What will it cost JWs in Australia if the ARC recommends that all Au. “churches” contribute to a compulsory Victims Compensation Commission (for the want of a better name).
It looks as if every Au. “church” could be forced to contribute to the cost and upkeep of a VCC. The VCC would thereafter take control of the compensation of victims in all cases of institutional sex abuse in Au.
The VCC could be expected to have the power to award sexual abuse victims suitable monetary compensation and the cost of on-going therapy, where applicable.
The contributions of Au. “churches” to the VCC would need to cover VCC’s running costs, overheads, engagement of outside experts and victim compensation awards. I don’t know, but I expect abusers would continue to be dealt with by the existing legal system.
With an average of one case of JW child sex abuse a week being notified to the service desk at Bethel (most of which did not proceed beyond that point), is it possible to estimate:
What annual contribution to the operation of a VCC, might be set for Au’s 66,000 JWs?
Could this annual VCC contribution be covered by extra weekly donations by JW families?
If not, where will the extra money come from?
If legislation for a VCC is passed in Au. and proves successful, will other nations adopt this method of protecting the rights of victims of institutional sex abuse?
What might the global cost then be for the WT?