Wow - the May Watchtower study edition is out. Who could have anticipated entire Watchtower study articles devoted to Child Sexual Abuse?
An appreciative shout out to all the people who worked tirelessly over so very many, many years to call the organization to account over its defiantly self-serving policies and practices on responding top allegations of child sexual abuse. And a huge thumbs down for the organization's pharisaical white-washing of its own "record" on the topic of child sexual abuse.
I guess the rank and file JWs should be - what's the word? - "grateful:" that the GB has seen fit to "adjust" some of its policies on child sexual abuse - policies that are by any standard based on little more that patriarchal self-entitlement.
If nothing much has been on floor before, hungry ones are inclined to gratefully gobble up crumbs. But, as the reasonably fed will tell you, crumbs are only crumbs so don't get overly excited by the small pickings and call it generosity.
So the GB state what in any other context would be a minimal given, such as parents and others having a right to report allegations of abuse to the relevant secular authorities (wow, thank you very much, brothers!) and it is the abuser not the victim or their support people who bring reproach on Jehovah's name (well, duh! where did the victims get the idea they were bringing reproach on Jah's name? Right from the elders themselves!).
As for the more subtle "shifts" such as a picture showing a mature sister present when elders meet with the young female victim, who suggested the idea of having a mature female present to support female victims? Oh, right, Mr Angus Stewart, lawyer who questioned Geoffrey Jackson during the Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse in institutions! You've got to love the way that, when cornered, the GB slyly smuggle in others' ideas that are then presented as loving provisions of Jehovah's earthly organization. Crafty devils.
Meanwhile, you can search JW org all you like - including its legal menu - and you will not find one single acknowledgement that the Royal Commission devote an entire chapter to an overview of JW org's policies on child sexual allegations and the Commission's recommendations for addressing the organization's extensive list of problematic policies.
Consistent with that, the May Watchtower makes no mention of well publicized media reports of JW land being a pedophile's paradise nor of the extensive years and years of hard work by ex-JWs to call the organization to full account for its totally inadequate and damaging policies on how elders should respond to allegations of child sexual abuse.
Oh, and the disgusting "two witness rule" - which Scriptural context shows was not for allegations of serious crimes but for relatively minor sins - remains firmly in place - only now it has been sugar-coated.
As they say, a leopard cannot change its spots