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Post by Tony Bennett 03.11.13 22:44

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/jail-jehovahs-witness-elder-jonathan-6258814

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Dr Martin Roberts: "The evidence is that these are the pjyamas Madeleine wore on holiday in Praia da Luz. They were photographed and the photo handed to a press agency, who released it on 8 May, as the search for Madeleine continued. The McCanns held up these same pyjamas at two press conferences on 5 & 7June 2007. How could Madeleine have been abducted?"

Amelie McCann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by notlongnow 03.11.13 22:54

9 months.
Out in 18 weeks.sad
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Post by littlepixie 05.11.13 11:16

I have attended Jehovahs Witness meetings twice a week every week for the last 5 years plus every Assembly in Northenden Manchester (which is attended by ALL Manchester and some North Wales Congregations) plus the Conventions at the Liverpool Echo Arena every August.

Every Congregation Worldwide covers exactly the same information at the same time every week from the Platform.

This family is lying if they say they were told to cover this up and not report a brother to the law from the Platform and there will be over 7 million Witnesses to this .

All Jehovah's Witnesses are reminded constantly that we are in subjection to the Law based on the Scriptures.

There are paedophiles in every walk of life sadly, this man isn't the first person associated with the Witnesses to be prosecuted for molesting children but I know for a fact they would not hide or condone Anyone Elder or not.
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Post by Tigerlily 05.11.13 13:05

littlepixie wrote:I have attended Jehovahs Witness meetings twice a week every week for the last 5 years plus every Assembly in Northenden Manchester (which is attended by ALL Manchester and some North Wales Congregations) plus the Conventions at the Liverpool Echo Arena every August.

Every Congregation Worldwide covers exactly the same information at the same time every week from the Platform.

This family is lying if they say they were told to cover this up and not report a brother to the law from the Platform and there will be over 7 million Witnesses to this .

All Jehovah's Witnesses are reminded constantly that we are in subjection to the Law based on the Scriptures.

There are paedophiles in every walk of life sadly, this man isn't the first person associated with the Witnesses to be prosecuted for molesting children but I know for a fact they would not hide or condone Anyone Elder or not.
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http://exjehovahswitnessforum.yuku.com/forums/2/Tell-Your-JW-Story-Board/Tell-Your-JW-Story-Board

Some experiences of people at the hands of JW's.

I was raised one (escaped some 18 years ago) and I saw for a fact that Elders liked to deal with certain situations 'in house.' They do not like the organisation to be brought into disrepute.
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Post by littlepixie 05.11.13 13:15

I can only speak from my experience and that is everything I have seen is open and transparent. 

There are some that are stronger in faith than others and some that have no faith but still attend.

I attend by choice, whereas some "born in" do not have that choice until they are older and I appreciate that.

The point I was making was that this family will not have been told from the platform not to report a brother to the law. 

If they had of been, I would have heard it.
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Post by Tigerlily 05.11.13 13:23

littlepixie wrote:I can only speak from my experience and that is everything I have seen is open and transparent. 

There are some that are stronger in faith than others and some that have no faith but still attend.

I attend by choice, whereas some "born in" do not have that choice until they are older and I appreciate that.

The point I was making was that this family will not have been told from the platform not to report a brother to the law. 

If they had of been, I would have heard it.
From your 'name' is it safe to assume you are female? If so, you will never be privvy to the private meetings that the elders and ministerial servants have....and what goes on behind closed doors.

I agree that the family would not be told from the Platform not to report a brother.

I know that a lot of people involved in the JW religion are genuine.

But there are a great many instances where abuses have been 'overlooked' for the sake of the organisation.
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to follow up from Kimberley Miller's Book "To go beneath the Water", and the on -going investigation in the US  . .. 
The Sunday Telegraph today 19/6/22 has this.  In full, because probably behind a paywall.
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The Jehovah’s Witness scandal: ‘I said, “He's a paedophile.” The elders mumbled, “Yes, we know”’

A new Telegraph podcast investigates the inside story of child sexual abuse in this close religious community

ByKatherine Rushton19 June 2022 • 5:00am


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Lacie Jones suffered abuse at the hands of her stepfather: ‘He was seen as a very pious man, a very moral man' CREDIT: Clare Hewitt
On the outskirts of the Midlands town where Michelle grew up is a low, beige building set back from the road. It has few windows and looks strangely blank – although neat black letters on the side once announced its function to the world. It’s an old Kingdom Hall – the Jehovah’s Witness equivalent of a church – and when Michelle was a child, she would spend many hours a week here at religious meetings. She knew this building before she learnt to talk.
When she wasn’t at meetings, Michelle would go on ‘field service’ – the Jehovah’s Witness practice of going door to door. She would pair up with another, older Jehovah’s Witness and together they would urge the strangers who answered their knocks to join the organisation, which these days has 140,000 followers in Britain. They would tell those strangers that worshipping Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament, was their ticket to Paradise, a way of saving themselves from Armageddon, which was just around the corner.
For many people reading this, their experience of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be as one of those strangers, opening a front door to be greeted by a pair of neatly dressed individuals bearing copies of The Watchtower. Some people will slam the door in their faces, but most will politely decline the publications on offer and close the door gently as the Jehovah’s Witnesses move on.
For Michelle, these sessions were traumatic. She was unfazed by the doors closing in her face, but she learnt to dread the time alone with the man who more often than not partnered up with her.

An abuse of trust 

Peter Stewart was a ‘ministerial servant’, one of the lower rungs in the hierarchical ladder of a Jehovah Witness congregation, and described in the organisation’s literature as ‘spiritually- minded, reliable, and conscientious men’. A former public school boy, known for his impeccable grammar and an elegant line in suits, he was older, lived alone and had a reputation for being kind and friendly to children.
‘People would go in couples and he would… be like, “Oh, well, there’s only me and Michelle left, so I’ll take her with me and we’ll do it together,”’ she recalls.
But Stewart’s affable public persona was very unlike the person he became when they were alone. He would suggest that they finish their knocks early. Then he would take her back to his car or his house and assault her.
Michelle is not sure how long his campaign of abuse continued for – Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate birthdays or Christmas, which makes it harder to mark time – but it ended when she was around six. Sitting in the living room of her cosy terraced house, many years on, Michelle finds it very hard to revisit what happened, but she has agreed to talk to The Telegraph for our investigative podcast, Call Bethel.


Ordinarily, she is entertaining, using her deadpan sense of humour to spin mischievous tales about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, which she has now left. She has clearly built a good, new life for herself, and speaks dotingly of her daughter, whose pictures hang on the walls. But on the subject of abuse, Michelle seizes up. That name is in fact a pseudonym, and she has blocked out many details of what happened – although the trauma still makes itself felt daily.
She suffers from a condition called koumpounophobia, which is a fear of buttons. It makes dressing her child very difficult and stems from the days when she used to get her hair caught in the buttons on her abuser’s trousers.
Child sexual abuse is one of the most horrific crimes imaginable. Sadly, cases are not uncommon within religious groups. But what is particularly shocking about what happened to Michelle is the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses dealt with it.
She told her family what was going on when she was around six years old, after her grandmother – oblivious to what had happened – made arrangements for Michelle to stay at her abuser’s house. ‘I remember just thinking to myself. There’s no way that I’m spending a whole week with this person,’ she says.

Bound by belief 

Her grandmother acted immediately. But Jehovah’s Witnesses are wary of secular authorities, believing them to be part of the ‘worldly’ system that could be used as Satan’s tool. So instead of going to the police, she reported Stewart to the leaders of the congregation – a group of men known as ‘elders’, whose position is broadly comparable to a priest in a church.
Those elders are bound by strict rules whenever they hear of a fellow congregant’s alleged misconduct. Two of the leaders will investigate the matter. Then, if the claims are upheld, a panel of three elders will form a judicial committee who will assess what has happened and decide whether to mete out punishment. That process is the same regardless of whether the ‘sin’ is a crime, such as child abuse, or something as minor as smoking.
When the elders approached Stewart about Michelle’s abuse, he confessed. In a secular court, that might have led to a guilty plea and a prison sentence. But the religious judicial committee is focused on whether a person is repentant. Stewart vowed that he would not harm another child, and the elders believed him. They imposed only a minor sanction.
Michelle’s lawyer, Kathleen Hallisey, explains: ‘Peter Stewart stopped leading field service… there were rumours among the congregation about why that was but nobody really knew.’ He was allowed to return to his old duties after a few weeks.
Michelle was not told any of this. She is now in her late 30s and has only recently understood what happened to her. She has spent most of her life believing that the horrible images buried in the recesses of her mind were the product of her own imagination.
That’s because, according to evidence she gave to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), she was told by the elders of the congregation that she was wrong to believe she had been abused. ‘There was a lot of me being told I had misunderstood what had happened, that it wasn’t right and wouldn’t have been what happened’, she recalls.
On one occasion, she remembers a congregant reprimanding her in that blank, beige building for refusing to sit on his knee.
The gaslighting was so effective that Michelle suppressed the memories for years, until 2015 when a BBC article about a landmark case in the High Court caught her attention.

Systemic blame of victims 

A former Jehovah’s Witness, known as Victim A in court papers, had successfully sued the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society – as the Jehovah’s Witness organisation is officially called – for failing to protect her from a known paedophile within its ranks. That paedophile was Peter Stewart, who had abused Victim A over a period of around six years.
The article described how the leaders of the congregation should have kept Victim A away from Stewart, because he had already confessed to having abused another young child. Michelle immediately recognised the child as herself. ‘I read it a few times and I just thought… that’s me.’
The news was overwhelming: realisation mixed with tremendous guilt. ‘My first thought was, “Well, this is my fault then… I should have done something.”’
She contacted the solicitor named in the article – Hallisey – to see if she could apologise to the other victim. Obviously, Michelle had nothing to apologise for. After all, she had been a child at the time of the abuse. What’s more, she had reported it. It was the adults around her that failed her.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses point out that while they don’t want to ‘minimise the hurt and trauma that Peter Stewart inflicted’ on Michelle, the case occurred more than 30 years ago and their approach has changed a lot since.
But in failing Michelle, they also failed Victim A – whom we have decided to call Daria – and at least one other child, whom Stewart went on to abuse.
In 1995, Stewart was jailed for assaulting and raping a child. The leader of the congregation said he sent a newspaper article about the conviction to the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters to keep on file. It made their eventual response to Daria’s claims, years later, all the more shocking.
These days, Daria has left the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She has a family and a successful job in social services. Over the course of many conversations, it is clear that she is very intelligent; in fact, it’s a source of regret that the abuse she suffered derailed her studies so that she never became a lawyer. 
She is glamorous, with manicured nails, figure-hugging clothes and expensively highlighted hair. Some of it may be a protective façade, but Daria has an air of confidence that belies the fact that she suffered years of abuse at Stewart’s hands.
The abuse started when she was three or four years old. Stewart accompanied Daria to the garden shed to look at a spider she had named, and touched her between her legs.

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Victim A, who we have called Daria, whose case went to the High Court CREDIT: Clare Hewitt
It is one of the quirks of Jehovah’s Witnesses that it is a highly patriarchal organisation. Daria’s father was not a Jehovah’s Witness at that point, so, she says, her mother was regarded as a ‘spiritual widow’. It gave Stewart the perfect means to inveigle his way into their household – ostensibly to help Daria and her mother prepare for Kingdom Hall meetings and oversee their spiritual development.
He would take every opportunity he could to abuse her – multiple times a week – for around six years until his sudden arrest in 1994.
Stewart also worked to make Daria feel complicit. For years, he would force her to write him notes. They started as scribbles because she was so young, but would later evolve into descriptions of what he had forced her to do. The guilt weighed heavily on Daria, who believed she had sinned and would be killed at Armageddon.
Like Michelle, Daria had been reared on images of fireballs coming out of the sky, and birds feasting on people’s flesh – dramatic pictorial representations of what the world will look like when the current ‘order’ ends. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ beliefs, they are the only ones who will be saved to establish Paradise on earth.
Paradise is depicted as an exciting prospect for children, who are told that wild animals will become harmless, that they will get to keep them as pets, that there will be no such thing as disease, and that they will be reunited with relatives who are long dead.
But for Daria, Paradise always felt beyond reach because of what Stewart had done to her. Every time she went to the Kingdom Hall, there would be a new mention of Armageddon, each one serving ‘as a reminder that I’m going to be killed and God is very angry with me for what I’ve done. I one hundred per cent believed that Armageddon was coming and that I was going to die… It was frightening,’ she says.
The shame was so overwhelming that she did not tell anyone what had happened to her until 2000 when she was a teenager. It was shortly after Stewart had been released from prison.
Daria – afraid that the leaders of the congregation would formally welcome him back – confided in her mother, who immediately wrote to Stewart, demanding to know how he could do such a thing. Surprisingly, he responded, writing her a letter of apology, handwritten in blue ink.
The letter does not spell out exactly what he is sorry for, but the implication is clear. He refers to himself as a ‘pervert’ and says that various ‘mechanical operations’ – it is unclear what they are exactly – mean that he cannot hurt Daria any longer. In a flourish that particularly angered the teenage Daria, he also told her mother that another ‘spell in prison would mean my end’.
‘I recognised his handwriting when the letter fell on the mat… It was all just manipulation. He certainly wasn’t sorry, and he certainly wouldn’t have thought twice about doing it again,’ she says.
Extraordinarily, shortly after he sent the letter, Stewart began turning up again at the Kingdom Hall. Appalled, Daria’s mother reported Stewart to the congregation elders. But when the elders asked Stewart about the allegations, he denied it all.

The two-witness rule 

One might think that between the letter and Stewart’s previous convictions, Daria’s account would have been believed. The Jehovah’s Witnesses say they have taken steps to address the issue of child abuse by providing guidance to members about the issue, as well as education. They highlight that they now have a new child safeguarding policy, which means that when they believe a child is in danger, the police are informed.
But then, as now, all Jehovah’s Witness congregations worldwide run their internal ecclesiastical process according to the ‘two witness rule’. It stems from a verse in the book of Deuteronomy, and stipulates that without a confession, elders can only uphold an allegation against an individual if it has been observed by two witnesses. Paedophiles generally operate in secret, so without an admission of guilt from the perpetrator, this standard is woefully inadequate. It is also inconsistently applied.
The organisation says that under its new child safeguarding policy, two witnesses are not needed for a report to be made to the police. But when it comes to their internal processes, sources have questioned current guidelines for elders which states that ‘no action can be taken if there is only one witness’ and while the ‘testimony of unbelievers… may be considered, it must be weighed carefully’.
It is possible that that was the case here. But the elders didn’t even give sufficient weight to Stewart’s written admission. Daria’s mother showed them a copy of the letter of apology numerous times over the years. According to Daria, one of the elders – a man named Alan Orton – eventually ripped it up.

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'I didn’t want it to be true that he had lied like that – that he had known all the time and still not believed me,’ says Daria CREDIT: Clare Hewitt
Many years later – after Stewart had died of natural causes – the same elder would come to play a leading role in the case Daria brought against Watchtower in the High Court. The judge said he found the elders who gave evidence to be ‘honest, upright, loyal and devout men’ who were ‘horrified by the sexual abuse’, but some of what they described was startling.
Orton told the court that he had known that Stewart was a paedophile even before Daria’s mother had reported her abuse. He knew that Stewart had confessed to abusing Michelle years earlier, shortly after he had slotted himself into Daria’s household. Incredibly, it turned out that Orton had actually sat on the judicial committee that heard his confession, and that accepted his word that he would not reoffend.
The news left Daria shocked and horrified, and made her court victory bittersweet. ‘I didn’t want it to be true. I didn’t want it to be true that he had lied like that – that he had known all the time and still not believed me,’ she says.
Another victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of a Jehovah’s Witness would later learn about Daria’s court case, with little surprise. Lacie Jones had repeatedly been abused by her stepfather, Clifford Whitely. She had been very excited when Whitely first became part of her family, partly because he was an elder and the ‘spirituality sort of flowed out of him’, she says. ‘He was seen as a very pious man, a very moral man.’
They formed a very close-knit family unit, and things were fine for the first few years of their life together. But then one day, when Lacie was around 11, Whitely put his hand up her dress while her mother slept in the same room. The abuse became a pattern. Whitely would generally molest Lacie in silence, but she recalls that he spoke up on one of the last occasions.

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Clifford Whitely, jailed for sexual abuse
‘He had asked me if it hurt. And I had said yes. And then he said, “OK, then we need to pray together…” He started praying and asked for forgiveness, for both him and me, because we’d both done something wrong,’ she says.
Like Daria, Lacie kept the abuse a secret for years. But then one day in 2019, she blurted it out over lunch with her sister, who by that time had left the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was shortly after this point that Lacie’s own faith started to unravel.
Lacie’s mother reported Whitely to the elders, and the wheels of its quasi-judicial process started to turn. He admitted to some of the abuse, and a judicial committee cast him out of the congregation. But as far as Lacie is concerned, that is where the decisive action ended.
When she reported Whitely to the police, the officer in charge, Detective Constable Philip Endsor, asked the congregation elders for assistance. He wanted witness statements from two of the elders who had heard Whitely’s confession – Rudi Dobson and David Clifford.
He believes that the Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘more or less… closed ranks’. ‘[They] frustrated the investigation all the way through. I’ve dealt with a number of similar matters with all types of organisations behind them, and I’ve got to say this is probably the most awkward of organisations to deal with’.
While the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny that they caused any delays, they admit that they told the police that they had a religious duty of confidentiality to Whitely, and could not provide a witness statement without his permission. They also refused to hand over any documentation from their meetings with Whitely, claiming that they first needed his permission or a court order. DC Endsor applied for one. The Jehovah’s Witnesses contested it in court but complied when the police eventually secured it.
It was a bruising process for Lacie, especially given she viewed Dobson and Clifford like uncles.

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‘They told me, as per their script… that it was my absolute right to go to the police,’ Lacie says. ‘They just failed to tell me that they would not support me during that process.’
Lacie even invited them to her house to ask why they wouldn’t help. ‘They were looking at the floor. And I just leant forward and I said, “But he’s a paedophile.” Without looking at me, they just sort of mumbled.’ They replied, ‘Yes, we know,’ Lacie later related to IICSA.
When the police were eventually able to get hold of the paperwork relating to Whitely, it included a typed form disfellowshipping him, with details of his confession. There was also a report about Lacie, with what appeared to be ratings for her ‘stamina’ and whether she maintained ‘a dignified personal appearance’. At the bottom there were five words that would become crucial to Whitely’s conviction. ‘One act of digital penetration,’ it said.

A vindicating conviction 

In 2020, shortly before the pandemic, Lacie’s abuser was sentenced to nine years in prison for the sexual assault of a child and three other serious sexual offences. DC Endsor told The Telegraph that he is also aware of another alleged victim, who opted not to pursue a case in court because she did not want to upset her Jehovah’s Witness family.
For Lacie, Whitely’s conviction was vindication – but she remains furious that it took such a fight to get there. And she is acutely aware of the pressure that would deter many Jehovah’s Witness abuse victims from ever speaking up.
As with Daria and Michelle, her experience had also made her re-examine the faith that she had grown up in, and question why elders who learn of child sexual abuse in their congregations do not report it to the police as a matter of course.
It is a mandatory requirement to do so in many countries, but when a Government consultation examined whether to implement the same in Britain, it concluded in 2018 that the case for doing so had not yet been made. It said that mandatory reporting would generate so many reports, it would create a ‘needle in a haystack effect’, making it harder rather than easier to identify ‘key cases’.
For their part, the Jehovah’s Witnesses make arguments about ecclesiastical duty. For Daria and Michelle’s lawyer, such an exemption would be a tough sell. ‘It’s debatable whether a “confessional privilege” exists in the Jehovah’s Witnesses context,’ says Hallisey. She believes it comes down to the confession not being to a single person, that it is more of an investigation: meaning that information gleaned should be disclosed.
Daria’s own best guess rests on the foundations of the Jehovah’s Witness belief system.
‘[With] anything that happens within their organisation, there is this belief that Satan will use it against them, and it will be used to tear down the great work that they’re doing.
‘And ultimately… Armageddon will happen any day, and God’s going to sort it all out, so why should we?’


Listen to The Telegraph’s five-part series, Call Bethel, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, from Tuesday
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The "Two Witness rule", allegedly derived from Deuteronomy (written in the 7th C. BC ! !)
is interpreted in Islam as 4 witnesses. [to adultery]

"It is a Quranic injunction that to establish the crime of adultery or fornication, four witnesses are required to testify the act. Rape, however, is a different crime altogether, in that the act of having sexual intercourse is performed through coercion or some kind of pressure on the victim.
However, we need to understand the position of the judge or the court. They cannot get to establish whether someone is actually a victim of rape and not only claiming to be so, until they have investigated the circumstances under which the alleged crime took place. 
To establish that the alleged act falls under rape and was not consensual, the judge will require witnesses to be able to proceed under Islamic law. Since a perpetrator of rape will be dealt with under a hadd (statutory punishment prescribed by Allah the Almighty), the hadd can only be established if they give a confession or if four witnesses come forward to testify. This process of investigation is also prescribed by Allah the Almighty. No worldly court or judge has the discretion to alter the process of investigation or the punishment."
Strange that the rule protects men and perverts and ignores women, who clearly have far fewer rights.
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JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, THE SHUNNING POLICY AND SUICIDE
 
 
 
There are 8.5 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, and just over 140,000 active members in the UK. The church operates as a UK registered charity, number 1077961, and as such benefits from the associated tax exemptions and government funding in the form of Gift Aid.
 
When you finish reading this short piece, you may well need one question answering: Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be permitted to operate under charity status when one of their primary doctrines is the mandatory shunning of all who no longer wish to be an active member of the church, resulting in decimation of family life, deep anxiety, depression and, in too many cases, suicide[url=#_ftn1][1][/url]. The Jehovah’s Witnesses hard shun ex members – the meaning of which will be explained – regardless of age or mental and emotional state, including children.
 
The policy of mandatory shunning forces members to live in fear of voicing doubts, raising questions or wishing to live a life contrary to JW teachings. Those who do leave face humiliation, shaming, judgement, relentless coercion to return and utter rejection if they don’t by remaining family and friends who will use phrases such as ‘dead to them’ and ‘mentally diseased’ for leaving. Shunned members of the religion are thus abandoned, bereft, and left questioning how such punishment for the sin of freedom of choice could possibly be humane.
 
A growing number of countries are questioning the charity status and financial support of a church that treats ex members with such abject contempt. Norway[url=#_ftn2][2][/url] has recently cited the shunning policy to be in violation of several human rights and stripped the JWs of their charity status, associated tax exemptions and annual government funding. Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands and Germany are also investigating the policy.
 
I would like to open a similar investigation in the UK, and will now share the following information with you on the inhumane policy of mandatory shunning to describe why, and to include:
 
 
      ARTICLES 3 AND 9 OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
 
      THE SPECIFICS OF SHUNNING
 
      THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF SHUNNING
 
      IN SUMMARY
 


 
ARTICLES 3 AND 9 OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
 
 
 
ARTICLE 3 of the ECHR
 
Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights prohibits torture, and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
 
Source: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance-human-rights-multipage-guide/right-be-free-torture-or-cruel-inhuman-or-degrading
 
Your right not to be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way is absolute. This means it must never be limited or restricted in any way.
 
ARTICLE 9 of the ECHR
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
SOURCE: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-9-freedom-thought-belief-and-religion
Article 9 protects your right to hold both religious and non-religious beliefs. This is an absolute right which means it can't be interfered with by the state. Article 9 includes the right to choose or change your religion or beliefs. It also means you can't be forced to have a particular religion.
 
 


 
THE SPECIFICS OF SHUNNING
 
JWs refer to the shunning policy as ‘a loving provision from Jehovah[url=#_ftn3][3][/url]’ (the name they have given God), designed to teach a member of the church who has left, or been disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for one of any number of ‘sins’ – i.e. smoking, homosexuality, lesbianism, holding religious views that are contrary to JW doctrines (labelled ‘apostasy’), willingly accepting a blood transfusion, voting in an election, holding political views contrary to JW teachings – that until they show due repentance they will be rejected by the congregation, family, friends and Jehovah.
 
In brief, this is what shunning entails:
 
      A member of the church who has left or been disfellowshipped must not greet or engage in any way with approved members.
 
      Approved members of the church must not greet or engage  with shunned members whether an adult, minor or child. Interacting with shunned persons will result in being pulled aside for counselling by church elders, with the possibility of being disfellowshipped and shunned themselves if they refuse to comply. 
 
      All social contact will cease to include gatherings, phone calls, letters, emails, text messages (or other) from church members, family and friends. Minors and children are not permitted to socialise with other JW minors or children. Note: Socialising with non-JW minors and children is strongly discouraged in the JWs as a matter of course so, apart from school, shunned children are allowed no social interactions whatsoever.
 
      A shunned member of the JWs will receive no practical or emotional support, even if elderly, depressed or suicidal, and will be labelled an ‘apostate’ and deemed ‘mentally diseased’ if they speak about the doctrines, the church and Jehovah in a negative way. Shunned minors and children will be cared for practically until old enough to leave home but will receive no emotional support.
 
      A shunned member of the JWs is regarded as ‘dead’ until they show repentance. The only contact permitted is to periodically remind them of the error of their ways, to include numerous end-of-world declarations and their imminent death should they continue to choose Satan’s world over God’s chosen organisation on Earth: the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
 
Note: Jehovah’s Witnesses now baptise teenagers and children as young as six years old. These children are raised knowing that should they later become disillusioned with the church and wish to leave, or commit a sin that results in disfellowshipping, they will be shunned by their family and friends. This deep fear keeps them silent and trapped in a church from which they have no possible means of escape without irreparable hurt.


THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF SHUNNING
 
Gathered from ex-JWs, thousands of whom rely on online ex-JW groups worldwide for the vital support and care withheld by family and friends, I include examples of their experiences of being shunned. (There are thousands more.) For fear of further repercussions and abuse by family and friends still in the church all elected to remain anonymous.
 
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My personal experience of trying to leave the church resulted in severe depression and a suicide attempt. I will never forget the elder’s wife who told me that if I was suicidal I should leave because I was ‘affecting the spirit of the congregation’. When I did finally leave, 21 years ago, my JW friends and family never spoke to me or my daughters again.

IN SUMMARY
 
As evidenced here, the mandatory shunning of ex members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church causes anxiety, depression, trauma and suicide. It decimates families and presents an appalling view of the world to children born into the church who have no possible means of escape, no voice, and no freewill to pursue any other life other than that of a submissive Jehovah’s Witness without severe repercussions and punishment. JW children are coerced from birth to get baptised, and are shown targeted videos[url=#_ftn4][4][/url] teaching them to choose only a life serving Jehovah[url=#_ftn5][5][/url], have manipulative songs written for them, and are exposed to graphic images of the death they will suffer if they leave the church, all alongside the frequent threats of shunning if they even think about leaving.
 
Much time is spent consoling and supporting those who manage to leave the church, many of whom have lost their entire family and network of friends. Many are still trapped inside, too afraid to leave, and join support groups[url=#_ftn6][6][/url] anonymously, often physically and mentally ill from the relentless pressure to stay in the church. Many have attempted suicide or know someone who has. Too many succeed. Note: JWs are often heard saying that if a person dies after leaving the church – suicide included – it is a good thing, because ‘at least they now have the chance of Jehovah’s forgiveness in the new world after he destroys all those who are not faithful Witnesses’. That includes you.
 
It is my belief, and that of fellow ex-JWs, that the JW church operates in direct contravention of Articles 3 and 9 of the ECHR, which clearly prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment (3) and is in breach of  the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion (9), whilst benefitting from tax exemptions and government funding under the UK Charity Commission.
 
§  Would you agree that this inhumane policy of shunning has no place in society?
 
§  Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be permitted to operate as a charity whilst this policy continues to be mandatory?
 
§  Are you willing to speak on the behalf of minors and children trapped inside this church, now commonly referred to as a ‘doomsday cult’ due to its extreme end-of-world teachings, rigid indoctrination, and culture of repression and fear?
 
§  Can you help us put this case to the GOV.UK Charity Commission under the section Complain about a Charity, ‘harming people[url=#_ftn7][7][/url]’?




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JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND THE ACT AND CONCEALMENT OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
 
 
 
Jehovah’s Witnesses are largely known as a quiet, law-abiding group of people previously seen knocking on doors or standing by their jw.org carts on our streets. It is little known, however, that the guidelines for their church leaders appear to enable the act and concealment of child sexual abuse.
 
This document has been compiled to achieve the following:
 
      Expose the criminality of the church’s guidelines for the handling of child sexual abuse (CSA).
 
      Demonstrate the bullying tactics of abused minors within the church to not report CSA to the authorities, including the silencing of parents of the abused.
 
It has been compiled because:
 
      The church provides a haven for abusers, where it is the abusers who are safeguarded not the children.
 
      Reporting of CSA must become a legal requirement within the church, overruling the current in-house judiciary practice which bullies victims into silence and exonerates perpetrators.
 
For as long as current in-house judiciary practice is permitted to remain within the Jehovah’s Witnesses church, countless children will continue to be abused with no voice, no rights, and no one to safeguard them. This has to change. This document includes the following:
 
      THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING OF CSA
      JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, THE ‘TWO-WITNESS’ RULE, AND THE CONCEALMENT OF CSA
      FURTHER READING
      IN SUMMARY


 
THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING OF CSA
The following are excerpts from Chapter 14, ‘CHILD ABUSE’, from the Shepherd the Flock of God book, 2018 (2021), published by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Republic of Korea, Incorporated Association, Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Wallkill, New York, USA. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the JW’s version of the Bible, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
 
These guidelines are not available for public viewing or viewing by regular ‘rank and file’ Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are solely for private viewing by elders who must not share its contents with anyone, including other Witnesses and the authorities. Women in the church are not even permitted to work on binding the book at the printing press.
 
CHILD ABUSE
‘4. From the Bible’s standpoint, child sexual abuse is a gross sin. (Deut. 23:17, 18; Gal. 5:19-21; w97 2/1 p. 29) Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child sexual abuse. (Rom. 12:9) Thus, the congregation will not shield any perpetrator of such repugnant acts from the consequences of his sin. The congregation’s handling of an accusation of child sexual abuse is not intended to replace the secular authority’s handling of the matter*. (Rom. 13:1-4) Therefore, the victim, her parents, or anyone else who reports such an allegation to the elders should be clearly informed that they have the right to report the matter to the secular authorities*. Elders do not criticize anyone who chooses to make such a report. —Gal. 6:5.’
*And yet it does, because a victim is vehemently discouraged from reporting CSA to the secular authorities.
*They may be informed, but will be vehemently discouraged from doing so to avoid ‘bringing shame on Jehovah’s name, the congregation, the elders, the church and family’.
 
CONGREGATION CONSIDERATIONS
‘11. When discussing child sexual abuse from a congregation standpoint, we are not considering a situation in which a minor who is a willing participant* and who is approaching adulthood is involved in sexual activity with an adult who is a few years older than the minor. Nor, generally speaking, are we discussing situations in which only minors are involved. (See 14:29-30.) Rather, we are referring to an adult guilty of sexually abusing a minor who is a young child, or an adult guilty of sexual involvement with a minor who is approaching adulthood but was not a willing participant*.’
*Whether a willing participant or not, sexual activity with a minor is a crime.
*Whether a willing participant or not, sexual activity with a minor is a crime.
INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS
‘18. The elders may learn of an allegation of child sexual abuse directly from the confidant of the victim. After receiving assistance from the branch office and if the accused is a publisher in the congregation, the body of elders will appoint two elders to investigate. These elders should carefully follow Scriptural procedures and the Bible-based direction in this chapter and in Chapter 12. During the investigation process and during the judicial committee process*, a victim of child sexual abuse is never required to make her allegation in the presence of the alleged abuser. However, victims who are now adults may do so, if they wish. In addition, victims can be accompanied by a confidant of either gender when presenting their accusation to the elders. If a victim prefers, the accusation can be submitted in the form of a written statement. Generally, in the case of a victim who is a minor, elders should be able to obtain necessary information from the parents. In addition, sufficient evidence needed to establish wrongdoing on the part of an alleged abuser may already be available to the elders. (See 12:40- 42.) In the exceptional event that the two elders believe it is necessary to speak with a minor who is a victim of child sexual abuse, the elders should first contact the Service Department*.
* It is during this in-house judiciary process that a victim and his/her family will be vehemently discouraged from reporting the abuse to the police.
*The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime and the police should be contacted not the Service Department.
 
JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
‘19. If the body of elders concludes that there is sufficient Scriptural evidence to warrant the formation of a judicial committee on the grounds of child sexual abuse, the coordinator of the body of elders should first contact the circuit overseer*. (See 12:40-42; 15: 1-2.) The circuit overseer will designate an experienced elder to serve as chairman of the judicial committee. Thereafter, the body of elders will select the other members of the committee. If an appeal committee is needed, the circuit overseer will select experienced elders to serve on the committee and will designate the chairman. (See 17:1.) If wrongdoing is established and the wrongdoer is not repentant, he should be disfellowshipped. (See 16:26-31.) On the other hand, if the wrongdoer is repentant and is reproved, the reproof should be announced to the congregation at the next midweek meeting*. (See 16:20-25.) This announcement will serve as a protection for the congregation. Victims of child sexual abuse are not handled judicially. If the body of elders believes that congregation action may be warranted in the case of a minor who was a willing participant in the wrongdoing, two elders should call the Service Department before proceeding.’
*The police should be contacted first, not the Legal Department, the Service Department, the circuit overseer, or any other person, committee or department within the church.
*This appalling guideline, whereby the abuser is deemed ‘repentant’ and is therefore permitted to remain within the congregation, causes unimaginable anxiety and trauma. It also enables the abuser to abuse again.
*Again there is the despicable use of the words ‘willing participant’. The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime.
As stated, these guidelines are not available for public viewing or viewing by regular ‘rank and file’ Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are solely for private viewing by elders who must not share its contents with anyone, including other Witnesses and the authorities.
 
This leads to the point: Regular rank and file Witness parents never see these abhorrent guidelines for dealing with the sexual abuse of their own children. They are completely at the mercy of elders who seek only to silence the abused, and his/her parents, and protect themselves using bullying, gas lighting, threats of shunning and the severe warning to not bring shame on the church and Jehovah. Even if women did know about these guidelines, they simply wouldn’t dare question them.
 
To summarise, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ internal legal system does not protect children, it endangers them. It actively seeks to protect the perpetrators of the crime of child abuse and silence the abused. It is permitted to continue under ‘clergy privilege’.
 
Last year a police CRIMINT file[url=#_ftn1][1][/url] was opened to build a case against the criminality of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ CSA policy.
 
 
Source: https://avoidjw.org/files/en/publications/sfl_E/sfl_E_102021.pdf

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND THE CONCEALMENT OF CSA
 
The following is taken from the 2019 article ‘A Secret Database of Child Abuse’ which reports the findings of ex JW activist Mark O’Donnell.
 
‘On March 1997, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses, sent a letter to each of its 10,883 U.S. congregations, and to many more congregations worldwide. The organization was concerned about the legal risk posed by possible child molesters within its ranks. The letter laid out instructions on how to deal with a known predator: Write a detailed report answering 12 questions—Was this a onetime occurrence, or did the accused have a history of child molestation? How is the accused viewed within the community? Does anyone else know about the abuse?—and mail it to Watchtower’s headquarters in a special blue envelope. Keep a copy of the report in your congregation’s confidential file, the instructions continued, and do not share it with anyone.
Thus did the Jehovah’s Witnesses build what might be the world’s largest database of undocumented child molesters: at least two decades’ worth of names and addresses—likely numbering in the tens of thousands—and detailed acts of alleged abuse, most of which have never been shared with law enforcement, all scanned and searchable in a Microsoft SharePoint file.
In recent decades, much of the world’s attention to allegations of abuse has focused on the Catholic Church and other religious groups. Less notice has been paid to the abuse among the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian sect with more than 8.5 million members. Yet all this time, Watchtower has refused to comply with multiple court orders to release the information contained in its database and has paid millions of dollars over the years to keep it secret, even from the survivors whose stories are contained within.
 
[...]
 
Candace Conti, now 33, was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in Fremont, California. When she was 9, the elders in her congregation paired her with a man named Jonathan Kendrick for Saturday-morning field service. Instead of going door-to-door to preach the word of God, Kendrick would take Conti to his house and molest her, she says. She estimates this went on for about two years.
Years later, after Conti had left the Witnesses, she discovered Kendrick’s name on the federal sex-offender registry. When she went back to the elders in her former congregation to tell them about the abuse, she was rebuffed by something called the two-witness rule.
Rooted in Deuteronomy 19:15—“No single witness may convict another for any error or any sin that he may commit”—the two-witness rule states that, barring a confession, no member of the organization can be officially accused of committing a sin without two credible eyewitnesses who are willing to corroborate the accusation. Critics say this rule has helped turn Witness communities into havens for child molesters, who rarely commit crimes in the presence of bystanders.
The elders told Conti that without a second witness to the molestation, there was nothing they could do. (When reached for comment, Watchtower’s Office of Public Information said, “Our policies on child protection comply with the law, including any requirements for elders to report allegations of child abuse to authorities.” Watchtower declined to comment on specific cases out of respect for the privacy of all involved.)
Conti asked the elders to consider a plan she had devised for tracking child molesters within the organization. When they refused, she sued Watchtower, her former congregation, and Kendrick. During depositions, the elders admitted that they’d long known Kendrick had a history of child molestation—they knew before they paired him with Conti for door-to-door ministry, and before they rejected her story about the abuse. In 2012, a jury awarded Conti $28 million, believed to be the largest jury verdict ever for a single victim in a child-abuse case against a religious organization. (On appeal, judges reduced the damages to less than $3 million. Kendrick has always denied Conti’s allegations.)
Others had come forward with accusations against Watchtower before, but Conti refused to take a settlement, and the trial, with its blockbuster monetary award, became a major news story. In the years since, Watchtower has faced dozens of similar lawsuits from victims who say the organization’s policies enabled and protected their abusers. In addition to the 1997 “special blue envelope” letter, these suits have cited a 1989 letter in which Watchtower discouraged elders from reporting wrongdoing to civil authorities. “There is ‘a time to keep quiet,’ when ‘your words should prove to be few’ (Ecclesiastes 3:7; 5:2),” it read. “Improper use of the tongue by an elder can result in serious legal problems for the individual, the congregation, and even the Society.”
It was one such lawsuit that brought attention to the database.
José Lopez was 7 years old when he was molested by Gonzalo Campos, a fellow Witness whom the local elders had recommended as a mentor, despite knowing that Campos allegedly had a history of molesting young boys. When Campos assaulted Lopez in a La Jolla, California, home in 1986, the boy told his mother, who immediately reported Campos to the elders. They said they would handle the situation, and told her not to call the police. Yet Campos continued to rise in the organization, eventually becoming an elder. In 2010, he fled to Mexico, where he later confessed in a deposition to molesting Lopez and several other young boys.
Lopez filed a lawsuit against Watchtower in 2012. When his lawyer, Irwin Zalkin, requested that Watchtower turn over all documents related to Campos and other known molesters, the organization at first refused, saying it lacked the resources to locate and sort all the information. But a senior official for Watchtower later testified that all the information had, in fact, been scanned and stored in a Microsoft SharePoint database.
Zalkin introduced a software expert who testified that Watchtower should be able to produce the documents in as little as two days using simple search terms. Still, Watchtower did not comply. The judge grew frustrated and eventually barred the organization from mounting a defense, and handed Lopez a $13.5 million award. (An appellate court overturned the ruling, saying the judge should have sanctioned Watchtower incrementally; the case was settled for an undisclosed sum in January 2018.)
When Zalkin raised the issue of the database in another case against Campos, in 2016, the judge ordered Watchtower to pay a fine of $4,000 a day until it handed over the documents. Watchtower racked up $2 million in charges before settling the case in February 2018.* Zalkin has once again requested the release of the database documents in another California case he’s brought on behalf of a former Witness.
Exactly how many alleged pedophiles are named in the database has been the source of wide-ranging speculation. In 2002, one former elder said the number was 23,720. (Watchtower would not comment on the number at the time except to say that it was considerably lower.) During the Lopez trial, a Watchtower attorney estimated that the organization had received 775 blue envelopes from 1997 to 2001, but did not say how many it had received since then. Perhaps most tellingly, in 2015, an Australian investigation found that the perpetrators listed in the database represented 1.5 percent of that country’s Witness population of 68,000. Assuming the percentage is comparable in the U.S., which has a Witness population of 1.2 million, the number of alleged American abusers in the database would be 18,000.
U.S. authorities have so far taken no action against Watchtower, but other countries have launched investigations. In 2016, a royal commission in Australia found that Watchtower demonstrated a “serious failure” to protect children, including not reporting more than 1,000 alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse (more than half of whom have confessed to committing the abuse) and at least 1,800 victims in that country since 1950.
In 2014, the U.K.’s Charity Commission opened two investigations, one of which is ongoing.
Last year, in the Netherlands, then–Justice Minister Sander Dekker urged Watchtower to conduct an independent investigation into hundreds of abuse allegations received via a special hotline. Watchtower declined.’
 
 
Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/
 
https://douglasquenqua.com/2019/07/12/a-secret-database-of-child-abuse/
 
 
From the 2018 article ‘Jehovah’s Witness abuse files remain secret after court settlements’ by Trey Bundy:
‘Despite the Watchtower’s admission that it is sitting on decades of potential criminal evidence against child abusers, there is no indication that top law enforcement agencies in the U.S. – such as the FBI and attorneys general in California and New York – are conducting investigations. Meanwhile, governments in other countries have taken an active interest in the Watchtower’s child abuse policies.
Investigators running a public inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse in the U.K. are weighing whether to open an investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization in England and Wales. A separate commission, one that regulates U.K. charities, has been investigating the Watchtower’s child abuse policies since 2014 but has yet to release its findings.’
Source: https://revealnews.org/blog/jehovahs-witness-abuse-files-remain-secret-after-court-settlements/
 


 
FURTHER READING
 
In the first case of its kind, JW elders were sentenced in Illinois in March 2022 for failing to report child sexual abuse in NY headquarters. “Michael Penkava, 72, and Colin Scott, 88, who have served as Jehovah’s Witnesses elders for decades, each were found guilty March 18 of a Class A criminal misdemeanor charge of violating the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.”
 
https://www.shawlocal.com/northwest-herald/news/2022/03/26/jehovahs-witnesses-elders-sentenced-to-supervision-community-service-for-not-reporting-childs-sexual-abuse/
 
 
 
Mark O'Donnell (@Mark_J_ODonnell) on 17 wasted months of the court's time in Montana by making false claims about their first corporation, Watch Tower, Pennsylvania.
https://t.co/96iHdh6PPr
https://twitter.com/Mark_J_ODonnell/status/1482053975872528384?s=20 
 
Court file on above case.
https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/DocumentList?docketId=T1yAHX0AO9YZ84Iphf0YpA%3D%3D&display=all&courtType=Kings+County+Supreme+Court&resultsPageNum=1
 
 
 


 
IN SUMMARY
 
 
There are 8.5 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, and just over 140,000 active members in the UK. The church operates as a UK registered charity, number 1077961, and as such benefits from the associated tax exemptions and government funding in the form of Gift Aid. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, operating under the UK Charity Commission, provides a haven for abusers where it is the abusers who are safeguarded not the children.
 
In the short term:
 
§  The UK Charity Commission and the police must be made aware of the church’s guidelines on CSA and the bullying tactics used to silence an abuse victim.
 
§  Every school must be informed of the church’s guidelines on child sexual abuse in order to be extra vigilant in looking out for signs of abuse in JW children.
 
In the long term:
 
§  The reporting of CSA in the church must be made a legal requirement with non-compliance treated as complicity in the abuse.
 
§  There must be a full review of the church’s status as a registered charity and this status removed if the church is found in breach of the terms of operation under the section ‘harming people’[url=#_ftn2][2][/url].
 
In 2019 Northamptonshire Police ran an inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Jesus Fellowship – also known as the Jesus Army – and reported 200 complaints of various types of abuse. Six men were sentenced. The inquiry led to exposure and eventual collapse of the church.
 
IICSA exposed the problem of unreported child sexual abuse in the UK. It did not, in any way, provide a solution. This served to enable the abusers. As the final IICSA reports are being prepared, we all have a moral responsibility to speak up for the voices silenced by governing bodies, trusts, leaders and elders allowed to conceal abuse in order to protect themselves and their organisations and churches. We all have a moral responsibility to make sure it becomes a LEGAL REQUIREMENT to report child sexual abuse or else stand accountable for complicity.
 
 




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The JWs SHUN you for disobeying or questioning the rules.
The Roman Church excommunicates you for the same things
Islam deems you an apostate, Heretic, or in-fidel, for which the penalty is – very obviouslydeath


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Post by CaKeLoveR 19.06.22 10:22

Whenever I hear of that vile organization, I think of Eunice Spry. What this vomit making creature did to children was not sexual, but her perversion and cruelty were unimaginable.
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