May I offer a couple of thoughts on Bill's letter, as an *observer*?
"it has been requested that I notify you of the following."
This is 3rd person reporting - Bill has been requested by another/others.
"The committee wishes to invite"
So Silentlambs has a committee... ?
If so, there may be those on the Committee who are elders/Jehovah's Witnesses in good standing/victims of abuse.
I suspect that this letter was written as a result of the WTBTS's press release handed out to the media on the day of the march. Re-reading that press release opening:
"We respect a person's right to free expression. In fact, as Jehovah's Witnesses, we live by that principle every day of our lives."
The press release then sets out the WTBTS procedure which it states that it follows:
"If an accusation of child molestation is made against a member of a congregation, the elders immediately work to assure the safety of the victim and of other children. Also, they make every effort to comply with the law. This includes complying with laws that mandate reporting the incident to the proper authorities. This is done even when a child is the only one to report the wrong conduct or when the elders received the allegation of molestation in confidence."
To my mind, the Committee is calling in the WTBTS's cards on this one - i.e. prove that you follow the procedure which you have just handed to the press.
The Silentlambs' letter continues:
" The committee wishes to invite any elder currently serving who would like to assist on this judicial hearing to contact William H. Bowen to confirm your attendance."
And this appears to be a request to any current serving elder to make a stand.
Just my two penn'orth!