Barbara Anderson is campaigning against the Watchtower’s (Jehovah’s Witnesses) child abuse reporting policies. She explains how this is administered and why it violates most criminal reporting laws.
The UK Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales has opened Statutory inquiries opened into Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain (registered charity number 1077961), and one of the congregations, Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (registered charity number 1065201).
The regulator opened a case into the charity in July 2013 to examine concerns about the trustees’ approach to dealing with safeguarding matters and discuss the scope of the trustees’ duties and responsibilities under charity law in connection with safeguarding issues.
The Commission’s concerns have been amplified by recent criminal cases concerning historic incidents of abuse involving individuals who appear to have been connected to Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations and/or the charity.
The Commission has serious concerns about Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, having most recently opened a case into it in December 2013.
Probe after convicted pedophile allowed to quiz victims at Jehovah’s Witness meetings
Three women who complained that Jehovah’s Witness elder Jonathan Rose, 40, had molested them as children were grilled by him about their ordeals after his release from jail. When they asked for him to be barred they were told they would have to recount their ordeal before elders. Rose was then allowed to ask the women about the abuse he was jailed for.
“The Commission’s concerns have been amplified by recent criminal cases concerning historic incidents of abuse involving individuals who appear to have been connected to Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations and/or the charity.”
Jehovah’s Witness elder jailed for raping a fellow worshiper and sexually abusing vulnerable schoolgirls
A depraved Jehovah’s Witness church elder who raped a fellow worshiper and abused vulnerable schoolgirls was today jailed for 14 years.
Husband and ex-wife jailed over series of historic sex offenses
William Abbott, a practicing Jehovah’s Witness at the time, subjected one young girl to a bizarre “rape test”.
Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse victims call for organization to be held accountable
Karen Morgan wants the governing body of the Jehovah’s Witness organization to be held accountable for the abuse she suffered as a child.
The trustees of each of the charities have indicated to the Commission that they intend to challenge the regulator’s decisions to open the statutory inquiries in the First-tier Tribunal (Charity).
Jehovah’s Witnesses, and judicial review being a last resort
(o.t.a WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY OF BRITAIN) v CHARITY COMMISSION, 12 December 2014, Dove J,)
Dove J decided that the Court had no jurisdiction to seek judicial review of the Charity Commission’s decision to launch an inquiry and make a production order concerning the Jehovah’s Witnesses charity because the Charities Act 2011 provided for appropriate statutory remedies that the charity should pursue first.
A scandal the Governing Body wanted no one, from members, to the media, to be made aware of.Continue reading →
WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF BRITAIN Appellant and THE CHARITY COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND AND WALES Respondent TRIBUNAL: JUDGE ALISON MCKENNA Sitting in Chambers on 3 March 2015 RULING ON EXTENSION OF TIME APPLICATIONContinue reading →
Jehovah’s Witnesses charity’s attempt to delay inquiry led to ‘ongoing risks’ to children, says judge
10 Mar 2015; A judge has ruled not to allow a Jehovah’s Witnesses charity more time to appeal against a Charity Commission statutory inquiry. At a tribunal last week, judge Alison McKenna said the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain, had caused prolonged delays to the regulator’s investigation leading to “ongoing risks” to children. – McKenna said: “it seems to me that the continuation of the court proceedings was [the charity’s] main priority at that time… I also conclude that there was not a good explanation for it”.Continue reading →
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Massive Sell off of Kingdom halls to Begin in Spain;
November 8, 2014
Links to Letters to Congregations informing of the Selling of Kingdom halls in Spain.
A LANDOWNER has agreed “unconditionally” to sell her rundown car breakers’ yard to Jehovah’s Witnesses for their new UK headquarters, it emerged this week.
The International Bible Students Association (IBSA) paid a deposit, agreed a final price and swapped contracts with Charmaine Small this month for Temple Farm in Ship Road, West Hanningfield.Continue reading →
(Translated)28 augusti 2014: Jehovah’s Witnesses have fled from their Swedish headquarters coincides with a long battle against the Swedish authorities if the right not to pay taxes. For this purpose, the organization uses Templar, as ordinary members do not know, but that is worldwide and fight the courts around the globe.Continue reading →
Murfreesboro mom sentenced to 40 years for raping own children
6 May 2015 …A mother accused of raping her own children will be behind bars until she’s at least 90 years old…..Continue reading →
California court guts child abuse ruling against Jehovah’s Witnesses
14 April 2015 …Now, three years later, an appeals court has eroded her courtroom victory even further by ruling that the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had no duty to warn congregants that a confessed child molester was one of their own. As a result, judges eliminated the punitive damages in the case. Conti still stands to receive $2.8 million….Continue reading →
CANDACE CONTI vs WATCHTOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, INC. – Appeal Decision
13 April 2015 …The judgment against defendants on the negligence count is affirmed. The judgment against Watchtower on the cause of action for punitive damages is reversed with directions to enter judgment for Watchtower on punitive damages….Continue reading →
Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse case in feds’ hands
2 April 2015 …The plaintiffs are seeking $10.5 million in civil damages from the North Hillsboro congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New YorkContinue reading →
Judge partially grants, partially denies Jehovah’s Witnesses’ motion to dismiss
30 March 2015 …BELLOWS FALLS >> The attorney representing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the New York-based headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witness faith in a case of alleged sexual abuse said.Continue reading →
Married Jehovah’s Witness, 36, who had sex with boy
23 March 2015 …Mother-of-two Kelly Richards admitted having sex with the 15-year-old during a three-month affair but was spared prison by a judge yesterday.Continue reading →
Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims
14 February 2015 …Jehovah’s Witnesses – one of the world’s most insular religions – for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations.Continue reading →