Friday June 5, 2020

Tell no one

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have come under scrutiny for their handling of child sex abuse allegations within the church both in Ireland and abroad. As more and more evidence emerges that the church has actively withheld information from the authorities - including the Gardaí - and has implemented layers of rules designed to silence and punish victims and whistleblowers alike, former members are speaking out, writes Barry J Whyte

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

21st April, 2019
Kayleigh and Patrick McLoughlin: the couple decided late last year to quietly ‘fade out’ from the Jehovah’s Witnesses Pic: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker

For the past few months, Kayleigh and Patrick McLoughlin have been adjusting to life as ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Kayleigh was born in South Africa and moved to Ireland as a child. She is — or was — a fourth-generation witness. Patrick was born in Northern Ireland to a Catholic family who had been traumatised during the Troubles and who turned to the religion as a form of spiritual comfort when he was a teenager.


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