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
When I was younger, I used to spend a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I loved school. I was a good student who loved to learn and couldn’t get enough. I always felt weird, and out of place, but this is, of course, part and parcel… Read More It Matters
Silencing Victims The following article is just one of the examples of how a victim of sexual assault can feel silenced by the teachings of the Watchtower (WT) organisation. (I have highlighted in bold and numbered the quotes I will discuss). “According to the Bible at Deuteronomy 22:23-27, an Israelite engaged girl threatened with rape… Read More Shamed into Silence
Many cases of sexual abuse with the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) organisation go unreported to the Police. In some cases this is because the Elders tell people to not report, or do not report it themselves when they become aware of it. However, in lots of cases, the abuse never even gets reported to the Elders, let alone the… Read More Blamed and Shamed
“And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God…” (ROM. 12:2) The lights, they are focused on you. Omnipresent, ever so powerful and judgmental… he knows if you are doing your best. Honesty, love… Read More Perfectly flawed human
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?
Back in 2016 I released a YouTube video concerning Serena’s statement regarding women. Specifically she was telling girls to ‘Dream Big’ (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/nov/29/dream-big-open-letter-serena-williams-porter-magazine-incredible-women-of-2016-issue-women-athletes ) and encouraging them to seek out the same success that men have in all aspects of their lives, whether that be careers or sports. It was a great, uplifting piece and was… Read More Dream Big
I have tattoos and blue hair. I am not a Watchtower poster child. I’ve been hearing this “poster child” narrative a lot lately, and I feel strongly about throwing it out on its head. We all have our various reasons and circumstances for leaving the cult, but one thing we have in common on the… Read More I’m Not A Watchtower Poster Child
Good afternoon! Across the globe, millions of people are shunned by their family members or peers because their opinions and beliefs differ from the group’s views. Others are shunned for aspects beyond their control. There are even those who are told to shun others, without any context of the situation. Jehovah Witnesses do just that… Read More Shunned across the globe
Perhaps you’re wondering what you would be able to contribute? Perhaps you’ve never written a blog post before and are afraid that it wouldn’t be good enough? Don’t worry! We truly want Ex-JW Sisters to be an inclusive collaborative project. This post is to give you some ideas for blog posts, but it’s not limited… Read More What Can I Write?