HSV Monthly Public Lectures Archive 2019
The Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly public lectures by guest speakers raising questions of public interest and importance.
Where: Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria (Melways: 46 E8)
When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start
Religious Institutions and the Harm They Do: Whistleblower Update
Thursday 28 February 2019, 6:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria (Find on Google Maps)
Steven Unthank and Lara Kaput
Steven Unthank and Lara Kaput, ex-Jehovah’s Witness whistleblowers, travelled through Europe late last year meeting with both government and non-government organisations in order to raise the priority on stemming the abuse perpetrated by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower Society. In this update, they will discuss progress and the highlights of the recent National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Bios: Steven, a former Jehovah’s Witness and founder of JW Survivors, JW Leaks and co-founder of saysorry.org, is regularly involved in state, federal, and international inquiries and investigations into the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Between 2011 and 2012, Steven prosecuted the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and related corporate entities in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria over criminal breaches of child protection laws. A successful campaigner who is often sought out as a consultant and for access to his large legal war chest of internal and confidential church documents and records spanning the past 100 years.
Lara was a child-indoctrinated Jehovah’s Witness. She has a Bachelor of Chemistry, was a Personal Trainer and became a Management Consultant. Lara has submitted formal complaints to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Australian Human Rights Commission and objected officially to the charity status of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and related corporate entities. Lara has also reported child abuse cases to law enforcement, Child Protection and the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP). Lara is the co-host of ‘JW Community Podcast’ and co-founder of saysorry.org.