The World Remembers Watchtower Victims

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Hope and connection brought people together around the globe on July 26, 2014. Organized through Facebook, the day became one to remember and quite unlike any other, marked from sunrise to sunset with tributes and respectful activism taking place in significant public and private locations.

It was a day that saw individuals of all ages who have been shunned and ostracised by their Jehovah’s Witness families make themselves visible in dignified, loving and purposeful ways. Several actually took flowers and cards to places where they had in the past experienced rejection and pain. Many memorialized the moment by taking photos and sharing their personal experiences where everything connected with the day began – the Facebook page “Watchtower Victims Memorial Day.”

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“Truth Be Told” – How Successful Could it Be?

Truth Be Told posterI am very excited about the potential for Gregorio Smith’s compelling, fast-moving documentary, “Truth Be Told.” I am sure that if it is seen by enough people, it will alter public opinion about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society.

Why? Because this film accurately captures the culture of undue influence from an organization that clearly violates the basic human rights of its members, their families, and especially the children of members.

In this documentary, former Jehovah’s Witnesses candidly talk about the emotional and psychological harm they suffered because of the policies and practices of the Watchtower Society.

The film includes heart-wrenching recollections and personal experiences about the long-term effects upon children who are forced to proselytize door-to-door. The psychological damage that results from enforced shunning of non-believing family members and friends. What happens when critical thinking skills are suspended? The lost opportunities because of the negative stigma attached to higher education; and how it feels to be unable to pursue one’s passion for art, music or science, or a young adult’s shattered dream to be a doctor, educator, librarian, journalist, writer or other professional career dreams.

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Blood Transfusions – Watchtower “Truth” vs. Fact

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According to Lee Elder, Director of AJWRB (Associated Jehovah’s Witness for Reform on Blood), most Jehovah’s Witnesses believe “…blood transfusions are bad medicine and the equivalent of playing Russian Roulette.”

The Watchtower has so thoroughly indoctrinated them about the potential risks of transfusions, even in life and death situations where doctors and emergency technicians have no viable alternatives, “…that the mere thought is totally abhorrent to many of them.”

These irrational fears often persist for years even among former Jehovah’s Witnesses. One can only guess at how many injured and sick Jehovah’s Witnesses and their non-baptized family members have died from lack of proper medical treatment since the mid 1940s when the Watchtower first introduced their “No Blood!” doctrine.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Should be Included in UK Inquiry

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AAWA: UK Child abuse inquiry “Should include Jehovah’s Witnesses”

Advocates for the Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) welcomes the UK’s wide-ranging  public inquiry into historic child abuse in public institutions. We welcome the news that the overarching inquiry, led by an expert panel, will try to bring together the “institutional lessons” not only from the Home Office, but also from the NHS, the BBC, social services and churches for future child protection work.

We have taken note of the comments of Peter Wanless, the Chief Executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), who is leading a review into the Home Office’s handling of abuse allegations:

“If someone consciously knows that there is a crime committed against a child and does nothing about it because they put the reputation of the organisation above the safety of that child, that should be a criminal offence.”

We welcome this concept and ask the inquiry to include an investigation into Jehovah’s Witnesses. They have documented policies that are designed to protect the organization at the expense of their child abuse victims.

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JW Elder Convicted in UK Court – Coverup Revealed

After the Mark Sewell conviction:  Abuse survivors across the world – Step forward and speak out!!!

Courageous abuse survivors should take some comfort with the June 27, 2014 conviction of another Jehovah’s Witness elder, this time in the UK.

Sewell-2Fifty-three year old Mark Sewell from Barry, Wales was found guilty of rape and seven counts of indecent assault, one against a child.

AAWA feels that the rulings in this particular court case are historic in the sense that most sex crimes committed against Jehovah’s Witness children and women have often gone unpunished. Why? Because of a unique set of circumstances controlled and enforced by the Governing Body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. This may no longer be the case after the historic Sewell trial.

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