Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to hand over child abuse files

This video says about itself:

Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Abuse – Shocking Testimony by Jehovah’s Witness Elder

29 July 2015

Testimony from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the Jehovah’s Witnesses church refuses to hand over files about child abuse, including confessions of abuse by church members to internal religious courts, to the police and justice department. Abuse survivors are scared that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will destroy that abuse evidence.


‘Jehovah’s Witnesses destroy child abuse evidence’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Abuse – Is there a problem?

1 March 2016

In the summer of 2002 I had my first taste of the controversy surrounding child abuse mishandling when, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was warned about a BBC Panorama program titled “Suffer the Little Children,” which exposed widespread molestation within the religion of my birth. After waking up from my indoctrination in 2010 I realized that, far from being “apostate-driven lies and dishonesties” (as one Governing Body member recently put it), the problem is bigger than anyone can fully comprehend.

To read some of the documents cited in this video, please download this PDF.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Evidence of Child Abuse

The organization Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Netherlands has for years kept records of allegations of child sexual abuse. This is what RTL News reports. Victims fear that the reports will be destroyed and that evidence will be lost.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have their own kind of courts, committees of “elders” within the society. They judge about missteps that members of the movement commit. These are not severe punishments: the maximum sentence is excommunication.

According to RTL there are dozens or possibly hundreds of reports of internal lawsuits in the archives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. These consist of cases of Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of sexual abuse, with details or even confessions. But the documents are not shared with the police. That is not the policy of the organisation. …

Raymond Hintjes of the Reclaimed Voices foundation, which defends the interests of victims, says that about 220 abuse reports have been received. …

The fear that reports will be destroyed is based on experiences with other Jehovah’s branches in the world, says Hintjes. “That happened in various places, for example in Australia, Great Britain and the United States.”

Nazi German Holocaust sexual abuse

This video says about itself:

Sex slavery in the nazi camps

25 February 2011

Women in nazi camps.

From the Forward in the USA:

It’s Time For A Holocaust #MeToo Reckoning

Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua

February 5, 2018

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Over the past few months, more and more women have been opening up about horrible stories of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. The #MeToo movement is a long overdue corrective to our culture. And yet the stories of one group of women have yet to crest into the mainstream and get the recognition they deserve: Holocaust survivors.

Holocaust museums, educational institutions and film archives are full of robust programs. But the stories of survivors who experienced sexual abuse are treated as taboo, or of secondary importance. They are never part of a museum’s permanent exhibition. And yet, we are becoming increasingly aware that sexual violence, whether through experiments, terror, coercion, rape or routine practices meant to humiliate and defile, was rampant during the Holocaust.

The reasons these stories remain hidden are complex. But one can’t ignore the simple fact that few women survivors have shared them.

My own mother denied being a Holocaust survivor. Her identity was forged through her experiences as a “freedom fighter” in the Israeli underground and army. Those were the stories she told me, the stories she was proud of.

And it’s no small wonder. What would she have gained by telling me she and five thousand other mainly teenage Jewish girls from Upper Silesia were trafficked as Nazi slaves to a remote town in Sudetenland, where they were imprisoned for over four years?

Pentagon complicity in Afghan child abuse

This video says about itself:

6 March 2016

In Afghanistan women are forbidden to dance in public. Local men suffer – they want entertainment and sex at any cost. RT talked to “bachas”, boys dressed as women who dance for older men at male-only parties, and “playboys”, the bosses who recruit them. A private party usually ends up with guests bidding for a night with the ‘bacha’ (a ‘boy’ in Farsi).

By Kayla Costa in the USA:

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

29 January 2018

A report released Monday revealed the United States’ long-term complicity in widespread sexual violence against Afghan boys. Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

In a practice known as bacha bazi, or “boy play”, high-ranking Afghan elites use boys between the ages of 10 and 18 to entertain them as dancers, dressed in make-up and girls’ clothing. They then hold the boys hostage, raping them and forcing them to engage in other sexual acts over extended periods of time. Once these boys escape their enslavement, they are left with deep psychological, emotional, and social trauma.

The US military has been aware of these abusive practices for years, but has worked to hide them from the public eye in order to proceed with its cooperative relationship with the Afghan police and military.

Completed in June 2017, the report was to remain classified as “Secret//Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals” until 2042. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) was well aware that the incidents were in violation of domestic and international human rights law, but the Pentagon continued to funnel billions into their operations through a loophole called the “notwithstanding clause”.

The decision by the Obama administration to commission the report in 2015 only arrived after an article by the New York Times recounted reports from soldiers and commanders in the US military, some of whom had been dismissed for their attempts to intervene in the crimes. Captain Dan Quinn was one of those who left the Special Forces, telling interviewers, “We were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than [what] the Taliban did.”

Despite the number of reports of military personnel being told to ignore the incidents for the sake of privacy or cultural differences, the SIGAR report reiterates that they found “no evidence that U.S. forces were told to ignore human rights abuses.” Instead, it primarily blames the lack of clearly defined procedures in reporting incidents, and the apathy of the Afghanistan government.

While the promises of Afghan leaders to crack down on these child rapists have gone unfulfilled, they do not carry sole responsibility. Gul Agha Shirzai, an Afghan politician who was backed by the CIA, is deeply involved in bacha bazi, and currently works as the minister of border and tribal affairs. In another case, contractors who worked for DynCorp—an aviation, weapons, and law enforcement company that conducts nearly all of its business with the US government—were found to have bought drugs and “dancing boys” with their Afghan policemen in 2010.

Since 2001, the United States has funneled over $70 billion straight into Afghan military and police forces and easily over $1 trillion more broadly. The country has faced great destruction, with at least 175,000 Afghan casualties and millions displaced as refugees. Poppy production and the drug trade now have a huge influence over the national economy, elevating the same government officials, warlords, and elites that participate in child enslavement and rape.

The American military machine also has its own history of sexual violence, against its own forces and civilians. Rape has been used as an act of war against women, children, and prisoners of war throughout every major conflict in the past century. This is no exception for the United States interventions in the Middle East. In one striking example, a Preliminary Examination Report from 2016 documented 82 individual detainees of the CIA who were tortured, abused or raped in Afghanistan and the “black sites” of Poland, Romania and Lithuania.

After a brief hiatus at the start of 2016, the Pentagon has intensified operations in Afghanistan. Civilian casualties are higher today than at any point since the first invasion, caused in part by a 300 percent increase in air strikes and artillery barrages. At least 16,000 US troops are now on the ground, just a fraction of the total forces throughout the Middle East.

Countless photos, videos, and stories of the killing and suffering of children and women have been circulated by the media to justify the wars in the Middle East. Accompanied by crocodile tears, these alleged violations of human rights by those targeted by the US military are seized upon as justification of wars of aggression.

This SIGAR report is just one more confirmation that the “human rights” politics of the US ruling establishment are shot through with hypocrisy and deceit.

The Trump administration is preparing to deploy at least 1,000 more US troops to Afghanistan over the coming months amid mounting signs that the 16-year-old US war and occupation is confronting its gravest crisis since the invasion of October 2001: here.

US is quietly shifting troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. Anonymous contractors at a US base said the transfer began last week: here.

Afghanistan third bottom in the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index.Read more: here.

MORE than 10,000 civilians were killed or maimed in armed conflict in Afghanistan last year, the United Nations mission to the country reported today: here.

Jehovah’s Witnesses child sexual abuse scandal

This video from the USA says about itself:

Candace Conti: Former Jehovah’s Witness Takes on Church over Sex Abuse Allegations

13 March 2015

Candace Conti says the church failed to protect her from a predatory pedophile, which Jehovah’s Witnesses has denied.

Translated from RTL TV in the Netherlands today:

Steve was abused by a Jehovah’s Witness: ‘It was recommended not to go to the police

An independent investigation must be conducted as soon as possible into sexual child abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is what victims are demanding today from Minister Dekker of Legal Protection. Steve is one of the victims, he noticed that the church covered up, helping perpetrators: “While elders should have told victims to go to the police, that is also in the Bible.”

In two months’ time there were 151 reports of child sexual abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Netherlands.