Are Pedophiles Specifically Targetting JWs, as the Roman Catholic Church is targetted

by Band on the Run 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    Every day there is yet another post concerning people's fury and frustration with the loathsome two witness rule concerning pedophiles. Do others believe that pedophiles, organized through the Internet as to where they are the safest, become JWs b/c most other religions protect children? Or do some Witnesses just err b/c they are human and the WT has an unfortunate policy.

    The accusations against the Roman Catholic Church which led many RCs not to donate any money to their diocese but to turn to their own Catholic relief groups show pedophiles were encouraged and coddled. Any group that worships adult males would be a cushiony spot for a pedophile. Yet Presbuyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists also have pedophiles but in much smaller numbers. I seek out cultures and groups where I am welcome.

    What do people think?

  • ABibleStudent

    If I were a male pedophile, narcissist, and/or controlling, abusive, chauvinist pig, I would love being a JW. The WTBTS' doctrines are perfect for psychopaths and sociopaths to thrive!! All a person has to do is follow the rules, be an elder/MS, and make sure there are no witnesses except your victim. I still can’t believe that women let the male JWs dominate them considering that 60% of JWs are women.

    Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,


  • OnTheWayOut

    The problems with WTS are well documented by Barbara Anderson and others. WTS is not a pedophile haven like the RC priesthood argueably was, but it is a bit of a haven in other ways. It is not necessarily the elders who are the problem like the Catholic priests, but it is almost entirely men who are the problem. WTS is a Men's Club. Anything a child or a woman says against a man in the WTS is questioned. But that's normal almost anywhere. And certainly, serious accusations need to be questioned.

    But WTS questions some little girl as if she is ready to take down Watchtower itself without sufficient evidence. It's not about comforting the alledged victim when elders question them, it's about finding out how much people know and how much evidence there is and how they can make the whole problem disappear as quickly as possible. No elder is going to hold her hand as she bravely goes forward to the authorities. After being raked over the coals by the people she thought were supposed to be the shepherds who cared the most for her, it is doubtful that she would want to go to strangers outside of the congregation afterward.

    WTS rules to call "Mother" before anyone else, so that she can cover her ass legally, are the biggest of problems. This rule is not to make sure the victim gets the best emotional and psychological help or some kind of victim services if the abuser is a caretaker. This rule is not to make sure the elders do their best for all parties, alledged victims and alledged perpetrators. This rule is to minimize the number of people who know about the situation and to tell the elders what the minimum requirement is according to their local laws. I don't know about their current following of the law minimums, but in years past, WT lawyers told elders that a minimum requirement to report suspicions meant they could go to a payphone and call the authorities anonymously and simply report that there is an accusation against 'John Smith of Springfield, Illinois.' Imagine the difference if the elders first offered to go to the authorities with the victim, not saying the adult is guilty for sure, but just supporting her and knowing she needs care and understanding and professionally trained people.

    The two-witness rule has been explained very well by Barbara Anderson (and today by Life Is Too Short). The rules and guidelines help the pedophile to avoid trouble. If he only has one victim at a time and doesn't take on a second until he's sure they won't talk, then if some mistake is made, he can typically count on WTS to keep the authority involvement to a minimum if at all, and he can typically count on them to hush his victim.

    I am not saying anything new, but apparently these things need to be said.

  • Low-Key Lysmith
    Low-Key Lysmith

    Personally, I believe that any religion or organization which demonizes or criminalizes sex and which makes people feel powerless only serves to create sexual predation.

    In the case of the Catholic Church, insisting that priests refrain from sexual activity only serves to create monsters.

    In the case of JWs, not only do they make their followers feel completely powerless, they also criminalize sex and masturbation. Again, this creates predators.

    In many cases of sexual crimes, it is not as much a need for the predator to fulfill sexual desires as it is a need to feel powerful.

    You can't suppress the strongest of human natures and expect there to be no repercussions.

  • leavingwt

    All we know for sure is that WT's "two witness" rule is a recipe for disaster.

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