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
In my last blog I talked about the three reasons given by the organization that one can leave their spouse. I thought about this a lot after I finished the blog and I believe it is worth spending a little more time on – hence this post. It gives much insight to the role of… Read More How to Leave your Husband with God’s Approval in 3 Easy Steps
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
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
Ex-Jehovah’s Witness sisters will be fully aware of how we were treated when we were still part of the organisation. Now we are no longer subject to the draconian rules and domination of the Watchtower organisation, I felt it essential that we have a space where we can express our voice in any way we see fit. On this site we will not be silenced, ignored or talked-over, we will say what we have to say and hold our heads up as the unique and talented individuals that we truly are!… Read More Why the need for Ex-JW Sisters?