Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to bow to pressure of safeguarding inquiry

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have finally dropped their efforts to block an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse, but AO Advocates Senior Associate Thomas Beale explains to the Guardian why the Charity Commission’s decision to revoke an order compelling the production of documents by the religious organisation means we’re unlikely to see any real disclosure.

Kathleen Hallisey featured in article about Jehovah's Witnesses accusations

Our Senior Associate, Kathleen Hallisey, who successfully sued the Jehovah's Witnesses, was interviewed for Reveal News about the UK Charity Commission's investigation into the child protection policies of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which have mishandled sexual abuse allegations against the organisation. With ten separate lawsuits pending against the Witnesses, Hallisey also represents victims of Mark Sewell, a leader in the Jehovah's Witnesses who was convicted of eight sex offences in 2014. In Trey Bundy's article, Hallisey expresses strong support for the Commission and its potential to bring systemic changes: 'I am hopeful that [the investigators'] dedication and diligence in pursuing this investigation will lead to real change in the Watchtower's child protection policies.'

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