Jehovah’s Witness rape victims claim abuse was covered up because it would bring shame on the religion

Jehovah’s Witness rape victims claim abuse was covered up because it would bring shame on the religion

CHILDREN who were raped and abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses were told by church elders not to report it because it would shame the religion, it is claimed.

Victims from across Britain have told the BBC how they were routinely abused – but it was hushed up by the secretive organisation.

Child abuse lawyer Kathleen Hallisey believes there could be thousands of victims across the country who have not come forward because of the “two witness” rule. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses Owe $2 Million for Hiding Info on Child Sex Abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses Owe $2 Million for Hiding Info on Child Sex Abuse

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been refusing to hand over internal documents related to child sex assault in a court case in California, and it’s costing the church $4,000 per day. So far their secrecy means they owe $2 million, according to a new report by Reveal.

The ruling stems from a case in San Diego, where Osbaldo Padron sued the Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to warn congregants that a child abuser was in their midst.

Padron, a former Jehovah’s Witness, was sexually abused as a child by an adult member of his congregation named Gonzalo Campos. Campos confessed to sexually abusing seven children. 

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Jacksonville homeowners: Thieves posed as Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jacksonville homeowners: Thieves posed as Jehovah’s Witnesses

Oceanway neighbors tell Action News Jax that thieves have been posing as Jehovah’s Witnesses and breaking into their homes.

The victims said it’s all an act to scope out your property — only to come back and steal from you.

Cedar Bay Road is a quiet, spread-out community. One of its residents, Ronald Gerdick, said several burglars recently hit his guest house.

“[They] drive down the driveway and if someone comes out, they hand them a flier [saying] ‘We are  Jehovah’s Witnesses’,” Gerdick said. “And if no one is there, then I guess they continue with their break-ins.”  Continue reading →

Knifeman admits Devon Jehovah’s Witness hall killing

Knifeman admits Devon Jehovah’s Witness hall killing

A man has admitted killing an electrician who was stabbed to death as he worked at a Jehovah’s Witness hall.

Keith Beviss pleaded guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He killed 55-year-old Philip Ryan, who was a Jehovah’s Witness who was working on the Kingdom Hall in Dowell Street, Honiton, when he was attacked on Tuesday June 6.

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Jehovah Witness woman in Quebec freely chose not to have transfusion and paid with her life

Jehovah Witness woman in Quebec freely chose not to have transfusion and paid with her life

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that blood transfusions are forbidden by the Bible. Another Quebec woman of the same persuasion, 46-year-old Mirlande Cadet, died a few days earlier, on October 3, after complications in childbirth.

After studying the medical records, the coroner was convinced on Dupuis’s determination. She had said on five separate occasions that she did not want a transfusion. In studying her medical records, Malouin found five occasions when Dupuis told doctors she did not want a transfusion. “Refusal of transfusion even if death is the result,” one note said on the evening after she gave birth to her son Liam. After she was no longer able to give consent, her relatives, also Jehovah’s Witnesses, supported her decision. Continue reading →

Quebec Coroner slammed by former witness

Quebec Coroner slammed by former witness

Eloise Dupuis and Mirlande Cadet were not capable of making an informed decision.
Years of intense indoctrination, attending five or more meetings a week, coupled with undue influence, brainwashing and coercion, robs a Jehovah witness of free choice. Also, the information in the publications used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to educate their members is often false, misleading and hinders an informed refusal. Continue reading →

Refusal of blood transfusions key to deaths of 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses

Refusal of blood transfusions key to deaths of 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses

A Quebec coroner has found that the refusal of blood transfusions played a key role in the deaths of two Jehovah’s Witnesses who died of childbirth complications last year.

Dr. Luc Malouin looked into the deaths of Mirlande Cadet, 46, and Éloïse Dupuis, 26, after they died in separate incidents at hospitals in Montreal and Quebec City.

Blood transfusions are forbidden under Jehovah’s Witness doctrine, which holds that the Old and New Testaments command them to abstain from blood. Quebec law upholds the right of adult Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse blood as long as their decision is considered “free” and “informed.” Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ withheld info will cost them

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ withheld info will cost them

Appellate court lets stand prior ruling that penalizes at rate of $4000 daily

The clock is ticking for Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters to turn over documents detailing sexual abuse of children by kingdom elders. For each day they do not, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organizational body, will be forced to pay $4000.Continue reading →

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses crashed church meetings to warn members of the abuse their religion covers up

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses crashed church meetings to warn members of the abuse their religion covers up

multiple ex-Witnesses have taken a stand at Kingdom Halls (the religion’s churches) to inform people in their former communities about the ways in which the church’s powerful Watchtower Society silences people who’ve been abused and fails to punish their abusers. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses double down on Scripture used to ignore abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses double down on Scripture used to ignore abuse

What should Jehovah’s Witnesses do if they think someone they know has sexually abused a child, but no one was there to see it?

Nothing.

So say leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who instruct elders not to take action against a member of the religion accused of child sexual abuse without a confession or at least two witnesses to the crime.Continue reading →

Married Jehovah’s Witness is caught stripping in a stranger’s living room

Married Jehovah’s Witness is caught stripping in a stranger’s living room

A woman who was worried her Jehovah’s Witness husband was cheating set him up and then watched in horror as he was seduced after knocking on someone’s door.

The honeytrap was laid for the suspicious wife with the help of YouTubers To Catch a Cheater.

They arranged for an actress to wait at one of the houses on the husband’s outreach round and try to seduce him. 

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Religious ‘fanatic’ in court charged with attempted murder over alleged throat slashing

Religious ‘fanatic’ in court charged with attempted murder over alleged throat slashing

Joshua Benjamin Guy, 31, unemployed from Bardon, claims he is not a risk to the public and has told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that he will go to “anger management group” in Teneriffe if released.

Guy is alleged to have sliced Toowong man Benjamin Jessop’s throat on May 27, 2014 after quizzing the Jehovah’s Witness about whether the bible says that Satan will “burn in hell”. Continue reading →

Suspicious wife watches in horror as Jehovah’s Witness husband strips off in stranger’s living room after setting honeytrap

Suspicious wife watches in horror as Jehovah’s Witness husband strips off in stranger’s living room after setting honeytrap

A suspicious wife who was worried that her husband was cheating set a honeytrap then watched on as he stripped off in a stranger’s living room.

The wife had turned to YouTube channel To Catch a Cheater after she suspected that her Jehovah’s Witness husband may have been unfaithful.

Host Luis Mercado explained that as the woman, who was not named, helped set her husband’s schedule they had laid a honeytrap using an actress to try and seduce him. Continue reading →

The battle over Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

The battle over Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

Last April, Russia’s Supreme Court banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, which came as a blow to the freedom of religion. How the European Court of Human Rights rules on the many cases against Russia, will reveal much about the future of the Court’s influence and the rule of law in the country. Continue reading →

UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness

UN demands Tajikistan free detained Jehovah’s Witness

A United Nations committee is calling for the immediate release of an 18-year-old Jehovah’s Witness the panel says is being unlawfully detained in Tajikistan because of his faith.

The U.N.’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention says Daniil Islamov is imprisoned in Tajikistan for conscientiously objecting to the country’s mandatory military service. Though Jehovah’s Witnesses pay taxes, Islamov’s faith precludes him from reciting patriotic pledges, singing nationalistic songs or joining the military. Continue reading →

Florida firm to convert Jehovah’s Witnesses building into luxury senior housing

Florida firm to convert Jehovah’s Witnesses building into luxury senior housing

Florida private equity firm Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors has just acquired a residential property owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Kayne, which invests in off-campus student housing and medical facilities, bought 21 Clark Street, a 16-story building located at in Brooklyn Heights. The firm plans to convert the 310,000 property, which was used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a residence for its members, into a luxury senior housing facility. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses sued in Canada for history of sex abuse cover-up

Jehovah’s Witnesses sued in Canada for history of sex abuse cover-up

Current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada have filed a $66 million class-action lawsuit against the religion’s leadership claiming that its policies protect members who sexually abuse children.

The suit was filed in Ontario on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse across Canada, where more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses reside.

“It appears the organization has not established policies to prevent sexual abuse from happening and has faulty policies when sexual abuse is reported to it, at the hands of elders or otherwise,” said Bryan McPhadden, the lead attorney on the case.

McPhadden said that since filing the suit he’s fielded calls from dozens of alleged victims interested in joining. Continue reading →

Georgia’s South Ossetia labels Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization

Georgia’s South Ossetia labels Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization

Democracy and Freedom Watch reports that the court has also banned the religious group from partaking in any activities.

This ruling is based on the General Prosecutor of South Ossetia, Uruzmag Djagaev’s claim that “extremist ideas and extremist literature” are distributed and promoted at the group’s meetings.

The claim was as a result of reports to the General Prosecutor’s Office that led to searches and seizures of religious literature from Jehovah’s Witnesses. An official claim was filed in July. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion during major operation

Jehovah’s Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion during major operation

A Jehovah’s Witness lost her life after she refused a blood transfusion during a major hip operation due to her religious beliefs.

Barbara Mortimer, 69, went against doctors’ advice and sadly died on May 24, 2017, shortly after a hip replacement. Continue reading →