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A string of lawsuits accuses Jehovah Witnesses of repeatedly covering up cases of child molestation. The plaintiffs say that not only were they sexually abused by church elders, but that other church officials knew about the abuse and refused to take the necessary steps to report it.
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Update: 5 Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses Charged with Child Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania

In July 2023, 5 members of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations were charged with child sexual abuse by Pennsylvania’s attorney general, following a multi-year investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the religious community.

The victims were all members of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations, which is how the alleged abusers gained access to – and the trust of the victims – authorities said.

The cases include alleged sexual abuse of a 4-year-old child and a developmentally disabled victim.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced the charges against David Balosa, 62, Errol William Hall, 50, Shaun Sheffer, 45, Terry Booth, 57, and Luis Manuel Ayala-Velasquez, 55, for sexually abusing minors across the state.

“The details of these crimes are sad and disturbing, facts which are made even more abhorrent because the defendants used their faith communities or their own families to gain access to victims,” Henry said. “Our office will never stop working to seek justice for those who have been victimized, and we will continue to investigate and prosecute anyone who harms the most vulnerable in our society.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses and child sex abuse

As with other religious organizations, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been obliged in recent years to develop child protection policies to deal with cases of sexual abuse & molestation in their congregations. Much like the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses create an isolated community of followers that have little contact with non-members.

They insist on dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse within the organization, covering it up from public view and allowing abusers to continue destroying people’s lives.

A string of lawsuits accuses Jehovah’s Witnesses of repeatedly covering up cases of child molestation. The plaintiffs say that not only were they sexually abused by church elders, but that other church officials knew about the abuse and refused to take the necessary steps to report it, instead allowing sexual predators to retain positions of power in the congregation. The alleged abuses span 27 years, from 1970 to 1997.

The allegations against the Jehovah’s Witnesses are different from the Catholic Church in several ways. For one thing, with just 1 million members nationwide, there are far fewer Jehovah’s Witnesses than the 60 million-member Catholic Church. For another, with its door-to-door conversion policy, a sexual predator who is a Jehovah’s Witness has more contact with the public at large.

Related Article: Nationwide Jewish Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Sex Abuse Recovery Process

Sex abuse survivors must work through incredibly complex emotions as they take back their emotional and spiritual power from the perpetrators who abused them. This process often takes years. While lawsuits are not for everyone, holding sexual abusers and institutions legally accountable can be an important piece of the healing process.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Ordered to Pay $35 Million in Montana Sex Abuse Suit

September 28, 2018 – A Montana jury has ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $35 million to a woman who claimed the church covered up her abuse for years. A judge must still review the jury’s ruling, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses national organization — Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — announced plans to appeal the verdict shortly after it was rendered.

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