“Truth Be Told” – the Current Status of Gregorio Smith’s Documentary

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The big buzz within the ex-Jehovah’s Witness community over the past eighteen months has been news about Gregorio Smith and his documentary film “Truth Be Told.” Smith, a professional film maker, and the documentary he produced catch on camera the sobering but true-life stories of former Jehovah’s Witnesses who were unduly influenced as children.

Recently, other than several preview screenings of the film in major cities in North America, there has been very little news about the current status of the documentary.

Before sharing updates about the film, I want to share some personal information about Gregorio Smith, the 39-year-old film maker.

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Help Pass the New York “Child Victims Act”

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When you scan recent media headlines, you are likely to see more stories about Jehovah’s Witnesses (both past and present) coming forward with allegations of child molestation. While many of these reports focus on cases that have been successfully prosecuted, there are many more sexual abuse crimes that we never read about and often are not reported.

We know that it is extremely difficult for victims to come forward, particularly within high-control cultures like Jehovah’s Witnesses that discourage victims from reporting their allegations to authorities. Instead, victims and their families find themselves being coerced into having their cases handled internally by church elders. In too many of these situations victims are themselves further threatened if they want to also report their victimization to police or other secular authorities.

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Can you be any happier than this?

John Cedars and friends (including a few who are AAWA advisors and volunteers) have put together this light-hearted and joyful video based on the widely popular song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Just sit back, turn up the volume, take your monitor to full screen and just enjoy the moment!


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How the Watchtower Uses Undue Influence to Enforce Its Blood Policy

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Contributed by: Marc Latham

Cora and I have never felt better about a visit to the hospital than we did on Friday, March 28, 2014. It wasn’t a routine health checkup for sure, but rather a presentation that, with Cora’s help, I made at the London Royal Hospital. Actually, it happened right in the center of the Emergency Department within a seminar room. Our audience included attentive groups of doctors, nurses and trauma specialists.

Cora and I were there as representatives for both AAWA and AJWRB (Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood). Our objective was to share some much-needed information about the secretive world of the Watchtower Society.

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Our First Anniversary: What a year it has been!

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Over a year ago, a group of compassionate and caring people began discussing the possibility of setting up a not-for-profit organization that would shine the bright light of truth on the Watchtower Society’s most harmful policies.

Their organization would focus on policies that violate the basic human rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They would emphasize the protection of children and women relating to physical and sexual abuse – as well as from other forms of domestic violence.

The April 2014 AAWAke! newsletter is now available to download here
or on our Newsletters page.

That in itself was a lofty goal. But they also decided that they would not overlook the Watchtower’s prohibition on the medical use of blood, their over use of extreme shunning, or their ongoing resistance to post-secondary education for JW children or adults trying to improve their skills and personal income.

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