Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 4 years ago

Say it isn't so. Jehovah's Witnesses Quietly Settle Another Pedophile Lawsuit?

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    It IS so - Jehovah's Witness Terry Monheim has been found guilty of sexually abusing 14 year old Stephanie Fessler. Yet another victory for the courts over the scandal of how Jehovah's Witnesses broke the law by failing to report the suspected abuse of a minor to the authorities.

    "It has been 13 years since congregation elders in Spring Grove Pennsylvania first learned of the inappropriate relationship and abuse perpetrated by Terry Monheim, aged 49, and her victim, Stephanie Fessler, who was just 14 years of age when the abuse began. Stephanie was dragged before elders in 2004 and 2005 to answer for her relationship with her abuser, but with grotesque disregard for the law, elders knowingly failed to report the suspected abuse to the police, to Pennsylvania's Childline, or to any other authority. Instead, they forwarded what they knew to Watchtower's legal department, who wantonly disregarded Pennsylvania State law, and also failed to report.

    Instead of protection the victim from further harm, local elders in Pennsylvania issued a private reproof in 2004, then another public reproof in 2005. The victim, Stephanie was crucified and devastated, having been denied protection from the authorities who are trained to protect minors, and prevent further injury and mental distress. The local elders and the Watchtower organization victimized Stephanie, and more than once. Her participation in the abuse was viewed as a sin, and not a crime. Stephanie was a sinner, they said.

    Judge Collins read the statute for mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse to the jury of 10. The plaintiff was now given the floor, and attorney Gregg Zeff made his opening statement to the jury. Mr. Zeff explained that a member of clergy must report suspected abuse of a minor, and that elders should never keep suspected abuse secret to protect the Jehovah’s Witness organization. Zeff introduced a letter to the body of elders, dated July 1, 1989, which reminds elders that due to lawsuits, strictest confidence must be maintained by elders. The letter advised elders against the “improper use of the tongue”

    Zeff explains the timeline in which the elders first learned of the suspected abuse of Fessler in 2004, activity which included hugging and kissing. Elders from both the Spring Grove congregation (Stephanie’s congregation) a those from the Freeland Maryland congregation (Terry Seipp-Monheim’s congregation) were aware of the relationship, but failed to contact the authorities. Instead, they formed their own committee and reproved both the victim and her abuser.

    Attorney Zeff then played a video deposition taken a few years ago when this case was filed, in which the plaintiff’s mother Jodie Fessler stated that elder Eric Hoffman never once advised her that authorities must be contacted.

    It was not until 2011 that Stephanie Fessler was finally able to contact the police, at which point Monheim was arrested and jailed. Testimony from detective Layden will advise the jury that elders should have immediately obeyed the law and contacted the police and Childline. Instead, Zeff stated that rules were broken to protect the congregation and keep it out of harm’s way."

    When will the Governing Body stop protecting abusers and start to protect their victims?

  • 4 years ago

    Thisorganization drags so much saucepans that there is enough to supply a chain of hardware.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The Jehovah's Witnesses' claim to fame is nothing to brag about. They are known as pedophiles paradise and for good reason. There are cases reported all over and you can read about just a few of the many recent cases in my comments below. Disgusting cult.

  • 4 years ago

    What do you expect, they are a cult.

    JW's are a CULT, do not listen to them. They modified the bible and made their own version NWT.

    Several issues that the JW's have with the Christian Bible...

    1) What about the JW's modifying John 1:1 from ‘…was God to ‘…was 'a god' (for grammatical reasons which of course changed the meaning of the verse). Again the statement that Jesus was the only begotten Son of the Father Is stated again in John 1:14

    2) The earth will last forever. ‘New Earth’ as stated in Isaiah 65:17

    “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;

    And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

    The current world is passing away because of sin

    1 John 2:17

    And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

    Also ..

    Romans 8:21-22

    21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious

    liberty of the children of God.

    22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

    3) One God..

    Deuteronomy 6:4

    “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.”

    What the JW's misunderstand is that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one in essence not absolute.

    For example, The key word “one” (Hebrew achad) is often used to denote unity in diversity. For example, when

    Eve was united to Adam in marriage, they were said to be “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Similarly, on the third day

    of creation, the waters were “gathered together unto one place,” yet this gathering together was called “Seas”

    (i.e., more than one sea, Genesis 1:9-10). Dr. Henry H. Morris, ICR


    JW's deny the deity of Christ and have changed God's word.

    1 John 4:1-2

    4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;

    because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God:

    Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

    Rev 22:18-19

    18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    Charles Taze Russell who founded the Jehovah's Witnesses. He prophesied the world would end in 1914.

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