In 2015, Watchtower was brought before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and was found so badly wanting that Justice McClellan, who was presiding over the case study, declared that the Commission had not encountered any organisation in Australia that had the flaws of the Jehovah’s Witnesses when it came to dealing with child abuse.
The findings of the Commission were utterly damning, and included the fact that since the 1950’s over 1000 alleged pedophiles in Watchtower’s Australian congregations (some with multiple accusations) had not been reported to the police.
This should concern the whole world, as the flawed policies led by Watchtower in Australia are the some policies used by Watchtower globally as countless newspaper reports and legal trials have confirmed.
The United Kingdom is currently running its own official investigation into child sexual abuse, and Watchtower has already run afoul of it in rather spectacular fashion, managing to make headline news in the BBC’s flagship radio programme “Sunday” earlier this year.
The Inquiry is requesting that anyone in the UK who has experience of sexual abuse contact them and share their story.
On the website, the Inquiry state
We want to hear from:
- anyone who was sexually abused as a child in an institutional setting like a care home, a school or a religious, community or state organisation, or who first came into contact with their abuser in an institutional setting
- anyone who was sexually abused as a child, and reported their sexual abuse to a person in authority, like a police officer or teacher, where the report was ignored or not properly acted on
For decades, Watchtower had been silencing the voices of abuse survivors in Australia, yet thanks to the Royal Commission, those survivors were at last able to speak.
Hopefully the same voice can be given to abuse survivors in the UK.