An apology, and update on what’s in store for JWsurvey

During a recent trip across Europe I was able to interview a number of exJW activists

First off, I need to apologize for being so absent from posting articles over the last few weeks! As some of you know, I spent a month in northern Europe between late July and late August initially for the purpose … Continue reading


Royal Commission’s Angus Stewart accuses Watchtower representative of deliberate deception

Branch committee coordinator Terrence O'Brien was accused of intentionally trying to mislead the Commission

This is the latest summary of the Royal Commission in Australia by non-disfellowshipped JWsurvey reader “CovertFade,” who is standing in for the JWsurvey writing team as we process the fast-paced events “down under”… The closing moments of Day 7 of … Continue reading


Reflecting on the Australian Royal Commission (Day 3, Part 1)

Abuse survivor Karen Morgan gives her take on evidence given by Dino Ali (above) at the Royal Commission

As you can appreciate there is so much information coming out of this investigation, it’s difficult to know where to start with reviewing it. I would like to begin by focusing on day 3, part 1, which sees Mr Dino … Continue reading


Jehovah’s Witness culture creates a ‘perfect storm’ for abuse

Watchtower's expert consultant Dr Monica Applewhite is grilled at the Royal Commission

The following is a follow-up to the article submitted on Thursday by “CovertFade” – a non-disfellowshipped subscriber to JWsurvey… The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has been running its inquiry into the Jehovah’s Witnesses … Continue reading


Elders shamed under questioning by the Royal Commission

Jehovah's Witness elder Max Horley was among the elders who failed to impress when giving testimony before the Commission

The following article has been submitted by “CovertFade,” a non-disfellowshipped reader who credits this website with helping him wake up from Witness indoctrination a year ago, and who wishes to comment on developments in Australia… As recorded this week in … Continue reading


Australian Royal Commission hears that 1,006 alleged child sex abusers were covered up by Watchtower

Angus Stewart, Senior Council, at the public hearing into allegations of child sexual abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard shocking evidence that 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sex abuse were identified by the organization in Australia going back to 1950, but none were reported to the authorities. … Continue reading


The Unexpected Kindness of the World

Random acts of kindness by "worldly" people are not as rare as most Witnesses might expect

As a Jehovah’s Witness child, our religious community was seen as a spiritual paradise in contrast to all other organizations on earth. This mindset was routinely emphasized in Watchtower publications. One Watchtower assures us that “[God] has made it possible for honest hearted … Continue reading


Is Watchtower imploding? 10 reasons why the end could be nigh

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for Watchtower?

For many current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses who find themselves victimized by Watchtower’s cruel cult-like practices, the prospect of witnessing the end of the organization seems too good to be true. Especially when you have spent many years being sold … Continue reading


Battle of the cults: Anything JW Broadcasting can do, Scientology can do better!

Watchtower's JW Broadcasting studio (above) is about to get a competitor from the Church of Scientology

Any cult operating in the information age, an era when facts can be easily verified with a few clicks on Google, will find disseminating baseless propaganda increasingly problematic. Internet subscriptions are steadily on the rise, even in third world countries. … Continue reading


The must-read story of a ministerial servant and his wife who woke up in the last few months


I will never forget the feeling of liberation I felt in November 2013 when I published the story of my awakening on JWsurvey, thus revealing my identity for anyone who knew me. I knew the article would eventuate in my … Continue reading


Tony Morris scapegoats gay people in bizarre child abuse denial rant

Tony Morris has indulged in a bizarre rant in which he denies any organizational problems with child abuse

Governing Body member Tony Morris has used the July 2015 episode of JW Broadcasting to indulge in an astonishing rant about child abuse, seemingly in response to the onslaught of negative publicity Watchtower has faced in recent years. In his … Continue reading


The Book Corner – Combating Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan

The 25th Anniversary edition of Combating Cult Mind Control includes extensive material on Jehovah's Witnesses

When renowned cult expert Steven Hassan first published his seminal work Combatting Cult Mind Control in 1988, the world was a very different place. There was no internet, so mega-cults like Watchtower, Scientology and the Moonies had a free run … Continue reading


Why class distinction among Jehovah’s Witnesses is alive and flourishing

Are elders' children given a longer leash in Jehovah's impartial organization?

Jehovah’s Witnesses pride themselves on having overcome all social barriers. But there is more to this claim than meets the eye. This is the story of how I discovered the subtle and little-known class distinctions among Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was … Continue reading