This morning, Jonathan Sanders, the lead investigator for the UK Charity Commission Inquiry regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses, sent out an update regarding their progress. I will post it in its entirety so you can note the information for yourself:
I am writing to ask for your help in progressing our inquiries into the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain.
As you may already know, our work is divided into two parts. One is an inquiry into the charity’s policy and practices on safeguarding children and adults who are vulnerable. The other is an investigation of complaints we have received about other issues, including the charity’s policy and practices on domestic abuse and shunning. The focus of both parts is how the trustees of the charity are discharging their duties and responsibilities under charity law.
We have made significant progress to date – with very great thanks to those of you who have sent us documents and who have shared their experiences with us, by email, by phone and more recently in person.
As a result of our inquires to date, we are however now trying to locate documents and to identify case studies of domestic abuse and shunning.
We are trying to locate copies of the following documents:
- Our Kingdom Ministry, February 1975, Question Box
- Our Kingdom Ministry, October 1976, Question Box
- Awake!, November 15, 1991, p 23
- Awake!, October 8, 1994, pp 22-24
- The Watchtower, March 15, 1996, p 18
If anyone can point us in the right direction (or if you even have a copy you would be able to email), that would be very much appreciated.
Case Studies of Domestic Abuse and Shunning
Many of you have contacted us to share your experiences of domestic abuse and shunning with us and we are very grateful to you for taking the time to do so. We would now like to identify people who would be prepared to allow us to further share their experiences with the trustees of Watch Tower. This is a big ask and we do recognise that it is not going to be right for everyone. If you would like to discuss in more detail, please do get in touch – we are very happy to answer any questions.
Home Office Consultation
You may be interested to know that the Home Office has just launched a consultation on potential changes to the law on safeguarding. If you would like to know more, please check out the following link:
And finally …
If you are in need of support, please don’t suffer in silence as there are lots of people and organisations out there who are there to help – we are very happy to put you in touch.
I have already put Christian Freedom of the Facebook group “Resources for Exposing Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses” on the hunt for the documentation requested; for others, however, note that Mr. Sanders is looking to speak to those who would share their story of domestic abuse and shunning. If you are in the UK and would be willing to speak to him about such cases, contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also note this post about the Charity Commission Inquiry overall, and I will update that page with this information above as quick as I can. Thank you!
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