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After enduring years of secrecy and betrayal, Shelly Rose Braieoux finally dug deep within herself and picked up the phone. Key points: Shelly Braieoux said Jehovah's Witnesses elders failed to face up to her abuse allegations She said she felt like God would strike her down when she cut ties with the church Her initial experiences with police and the legal system prompted her to study law Having grown up with parents who were strict Jehovah's Witnesses, she remembers being taught to fear outsiders. Making a report to the police, an elder told her, would "bring reproach" upon Jehovah's name. But she had something to say. Her father — a man who had forced her to carefully write out scriptures on a poster, and had forbidden her from wearing two bangles on her wrist — had inflicted violence and sexual abuse at home in the past. In the period after she cut ties with the church, Ms Braieoux said she felt like God was going to strike her down at any moment. But a voice on the other end of the line, that of Detective Senior Constable Natalie Bennett, offered her some genuine compassion. Read more:
This just in from the Charlotte, NC Charlotte Observer Newspaper: Sex abuse cases against Jehovah's Witnesses church settled "The Associated Press March 06, 2018 07:50 PM Updated 1 hour 41 minutes ago SAN DIEGO Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah's Witnesses congregations in San Diego in the 1990s have settled their lawsuits against the church's governing body. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Tuesday that the settlements were finalized last week. Both sides say they aren't authorized to discuss the terms. A New York state appeals court in November upheld $4,000-a-day penalty against Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for failing to comply with a court order to hand over internal documents about knowledge of church leaders who had been accused of sexually abusing children. Both plaintiffs say church elders knew of the abuse as early as 1982 but covered it up and allowed the leader to keep working with children." In this case, the Courts SUBPOENAED the records ( demanding that they appear ...) and it cost the WTB&TS $4,000 a day for every day THEY REFUSED. Several months ago, it was up to 2.1 million dollars. What breaks my heart is that children are giving their ice cream money to an organization that pays a team of supposedly theocratic lawyers ... to ACTIVELY obstruct Justice ..... for MONEY! Same thing is going on in Delaware as we speak. Read more here: