Years ago, when I first came in the "truth", one of the first things I learned was not to bring reproach upon Jehovah's name. This was a big teaching back then and we all knew to keep quiet about anything that was bad in the Kingdom Hall. You know the commercial that says "whatever happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas?" Well, that was how all Jehovah's Witnesses felt about the congregation. Whatever happened in the congregation stayed in the congregation. If a brother stole from you or slept with your wife or defiled your children, you were instructed to go to the elders and they try would sort it out. If they could not sort it out, you were told to go and "wait on Jehovah" to fix matters. Under no circumstances were you to report anything to the police or any one else in authority. We were even discouraged from telling other congregations members about anything bad that happened to us.
The point of all of this was to make Jehovah's Witnesses look good to people on the outside and make them believe that the congregation was free of problems and that everyone was happy and carefree and serving Jehovah with unity and peacefulness. Jehovah's Witnesses are the happiest people on earth.
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Brothers could come into the congregation and prey on little girls and boys with impunity. They were protected by the congregation because the brothers were taught not to report such things to the authorities because it would bring reproach on Jehovah. Jehovah would handle the matter in his own good time.
Would these pedophiles be disfellowshipped? No! According to Jehovah's Witnesses you must have two witnesses to the wrongdoing before you can be expelled from the congregation. So, you could not be expelled from the congregation and the congregation would not turn you over to the police. A Pedophile's Paradise if there ever was one!
You might feel that as a parent the protection of your child would be paramount. However, in a cult you mind is controlled so it is easy for you to believe that to bring reproach on Jehovah's name would cause you and your children to die at Armageddon and not to receive the promise of everlasting life that you so hoped for.
When the gross nature of the pedophile issue in the Watchtower organization was finally exposed, the Watchtower hurriedly began publishing articles in their magazines about the horrors of chuld abuse. Their Public Relations officers issued statements about how they handled child abuse. The Public Relations officers even made a video of how they were vigilant in taking care of pedophiles in the congregation. The Watchtower only did this after it was found out that they actually harbored and protected pedophiles. Hypocites.
This vigilance came too late for many children who grew up in the organizations. Because they wre taught that elders were princes, they obeyed the sick desires of some of these men without question. It is absolutely heartwrenching to think about.
Of course, some of you apologists will not believe any of this. But it is all true. It is horrific, sick and true. And this is the organization that calls itself Jehovah's channel of communication. Jehovah's name has been vilified by this organization and they will reap the consequences.