The Scottish News of the World

July 21, 2002

Church ‘harbouring fiends’

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES STORM

By Ken Adams

SCOTS Jehovah’s Witnesses are harbouring dozens of sex beasts within their ranks, the News of the World can reveal.

Campaigner Bill Bowen claims that at least 40 perverts across Scotland have been allowed to evade justice because of a church cover up.

The 44-year-old has been swamped with e-mails after a BBC documentary lifted the lid on the Christian fundamentalists.

He said: “Concerned parents tell me the abuse is happening right now and is being covered up by church elders.”

“These children need to be protected fast, yet the authorities have not been involved.”

Attacked

Bill, a former Jehovah’s Witness elder, founded the US victim support group silentlambs, after a member of his own congregation was attacked. He told us: “I got a call from one Scot whose wife had been sexually abused as a child. Her abuser has since moved to another congregation. He has not been convicted and is free to keep abusing.”

Bill, from Benton, Kentucky, added: “I urged the couple to go to the police.”

The News of the World was shown some of the e-mails sent by Scots victims. One revealed: “At the age of 10 I was molested by the son of an elder.” Another victim wrote, “I was abused by my brother.”

The church’s sordid secrets were exposed when Alison Cousins told how she was molested by her father. The 19-year-old, of Stevenston, Ayrshire, went to cops after elders ignored her claims. Her father Ian, 43, was later jailed for five years.