Sewell not 'defellowshipped'
The 39-year-old alleges Sewell still has not been “disfellowshipped” despite being jailed for 14 years last year. A Jehovah’s spokesman refused to deny this.
“Even if an abuser admits it, as long as they repent, they might not get any discipline at all,” Karen said.
“If they say, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again’ they are left alone and the congregation is never told.”
Guilty of eight sex offences
Sewell was found guilty of eight sex offences including a rape that left his adult victim pregnant and the sex abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
“In some cases an abuser might be disfellowshiped for three years but then brought back,” Karen said.
“But no-one is told why he was disfellowshipped.”
Church elder Mark Sewell, 53, was jailed for 14 years at Merthyr Crown Court for sexually abusing women worshippers
Sewell was once kicked out for drunkenness and a bad attitude. He was then welcomed back.
“Even though he has been found guilty of sex abuse he has still not been disfellowshipped,” Karen said.
“He is still a witness. I know he’s been writing to Jehovah’s Witnesses because I have been told.”
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“I have asked why he has not been disfellowshipped and they have not been able to give me an answer,” Karen, who was a member of the Barry congregation, said.
'It's a cult'
“The only answer I have had is ‘These things take time.’”
Karen was disfellowshipped as a teen because her boyfriend was not a Witness.
“I never went back and I am still disfellowshipped,” she said.
If she is in the street she is ignored by Witnesses.
“They won’t talk to me,” Karen said.
“But they are allowed to talk to him.
“That’s how stupid that rule is.”
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Karen said she asked the Barry Elders for a letter of apology for not believing her about Sewell. She has not had one.
Karen and another Jehovah’s sex attack victim are attempting to sue the institution for what happened. The religion has already paid out millions of dollars in the US after being swamped in scandals.
“All I ever wanted them to do was say sorry,” Karen said.
“Why don’t they just apologise? They are supposed to believe in the bible.”
When articles about her were shared on the internet she was dubbed “an apostate.”