The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is holding a public hearing in the Child Protection in Religious Organisations and Settings investigation for the next two weeks.
The provisional timetable for the first week was released today: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/17795/view/2020-03-12-cpiros-public-hearing-week-one-timetable.pdf
Five witnesses will testify on the JW issue next Thursday, 19 March:
- PR-A5, a victim who "experienced sexual abuse over a number of years whilst [she was a young girl] within a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in England and Wales";
- Sarah Davies and Duncan Corbett, on behalf of Ex-JW Advocates Opposing Crimes Against Children, "a group of survivors of child sexual abuse, former elders and former member activits, within Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organisations in the UK", and Lloyd Evans;
- Paul Gillies, "the director of the Office of Public Information of the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses" (source, p. 51:7-9), on behalf of Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The hearing will take place from 10am to 4.15pm at the Inquiry’s hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London SE1 0BW.
Public hearings are streamed ‘live’ (subject to a three minute delay) on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel and website www.iicsa.org.uk/live. The transcripts will be available on the website a few hours after the end of each hearing day. Due to the coronavirus, the Inquiry is encouraging members of the press and public to watch the hearings online where possible, and please do not attend in person if you are feeling ill.