According to a recent article in The Guardian, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which is examining the problem of institutions in England and Wales failing to protect children from sexual abuse, is considering opening a separate investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The UK panel has heard reports from a “considerable number” of concerned citizens and members of Parliament about the organization.
The issue which sets the Jehovah’s Witnesses apart from the other institutions the Panel is currently examining is not the number of reports, but the clear picture the reports present: the Jehovah’s Witness organization, despite its protestations of “robust child protection policies,” uses threats of disfellowshipping and shunning to keep victims from reporting abuse.
We hope that the panel, if it does decide to investigate, will shed valuable light on the policies and practices of the organization, and further the protection of children from sexual predators in the Kingdom Halls of Great Britain and worldwide.
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