JEHOVAH'S WITNESS ABUSE
Houston Jehovah's Witness Abuse Lawyer
It is a sad reality that some of the people you put the most trust in would take advantage of that sense of trust. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen recently, this is very often the case. Allegations of abuse within religious sects have been growing in number over the past few decades. One of these religions is that of Jehovah’s Witness. If you or a loved one has been victim to abuse by a member or leader in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, you have a right to make your voice heard and receive compensation for your trauma. Our Houston abuse attorneys at Reich & Binstock can help you do that. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case.
What Do Jehovah's Witnesses Believe?
Jehovah’s Witness is a subset of Christianity with nearly 9 million members. They receive their teachings from a publication known as The Watchtower. Though Jehovah’s Witnesses are said to be a sect of Christianity, they do not share many of the same beliefs. Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe that the Bible is, for the most part, accurate. However, they also believe that a lot of parts of the Bible are simply metaphorical.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in Hell, but they believe in Satan and claim he is currently in control of the current world. They also do not believe in the Trinity - that is, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Also according to their religion, only 144,000 anointed people will go to Heaven in the End Times to rule alongside Jesus Christ.
Is There a History of Jehovah's Witness Sexual Abuse?
Similar to many other denominations and religions, a growing number of abuse allegations has come forward in the Jehovah’s Witness religion. It is just one religious organization of thousands where claims of sexual abuse and enabling of abuse have come forward.
Cases of abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses date back decades, with many victims claiming they were sexually molested by elders of the church. Some victims were just toddlers when the abuse started.
Like with many other religions, members of the sect are taught to respect their leaders and officials as the highest earthly authority. For some, this puts church leaders ahead of even police and politicians. Jehovah’s Witnesses possess a strong authoritarian culture and teach unflinching obedience towards their leaders. Because of this, many participants of the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that their officials truly are of the highest authority and that if they cannot remedy their situation, no one can. This is why, after confiding in these leaders and reporting their assaults with no avail, victims of abuse generally have no other way to stand up for themselves.
Why Do Religions, Like Jehovah's Witness, Cover Up Sexual Abuse?
Many of these cases didn’t go unreported. Accounts tell of survivors confiding in trusted church leaders about their assaults, but instead of protecting its members, the leaders chose to protect the reputation of the church and its elders.
The organization that oversees the religion, the Watchtower, has a policy that dictates when abuse is reported to an elder of the church, no further action should be taken unless there were at least two witnesses to the assault. This essentially eliminates most cases, as molesters and abusers never willingly act in the company of others. The Jehovah’s Witness headquarters has paid millions of dollars to keep countless numbers of reported scandals quiet.
Is There a Database of Jehovah's Witness Child Sex Abuse?
The Watchtower may have unintentionally created what might be the world’s largest database of undocumented child molesters. In 1997, they sent a letter to each worldwide Jehovah’s Witness congregation addressing the legal risk they faced with having reports of child molestation come forward.
In the letter was instructions on how to deal with child predators within the church. It instructed congregations to write a detailed report answering questions such as “Was this a one time occurence, or did the accused have a history of molestation?” and “Does anyone else know about the abuse?” Once the report was written, the congregation was to mail it to the Watchtower’s headquarters and keep a sealed copy in their own confidential file.
Now, at least two decades’ worth of names, addresses, and details of abuse (likely reaching the tens of thousands) has been documented by the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters. However, despite having multiple court orders demanding the release of the information, the Watchtower refuses to comply in handing over this data.
Contact Houston Sexual Abuse Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has been a victim of abuse by a member or leader of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion, you may be entitled to receive compensation as well as punitive damages from your abuser. Our attorneys at Reich & Binstock understand how serious of a situation this is and how traumatic it can be to come forward. We will walk you through the legal process and help you in every step of the way while we work to efficiently resolve your case. Call our Houston office at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation now.
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