Australian Royal Commission Inquiry 2015

Jehovah’s Witnesses Shame Religions for “Sex Scandals” While Scrambling to Answer for Unchecked Pedophilia Themselves

The Royal Commission Inquiry Into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has concluded their questioning of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and while I personally still have reams of information to go through, I know that the findings were not good. Some 1,006 pedophiles were known to be in the religion back from 1950, with not one being reported to police by elders. Two women gave specific testimony of their horrific sexual abuse at the hands of those in authority in the congregation, with one being the woman’s own father. They spoke of how difficult it was to talk about abuse of sexual nature in front of a panel of three men who asked them graphic questions, and seemed to enjoy the answers, with the notes of these men admitting that they counseled one about respecting her violent, child raping father.

As if the conduct of Jehovah’s Witnesses when it comes to pedophilia within their own ranks is not abhorrent enough, the recently released November, 2015, Awake magazine spoke of the dwindling ranks among the world’s religions, and actually blamed “sex scandals” for the exodus.

“Why the Exodus?
People are becoming disillusioned with organized religion for a variety of reasons. These include religiously motivated or religiously sanctioned violence and terror, sex scandals involving religious leaders, and more subtle factors, which may be taking a bigger toll.”

Awake!, November 2015

Obviously this is one of the most hypocritical and ironic statements imaginable; while the real numbers of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be difficult to figure, it was mentioned during the Inquiry that the religion only grew 29% over the past 25 years, while the population of Australia grew 38% over that same time period. It would seem that Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves are bleeding members for some reason, and no doubt these pedophilia scandals are part of it. The first woman who told of her experiences of sexual abuse within the religion, when asked if she remained in the faith, said that she was “taking a break” from it; I don’t mean to speak for her, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that her experiences of being molested and abused are part of that decision. During our past Watchtower Victims Memorial Day, many people took the opportunity to remember and honor the victims of child sex abuse in the religion as well.

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The irony and hypocrisy of this declaration in the Awake magazine against other religions aside, it is how Jehovah’s Witnesses yet again seem to feel no responsibility for their own horrific occurrences of pedophilia and treatment of the victims that is bothersome. Note what the magazine goes on to say:

“The Bible foretold that in “the last days,” love of money and pleasures would supplant love of God and neighbor.”

Well, this certainly seems to be true for Jehovah’s Witnesses. The love of “pleasures” by many of their members, including the sexual pleasure they get from molesting children to the love of power they have in “lording it over” the victims by lecturing them and dismissing their stories, seems to have supplanted any “love of neighbor” on their part. They seem to have forgotten that the children in their religion are “neighbors” that they’re supposed to love and in turn, protect. As I bring out in this post, they also forget that children who aren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses but who live nearby or otherwise may be victimized by a pedophile are also their “neighbor.” Failing to call the police and alert authorities in any way when they know a pedophile is among them shows that lack of real love, or even casual concern.

While Jehovah’s Witnesses are so quick and so happy to point out how apparently other religions are seeing a decrease in membership due to “sex scandals,” they have yet to take full responsibility for their own. They may say that this lack of love is a sign of these “last days,” but they still don’t understand how they themselves have a full role in fulfilling that same sign. Shameful that a “worldly” or non-JW inquiry needs to bring that to light, while their members themselves become just as disillusioned and their children just as victimized.

Let the Exodus continue.

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  1. Thank you so much for your articles. I’m a disfellowshipped Jehovah’s Witness. My first husband abandoned me and my son and dating without a “legal” divorce was considered a sin. I thus sinned and was booted off. I’m still disfellowshipped for being with my now legal 2nd husband. Anyway, after reading your articles and following up with some research, I can proudly say that I have no desire to ever be a Jehovah’s Witness. I wasn’t raised a Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I was molested from age 4 until some time after starting kindergarten (the exact age it ended is fuzzy for me as it is blurred with legal issues and living arrangements). I was one of the lucky ones and had a mother that fought to protect myself and my younger siblings (horrifyingly enough I was the oldest of 3). After being educated on the true ways of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I will never go back. After telling others, I’ve met my share of the phrase, “Then you’ll never see your mother again!” (She died when she was 42, and I was 21, several years ago.) To which I replied, “Good! I would gladly walk into eternal destruction than have the guilt of helping pedophiles on my hands!” … I have lost ties with many people that I know, and my current husband is now wary of me. However, I know that no God would hold half the compassion of me or half the forgiveness. If Jehovah is real, he can fix and save even the man that hurt me and my younger brothers. No god like that would destroy victims of such pain and sorrow. Those poor girls (and boys) deserve our tears, support, and simpothy. … Thank you for educating me. I know that you are a loving and protecting person from your articles, and I hope that you find motivation to continue your work if only to help naive ones like myself to see the truth. The real Jehovah will bless you for your efforts to protect the little ones.

    • Hi
      I’m Georgie
      I was sexually abused from age eight to age fourteen by a man who was in this religious order
      I left it but I want to talk to others who are like me
      0424682696
      I’m in nsw Australia, Alex I’d love a chance to talk to you please
      I’ll never go back to them

  2. JWs are shameless in not only their refusal to apologize, but immediately after the Australian RC, they have the gall to create a video – with a woman with an Australian accent no less – praising how their organization “helps” abuse victims.Yes, it’s also ironic how they boast of such love for neighbor – at the same time unleashing over 1000 pedophiles on them! I hope JWs quickly become the world’s most hated religion. No ‘persecution’ here, just punishment for being one of the worst human rights violators and destroyers of children. Great article, Alex!

  3. To the watchtower stop shun and disfellowship stop breaking up family stop protect child molestors We are anonymous We are legion We do not forgive We do not forget Expect us Opjw engaged

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