But I don't think it's been proven that sex abuse automatically begets sex abuse.
If it has been proven, then I'm in big trouble.
If I were an alcoholic, I would be far more inclined to "join" a bar where the liquor is free and/or there is easy access to as much as I want than a bar where the alcohol was monitored (e.g., 2 drink limit).
Personally I believe that offenders do not join Jehovah's Witnesses simply to attack children. However, research does show that there have been markedly more pedophiles (who later were caught) who work around children, such as Little League baseball coach, day care worker, Boy Scout volunteer, etc. Which only makes sense, in that if you are attracted to the idea of sex with children then it follows you will seek out avenues where you have access to children with little or no monitoring.
Jehovah's Witnesses, as currently structured, certainly fit that bill. In my wife's old congregation, an offender was caught, convicted and sent to prison for molesting a little 4 year old girl in the congregation. When he was released a year later, a "special needs" talk on forgiveness was given and all in the congregation were encouraged to welcome this thing back as if nothing had happened. A few weeks later, someone got together a roller skating party for the kids in the hall. This convicted child molestor was there with all the children. MY children were at this event. Why was he there? He had no children of his own, and yet everyone seemed quite comfortable with this monster playing and skating with their children.
This thread is almost a chicken or the egg question, as I don't know what starts it off. Is the offender there first, or does the open door policy create the atmosphere? Maybe it's a little of both. But I don't think there is any question that Jehovah's Witnesses, by their actions, actually create conditions where pedophilia is more likely to grow. It is passive encouragement.
"What you do speaks so loud, I can't hear what you're saying -- Ralph Waldo Emerson