Abuse survivors outraged by delays in Royal Commission Inquiry findings

Abuse Survivors are outraged by yesterday's announcement that the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry will delay its findings till June.

Last week, the Court of Appeal heard a challenge to an earlier High Court ruling dismissing a claim for Judicial Review made by the Jehovah's Witnesses.The Court has been asked by Ministers to delay its Inquiry findings until the judicial process is complete, enraging abuse survivors.

The case explored the legality of the Inquiry's scope being extended to include faith-based institutions.

Accused faces rape charges

Ex-Jehovah's Witness figure on trial A former Jehovah's Witness figure will stand trial over 52 allegations, including rape and sexual procurement, after his bail application was refused.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was present in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court as witnesses were cross-examined while the court was closed to the public.

Former Jehovah's Witness elder committed to stand trial accused of Sunshine Coast rapes, sexual abuse

A former Jehovah's Witness elder has been committed to stand trial for raping and sexually abusing young men on the Sunshine Coast over a 10-year period.

Police arrested 62-year-old Mooloolaba man Peter Mitchelson in August 2022 and charged him with more than 50 sexual offences, including 21 counts of rape that allegedly occurred at various locations on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane from 2008 to 2018.

The charges relate to five adult male complainants known to Mr Mitchelson through the Jehovah's Witness faith.

Bombshell update in Jehovah's Witness figure's rape case

A Sunshine Coast Jehovah's Witness identity is set to have another tilt at bail on rape and incest offences after losing his liberty following more charges.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard on Friday the Mooloolaba man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would be applying for bail after he was taken into custody in September 2023.

Police allege the Mooloolaba man used his position of religious standing within the Jehovah's Witness community to target young men in their late teens to early 20s between 2008 and 2018.

Takeaways from the AP's investigation into the LDS Church's handling of sex abuse cases

Hailey, Idaho · Paul Rytting had been director of the Risk Management Division at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for around 15 years when a 31-year-old church member told him that her father, a former bishop, had sexually abused her when she was a child.

Rytting flew from church headquarters in Salt Lake City to Hailey, Idaho, to meet with Chelsea Goodrich and her mother, Lorraine, to discuss what he said was a "tragic and horrendous" story.

Clergy members could become mandatory reporters of child abuse

When Senator Noel Frame, D-Seattle, learned how Jehovah's Witness elders in Spokane had covered up child sexual abuse for years, she looked to the law for answers.

Frame found that, under Washington state law, clergy members have no responsibility to report what they suspect to be child abuse. Washington is one of five states that has yet to change this rule.

Frame says she experienced abuse as a child, and it was only once after her teacher, a "mandatory reporter," said something to her guardians that the abuse stopped.

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses speak out about alleged sexual abuse within denomination

A Kent woman is making it her mission to warn university students and others about a religious organization she says covered up sexual abuse she suffered by one of its leaders.

Anna Ciano-Hendricks, a former Jehovah's Witness, helped organize a protest in the fall in downtown Kent against the denomination's practice of trying to convert students downtown, within view of her workplace.

Ciano-Hendricks said she was a member of the organization her whole life and was sexually abused as a child by a current leader in an Ohio chapter. 

Jehovah's Witness elder called out for providing court character reference for Kezia Whitton's abuser

A survivor of child sex abuse has criticised one of the leaders of her former church for providing a character reference for her abuser in court.

WARNING: This story contains references to child sexual abuse.

Kezia Whitton was sexually abused by her brother Joel almost three decades ago, when she was five and he was 18.

Ms Whitton confronted her brother in 2018 following the royal commission into child abuse and he was jailed last year.