MEDIA RELEASE | 2018 London JW Protest

19 August 2018

London, UK

Seven former Australian Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW), including representatives from SaySorry.org, protested in London alongside others from 14 other countries – England, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, the US and Wales. The London JW Protest was to highlight serious and persistent global child sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses and the related practice of shunning.[1]

Before travelling to London, the SaySorry.org team arranged meetings with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profits Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission to draw attention to these issues. One issue raised was religion taking advantage of their charity registration all the while closing ranks to cover up institutional child sexual abuse.

During the London JW Protest a resolution was formally adopted. Item 10 of the Resolution says:

 “We Invite the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to ‘Be Courageous’! and ‘Say Sorry’! to all child abuse victims from within the Jehovah’s Witnesses, past and present, some of whom are here today adopting this resolution, so that they and us may heal as we still hurt.”

After the protest, SaySorry.org travelled through seven countries, knowledge sharing with organisations such as the Charity Commission for England and Wales[2], Mandate Now[3], The Netherland’s Reclaimed Voices[4], the French Interministerial Mission to Monitor and Combat Deviant Sects[5](MIVILUDES), and the European Court of Human Rights.

The current UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)[6] have invited SaySorry.org to submit documentation for consideration by the Inquiry.

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FOOTNOTES

[1] https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2018/08/protest-highlights-abuse-and-cover-ups-among-jehovahs-witnesses

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

[3] http://mandatenow.org.uk/

[4] https://reclaimedvoices.org/

[5] http://www.derives-sectes.gouv.fr/

[6] https://www.iicsa.org.uk/