Jehovah’s Witness Faces 10-Year Sentence

Jehovah’s Witness Faces 10-Year Sentence

On April 3, 2018, a criminal court in Orel is slated to begin the trial of Dennis Christensen, a 46-year old Danish citizen who has been in pretrial custody for nearly 11 months. If convicted on charges of organizing activities of an “extremist organization,” he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities charged Christensen with “organizing activities of a religious organization that has been declared extremist.” The charge sheet, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, states that he was “actively involved in organizational work aimed at continuing the unlawful activities of the [banned Orel Jehovah’s Witness organization].” Continue reading →

Final Four crowds attracting Jehovah’s Witnesses

Final Four crowds attracting Jehovah’s Witnesses

If you’re downtown during the Final Four games, chances are you may run into a Jehovah’s Witness, a member of an international Christian organization known for sharing, or witnessing, their beliefs in public, usually by way of literature. As many as 3,900 of them will be at 110 “literature stations” placed throughout the downtown area during a two-week project called San Antonio Public Witnessing.

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8 Times The Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Wrong About The End Of The World

8 Times The Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Wrong About The End Of The World

One of the topics I love to discuss with a fresh set of Witnesses on my stoop is predictions. I love to ask them what they think of the many end-of-the-world predictions made by the Watch Tower Society. How am I to take the promise of God’s Kingdom here on Earth seriously, if all the other promises made by the Witnesses have failed? Do they know just how many predictions there have been that have not come true?

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MPs demand action over Jehovah’s Witness abuse allegations

MPs demand action over Jehovah’s Witness abuse allegations

MPs are demanding government action after more than 100 people contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah’s Witness communities in the UK.

“I am extremely concerned, but not surprised, by the allegations of child abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness movement. Whenever there is a closed society with an inherent power imbalance, the potential for abuse is there,” said the Labour MP Sarah Champion. Continue reading →

Dozens of Alleged Victims Share Stories of Abuse Within the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dozens of Alleged Victims Share Stories of Abuse Within the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The problem isn’t just that the Watchtower Society (which oversees the JWs) didn’t stop the abuse; it’s that they didn’t do enough even after the problems were brought to their attention.

That’s, in part, due to their own awful policies, like the “Two-Witness rule,” which says church elders shouldn’t take a victim’s account of abuse seriously unless another person witnessed it… even though the only other person around may have been the abuser himself.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims

More than 100 people have contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah’s Witness communities across the UK.

Former and current members, including 41 alleged victims of child sexual abuse, described a culture of cover-ups and lies, with senior members of the organization, known as elders, discouraging victims from coming forward for fear of bringing “reproach on Jehovah” and being exiled from the congregation and their families.

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A cautionary tale of state interference

A cautionary tale of state interference

It was widely reported at the time that the King family are Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are known to refuse blood transfusions. But this was not like a transfusion at all. They were seeking what they thought was a better treatment for their child. This is a crucial distinction. In the end, the family have been vindicated.

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Jehovah’s Witness files of Abuse remain secret after court settlements

Jehovah’s Witness files of Abuse remain secret after court settlements

For years, two court cases in San Diego have offered the possibility that the full scope of the Jehovah’s Witnesses child sex abuse cover-up would be revealed.

The window for that tantalizing opportunity has slammed shut. For now.

After years of litigation, two men who claim to have been sexually abused as children by a Jehovah’s Witness in San Diego have settled their cases against the religion’s parent corporation, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.Continue reading →

Community shows support after Jehovah’s Witnesses Hall arsons

Community shows Christian Support after Jehovah’s Witnesses Hall Arsons

Interfaith Works, an umbrella organization of diverse faith communities in Thurston County, said it began responding and talking about the incident right away.

“There’s a great deal of concern and empathy for the community that was targeted,” said Interfaith Works Executive Director Daniel Kadden.

On Facebook, they posted a message of support and they say they hope to send a more personal response to the Kingdom Halls soon.Continue reading →

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Weeks after a former Jehovah’s Witness killed her husband and two grown children before turning the gun on herself, allegedly because she snapped after being shunned by her family as a result of leaving the faith, the media is putting a bigger spotlight on the practice of disfellowshipping.
Essentially, if you were a Witness who left for whatever reason, believers are told to shun you until you return. That means your parents may refuse to speak with you — or even see their grandchildren — unless you admit you’re wrong. It’s emotionally draining. And in some cases, it’s even worse. Many are driven to suicide.

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning: ‘My mother treats me like I’m dead’

“Jehovah’s Witness kids grow up knowing that if they ever mess up, their parents will leave them — and that’s scary,” Sawyer, now 38, said in a recent interview from her home in Pascagoula, Miss. “The shunning is supposed to make us miss them so much that we’ll come back. … It didn’t work.”

Shunning “can lead to great trauma among people because the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a very tight-knit community,” said Mathew Schmalz, a religious studies associate professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry

Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been ‘a considerable number’ of complaints against the group

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from abuse, said it is considering whether to open a separate inquiry after receiving a “considerable number” of reports about the religious group.

It is believed both MPs and members of the public have come forward to raise concerns about the sect and, while the inquiry team has so far refused to give an exact number, one solicitor representing abuse victims told The Guardian she believed it ran to thousands. Continue reading →

Woman with bum implants says she can’t sit down because it’s ‘too painful’

Woman with bum implants says she can’t sit down because it’s ‘too painful’

Star said that growing up as a Jehovahs Witness shut her away from a lot of things as a child and that this decision came from never being happy with the way she looked.

Star is now attending therapy due to the stress and anxiety brought on by the implants.Continue reading →

Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Updated | Independent investigators in the United Kingdom are weighing whether to launch a new investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. after receiving a “considerable number” of abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, or IICSA, a government-sanctioned investigative panel in England and Wales, told Newsweek that it had gotten a “considerable number” of reports from both the public and elected officials about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. A spokesperson told the newspaper the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses–specific investigation carefully.”Continue reading →

Have you experienced abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness UK?

Have you experienced abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness UK?

The Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse has said that it will consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witness specific investigation following concerns about child abuse in the organisation.

In a statement provided to the Guardian, a spokesperson said: “The inquiry has received correspondence from the public and MPs raising their concerns about child sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses organisations. At present the inquiry is delivering its existing programme and is not currently launching any new investigations. However, as our work progresses, we will consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses specific investigation carefully.”

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We want to investigate sexual abuse and other forms of abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses UK. You can share your stories with us via the form below and we will use it in our reporting.

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Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Independent investigators in the United Kingdom are weighing whether to launch a new investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. after receiving a “considerable number” of abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, or IICSA, a government-sanctioned investigative panel in England and Wales, told The Guardian that it had gotten a “considerable number” of reports from both the public and elected officials about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. A spokesperson told the newspaper the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses–specific investigation carefully.”  Continue reading →

Two men who claim they were sexually abused by a Jehovah’s Witness leader in San Diego settle their suits against the church’s governing body

Two men who claim they were sexually abused by a Jehovah’s Witness leader in San Diego settle their suits against the church’s governing body

Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s have settled lawsuits against the church’s governing body.

Both sides say the settlements, which were finalized last week, cannot be discussed.

A New York state appeals court in November upheld a $4,000-a-day penalty against Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for failing to comply with a court order to hand over internal documents about knowledge of church leaders who had been accused of sexually abusing children. Continue reading →

Saskatoon doula pleads guilty to unlawful practice of midwifery

Saskatoon doula pleads guilty to unlawful practice of midwifery

After advising Watier to take a herbal tincture and use a birthing stool, with still no improvement, Kusch suggested Watier go to a hospital on the third day of her labour. Watier had a C-section and started to hemorrhage.

As a Jehovah’s Witness, Watier refused to have a blood transfusion and had to depend on a blood salvage procedure. She indicated in her statement that there was a likelihood she or her baby could have died due to the blood loss and her inability to accept a transfusion because of her faith.

Rock said there was no evidence presented that linked the medical procedure to what happened during the woman’s labour.Continue reading →

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