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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sexual Abuse: The Court of Brussels Finds the CIAOSN Report Ill-Founded

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The governmental “cult watchdog” published a text that was methodologically faulty and included false statements, the judge said.




Another legal victory in Belgium! And this time about a so-called "objective report about (mis)handling of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses".


One thing I really appreciate from this court case is the following:


In its decision of June 16, 2022, the Court of Brussels sums up the main point of our criticism as follows:

1: “lack of discussion of the methodology;

2: a selective use of a few reliable academic sources;

3: a subjective appreciation of certain beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses as peculiar or bizarre, when these beliefs are shared by many Christian denominations;

4: the predominance of newspaper clippings as sources of information, and the omissions and errors that such sources have caused;

5: a lack of contact with the national office of the Jehovah’s Witnesses;

6: the lack of verification of the truth of the allegations;

7: the lack of evidence of an alleged connection between sexual abuse and disfellowshipping of those who report it;

8: the reliance on the controversial Australian Parliamentary Commission’s [Royal Commission] report, whose figures are based largely on unconfirmed allegations of abuse within the family and outside of any institutional context;

9: the reliance on CIAOSN’s biased theory that their dualistic worldview makes Jehovah’s Witnesses an ‘at-risk’ organization, whereas this worldview is shared by most religious communities.”


The judge was kind enough to demand from the State the following:


"The court ordered “the State to publish, at its own expense, the present judgment on the homepage of the CIAOSN website, for a period of six months from the expiration of a period of eight days from the date of service of the present judgment;” and “to publish a mention of the present judgment with a reference to its full text in the ‘news’ section of the CIAOSN website.”


I wonder how many media will pick up this news item


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