I am Going to Send The Following Press Release to UK Media. Please Help.

by cofty 38 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • cofty

    I will email this around UK Newspapers, even the ones I wouldn't be seen dead reading. I have aimed for succinct and non-sensational.

    Please feel free to use and abuse it if you want, the more emails they all get the more it may catch their attention.

    Your feedback please before I send it....

    The legal corporation that controls the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, has been ordered by a Californian court to pay $20 000 001 in punitive damages to a victim of child sexual abuse.

    The victim Candace Conti brought the action after the organisation refused to change its official policy of secrecy as to sexual abuse of children by congregation members. As a nine year old Candace was abused by Jehovah’s Witness Jonathan Kendrick on multiple occasions over a period of more than a year beginning in 1995. It was proven in court that Elders of the North Freemont Congregation received a confession from Kendrick in 1993 that he had molested his stepdaughter Andrea.

    Following official policy the Elders kept this confession secret and failed to alert the police or warn parents in the congregation that Kendrick posed a danger to their children. The policy forbidding local elders from taking appropriate action was laid down in a confidential letter from the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to all Bodies of Elders worldwide on July 1 1989. This policy remains in place.

    The jury found that “the negligent conduct of Watchtower that was a substantial factor in causing harm to Plaintiff Candace Conti was engaged in with malice.

    The 2002 Panorama documentary “Suffer the Little Children” exposed the potential size of this problem in the USA and the United Kingdom. This is the first time a victim of the Watchtower’s policy has refused to settle out of court and the favourable decision may lead to more claims.

    Court documents can be viewed at http://apps.alameda.courts.ca.gov/domainweb/html/index.html Click on the “Case Summary” link and enter case number HG11558324

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    Brilliant, I hope it hits the fan big.

  • slimboyfat

    It might be an idea to send it to Betsan Powys at the BBC in particular as she was involved in the Panorama programme.

    And Stephen Bates at the Guardian who wrote a story on the UN issue.

  • cofty

    Thanks SBF. I will try to find contact details for them.

  • 00DAD

    Great job. Let us know if it gets any traction!


  • MidwichCuckoo

    Looks good Cofty - which papers are you sending/have you sent to..?

  • tec

    It reads really well.

    In the second paragraph, someone who doesn't know the jw's might wonder what the 'secrecy' refers to at first. Keeping secret about Candace's abuse; or keeping it secret that Kendrick was a known abuser? But you explain it in the third paragraph so the point will get across. (could just be me, because I didn't understand that at first from everything I've been reading around the forum)

    In actuality, it is the same as what the catholic church did, right? Not turning the abuser over to the authorities... and... not warning vulnerable people about the danger the abuser poses to them or their children?



  • cofty

    I am just begining to collect contact details for all the UK national papers. Might aim at Religious Affairs correspondents.

    I thought about looking for Christian/Evangleical papers as well, it all gets the word out there.

  • MidwichCuckoo

    ....and as I've previously mentioned, all of us on Twitter could tweet. Need to construct something..?

  • cofty

    I agree. I think I once opened a Twitter account but its a dark art to me.

    I emailed my press release to the following. Let me know if I have missed anything.

    The Sun

    Daily Mail

    Guardian – Stephen Bates

    BBC Online

    Daily Express


    The Star

    The Mirror

    The People

    London Evening Standard

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