Dozens of confidential documents apparently leaked from Jehovah’s Witnesses archives appeared online Tuesday, providing a rare window into how the religion’s child abuse policies favor accused sexual predators at the expense of the victims. FaithLeaks, a group pushing for more transparency in religious organizations, posted the documents in tandem with a story published by Gizmodo.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ refusal to hand over internal documents detailing alleged child sexual abuse just got more expensive. A California appeals court last week upheld an order for the religion to pay $4,000 for each day it does not turn the documents over. The tab currently stands at $2 million. The ruling stems from a case in San Diego, where Osbaldo Padron sued the Watchtower for failing to warn congregants that a child abuser was in their midst.
What should Jehovah’s Witnesses do if they think someone they know has sexually abused a child, but no one was there to see it? So say leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who instruct elders not to take action against a member of the religion accused of child sexual abuse without a confession or at least two witnesses to the crime. That policy is based on Scripture, according to the religion’s top officials.
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