PRESS RELEASE, Colectivo #AbusosTJ
Barcelona, Nov. 24, 2016
Jehovah Witnesses and abuse. An aspect unknown in Spanish society.
Victims of alleged sexual abuse and other offenses speak out loud and clear.
The faith "Jehovah's Christian Witnesses" is relatively unknown to Spanish society, except for the typical home visits to talk about God or to hand out magazines and propaganda pamphlets about the cult they exhibit in the streets in more than one Spanish town.
A group of dozens of citizens, some of us who are still active in this faith, have united to give a voice to a situation totally anomalous in Spanish society.
Recently, various media sources have reported recent and older cases of child abuse, harassment, bullying, parallel justice and "asocial" attitudes tolerated by this faith.
Among these are:
Miguel Garcia, Badalona: sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, parallel justice.
Our group includes different people who have brought lawsuits and filed complaints before the Civil Guard, National Police and Mossos d’Esquadra. We will not remain silent; we want reparation and justice. We will continue to publicize more cases and help those who dare to speak out discreetly and respectfully.
This is not a war against Jehovah Witnesses. On the contrary, our struggle as a group is that, in 2016, anyone is free to believe, and by extension, also change their religious views and ideology without fear or coercion of any kind.
We will especially fight to change the methodology and child abuse in this faith. We do not understand why someone does not notify authorities when they know about a case of abuse. Our children's health and lives are in danger.
Finally, we will fight to ensure that there is only one legal system in Spain. In 2016, it is astonishing that "courts of honor" still exist where cases are tried weekly, along with other criminal offenses, with no guarantee of justice and are not reported to the authorities.
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