Australian Royal Commission Inquiry 2015

The Real Reason Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Pedophilia in Their Religion

If you study the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you will see that they have a tremendous problem with pedophilia in their ranks. This isn’t some exaggerated response from a former member; they are currently facing dozens of lawsuits over the problem in the U.S. alone, and the Australian Royal Commission Inquiry (this post) revealed over 1000 pedophiles among them in that country in the past few decades, with not one being turned over to the police by elders. Not one.

The Two-Witness Rule

In your study of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their problems with pedophilia, you may find out about their “two witness” rule. This refers to their practice of needing a second witness to child molestation before they feel they can act on the accusations. They claim this is based on scriptures that say that every matter should be established by two witnesses.

It’s easy to pick apart this reasoning; the bible wasn’t written for children, this requirement couldn’t possibly include or exclude every single matter, and Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t require two witnesses for determining if a woman who claims to have been raped is telling the truth (this post). The bible was also written before other evidence could be found against someone in any type of child molestation case through modern means, such as a collection of child pornography on someone’s computer, DNA left at the scene of molestation, security camera video, and so on.

None of this matters, because the “two witness” rule isn’t why they have such a huge problem with pedophilia in the religion.

Handling It Internally

police-badgeJehovah’s Witnesses also tend to handle the matter of child molestation internally rather than calling the police, because they believe that it’s not recommended that you “take your brother to court,” or involve any type of outside law enforcement, also based on scripture. Their belief is that they should be able to judge matters among themselves rather than rely on non-JW courts, juries, police, judges, and the like. They feel that they are more qualified to handle matters internally, since they see non-JWs as being already condemned to death (see this post), as being unrighteous and generally corrupt, without guidance from god, and the like.

This too is easy to argue, as police and investigators are trained in matters of child molestation, physical evidence, corroborating stories, and so on. Real detectives know what questions to ask alleged child abuse victims to get to the truth without leading them to certain answers, and know how to put them at ease so they get the entire story. Jehovah’s Witness elders have no training with psychology, criminology, behavior therapy, police procedures, and the like.

This isn’t why Jehovah’s Witnesses have such a huge problem with pedophilia, however.

Pedophilia as a Sin

Another problem that makes the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses a near safe haven for pedophiles is that they treat pedophilia as a sin, not as a crime. If you read this post, you’ll see where a letter from a local headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses spoke of a man fondling the breasts of his sleeping stepdaughter as a “minor uncleanness.” A letter regarding child sexual molestation and abuse, dated October 1, 2012, and sent to all elders worldwide, repeatedly referred to the matter as a sin. For example (bold added for emphasis):

“If the person is not repentant over the gross sin, disfellowshipping action would be warranted.”


Here child molesting is referred to as an “immoral” practice, not a horrific crime.

Treating this action as a sin rather than a perverse, damaging crime against children that scars them for life is why Jehovah’s Witnesses allow child molesters to remain in the religion, if they “repent” of their sin and say they’re “sorry.” This then gives molesters virtually unfettered access to other vulnerable children.

This isn’t, however, why there is such a problem with pedophilia in the religion.

The Real Reason

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses cover up pedophilia in their religion and refuse to report molesters to the police, and take such a soft stance toward this disgusting behavior in the religion? Why do they put the victims through the horrific process of this internal judicial process where their allegations are virtually ignored and where victims are often berated, dismissed, and even blamed for their abuse? It’s very simple, really. I can sum it up in three short words.

They don’t care.

They don’t care. They don’t care about how their policies affect children and about how it makes them feel silenced and dismissed. They don’t care that untrained and unqualified men mind-rape those children all over again by getting angry with them, accusing them, asking them obscenely detailed questions, and making them recount their abuse in front of their abusers. They don’t care.

The elders don’t care about those children either, I can guarantee it. In my thirty-some-odd years as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I never met an elder who cared about anyone in any capacity, with only two possible exceptions. I mean that sincerely; my mother was suicidal from her abusive marriage, and I remember the elders shouting at her that she needed to be “more submissive,” whatever that means. Other domestic violence victims were lectured in a similar way, and even when my mother was suicidal and in a mental hospital, the elders still lectured her and me, if they said anything at all. An 11-year-old girl trying to manage a household and take care of her little brother, and herself, and going through this situation again and again as her own mother repeatedly attempted suicide, and the elders said nothing other than to deliver harsh, shouting lectures. They didn’t care then, and they don’t care today.

If you don’t believe me, browse the videos of the elders that were questioned during the Australian Royal Commission, including the video of governing body member Geoffrey Jackson. I dare you to find one minute of real feeling for the victims from these men, in their testimony or in the notes they made about the incidents in question. The chairperson and lead counsel both showed more concern and empathy for the victims and how they were treated than the Witnesses. The elders, however, didn’t care. They don’t care.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also don’t care about what those on the outside of the religion tell them. As the inquiry showed, it never occurs to them to think about other children who might be victims of a molester, and one elder seemed confused and almost angry when the subject was mentioned to him:

It was brought out repeatedly how female victims felt very vulnerable and uncomfortable when having to face a panel of all-male elders without any support, and especially the support of women. That didn’t faze them in the least; investigations are conducted by elders, and elders are always men. Period. The opinions and recommendations of outsiders, experts who were so attuned to the feelings of the victims, meant nothing; they don’t care.

They don’t care.

If you don’t believe me, consider the words of Geoffrey Jackson during his testimony, in a discussion about why they don’t report child sexual abuse unless required by law.

“… if the Australian Government, in all the States, was to make mandatory reporting, it would make it so much easier for us.”

Think carefully about what he’s saying. If the government made some type of law that absolutely required them to report all cases of child abuse, then they wouldn’t need to grapple with the question of whether or not they should call the police and have such a person removed from society. If there was a law saying that the police should investigate, they could have the children put in the hands of professionals. They would do this if there was a law that would cause them trouble if they failed to report these incidents, but not because they care about these victims. Jehovah’s Witnesses will protect future victims and other children from molesters, but not because they care about those victims; they would do it only if there is a law in place, or a figurative gun pointing at their head.

This question of whether or not they should call the police on a child abuser, it won’t be solved by the thousands of victims they’ve created over the past several decades. They won’t change their policies and practices no matter how many children come forward and talk about being abandoned to their abuse, no, that won’t make them change. The damage to these children’s lives, the absolute decimating of their self-esteem, sense of security, mental and emotional health; that won’t cause them to change because that’s not what they care about. Having a law that could result in fines and imprisonment if they failed to act on it; that and only that will do the trick, because fines and jail they care about.

The victims; their lives, their pain, the damage done to them? They don’t care. They just don’t care.

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  1. This one of the best articles have read, it shows real deep knowledge of the subject. The reason that don’t care about the victims nor understand the nature of what child sexual abuse is, is spot on.

    I do have another reason though.

    If you go through their publications, you will see numerous bashing of other religious groups for their failures in child sexual cases. So many of such. While they were bashing others, the problems were internalize within their group.

    I believe the real problem was that if they reporte these cases to police, it would have made them look like hypocrite, people that face the same problem while blaming others of having same. It’s like failing to remove the straw in their eyes while trying to remove the rafter from another person’s eyes.

    I think that is the most important reason. Protection their reputation at all cost which invariably leads them to be unconcerned and uncaring about the victims.

    Someone said some days ago, if all the politicians were Jehovah’s Witnesses, we wouldn’t be hearing of corruption in government. Not tag corruption would no be there, but it will be covered up to give an apparent depth of cleanness

  2. The REAL reason is because the GB members are all Masons and must sacrifice children to Lucifer in many ways. The pedophiles are in the congregations for a reason. If the GB made it mandatory to report the pedophiles, then a large avenue for the GB’s sacrifices would be shut down. Its the same reason they won’t budge on the blood issue even though blood fractions have proven to be in breast milk and tetanus shots. They need to let children die a bloody death at least once a year for each of them. Listen to this broadcast, it explains so many things. If you’ve ever been a JW, your mouth will drop in amazement at how everything starts to make sense.

  3. I can only say that despite all the things they want to claim of how “good” the members of this cult want to say they are! In reality they are a bunch of hypocrites and I know that true GOD Yahuwah delivered me out of this horrible nightmare 15 years ago! Today I stand tall and firm knowing that this cult does not follow Yahuwah true word. They dont even call the true Messiah by his REAL name Yahushua! This disgusting cult has twisted ancient beliefs to comfort their own. For only one thing “control”. Stay vigilant and always call on the one true god by his real name it is important to understand the language! Psalms 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the YAH: we have blessed you out of the house of the YAH.

  4. “I can sum it up in three short words. They don’t care.”

    Well no shit they don’t care. Nobody who cares about someone allows bad things to happen to them. You built up this article like you were going to reveal something huge, and then you missed the mark entirely.

    The REAL reason they do nothing about pedophiles and discourage police involvement is because (and they have admitted this) they don’t want “Jehovah’s organization” to look bad. They want to set a pure and perfect example for the worldly people they’re trying to indoctrinate, and the only way to do that is to paint a picture of a flawless religion of truth, under the direct command of God Himself.” If they call the police on one of their own, then they have to admit that a crime has been committed in their congregation, and if a crime has been committed in their congregation, people will question God’s actual involvement that they frequently boast about.

    • I’m sorry you feel the article was building up to anything other than the truth behind their lack of actions, but your expectations are on you, not me. People have been picking apart the two-witness rule and elders’ involvement, or lack thereof, defending this, accusing that, etc. They can make all the rules they want or hide behind whatever they want, but if the bottom line is that if they don’t care about victims then nothing changes. They don’t care, despite all their claims of being a loving religion which builds strong families, and they need to have someone say it bluntly and publicly.

      • Well, on a second thought, I guess there is a point I your assessment. Because if they don’t care, they will not do what is best. They will rather be more interested in protecting their reputation

    • Very true. I read the article with anticipation that this most important reason will be mention, “not looking bad”

      Well, I guess everyone has their perspective.

  5. JW are one of many groups that has been joined by evil pedophiles. None of those were paid by JW, unlike other religions or TV companies or political groups.

    Your hatred of JW is because you hate their teachings, thats all.

    • Jacob, the issue here is not which organisations pedophiles join, nor that there are pedophiles within the JW religion. It’s how the leadership, from the elders all the way up to the Governing Body, themselves, handle such cases of child abuse.

      When you examine individual cases and collate all the data from each individual case, you see a pattern occurring of how JW leadership handle child abuse. You start to see a common thread that betrays a sad lack of care for the victims and an over-occupation with how it will be viewed from the outside, if it were to ever get out. Hence, the repeated cover-ups and attempted cover-ups.

      The Australian Royal Commission’s Hearing and their findings are particularly telling, in this regard. I especially found the testimony made by Governing Body member, Geoffrey Jackson, to be most disturbing, in this regard.

      Did you watch any of that Hearing, Jacob? Did you read the Commission’s final findings? The Hearing is available on YouTube. The transcript of the Hearing and their final findings are both available to download as PDF from the Australian Royal Commission’s own website.

      If you haven’t already done so, I sincerely encourage you to watch the Hearing on YouTube and download the findings from the Commission’s website.

  6. Spot on! They just don’t care from personal experience…the only way they will change is hit their hip pocket by making laws they can’t get around.

    • So true (they just don’t care) … and common in all “churches.” (I am a Christian and believe you should not forsake the assembling of yourself as set out in the NT book of Hebrews.) Having women as judges could be worse — they are particularly hard on their own gender (love beefy, sentimental guys who are over them “in the Lord”.) Leadership in churches habitually circle the wagon — it almost seems like corrupt characters are attracted to leadership positions.

  7. don’t hate me I’m not for anyone hurting, abusing, raping, anything to another person at all. I like the magazines and such for my own readings as it makes it easier for me to read the bible. I don’t take every single word to a totalitarian belief either. Many of this happens all over the world it isn’t just JW’s it’s every single religion, club, etc. Senates, Governors, Doctors they all encounter in sexual misconducts with minors, human trafficking, etc. It’s not religion It’s People. People are the reason for all the bad things happening. It’s why I don’t join anything involving religion etc.

  8. Even your mafia bosses has his “family” go out and commit atrocities while he sits in a restaurant eating salmon. These religious leaders have you go out and recruit not because of any biblical command jesus gave his disciples. That job wasn’t meant for everyone or there wouldn’t have been a need for the verses that say “many will come in my name saying I am he… not go after them”. They have you recruit because they would have no money, power or influence without the audience. If every single witness would walk out, where would that leave the gb? If we go with “god gave us free will” then that means to all of us, and as unfortunate as it is, some people take advantage. Bible writers wrote the bible to limit actions people took in a time when there were no police or forensic scientists and corrupt kings sat on thrones because blood lineage. Those who weld it today take advantage, Creflo Dollar with his $65,000,000 jet, elders in child molestation cases, pastors and gb members using money to fund their lifestyles, on and on and on.

  9. Your average everyday elder won’t care because he is an extension of the “governing body”, they all are really. Everyone in that place who doesn’t back off a bit and critically think about what’s going on at a “subdermal” level are merely pawns, cogs in a machine that lines the gb pockets with money, keeps them living in that lavish house, driving that luxury car while “making ends meet” has become so routine for the congregation. The gb has people focus so much on the “war” between what satan “wants” and want god “wants” because they know in the case of either they both are lines that won’t be crossed. Perfect hiding place.

  10. This issue on its own is enough to convince me that they are NOT the one true religion, as they claim; they do NOT have, “The Truth.”

    I was reading a news report, here in the UK, last week about and elder who, for TWENTY YEARS, had been able to get away with his perverse practice of strangling his victims, which gave him a sexual thrill. Even though elders knew about it, they just brushed it under the carpet, so to speak.

    The news report said how one of his victims had cried out, “Jehovah, please help me!” That prayer, clearly, was not answered! This sickens me! Are we to believe and accept that a, so-called Almighty, all-loving God will “deal with it” when He’s ready, “in His own due time,” and in the meantime, these victims have to just grin and bare it? Sickening, truly sickening!

  11. “… if the Australian Government, in all the States, was to make mandatory reporting, it would make it so much easier for us.” Of course, then they would fall back on the argument that “we must obey God as ruler rather than men.”

    • Exactly !
      I can imagine them reasoning like this:
      “What if the government asks us to do something that does not agree with Bible principles?”

      “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.”

      Theocratic Warfare too would come into it.

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