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Remote User:

Date: 01 Dec 2001

Time: 19:14:02

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My name is Michelle Truett and I am a disfellowshipped J. W. I attempted suicide after their loving act. Thank God I was not successful because apparently God still loved me because after 14 years of not being able to conceive a child I became pregnant and gave birth to my miracle baby Noah. My e-mail address is michelletruett@aol. com.

Remote User:

Date: 02 Dec 2001

Time: 21:34:10

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Great site! There is more abuse going on in the church than we think, both cult and even in the true Christian church! Keep up the great work. Linda from Barrie, Ont. P. S. As the world fractures more & more as Jesus delays His coming, web-sites like yours will be needed more & more. God is able to totally heal & set free! Thank-you Jesus!

Remote User:

Date: 03 Dec 2001

Time: 02:55:08

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Thank you for sharing your stories and your support. Randy Watters posted my story years ago. He created a category called sexual abuse/other abuse. No one else would post my story. Rick Ross, a self proclaimed cult counselor rejected my story. He told me I was a victim of "False Memories". Randy was the first person to take me serious. I'm very grateful to Randy Watters. I'm an adult sexual abuse survivor. I have a Legal Assistant Degree and I do not have "False Memories". My memories are very real and traumatizing.

Remote User:

Date: 03 Dec 2001

Time: 03:09:40

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My Best Friend was molested by his Father. Everyone knew about it in the congregation. The Elders were told, but nothing compared to wife beating. My friends Dad also hit his Mom and she was requesting a divorce. The Wife Beating was made public but never the child molesting. My friend quit talking to me. The child molesting continues.

Remote User:

Date: 04 Dec 2001

Time: 16:58:11

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My heart goes out to those who have been victims to such morbid abuse! I was raised as a JW and then married a JW. I suffered both physical, mental, and verbal abuse by my husband. The elders in the congregation refused to do anything about it, and told me I was hard-hearted for not forgiving my husband when I finally decided I couldn't take it any longer. Everyone thought he was such a good christian. I finally divorced him when I felt I was falling into a very deep depression. Since the divorce I have felt as though a heavy weight has been lifted. I am now shunned by many that were my so called friends, although I am not disfellowshipped. I feel the elders of the congregation should also take this type of abuse seriously. I know of somebody who committed suicide for these very reasons. She was made to feel it was her fault! These policies certainly need to change! --Anonymous

Remote User:

Date: 04 Dec 2001

Time: 20:52:36

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what a great service for the silent lambs of the org. little by little the web is providing a lot answers and stirring a lot of questions about this org. Its really interesting to see stories surface about abuse, the history of this self proclaimed channel of God. I wonder how long before this org starts to unravel. Or what will keep it as tightly wound as it has been To me personally it seems that doctrine will bury this org first God bless, Randawg35@home. com

Remote User:

Date: 05 Dec 2001

Time: 01:12:24

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My child has been going to the JW for some time now. After returning from a recent visit with her father she announced that she no longer would celebrate Christmas with me. She is 12. She has been acting very strange for about 6 months. She has a step=sister and I know something is wrong with her too. I can't prove anything and my daughter wont tell. I don't know what to do. My stomach is in knots. All my motherly instincts tell me something happened very bad this weekend because her dads wife was out of town. Both girls are being weird. Where do I go for Help. I have tried to contact a lawyer this morning but he has yet to call back. I understand that the JW have a bunch of church funded lawyers and that small town lawyer do not want to fight things like that. I have a little over a week before she is supposed to go back. I plan not to be here when he gets here to pick her up. I want to change visitation or do away with it completely. But, I can't prove anything right now. How can I get help for my girl?

Remote User:

Date: 05 Dec 2001

Time: 01:13:36

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My child has been going to the JW for some time now. After returning from a recent visit with her father she announced that she no longer would celebrate Christmas with me. She is 12. She has been acting very strange for about 6 months. She has a step=sister and I know something is wrong with her too. I can't prove anything and my daughter wont tell. I don't know what to do. My stomach is in knots. All my motherly instincts tell me something happened very bad this weekend because her dads wife was out of town. Both girls are being weird. Where do I go for Help. I have tried to contact a lawyer this morning but he has yet to call back. I understand that the JW have a bunch of church funded lawyers and that small town lawyer do not want to fight things like that. I have a little over a week before she is supposed to go back. I plan not to be here when he gets here to pick her up. I want to change visitation or do away with it completely. But, I can't prove anything right now. How can I get help for my girl?

Remote User:

Date: 05 Dec 2001

Time: 17:21:11

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THANKS FOR bringing this to our attention SYBIL ,SYBIL JERRY INC@AOL,COM

Remote User:

Date: 05 Dec 2001

Time: 20:28:30

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I respect everybody's opinions. But I am not agree with all that stuff you guys have in here. We are "humans" and humans make many mistakes. Because we are imperfects peoples, Thanks to Adam and Eve. Some peoples make mistakes and never admits that. You made a mistake and you pay for it. Before talk about anybody, you have to stop and think very carefully why you let someone hurt you for too long. Don't say that some religion messed up your life. We are free to decide what we can or can't do. NOBODY put a gun or a knife, etc. , on you, to do what you do with your life. I was thinking the same way of you, guys, but NOW I know that we make mistakes ALL the time knowing that it wasn't right to do it. If you think for a moment there someone that ALWAYS says "don't do it that way because you can get hurt" and WE NEVER listen. It's very easy to say "look what they did to me" POOR OF ME. It's not Jehovah or HIS Witnesses the problem, it's US. That was very EASY talk about the FOOD after we eat it ALL and there's NOTHING LEFT.

Remote User:

Date: 07 Dec 2001

Time: 21:23:50

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It is comforting to know that Jehovah's heavenly armies of angels will come and slaughter evil individuals who will not receive the seal of God! "They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. " (Rev 9:4) Obviously that includes you filthy little pedophiles out there who prey like vampires on young children. If you are a pedophile who is reading this, and you possess a human soul capable of love deep down, then you can get in your car right now, and drive to a county mental health center. Tell them you suffer the mental illness of pedophilia, pose a danger to children, and ask them to check yourself in for treatment! Otherwise you will suffer a horrible and well deserved death during the global cleansing called Armageddon, because you will not receive Jehovah's seal of protection. You will never know what it is like to live forever in a peaceful world free of sick urges like pedophilia that destroy everyone's peace of mind. You will soon be forgotten, dead forever, without any hope, if you are a pedophile and you do not act before it is too late. May Jehovah bless the efforts of those who labor to maintain this site.

Remote User:

Date: 08 Dec 2001

Time: 22:27:00

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my name is ian. i was raised as a jehovah's witness. i eventually escaped . escaped into a world i new nothing about. i don't want to play the victim ,but i need help. emasculatedpeach@onebox. com

Remote User:

Date: 09 Dec 2001

Time: 15:56:39

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I FOR ONE AM PLEASED WITH YOUR WEBSITE, IT EXPOSES THE WTS FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS, A BUNCH OF LYING HYPOCRITES,MIND-CONTROLLING, INTIMIDATING B*******!

Remote User:

Date: 10 Dec 2001

Time: 02:02:12

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It's terrible that you can spew out lies like this. None of what you claim is substantiated.

Remote User:

Date: 10 Dec 2001

Time: 23:22:26

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Awake June 22 ,2000 page 6

quote: Some people insult those who disagree with them by questioning character or motives instead of focusing on the facts. Name-calling slaps a negative, easy-to-remember label onto a person, a group, or an idea. The name-caller hopes that the label will stick. If people reject the person or idea on the basis of the negative label instead of weighing the evidence for themselves, the name-caller's strategy has worked.

I think the FDS speak to the person above better than I can.

silentlambs

Remote User:

Date: 11 Dec 2001

Time: 22:03:38

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The long news article that posted on yahoo headlines last summer regarding molestation/JW reached many people. I questioned the organization after reading this. This is abuse that cannot be covered up or explained away. It is wrong! I researched for any other double standard/coverups. I was an inactive believer for the last 17 yrs and active JW for 20 years before that. I am a believer no more. I support your work. Silence is not golden.

e-mail: alderpatch@yahoo. com

Remote User:

Date: 13 Dec 2001

Time: 11:56:02

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I'm surprised at some of the thing on here, and pretty shocked that no one has done anything to combat this.

I don't share your religious beliefs, but I do believe the things spoken about here, and my heart goes out to you. The only way this kind of serial abuse can be combated is for you all to report it all. You have to all do it, and be persistent in getting action taken. What shocks me the most is how utterly naive you all are in thinking your 'elders' can or would do anything about it. Why on Earth haven't you all gone straight to the police?

Here's what you ALL need to do:

Write here:

Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Washington, D. C. 20535-0001 (202) 324-3000

www. fbi. gov

write everything that happened to you personally, or your family, everything. DEMAND that they not only investigate this, but also investigate all the claims and this cult and its methods. One or two letters like this won't have much impact, but if you *ALL* do this eventually someone high up will listen and they will investigate and infiltrate this odd bunch. These are the best people to deal with this, as individual law enforcement agencies from various areas will only get part of the picture, not the whole. They also won't have the clout to deal with it, like the FBI will. Write letters, Emails, make calls, annoy people, let everyone know what's going on. Stop hiding this, tell the world. You must name names, let everyone know who did what. You may get sued, but if enough people find out your being sued for calling someone in this cult a child abuser publicly, then you can guarantee others who will have been abused by this fool or fools will come forward.

Lastly, don't let yourself be bitter or negative. Be positive, force yourselves, and FIGHT! For your rights, and your decency. People who do this kind of thing are not always monsters, sometimes with the proper help they can overcome this, check out stopitnow. org for more information. This place may help you too.

You've got to be strong, within, and keep on talking to others about it until something is done to combat it. You won't change things by writing it here, tell the FBI! All of you.

Bye.

J. jacob_march@hotmail. com

Remote User:

Date: 13 Dec 2001

Time: 15:38:54

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Interesting perspective. However, the problem is no better in other religious organizations. Perhaps some research with actual numbers might further your cause. And please do not forget to supply the numbers regarding other religious groups so you can make an accurate comparison.

Remote User:

Date: 13 Dec 2001

Time: 15:41:19

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Interesting perspective. However, the problem is no better in other religious organizations. Perhaps some research with actual numbers might further your cause. And please do not forget to supply the numbers regarding other religious groups so you can make an accurate comparison. Unfortunately, we live in a SOCIETY that protects and advances the rights of criminals. What should be done about THAT?

Remote User:

Date: 15 Dec 2001

Time: 02:52:50

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It is an issue that all religions face. The abuse by people who are in an oversight position.

Remote User:

Date: 16 Dec 2001

Time: 16:22:11

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I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness since birth till I was 18, I had a horrible childhood. Was abused by my father while my mother and "Elders" stood by and did nothing. I was also severely beaten if I didn't attend the meetings! I was considered a bad seed because I had worldly friends and listened to Rock music! (What a joke!) I looked for comfort in Drugs and Booze. I finally escaped at the age of 18 when my mother died. I felt my world was going to end. My father had a new girlfriend 2 weeks after my mother died (a sister) again the elders stood by and did nothing. As soon as I got away I felt so much better and free, I had no need to get high or drunk. I am now 37 and very happy. But, I did need some therapy, its hard growing up with no Birthdays or Christmas, it kind of messes-up a kids head. So anyone thinking of joining don't, the scars will take years to heal. BEWARE OF THIS SCAM THEY WILL BRAINWASH YOU, my 18 year nightmare took place in New York City at the East Manhattan Congregation. If anyone need any advise, feel free to contact me.

Rebecca Ulloa rebeccaulloa@hotmail. com

Remote User:

Date: 16 Dec 2001

Time: 16:22:43

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I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness since birth till I was 18, I had a horrible childhood. Was abused by my father while my mother and "Elders" stood by and did nothing. I was also severely beaten if I didn't attend the meetings! I was considered a bad seed because I had worldly friends and listened to Rock music! (What a joke!) I looked for comfort in Drugs and Booze. I finally escaped at the age of 18 when my mother died. I felt my world was going to end. My father had a new girlfriend 2 weeks after my mother died (a sister) again the elders stood by and did nothing. As soon as I got away I felt so much better and free, I had no need to get high or drunk. I am now 37 and very happy. But, I did need some therapy, its hard growing up with no Birthdays or Christmas, it kind of messes-up a kids head. So anyone thinking of joining don't, the scars will take years to heal. BEWARE OF THIS SCAM THEY WILL BRAINWASH YOU, my 18 year nightmare took place in New York City at the East Manhattan Congregation. If anyone need any advise, feel free to contact me.

Rebecca Ulloa, rebeccaulloa@hotmail. com

Remote User:

Date: 18 Dec 2001

Time: 09:38:21

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I am sooooo ANGRY!!! It's like my entire life has been this big fuckin; lie. (excuse my language) I graduate from high school and all I hear from my parents and the so called "brothers and sisters" from the congregation is how I should enter the full time pioneer service and become a secretary instead of fulfilling my dream of becoming a writer which of course would require me majoring in college for 4 years!! I WANNA BE FREE!!!

Remote User:

Date: 18 Dec 2001

Time: 21:47:09

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I was worried about one fellow who was always with the children and my friend suggested i go to verysafechild. net and i did. Now I know he is a pedophile so we don't let our children go near him

Remote User:

Date: 18 Dec 2001

Time: 21:47:13

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I was worried about one fellow who was always with the children and my friend suggested i go to verysafechild. net and i did. Now I know he is a pedophile so we don't let our children go near him

Remote User:

Date: 18 Dec 2001

Time: 21:48:27

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sorry, i forgot to say, if you want to detect a pedophile in cunning disguise go to www. verysafechild. net I hope it helps stop these evil men from hurting kids

Remote User:

Date: 19 Dec 2001

Time: 00:54:48

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So many site like this across the web that exposes the evil of JW and it's so sad that the message haven't reached most people all over the world. Well, in no time it will. One thing is not being discussed in any anti-JW sites is the illegal methods of this cult in converting people to embrace their religion. Deceptions, fears, bribery, lies, intimidations, emotional abuse and black mail, social engineering, connivance and all forms of manipulations are being used in order to maneuver one innocent prospect to accept a Bible study with them. I am a victim of this cult. Your love ones might be also a victim.

Remote User:

Date: 19 Dec 2001

Time: 19:09:54

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I read the stories you have published here and I find it strange that a lot of these "victims" were raped or molested by their fathers. I find the whole site questionable simply because the web master was supposedly an elder who was done "wrong" Don't get me wrong. I abhor child abuse of any kind. But, I also know that God abhors a liar. Each one will have to answer to God for themselves. God hates a false tongue as well as he does abuse of little children. I cannot see the purpose of your site except to vent your animosity toward the Jehovah's Witnesses. You cannot come to the conclusion that JW are any worse than any other religion or group of people. If I had something against the Witnesses, I could write you a 100 made up letters for you to publish on here and only the foolish would believe them. The Internet is good for some things but in many ways it is only the tool of Satan. No, I will not sign my name or will I leave my email. This is the first and last time I have commented on something such as this and the whole thing , from your web site , to the letters, to even writing this makes me ill.

Remote User:

Date: 19 Dec 2001

Time: 19:11:46

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I read the stories you have published here and I find it strange that a lot of these "victims" were raped or molested by their fathers. I find the whole site questionable simply because the web master was supposedly an elder who was done "wrong" Don't get me wrong. I abhor child abuse of any kind. But, I also know that God abhors a liar. Each one will have to answer to God for themselves. God hates a false tongue as well as he does abuse of little children. I cannot see the purpose of your site except to vent your animosity toward the Jehovah's Witnesses. You cannot come to the conclusion that JW are any worse than any other religion or group of people. If I had something against the Witnesses, I could write you a 100 made up letters for you to publish on here and only the foolish would believe them. The Internet is good for some things but in many ways it is only the tool of Satan. No, I will not sign my name or will I leave my email. This is the first and last time I have commented on something such as this and the whole thing , from your web site , to the letters, to even writing this makes me ill.

Remote User:

Date: 19 Dec 2001

Time: 19:29:43

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I posted a bit ago, Dec. 19th,2001. I don't want anyone to get the impression that abuse cannot happen or that it cannot happen within the congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. I'm sorry!

Remote User:

Date: 19 Dec 2001

Time: 20:36:43

Comments:

Really like this site very informative

Remote User:

Date: 20 Dec 2001

Time: 00:54:02

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The purpose of this website is to expose liars. You see those in leadership positions of the WT Society have clearly stated there are no problems with molested children and Wt policy is sufficient to protect them. This is untrue and this website exists to expose the truth of the matter. The name silentlambs is just that, a name offered the the thousands who have suffered in silence and now have a forum to speak out, be comforted, and know we believe they tell the truth. If it happens to expose lying hypocrites, then so be it, as should anyone be exposed who allows children to be hurt with no remorse.

silentlambs

Remote User:

Date: 22 Dec 2001

Time: 18:43:32

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I can see how this would be true. My husband was caught forging a federal check for over $6,000 and I reported it to the elders and they insisted that I stay SILENT. I also know women who were beaten by their husbands and were told they must stay by their husbands and NOT report it. Isn't it funny that these same men are still out in the ministry week after week looking so innocent to other people?

I have just decided to leave the organization this week. I don't believe God would have an organization that has filth in it like this.

Khayton@mediawave. com

Remote User:

Date: 24 Dec 2001

Time: 15:37:09

Comments:

How do we go about deprogramming ourselves after being raised in this org. ? I have been inactive for a few years, but I still find myself in the middle. . . confused. I'm not even sure where I stand regarding the holidays! I still suffer from a lot of guilt and unworthiness. . . and I think about my children I am raising. What do I tell them? I can see why there is a lot of depression in this organization!

Remote User:

Date: 26 Dec 2001

Time: 23:15:00

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Thank you for your loving, caring concern,not to mention your time, effort and expense. You have helped so many abused ones by giving them support and hope.

My father-in-law finally admitted he sexually abused his granddaughter only after two of his grown daughters came forward with the fact that he had sexually abused them from young childhood. Of course, he shed tears, and the JC reversed their decision to disfellowship him and instead privately reproved him. No warning to the parents in the congregation so that they could protect their innocent children!!

Needless to say, the family has been destroyed. By the way, he lives in southeast Alabama with his wife. His oldest daughter and her husband (both JWs) took them in. My mother-in-law claims she knew nothing about it, but the girls do not believe her.

When the elders met with us to inform them of the situation, the first thing out of one elder's mouth was "we don't want the police involved". He lives in Tallahassee FL (where my in-laws lived at the time of exposing his crime).

Thank you for allowing us to tell our stories and vent a little. Needless to say, we are no longer witnesses (and neither are the 2 abused and their families daughters). Bonwalksnowman@aol. com

Remote User:

Date: 27 Dec 2001

Time: 13:49:02

Comments:

My name is Jack Davis. I was first associated with Jehovah's Witnesses at the age of 7;in 1965;when my father began attending meetings at the Bridgeport Michigan Congregation. I left six years ago.

This is not my computer;it belongs to a friend; and I will have to ask his permission to leave an e-mail address.

Remote User:

Date: 30 Dec 2001

Time: 14:02:39

Comments:

Wow, Growing up in the Organization, I can not imagine to horrors that some of the stories on this web site. My heart goes out to all of you, CB

Remote User:

Date: 30 Dec 2001

Time: 18:47:08

Comments:

Hi. At the age of 15, I was raped by a teacher. I was not attacked, I allowed it to happen, mainly out of fear and insecurity. Anyway, the Elders publicly reproved me because they said I could have run away and not let it happen. Also, they claimed it made the congregation look bad. I lost my friends, my parents blamed me as well for the incident, they would not admit any blame in the situation even though I had been verbally and somewhat physically abused my whole childhood. Elders even encouraged them to spank me good for what had happened. I was punished alright, lost my driving permit, makeup taken away, grounded for 7 months. Yelled at and told what a loser I was for several years. Needless to say, I do not have a good relationship with my parents to this day.

This Organization, at least back then, did not comfort me in the least. The elders literally yelled at me in the committee meeting. Even as I cried, they offered me NO support whatsoever. The only people that offered me hug or comfort were the police and investigators on the case. They even offered to get me counseling, which my parents refused saying that the only help I needed would come from the Elders and the Organization.

Sick. Really sick. I am 32 and I can say I am a survivor. I am in college now and very happy. To the active JWs who write in and say that these stories are unsubstantiated, maybe we can't give you tangible evidence on this forum, but these things can and DO happen. I do not condemn the entire organization nor do I hate all JWs. I still have great JW friends! But why would God's holy spirit allow such injustice in His organization?? Cases like these go way beyond "human imperfection", as it is so commonly said among JWs. People are clearly making choices. Elders are clearly making these decisions. And, if the society has these weird policies on pedophiles, it only adds to the lunacy. Personally, I think the Governing body should take a short course on all forms of abuse and signs to look for in an abused person. They should learn about pedophilia and how to handle these situations, including reporting these incidents to the authorities. Maybe there would be a lot less heartache. The society had better make some MAJOR changes in their outlook on these matters. Oddly enough, the society is always worried about congregations looking bad and supposedly keeping Jehovah's name clean. Then why don't they clean it up?? Maybe then, there would be no reason for websites like this one and we would not have to have these conversations about tragedies like ours. Just something to think about.

Thanks for reading my experience.

Remote User:

Date: 30 Dec 2001

Time: 18:47:43

Comments:

Hi. At the age of 15, I was raped by a teacher. I was not attacked, I allowed it to happen, mainly out of fear and insecurity. Anyway, the Elders publicly reproved me because they said I could have run away and not let it happen. Also, they claimed it made the congregation look bad. I lost my friends, my parents blamed me as well for the incident, they would not admit any blame in the situation even though I had been verbally and somewhat physically abused my whole childhood. Elders even encouraged them to spank me good for what had happened. I was punished alright, lost my driving permit, makeup taken away, grounded for 7 months. Yelled at and told what a loser I was for several years. Needless to say, I do not have a good relationship with my parents to this day.

This Organization, at least back then, did not comfort me in the least. The elders literally yelled at me in the committee meeting. Even as I cried, they offered me NO support whatsoever. The only people that offered me hug or comfort were the police and investigators on the case. They even offered to get me counseling, which my parents refused saying that the only help I needed would come from the Elders and the Organization.

Sick. Really sick. I am 32 and I can say I am a survivor. I am in college now and very happy. To the active JWs who write in and say that these stories are unsubstantiated, maybe we can't give you tangible evidence on this forum, but these things can and DO happen. I do not condemn the entire organization nor do I hate all JWs. I still have great JW friends! But why would God's holy spirit allow such injustice in His organization?? Cases like these go way beyond "human imperfection", as it is so commonly said among JWs. People are clearly making choices. Elders are clearly making these decisions. And, if the society has these weird policies on pedophiles, it only adds to the lunacy. Personally, I think the Governing body should take a short course on all forms of abuse and signs to look for in an abused person. They should learn about pedophilia and how to handle these situations, including reporting these incidents to the authorities. Maybe there would be a lot less heartache. The society had better make some MAJOR changes in their outlook on these matters. Oddly enough, the society is always worried about congregations looking bad and supposedly keeping Jehovah's name clean. Then why don't they clean it up?? Maybe then, there would be no reason for websites like this one and we would not have to have these conversations about tragedies like ours. Just something to think about.

Thanks for reading my experience.

Remote User:

Date: 30 Dec 2001

Time: 18:54:55

Comments:

Hi. At the age of 15, I was raped by a teacher. I was not attacked, I allowed it to happen, mainly out of fear and insecurity. Anyway, the Elders publicly reproved me because they said I could have run away and not let it happen. Also, they claimed it made the congregation look bad. I lost my friends, my parents blamed me as well for the incident, they would not admit any blame in the situation even though I had been verbally and somewhat physically abused my whole childhood. Elders even encouraged them to spank me good for what had happened. I was punished alright, lost my driving permit, makeup taken away, grounded for 7 months. Yelled at and told what a loser I was for several years. Needless to say, I do not have a good relationship with my parents to this day.

This Organization, at least back then, did not comfort me in the least. The elders literally yelled at me in the committee meeting. Even as I cried, they offered me NO support whatsoever. The only people that offered me hug or comfort were the police and investigators on the case. They even offered to get me counseling, which my parents refused saying that the only help I needed would come from the Elders and the Organization.

Sick. Really sick. I am 32 and I can say I am a survivor. I am in college now and very happy. To the active JWs who write in and say that these stories are unsubstantiated, maybe we can't give you tangible evidence on this forum, but these things can and DO happen. I do not condemn the entire organization nor do I hate all JWs. I still have great JW friends! But why would God's holy spirit allow such injustice in His organization?? Cases like these go way beyond "human imperfection", as it is so commonly said among JWs. People are clearly making choices. Elders are clearly making these decisions. And, if the society has these weird policies on pedophiles, it only adds to the lunacy. Personally, I think the Governing body should take a short course on all forms of abuse and signs to look for in an abused person. They should learn about pedophilia and how to handle these situations, including reporting these incidents to the authorities. Maybe there would be a lot less heartache. The society had better make some MAJOR changes in their outlook on these matters. Oddly enough, the society is always worried about congregations looking bad and supposedly keeping Jehovah's name clean. Then why don't they clean it up?? Maybe then, there would be no reason for websites like this one and we would not have to have these conversations about tragedies like ours. Just something to think about.

Thanks for reading my experience.

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