Thank you aSphereisnotaCircle with you answer to Standfirm.
When all the victims from the Catholic church first came forward the one higher ups in the Catholic church said the same thing the WT the is saying. 'We do not really have a problem it is just a few bad priests, yad, yad, yad.
The Catholic's tried like the JW's are doing now in intimidating the victims to kept quit, and it worked for a long time how many more victims suffered because of this we will never know but finally more and more victims stood together and they broke it open finally. It took huge courage on the part of the victims.
Where I live one priest was raping children starting in the 50's, the church knew of it and kept pushing him around all of the 60's, 70's, 80's 90's it was not until the early 2000's that it finally truly came to light. By that time at least two victims died at their own hands because they could not stand their pain any longer.
Now the church says 'oph's we made a mistake.'
My elders have told me the same thing 'oh we made a mistake by allowing a level 3 sex offender to hold children sorry. We are just imperfect men forgive us." As I watch them patting the sex offender on the back saying they know Satan is testing them.
There is no room period for mistakes when it comes to children.
The problem with the religion of Jehovah's Witness they threaten DF'ing to the victims if they talk about their abuse. It might have happened in the Catholic church in the early part of the victims coming forward but there are just too many Catholic's who would still talk to the victim. In the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses to get DF'ed when you all ready feel worst then the lowest scum of the earth is beyond what most victims could ever handle without taking their lives. So they shut up and stop trying to fight when threatened with losing their family and what friends they feel they may have. That has to be what the men in Brooklyn and the elders are is hoping or why else do they threaten DF'ing. I have been threatened it myself by my elders, I have been told by two CO's and one DO to not talk about what I know to anyone and the brother I have spoken to at Bethel as implied it to me as well in so many words. Funny he just did not spit it out like my elders did.
The two witness rule is insane when it comes to child rape. Anyone with half a brain can see that. The Priest where I live raped more then 70 children that we know of. Even the Priest himself does not know how many he raped as there were just so many yet there were never two witness to any of his crimes. That was one reason that one of the men took his own life as he felt he was the only one and he was just so ashamed that he as a child let this Priest do that to him when he was 11 years old. If only he could have known he was not alone.
The Watchtower Society is doing even better then the Catholic church in trying to shut up the victims and it seem like they are working. This stupid two witness rule is truly working for them.
Llike I said I have been threatened with being DF'ed, I have been counseled over not hurting the feelings of the child molesters in the hall, that I need to work with them in field service and have them in my car that I bought and am paying for with gas from money I earned. I have been tricked into having them into my home for meals, going out to eat with them, etc. I have been told I have to listen to them give talks in the school because my going into the back school upsets the pedophiles just too much. The fact that I am a victim of child rape means nothing to the elders only the feelings of those that have raped children matter.
So you go Standfirm and stand on the side of this religion. I have lived it first hand and I know what they write and how things are down are too different things.