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Jehovah's Witnesses Scripturally Based Position on Child Protection
I am having trouble understanding paragraph 5. It says:
"When elders learn of an accusation of child abuse, they immediately consult with the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses to ensure compliance with child abuse reporting laws. (Romans 13:1) Even if the elders have no legal duty to report an accusation to the authorities, the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses will instruct the elders to report the matter if a minor is still in danger of abuse or there is some other valid reason. Elders also ensure that the victim’s parents are informed of an accusation of child abuse. If the alleged abuser is one of the victim’s parents, the elders will inform the other parent."
So elders report abuse to the authorities, is that correct? Is this document a change we've been looking for? Or has everything stayed the same but outwardly paint a better picture?