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  • abbagail

    Sexual Abuse & The Jehovah's Witness Faith

    2/14/2003 12:37:26 PM

    Another religious organization is under attack, facing lawsuits for silencing victims, and placing children at risk.

    This time it is not priests making headlines, but members of the Jehovah Witness Faith. Angelica Taylor from St. Louis says a member of her church robbed her of her childhood more than 20 years ago. She is speaking publicly now because she says she's been silent too long.

    She says she was silenced by a church elder to whom she went for help when she was 8. According to Taylor, the elder said, "This is what happened. It's over and done with. You can't change it. You just need to be more spiritual. You just need to get more involved in church."

    Taylor says the elder never investigated, called police, or offered to get her counseling.

    There are an estimated 12-thousand Jehovah's Witnesses in the metro area. Jehovah's Witnesses are Evangelical Christians best known for going door to door handing out literature. They do not celebrate birthdays, or Christmas. They also do not believe in blood transfusions, military service, or saluting the flag. In the world of Jehovah, anyone outside the church, is part of Satan's world.

    Bill Bowen, a former church elder from Kentucky said, "There was a cover-up and secrecy. It was a policy and practice of the religion to prevent not only the victim but also even members within the faith from knowing child molesters were in their midst."

    Bowen became disgusted with the church's handling of molestation cases and started a web page for victims, exposing what he says is a terrible evil. Bowen claims church headquarters in New York has a database containing the names of 23 thousand alleged pedophiles.

    Church spokespeople admit the database exists but would not confirm the number of names on it. J.R.Brown is a spokesperson for Jehovah's Witnesses. He said, "The total number is not significant. This database has been compiled over a period of 20 years. It contains not just a list of pedophiles but many persons who could be harmful along that line to our congregation."

    Brown says they don't turn the list over to police because some of the allegations aren't substantiated. Brown says its purpose is to enable them to keep track of persons who may be potentially harmful to the congregation.

    Church leaders say they do not influence, hamper or obstruct reporting of criminal matters. Brown stresses, "We would see the first responsibility of reporting is the parents. We do not see to interfere with that or direct them as to what to do."

    St. Louis Elder Patrick Collins invited us to his home and to a Bible study. He doesn't know Angelica Taylor but says in cases of child molestation there would need to be two or three witnesses or convincing evidence for action to be taken.

    Collins said, "In the Bible it does say let every matter be established by two or three witnesses. He said/she said circumstances is something we can't take any action."

    Angela says the two witness policy is something that needs to change. She said, "When someone comes and says we've been molested, pick up the phone and call police. Yeah, you may find you got pedophiles in your organization and you know what? It doesn't matter, its not going to destroy you."

    Fourteen women have filed suit against the Jehovah's Witnesses' home office. Bowen expects more than 100 additional suits to be filed this year.

    To find out more about Jehovah Witnesses go to the official website at

    To find out more about Bill Bowen and Silent Lambs go to [email protected]

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  • Utopian_Raindrops

    Thank-you for this Grits.

    I am saving everything possible on the sex abuse scandals.

    I know they are all true from my own experience.

    I dont know how children and women can take it anymore inside that organization and I say that with a heavy heart.

    I really loved that Religion and believed it Jehovahs Organization.

    What I know now is Our Grand Creator will put and end too the harmful practices of all those who abuse and allow abuse in his Name.

    Gotta luvz ya,


  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    Here's a link: Abuse & The Jehovah's Witness Faith

    Be sure to check out the video attached to KSDK-TV's page - it is a good 3 minute report. Maybe someone can capture it?

    A follow up story is slated for later tonight.

    Edited by - Nathan Natas on 14 February 2003 23:39:20

  • Golden Girl
    Golden Girl

    Well I am here in St Louis!..And the follow up story is tonight!..Friday night...And I am going to tape it in 5 minutes!!!!!!!!!I am so excited!!!...

    Snoozy....Be back later!

    Like I said before..half of that stuff wasn't mentioned last night..maybe tonight it will be!

  • BluesBrother
    Brown says they don't turn the list over to police because some of the allegations aren't substantiated. Brown says its purpose is to enable them to keep track of persons who may be potentially harmful to the congregation.

    I was aware of a list, because as elders we had been asked to report any such thing to the Bethel , but the criminal nature of the activity and the proper involvement of the Police just did not strike me at the time.

    Just what do they do with the list ? Bethel does not have a record of everybody's name and address. Bro John Molestor fades away from one congo and moves away. He turns up a few months later in a different place with a new address.

    Unless such ones have to supply evidence of past addresses and be referred and cleared by the Bethel before they can publish , what good can it do?

    Let me know if I am missing the obvious.

  • abbagail

    You're welcome UR! And BluesBrother, yes. Isn't it the job of the police to "substantiate" allegations of abuse... Here's an update on this news broadcast just received from [quote]From: "silentlambs" [email protected] Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 17:56:20 -0600 (snipped) There will also be a re airing of the ST Louis program on this Tuesday. In the program that aired on Thursday and Friday two minutes was cut out of the program. Those two minutes will be added back in on Tuesday so this will be a program no one has seen. The link to the program is: If you are in the St Louis viewing area we encourage you to record the program as it will be very timely with regard to future coverage. Thank you for your kind support for silentlambs as programs such as this would have never made it without your help. Regards, bill[/quote]

  • Trauma_Hound
    Trauma_Hound <--- Right click, and click save as, that's the direct file link, I just saved it, will encode it on my sight as well.

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