IICSA: Jehovah’s Witnesses

Paul Gillies at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the UK

Sarah Davies, Duncan Corbett, Lloyd Evans and Paul Gillies give evidence to the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on Monday August 10, 2020. Paul Gillies gives further evidence on Tuesday August 11, 2020. The public hearing on the aforementioned dates examines the child protection policies and safeguarding culture in Jehovah’s Witnesses in England and Wales.

Sarah Davies is a child sexual abuse survivor of a Jehovah’s Witness and provided accurate information about how she has been treated by Jehovah’s Witnesses and how her congregation elders handled her case. Duncan Corbett is a former elder who served for 18 years and provided accurate information from an April 8, 1999 Awake!. Lloyd Evans is a former elder who served for about 12 months and provided accurate information about his understanding of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ policies relating to child abuse. Paul Gillies is Overseer (Director) of the Public Relations Office at World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in upstate New York. He provided accurate information showing clearly how Jehovah’s Witness elders do not have any professional training in handling child sexual abuse, and that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not audit or monitor elders’ handling of child abuse.

May 14, 2020: Solicitors’ Opening Statements

August 10, 2020: Day 1 Video Testimony

August 11, 2020: Day 2 Video Testimony

August 14, 2020: Day 3 Closing Statements

August 11, 2020: Gillies lying under oath

August 11, 2020: Prof. Frank to Paul Gillies

“Satan is coming after us legally” Professor Frank asks Gillies if he knows Shawn Bartlett.

Key Documents

Application to Recuse Ivor Frank

Documents Released during the hearings

In the News

Wales Online

Three women who say they were abused as children in the Jehovah’s Witnesses tell their awful stories

The Guardian Newspaper

Former Jehovah’s Witness elders call for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

Article last updated September 23, 2020: Added documents regarding application to recuse Ivor Frank


3 thoughts on “IICSA: Jehovah’s Witnesses

  1. Yea, ”Jehovah’s Witness elders do not have any professional training in handling child sexual abuse, and that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not audit or monitor elders’ handling of child abuse.”

    This is a true statement. Instead of reporting CSA to Authorities, Jehovah’s Witnesses elders are told to call and inform ‘Legal Department’ at Jehovah’s Witnesses branch offices.

  2. I was an elder for about 18 years and spent 25 years in JW community! I can say that GB members commonly do not encourage to report child sexual abuse to the authorities in direct violation of their own believe of Rom.13:1,2. The appointment of elders are said to get via God’s Holy Spirit, the members do strongly believe this and as a result they ruin their families, relationship between family members and friends, they physiologically damage children brains as victims feel even more guilty that they are abused while they need more spiritual help as well as justice to be done !
    In my former congregation an elder was appointed via so called direction of Holy Spirit while he was already engaged in child sex abuse! I strongly believe that each GB member is blood guilty of destroying our children physiological health and well being!

  3. Thanks, Jason for your incredible hard work. There is so much evidence. It’s hard to hear it so what must it be like to go through this abuse? At least you give them a voice, thanks so much.

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