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 cases marked the first time it had allowed its mother lode of child sexual abuse files into the hands of anyone outside the organization.
The documents detail the accusations of two sisters who say they were sexually assaulted by their father when they were growing up.
As part of a three-year investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses child sexual abuse policies, Reveal contacted the FBI, attorneys general in New York and California, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and several members of Congress, and found no indication of a government investigation.
We facilitated a day of candid discussions about ways to address the Jehovah’s Witnesses child abuse crisis with sources from across the globe.
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.
Here’s a quick rundown of the major findings from our running investigation into the religion’s efforts to hide child sex abuse.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Catholic Church, two religious organizations that have come under fire for covering up child sexual abuse, share a series of troubling themes and tactics.
One abuse case in Australia highlights a pattern among Jehovah’s Witnesses: Elders fail report child sexual abuse to secular authorities. The perpetrator is kicked out of the organization, only to be reinstated later.