Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sex Abuse – A Brief Handbook for Attorneys

Filing a lawsuit against Jehovah’s Witnesses for cases of child sex abuse can be very difficult, as persons outside the religion may not understand their religious structure, policies, and practices that make Jehovah’s Witnesses culpable in cases of child sex assault within their church. To that end we have created, “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sex Abuse (Second Edition).”

From page 3, Purpose of This Handbook:

“This handbook has been created to help lawyers and other legal professionals better understand the challenges in dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses in litigating, addressing, and treating matters of child sexual abuse. Those outside of this religion who are unfamiliar with its beliefs and practices may find that information and resources for such litigation are scarce and/or difficult to understand. By using this handbook, we hope that those who are fighting for justice for the victims of child sex abuse within the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses can better prepare their cases, and better understand those abuse victims.”

Included in the handbook:

A Brief Overview of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Understanding the Judicial Process of Jehovah’s Witnesses
The “Two Witness Rule”
When the Accused Moves to a New Congregation
Pedophilia as a “Sin”
Lack of Reporting
Putting Known Pedophiles in Positions of Authority
Minors “Consenting” to Sexual Conduct With Adults

Also included in the handbook is the entire Submissions of Senior Counsel Assisting the Australian Royal Commission and the October 1, 2012, letter to all elders worldwide. This second edition includes the August 1, 2016, letter to all elders worldwide, both addressing the subject of child sex abuse in particular.

This handbook is in no way an exhaustive look at the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This handbook also does not explain a person’s legal rights if they are considering litigation against the religion. It is not meant as a legal guide or referral for victims. However, if you are a victim and are considering litigation against the religion, providing your attorney with this handbook can help to explain many of the procedures in place that may contribute to the culpability of the religion.

This handbook can also be used worldwide, as it does not concentrate on the laws in any one area but concentrates on the overall structure of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Providing your attorney with this handbook in no way ensures that you will be able to file a claim against the religion.

This handbook is copyrighted but is meant for free downloading and distribution. It will be updated and revised as necessary.

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To access the PDF download, click here:

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sex Abuse (Second Edition)


5 replies »

  1. P.S. Most attorneys know that people will lie or mislead on the witness stand if they can get away with it, will claim they can’t remember, etc., with or without a permission slip from their religion. If an attorney takes someone at their word and believes them over a mountain of evidence to the contrary, they’re not very good at their job. The evidence that can be proven in a case, not witness testimony which may or may not be credible, is usually most important.

  2. I thought about adding that but the only source I could find from WT literature was many years ago, with the note that they need to tell the truth when on the witness stand and having taken an oath to do that. Their wording also stressed their “enemies against the preaching work”, so it hints at government bans against the religion and not civil suits. It seemed inflammatory to include it especially the way Watchtower has it worded; they’re obviously very careful about what they’ve put in print about it. Adding something inflammatory that couldn’t be directly tied to litigation for child abuse suits might detract from the credibility of the rest of the information and I didn’t want to risk it.

  3. Just a note … WordPress can sometimes be a bit glitchy and I didn’t realize the comments section was turned off for this page. I’ve since enabled them. Sorry about that.

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