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Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims

The Center for Investigative Reporting February 14, 2015 By, Trey Bundy Irwin Zalkin is interviewed in this in-depth investigative report that details the history of childhood sexual abuse and secrecy in the Jehovah's Witnesses.

"The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – one of the world’s most insular religions – for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations, according to an examination of thousands of pages of documents in recent cases.

The religion’s parent organization, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, issued the directives in at least 10 memos dating back to 1989. Although the memos were anonymously written, Watchtower officials have testified that the organization’s Governing Body approved them all."

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