On the heels of a bombshell report into abuse in the Catholic Church, investigators are said to be focusing on leaders in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States.
Under the “theocratic warfare” doctrine, Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to hide the truth from anyone outside of the religion – including in legal matters such as child sexual abuse cases – if doing so protects the organization.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership has created a secretive system to conceal allegations of sexual abuse within its congregations. Reveal’s investigat
Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has fielded hundreds of messages from people relaying their experiences as Jehovah’s Witnesses, reinforcing our previous findings that sexual abuse is not an isolated problem within the religious organization.
Debbie McDaniel, an expelled Jehovah’s Witness, spoke to Reveal about how the organization hides sexual abuse from law enforcement agencies and banish those who speak up about it. Then, just hours before the investigation published, her patio, windows, doors and furniture were tagged with ominous warnings written in black marker.
As a case study into the secretive world of Jehovah’s Witnesses, one woman’s shunning is particularly striking. Her family, her congregation and Witne
Three years after a former Jehovah’s Witness won the largest verdict for a single victim of child abuse against a religious organization in U.S. history, the California Court of Appeal found that the organization had no duty to warn congregants that a confessed child molester was one of their own.
A top Jehovah’s Witness leader – speaking through a video posted on the organization’s official website – denied allegations that the religion provides a safe haven for child sexual abusers.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain that the First Amendment protects their right to set their own policies, even in cases of child abuse.