Though the Catholic Church has recieved a great deal of attention lately because of child sexual abuse issues, no religion, class or community is immune from this scourge, including Jehovah’s Witnesses. Recently this has recieved some attention, with certain individuals making various alegations to the news media. While I can’t definativly answer all the issues raised, I can adress some of them and provide some clarification from the point of view of one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
First, the media attention. An article from CNN and a spot on Dateline are the ones I know about, AP also did a release that made its way into local papers. I haven’t seen the Dateline show so I cannot address specific comments made there. Most of the allegations seem to come from a Mr Bowen, an individual who served as an Elder (one who shepherds