The article below by Jamie Arlo is compelling. Also included are 316 pages (reports of child sexual abuse) from public documents that were compiled by a former Army Nurse & current Legal Nurse Consultant who researched 1500 journal documents & public sources to help children abused by the very same predator and people in an organization that failed to report the perpetrator and protect the children (Legal Complaints; Appellate Court Rulings; Rulings on Legal Motions; Newspaper accounts; and the Boy Scouts of America Ineligible file documents. The document spans the years 1959-2017. All links are provided. ).
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“The elder approaches the microphone and begins to read the announcements hot off the press from the governing body. The announcement was in response to the 20/20 special they showed on the high number of cases of sexual abuse happening within the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He reads “If anyone comes to the elders about a sexual abuse matter they are only allowed to offer spiritual advice and not become involved in the litigation aspects. They cannot contact the police because that is up to the family and they can not notify anyone in the congregation because their knowledge is based on only alleged information.”
That internal feeling that I had felt and heard at a young age during my own weird brotherly experience popped up in response to hearing these words except this time I had enough knowing to be mad about what I was hearing. My mouth dropped instantly and I looked around to try to find other faces with similar reaction only to find stone-cold faces with no emotion to which I then closed my mouth thinking I maybe missed something and would ask for clarification after the meeting.
The whole rest of the meeting I couldn’t do anything to diminish the complete confusion I felt knowing they were blatantly saying that if someone had been sexually molested that the elders wouldn’t feel compelled by the love they felt “for every sheep in the flock” to do what’s right. I didn’t know how anyone could know of something like this happening to anyone and not at least informing fellow Witnesses in the congregation.
The meeting ended with the usual song and prayer, and as soon as my head snapped up I was off in a direction to the nearest brother to get clarification on the governing body’s announcement. By the time I reached someone of authority there were other people gathered talking about it to my relief, but when I heard they were agreeing with this insight provided by the governing body, my disappointment level went through the roof. Everything I had heard did nothing to help the wrong feeling I had inside again.
It was easier as a child to disconnect from this feeling, this time it just became louder the more I ignored it.”
-My Perfect Jehovah’s Witness Family
Written by Jamie Arlo
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