Royal Australian Commission - Recomendations for Jehovahs Witnesses

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  • curiousconfused

    The report is finally out.........


    Recommendations to the Jehovah’s Witness organisation

    Recommendation 16.27

    The Jehovah’s Witness organisation should abandon its application of the two-witness rule in cases involving complaints of child sexual abuse.

    Recommendation 16.28

    The Jehovah’s Witness organisation on should revise its policies so that women are involved in processes related to invesation and determining allegations of child sexual abuse.

    Recommendation 16.29

    The Jehovah’s Witness organisation should no longer require its members to shun those who disassociate from the organisation in cases where the reason for disassocia on is related to a person being a victim of child sexual abuse.

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    Is there a link to read the original document? I understand there are 4000 recommendations aimed at all and sundry. I hope it all doesn't get lost in the morass,

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  • Xanthippe

    Brilliant thank you. Do you have any idea what happens if they don't follow the recommendations?

  • pale.emperor

    And unfortunately the rank and file are completely no the wiser about there even being an ARC.

    Going by the last broadcast, they think our problem with the "two witness rule" is a general one and wont know we're talking about the safety of children. Their children.

  • menrov

    In addition to these recommendations specifically for JW's, there are also recommendations for ALL religious institutes, which means also apply to WT.

  • moreconfusedthanever

    It has been all over the news here in Australia so those who do not know about it are remaining ignorant on purpose.

    The GB has already said they will not change the two witness rule and I cannot see them changing their disfellowshiping policy.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    " recommendations"

    " Should"

    Say no more

  • Confusedalot

    Being recognized as a religion is like a get out of jail free card it seems. You are only subject to 'recommendations'.

    It's like a murderer or thief going to trial and the court 'recommends' they don't do it again. How will they ever be rehabilitated or society saved from their effects?

    Imaginary authority, Imaginary truth, leading to very real control and very real pain.

  • dozy

    1... The Society have already said this isn't negotiable.

    2... There might be some leeway here & this was hinted at by Jackson during the investigation. Maybe some kind of vague instruction in an elders letter that a minor might be able to have another party present for support , possibly including a female , during the investigation process.

    3...Hard to see how this could be enacted.

    Overall , the Society appear to have got off pretty lightly here.

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