A Secret Database of Child Abuse

Over the past 22 years, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have, somewhat by accident, compiled a massive database of accused child molesters within their religion. But despite multiple court orders and increasing public pressure, they have refused to share the information with law enforcement or victims seeking justice. In 2018, parts of the database began leaking online. This is my story for the Atlantic about the ex-Witness behind those leaks and the largely unseen, highly secretive culture of the Witnesses that has turned the religion into a haven for child molesters.

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