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INTRODUCTION

Recently, and understandably, much of the world’s attention has focused on child abuse in the Catholic Church. But what is happening inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a secretive Christian sect with more than 65,000 active Australian members? INQ looks at some of the methods the Jehovah’s Witnesses are using to cover up child sexual abuse within the sect.

CHAPTER ONE:

Leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to destroy confidential records

A letter obtained by INQ has shed light on the secretive methods the Jehovah's Witnesses are undertaking to erase the impact of child sexual abuse within the sect.

CHAPTER TWO:

Compensation claims against Jehovah’s Witnesses could be jeopardised: lawyer

Dr Judy Courtin explains to INQ why the destruction of documents could have huge ramifications for victims inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

CHAPTER THREE:

Human rights watchdog met with Jehovah’s Witnesses over child safety concerns

The Australian Human Rights Commission has met with senior members of the Jehovah's Witnesses following an appeal from abuse victims.

CHAPTER FOUR:

Paradise lost: how the Jehovah’s Witnesses punish those who speak out against child sexual abuse

The royal commission into child abuse found the Jehovah’s Witnesses used practices that left perpetrators of child sexual abuse “at large” in the organisation. So what is it like for people who speak out? 

CHAPTER FIVE:

Who are the Jehovah’s Witnesses and what do they believe in?

The Jehovah's Witnesses have become notorious for their door-knocking and evangelism, but not much is widely known about their other practices.