SUMMARY OF WATCHTOWER AUSTRALIA FILE ANALYSIS ABOUT CHILD SEX ABUSE

You can find the original PDF file in the Official Website of the Child Abuse Royal Commision of Australia

Link: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/exhibits/636f01a5-50db-4b59-a35e-a24ae07fb0ad/case-study-29,-july-2015,-sydney

File name: SUMMARY OF WATCHTOWER AUSTRALIA FILE ANALYSIS

File ID: WAT.9999.013.0012

 

SUMMARY OF WATCHTOWER AUSTRALIA FILE ANALYSIS

In response to summons S-NSW-391 issued by the Royal Commission of 4 February 2015, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Australia Ltd (Watchtower Australia) produced documents that include files held by Watchtower Australia which relate to complaints or allegations of child sexual abuse against members of the Jehovah Church in Australia (Case files)

The Royal Commission´s analysis documents contained in the Case Files has produced the following outcomes

Total number of alleged perpetrators

1. Since 1950, Watchtower Australia has recorded in Case Files allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse against 1006 members of the Jehovah´s Witnesses Church in Australia (the alleged perpetrators).

State/Territory total number of alleged perpetrators

2. By reference of State or Territory of first report or allegation, the Case Files record the following number of allegations of child sexual abuse:

I) Australian Capital Territory – 10 Case Files

II) New South Wales – 270 Case Files

III) Northern Territory – 10 Case Files

IV) Queensland – 306 Case Files

V) South Australia – 69 Case Files

VI) Tasmania – 24 Case Files

VII) Victoria – 140 Case Files

VIII) Western Australia – 137 Case Files

IX) Unclear – 39 Case Files

Familial vs Non-Familial

3. 325 of the Case Files record allegations of non-familial child sexual abuse

4. 564 of the Case Files record allegations o familial child sexual abuse

5. 89 of the Case Files record allegations of both non-famial and familial child sexual abuse

Role of alleged perpetrator in the Church

6. 108 alleged perpetrators were elders or ministerial servant at the time of the first alleged incident of abuse (WTA says 104)

Operation of Two-Witness Rule and Confession

7. Application of the two-witness rule prevented 125 allegations of child abuse from proceeding to a judicial commitee.

8. 579 alleged perpetrators confessed to having committed child sexual abuse

Progress of matter to judicical commitee

9. 563 alleged perpetrators were the subject of a judicial commitee hearing by congregation elders.

Reproval

10. 190 alleged perpetrators were reproved to an allegation of child sexual abuse

11. 11 alleged perpetrators were reproved on more than one occasion in relation to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Disfellowshipping

12. 401 alleged perpetrators were disfellowshipped to an allegation of child sexual abuse.

13 78 alleged perpetrators wer disfellowshipped on more than one occasion in relation to allegation of child sexual abuse.

Reinstatement

14. Of 401 alleged perpetrators disfellowshipped in relation to an allegation of child sexual abuse (see [12] above), 230 were later reinstated

15. 35 alleged perpetrators who were disfellowshipped on more than one occasion in relation to allegazions of child sexual abuse were reinstated on more than one occasion

Appointment as Elder or Ministerial Servant

16. 28 Alleged perpetrators were appointed as an elder or ministerial servant after having been the subject of an allegation of child sexual abuse.

Deletion as Elder or Ministerial Servant

17. 127 alleged perpetrators were deleted as an elder or ministerial servant as a result of an allegation of child sexual abuse.

18. Of 127 alleged perpetraors deleted as an elder or ministerial servant as a result of an allegazion of child sexual abuse (see [17] above), 16 were later reappointed as an elder or ministerial servant.

Convictions

19. 161 alleged perpetrators have been convicted of a child abuse offence.

Reporting to secular authorities by the Church and/or Watchtower Australia

20. We identified no record in the Case Files of the JW Church or Watchtower Australia having reported any allegation of child sexual abuse in relazion to any of the 1006 alleged perpetrators to the police or other secular authority

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