Good morning, Philly. Today, your 76ers are resting after one of the most important nights of a new era of Sixers basketball. The team defeated the Miami Heat to advance in the NBA playoffs in front of a raucous crowd in South Philadelphia. The crowd included many stars, but none more noticeable than Meek Mill. Hours before the game, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Mill released from prison — a decision celebrated by Mill's many supporters. His music became the soundtrack to the Sixers' win. A culture of secrecy has hidden abuses within the Jehovah's Witnesses for years. As David Gambacorta reports, child sex abuse claims are coming to light as victims and families can no longer remain silent. Let's begin.
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On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Mill's release because of questions the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office raised about the credibility of the arresting officer in Mill's case. After his release, Mill went straight to last night's Sixers game.
Words can't describe the horror that Martin Haugh experienced when he discovered his 4-year-old daughter being molested inside the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in York County. Haugh and his wife went to the elders of their congregation to report the incident, but received muted concern and threats.
Reporter David Gambacorta has taken a deep dive into the insular culture of the Jehovah's Witnesses — a culture that creates a "recipe for child abuse." Documents show that the Witnesses' leadership have long encouraged secrecy in potential legal matters.
A growing number of court cases, criminal prosecutions, and whistle-blowers, have helped to shed light on some of the "monsters who lurk in the shadows." The child abuse claims are just one piece of the complicated puzzle.
If you have a story or tip about sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses, you can share your experience with us.
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