Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sexual Abuse

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In June, the High Court ruled that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation was liable for sexual abuse committed by one of its members.

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain – to give the group its official name – had failed to take adequate safeguarding steps when senior members of the organisation were aware that a fellow Witness was a known paedophile.

It was the first civil case in the UK of historical sexual abuse brought against the Christian-based religious movement.

The BBC’s Religious Affairs Correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, explores the implications of the Court’s decision and investigates the Jehovah’s Witnesses explicit policy of attempting to deal with all allegations of sexual abuse in-house.

The Report has gained access to confidential internal documents, sent out only to those who are senior in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. These reveal the organisation’s reluctance to involve the secular authorities in cases where a crime has been committed by one Witness against another.

Caroline Wyatt hears from former Witnesses who have suffered abuse and who claim that the organisation’s doctrine and procedures have allowed offenders within the congregation to avoid prosecution.

Presenter: Caroline Wyatt
Producer: Hannah Barnes.


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8 responses to “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sexual Abuse

  1. Jack

    Dealing ‘in house’ = Cover up

  2. Bill wagstick

    This same principle should be applied to the BBC Trust

    • BarrieJ

      And the Houses of Commons and Lords, where we know M.P.s, whips, Cabinet Ministers and the office of Prime Minister were aware as to the behaviour of their fellows.
      They were all complicit in putting the reputation of the Tory party in particular and Westminster in general, before the rule of law and the safety of children.
      Putting Party politics to one side, we should be outraged at their criminal behaviour, yet, we can agree now, nothing will happen.
      It seems that over the last 1000 years we have lost every battle against the rich and privileged and this is just going to be another one.
      Voting isn’t going to solve this problem.

      • beetroot

        Bravo BarrieJ. Whilst the Corporation of the City of London has more power than the politicians people vote for, nothing will change. Have a look at the City Remembrancer, the only unelected person to sit in the House of Commons. He is there to protect the interests of the “Corporation” as described well in the Guardian’s piece a couple of years ago, “The medieval, unaccountable Corporation of the City of London”. Now, you may say what has this got to do with child abuse. If I gave you the answer, it may well be deleted.

  3. beetroot


    Former Leicester MP Lord Greville Janner is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 7 August in relation to allegations of historic child sexual abuse.

    Leicestershire police launched an investigation into historic abuse two years ago.

    They declared last month that criminal proceedings are now active in relation to Lord Janner.

    He denies all the allegations.
    Last updated Fri 24 Jul 2015

  4. joekano76

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth and commented:
    Another Masonic church cult scandal