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  1. © Justin McManus Lara Kaput has started a campaign to apply scrutiny to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Three decades ago Jodi*'s family were searching for a better life for themselves and their four children, well away from the gritty inner-city high rise apartment they called home. The family packed up their belongings and moved to rural Victoria where they planned to start anew. © Supplied Tara's family moved to rural Victoria in search of a better life but she says they were indoctrinated into the Jehovah's Witnesses. Then one morning a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses
  2. By Trey Bundy / February 17, 2017 The Jehovah’s Witnesses settled a lawsuit this week brought by a Pennsylvania woman who says the religion’s leaders covered up sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager. The settlement came five days into a trial in which Stephanie Fessler, a former Jehovah’s Witness, claimed the religion’s parent corporation violated Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting laws by instructing local leaders – known as elders – not to report her allegations to police. According to Fessler, a middle-aged Jehovah’s Witness woman, Terry Monheim, began sexually abusing h
  3. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Source: @CARoyalComm/Twitter More than one in five members of the Christian Brothers order were alleged child sexual abuse perpetrators and 7% of Australian Catholic priests have allegedly perpetrated abuse since 1950, the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse has been told. The commission reopened in Sydney today for its 50th case study, looking into the policies and procedures of Catholic church authorities. Six archbishops from across Australia have been called to give evidenc
  4. Europa Press reports that AbusosTJ (JW Abuses), an activist group in Spain, 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. ------------------------------------- Jehovah’s Witness Members Will Report the (Watchtower) Organization for Failing to Provide Them with documents Regarding Child Abuse By EUROPA PRESS / lainformacion.com MADRID | 1/16/2017 – 3:00 p.m. [Revised Translation of Origin
  5. A man who fondled a young boy he came into contact with through his church has been jailed and threatened with deportation. Yesterday at Inverness Sheriff Court, 45-year-old Zbigniew Komorowski was sent to prison for 14 months by Sheriff David Sutherland, who also recommended he was returned to Poland. Komorowski, of Polvanie View, Inverness, was told: “The only appropriate sentence is one of prison. You will also be placed on the sex offender’s register for five years and I will recommend that you be deported.” Komorowski had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the boy on one
  6. A Jehovah’s Witness preacher and elder has been jailed for having sexual activity with a girl of 14. Family man Daniel Arthington, 46, of Llanddaniel, Anglesey, pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court and was sent to prison for two years and eight months. “I’m satisfied there was an element of grooming involved in your successful attempt in snaring your young prey,” Judge Huw Rees told him. “Your fall from grace is substantial but you have nobody to blame but yourself.’ Anna Pope, prosecuting, said the defendant had responsibilities which included being an elder, preacher
  7. New documentary on pedophilia that aired December 1st, 2016 on Radio-Canada(CBC) in Quebec in french now with english subtitles. Note : activate subtitles on youtube. Enquête : Les «Sales» du Royaume (Translation)
  8. Radio-Canada's Enquête investigates allegations that the closed religious movement fails to protect children Mélanie Poirier was 10 when she started taking piano lessons and it would prove to be an experience that changed her life forever. At that very first lesson, she said, her piano teacher sexually assaulted her. It went on for five years. "Week after week, at every piano lesson, he would masturbate in front of me. And he would ask me to touch him," Poirier told Radio-Canada's investigative program, Enquête. Her father, Benoît Poirier, was in the next room waiting for her
  9. TRACEY BLAIR Legal News Reporter Published: September 20, 2016 A Lorain County trial court erred when it ordered the West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses to produce certain documents for discovery in a child molestation case. However, the trial court was correct in concluding the majority of documents that were compelled are not protected from disclosure via the clergy-penitent privilege or the First Amendment, according to a recent decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals. Former West Congregation member Elizabeth McFarland sued the Lorain-based church in 2013 for
  10. After receiving dozens of complaints of child abuse, including whippings, beatings and forced underaged marriage, Guatemalan forces raid 'Lev Tahor' yard; Former cult member: 'They tried to break your independent thought.' Guatemalan authorities raided a yard belonging to a community of an extreme Haredi faction Tuesday “Lev Tahor” (Pure Heart) in the country’s capital Guatemala City after a number of serious child abuse complaints. Lev Tahor is an ultra-Orthodox sect comprised of predominantly Israeli Haredi extremists who leave their families behind in Israel as part of a wider boy
  11. Jehovah's Witnesses under pressure over handling of sexual abuse claims Organisation faces fight to prevent Charity Commission examining its records of abuse claims after supreme court rejects its attempt to block inquiry A spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses said: ‘We are in no position to, and neither would we wish to, force any victim of abuse to confront their attacker.’ Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images The Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is under increasing p
  12. COLORADO SPRINGS - 66 year old Waymon Ivery is re-living a nightmare that happened more than two decades ago “I Had no idea ...no clue as to the effect that it would have." Sitting in the KOAA studio conference room,he admitted his regret. Ivery is regretful for his actions, and effects it would have on his then 9-year-old stepdaughter that he was convicted of molesting in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1992. Years later, what has people up in arms, is that Jehova's Witnesses, knowing his past, allowed Ivery to go door to door on behalf of the group. His case came back to
  13. A Catholic priest has confessed he sexually abused around 20 boys decades ago on the U.S. island of Guam - but was never prosecuted. Other Church members were aware of the situation, but only suggested the priest pray and repent for his sins.
  14. The court's ruling puts an end to attempts by the Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Great Britain to block an investigation into how it handles child abuse allegations. The Supreme Court has issued a final ruling telling the Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Great Britain that it cannot stop the Charity Commission from opening a statutory inquiry into the charity. The Supreme Court represented the last chance for the Jehovah’s Witness charity to prevent the Charity Commission from investigating how it handles allegation of child abuse after the Court of Appeal also rul
  15. BELLOWS FALLS >> Attorneys for the Bellows Falls Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses are asking the United States District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a congregation member committed sexual abuse 25 years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Annessa Lewis, names congregation member Norton True and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York as co-defendants in the suit. The attorneys are asking that the congregation and Watchtower be dismissed from the suit. They do not represent True. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in the early 1990s at
  16. 20160801E.pdf Here is the text of the new letter (hopefully available in original format soon) Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses The Ridgeway, London, NW7 1RN Telephone: 020 8906 2211 8/1/16-E August 1, 2016 TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS Re: Protecting Minors From Abuse Table of Contents Legal Considerations ................................................................ Pars. 5-9 Congregation Considerations ...................................................... Par. 10 Providing Spiritual Assistance to Victims ............................ Pars. 11-12 Inv
  17. A disgraced Jehovah's Witness elder has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing a girl. Martyn Barron (55) pleaded guilty to four counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, more than 10 years ago. The victim, now an adult, said the abuse had devastated her life. Leicester Crown Court was told Barron, of Walton Street,Belgrave, Leicester, sought to blame the child for his wrongdoing in a pre-sentence report. He has been disfellowed by his Jehovah's Witness community – where he formerly held a senior position as an elder figure, similar to that of a pastor.
  18. Dale Standridge's preliminary hearing was scheduled for this morning. Instead, the case was dismissed against him because of "insufficient admissible evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," according to Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads. The victim and her father made two powerful and emotional statements as is their right under Marcy's law. The victims said in court, "The worst thing is that I cannot get up in court and tell him." She said she wanted Standridge to know she was not scared. Standridge's court appointed public defender, Ms. Kelly Neel, at the end, m
  19. The Jehovah's Witnesses face a million-pound legal bill after a young girl was sexually abused by one of its members. The victim, now aged in her 20s, was molested by an elder, or "ministerial servant'', Peter Stewart, over a five-year period in Loughborough in the 1980s and '90s, London's High Court heard. Last year, a judge ordered the organisation to pay £275,000 compensation to the victim or failing to protect her or to warn other parents about Stewart. The church appealed the decision. But this week an Appeal Court judge rejected the appeal and said the church should p
  20. A Jehovah's Witness strangled girls for sexual gratification - but his crimes were "swept under the carpet" for more than two decades Ian Pheasey first attacked a seven-year-old girl while he was working as a volunteer librarian Photo: SWNS By Agency Reporter 3:51PM GMT 29 Dec 2015 A Jehovah's Witness who strangled young girls for sexual gratification has finally been jailed after his crimes were covered up by the congregation at his church for more than two decades. Ian Pheasey, 54, went unpunished for more than 25 years after his activities were "swept under the
  21. SAN DIEGO — An appeals court throw out a $13.5 million judgment against the governing body of the Jehovah’s Witness church Thursday in a lawsuit that accuses the organization of covering up years of sexual abuse by a local church leader. The ruling by the state Fourth District Court of Appeal hits the reset button on the case, potentially leading to another trial but with one major caveat — that documents concerning past sexual abuse cases in the church should be turned over. The church’s hierarchical body, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, has remained defiant in refus
  22. Imposes $4000-a-day penalty for not producing documents in sex-abuse case By Dorian Hargrove, June 24, 2016 A San Diego Superior Court judge has ordered the Church of Jehovah's Witnesses, also known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, to pay $4000 a day for every day that it fails to produce documents requested in a civil lawsuit brought by former parishioner, Osbaldo Padron, who claims a church elder sexually abused him when he was seven years old. In a June 23 ruling, expected to be made final today, judge Richard Strauss admonished the church for willfu
  23. Jehovah's Witnesses against Child Abuse. Official Announcement.
  24. Tough to build Jehovah's Witness sex-abuse case Without documents, says plaintiff, he can’t get justice By Dorian Hargrove, April 24, 2016 On Friday, April 29, an attorney for Osbaldo Padron will ask a judge to impose severe sanctions on the Jehovah's Witness Church for refusing to turn over documents. The documents allegedly show the church was aware of sexual abuse committed over decades by a San Diego–based church leader on young boys, such as Padron. The request for sanctions is the latest development in a childhood sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the church in several countries
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