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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
@ 1:15 PM
To J.A.M.
Those are some really good points you make! I hate war, too. What bothers me about Jehovah's Witnesses and their door to door work is that they are basically required to go door to door to earn points in the organization. There is something so not real about that. Also, the New World Translation isn't really a translation. It's a sectarian interpretation. The JWs' 'truth' is not the truth. The so-called leadership allows for corrupt teachings. When I was a Witness I could not shun people. It didn't feel right. It didn't feel normal or natural. I have a sister who is a devout JW, too. She is like your sister. She is not going to call me and say, "Lets do coffee", or anything. No way. I appreciate your post!

J.A.M. Thursday, December 31, 2009
@ 2:38 PM
Are other Christian orgs
Even though I fully agree with the folks about the false teachings and horrific abuse I'd like to advise some to keep things in perspective. The Jehovah's Witnesses are not all bad. Its the leadership that has allowed a small percentage to corrupt the religion from within as they have taken the lead in corrupting. Does this make other "Christian" religions legitimate? How many of these Christian religions have the courage to refuse to volunteer their members to participate in the horrific bloodshed we've experienced in the 20th and 21st centuries? Would Jesus approve of these wars and the innocents who get killed and maimed? Would he approve of the lies that world leaders tell to incite the brainwashed people of ALL countries to war with their fellow men,while the weathly elite profit immensely from the bloodshed? Jehovah's Witnesses have truly not learned war anymore. How many other religions can say that about its members? This doesn't excuse the lies and abuse but at the same time -we need to acknowledge the virtues of, not the orgainization, but how Bible based teaching has made the members most likely the only non-sequestered Christian religion that is free from the blood guilt of the world's continual wars.

Earl Thursday, December 31, 2009
@ 8:27 AM
J.A.M. and all
You bring up some very good questions. My family was raised as jw's, I was never baptised into the group as I never believed they were the only ones on earth a part of God family. This is just one of their many lies. After 40 some years of trying to defend them I realized I had to make a choice as I had to deal with child abuse of a little one in the congregation that no one was helping. It was then I found Silent Lambs and realized that yes, all Church's have an issue with abuse of some kind, but it is how they handle it that makes them a church of God. When I read the policies of the WT I got the idea that it was written by a lawyer and not from someone with the heart of Jesus. The two witness rule was never meant for child abuse and it clearly protects the org. over the children. Pedophiles do not generally have any witnesses when they do their evil deeds. The WT is the only group on earth that uses the archaic two witness rule. In the end they are doing the same thing as the highly publicized Catholic priests were doing and the WT was reporting on. Hiding their sins and moving the elders on to another group. So I too asked what was behind this group and did a lot of research with the founding fathers like Russel, Rutherford etc. and I realized they were very eccentric, narcissistic people very typical of all cult leaders. When one studies cults you will find they all have the same authoritarian structure, they all pronounce that only they have Gods favor, and control all activities of their members especially their thinking. I came to the conclusion that they are very much a cult org. My own sister proved how blinded they are when she shunned me after I told her about Silent Lambs. She basically chose the WT teachings over her brother and has not talked to me in years now. Anyone who publicly disagrees with the WT is called an apostate and is cast off. So this all solidified my thinking and I knew I did the right thing by exposing them and I was able to reprogram my brain from all of their false teachings and become a Christian by the grace of God. Thanks to the Internet one can learn the real fruits of the WT org. and all of its beliefs and underhanded involvements in the world. I think one needs to convince themselves so as to be able to help others, especially the children who are helpless. Reading the stories here at Silent Lambs one can see the sinister workings of this cult and how strongly they mind control. Even when a JW is caught and found guilty they refuse to believe that the perpetrator is not a good man . They don't want him sent away and would be quite happy if he just apologized and continues in their hall. Very scary thinking, but I consider them very blinded and actually pray for them that they will come around. I don't see the WT changing policy or making a public apology as the Catholic church has done so my job is to keep exposing them and warning others so maybe some will not have to suffer at the hands of the WT org. Blessings to all, keep up the good work and Happy New years.

J.A.M. Wednesday, December 30, 2009
@ 12:29 PM
How deep does this go?
I was a baptized Witness for around 5 years in a congregation South of Boston MA. I have to say that I was not surprised by these horrific accounts because of my observations and interactions with others during my time in the organization. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. I cry each time I visit this site especially when I read about a certain woman who now lives in Ohio. My heart goes out to you S. I have to admit though the organization puzzles me. On one hand, they do have a lot of very sensible teachings that harmonize with the Bible. They also have the courage to preach from door to door. However, the duplicity of their more authoritative members, especially the loyalty to the "organization" rather than Bible principles is troubling because it seems to be the norm and NOT the exception. Is this what they learn in the Ministerial schools? The penchant for sexual abuse reminds me of my research into aristocratic families who make up the so called global elite. At first I attempted to give them the benefit of the doubt and reasoned that as God's true people, they would be targeted by Satan more vociferously than the false faiths. However, the arrogance and contempt with which the Elders treat the victims doesn't align with the demeanor of a humble servant of God as is expressed in the pages of the Bible. Is this truly God's organization, that like the nation of Israel in the Bible, has become corrupted from within to where it has lost God's favor or is it simply as others hypothesize, just some kind of mind control cult. If it is a cult, who or what organization really founded it and for what reason? I haven't found any satisfying answers to this as of yet. I wonder though that if we did we could get to the root of this sickening behavior they condone. Moreover, its just not the Witnesses, but other religions as well, including the Catholic religion. My fervent prayer to all the victims is that the benevolent universal sovereign heal you and moreover, grant you the peace and strength to be healed.

Trudy Tuesday, December 29, 2009
@ 8:19 AM
30+ years later
I am so happy to have found this site. I was raised JW and left when I was 18 (really I left silently when I was 14). I have started to research the history of the organization and uncovered so much. Now, remembering my childhood, I have revisited the accounts of sexual abuse that I knew about and never talked about. It's true: the perpetrators were never criminally prosecuted. I am so enraged, saddened and inspired to come forward on the victims behalf, even though it is many decades later and it will only serve to expose the truth. The bottom line is that I am now considering returning to my former congregation and insisting to be disfellowshipped. I will be honored.

Earl Friday, December 18, 2009
@ 10:39 AM

Silent Lambs coming up on ten years of service to the victims that the Watchtower Org. has cast aside is wonderful news. Sl is still very much needed for the new and younger jw's coming up as well as the ones who have not yet told their story. I plan on giving a donation this month and hope that others will as well. The word is getting out and we may never know who we help in this world but I feel good knowing that a poor lost soul can come here and finally get some help. Merry Christmas to all and keep up the good works.

Wil Reese Thursday, December 17, 2009
@ 12:57 PM
Happy for all of you
It's great to see that all of the JW mess is still coming out after all of these years. I'm glad that there are a lot of people involved in this process. My family are still JW's and they are still blinded by so much of the Witness propaganda that it's sickening. I have heard from more people that they are questioning the Watchtower society way, and I am very happy to see that.

Joe Thursday, December 17, 2009
@ 9:04 AM
PLEASE DONATE NOW TO HELP SILENTLAMBS CONTINUE
TO HELP SILENTLAMBS.ORG CONTINUE, PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE HERE, CLICK NEAR THE TOP ABOUT DONATIONS THEN DONATE. KIDS DEPEND UPON IT; AND SO DO ADULTS WHO WERE KIDS WHEN ABUSED!

Friday, December 11, 2009
@ 5:21 PM
To C.L.
That's a good point you brought up about most Jehovah's Witnesses not knowing any members of the governing body. How can JWs know if they are being 'led' by qualified people if they are not even personally acquainted with any of these so-called 'leaders'? Why citizens of this country know President Obama better than Jehovah's Witnesses know their own "governing body"! That's just one of the odd things about this "religion". Thanks for bringing this to our attention, C.L.!

C. L. Monday, December 7, 2009
@ 4:52 PM
J.W.s
Jehovah's Witnesses ruin lives! They preach one thing, but they LIVE another.I have seen so much injustice, and indifference, and arrogance from J.W. people that it makes me sick. Physically sick! They claim to have all the answers. How arrogant! They claim to cause families to draw closer, but that is rubbish! They CLAIM a lot of things. Look up the history on this religion! Also, something I personally found interesting recently-- see what you are told when you ask the question--How many of the governing body do you know? Usually they know NONE! I then asked - Don't you find that the least bit odd that you have been taking instructions from people you don't even know? Odd to me!

Friday, December 4, 2009
@ 4:27 PM
To Earl
Thank you for sharing Marcus Aurelius's quote with us. It's a good one. We should always strive to do what is right, not what some controlling religion power trips us to do. It's obvious that not reporting pedophiles to the authorities is wrong! Good for you, Earl, for going to the authorities! That took courage. If only others would start displaying that courage it would make a huge difference for the victims! Especially if the media jumped on it, too. I think it's so true that most Jehovah's Witnesses aren't aware of what a very serious problem pedophilia is in the JW cult. My sister thinks pedophilia is a rare occurrence in the religion. If only she knew. It is hard to talk to her about it, to get her to understand. The problem is rampant, it isn't rare!

Friday, December 4, 2009
@ 4:07 PM
To Anon
"...it was just boys playing..." ???!!! Oh, SICK!!! I wish JWs could see through this sham of a religion, that they weren't so easily taken in by it and so trusting of it. What's to trust? Especially when people are told to be quiet about abuse and not tell the authorities. I admire people who go right over the elders' heads and report the pedophiles. Justice needs to always be done on behalf of the innocent and vulnerable victims!

Earl Wednesday, December 2, 2009
@ 10:26 AM
To Anon and all
Most JW's do not know the truth about the WT Org. and how they handle abuse cases. In a nut shell they pretty much do as many Catholic priests did. Once I found this out I was out of there as I knew in my heart that a loving God would not back such a group. It is really easy to find information with the Internet. The WT uses a two witness rule that was never meant to be used for rape and molestation. No pedophile is going to have 2 witnesses when he abuses a child. I give the Catholic Org. some credit for finally admitting the problem and trying to make things right. If they had used the two witness rule then they too could claim almost no victims as the WT has done. For many years the WT has not reported abuse cases to the authorities and has basically told a victim that without 2 witnesses they can do nothing and told the victim to be quiet or they will be disfellowshiped. Does this sound like a loving Org?? I know of a case where a JW father was abusing his daughter and no one would go to the authorities, so I did. It seems that all concerned were afraid. Personally, I don't know how they slept at night, knowing a little girl was being abused. So when the WT reports it has had very few cases over the years it is lying. Even though the average JW is scared, some have come forward. If the WT said very few have been reported to the police , they would be correct. Another lie the WT has used from the very beginning is that only they have Gods approval. Once someone realizes this is false they can easily move on and find a loving church. The WT has ruled with fear and manipulation and it takes some time to see that. I was involved with them for over 40 years and finally found them to be just another man made cult. Now I do what I can to save the poor little ones that are cast aside in the WT Org. They are being exposed now with the Internet and more lawsuits and I am grateful I found the truth of this Org. We must do what our God given conscience tells us, not what the WT or some elder tells us. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution and I believe some day we will all be asked what we did to help the Silent Lambs. As Marcus Aurelius said: "What we do in this life , echoes into eternity". Blessings all

JDB Sunday, November 29, 2009
@ 1:19 PM
To Anon
Stick to your guns! Your obligation is to protect your children. Fear is what this evil org uses to control the rank and file. You can anonymously report the abusers that you know of. Google "Jehovah's Witnesses", and you will find several online support groups for people in your situation.

Anon Friday, November 27, 2009
@ 11:10 PM
First hand Experience
I was raised as a JW. Throughout the years I have seen three molestation situations swept under the carpet and the victims re-victimized. I have stopped attending as of late and am receiving A LOT of pressure to start coming back, "Taking the Lead", bringing my wife and kids back too. In my heart, I just can't do it. I know that the elders and the organization will ultimately not protect my children or other's children if something should happen. In addition, my wife still feels strongly about going back to meetings. If I speak out with my feelings, I will be disfellowshipped/disassociated, screw up my marriage, have few friends, and mess up my kids. I honestly am feeling very alone in this matter and am staying in a holding pattern for now. Guess I'm not looking for solutions, but this is the first time I have actually said/written this out. I was a Ministerial Servant for 5 years and the 3rd molestation case I learned of involved a nephew of mine and two late teen boys. The molesters were the sons of the Presiding Overseer's sister. She knew about it and never told anyone. When it came out, the victim's family and the victim were treated so badly, I spoke up, became black listed, and, well.....it just sucked. I was told by the Presiding Overseer to keep silent, "..it was just boys playing..", and that my responsibilities would come into question if I spoke of it to others. My sister was molested by an Upstanding Step-Grandfather over 5 years (7 to 12yrs old)and the congregation covered it up. My wife was molested by her sister's husband when she was 13 and the family and congregation covered it up. Thanks for listening. Just a lot to carry right now.

Danae Tuesday, November 24, 2009
@ 11:35 AM
Commendation and Request
I have been flitting in and out for several years on this site and spoken to many leaders via phone. I am finally making my move towards legal action and am looking for assistance with gathering legal data on other cases... the legal page is down... Can someone direct me as to where I can look for cases and read rulings and dispositions on them. When I see a response I will pass on an email contact to reach me at.

SJG Monday, November 23, 2009
@ 3:06 PM
Why Sugarcoat Things?
Let's not tap the devil on the wrist here. The Jehovah's Witness organization is a deadly cult. One needs to be frank about this. It is obvious that God would not dwell in a place that tolerates the molestation, abuse, etc. of children or anyone for that matter. God is not in this organization & anyone in it needs to hurry up & get out. Don't let fear, ignorance & arrogance keep you in it. Arguing with this organization is totally useless. Please prayerfully study & question the bible & ask God to reveal the real truth to you.

Valariee Friday, November 20, 2009
@ 10:10 PM
My Own experience
The Silent Lambs are to be commended for their efforts to speak out about this crime taking place in the watchtower organization. My sister and I personally witnessed first hand the wrong doings of the organization in handling alleged pedophiles. I say alleged because even after evidence and court documentation they never admit to a brothers wrong doings . My sister and I who were the victims, were treated as the wrong doers and our father--the pedophile who also committed suicide during all this received an honorable burial by the society . They disfellowshipped me and my sister whom had done nothing but report the wrong doing done against us. This needs to stop.

Friday, November 20, 2009
@ 4:21 PM
To N.W. and Alex
Bravo, and kudos to you for your indomitable spirit!! Keep writing and telling people. Don't give up. Don't stop. That goes for everyone. Don't give up! Please keep talking and writing letters. We all have a lot to be grateful for, thanks to Silentlambs and all it's been doing for victims and their families. Thank you Bill Bowen for starting this site, for having the courage to put so much on the line to start it. Alex, I really appreciate the things you said. The WTBTS is a kidnapper, abducting people from their families and friends to join a cold, callous cult. This so-called 'religion' has managed to pull the wool over so many, many peoples' eye, getting them to think they are going to part of a loving, caring, supportive organization. 'Loving', my foot! It's a farce, a sham, and I feel so bad for people who are still taken in by it!

N.W. Thursday, November 12, 2009
@ 3:45 PM
SilentLambs. Jehovah Witnesses. Reigning abuse. Families silenced. Girls and boys living in shame, fear. The law is not allowed. Grandmothers know. Fathers know. Mothers know. Protectors or predators? We are victims that will no longer be silenced. Until today, I thought it was only us. Sick, perverted secrets. A family of lies and abuse. The girls and women of our family suffering unspeakable attacks from the men that should be our protectors. Foster care, babies, anger, resentment, pain, forever lost with no comfort from one another because our wounds have festered. Today, my sister called me. A confidant shared her story with her. It is our story as well. She mentioned an unfamiliar term, SilentLamb. I googled. I am staring. My heart can not pump fast enough to allow my blood to provide the oxygen I so desperately need. Am I breathing, can I? My sister is quiet on the other line. I read. Aloud. It's true. CBS, NyTimes. People know? We have educated ourselves on abuse. We have cried and fought the injury to our souls. We know that we are not the only ones in this world to be subjected to physical, sexual and mental abuse. All of the investigative reports referencing Jehovah Witnesses, their congregations and elders under scrutiny, the lawsuits, cover-ups and many victims speaking out. Finally. SilentLambs. A protective organization for us? Years ago, I wrote about our story. There was a moment when my strength overcame my fears. and I wrote. To Oprah. In the process of submitting, my computer crashed. I lost everything. I never wrote again. Now, I won't stop writing. Until our story is told, exposed. I am the eldest and all of my girls are still in danger. I can't protect them alone. It is too late for some. I can't die without trying. I won't die without telling.

MM Monday, November 9, 2009
@ 11:53 AM
contacting Silent Lambs
I have been trying to contact Silentlambs at the 1-877-982- 2873 number but keep getting the same automated answer that the number I called is temporarily unavailable. Can anyone tell me why and how I can get in touch with Silentlambs? Thank you for taking the time to read. **Admin note: Please email info@silentlambs.org with your concerns & a phone number to contact you at. We will contact you as soon as we are able. (Urgent emails are given priority.) Please allow us a little time to respond, as we do work full time jobs in addition to taking care of silentlambs. Thank you.**

Alex Thursday, November 5, 2009
@ 3:40 AM
WT Kidnappers
I have had people in my life that were tangled in this Watchtower organization. The fact is it's a high control group. Some will suggest that it has some cult like characteristics. I have to agree with them now. I have watched a family (who are supposed to be the happiest people on the earth) live in misery and extreme stress. This is not what they expected when they first were indoctrinated with a 'book study' (notice I did not say bible study) I consider the Watchtower Organization kidnappers. Parentnappers, friendnappers, brother/sisternappers and on and on. I can't accept that some folks still think that this group has any special blessing from God. People need to know that when they get baptized they are truly giving up their rights to their family and friends.

Friday, October 30, 2009
@ 3:43 PM
On shunning
I found out when I was a Jehovah's Witness that I couldn't shun people. I knew I wasn't any better then they were, so how could I in all good conscience shun anyone. No way could I become a member of a religion that required its members to ever shun people! No way! Pedophiles are a different story, of course, although I know that their pedophilia is a terrible sickness. Pedophiles need to be cut off from society, so that they can no longer hurt children ever again. Either in prisons or mental institutions, just so they can never again rape or molest children. But, as for generally shunning people who have been disfellowshipped or who have disassociated themselves, forget it, no way could I shun them. Why would I want to be part of a religion that teaches people to ever shun others.

PCW Friday, October 30, 2009
@ 11:29 AM
M.A.N.
Great hearing from you. May the pictures and videos bring you happiness.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
@ 1:08 PM
To DB
Good idea - - the more exposure Silentlambs can get out the better! Whatever ways this can be done, well, go for it!

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