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.
In 2014 alone, more than 284,000 cases of rape and sexual assault occurred among people 12 and older. Representatives of victim advocacy groups and la
This past year has been an important – and wild – one for us at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Here’s a rundown of some of the dust we’ve kicked up, the changes we’ve spurred and the conversations we’ve started in 2015.
For decades, Florida tomato pickers endured some of the worst working conditions in the U.S., until workers started to organize in 1993, pushed for reform and got the public to aid their efforts.
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.
Mississippi is one of two states, along with Idaho, that doesn’t have criminal laws that clearly forbid unwanted sexual touching such as groping and fondling.
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.
Working under the cover of darkness, night shift janitors are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and rape. In this segment, we hear from members of a nonprofit who try to root out abuses in the cleaning industry; women who’ve sued janitorial companies for failing to protect them; and an accused rapist who has run his own cleaning company.
Coming June 23: We teamed up with other news organizations to uncover the sexual abuse of immigrant women who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business, and the offices where you work.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain that the First Amendment protects their right to set their own policies, even in cases of child abuse.