Not just left footers then?

A Jehovah’s Witness charity has been attacked by the Charity Commission for covering up allegations of paedophilia against one of its former leaders.

In a damning report by the charities watchdog, Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses was criticised for failing to report its members claims of sex abuse to the police.

“The inquiry found that the trustees of the charity did not report the allegation of child sexual abuse to the police or to other authorities,” the report said. “Nor did it report the matter as a serious incident to the Commission.”

8 comments on “Not just left footers then?

  1. Here’s a question. Is there a higher proportion of sexual abusers amongst the actively religious than amongst the non religious/non-practising? One does seem to get a lot of god-bothering preverts, or is that just a reflection of them being good newspaper fodder?
    I’ve a feeling that there are. But, then, I regard belief in sky faeries as a mental illness in its own right.

  2. I wonder how much child abuse happens in state run care homes.
    Rotherham we eventually found out about, but if it takes 10 years to discover a mountain that big, how many hills are undiscovered?

  3. Not really a paedo as according to the report he was 19 and she was 15.
    The investigation and cover up are quite typical amongst obscure groups because of their fear of outsiders however they took the outsiders money (Charitable status) and so come under the outsiders scrutiny.

    As to the question posed by BiS, kiddie fiddlers gravitate towards places/institutions that grant them access to and control of children.
    Because of a tendency towards sociopathy they can easily gain positions of power/influence in those organisations thus providing more opportunities to exploit and more powers to suppress.
    This applies to all authoritarian organisations with access to children.

  4. No, I was thinking about the effect of religion itself. Maybe it’s having a lot to do with cultural Catholics, of late. Despite having a Big Book of Rules, they don’t seem to abide by them much. Certainly not more than those haven’t read the book. Rather less, if anything.
    But I keep running into this “destiny” thing. That “God” wants this or that & is responsive to that or this. It’s hard work convincing people there’s no short cuts to your aspirations, save doing shit yourself, for yourself.
    So one can see how things could be internalised as “God” puts temptations in my way & if I fail, well, as long as I’m suitably contrite I’m forgiven. Until the next time. Or even up to, “it was divinely ordained”, so all right.
    As I said, abrogating one’s responsibilities to illusory deities is to me, an illness. However you try & rationalise it.

  5. @bloke in spain, July 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    No, I was thinking about the effect of religion itself. Maybe it’s having a lot to do with cultural Catholics, of late. Despite having a Big Book of Rules, they don’t seem to abide by them much. Certainly not more than those haven’t read the book. Rather less, if anything.

    Reason being RCs confess to a priest and are forgiven. Worked when Church & State were as one. Some believed that was wrong, hence Lutherism and also Protestant.

  6. bloke in spain said:
    “Here’s a question. Is there a higher proportion of sexual abusers amongst the actively religious than amongst the non religious/non-practising?”

    I think there was an American study that found a higher proportion amongst male teachers in government-run non-religious schools than amongst priests. And before the clergy it was scout masters who caught the public attention. Certain people are attracted to certain jobs for the wrong reasons.

  7. Perhaps its access to tempting targets?

    To be honest a 15 year old girl and 19 year old lad would be pretty common. Back when I was 15 around half the girls my age that I knew were dating older guys. Including uni students and people with a full time job.

    Abuse? It happens, often by someone in a position of authority. Teacher, parent, public official, youth leader etc.
    Doesn’t need to be religious nor does it need to be non religious. Just so long as the victim can be persuaded one way or another not to tell.
    And that method works. For years at a time in some cases.

    While the celeb witch hunt has been going on a few years there has been lots of abuse not covered because it was by someone not famous.

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