Four years ago, Fremont resident Candace Conti won a multi-million dollar suit against the Jehovah’s Witness church for allowing congregant Jonathan Kendrick to molest her as a child in the 1990s.

That case opened up a series of questions about church practices and its treatment of not only children, but women too.

As part KQED’s #UsToo series, another Fremont woman and ex-Jehovah’s Witness, Georgia Browne, shares, in her own words, how she was ex-communicated from the church after she reported being raped by a congregant.

We want to warn you, this story shares details of that rape and may be disturbing to some readers.

You’re Always Aware That You’re Seen as a Lesser Being

“My mother was a Jehovah’s Witness. She became one when I was two years old, and I remember being very involved in the church. I was in 110 percent. I did the door knocking — you probably heard about the Witnesses knocking on the door. I did all the preaching.

Growing up in a congregation you’re always aware that you are seen as a lesser being, that you have a position underneath men. Women have no position of authority in the congregation.

When I was 23 years old, I started dating a (Jehovah’s) Witness boy and we’d go out to some dance clubs. There was a night in particular where I had too much to drink. Then the next thing I remember was waking up when I felt my hymen break. I just screamed because in that second I knew everything was over; it was done. I had had sex outside of marriage even though it wasn’t my fault and I was a woman, so any claim I made against him, it was going to be my fault. I was drunk.

[Afterward] I remember I pulled my dress down, I actually ran out of the house. He grabbed me and he starts crying and screaming, “I’m sorry!” He eventually convinced me to go inside, and he told me was going to get help. He said he had a problem. I ended up forgiving him and holding him while he was crying that night. If you can believe it. I knew in my head no one was going to take my side in this. I’ve got to figure this out.

The Story of Dinah

It’s a common lesson taught, the story of Dinah. They teach about it in the Bible. [It’s] about a young girl who was raped by a fella and the whole thing they teach about that is, well, if she hadn’t been doing that, if she hadn’t been there it wouldn’t have happened to her. That puts women in the position where if they are victimized, they blame themselves.

[My boyfriend and I] ended up making the decision to get married. I look back now and I’m like, “Bloody hell! Nobody in their right mind would do that!” But I know for a fact that I was not in my right mind, You’re a brainwashed individual; you will make decisions like that, and I know that I’m not the only woman who’s been in that position and made that decision. It happens and it’s still happening.

I stayed with him for a year and the rapes continued. In this time I’m thinking, “I want to get out of this. I need to go talk to the elders in our congregation.”

I went to Kingdom Hall and I met with a group of four men in their mid-60s. I’m 24 years old and I’m terrified. So I’m trying to explain what has happened, and they want me to write out a letter, so I write down what I can, to the best of my ability. They said, “Well if you’re saying that your ex did these things we need to bring him in so we can ask him to his face.” I said, “No don’t. Don’t do that. Forget it.” And they said, “We need to deliberate.” So I stepped outside, and I went back in the room and they let me know that they were going to disfellowship me or excommunicate me for fornication.

My Story Isn’t Singular

I don’t really remember walking out of the room at that moment. I remember understanding that everything I knew, everybody I had known and loved who was in that congregation — which was basically all of my relatives — everyone I’d grown up with was now cut off from me. I was in their eyes, dead. There was a truck coming down the road and I’d just stepped out into the road and I was ready to just be done. But I’ll tell you, honest to God what saved me was those friends that they had warned against, those people in my life that they’d said I couldn’t be around, [who] were bad people because they weren’t JWs. I [later] filed for divorce.

My story isn’t singular. There are so many women who have gone through the process of being Jehovah’s Witnesses, whether they’re still in or out. I’m in recovery groups with women telling stories and I’m just like, “Oh gosh, yeah, me too.”

When you are a victim you make a choice, and it’s either you’re going to stay a victim, or you’re going to take what happened to you and you’re going to learn from it, and you’re going to become strong by it because you survived it. And that’s what I chose. It was escape from that that gave me my life.”

Georgia Browne’s story was lightly edited for print.

How Common Is This?

There’s been little research on the inner workings of the Jehovah’s Witness religion, in part because of its insular nature. But Jane Fredrickson of the Faith Trust Institute, an educational resource addressing sexual and domestic violence, says all religious denominations deal with cases of sexual abuse and violence. And many of them, she says, have a hard time handling accusations properly.

Sometimes the focus is on protecting the churches’ reputation or in rare cases, citing scripture. But most often church leaders, she says, don’t have a deep understanding the harm.

“It is still a very private issue in a lot of ways, particularly in a faith community where it was a high profile donor, [a] member of the faith community,” says Fredrickson. “It’s difficult for the faith leader to then manage that. That’s not necessarily a skill that is taught in seminary.”

In 2016, the Pew Research Institute produced demographic data, showing that Jehovah’s Witnesses make up less than one percent of the U.S. population. In California, two-thirds of them are women. The religious organization has a low retention rate relative to other U.S. religious groups, according to Pew. Sixty-six percent of adults raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer identify with the group.

The Jehovah’s Witness church has not responded to our repeated attempts for comment.

However, according to the JW website, while the church condemns sexual assault, it also puts the onus on the victim to ward off sexual advances. For instance, the church instructs women who are in the midst of a rape to scream or put up a fight. Only then is it considered rape in the eyes of the church.

Paul Grundy, a former JW member and creator of JWfacts.com, says it’s important to note that overall JWs are not abiding by these rules out of malice.

“Jehovah Witnesses are generally exceptionally nice people that stick by a strict moral code,” says Grundy. “However, when situations of abuse occur, the way the religion handles it has been very poor. They stick to some arcane rules based on naive interpretation of the Bible, and concentrate on protecting the reputation of the organization.”

Grundy says court cases have shown that this is often to the detriment of victims like Browne.

A Former Jehovah’s Witness Shares Her #MeToo Story 18 December,2017Tonya Mosley

  • jacqueline

    I need to read thru this again but I am just so happy to see her come forward. I had to get a restraining order against my stalker who was and still is an elder within the watchtower society. I along with others help victims recover from being in the high control group under the foot of their governing body. http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com We have 3 testimony meetings to tell your story and talk it thru. I was wondering when the hordes of Jehovah witness women would tell their stories. There are many but they are afraid.

  • Plutonium

    When a victim complains to church elders or police. She is isolated and made to feel like that it’s her fault. Women are afraid to complain because she’s going to loose everything that she holds dear. While her abuser lives care free. But G_d will judge him.
    Just a side note. Man should be held accountable if woman gets an abortion. That child will remind her rest of her life what happened to her and how her life is ruined by a man who has moved on to next victim. That man is a hypocrite murderer of that aborted child.

    • Call me runt

      Sorry have to disagree that the man should be held accountable for an abortion a women chooses to get. It is and was her decision. It wasn’t her fault he raped her? If she was a Jehovah’s Witness as she claims getting drunk is not acceptable nor is being alone with someone of the opposite sex. Both are to blame. There’s always two sides to a story and this one is missing alot of information.

  • Darlene Alexander

    A big thank you to Georgia for courageously sharing her story. The way JWs deal with child abuse and rape is shameful and despicable, The more people that tell their story, the better – at the very least to prevent people from becoming JWs since the myriads of lawsuits against the organization appear to have little effect on the leaders’ desire to change the unscriptural rules that perpetrate such crimes.

    • mark

      They currently have a $66 million dollar class action lawsuit pending in Canada for the cover ups.
      http://www.680news.com/2017/10/02/66m-class-action-sex-abuse-suit-filed-jehovahs-witnesses/

      For the past year and a half they have been fined $4000 a day for not handing over apparent tens of thousands of records of sex abuse in the organization, in violation of a court order.
      http://theweek.com/speedreads/737910/jehovahs-witnesses-owe-4000-every-day-dont-turn-over-details-alleged-child-sex-abuse-cost-2-million-far

    • 61n61

      Had Ms. Browne not been “brainwashed” by her JW upbringing, just think of all the fun she could have had interacting with the likes of these solid citizens, to list but a few:

      President Donald Trump,
      Former President George H.W. Bush
      Harvey Weinstein, Movie Producer
      Mario Batali, Chef/entrepreneur
      James Levine, NY Metropolitan Opera Conductor
      Matt Lauer, Host of NBC’s Today show
      Charlie Rose, Host of PBS’ Charlie Rose show
      Mark Halperin, Writer and NBC Senior Political analyst
      Glen Thrush, NYTimes Chief White House Political Correspondent
      Russell Simmons, Hip Hop producer & creator of Def Jam Recordings (among many other endeavors)
      Roy Moore, 28th and 32nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama …
      Louis C.K., Emmy Award Winning Comedian & Actor …
      Terry Richardson, Celebrity Photographer
      Kevin Spacey, 2-time Academy Award Winning Actor …
      Dustin Hoffman, 2-time Academy Award Winning Actor …
      James Toback, Film Director …
      Brett Ratner, Film Director
      & so on, & so on, & so on … … …

      Corey Feldman insists hollywood child sex abuse perpetrators have been protected from being I.D’d.

      The Brits seem to have similar problems “over the pond.” Google their names and see how trustworthy these upright citizens have shown themselves to be.

      Jimmy Savile
      Michael Fallon
      Damian Green
      Mark Garnier
      Stephen Crabb
      Rory Stewart
      Christopher Pincher
      Dan Poulter
      Daniel Kawczynski
      Kelvin Hopkins
      Clive Lewis
      Ivan Lewis
      David Prescott
      Mark McDonald
      Willie Coffey
      Carl Sargeant
      Ed Westwick
      Barry Bennell
      George Ormond
      Eddie Heath
      Bob Higgins
      Hugh Stevenson
      Jim McCafferty
      Kit Carson
      Ted Langford
      Harry Dunn
      Jim Torbett
      Gordon Neely
      Gerald King
      Frank Cairney
      Ian Watkins
      Tony and Julie Wadsworth
      Ray Teret
      Max Clifford
      Gary Glitter
      Stuart Hall
      Jonathan King
      Fred Talbot
      Terry Richardson
      Rolf Harris
      Jimmy Savile
      Michael Fallon
      Damian Green
      Mark Garnier
      Stephen Crabb
      Rory Stewart
      Christopher Pincher
      Dan Poulter
      Daniel Kawczynski
      Kelvin Hopkins
      Clive Lewis
      Ivan Lewis
      David Prescott
      Mark McDonald
      Willie Coffey
      Carl Sargeant
      Ed Westwick
      Barry Bennell
      George Ormond
      Eddie Heath
      Bob Higgins
      Hugh Stevenson
      Jim McCafferty
      Kit Carson
      Ted Langford
      Harry Dunn
      Jim Torbett
      Gordon Neely
      Gerald King
      Frank Cairney
      Ian Watkins
      Tony and Julie Wadsworth
      Ray Teret
      Max Clifford
      Gary Glitter
      Stuart Hall
      Jonathan King
      Fred Talbot
      Terry Richardson
      Rolf Harris

      Perhaps the US military would have provided a safer environment for children?

      http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/06/07/why-child-abuse-in-military-families-may-be-going-unreported

      Maybe the boy scouts would have been time better spent?

      http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-boyscouts-20120805-m-story.html

      If only Ms. Browne had become a school teacher and worked in a parochial school environment, no doubt things would have gone just peachy for her there; right Darlene?

      https://nypost.com/2017/12/18/ex-christian-school-teachers-husband-busts-her-in-bed-with-teen/

      I could go on & on, but what’s the point? Ms. Alexander & those like her would have you believe JW’s are at best negligent when it comes to protecting their young if not outright deliberately doing damage to them. I’m convinced she and her “friends” are wrong, although, obviously, as in Ms. Browne’s telling above, people within the congregation of JW’s can make mistakes, be they 23 year old women raised as JW’s from birth, the young man she went out dancing with one evening, or elders trying to ascertain the best way to proceed when complicated issues arise that need to be scripturally addressed & evaluated within a congregation. JW’s are not interested in damaging anyone’s life. We’re interesting in helping people, ourselves as well as everyone else we encounter, survive into a new system in which people will no longer be dogged by their own imperfections and illnesses. If you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, how much more challenging to somehow live to see a new system of things on earth that eradicates the enemies humankind have faced since Adam’s rebellion?

      JW’s believe this to be so regardless of how ridiculous others may believe them to be. I believe this to be so. Ms. Alexander makes it clear her intent is “at the very least to prevent people from becoming JWs” among whatever other outcomes she has on her wish list for them. Don’t let her and others like her make up your minds for you. This is far too important a decision to let someone as blinded by her own antagonism towards JW’s as she is to obfuscate the real issues in play here. Choose for yourselves what you will do but make an informed choice. Hear her accusations but keep the bigger picture in mind. Which government is capable of restoring the earth to a paradise in which all those who count themselves as citizens are happy, productive, and perpetually healthy forevermore? I can assure you Brexit won’t bring such a thing about nor will the Republican Tax Bill. Vladimir Putin’s stealing of JW houses of worship and making all JW’s outlaws won’t get it done either. Why even if JW’s were involved in governing all the world over, they couldn’t bring it about either. Only the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob can do that and the scriptures show he has promised he will. Examine the things we claim in spite of all the negative things you’ve heard. There’s no time like the present to do so.

      • mark

        Lol, this is the biggest straw man I have ever seen. You see, cults have a tendency to lump people in to two groups. The Us group and then Them group. Everything you just mentioned is your version of a Them group. When actually, they are all individuals not connected to each other in any real way. I love it when people such as yourself comment in these forums just to show the public the mind set of a JW. Anyone considering to study with JWs will see your disconnected heartless attempt at reasoning. Your lack of concern for the abused in your organization. Shame on you.

        • 61n61

          Like “they” always say, go big — or go home. As you so credibly demonstrate, though, small is your thing. Not sure you’re as small as “it” gets ’cause you’ve got plenty of competition amongst your peers on that score and there’s no telling just how low any of you will go. The shame and the sanctimony are all yours.

      • Barb Michaels

        You must be Jehovah’s Witness. They never want to take any blame for their actions. Always point the finger at others. Doesn’t matter – wrong is wrong no matter who’s doing it.

    • mark

      Hi Darlene. There is hope to get the word out to the masses. Leah Remini’s popular Scientology exposure show will be focusing on the Jehovah’s Witnesses next season. So many JW were contacting her after seeing her show. The two religions have so much in common. It is almost like they go by the same play book. How to control people.
      https://www.inquisitr.com/4687346/leah-remini-will-return-to-ae-to-investigate-jehovahs-witnesses-and-nxivm/

  • Barb Michaels

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am also a #MeToo victim. The elders of our congregation told my mother not to call the police after she reported to the elders he was sexually abusing her daughters. Police were never called. My stepfather molested other girls in the congregations we attended. Who knows if he did the same in the community. I doubt it, a normal adult would have gone to the police. Yes, the JW instill fear into the victim, telling them it’s their fault. The attached image is taken directly from the JW website it from their publication for teens called “Questions Young People Ask.” This particular book is read after the My Bible Stories Book which teaches about Dinah basically being raped because she didn’t listen to her parents. No where in the article I’ve attached does it inform any victim to call the police. SICK. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be45f408e04c2a7000388d1a2ac900cf725948465e38e0af7c9d955e44ffcdae.jpg

    • mark

      Barb, I’m so sorry that you had to endure this trauma. You are very brave to share your experience with others. It is people like you that can make a difference for others who may have no hope left. I have 2 children in this religion. And I am constantly worried when they are out in bible studies and preaching. I have come to see that there is a very big ex-jw community out there with a lot of love and open arms. They all have similar stories and experiences. I wish you well.

      • Barb Michaels

        Their are many pedophiles within the organization. It’s a perfect hunting ground. The elders handbook gives directions on how to handle these cases – and their answer is to trust in Jehovah, he will take care of it. There is a big community of survivors and we’re out to warn everyone. Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t what you think. Although there are some genuine nice people in the group, they are have no clue what goes on around them and deny it when confronted. 🙁 I hope you’re children wake up.

    • t_jjuan

      so you completely failed to understand that an adult doesn’t need to be told, go to the police. commonsense says go to the police…..the elders are there to help you spiritually……that is the most important help that can be given……legal advise cannot be given but since when would you need someone to tell you that???????

      • Barb Michaels

        I’m sorry, you failed to understand what actually happens within the kingdom hall. 1) I was a child + a victim. 2) It’s normal policy within the organization to talk to the elders first (as shown in the article I provided). The elders in my case – 5 of them in one congregation, told my mother NOT TO CALL THE POLICE. They told her her children would be taken from her. They told her it would bring reproach and shame on Jehovah. You’re right, most people with common sense would go to the police. Most people would not require two upstanding witnesses to believe something wrong is going on.

        • t_jjuan

          so the bible’s standards are what you don’t agree with? No case will have 5 elders on it…….and NO ONE WOULD TELL ANOTHER NOT TO GO TO THE POLICE. How old were you? Did your mother leave also? how long did it take you to finally go to the police? You see you fail to understand that a victim is never at fault. and no one would try to protect the perv……no matter what anyone says. i know personally of many cases and the guilty party may or may not have confessed, but each and everyone of them went to jail. now i know my tone is not what it should be when dealing with this topic, but it pisses me off greatly when people try to blame a whole organization for what one person did. that person did it and should pay for their crime, but stop trying to put a whole organization in that same boat.

          • Barb Michaels

            You know, you’re right, no one should tell another person not to call the police. But that is exactly what happened to me, my sister and several other girls in our congregation. I never claimed to be at fault, I 100% agree that a victim is a victim. However, this is going on in your organization more than you know. Tell, me, the last time someone was disfellowshipped, did you know the reason why? Mostly likely not and reasons are quickly made up in the congregation. My brother was disfellowshipped for asking questions, he called Bethel in NY for some simple question. One week later, the elders pulled him in and told him to stop. He refused, wham – disfellowshipped. But, my stepfather, who said he was sorry for touching little girls and probably boys too – never. Still in good standing. Your organization also has a system in place, the two witness rule, which although biblical is taken completely out of context when dealing with abuse of any form. Really, is a woman who’s being beaten or a man who’s being abused by his wife going to find two witnesses and go to the elders? A victim already has a hard enough time. And, yes, 5 elders for me. FIVE. My mother has never left, my family, other than my one brother are still JW’s that’s 6 siblings. If you are aware of what is going on in your organization and you do nothing to stop it, then you are guilty too. I feel that for all things. If I hear a joke at another person’s expense (race, sexual preference or color of skin) and I laugh too, or don’t walk away – then I am just as guilty. Start researching this biblical organization you follow.

          • t_jjuan

            As I said I did all of the research and I made my choice. The 2 witness is not just someone who sees the act, but 2 reports or instances of the act. I am guilty of nothing at all and for you to accuse over 8 million people is wrong. What happened to you was wrong but your attacker should have been reported. Why would your family stay if that was what really was said??? At what age did a commitee hear your case? How do you know they told your mother that???? Your brother may not have been asking questions or he might have…….but people are not disfellowshipped for asking questions. People ask questions everyday. People question what they hear and read everyday. I’ve asked questions and yet nothing has happened to me. I called Bethel just today asking questions and I was helped with my questions. Look I’m not going to champion the cause of your abuser……..I stand on your side but not with you trying to move the blame from your attacker to this organization. Whoever did it never did it in the hall did they??? No one stood by and watched did they???? What he did he should have been jailed and if by choice of your parents they did not press charges that person would still never hold a position of responsibility and never will be allowed to be around minors alone ever. Whatever your beef it’s misplaced. Did you forgive your parents for not protecting you? For not putting the guilty party in jail???

          • RunFromTheTower

            Barb, based on tjuan’s comments, he’s imitating his WT god, jehovah. Filled with hate and no compassion. Abusive speach. Please do not let his hatred overshadow your voice in speaking up about your experience. May you have peace.

      • RunFromTheTower

        So after hearing this report, and then reading Barb’s account. This is your comment? Do yourself a favor and look up jehovah’s witnesses abuse on the internet and see the utter devastation they’ve done to peoples lives. The WT religion is a destructive cult.

        Proud to say I’m no longer a JW, embarrassed to say I was one.

        • t_jjuan

          yes that is my comment. People like you keep on thinking that it’s the organization…..i looked up everything about this organization before i joined. i don’t care what lies you tell yourself as to why you are no longer a JW, but stop lying in public. NO ONE and i mean NO ONE made you leave. No one did anything to you for you to blame the whole 8 plus million JWs in the world. whatever your real name is no one honestly cares if you feel embarrassed or not. you left so be gone!!!! enjoy what you’re doing and see how it works out for you. i do hope Jehovah has mercy on you and you do come back to him……i hope that you can repent and enjoy the blessing that are ahead of us……if not then oh well

          • RunFromTheTower

            Thank you for sharing the mindset of an active jehovah’s witness. Very disturbing, considering your claim of looking everything up on the WT religion. Explains a lot about the type of individual who remains in an evil religious cult even after researching all the filth associated with the WT religion. Please don’t knock on anyone’s door. Btw, the name jehovah is a man-made name by a Catholic monk. No one knows the name of the Hebrew god. You’re serving a non-existing god with a fake name. Sad for you. TTATT is in front of you. Recognize it. Make sure you report child sexual abuse to the police, not to the elders who have neither the training or expertise in dealing with such matters.

            Proud to say I’m no longer a JW, embarrassed to say I was one.

            Oh, you can stop shamelessly counting your field service time, I’m not a return visit.

          • t_jjuan

            It’s a complete shame that you deny even God’s name. I pray Jehovah have mercy on you. And believe me I wouldn’t count anything regarding you. I don’t even look at this as a conversation. You were probably one disfellowshipped and didn’t actually leave but was kicked out. Oh well I hope you’ve found happiness. Stay off of JW articles and websites…..no need to talk about us or to us. Go preach your word to whoever listen or whatever you’re doing. Be good at it since it’s your life you gave for it.

          • RunFromTheTower

            Wrong again tjjuan.that’s your WT indoctrination talking and making assumptions. I left (disassociated from) the filthy WT religion in 2014 after 20 yrs while still serving actively as an elder, reg aux pioneer, FSGO, TMSO, PVG, and DC Overseer of the Accounting area. I was there on a Sunday, and never went back once I discovered TTATT. The best part, my entire family left, all disassociated during the same time. I have no family members who captive to the WT. We made it out. No need to pray for me to your fake man-made god, jehovah. Your prays have no more meaning or power than mine. It is my wish that you wake up to TTATT and start living your life free from WT indoctrination. A progressive society has no place for organizations like the WT religion.

          • t_jjuan

            That’s a bold faced lie. What congregation did you belong to and what’s your name? If you speak truth I’ll look you up and find out if what you say is true or a lie. And if you actually did do all of that then there’s no way you’d say Jehovah was a made up name. So please give me that information and let’s see if you are a liar or not

          • RunFromTheTower

            The fact that your asking me this information tells me you have no idea how the organization works. To prove this, call bethel and ask them to provide you information on one of your JW family members. Let me know how far you get with the request.

          • t_jjuan

            I ask because if what you said was true you would have no issue with providing it. The fact that you didn’t and you deflected to something totally different let’s me know you are a LIAR!!!! You probably never even been inside a Kingdom Hall. You are a HUGE FRAUD! And why would I ask that of Bethel when I can go to the person themselves like I’m doing with you. See anyone who is a JW will never have an issue letting you know who they are to another JW. Look I’m done with this conversation with you….it’s been a complete waste of internet speed. Go back to your hole troll…..you are just about hate and trouble.

          • RunFromTheTower

            Wrong again tjjuan. Did you call bethel to find out information about your other JW family members? How did it go? Please answer.

          • RunFromTheTower

            Lmao, dude, shake yourself. Your hypocrisy is deafening. Thank you for revealing your true colors. Based on your comments, it’s appearant you’re a frustrated, disturbed, and anger person. Please do not knock on anyone’s door. Make sure you report child sexual abuse to the police, not to the elders who have neither the training or expertise in dealing with such matters.

            Save a life, stop a JW baptism.

  • Campbell King

    Religion is strictly about money and control…It is man’ easy money and sex.

  • Christopher Snittle

    The Jehovah’s I know don;t go to clubs, get drunk, or even date without a chaperone. Doesn’t sound like she was one of them. Maybe like Serena William’s, claim to be. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c28684ced3006af611fd87ac1caa60368bd50252af028602988c80b7d928a34f.jpg

    • mark

      Conclusion by the Australian Royal Commission regarding the JW response to s3xual abuse, case#29:

      10 Response of the Jehovah’s Witness
      Organisation to the Sexual Abuse of Children

      We do not consider the Jehovah’s Witness organisation to be an organisation which responds
      adequately to child sexual abuse. We do not believe that children are adequately protected from
      the risk of sexual abuse for the following reasons:

      The organisation relies on outdated policies and practices to respond to allegations of child
      sexual abuse. Also, those policies and practices are not subject to ongoing and continuous review.
      The policies and practices are, by and large, wholly inappropriate and unsuitable for application
      in cases of child sexual abuse. The organisation’s retention and continued application of policies
      such as the two-witness rule in cases of child sexual abuse shows a serious lack of understanding
      of the nature of child sexual abuse.

      The organisation’s internal disciplinary system for addressing complaints of child sexual abuse is
      not child or survivor focused in that it is presided over by males and offers a survivor little or no
      choice about how their complaint is addressed.

      The sanctions available within the organisation’s internal disciplinary system are weak and leave
      perpetrators of child sexual abuse at large in the organisation and the community.

      In deciding the sanctions to impose and/or precautions to take in relation to a known or
      suspected perpetrator, the organisation has inadequate regard to the risk that that perpetrator
      might reoffend. This demonstrates a serious lack of understanding of the nature and impact of
      child sexual abuse.

      The organisation’s general practice of not reporting serious instances of child sexual abuse to
      police or authorities – in particular, where the complainant is a child – demonstrates a serious
      failure by the organisation to provide for the safety and protection of children in the organisation
      and in the community.

      • 61n61

        For the record, Australia’s past dealings with Jehovah’s Witnesses doesn’t exactly recommend it as the most objective of parties.
        http://www.academia.edu/170809/The_Banning_of_Jehovahs_Witnesses_in_Australia_in_1941

        As I’m sure you’re aware, the Catholic Church has its own continuing “concerns” regarding such matters.
        https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/15/571013476/catholic-church-singled-out-in-australian-sex-abuse-report

        Can’t understand how such a well run state as Australia could have something like this happen?
        https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/wa-arrest-exposes-paedophile-ring-ng-b88476037z

        If only you and Darlene Alexander were called on to straighten this out, I’m certain such abhorrent behavior would be done away with in no time at all; right? Then Australia and the two of you could get back to the real abhorrent behavior disturbing you all: JW’s still worship freely there. Go figure?

        • mark

          Catholic Church criticism from a JW. Never heard that before. Another dishonest straw man. Australia is a free society. However, Russia not so much. They have a policy to ban cults. Funny how you have the number of the beast encrypted in your name. 616

          • 61n61

            Silly me, I was under the impression the link I posted above from npr.org concerned itself with some of the findings the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse made concerning the Catholic Church in Australia. I had no idea this was “Catholic Church criticism from a JW.” Who knew “Watchtower” had this kind of reach?
            Thankfully, we can all rest easy knowing there’s a mark such as you out there to protect us from a deception such as this. Those dastardly JW’s! Will they stop at nothing?

      • Christopher Snittle

        Yeah it’s horrific. /s

        1,003 cases of confirmed sexual impropriety from the small to the big. Of course when you factor that over 40 years (to be conservative) in a group of 70,000 people, that works out to about 25 incidents a year. The school district in my city deals with about 150 incidents a year and only has about 20,000 members.

        Welcome to reality.

        The Methodist Church in the UK? 2,300 incidents in just the last decade.

        All non profits, churches, boy scouts, schools will always deal with these issues.

        Up until a few years ago Australia was a non reporting country. This left it up to the principle, the scout master, the priest, or the rabbi to try to figure what was best to do or if the claims were even credible. As a lawyer I deal with these claims in about 50% of my divorces cases with one angry spouse pitted against the other.

        The JW’s actually have a better best standards practice with these issues then most. Since 1997, any accusation is submitted to the police in 48 hours. The same includes suspected child abuse (at least in the USA because that is the established law).

        Stop hyping data out of context.

        PS Your Australian commission is a liberal political tool, you do realize that.

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        • mark

          “Since 1997, any accusation is submitted to the police in 48 hours. ” That is a load of bologna. This is the whole point of the ARC, UK Charity Commission, $66 million class action lawsuit in Canada, $4000 per day fine in the US, etc, etc, etc. They never report to the police. Their reporting record in Australia is exactly, precisely ZERO. Talk about hype.
          67000 JWs in Australia. Close to 2000 victims. Their record was 8 times worse than the Catholics in Australia.
          Just last year in Ireland 2 elders lost their eldership because they went to the police to report sex abuse of a minor. They were punished for insubordination. Stop your BS. You are misleading. You know it. Over the past 2 years Kingdom Halls have been emptying out, due to this. JW now have the lowest retention rate of any major religion. 66% will eventually leave. The fastest shrinking demographics are members under age 35, men and caucasians. When season 3 of Scientology comes out next year, everyone will know what your insensitive JW have been covering up. They will no longer be perceived as the friendly cult that knocks on your door on Sat. Can’t wait!

          • mark

            I looked up the Methodist thing. That is a total dating back to 1950. 1885 cases since 1950. Not all were sexual abuse. There are almost 600,000 Methodists in the UK. Although it is a travesty, it pales in comparison to the JW ratio. 1006 abusers and almost 2000 victims in a population of 67000. Get a calculator next time.
            Oh, and the Methodists did something unheard of in the JW world. They admitted wrong doing and apologized.

            Statement from the Methodist church:Rev Atkins, who is also secretary of the Methodist Conference, said: “On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers.
            “The abuse that has been inflicted by some Methodists on children, young people and adults is and will remain a deep source of grief and shame to the Church.”
            “The Church is expected to also make a public apology at its annual conference in June.”

            The church appointed a safegarding team:
            Ms Stacey said 503 cases were being followed up by the safeguarding team within the Methodist Church. Of those, 61 have had contact with the police, and there are six ongoing police investigations.

            Do we hear this praise from the ARC?
            “A law firm representing a group of individuals taking action against the Methodist Church welcomed the apology.”

            If only the JW would bend over backwards to help victims, admit guilt and failure. But, that will be the day.

          • mark

            I looked up the Methodist thing. That is a total dating back to 1950. 1885 cases since 1950. Not all were sexual abuse. There are almost 600,000 Methodists in the UK. Although it is a travesty, it pales in comparison to the JW ratio. 1006 abusers and almost 2000 victims in a population of 67000. You must be using that JDumb calculator that connects 607BCE to 1914. Buy a new one.
            Oh, and the Methodists did something unheard of in the JW world. They admitted wrong doing and apologized.

            Statement from the Methodist church:Rev Atkins, who is also secretary of the Methodist Conference, said: “On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers.
            “The abuse that has been inflicted by some Methodists on children, young people and adults is and will remain a deep source of grief and shame to the Church.”
            “The Church is expected to also make a public apology at its annual conference in June.”

            The church appointed a safegarding team:
            Ms Stacey said 503 cases were being followed up by the safeguarding team within the Methodist Church. Of those, 61 have had contact with the police, and there are six ongoing police investigations.

            Do we hear this praise from the ARC?
            “A law firm representing a group of individuals taking action against the Methodist Church welcomed the apology.”

            If only the JW would bend over backwards to help victims, admit guilt and failure. But, that will be the day

          • Christopher Snittle

            Nope idiot, standard procedure since 1997 in the USA. Your not a member of their clergy. All your information comes from your hate groups etc. Australia didn’t have mandatory reporting laws like the USA until 2011 / 2012. You do realize that lawyers, the clergy, and doctors can’t disclose information about their clients, parishioners, patients or they can be sued. You like to quote all these things, but they are all just allegations. $66 million lawsuit is in court and will be decided. $4,000 a day in CA will be thrown out once it’s appealed in state court LIKE IT WAS BEFORE in the last case the judge did the same thing. Blah Blah Blah.

            Go to the a legal index service and pull the reports on trial law for the Jehovah’s. You know how many cases they have settled in the USA since 1970?

            93.

            That’s nothing for a group with 1.3 million members in the USA

            You know how many lawsuits have been settled against the Dallas Independent School District in the last ten years with a student population of about 60,000?

            1,188.

            Grow a brain. Nothing-burger.

          • mark

            “standard procedure since 1997 in the USA” Then, the JWs are in violation of their procedure. Silentlambs.org All of these people were kept secret in the org. Judicial hearings subpoenaed by the courts. Papers destroyed and digitized to send to Bethel.
            “All your information comes from your hate groups etc.” Your delusion, not mine. You are in a bubble.
            According to the JWs, they have no clergy. All are just brothers and sisters. So, there is no confidentiality technicality law supporting them.
            “$4,000 a day in CA will be thrown out once it’s appealed in state court” Nope, the appeal was just denied on Dec. 15th. Next…
            “Go to the a legal index service and pull the reports on trial law for the Jehovah’s. You know how many cases they have settled in the USA since 1970?” We will never know. They are paying off victims. Just a few months ago, they paid off one for $2,000,000 out of court. She isn’t allowed to speak about it in public as a result.

            “1.3 million ” more like 800,000 and falling. lol Wishful thinking. They can’t even afford to print their mags any more. Major cutbacks. No more year books.
            “You know how many lawsuits have been settled against the Dallas Independent School District in the last ten years with a student population of about 60,000?” —typical strawman arguments. Without facts and truth, logical fallacies are all you have left.
            “Nope idiot,” “Grow a brain. Nothing-burger.” ad hominem attacks. More of the same and typical when your can argue with facts.

            See, this is how it goes. I deliver the facts and supporting data. You come back with hypotheticals and logical fallacies. I have been down this road many times with you guys. Nothing new. You are barfing up the same nonsense I get from others in your brainwashed group.

  • Nancy

    I am one of Jehovahs Witnesses for a long time now probably 25 yrs or so and still active. I have seen people leave the faith and I have seen people come back also. I have done some reading about some of injustice that happened to people and I’m truly sad feeI sorry for them have experienced it my self before I studied the Bible.
    There are women and kids in a third world country that are trying survived in this world and deals with this problem, but I don’t see them getting millions of dollars,they are not after any organization because they have no religious to blame it to they just try live. Where is the justice in that.
    Hungry kids, no proper basic health care for kids, woman selflessly a victimized by just being in a country that just poor.What can you promised them?
    Would any lawyers that win any sexual case really help this ones or the victims would they share their case with this unfortunate people as well.?
    I truly empathize with them like I said I was a victim myself although he was not a Christian. I have no organization to sue I just have my god jehovah.

  • DIGITALCRACK Blog

    As a Christian of no denomination… I just wonder why aren’t catholics pushed about these issues. Catholics ways are even more hidden and kept under their doors than JW’s. But the world still, as a whole, are pro catholic. Seems like JW are easier prey than Catholics.

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