Jehovah’s Witness’ Sexual Abuse: Another One Comes Out!

Aug 4, 2013 by

The Watchtower leaders have consistently failed to bring congregation sexual abuse cases to the attention of authorities.

Why? To protect the fragile reputations of the ministerial servants, elders and the organization.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses will tell you that they have to honor their interpretation of the “two witness rule” to prove the allegations. However that wouldn’t prevent a concerned elder or parent, for that matter, from alerting authorities and getting them involved!

Can you imagine our legal system operating under such an antiquated rule? Perpetrators of the most horrible crimes imaginable would be able to get away with literal murder!

If there was ever any doubt as to the general lack of concern the Watchtower leaders give to the victims of sexual abuse, it is gone now.

A body of elders, most of whom have no college or even high school education,  is simply NOT capable of ruling on sexual abuse cases.

Only medical personnel can accurately determine if sexual abuse, child rape and other heinous crimes have occurred!

I’ll ask the question: “How long are the Watchtower leaders going to shirk their responsibilities and hide behind the two witness rule?”

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and abuse. He has a lot of experience dealing with these issues because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to face the painful truth about the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.

If you would like to have Doug speak at your church, meetup or other event you can contact him here.

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  1. I’m with you in our exposing abusive WatchTower policies and changing teachings as not being “the truth” before AND after the many changes, but, as far as only medical personnel can accurately determine if sexual abuse, child rape and other heinous crimes have occurred, I beg to differ.

    Current Scientific data on child sexual abuse now relies on the testimony of the alleged victim, regardless of medical signs. Other possible factors of today are: Presence of perpetrator DNA, pregnancy and possibly a STD. No more condition of hymen, lacerations and abrasion signs. Most sexual abuse leaves no signs when it involves inappropriate touching.

    With this in mind, WatchTower Tract Society’s two witness policy does violates the law of the land in jurisdiction where alleged crime of sexual abuse takes place, which, Clergy must report these crimes. But you and I know Elders have to report to WTS Service and Legal Departments FIRST, then, MAYBE to proper authorities.

    I hope this information helps. I appreciate what you are doing to facilitate awareness of WatchTower abuses. Keep up the excellent work. keep your head up and stay sane in this insane WatchTower twilight zone experience.

  2. Obviously testimony is an important factor. However, a physical examination to see if there has been any sexual molestation or intercourse is one of the most important ways to validate the crime. One of my friends works with CPS and they do a physical exam as well as taking the child to a counselor that specializes in these types of cases. Both methods are employed by child protective services.

    My point is that elders are in NO WAY even REMOTELY qualified to make that determination and should defer all responsibility regarding child abuse and spousal abuse to the appropriate authorities when these crimes are brought into the open by their members.

    Doug

  3. Anonymous

    One thing is I know its not right.there not the only Religion on that kind of accusationsThe Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of allegations, investigations, trials, and convictions of child sexual abuse crimes committed by Catholic priests, nuns, and members of Roman Catholic orders against boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.[1][2][3][4] The accusations began to receive wide publicity in the late 1980s; many span several decades, and were brought forward years after the abuse occurred. Cases have also been brought against members of the Catholic hierarchy who did not report sex abuse allegations to the legal authorities, moving sexually abusive priests to other parishes where abuse sometimes continued.[BUT WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE IT NOT IN OUR HANDS TO JUDGE ,YES WE NEED TO BE MORE CAREFULL ON PEOPLES FAITH. AND LOYALNESS to Our Creater to walk a straight path.

  4. Anonymous

    The bible is never gonna be understood correctly Now days even wrost cause of the mistranslation that had accurred centuries ago.

  5. And you’ve obviously never heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

  6. Anyone who deliberately covers up a sin shares in it Anonymous.

    These are officials in the Watchtower organization who should know better and yet they are so worried about public opinion that they’d rather allow a sexual predator to continue in his current position and continue to victimize other children than to risk damaging the reputation of their precious organization. That is inexcusable! Just because the Catholics do it (do you actually hear yourself?) doesn’t make it right.

    I’ll say this: I wish the Watchtower officials were as determined to punish sexual predators as they are those who are suspected of apostasy.

    How’s that for calling them out and exposing their hypocrisy?

    Doug