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FREE Sunday, April 18, 2010
@ 9:25 PM
PEDOPHILE ELDER
Doug Louden is allegedly a rapist. He lives in Ocala Florida and has allegedly molested Dozens of boys! Elders finally DFed him after years of known abuse. He has yet to be caught by law enforcement! He lived in Hollywood Florida in the 60s,70s and 80s protected by the Watchtower! This person is a threat to any young boy. If you have been molested by him also please call law enforcement TODAY! You may save a childs dignity or life!

RA.R N FP Monday, April 5, 2010
@ 9:37 AM
PHILIPPINE BRANCH- CORRUPT AND FULL OF CONSPIRACY
IVE KNOWN ALLOT OF PEOPLE WHO LOVED JEHOVAH SO MUCH... BUT BECAME VICTIMS OF THE CALLOUSNESS AND SELFISHNESS SAME AS ME.. I AM NOT AN APOSTATE, IM NOT EVEN BAPTIZED, I DO NOT HATE JEHOVAH, I HATE HIS FAKE JUDGE-MENTAL, GREEDY, HUNGRY FOR POWER, ABUSIVE, PRETENTIOUS PEOPLE. OH GOD IT IS SO HARD TO GET JUSTICE.... I KNOW A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL, KICKED OUT OF HER OWN HOUSE, LEFT TO DEATH IN THE HOSPITAL WITH A BABY IN HER STOMACH ALL BECAUSE SHE WAS HATED FOR BEING A WITNESSES AGAINST THE CONSPIRACY AND WICKEDNESS OF THE BETHELITE ELDERS WHO HANDLED HER SO CALLED CASE THAT WAS NEVER PROVEN.... THESE ELDERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT THIS POOR GIRL HAD NO PARENTS AND NOBODY TO PROTECT HER. THEY HAUNTED HER, TRIED TO HURT HER CHILD, SCARE HER TO DEATH, OFFERED HER BRIBE AND ALMOST KILLED HER OF TRAUMA WHEN SHE REFUSED TO ACCEPT IT... SHE WAS DISFELLOWED ONLY THROUGH CELPHONE TEXT MESSAGE JUST BECAUSE SHE DID'NT OPEN THE DOOR BECAUSE OF FEAR WHEN THE 3 ELDERS WANTED TO HARASS HER INSIDE THEIR HOUSE.THE APPEALS COMMITTEE FOUND HER NOT GUILTY AND REVERSED THE DECISION OF DISFELLOWSHIPING HER, BUT THE BODY OF ELDERS HID THE DECISION FROM HER AND WHEN SHE FOUND OUT, THE ELDERS MADE A NEW RULE BY TELLING HER "YOU ARE NOT PUBLICLY NEITHER PRIVATELY REPROOFED BUT YOU CANNOT HAVE A PART ON THEOCRATIC MINISTRY SCHOOL NEITHER CAN YOU COMMENT ON MEETINGS." THEY ACCUSED HER OF COMMENTING OFFENSIVE THINGS AGAINST THE ELDERS ON ONE MEETING. HOW COME OTHER SISTERS AND BROTHERS DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT THE SAID OFFENSIVE COMMENT? ARE THEY DEAF OR THESE ELDERS ARE JUST HAVING IMAGINATIONS AND HALLUCINATIONS? NOBODY KNEW ABOUT THAT ACCUSATION BUT THE ELDERS THEMSELVES. SO THEY DECIDED TO PROHIBIT HER TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS AT ANY MEETINGS. WHAT IS THIS A NEW RULE MADE ONLY BY THE BODY OF ELDERS IN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION? THE WHOLE BRANCH PLAYED WITH HER. THEY PROMISED HER ACTIONS THAT NEVER REALLY HAPPENED. THEY CHANGED THE PEOPLE HANDLING HER CASE FOR SO MANY TIMES, THEY SCATTERED SLANDEROUS ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HER AND TRIED TO HAVE HER BABY MISCARRIAGED BY FILLING HER YOUNG MIND WITH THREATS AND ANXIETIES. EVEN THE SO CALLED ANNOINTED ONE, NAMELY ""MARK SANDERSON"" HAD A BIG PART ON THIS WICKEDNESS. HE REFUSED TO COMFORT HER WHEN SHE SEEKED HELP,HE DID NOT ACCOMODATE HER EVEN WHEN SHE MADE EFFORTS TO GO AND MEET WITH HIM TO SEEK ADVICE.THIS MARK SANDERSON TOLD HER EXTREMELY DEPRESSING WORDS YOU CANT IMAGINE WILL COME FROM AN ANNOINTED ONE, ONE.. THAT THEY SAY WILL GO TO HEAVEN AND RULE WITH jESUS. ITS ALMOST A YEAR THAT PASSED BUT THESE ELDERS ARE CONTINUOUSLY HAUNTING HER DOWN AND THREATHENING HER LIFE. IF ONLY I COULD HELP... IF ONLY... GOD KNOWS ALL THE VICTIMS... OTHERS WHO WERE ALSO ABUSED BY THESE BETHELITES... IM STILL HOPING TO SEE JEHOVAH MAKE A WAY AND SOLVE THIS ONE DAY... PLEASE POST THIS MESSAGE EVERYWHERE YOU CAN. AS MUCH AS YOU CAN...

mind blown Saturday, April 3, 2010
@ 3:34 AM
Thank You....
I would like to THANK YOU for having the guts to do this Mr Bowen! I was molested in the 60's by a Jehovah's Witness brother. Who knows how many other children he's done this to, since it's known, abusers don't stop at just one. Of course the old story of elders handling these types of situations is a crime within it self. My aunt who's a JW wouldn't even believe my mom (her sister) when she came to her about the issue. Because of your help as well as many other...it FINALLY ..came out in the wash! My JW aunt finally had the guts to ask me personally if it was true.(my molestation).....and I told her yes, he did molest me. My loving Aunts only response....oh........? Anyway, it looks as though things are really heating up now for those who think they can sweep things under the carpet....Prosecution of the Pope may be imminent....even the world is calling these child sex abuse cases...."Crimes Against Humanity" and "Violent Crimes Against Children"......the pope may be prosecuted by "INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT"....he will not be able to cry "Head Of State"......read below: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04- 01/take-him- to-court/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010 /apr/02/pope -legal-immunity-international-law http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010 /03/investi gate_the_pope.html

M.A.N. Tuesday, March 30, 2010
@ 4:11 PM
To Katydid
I don't know the details of this case but as most people here will tell you, the GB of the WT will do everything it can to avoid admitting ANY guilt or responsibility concerning the pedophilia that is rampant within its ranks. The Jehovah's Witnesses cult has such a high percentage of child abuses that it is no longer possible for them to hide the facts. In the past, they have taken the position that there is no problem. They have threatened those who have come forward with being shunned and losing their families. They did settle some cases recently but the victims were forbidden from discussing the settlements, which gave the WT the chance (THEY think) of pretending it never happened since no details were made public. What needs to be done is for the courts to demand that the WT admit their guilt in ALL respects, pay damages to the victims, and for the GB to be imprisoned for life as punishment for their role in the thousands of crimes of rape and child abuse that they knew about. Publicity is something the WT hates with a passion, yet it is one of the things that can bring about their demise. They do not have unlimited money, they are a small group, and no loving god in his right mind would have anything to do with them. Once the public learns the complete truth regarding the WT, I think their attempts to go out in field service and make converts will be virtually useless. One of the most productive things we can still do now is to warn anyone who will listen about their practices. I doubt that decent people will want to have anything to do with them. My best to all. M.A.N.

katydid Sunday, March 28, 2010
@ 9:59 AM
Supreme Court case re Catholic Church-sounds familiar
I read that the Vatican is being sued by victims of priests' sex abuse. The court wants to know what the Vatican knew at the time. The excuses regarding not wanting the Catholic Church's name to be smeared, that they did not try to prevent victims from reporting, that the matter is confidential, etc.,sounded so familiar. Any chance that this issue will come before the GB of the WTBTS again with any success this time? It seems to have been successfully swept under the rug. An admission, with a sincere apology, would help a lot of people, it seems to me, although nothing can erase what harm has been done. Just wondered if anyone else has information on this new case.

M.A.N. Thursday, March 25, 2010
@ 12:55 PM
To Everyone
To PCW: Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into it. Alex: Ultimately, the WT and JW's cannot provide anything BUT pain and suffering. In the beginning of a person's contact with JW's, some things appear to be good. But it's just a cheap coat of paint. Underneath, it's rotten. The WT is fond of quoting the parables of Jesus and applying them to the world in general. It is so ironic that they really apply to the WT. The whitewashed graves, the cup that appears clean but is dirty, etc. all fit the WT. For years, I've challenged JW's to show us how they are NOT as bad or worse than the Pharisees in the first century and not ONE has been able to show that the WT and the GB are NOT like the Pharisees. Rules, lack of love, arrogance, and all the rest. If the shoe fits, wear it. Marie, I've seen many YouTube videos where JW's get downright nasty, vulgar, and snotty when anyone challenges their beliefs. They've cursed at me and when I quoted proof that the WT defends, hides, and denies having pedophiles in their midst, their claws and fangs come out ready to fight. Obviously, they are destined to lose ANY argument with me concerning this issue. Their answers are always rude, threatening me with destruction and other juvenile and mentally ill behavior. "There are none so blind as those who WILL NOT see." I love that expression because it fits JW's so very well. Most of them are beyond help since they insist on remaining in their insanity and ignorance. But we can continue to post and try to help the few who might be able to be saved from wasting their lives serving the WT and the GB. My best to all. M.A.N.

DJB Monday, March 22, 2010
@ 3:58 PM
Tolerance?
In my last comment I mentioned tolerance. I was refering to the tolerance of offenders in the Watchtower ranks. Also the bad treatment of victims!!! Grieving God's Spirit most definitely...They should be proactive to root out this evil...Jesus description of the religious leaders of his day so applies "white washed graves...outwardly appear beautiful... but full ...plunder and... of dead mans bones etc". In other words disgusting!!!DJB

Marie Wednesday, March 10, 2010
@ 12:25 AM
New tricks!
I think that the JW's have found a new way to reach the people. You know it started on street corners, then door to door, then as you got out of your car at a store, now its trolling through youtube. I thought they werent supposed to look at anything apostate in fear of being disfellowshipped. However I find them preaching on youtube all the time. I guess they are going to were the people are because we sure arent answering our doors. How sneaky are they.

Alex Tuesday, March 9, 2010
@ 5:18 PM
False hope
The Jehovah's Witness religion has only been a source of pain in my life. It is a false hope.

pcw Monday, March 1, 2010
@ 10:08 AM
M.A.N.
M.A.N. Please purchase the book "Losing My Religion" if you haven't already. There is a wealth of information of innocent child/parent betrayals, and the same stories as read here in the guestbook of Silent Lambs. The author, William Lobdell is a powerful religious writer who has enlightened his readers of what really takes place with leaders of religion from a behind the scene approach. He so reminds me of the SilentLambs founder, Bill Bowen.

LB Saturday, February 27, 2010
@ 4:23 PM

Interesting site. I grew up in JW but made a conscious decision in my teenage years that it wasn't for me. Based on my own perceptions, and experiences, I feel that the organization shelters a lot of unhealthy behavior. They ignore mental illness, which keeps people from admitting and getting the help they need. I myself was a victim of a mentally ill elder with a lust for impressionable teenagers. I hope folks find the help they need through this site and realize they are not alone.

DJB Monday, February 22, 2010
@ 8:15 PM
To Jam...
Nicely said you make some good points. Some consider their tolerance\treatment of victims leading to grieving God's Holy Spirit. I say a BIG yes to this...DJB

M.A.N. Monday, February 22, 2010
@ 5:01 PM
Hi everyone
I wanted to check in to see how everyone was doing. It's so nice to read these posts from new people. I still am preparing to visit law enforcement here in Central Florida with the information I have. As some of you know, I've had health problems on and off and I can't do too much. Oh, hi PCW, I'm glad you still post. I've read some of the latest news on Freeminds. My encouragement to new people, whether JW's or not, is to ask yourselves just one simple question that, ironically, the WT is very fond of asking when trying to make you exercise your conscience according to THEIR personal beliefs. That question is: "Would Jesus Christ, if he was alive today, associate with individual known pedophiles who were unrepentant and actively offending?" And the same question to the leaders and GB: "Would Jesus or God or any self-respecting angel have ANYTHING to do with you perverted liars??" Somehow, I think honest-hearted people know the answer to these questions. Jesus often lambasted the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. We all know that the GB have the Pharisees beat by a mile. Yet they support Satan by tolerating child abuse. If any JW is reading this, you are NOT in trouble with any God anywhere if you quit this cult. You might actually save your life. I'll check back when I can. My best to all. M.A.N. from Florida.

Friday, February 12, 2010
@ 5:53 PM
To Renee Shelton
I am glad you are free now, too! I'm sorry about your childhood and about the elders in your congregation who were pedophiles. I hope all pedophiles in the Jehovah's Witnesses are exposed, also!

Renee Shelton Wednesday, February 10, 2010
@ 9:33 PM
Thank you Jesus I am free!
I grew up in Middletown, Ohio. Raised by a mentally ill mother and a pedophile step father who was a minister in the org. I thank God that He set me free and has healed me from the abuse of not only what I had to deal with at home but also by the grown-ups who neglected me and turned the other way. Especially the Elders. Unknown to me there were Elders who were sexually abusing their own children during that time. Some are still in the organization and now have grandchildren. I pray that they will be exposed. God bless, Renee

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
@ 11:25 AM
To PCW
Thanks for the information on the book!

pcw Tuesday, February 9, 2010
@ 2:04 PM
A Must Read Book
Has anyone heard of, or read the book "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace (Hardcopy) by William Lobdell? I am halfway through the book and am astonished at what is going on in churches. You would be amazed at this man's talent, research and patience. Please purchase a copy. It is worth your while.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
@ 11:52 AM
To Marie
I'm so glad you're out, too, and I'm glad that you no longer suffer from guilt over leaving! There is nothing to feel guilty about. You did the right thing when you left. I'm sorry your father was abusive! I hope your life is very, very happy now!

Marie Monday, February 1, 2010
@ 3:22 PM
Thankful its over
I was raised in and out of the org. I never felt at home in any of the 10 congregations we attended. I was always "on the fringes" as they say. I couldn't understand what was wrong with me for not just "getting it" like all the others. Why I had questions that couldn't be answered to my satisfaction. I was told it was because I lacked the right heart condition or somethings we have to take on faith. What kind of answer is that? But I had a love for god and a hunger to know him so I continued to go to the meetings. My father was a very abusive person. Both mentally and physically. The JW's knew and did nothing. Even when I begged for help or would come to meeting red faced and crying. I'm free of that religion now and all of guilt that came with leaving. I'm so thankful to read everyone's accounts. It validates my own feelings! Thank you all for sharing your stories.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
@ 12:31 PM
The abuse
The JW elders and Catholic priests who refuse to report abuse and to help the victims might as well be slapping God in the face. THEY are the ones bringing reproach to God and to Jesus. Not people who report the abuse to the proper authorities and to social services! The WTBTS misleads elders and congregations to the nth degree, and that is totally deplorable! Pedophiles commit heinous crimes against children - - and get away with it?! How crazy is that?! The elders who aid and abet the abusers are simply accomplices to the crimes and are no more than criminals themselves. Again, THEY are the ones who bring reproach against God's name in their refusal to do the only right thing, which is to protect and provide for the victims by reporting their abuse to the appropriate authorities. How could they not and have clear consciences? Their behavior toward the victims is ABHORRENT!

AGM Monday, January 18, 2010
@ 7:02 PM
Now I know (too late)
My family has been torn apart because of the WTBTS. It is a high control sect.

PJ Sunday, January 17, 2010
@ 12:19 PM
Ireland- Finally getting out of the dark ages!
The recent state commissioned investigation into child abuse covering the period of the 1960’s to 1980’s has resulted in a long awaited apology from both the Catholic Church and the Irish State itself. Many senior figures within the church have had to resign, while others are considering their position based on their inaction when cases were reported to them or where they deliberately covered up cases to protect the Church. It’s interesting that the Gardai (police force) came under criticism for being reluctant to take action, and that the investigation also stated that elements of the state colluded in the covering up of abuse. Investigators had to sift through over 60,000 previously secret church files including some 5500 withheld secret files by the Cardinal in his private vault. This investigation found that 46 priests abused over 300 children in the Dublin area alone…. and that "the reputation of the Church had been put above the welfare of the children” Many Irish people have described this as “the ultimate abuse of trust” and that not enough has been done and have called on the Pope to come to Ireland to say he’s sorry for the damage done. Do any of these comments sound familiar? Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Ministers separate from this sort of conduct? Do they apologize where there has been wrong doing in the area of child abuse? Well, from my own personal experience the answer is no. I reported the sexual abuse of my daughter to the Congregation Elders in 1992 thinking that it would be dealt with and resolved in a Christian way. Instead the next few years would be spent with the majority of Elders intent on not only trying to cover up the case and pervert justice, but also trying to discredit me in every way possible so that they wouldn’t look bad. The sole issue that was of concern to the congregation was that of the Elders own personal reputation and position and second to that was the name of the organization. Was the reputation of the Elders and Congregation put above the welfare of the flock? Well to answer that for yourself, consider that during those years my family had to contend with the attempted suicide of our abused daughter and all the problems that come with dealing with child sexual abuse with no support from the congregation. Add to this the fact that the Elders had a report of physical abuse of the abusers wife and the sexual abuse of the abusers own daughter during those years! Did the congregation move to have the case investigated by the Gardai? No, quite the opposite, in 1995 the Gardai had to threaten the Congregation overseer with prosecution just to make a Garda statement after I had reported the case to the authorities for investigation. Prior to this I was told NOT to release the name of the abuser to the Health Authorities or to inform the book study conductor in the abusers new congregation of the accusation against him. Interestingly, after the investigation got under way the Circuit Overseer’s advise was that I didn’t have to turn up in court if the prosecution against the abuser went ahead and that the case would fold! This suggests that they knew the case was true and would go to trial. To cut a long story short the abuser resigned from the new congregation, then admitted the sexual abuse of my daughter in a meeting between myself, his own wife and an Elder from his new congregation. My daughter & myself agreed to drop the charges and accept a meeting with the authorities and abuser to settled the case out of court as had originally been done in another Irish congregation according to the Circuit Overseer. This never happened and the Elder involved in the meeting has refused to report the abusers admittance to this day to the Gardai, even though the abuser had resigned from the congregation! He fled the area and has not being charged. This case opened a flood of reports of child abuse cases that had been swept under the carpet in nearby congregations, although nothing was done about them in the past, not surprising given the culture of Irish society, it is my hope that the publishing of the Catholic Church investigation will give new hope and confidence for victims to come forward with their stories and to be acted on. The Cork Congregation in question has since changed its name, due in some respect I believe to cover it’s past reputation, but the Elders that carried out the ultimate abuse of trust are still around, pretending there’s nothing wrong, pretending that they have children’s best interest at heart, pretending they are shepherd’s of Christ’s flock.

Sweet Pea Tuesday, January 12, 2010
@ 6:15 AM
Mothers Battle, Fear and Pray 4 Justice
I am dealing with fighting my entire county in order to protect my little baby boy's life. No one seems to care nor listen to the innocent cries for help when its from a child. I thought that was our job, our duty, our god given and treasured gift to find peace and assurance in protecting our children. My heart aches with now knowing and seeing just how wide spread child abuse is in our country. Child abuse now being rated so to seem as less of a fault. When it is the child that has fallen victim there is only an adult to blame! Youth, innocence go ahead look that up, you will come to find there is no other direction to look for fault with such a horrible wrong thing. I will stop at nothing to do the right thing and protect my baby boy. I am all he has and he is all I have that I never ever can fail with. I will make it through this, yes gain strength but at the same time hold a lot of hatred for any being that is low enough to risk the life or fate of an innocent child.

J Saturday, January 9, 2010
@ 9:03 PM
I grew up in the Vincennes Indiana Congregation
I grew up in Vincennes Indiana. I was a Witness throughout my childhood and started raising my children as Witnesses also. I believed the "truth" with my whole heart. It took me years to finally break away and stop feeling guilty for no longer being a Witness. The Vincennes congregation was riddled with perverts during my years in the congregation. People gossiped about it but NEVER reported any of it to the police! I'm sad to say but my parent is one of those adults that talked about these sick perverts but never picked up the phone to save any of those children from the pedophiles. All because it would bring reproach on Jehovah's name! How warped is that? Elders (one in particular, he was the presiding overseer) would stalk kids and young adults trying to catch them in the act of wrongdoing. They used intimidation regularly. I was dragged into an elder's meeting at just 10 years old! Why? Because I was seen by an elder walking down the street with a 'worldly girl!' This was a friend from school. I was an innocent child that had done nothing wrong. I had to face 3 grown men intimidating me and reproving me, for what? My parent allowed this! In the early 1990's some brother's from 'the organization' came in. After several meetings with many people, the elders in Vincennes were "removed". After a few years they were all elders again and nothing ever changed. I'm so happy to be free from the mental chains that kept me connected to Jehovah's Witnesses!I now use my own mind and my own conscience that God gave me. I'm so thankful for your website!

HABW Saturday, January 9, 2010
@ 9:45 AM
Alberta Canada Experience
Only recently have I discovered this organization that is doing such a great and important job to expose the lies and 'holier than thou' attitude of the WT organization. One summer an itinerant JW (quite elderly) visited my grandparents farm - and since there was no spare bed . . .. need I say more! I was only 12 years old (male). Wondering if there were others in the Castor/Coronation/Stettler area of Alberta, Canada, who had a similar experience involving a JW minister?

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