September 1, 2017 BOE Re: Protecting Minors From Abuse?
berrygerry - the discussion is regarding the situation when someone is over the age of consent, but under the age of majority (ie, they are still a minor, as per the title of this thread).
you also need to divide the secular from the 'spiritual' - there are other situations of child sexual abuse where the secular court finds the alleged perpetrator 'not guilty', but the 'spiritual' congregation finds them 'guilty' and disfellowships them.
I still can't understand why certain elders who clearly know better STAY in the Watchtower Org. They are kidding themselves if they say they can do more good being in the hierarchy.
Elders and people in position should get out of the religion. It may take time but it is so hypocritical to remain in privileged positions and comment about how the Organization is doing better. How can you do that in good conscience?
sir82 - "...A step, however tiny, in the right direction, at least."
As far as I'm concerned, this is just the Legal System sternly staring the Org down...
...and the Org blinking.
Nevertheless, I still think that they'll (unofficially) "discourage" reporting, by suggesting to parents and victims that if they do, they're selling out "God's Org" to "Satan's World".
From their POV, they can't afford not to...
...the more allegations are reported to the secular authorities, the fewer "qualified (and willing) brothers" will be available to administer the Org's needs at the congregation level.
And the Org can't keep functioning like that.
Every one knows that "voting " is a personal matter too, right?? What they say in writing and what they tell you in person can be to very different things.
I noticed the English language letter originated from the Australian branch. Was the same letter sent within the US?? With the same date? Just curious.