep going!

  • March 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    Keep it comming…good work, thanx to all who are involved in cleaning the “Filth” from under their rug…shake em hard! They have no mercy, why should they be shown any!

  • March 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Very good and up-to-date information in this video, most excellent. Simply unbelievable archaic and stone age policies and I sincerely hope it will be their ruin. I only know one thing. If someone did this to my daughter they would have to watch over their shoulder wherever they go for the rest of their life! incl. the ones responsible for setting these policies!!

  • March 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Excellent video! Thanks

  • March 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    Very well put together Lloyd. Going back and seeing those cases again makes me so ashamed of what this Org. is and has done to children. To any victims, please, please report your abuse. Help protect the little ones.

  • March 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    Well done, Lloyd. You’ve sent denial running with its tail between its legs. And thank you Covert Fade for sharing the documentary’s highlights–my sincerest appreciation and thanks for all at jwsurvey.

  • March 1, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    Though our politics are often the same, I find myself disagreeing with some of Cedars’ choices of tone or his approach to his particular style of activism.

    However, I have no such issues with this video. This is very carefully crafted and well made, and it adopts an honest, approachable, querying (rather than querulous) tone so far (I’m 35 minutes in, at about the Conti case). It patiently builds its case, and allows the gathering facts to power its own momentum toward its point.

    It is absolutely vital in my opinion to adopt a patient, caring, even tone in any attempt to examine or take apart the dogma and damage of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. They are inoculated against shrillness and energetic accusation. They are taught to automatically reject examination that has the appearance of countering anything of the Truth they believe in. It is like a city that is not only fortified against invasion, but even the sneakiest of Trojan horses. In my opinion, the most effective examination or criticism is a slow, patient, entirely fact-based one. In other words, truth.

    Which is not to say that a loud voice, or a derisive one, doesn’t have its place. But I do not think messages like those carry as far, or penetrate as neatly, as some hope.

    Fantastic work, Cedars. Energy and time well spent, and I hope it hits its mark, both in the hearts of those within the organization, and those foreign to it.

  • March 2, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    Well done, Lloyd on your very clear reporting of this problem. It appears to me that this problem would largely be resolved by the imposition of mandatory reporting to the police. The matter would then be taken out of the organisation’s hands and the two witness rule would become a thing of the past. It is shameful that the men who claim to be part of the kingdom arrangement need the assistance of the police to enable justice to be done but unfortunately, their handling of these matters has been severely lacking and this seems to be the only way forward. They are simply refusing to budge.

  • March 2, 2016 at 3:40 am
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    Congratulations Lloyd.
    Excellent video. I’m in tears of sadness and frustration, anger and indignation. My older brother is an elder enforcing these teachings. He has shunned hus daughter, myself and my sister for this corrupt and deluded false religion. I’m unable to save him from it. But your activism is a beacon to so many who will escape it’s vile clutches.
    Well done on this video. It must have taken a huge amount of work to complete but you can be proud of it. Job extremely well done.

  • March 2, 2016 at 3:45 am
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    Excellent video and appreciation for all you hard work Lloyd.
    I hope many victims feel some sort of vindication, its ones like you and others that come forward to make this information available to the public as well as JW that may view. Deserves TV coverage.

  • March 2, 2016 at 5:08 am
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    I congratulate Lloyd Evans and all those involved in the production of this video. Such a difficult subject but are we finally seeing Elders and Governing Body Members being exposed for turning a blind eye to child abuse and using bible passages in their defense.
    The Watchtower Organisation continues to lie and cause pain to so many families. When will it ever end?

  • March 2, 2016 at 5:47 am
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    LLOYD – Thanks for all your hard work on this excellent expose and thanks to the unnamed contributor of funds to produce same.
    It has made me feel saddened to think that I was involved with such an organisation for so long.
    On behalf of the victims I would just love to have these seven men dragged through the streets naked and beaten! Or, as a fan of the Clint Eastwood movies, how about putting them on a platform and ‘Hang ’em high’!
    Righteous indignation here, but I feel it is deserved.

  • March 2, 2016 at 6:07 am
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    Great vid!
    It would be fantastic with german subtitles!
    Maybe someone can do this?

    Thanks a lot!

  • March 2, 2016 at 7:06 am
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    Absolutely a first class video on the whole child abuse issue, every witness with young children should watch this. I am going to create some kind of anonymous account to share a link for this on and I would advise you to do the same. The organization needs to be forced to abandon their practice of covering up these horrendous crimes against children.

  • March 2, 2016 at 7:39 am
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    Great in-depth reporting in the video, as pointed out
    it’s an issue that affects not only the safety of JW
    children but other kids in the community. Both
    equally important.

    Figures extrapolated from known paedophiles among
    JWs in Australia 1,006, closely relate to leaked figure
    of 23,000 plus held on orgs, database.

    The code of silence, Mafia Omertà, is for the protection
    of the organisation alone.

  • March 2, 2016 at 9:36 am
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    It will be fantastic if a documentary about shunning can be created.
    Perhaps with people testimonies.
    With cases of people being ostracised just for leaving and without committing any particular sin.
    Perhaps an outline of the documentary could be posted on this web site and we could comment to add more points and ideas.

    We need to spread the word how the practice is cruel and inhuman.

    Cedar read this please!

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:56 am
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    I like that it will relate to those in and out side the cult. Good work, looks like Lloyd has a new career.

  • March 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm
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    Well put together piece , I liked the way it was organized. I came away with this thought. Doing what is right, moral, ethical, should be simple. The group of religious rule makers could change how child abuse is handled with a few words. Done, end of story. And apologize!!

  • March 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    Only people waking up care. I’m glad this site is here for them (us). One of my sisters rolled her eyes, said, oh no, not that subject again and she told me I’m starting to sound like a broken record.

    • March 3, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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      Right, because the witnesses never repeat the same things over and over and over again. Every meeting it’s “the org this” and “the slave that”…. the org the org the org. The slave the slave the slave. Obey obey obey…

      The irony of a witness saying ” you sound like a broken record” is mind blowing.

  • March 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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    First of all , every religious sect has had some form of child abuse . For the Watchtower I think their failure is denial of it. But my questions here is just where do you draw the line. If abuse occurred outside of the kingdom hall . Is the Watchtower still liable ? Religious sects cant police their members , most of the molestations by JW’s happend not during a religious service in a place of so called worship. Why dont the law go after the Mormons? They have had similar situations where a molester did attend that church , and it remained quiet . So to hammer the JWs for their lack of conscience , or the lack of attention to such matters as being the only sect with this problem is silly.

    • March 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      I don’t believe anyone thinks JWs are the only ones with a child abuse problem, only that they have a problematic way of dealing with it, or not dealing with it. Where to draw the line seems a simple and obvious place. No matter who you are, or what your belief, if you are aware of abuse then you are responsible to make sure it is reported so that the victim can get the help they need, and the predator prevented from further abuse. JW elders try to shirk this obligation off by saying their protection is a “spiritual one.” Fine. But they are still humans, aren’t they? Why does providing spiritual protection mean they can’t also pick up the phone?

    • March 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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      MARS – We are all aware of the problem of abuse within many organisations, religious or otherwise. The Royal Commission stated as much to Geoffrey Jackson. As Ren says, it is the way Watchtower handle the problem that is at fault. The reason they are being singled out here is not silly but pretty obvious when you understand that most of us commenting are JWs or ex-JWs. WE need to know!!
      Each time I watch the video coverage of the Royal Commission, the statements made by the elders and GB, it makes my blood boil over the lack of empathy for the victims. The reputation of ‘Jehovah’s organisation’ is paramount. What they do not seem to realise is that by their stubborn stance on policy and misapplication of scripture, they themselves have already dragged the ‘name of God’ through the mud.
      This unloving, self-glorifying attitude denies the Christ and everything he stood for. Shame on them!

      • March 2, 2016 at 6:52 pm
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        The Catholic Church has likewise been called to answer for scandalous child abuse – no one is denying that. But of course the Watchtower loves to talk about it when it is some other religion deaing with it. They condemn Christendom for all the child abuse, when they themselves are just as guilty of mishandling these cases – hypocrites!

        We are concerned about it specific to the JWs because 1.) They claim to be the only true and pure religion on earth and 2.) We still have family and friends that are beholden to them. And it is certainly NOT SILLY to those of who have been affected personally by the abuse that is rampant in this organization.

        WS

        • March 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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          Matthew 23:27-28 could be slightly re-written to this couldn’t it;

          “27. Woe to you Watchtower organization and Governing Body members because you resemble whitewashed graves which outwardly indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of scandals and of every sort of uncleanness 28. In the same way, on the outside you appear righteous to the world, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

        • March 5, 2016 at 2:18 am
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          Thank you Winston. We’ll said.

    • March 3, 2016 at 5:45 am
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      Mars, if a Jehovah’s Witness abuses somebody outside of the Kingdom hall who is not a Witness, then probably what would happen is that the non witness would turn that person into the police, right? But say, the person who abused the Witness child was another Witness, then instead of reporting to the police what had happened, the victim or their parent would go to the elders to tell them what happened to their child because that is what their conscience would tell them to do to protect other children in the congregation and for advice and comfort from the elders and how and what to do.

      You have to realize that congregations are very close knit and like family and just as it would be hard to go to the police if it was your son who molested your daughter, it would be that difficult for anybody in the “family” of a congregation to to to the police with somebody who is in good repute within the congregation and most likely very loved by the congregation.

      Then the elders would call in the accused and let that person plead their case. If the accused refuses to admit what they did, then nothing will be done to the accused since the child did not have witnesses to the abuse.

      If the child or their parent goes to the police and reports the abuse to the police anyway without the blessing of the elders, then the child and the parents will be held in disrepute for reporting another brother or sister to the police who is in “good standing”.

      The child and the parents will be told that they are not to “gossip” about what happened (so as not to slander the good name of Jehovah) and not to spread it around what supposedly happened to their child.

      If they do tell anybody what supposedly happened to their child, the whole family will be marked and considered bad association and be told not to listen to them or they will be disfellowshipped, in affect, silencing them against trying to protect the congregation or anybody on the outside as well.

      You need to listen to Lloyd’s wonderful video to get the full picture of the “crime” of pedophilia. People call this a “problem” in the JW religion but it’s a “crime” not a problem. A problem would be somebody addicted to porn. That’s a problem, which is disfellowshipable. When it’s something that involves another person, then it’s a crime and when it comes to pedophilia, unless the child can prove what happened to them, then the person won’t be disfellowshipped unless the accused admits what they did and even then even if they admit what they did, the elders won’t disfellowship that person if the person says they are sorry for what they did, in which case the “crime” is never disclosed publicly and nobody knows what that person did unless somebody else comes forward with the same story and then that person “might” get disfellowshipped. The “problem” of porn addiction is treated the same as the “sin” of fornication or adultery and the “crime” of pedophilia has to be proved with witnesses to the crime before the elders will do anything about disfellowshipping the criminal. Even when the accused admits what he or she did, the victim and the family are never allowed to tell anybody what happened, whether the person was disfellowshipped or not on the threat of disfellowshipping.

      The elders claim “clergy” confidentiality so they can keep quiet about what happened but the real motive is to protect the Organization’s dignity and respect from the public and anybody else in the congregation who might decide to leave if they knew that there was an active pedophile in their congregation and nothing had been done to protect the children in their congregation and other congregations and the public when that person goes door to door.

      When the elders refuse to do anything about a crime against a child and hide the crime from the public, they are aiding and abetting a fugitive from justice and should be held accountable since that person is a danger to the community of children in his company or neighborhood.

    • March 3, 2016 at 8:27 am
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      Mars-
      When you decide that your the Judge, jury, and executioner then your level of culpability goes way up…
      Or another analge,
      The world is full of sick people and they even die….but, if I present myself as a doctor and begin treating people, telling them to avoid other forms of medical treatment, and then they die, and it turns out I’m really not a doctor. ..then I would be charged with murder…
      The organization has and continues to obstruct the proper authoritys in handling child abuse cases, why? And that’s the 64000.00 dollar question.

      • March 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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        They report to a higher authority – not the one you think!

        • March 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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          Are you referring to “satan, the devil” or “The Freemason Fraternity”?

          • March 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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            The higher authority, whoever it is, is definitely evil in its thinking and action.
            I have found links to Skull and Bones through Russell, this is the secret society to which both Presidents Bush belonged. The rabbit hole goes deep.

  • March 3, 2016 at 12:14 am
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    Mistakes in policy and procedures happen. Organisations, companies, institutions learn implement and adapt.
    One of the real questions in my opinion is, Are the Jehovahs Witnesses trying to hide/cover this historical and present information from authorities/ general public and their own adherents?
    The answer is a most definite yes.
    To me that is where the deceit truly is.
    By not releasing the information they are putting children at risk, they are protecting criminals, they are acting against justice and against the morality of the scriptures and society they proclaim they are there to serve.
    It is not the loving thing to do.
    (A father of an abuse victim)

  • March 3, 2016 at 12:36 am
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    Further to my previous comment:-
    By maintaining their silence/confidentiality they are guilty of putting children at risk
    The continuation of this policy of silence proves their continued and historical guilt and approves paedophiles within their ranks (effectively).

  • March 3, 2016 at 12:54 am
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    By the their actions of secrecy and confidentiality this organisation IS permissive towards paedophiles

  • March 3, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    BTW Admin. I cannot locate this on youtube. I have to go into the article on this site to view it.

  • March 3, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    Here’s some food for thought:
    Is there a higher percentage of child predators in the JW organization than in, say, the Catholic Church?
    Are pedophiles drawn to this organization because of its seemingly permissive attitude toward them?
    Or does the seemingly higher level of sexual predators stem from the repressed level of sexuality most JWs are made subject to?

    Just some thoughts – I don’t necessarily have the answers to these questions.

    WS

    • March 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      There’s no doubt that the Catholic Church has a hugh problem, and those rat bags, deserve all the bad publicity they can get…however, their problems and JW’S problems have some distinctions, The C.C. is a cover up of their priest’s actions , better to make a little human mistake like molest a child, then renounce your oath of celibacy, but, they don’t try to handle matters between rank and file members. ..So, when one talks about the C.C. abuse issues it’s always a matter of a clergyman’s action…..
      The jws obviously are a much smaller organization, however, they have tried to micromanage ever members life. And have tried to handle every abuse cases internally. ..and, subsequently have done a dismal job at that. Now, they are trying to rewrite their history, and have developed a severe cases of amnesia.

    • March 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      There’s no doubt that the Catholic Church has a hugh problem, and those rat bags, deserve all the bad publicity they can get…however, their problems and JW’S problems have some distinctions, The C.C. is a cover up of their priest’s actions , better to make a little human mistake like molest a child, then renounce your oath of celibacy, but, they don’t try to handle matters between rank and file members. ..So, when one talks about the C.C. abuse issues it’s always a matter of a clergyman’s action…..
      The jws obviously are a much smaller organization, however, they have tried to micromanage ever members life. And have tried to handle every abuse cases internally. ..and, subsequently have done a dismal job at that. Now, they are trying to rewrite their history, and have developed a severe cases of amnesia.

      • March 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm
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        Further, the Catholic Chruch is dealing with a high percentage of Priest to pedophile ratio, I think it was 3500+ or so out of 100 000. Priests, that, conviction rate…that’s outrageous, however, JW’S issues involves potentially ever member so the belief is perhaps as high as 125000 pedophiles in an organization of 8 million.

        • March 3, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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          Not to mention that the Catholic Church has admitted to having these problems and publicly apologized more than once.

          The pope actually went to visit some of the victims. When have ANY member of the JW governing body done that? NEVER. They won’t even admit that it’s a serious issue. Geoffrey Jackson had to be pressed by the royal commission to finally say “I concede that child abuse is a problem in the community at large and that at times we have been affected”.

    • March 4, 2016 at 6:08 am
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      YES to all 3 questions. Without a doubt. You hit the nail on the head.

    • March 7, 2016 at 11:31 am
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      As informative and revealing as this video is, perhaps this is the major point missing from the first question poised, ‘What is the cause?’ Watchtower doctrine fosters a culture of repression of natural sexual drives in JWs. When sex outside of marriage, masturbation, pornography, homosexuality and other common practices are labelled SIN, members are driven by shame and guilt into complying. This leads some into undertaking actions unnatural to their usual sexual expression behavior…
      Catholic priests have a higher rate of child abuse than the average public, and this has often been linked to their imposed celibacy and their working in close quarters with children. Heterosexual prisoners often participate in homosexual acts when isolated with members of the same gender. The message is clear: sexual repression often finds an outlet in unnatural behavior…
      For those raised from childhood as JW, child molestation may be the only sex act they can “get away with.” Fellow Witnesses won’t trust you with a member of the opposite sex, and interactions with the opposite sex are scrutinized so severely that normal activities like dating or even polite conversation are stigmatized. So when they do marry, many times they have little in common with their spouses, and sex is repressed even inside marriage. But it’s okay for a JW, especially someone serving in a position in the congregation, to take a child under his/her wings for special encouragement. Then things happen. Could it be this culture of denial that is at the root of all this abuse?

  • March 3, 2016 at 11:59 am
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    @ WS: I think the new brand of “Fast food” JWs are not the Bible Students of yesterday. Many don’t convert completely, and put on “the New Personality”.

    Many are living “double lives” and have not entirely abandoned the predelictions of their former ways of life.

    You, therefore, may have a point…many have indeed been recruited from the “fringes” of Society. Higher percentages of deviation may well be possible because of the Gene pools they were recruited form. The “slick” WT image may be the sugar coating they need to carry on “under cover”.

  • March 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Great job SURVEY!! How many Children will you save from child abuse. If there is a God he will bless you.
    Two points to make here concerning the two witness rule.
    1: What if one of the two witness is not a Jehovah’s Witness, do they count as a witness to the crime?

    2: WT use the two witness rule from the Bible as their reason for it. If the person is found out to be guilt or confess, does not the Bible tell them to stone him to death? They don’t do that nor do they turn him over to the police for some kind of punishment and protect the community in which they live in.
    So in saying that they follow the Bible, well they only follow part of it. If they did follow the rest of Gods laws (kill the guilt part)at lest it would stop that person from abusing Children. I am not correct?
    They swallow the camel and gag on the nat.

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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      @S4J
      1.) Based on my recollection of the JW elders manual, a non-Jehovah’s Witness’ testimony may be considered, but they would not be considered as reliable as a member of the religion. So I guess they count as half a witness?

      2.) Picking and choosing which part of the Bible they will apply is standard modus operandi for JWs. The fact that the entire concept of a judicial committee is outside of the scriptural framework seems to elude them. The scriptures say to take the transgressors before the congregation. The also seem strongly entrenched in concepts from the Old Testament. I think this may be related to their strong focus on works rather than faith.

      WS

      • March 4, 2016 at 7:37 am
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        I was thinking on the two witness rule and the stoning to death as well. Like you said, they pick the bits they want… they can’t kill anybody now because of modern day rules but they keep the other bit. It’s like only wearing the top part of a shell suit lol. The whole thing would look crummy but you might just get away with the other half. Modern life however says ‘no’. but they refuse to give up the much loved if not archaic rule.

        • March 5, 2016 at 9:28 am
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          Tara,
          If for some reason the JW leaders ended up with absolute power, it would not be long before they started the killing again. They are already primed for a situation similar to that of the which occurred during the Salem Witch Trials. Of course they consider disfellowshipping to be spiritual death, so they are not so far off from killing after all.

          WS

          • March 5, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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            I have been ‘loved bombed’ again this week. The elders are desperate to come visit me ‘even for a short visit’. ‘I cannot afford to distance myself from Jehovah or the bros. and sisters. Esp now and in view of what we are heading into that means our survival… pl. see wt this wk isa 55:3’ Also I am instructed to watch the video program on Sunday.

            They don’t take no for an answer and after Lloyds video I want to see them less and less.

          • March 9, 2016 at 8:08 am
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            Tara,
            I guess it can be hoped that once we get past the memorial season they will forget their sense of urgency that is driving them to seek you out.

            Personally, I am dreading the upcoming memorial – I promised some relatives I would go. But I will be honest, I don’t know if I can even be cordial to these people. I haven’t had to see any of them since last year.

            WS

          • March 9, 2016 at 8:11 am
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            Thinking more about the fact that they are stalking you so doggedly, I think you really have two choices: tell them emphatically you don’t want any visits, living with whatever consequences this brings OR complete avoidance. Stop answering your phone, don’t answer the door etc. Perhaps even consider changing your number so they can’t call or text.

            WS

  • March 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm
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    Cedars, el documental está magnífico. Soy anciano de congregación en Colombia y estoy en contacto con una empresa de traducción y subtitulación, quisiera saber si tienes el guión o los subtítulos en inglés. Me encantaría ofrecerlos lo más pronto posible para beneficio de los hispanohablantes.

  • March 4, 2016 at 4:09 am
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    Excellent video !!!
    I’d like to share this with friends who are still in. However, subtitles would be very helpful to pass the message even better to those who don’t understand english very well.
    Previous posters already suggested German and Spanish subtitles. Could you please add Dutch to the list ? I guess your friend Patrick H in Belgium will be more than willing to lend you a hand ;-)

  • March 4, 2016 at 6:27 am
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    Bravo! This is a truly excellent piece of work, well researched, professional and organized. It is definitely watch-worthy and deserving of air time.

  • March 4, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Amazing video. I hope the people outside of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion can see that their children are at a great risk as well. Hopefully more letters will be written to the lawmaking branch of each respective country about child abuse and the JWs. Thanks.

    • March 6, 2016 at 8:34 am
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      I think that is the idea Nicolaou. The video needs to be seen by as many as possible.

  • March 6, 2016 at 8:55 am
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    Agreed Tara. I’d like specific permission to share it via print media though as I intend attempting mass coverage. All credit given of course.

  • March 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    All United States Companies are liable for Sexual Harassment in the workplace. If someone in the company harasses someone, the company finds itself in court and faces being sued and/or fined. Of course, company executives do not endorse sexual harassment. However, if they do not make company policies to terminate employees who are found out that they sexually harassed someone, they could be in court with their lawyers in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

    Money in the millions of dollars could financial hurt such a company. If companies are held to something that they do not endorse, why is religion not held to child sexual abuse? There seems to be a different standard. Religion seems to get away with this with seemingly no consequences. What a double standard the Judicial System has!

    After reviewing the Australian Royal Commission, I find that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society seems to tell the court system what to do. They tell the judges to create laws that they can obey. This is so disrespectful of the judicial system. I wish these judges would set Watchtower Bible and Tract Society straight. The judges should be telling what Watchtower needs to do. Not the other way around. The judges are being pushed around by religions that do not have high moral standards. If I were a judge, I would tell Watchtower right up front that the courtroom is mine and as a judge, I will make the decisions; not you.

    • March 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
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      Further to your point, Doc Obvious, the Watchtower should not be dependent on the laws of the land to tell them what is good or moral behavior. Rather they should be the superlative example in this regard. But I have known of numerous cases where members could not get justice from the Watchtower society (on any number of matters) until they got the legal system involved.

      WS

  • March 7, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    Great work LLoyd!
    I am available to help translate subtitles in Italian:
    could you or someone else native English speaker provide the English texts?

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:54 am
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    Excellent video Lloyd,

    Too bad most J.W.’s don’t do enough research to stumble across this video. It’s a shame that they are brainwashed to such an extent that their beliefs/policy’s can’t stand up to scrutiny. Truth can stand up to anyone’s scrutiny; only lies become untenable under scrutiny.

    They will, unfortunately for the children, continue to have child abuse problems as long as they hang onto their inane two witness rule as you illustrated with the two lambs and the predatory wolf figurines. If somebody can’t figure out what is happening after that illustration then there’s absolutely no hope for them.

    And these pedophile protecting people (elders & Governing Body) are considered “shepherds of God’s flock”? Really? I wonder how many millions of dollars have been spent by the Watchtower to settle these cases out of court? I wonder how many dis-fellowshipped pedophiles have been reinstated only to repeat their crime again?

    • March 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      I have found a way to spread the word… Many people are posting on FB regarding JW’s knocking on their doors this month with the Memorial invite. depending on their comments and of course if you know the person, it is easy to message them with a ‘share’. I have done this a few times now and they are incredulous at the content. So far been very positive and they, no doubt, will pass it on to others.

  • March 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    Is this the same Geoffrey Jackson as in GB?

    According to local newspaper Geoffrey Jackson was 57 when he married his second wife Loraini aged 30 in Jan 2013.

    Geoffrey William Jackson, 57, Loraini Rokoloma Michell Sikivou, 30, Brooklyn, N.Y.

    (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local/marriages-for-sunday-jan-6-ep-359205307-356279461.html)

    According to JW.ORG (https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/ws20150815/let-many-islands-rejoice/)

    Fact 1: Jehovah has blessed me with another beautiful wife, Loraini Sikivou. Loraini and Jenny had worked together at Bethel in Fiji, and Loraini too was a translator.

    Fact 2: Sadly, my dear wife Jenny was not there with me. She had died in 2009, after fighting cancer for ten years. We were married for 35 years.

    Fact 3: In 2003, Jenny and I were transferred from the Translation Department in Fiji to Translation Services in Patterson, New York.

    Fact 4: Then, in 1996, we were assigned to the Fiji branch, where we helped with the translation work being done in the Fijian, Kiribati, Nauruan, Rotuman, and Tuvaluan languages.

    The facts gathered from the article in JW.ORG, Jenny and Loraini would have worked together sometime in 1996 to 2003 before moving to NY. In that case, Geoffrey Jackson would have been introduced to Loraini between the age of 13 to 20 when working when Jenny as a translator.

    Doesn’t this GB’s record show him as a pervert?

  • March 9, 2016 at 7:42 am
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0709v34
    I found this on the BBC news site but can’t open it. Dated this February it’s an investigation into destroyed letter. It says in part…. The Sunday programme investigates allegations that the Jehovah’s Witness ordered the destruction of documents that could be used during the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Was this in contravention of Section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005 which is punishable by imprisonment?

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