Jehovah’s Witness elder alleges order to destroy evidence in child sex abuse cases

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  • AndersonsInfo

    RNZ New Zealand

    Anusha Bradley, Investigative Reporter

    August 14, 2023

    A Jehovah Witness elder claims he was told to destroy confidential church documents, including those relating to child sexual abuse cases.

    The whistleblower, who RNZ has agreed not to name in order to protect his identity because he fears retribution, was an elder.

    On 9 March, 2021, he says he was asked by a superior to check all "judicial cases" in his congregation's confidential files for personal notes and destroy them.

    Judicial cases are church records relating to 'judicial committee' hearings, an internal process used to determine the punishment for 'wrongdoing', including child sexual abuse.

    The elder making the claim has since left the church.

    It is a criminal offence to destroy "potentially relevant information" to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, which the Jehovah's Witnesses are part of, since a moratorium was imposed in March 2019.

    The church "strongly deny" any suggestion of criminal offence and says it has "carefully followed" the commission's direction on preservation of records.


  • EasyPrompt

    "When an allegation of child abuse is made, church elders conduct a scriptual inquiry to determine guilt. According to its policies, drawn from the bible, there must be a confession from the perpetrator or at least two eyewitnesses to an incident.

    Once guilt is established, three elders hold a judicial committee with the sinner to decide if they are repentant. If they are, the person may remain in the congregation but have certain privileges revoked. If unrepentant they are likely to be 'disfellowshipped' or excommunicated and shunned."

    The JWborg makes this claim, but its policies are not drawn from the Bible. The Bible says shepherds should protect the sheep, even if there aren't any other "witnesses" to a wolf. You don't wait for witnesses to a wolf attack in order to rescue or comfort a bleeding sheep.

    The facts show that time and again it is the victims in organization who are shunned and disfellowshipped and not the abusers.

    The "church elders" among Jehovah's Witnesses follow the policies of some imperfect men at headquarters who are running a business organization without paying taxes.

    "In June, The Jehovah's Witness church filed legal action seeking exemption from the commission's investigations, arguing it does not assume responsibility for the care of children, young people or vulnerable people. A hearing is set for October."

    Of course they are seeking exemption. They are guilty and they don't want to be found out.

    Of course they don't care for children, young people, or vulnerable people. They aren't really "shepherds" for the flock.

    ""There are ongoing High Court proceedings regarding whether the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses falls within the scope of the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry," spokesman Tom Pecipajkovski said.

    "Although our position is that Jehovah's Witnesses do not fall within the scope of the New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, we have carefully followed the Inquiry's direction on preservation of records. Accordingly, we strongly deny any suggestion of any "criminal offence" in this connection.

    "Jehovah's Witnesses will continue to cooperate with the Inquiry if the Court decides they are in scope. In the meantime, we will not debate the issues in the court of public opinion.""

    The Bible says "let justice take place in the city gate."

    "The city gate" is in the open, where all eyes can see.

    The WTBT$ has tried to hide its "judicial hearings" all these years and sweep the "blood" under the rug. Jehovah knows how bloodguilty these guys are. He's making sure the rest of the world sees what He's about to do.

    The Nile River was the cause of death to many Israelite babies back in the days of the Pharoah. Jehovah had the Nile River plagued and turned to blood because of the bloodguilt of the Egyptian Pharoah and his cronies. Their false river god was powerless to stop that plague.

    The religious institutions are bloodguilty. Jehovah's Witnesses are included in that bloodguilt. The plagues of Revelation are symbolic and include the judgment upon JWborg. The bloodguilt of the WTBT$ will be completely exposed. The GB/FDS idols are powerless to stop this plague.

    Jehovah is the True God, and He will clear His name of reproach and take vengeance for all the little hurt sheep.

  • enoughisenough

    I remember hearing a video talk...convention? regular meeting? or broadcast?? I just don't recall. But the instruction was to be careful and destroy your notes . Anyway, plenty of proof the elder in this case was telling the truth.

  • AndersonsInfo
  • EasyPrompt

    @enoughisenough, was this the video?

    ...From a video posted in 2018: "Shawn Bartlett, records management overseer for the Watchtower, spends nearly an hour explaining the Witnesses' new record management policies."

    This old 2015 article talks about destroying records too...

  • EasyPrompt

    (Here is the entire video of the Watchtower "training" how to destroy records, 57 minutes, 29 seconds...)

  • enoughisenough

    EasyPrompt...that is the video that I had in mind

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    Yeah this is the one from about 2018ish. 5 years old, but it keeps giving,

    This kind of leaked video thing must drive the Borg nuts.

  • EasyPrompt

    I love how the "brother" says that Satan's coming after them with all the legal stuff...when it's actually Jehovah sending Jesus to take vengeance by means of the legal system!

    Romans 13:1-7

    These JWborg headquarters guys aren't paying taxes, they aren't honoring the judges, they are fleecing the flock and beating the sheep. They misrepresent Jehovah and hurt His kids. What did they think was going to happen?

    Ezekiel 34

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    This was talked about 5 years ago -ish on channels like ExJw Analyzer, TrueFaced, ExJw5th ,JW victims with Alexandria.

    These channels dont do videos anymore. Not taking anything away from the new channels.

    It shows there are always new channels picking-up the reigns.

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