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Reveal News Hosts a Conference About JWs and Child Sex Abuse; the World is Finally Noticing!

On April 26, 2017, in London, Reveal News hosted a conference regarding the problem of Jehovah’s Witnesses and child sex abuse. The conference was attended by a host of lawyers, journalists, and even law enforcement officials, as well as movie producers, activists, and victims of the policies of Jehovah’s Witnesses and child sex abuse.

Much information will be released over the next few days, but here are the photos that were sent to me as a teaser:

Joaquín Alvarado, CEO, The Center for Investigative Reporting, aka Reveal News, standing; reporter Trey Bundy, who has been instrumental in revealing (no pun intended) so many stories of abuse within the walls of the Watchtower, seated. The purpose of the conference was to shed light on the issues of child sexual abuse within the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses in particular.

 

Attorney Irwin Zalkin (U.S.), who has filed numerous cases against the Watchtower Corporation for their covering up and mishandling of child sexual abuse. Much respect to Mr. Zalkin and his entire firm for their hard work!

 

Trey Bundy of Reveal News introduces and interviews exJWs and abuse survivors Deborah McDaniel, Candace Conti, and Nick French.

 

A full panel of attorneys, discussing the problem of child sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. From left: Kathleen Hallisey (UK), James Counsell (UK), Lisa Flynn (Australia), and Irwin Zalkin (US); Joaquín Alvarado and Trey Bundy (standing) of Reveal News. Lisa is talking about the Australian Royal Commission statistics, Watchtower attitudes, and the opportunity for concealment charges.

 

Richard Fewkes, National Coordinator, Operation Hydrant (UK law enforcement). So amazing to see law enforcement taking an interest in how these cases are not handled properly in the religion and making themselves available to victims.

 

Laura Hoyano, Barrister, Associate Law Professor at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. Her presentation focused on shunning and the violation of human rights. This is a landmark study and information that is very vital for activists against this religion!

 

Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Ireland. He is delivering what I’m told is an impassioned plea to listen to children. Is the Watchtower listening to his plea?

 

Dr Guillem Sanchez, Journalist, El Periodico. He is noting how Spain needs more survivors to come forward to the media; ironically, I was just talking with my friend and activist partner Bo Juel about a case of child sex abuse in the religion involving a man from Norway who also faced charges of abuse in Spain. Read one report of that story here.

 

Pasquale Turbide, Senior Investigative Journalist, Radio-Canada. Absolutely amazing to see reporters there from all over the world, including ones from the BBC and elsewhere.

 

Many thanks to exJW activist Lara Kaput (left) who was present at the conference and sending me pics and updates. On the right is Kathleen Hallisey, an attorney from the UK very dedicated to bringing forward liability cases against the Watchtower. Activists Marc and Cora Latham were also present, as was Alex Uden from the UK Charity Commission, who are continuously moving forward with their own inquiry against the Watchtower (see this column for more info). Also on hand were the producers of the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.”

I’ll be adding more columns as information comes in, and links to videos once they are posted. In the meantime, visit the website for Reveal News here, and be sure to *share share share* their news stories about Jehovah’s Witnesses, as news agencies usually pursue stories that get the most reader interest. Many thanks to Reveal for this conference and for bringing together all these journalists, lawyers, and others, and especially to the victims who continue to make their voices heard and speak up against Watchtower abuses.

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