Jehovah’s Witnesses are mostly known in Australia as suburban door-knockers.
They grew out of an American Protestant Bible study group established by Charles Taze Russell in the early 1870s.
In 2002, Channel Nine’s current affair programme Sunday aired an expose of Wollongong’s Robert Souter, who had abused boys in the 1980s.
One victim recalled: The royal commission has shown that nothing has changed since that time in Jehovah’s Witness policy.
Children are subject to parents; women are subject to men; ordinary male members are subject to local bodies of elders.
If an abuser is “repentant”, they will be “reproved” – meaning effectively that nothing is made public or reported, but that the elders “keep an eye on” the abuser. Ex-Jehovah’s Witness activists, including abuse victims, have begun speaking out over the past decade, particularly in Australia.Of the 1006 case files submitted to the commission this year, not one perpetrator was reported to authorities by the church.In 2012, a survivor of child sexual abuse was awarded US.8 million in punitive and compensatory damages against the legal entity of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, in California.18 credits of Persian language (3 levels) from the list below.This is a free, confidential telephone and online counselling service available to LGBTIQ South Australians of all ages, staffed by experienced counsellors and provided through SHINE SA.