Link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxO5Yj6FCt8
New International Version
“If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible.” Leviticus 5:1
Jehovah’s Witness leaders overseeing the Watchtower organization claim to strictly adhere to Bible principles. Yet along with clergy members obedient to them they frequently fail to obey that scriptural commandment above, after learning about child molesters inside their church. Instead they’ve created a pedophiles’ paradise within their organization. Children are sexually abused with no legal consequences for most abusers once they are discovered there.
Instead all Watchtower clergy members are ordered to report known incidents of sexual child abuse to this organization’s headquarters, called Bethel. They have Bethel offices in various countries. One is in Australia. There church elders were instructed to keep those reports hidden from everyone else, including all congregation members and police departments. That was unless the Bethel headquarters instructed elders to file a report with a governmental authority. How many times did those reports get filed with governmental agencies? The Australian Royal Commision found they were never filed.
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held hearings to examine Jehovah’s Witnesses policies a few years back. It was that commission’s case study 29.The hearings proved that the Watchtower Bethel headquarters in Australia was holding thousands of files containing 1,800 child abuse victims inside Australian Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations. Those files contained over a thousand alleged pedophiles in Australian congregations. Some of those pedophiles admitted their sexually abusive behaviors. But not one of those reports was ever passed on to any governmental authority.
Even in provinces where reports were legally mandated Watchtower and its clergy members hid what they knew. Hiding their pedophiles within their midst, inside their congregations, Australian JW elders were ordered not to report to police by the Watchtower lawyer working at Bethel. The same type of order went out from Bethels around the world to Watchtower’s elders who were learning of child abuse in their congregations. If those elders informed authorities without Watchtower Bethel’s permission they were disciplined or removed from their positions. Was that to save the organization’s reputation? Was it to save Watchtower from paying money to those victims’ parents in lawsuits? I don’t know. But I do know now the story is out, and Watchtower is spending millions of dollars in multiple lawsuits because of it. The excuse I’ve heard that is most frequently given for not reporting is that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not want to bring reproach on Jehovah’s (God’s) name.
Because I cannot cover this topic nearly as effectively as it has already been covered elsewhere I’m posting the link below to an A&E video. If you wish to view more information after watching it the Australian Royal Commission hearings are also posted online. Just look up their case 29. It’s been reported that Watchtower world headquarters holds tens of thousands of files in a computer database on sexual child abusers. The A&E video can be found at: