AUSTRALIA | Media Article - Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to destroy confidential records

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  • jwleaks

    Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to destroy confidential records

    A letter obtained by INQ has shed light on the secretive methods the Jehovah's Witnesses are undertaking to erase the impact of child sexual abuse within the sect.

    by Georgia Wilkins Sept 10, 2019

    A body representing the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Australia has written to all elders of the group ordering them to destroy confidential records, including notes taken by elders investigating child sexual abuse, in an instruction that has enraged survivors of abuse inside the secretive Christian sect.

    In a letter obtained by INQ, dated August 28, a body called the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Australasia) instructs elders to destroy so-called judicial hearing records and certain congregation notes.

    “We ask that each elder check his personal computer, or hard copy files, and even his meeting bag, to ensure that no confidential correspondence is retained outside the congregation’s confidential file,” the letter states.

    It also directs elders to destroy information aired against so-called “wrongdoers”: “If this ‘wild talk’ is recorded in detail, it may not be accurately assessed when reviewed out of context,” it says. “If it is determined that some brief personal notes need to be taken during a hearing, they should be destroyed once a summation of the hearing has been prepared.”

    A spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses declined to answer questions. In a statement he said records relating to child abuse were “retained in harmony with all legal requirements”.

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  • blondie

    It shows how arrogant the WTS is thinking that anything could be kept secret from undercover PIMOs. And that they could hide anything from their god.

    Perhaps they are saying what the Jews said in Ezekiel while worshipping a false image in their god's temple:

    Jehovah has left the land, and he is not seeing.

  • LV101

    I would hope there are court orders/"legal requirements" against doing this. How can they skate around this. I haven't had time to read link yet.

  • JHK
  • The Fall Guy
    The Fall Guy

    By issuing this decree to destroy evidence, the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Australasia) should be regarded by the Australian authorities as having signed their own death warrant and be stripped of their charitable status. What more proof of corruption is required?

    The WTBTS has built its own gallows. Let them hang!

  • smiddy3

    No doubt appropriate authorities in Australasia and elsewhere have been informed of these instructions to the Body of Elders from Jehovah`s Witness H.Q. in America that possible incriminating evidence is to be destroyed .

    This fits right in with their "Theocratic Warfare Strategy" to withhold information from those that the Governing Body see`s as unfit to receive such information ,including Governments and law enforcing agencies that are under the control of the God of this system of things Satan the Devil.2Cor.4:4 ..."the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers"

    A Jehovah`s Witness doctrine .......

  • zeb

    this is also admitting to the situation of abuse as a widespread thing.

    Are they any closer to signing onto the NRS..?

  • zeb

    "it may not be accurately assessed when reviewed out of context" er is that in a court of law then?

  • objavitelj

    Are they ordered to destroy all records or only private notes? It seems to me that official records of child abuse cases should not be destroyed according to this letter and sfl instructions.

  • tiki
    Amazing the lengths that cult will go to to prtect their guilty arses. However given the capability level of those sitting in judgement I would anticipate much of their documentation significantly warped....

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