Recently one of my sons was visiting me, he’d just finished his tour in the USN as a Nuclear Technician on a Submarine. No easy feat, and something I never dreamed of when I was a young girl in the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was never a choice for me to go past high school. The… Read More The 70’s Show
I was born in the 1970’s to a deaf father and a hearing mother. The clash of deaf and hearing cultures reverberates in my mind even now as it lives on in my memory. Especially since I was born into a Jehovah’s Witness family. The deaf were not looked upon as equal members. They were… Read More Saved
The first thing that comes across when talking with Dee is how incredibly warm and friendly she is. Devoted to her family, it’s easy to see that she’s the glue that holds everyone together. It seems to be in her blood; her father is Italian, her mother Spanish. In her own words, they are “each… Read More Interview: Finally Free
The art of controlling a woman in the organization has been mastered to a T. The formula is very easy. You take a female child, teach her that her role is merely to support. That her role in the organization is “cherished” or “honorable”. Explain to her the organizational “chain of command” and that she… Read More Be Like Abigail
Below is a journal entry dated 11/18/2012. I was 17 years old and my boyfriend and I had been disfellowshipped for fondling. We were trying our best to do what a “good” disfellowshipped person would do, which basically means taking the brunt of the punishment and having no human connection or relationships whatsoever. You’re not… Read More The Damaging Effects of Disfellowshipping
Since the live transmission of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015, the subject of abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness religion has been discussed the whole world over. As Watchtower desperately tries to mount defenses to new abuse cases every day, media scrutiny has never been greater. With the… Read More Interview: Architects of our own misery
I was raised from the age of five years old as a Jehovah’s Witness. I was baptized at age 15 because I really wanted my parents to be proud of me. They had gone through so much with my older brother and I was the middle child – the people-pleaser. My dad married me off… Read More The Perfect Witness
A quick scroll through forums like Reddit r/exjw, or Jehovah’s Witness Discussion Forum, makes it really clear that one of the biggest obstacles to resolving the trauma of religious abuse, is the way Watchtower holds our friends and families hostage to their policies and doctrine. Many of us exiting cults, eventually find ourselves at a… Read More What do I say to my family?