((((((((( Jesika ))))))))))
Almost a year ago, I had a similar conversation with my dad. I knew I got under his skin because I did as I was taught as a good JW (heh heh heh) and used an illustration. What if my 10 year old daughter (his eldest grand-daughter) came to him - in his capacity as an elder - and said "Grand-dad, Brother So-and-So touched me under my panties and told me not to tell anyone"? Back then, he gave me the old one raised eyebrow frown, as if to say You know better than to go THERE!, but he stuck to the two eyewitness rule, and said that if Brother So-and-So was confronted, he would have to tell the elders the truth - producing two eye witnesses to the confession. So I said, "Well what if he lies and says nothing happened? Are you going to put your own grand-daughter through a judicial committee and basically call her a liar?" He wouldn't answer me. He stomped away in a huff. It must have just dawned on him that elders are counting on people to be honest with them, and the possibility that a pedophile would deny any accusations probably never occurred to him.
He watched The Fifth Estate. His opinion now is that the WTS has a big problem on their hands. His opinion now is that the elders have no business dealing with cases like this. His opinion now is that elders should be directing "the flock" to go straight to the police.
It took almost a whole year, but he will no longer defend the WTS's two eye witness policy in cases of child sexual abuse.
There's always hope, Jes!!