Jehovah’s Witnesses Under Investigation for Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania
JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE LAWSUITS
The office of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is reportedly investigating the Jehovah’s Witnesses consistent refusal to report child sexual assaults accusations to appropriate authorities in what is considered the first wide-scale analysis by a U.S. law enforcing agency.
A previous Jehovah’s Witness, Mark O’Donnell, who had renounced the religion when he was 46, disclosed that the Office of the Pennsylvanian Attorney General interrogated him last summer at his home in Baltimore. Then he was summoned to testify in the presence of a statewide investigating grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
According to O’Donnell, he first testified to the grand jury for longer than two hours on the 22nd of August about his encounters as a Jehovah’s Witness and the formation of the regulatory body and gathering. O’Donnell stated he testified afresh in December. He also described the series of experiences in a new post he inscribed on Saturday for the JW Survey, a website condemnatory of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
O’Donnell stated he has no plans of destroying the faith of anyone and he desires transparency.”Witnesses believe that they’re obeying God, that they’re putting God’s law ahead of man’s law,” he stated. “And the reality is that they’re harming people.”
The JW culture of cloaking child sexual assaults in Pennsylvania.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination in Wallkill, New York, issued a statement to USA TODAY, saying the group “care(s) deeply about children” and constantly tries to obey the law.”Any suggestion that Jehovah’s Witnesses foster or enable abuse is false,” the statement proceeded. “We welcome any opportunity to explain our beliefs and practices to government officials and look forward to any recommendations they may have as we continue to focus on educating and equipping parents to protect their children from the horrible crime of abuse.” The lawsuits recorded all over the country since the 90s have challenged the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their legal corporations, which includes the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania as well as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. of failing to report child abuse.
In 2018, a jury in Montana granted $35 million to one Alexis Nunez, who declared she was sexually violated by a member of the Thompson Falls Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for years. Two others informed elders in 2004 that they had been violated by the same man, but the elders never reported it to authorities. The elders, however, dismissed the offender from the congregation but then restored him, according to court records. The perpetrator once again violated Nunez until 2007, according to the trial.
The jury recognized 301 “predator priests” and determined that “senior church officials, including bishops, monsignors and others, knew about the abuse committed by priests but routinely covered it up to avoid scandal, criminal charges against priests, and monetary damages to the dioceses,” according to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office’s statement.
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