Reporte Indigo – 1st October 2018
The Violent Silence of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Watch Tower and Tract Society of New York only temporarily expel a suspected sexual abuser
Sexual abuse continues to ring in Churches of all faiths. Although the latest acts of this type of violence have reverberated in Catholicism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not far behind, as they will have to pay 35 million dollars to a woman who was attacked between 1990 and 2000 by a religious member.
The sentence was handed down by a jury in Montana, United States, where it was assured that the economic fine will be received by the now 21-year-old woman, who was abused by one of her relatives who was involved in the Church.
Although at that time the then infant reported the crime, the action was presented to the clergy in the Watch Tower and Tract Society of New York, the American organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and it was decided to handle the case internally. Only the alleged abuser was expelled in 2004, and in 2005 he was reinstated in the congregation.
After it was announced that the alleged abuser was temporarily removed, two women, including the 21-year-old, sued the religious group for not reporting the man to the authorities and only opting to expel him until he repented.
Between 1990 and 200, an infant was abused by a member of her family who was involved in the Church
“This message is strong enough for the organization to change its properties so that they begin to prioritize the safety of children so that others are not abused in the future,” said the victim’s attorney, Neil Smith.
The trial began earlier this month in the city of Thompson Falls. The Montana Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Jehovah’s Witnesses to delay the trial.