Because I am looking at the actual documents and they are not the same. And I defend them because I am looking at actual facts and not just hear what I want to hear on this.
6. To ensure that elders comply with child-abuse reporting laws, two elders should immedi-ately call the Legal Department for legal advice when the elders learn of an accusation of child abuse. (Rom. 13:1-4) A call should be made even when both persons involved are minors. The elders should not ask an alleged victim, the accused person, or anyone else to call the Legal Department on the el-ders’ behalf. The elders should call the Legal Department even in the following situations:
• The alleged abuse occurred many years ago.
• The alleged abuse is based on the testimony of only one witness.
• The alleged abuse is believed to be a repressed memory.
• The alleged abuse involved perpetrators or victims who are deceased.
• The alleged abuse is believed to have already been reported to the secular authorities.
• The alleged perpetrator or victim is not a member of your congregation.
• The alleged perpetrator is a non-Witness associating with the congregation.
• The alleged abuse occurred before the alleged perpetrator or victim was baptized.
• The alleged victim is now an adult.
• The alleged abuse occurred in the past, and it is unclear whether your congregation elders ever called the Legal Department for direction.
7. The Legal Department will provide legal advice based on the
Conversations between congregation members and congregation elders relating to Q
spiritual counselling or assistance are confidential. However, in cases of child abuse, the
elders will consult with the Australasia branch office of Jehovah's Witnesses and will
comply with any relevant secular reporting laws.- Romans 13:1.