Stillin: When a victim reports to an elder that she has been
abused, this is not a rumor. This must be reported to the police. When a mother
or legal Gardian tells the elders that their kid has been abused, this is not rumor;
it must be reported to the police. And when an elder gives a shepherding call
to a family (JW or not) where he can see signs that the kids are abused (odd bruises
on the kid, house in filth, no food in the kitchen, these observations are not
rumors, they must report to the police. YET, JWs say that the elders will do
that ONLY if they are legally obligated to do so. The question I am raising
here is: Do they even consider that there is in fact one country or state where
they actually believe to be obligated to do so?
Shadow: Seriously, I don’t understand this. The official
position of the JW is that they will report it if they are obligated by the law
to do so. There is no need for them to go to a phone booth and do it
anonymously. Why? There are two possibilities that I can see here.
- The Bethel in fact told the brothers to stand by and do
nothing. The elders bravely acted on their own. Due to their fear of reprisal
by the Watchtower, they reported the pedophile anonymously.
- The country/state/province from where the elders called
the Bethel were not on the “obligated by law” list. However, the brother in the
legal department was being human that day and told the brothers they could not “officially”
report it and to do it anonymously.
I cannot imagine a third scenario in which the Bethel would
instruct the brothers to do this anonymously while it is in fact their official
public stand to do just that.