You’ll find this article very long and very interesting. It was published as part of a series of articles in a quality newspaper in Southern Norway. As seen from the article, the journalists have been working on this article for several months. It is not sensational and the issue is looked upon from various angles.
The ElderAround the world, the Jehovah's Witnesses are faced with thousands of accusations that they are not doing enough to prevent child abuse. A Norwegian citizen and former Elder is sentenced to jail in Spain, having abused a four-year-old girl. The same man is said to also have abused children in Norway.
by Tarjei Leer-Salvesen and Connie Bentzrud
This is a translated version of an article that was first published in Norwegian language on April 13, 2018. https://www.fvn.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/1kXEkq/Den-eldste
Spain, November 2014:
In the small and inviting town Altea, slightly north of Alicante, an 84-year-old Norwegian man lives with his wife. He has been married twice earlier, but now he has settled. At Costa Blanca, the White Coast, the man lives in company with many Norwegians, most of them pensioners.
A number of his friends are members of the Scandinavian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Altea.
In his congregation, he has a high status. He is an Elder. This means he is a man who speaks at meetings, one whom the others listen to, one who counsels others who share his faith. He is among those who maintain contact with the hierarchy in the organization surrounding their congregation. He is one the others look up to. Being an Elder is a privilege.