Allegations of a years-old cover up of sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness community have emerged.
Allegedly, more than 25 years ago, the Jehovah’s Witness’ Governing Body, the group of men who make and approve all policies, sent a memo to the elders of all 14,000 congregations stating that child sex abuse is a private matter and shouldn’t be discussed with anyone, especially the police. The memo also stated that revealing child sex abuse to law enforcement would result in punishment.
It is believed that elders were instead instructed to fill out a form when abuse occurred. These forms were then scanned into a database. This leads investigators to believe that there are thousands of hidden records of sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
If you are a Jehovah’s Witness and among the thousands of survivors of child sex abuse, we are here to advise and counsel you on your options. Call us today or fill out a form to take that first step toward justice and closure.