Articoli con tag testimone di Geova

Galles del Sud. Una insegnante testimone di Geova, sposata e madre, rischia la condanna al carcere per aver fatto sesso con un suo allievo minorenne. La sentenza il 23 marzo

3 Marzo 2015

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Married woman, 36, who had sex with 15-year-old schoolboy breaks down in tears as she is told she faces jail

  • Kelly Jane Richards admitted having sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy 
  • Married mother of two broke down in tears at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court
  • Judge told the Jehovah’s Witness she could face prison for the offence
  • Teenager’s mother found out what happened and Richards was arrested
  • She was granted conditional bail and will be sentenced later this month  

A married mother-of-two broke down in tears after she was told she could be sent to prison for having sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Kelly Jane Richards, of South Wales, admitted having sex with the teenager, who is less than half her age.

The Jehovah’s Witness was arrested last December after the child’s mother discovered what had happened.

The 36-year-old had originally denied seducing the teen, but pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Richards sat in the dock at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, South Wales, and broke down in tears as the charge was read to her.

Two elders from the Jehovah’s Witness community were sitting at the back of the court to give her support.

The court was told Richards ‘did not reasonably believe that he was 16 or over’ when she had penetrative sex with the schoolboy just two months before his birthday.

The offence took place during term time in 2012, the court heard.

A second similar charge was left to ‘lie on file’.

Sarah Waters, defending, told the court Richards was of ‘good character’.

Judge Richard Twomlow told Richards she would be sentenced later this month.

He added that ‘all options remain open’ – which includes a custodial sentence.

He told her: ‘ You will be sentenced later this month and I am going to ask for a report so the court knows more about you.

‘The fact I am asking for a report and granting bail does not give any indication of the sentence I will pass.

‘This is a serious matter.

‘Obviously I will reserve the matter to myself and all sentencing options remain open to me.’

She was shielded going out of the court by her husband.  

Richards will be sentenced on March 23.

FONTE: DAILY MAIL

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976095/Married-woman-36-sex-15-year-old-schoolboy-breaks-tears-told-faces-jail.html

 

Una donna sposata, di 36 anni, che ha avuto rapporti sessuali con uno studente 15enne, scoppia in lacrime mentre le viene detto che potrebbe affrontare il carcere.

 

Kelly Jane Richards ha ammesso di aver fatto sesso con un ragazzino di 15 anni. 

Sposata, madre di due figli è scoppiata in lacrime in tribunale (Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court)

Il giudice ha detto alla Testimone di Geova che potrebbe affrontare il carcere per il reato

La madre dell’adolescente ha scoperto cosa è successo e la Richards è stata arrestata

E ‘stata concessa la cauzione condizionale e verrà giudicata a fine mese

Di  CLAIRE CARTER

 

Una donna sposata madre di due figli è scoppiata in lacrime dopo che le è stato detto che rischiava il carcere per aver fatto sesso con uno studente di 15 anni.

Kelly Jane Richards, del Galles del Sud, ha ammesso di aver fatto sesso con l’adolescente, che ha meno della metà dei suoi anni.

La Testimone di Geova è stata arrestata lo scorso dicembre, dopo che  la madre del ragazzino ha scoperto quello che era successo.

La 36enne aveva dapprima negato di aver sedotto il giovane, ma si è dichiarata colpevole di aver intrattenuto attività sessuali col ragazzino.

 La Richards seduta al banco degli imputati del Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, South Wales, è scoppiata in lacrime, appena le è stata contestata l’accusa.

Due anziani dalla comunità dei Testimoni di Geova erano seduti alle spalle dei giudici per offrirle il loro sostegno.

Il giudice ha asserito che la Richards ‘non poteva ragionevolmente non credere di avere 16 anni di più, quando ha fatto sesso completo con lo studente appena due mesi prima del suo compleanno”.

Il reato ha avuto luogo durante l’anno scolastico nel 2012, ha ascoltato la corte.

Una seconda analoga accusa  è stata “depositata agli atti ’.

Sarah Waters, a sua difesa, ha dichiarato alla corte che la Richards aveva un ‘buon carattere’.

 Il giudice Richard Twomlow ha detto che la Richards verrà giudicata a fine mese.

Ha aggiunto che ‘tutte le opzioni rimangono aperte’ – inclusa la pena detentiva.

Le ha comunicato: ‘Lei sarà giudicata a fine mese e ho intenzione di chiedere una relazione in modo che il giudice sappia di  più su di lei .Il fatto che sto chiedendo una relazione e la concessione della cauzione non fornisce alcuna indicazione sulla sentenza che emetterò. Si tratta di una cosa seria’

‘Ovviamente mi riservo la questione per me e tutte le opzioni di condanna rimangono aperte ‘

All’uscita dal tribunale la donna era coperta da suo marito.

La Richards sarà giudicata il ​​23 marzo.

 

 

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Testimone di Geova colombiano dovrà rispondere di abusi sessuali su minore e di tentata fuga e danni al momento dell’arresto

21 Febbraio 2014

Supuesto abusador intentó volarse en Manizales

Un hombre, de 52 años, no solo deberá afrontar un juicio por meterse con una niña de 13 años, sino que le debe responder al CTI de la Fiscalía por los daños ocasionados en la fuga, cuando lo capturaron (ver infográfico).

El señor, policía jubilado e integrante de los Testigos de Jehová, fue llevado a audiencia el pasado jueves y, aunque no aceptó los cargos de acceso carnal abusivo con menor de 14 años en concurso homogéneo y sucesivo, lo enviaron a la cárcel.

El abogado defensor, Rosenberg Hidalgo, dijo que buscarán demostrar que se trató de un error de tipo. Es decir, que la niña, por su contextura, parecía de 16 o 17 años, por lo que el acusado se confundió y estuvo con ella sin saber que era menor de 14.

Incluso, el jueves iba a enseñar una foto de madre e hija, esta última en tacones, para demostrar que son muy parecidas en su contextura. Sin embargo, durante la audiencia, la Fiscalía explicó que Medicina Legal certificó la edad clínica de la niña (13 años) y que en la declaración extrajuicio, la menor indicó que el hombre sí sabía su edad y que, incluso, le contó que los cumplió en diciembre. LA PATRIA conoció que la madre de la niña, en un principio, no quería que se acusara al sindicado, pues consideró que “ellos (Testigos de Jehová) son muy buenas personas”. Pero, tras reflexionar, decidió que no debía desamparar a su hija.

Al parecer, el hombre y la niña tuvieron, al menos, cuatro relaciones sexuales. El acusado aprovechaba que su mujer y su hijo no estaban en la casa y llevaba la niña allí. Además, le daba regalos como tenis de marca, ropa y le había prometido una moto para la fiesta de 15 años. Ellos se conocieron en mayo.

 

 El dato

La denuncia se interpuso el 6 de noviembre pasado, cuando la niña le confesó a la mamá que tuvo relaciones sexuales con el hombre.

 

 La frase

“Como yo andaba en tantas carreras, debido a mi trabajo, no podía ponerle atención, él aprovechó para ganarse la confianza de mi hija y empezó a llevarla a su apartamento o al culto”, madre de la niña.

 

Evite el exceso de confianza

Según Luis Eduardo Céspedes, director del ICBF en Caldas, dos factores son los principales causantes de que se presenten casos de abuso sexual a menores: la falta de atención de los padres o cuidadores, y el exceso de confianza en conocidos o familiares, a quienes les dejan la responsabilidad del cuidado de sus hijos.

FONTE: LA PATRIA

http://www.lapatria.com/sucesos/supuesto-abusador-intento-volarse-en-manizales-176734

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Il giovanissimo Testimone di Geova, Brusthom Ziamani, convertito all’Islam e radicalizzato in poche settimane, confessa di aver progettato un attacco sul suolo britannico

19 Febbraio 2014

Brusthom Ziamani: The former Jehovah’s Witness who was radicalised within weeks

Brusthom Ziamani who idolised the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby, admits he was planning an attack on British soil because he had no way of getting to Syria

By

Islamist Brustchom Ziamani

Brusthom Ziamani was turned in to an Islamist fanatic by followers of the hate preacher Anjem Choudary after he was kicked out by his Jehovah’s Witness family.

The teenager was targeted by extremists after attending a south London mosque while homeless and drawn in to their warped world.

He was given a bed in a Camberwell flat which became a hotbed of extremism and was radicalised with alarming speed.

Just months before his arrest for terrorist offences he was a sports-mad London teenager involved in boxing and the specialist hobby of parkour, where people jump around every day obstacles such as buildings, walls and roofs.

He was also involved in petty crime.

But within weeks of converting to Islam he was ranting extremist messages and attending protests before ultimately plotting to behead a soldier.

He idolised the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby and wanted to emulate their horrific acts.

He plotted an attack on UK soil because he had no way of getting to Syria to become a jihadist there, he admitted.

Ziamani even revealed his plans in a letter addressed to his parents and written weeks before his arrest.


Ziamani wrote of his plans in letters to his parents

Ziamani, 19, who was known as Bruce before converting to Islam, was brought up in south London and went to school in Peckham.

He lived with his nursery nurse mother and psychiatric nurse father, who originally came from the Congo and are Jehovah’s Witnesses. He had a strict religious upbringing.

As a child he was taken to knock on people’s doors to “prosthelytize and evangelise” in an attempt to convert them to his religion.

His faith meant he never had a birthday or celebrated Christmas and as a “young black guy” growing up in south London he grew away from his faith, he told the Old Bailey.

He became involved in boxing and parkour and a big fan of rap music.

But he also become involved in stealing people’s credit cards and went to a “play house” to have sex with prostitutes.

It was his love of rap music that drew him to Islam, he claimed.

In the spring of 2014 he converted to Islam. He would hide his Islamic clothing from his father by tucking in his robe when he was on the house.

His parents discovered he had become a Muslim after finding photographs of people in Islamic clothing on his phone.

His father threw his bible at him and the pair had furious rows, according to one neighbour.

He was told he could either stay and abide by their rules or be a Muslim and leave the house.

When his then girlfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, rejected his attempts to convert her he threatened to “wipe her out”.

He started attending Camberwell mosque and would sleep there before a friend offered him a place to stay around the corner.

But the flat was a focal point for members of the banned group Al-Muhajiroun and were all followers of its one-time leader and hate cleric Anjem Choudary.


Ziamani was a follower of controversial cleric Anjem Choudhary

Ziamani admitted in police interview that he was a supporter of the controversial preacher.

He took on the name Mujahid Karim and began attending extremist demonstrations and handed out leaflets before he was invited to a meeting in the basement of a Halal sweet shop, in East London, for a talk on bringing Sharia law to Britain’s streets.

Hours after the talk Ziamani posted on Facebook: “Sharia law on its way on our streets. We will implement it, it’s part of our religion.”

In June last year, police raided the flat amid allegations it was being illegally sublet.

Officers found a letter written by Ziamani in which he talked of the “ISIB Islamic States of Ireland and Britain” and would “wage war against the British government on this soil”.

He called on his “hellfire brothers” to carry out a “9/11, 7/7 and Woolwich” every day.

Ziamani mocked the outrage caused by the murder of Lee Rigby the year before and idolised the soldier’s killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

On the day of his arrest in August he had told his ex-girlfriend he was going to “kill soldiers”.

 

FONTE: The Telgraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11423156/Brusthom-Ziamani-The-former-Jehovahs-Witness-who-was-radicalised-within-weeks.html

 

NOTA: Leggi anche articolo a firma di John Cedars ” Did Jehovah’s Witness shunning drive young Brit towards Islamic extremist radicalization? “, qui:

http://jwsurvey.org/news/did-jehovahs-witness-shunning-drive-young-brit-towards-islamic-extremist-radicalization

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I leader dei Testimoni di Geova hanno coperto gli abusi sui minori?

17 Febbraio 2014

Did leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses cover up child sex abuse?

In San Francisco, a woman is suing the Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was a child. The Center for Investigative Reporting has shed light on accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up of child sex abuse. Special correspondent Trey Bundy of the CIR’s Reveal reports on how the organization is using the first amendment to fight these charges.

SEGUE TRASCRIZIONE DEI CONTENUTI:

GWEN IFILL: Next: an investigation into child sexual abuse among Jehovah’s Witness and accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up within inside some of the group’s 14,000 U.S. congregations.

Our colleagues from the Center for Investigative Reporting obtained confidential memos shedding new light on the revelations.

Special correspondent Trey Bundy has the story from Reveal, a new Web site, radio show, and podcast run by the center.

TREY BUNDY: At a convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in California, new members are taking the plunge.

MAN: At your baptism, you said yes.

TREY BUNDY: They’re joining more than eight million members worldwide.

Believers are taught to renounce secular society because it’s controlled by Satan, and not to socialize too much with outsiders. But charges of sexual abuse have brought this insular community under greater scrutiny. And now, in this San Francisco courtroom, the first child abuse case against the Jehovah’s Witnesses to go to trial is under way.

Candace Conti is suing the organization for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was 9 years old.

CANDACE CONTI, Plaintiff: If I were to sum up our goals in this case, it was to attack the policies and procedures that where in place that let a serial molester continue to molest children.

TREY BUNDY: Conti’s lawyer says instructions from Jehovah’s Witness leaders have enabled child molesters.

MAN: The instructions were, you keep these pedophiles secret.

TREY BUNDY: The case hinges on letters from Jehovah’s Witness leaders to the heads of local congregations. For almost 20 years, they have ordered them to send reports like this one for every known child abuser, to hide these cases from their congregations, and not to cooperate with law enforcement or the courts, unless instructed to.

They have refused judges’ orders to turn over these abuse reports, so no one knows how many cases like Conti’s are out there.

JAMES MCCABE, Jehovah’s Witnesses lawyer: Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child abuse of any form.

TREY BUNDY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses insist that they comply with the law. And their lawyers argue that the First Amendment gives them the right to set child abuse policies as they see fit.

JAMES MCCABE: Religious beliefs and standards of Jehovah’s Witnesses were at play in this case from start to finish.

TREY BUNDY: The religious beliefs come from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in Brooklyn, which has often used the First Amendment to defend its policies of separation.

In 1943, it even won a Supreme Court case arguing that schoolchildren shouldn’t be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag.

TREY BUNDY: Watchtower lawyers, who refused to speak with us, are again claiming a First Amendment defense to keep child abuse in its congregations secret.

JAMES MCCABE: And the elders are counseled in that letter to give special heed to the counsel, do not reveal the confidential talk of another, quoting from the Bible, Book of Proverbs, Chapter 25, Verse 9.

TREY BUNDY: Candace Conti was part of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Fremont, California. She was often grouped with adults to go knocking on doors including this man, Jonathan Kendrick.

CANDACE CONTI: He was very dominating, very domineering, very — he commanded a presence.

TREY BUNDY: She says Kendrick would take advantage of their time door-knocking to find ways to be alone with her.

CANDACE CONTI: Jonathan Kendrick molested me as a child. I really kind of pushed everything down and tried not to think about it about much as I could.

TREY BUNDY: What no one in Conti’s family knew was that Jonathan Kendrick had admitted to molesting another child a year earlier.

Michael Clarke, an elder in the congregation, was asked about it in this deposition.

MAN: Do you recall becoming aware of a report of sexual abuse of a child by Jonathan Kendrick?

MICHAEL CLARKE, Elder, North Fremont Congregation: Yes.

MAN: When did you become aware of such a report?

MICHAEL CLARKE: He had called us to his home to discuss a — or to confess to an incident with his step-daughter.

TREY BUNDY: Clarke never called the police. He followed Watchtower protocol. He wrote to New York headquarters, asking how to deal with Kendrick’s confession. They told him not to investigate the matter further.

Instead they said, “Provide him with strong scriptural counsel to avoid a repetition of such a serious offense.”

MICHAEL CLARKE: We don’t make that public to the congregation. It’s confidential.

TREY BUNDY: The elders didn’t warn other members that one of their own was a child abuser.

MAN: And that’s the policy and the practice of Jehovah’s Witnesses that you learned as an elder, correct?

MICHAEL CLARKE: Yes.

TREY BUNDY: Clarke says the elders told Kendrick not to be alone with children. But he was still allowed to join in congregation activities that included minors. A year later, one of those minors was Candace Conti.

CANDACE CONTI: And I don’t think it ever left. I know it never left me. You know, it’s always there. And it was just probably one of those days that I just felt it.

TREY BUNDY: Conti kept quiet about the abuse, until years later, when she discovered on a sex offender registry that he had gone on to molest another young girl. She decided to sue the Watchtower.

CANDACE CONTI: I think, after I had found that out, I had this sense of guilt. What if I did something?  What if I hadn’t been such a coward?  What if I had done something to maybe protect this other child?  I knew what he was capable of, but I didn’t do anything. And then now look what happened.

TREY BUNDY: I drove to Oakley, California, where Kendrick had moved when he left Conti’s congregation. I met the girl Conti had found. She agreed to talk to us if we didn’t show her face.

WOMAN: When I was a little girl, probably about 6 or 7, Jonathan Kendrick abused me.

TREY BUNDY: She blames the Watchtower’s secrecy for enabling Kendrick to marry into her family and target her. The family sued the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

WOMAN: They knew that he had a past, and they kept it from us.

TREY BUNDY: When Kendrick moved to the Oakley congregation, no one was told he was a child molester, not even Roger Bentley, who served as an elder there for 30 years. He reviewed this letter of introduction from Kendrick’s old congregation.

ROGER BENTLEY, Former Elder, Oakley Congregation: There’s no indication at all that he’s guilty of child abuse.

TREY BUNDY: So no mention of child abuse, but any mention of children?

ROGER BENTLEY: Well, if you read it, it very specifically says he’s a very interesting individual who has taken the lead with some young ones in the congregation and helped them from veering off course.

That’s not a child abuser. That’s a recommendation. That’s a very specific recommendation: Oh, relax. He’s good with kids.

TREY BUNDY: I have spent months trying to interview Watchtower leaders, but they wouldn’t talk to me. Instead, they sent a statement, saying they comply with reporting laws, they do not shield abusers from law enforcement, and are committed to preventing child abuse.

And in one of the dozen lawsuits I have been following, Watchtower supervisor Richard Ashe was asked if the organization has a responsibility to protect children from abuse.

RICHARD ASHE, Watchtower Supervisor: Well, within the congregation, ours is a spiritual protection. When we’re talking about physical protection, that’s up to the secular authorities to provide.

TREY BUNDY: He was asked about the Watchtower’s Bible-based directives to keep child abuse cases confidential.

MAN: It states, in paragraph three, there is a time to keep quiet, when your words should prove to be few.

Do you see that?

RICHARD ASHE: Yes.

MAN: I’m going to object to that. It’s a violation of the First Amendment, freedom of religion, freedom of association.

TREY BUNDY: The courts continue to grapple with the question: Should freedom of religion outweigh the responsibility to protect children?

In Candace Conti’s case, the jury overrode the First Amendment claims and decided the Watchtower and the North Fremont congregation were negligent and didn’t adequately protect her from abuse.

Kendrick maintains he never molested her. Pending appeal, she was awarded more than $15 million in compensation and damages. It’s the first time a jury has ordered the Watchtower to pay for its child abuse policies.

But for Kendrick’s other victim, her case against the Watchtower was thrown out. Even though Kendrick confessed to the abuse in this deposition and served about eight months in jail, the judge affirmed that the Watchtower’s policies were protected by the First Amendment. It wasn’t liable because the abuse occurred at home and not in the course of religious activity. The Watchtower had no obligation to warn the family about Kendrick’s past.

Kendrick is now free and still an active member of the Oakley congregation.

CANDACE CONTI: The fact that Jonathan Kendrick is still a member in a good standing is absolutely ridiculous. It’s scary. The fact that he still has access to children — and, really, my parents didn’t have the power to know that Jonathan Kendrick was a child abuser.

Let’s give the parents the power to be able to protect their children. And that’s what these organizations are hiding.

TREY BUNDY: Despite the huge verdict against the Watchtower, the organization is sticking to its policies. In fact, it just released another confidential memo reminding elders to keep quiet about child abuse.

I’m Trey Bundy from Reveal for the NewsHour.

 

FONTE: PBS NEWSHOUR

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/leaders-jehovahs-witnesses-cover-child-sex-abuse/

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Abusata sessualmente da un leader dei Testimoni di Geova, accusa la chiesa di aver coperto il crimine

16 Febbraio 2014

‘It was a cover up’: Woman sexually-abused by leading member of Jehovah’s Witness community speaks out

by Will Frampton

 

A WOMAN who was sexually abused as a child by her brother-in-law has blamed her old church for covering up the crime.

Helen Doe was abused by Barry Furlong, a former ministerial servant in the Kinson Jehovah’s Witness community and husband to her sister Kim, at a family gathering when she was 10 years old.

Furlong, then in his 30s, assaulted her and later told her that if she said anything she would not get into the ‘New Order’ – a term for Jesus’ supposed Second Coming.

Furlong, 69, has been jailed for five years and three months after being found guilty of sexually assaulting four different victims during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Mrs Doe, who has waived her right to anonymity, said she had told her parents about the abuse three years later, but rather than contacting police they had gone to the church elders who accused her of making it up.

“In effect I got told I was lying, I was a naughty girl, I was filthy and dirty and not to mention it again, and to get on with my life,” she said.

“After that I did everything I possibly could to hurt my mum. Because she didn’t believe me, they never did believe me.

“I felt awful for it, but she didn’t believe me and I wanted her to suffer.”

Now 44, Mrs Doe said she had grown up as part of a close-knit community of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and had been unable to escape Furlong’s company.

“Every time they came I just felt sick,” she said.

In part to spite her parents she fell pregnant at 15 and dropped out of school.

“It is just wrong, this crime should have been reported to the police,” she said.

“Mum and dad didn’t believe me because of their religion, but children’s welfare should come first, not religious beliefs.

“Now I feel guilty because perhaps if I had reported this at the time other people would not have suffered.”

Mrs Doe, who lives in Bournemouth, said victims of abuse should not be afraid to come forward.

“I was too scared all my life to take this to the police,” she said.

“But now I have, perhaps, in a couple of years, I may be able to have a normal life.”

THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE

THE Daily Echo contacted the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters in London for a response to Mrs Doe’s comments.

They reiterated that the faith has “an absolute and unequivocal abhorrence of child abuse.”

A spokesman said church communities supported victims of abuse but wouldn’t automatically report alleged crimes to the police as it is deemed a matter for the victims and their families to decide for themselves.

In a statement the church said “unrepentant wrongdoers” were expelled from the church and shunned by members.

The church publishes information to help families and children protect themselves from sexual abuse on its website http://www.jw.org and in Awake! and The Watchtower magazines.

 

FONTE: DAILY ECHO

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11795205.___It_was_a_cover_up_____Woman_sexually_abused_by_leading_member_of_Jehovah___s_Witness_community_speaks_out/?ref=mac

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Testimone di Geova francese condannato per ripetuti abusi sessuali su una donna affetta da sclerosi multipla, anch’ella fedele geovista

7 Febbraio 2014

Impotente et victime d’attouchements

Justice – Saint-Céré

François Faugères avvocato della vittima

 

Une affaire d’agression sexuelle sur une personne vulnérable, une dame atteinte de la sclérose en plaques, était jugée jeudi devant le tribunal correctionnel à Cahors. Henri D, 65 ans, a été condamné à un an de prison avec sursis pour ces faits.En mai 2013, une femme et son mari se rendent à la gendarmerie de Saint-Céré où ils résident pour porter plainte pour agression sexuelle. Des faits commis de mai 2010 à décembre 2012. Ils sont témoins de Jehovah, tout comme l’homme soupçonné d’agression, et fréquentent le même lieu de culte. De plus en plus affaiblie par une sclérose en plaques, la victime est à plusieurs reprises hospitalisée. Sa mobilité va en s’amenuisant. Henri D, sous couvert d’amitié, lui rend visite pour l’aider à manger. À plusieurs reprises, il lui met les mains sous la brassière. Il lui caresse les seins, lui donne des baisers dont elle ne veut pas : elle le confirme au tribunal. «Les baisers sur la bouche, ce n’est pas moi, c’est lui qui a demandé. C’est lui qui a mis ses mains sous la brassière», dit-elle. Prise de honte, elle n’ose pas s’en ouvrir à son mari. Henri D, quelques mois plus tard, s’excuse auprès de lui pour ce qu’il avait fait à sa femme. Un aveu dont l’époux ne comprend pas le sens, sur le coup. À la barre, Henri D s’embrouille : «Il ne s’est rien passé, elle m’accueillait les bras ouverts, avait une bouche suppliante». «Pourquoi avoir dit pardon à son mari ?» interroge la présidente. «C’est la conscience. Quand je l’ai fait, je venais de recevoir les très mauvais résultats d’analyses de mon épouse atteinte d’un cancer», répond le prévenu. L’expertise psychiatrique souligne qu’Henri D développe un argumentaire qui minimise l’agression. «Les faits ne sont pas prescrits. Compte tenu de son état de santé, il ne pouvait pas y avoir de la part de ma cliente un quelconque consentement. Je réclame 10 000 € au titre du préjudice moral pour ma cliente, 3 000 € pour son mari» fait valoir Me François Faugères, avocat du couple. Le tribunal a condamné Henri D à un an de prison avec sursis, l’obligation de soins, l’interdiction de se présenter dans le même lieu de culte.


«Il confond la morale et le droit»

«Ce sont bien des faits d’atteintes sexuelles. Le prévenu confond la morale et le droit. Tout ce qu’on lui demandait c’est d’assumer ses actes. Il est coupable des faits commis de 2010 à 2012. Je requiers à son encontre une peine de douze mois d’emprisonnement dont deux accompagnés d’un sursis et mise à l’épreuve pendant deux ans» indique le ministère public.

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REGNO UNITO. Donna fa causa alla Watchtower Bible and Tract Society per aver coperto un servitore di ministero che l’avrebbe ripetutamente abusata. L’uomo che era già stato condannato per molestie sessuali su minori, è deceduto.

4 Febbraio 2014

Woman sues Jehovah’s Witness elders over lack of protection from sex attacker

The woman, in her 20s, was molested by “ministerial servant” Peter Stewart over a five-year period in Loughborough

A WOMAN who claims Jehovah’s Witness elders failed to protect her from a predatory sex attacker who repeatedly abused her as a child is now battling for £500,000 compensation.

The woman, in her 20s, was molested by “ministerial servant” Peter Stewart over a five-year period in Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the 1980s and 90s, London’s High Court heard.

The trauma she suffered derailed her education and career, and led to harrowing nightmares and recurring thoughts of suicide, her barrister, James Counsell, said.

Matters came to a head after she “passed out on her bed next to a pile of paracetamol” while on holiday with her husband, “having left him a suicide note”, he added.

Soon afterwards, she had a “bad panic attack” – triggered by seeing a collection of Jehovah’s Witness literature.

That led to tense discussions with her husband, and her final decision to take legal action, Mr Counsell told the court.

The woman – who cannot be identified – is suing the Trustees of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, alleging they are “vicariously liable” for Stewart’s crimes.

Stewart was convicted of entirely separate offences of sexually abusing a schoolgirl and a young boy in 1995, said Mr Counsell.

He died in June 2001, aged 72, “shortly before police arrived at his home to arrest him for sexually abusing the claimant”.

Stewart was an apparently “respected and devout” member of the congregation in Loughborough, the court heard.

However, he repeatedly preyed on the girl between the ages of four and nine, “using his position as a ministerial servant to commit these acts”.

He molested her in a variety of situations – including “both before and after and sometimes during Watchtower study sessions”, Mr Counsell claimed.

His attacks took a catastrophic toll, leaving his victim prone to “vomiting” at the memory, and with complex feelings of guilt and shame.

Stewart forced her to keep silent by telling her that “what she was doing was fornication and that she was sinning”, the barrister explained.

He warned her that “when Armageddon came – a regular topic for general discussion at group and congregation meetings – she would not be saved because of what she was doing”.

“It was precisely because much of the abuse took place at public – and at Jehovah’s Witness events – that she could not always avoid him,” added Mr Counsell.

The woman first “mustered the courage” to disclose her abuse in 2000 – after hearing of Stewart’s imminent release from jail for his offences against the two school children.

Stewart’s former Jehovah’s Witness congregation “began an investigation” but failed to contact the police, said the barrister, adding that the inquiry “appeared to go nowhere”.

That alleged inaction “intensified her feelings of anger” and the woman finally went to the police in May 2001.

“But when the police went to Stewart’s home to arrest him they discovered from neighbours that he had died,” added Mr Counsell.

The barrister alleged that Jehovah’s Witness elders “had known about Stewart’s activities with young girls since the very early days of the claimant’s abuse and had failed to prevent it continuing”.

It was Stewart’s authority as a ministerial servant which allowed him to “gain contact and befriend” his victim, said Mr Counsell.

“The abuse was committed while he was performing tasks to further the interests of Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

Lawyers for the Trustees are defending the case, insisting that proper steps were taken to protect its members and that Stewart was not performing a “pastoral role”.

Their counsel, Adam Weitzman, said he “disputed that the elders were negligent” and denied that the Trustees could be held legally responsible.

He pointed out that, from 1991, Stewart and the woman “ceased to be members of the same congregation”.

Stewart was never an “employee” of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation and the Trustees owed the woman no legal “duty of care”, he argued.

Mr Weitzman said: “While it is accepted that, from August 1990, the elders knew (Stewart) had sexually assaulted another child, there was not sufficient proximity between them and the claimant to impose such a duty. Nor would it be fair, just and reasonable to do so.”

The High Court hearing continues.

 

FONTE: http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/woman-sues-jehovahs-witness-elders-8579862

 

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