KVBC, Jan. 10, 2003
A church policy followed by thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses is being challenged in court. It’s a policy some say protects child molesters and forces victims to suffer in silence. News 3’s Anqunette Moon [firstname.lastname@example.org] reports according to the lawsuit, the church is accused of covering up allegations of sexual abuse by church elders.
Willam Bowen says the problem extends far beyond the doors of these Kingdom halls. In many cases, when convicted child abusers are released from prison, they are still members in good standing, so they are obligated to go into the community and spread the word door to door. “And we have had several cases where molesters have called in people’s homes, started bible studies and molested their children. This has got to stop.”
And it starts by letting the public know what’s happening and forcing the church to change, even if they must go to court to do it. “One reason why the Catholic Church is addressing their policy is because people finally had to go to court. If they had a waited on the church, we’d still be sitting here to this day with the same problem.”
And so the church remembers the problem, a small toy lamb was left at the door…a symbol to show sometimes nothing speaks louder than silence. The group Silent Lambs also left a flyer. They want the churches to post it on their bulletin boards. The flyers encourage victims of abuse and their families to speak out to police and to seek professional help.
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