The JW comments to the Scottish Press available at the Silent Lambswebsite sounded very familliar! Looks like more outright lying!
"Jehovah's Witnesses further believe that it is the absolute right of the victim, his or her family or anyone else to report the matter to the authorities if they so choose. There are certainly no sanctions against any congregation member who reports an allegation of child abuse to the authorities." [Statement to the Scottish Press July 17, 2002]
"As regards the alleged involvement of children, the [WatchTower Bible and tract Society] submits that children cannot become members of the association but only participate, together with their parents, in the religious activities of the community. In respect of the refusal of blood transfusion, the applicant association submits that there are no religious sanctions for a Jehovah's Witness who chooses to accept blood transfusion and that, therefore, the fact that the religious doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses is against blood transfusion cannot amount to a threat to public health." [Sworn testimony submitted by the Society in evidence before the European Human Rights Commission July 3, 1997]
"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.
The society is being as cunning as ever. The word sanction has more than one meaning. One of the meanings is "to approve". If you read the above with that definition in mind, they are really saying that they will not give their approval for victims to go to the athorities, nor will they give their approval for those taking blood. They always use this word in these kinds of situations. I believe they use it because it can be taken whichever way that suits their interests, and can be used to decieve the public and athorities.