The Weekend That Was

Well that was a rather exhausting ride! It seemed that every time I turned round there was another blog, article or news report concerning the Watchtower organisation. If you weren’t able to keep up with everything over this last weekend, I’ve put it all in one place so that you can read and watch at your leisure.

Canada

News had been circulating for a while that W5 were going to be airing a documentary about the Watchtower organisation’s policies for allegations of child sexual abuse. This was against the backdrop of a CAD$66 million class action lawsuit which is being brought against the organisation. The face of the lawsuit is the former Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Gutierrez. I have put all of the reports from the weekend surrounding this in date order below culminating in the full length documentary which was is available on the official W5 YouTube channel.

CTV – 23rd March 2018

W5 on the Go: No Witnesses – 23rd March 2018

CTV – 24th March 2018

CTV W5 – 24th March 2018

Things You Likely Didn’t Know About Jehovah’s Witnesses

CTV W5: Sex abuse accusations within the Jehovah’s Witnesses – 24th March 2018

UK

Currently in the UK, there is the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA):

“The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up because of serious concerns that some organisations had failed and were continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.” – IICSA Website

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and other professionals are increasingly concerned about the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses handle allegations of child sexual abuse currently and historically. However, despite these having been highlighted in the press and in police investigations over the years, for example last year in New Moston Congregation[1][2][3], Jehovah’s Witnesses are not one of the organisations being investigated by IICSA. The journalist Sarah Marsh has taken it upon herself to highlight this problem in a series of high-profile articles.[4][5] Due to her determination and investigation this weekend culminated in the following articles:

The Guardian – 26th March 2018

The Guardian – 25th March 2018

Republic of Ireland

The founder of AvoidJW.org[6][7] has been revealed to be ex-Jehovah’s Witness, Jason Wynne from Galway. He openly declared his identity in The Sunday Business Post this weekend as a result of a subpoena being granted to the Watch Tower organisation against him in connection with AvoidJW.org. In addition to article in the Business Post, Jason kindly did an AMA on Reddit. I was able to ask him a couple of questions which I have posted screenshots of below as well as a link to the original AMA on Reddit.

Founder of AvoidJW.org Reddit AMA – 25th March 2018

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question 1

question 2

The Business Post – 25th March 2018*

* please note that The Business Post is subscription based in order to read their stories. I have provided a transcription of the article dated 25th March 2018 HERE. Please find a link HERE to a Reddit post which has an scanned copy of the original article dated 25th March 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to submit further sources for any news stories for this site, please contact me HERE. Thank you for reading.

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[1] Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
[2] Jehovah’s Witnesses attacked by Charity Commission over paedophilia cover-up
[3] Probe after convicted paedophile allowed to quiz victims at Jehovah’s Witness meetings
[4] Child sexual abuse inquiry considers Jehovah’s Witnesses UK investigation
[5] Have you experienced abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness UK?
[6] Jehovah’s Witnesses in spotlight over their response to abuse cases
[7] Jason Wynne was interviewed by Lloyd Evans last year here:

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