Category Archives: Life Stories

Six former Jehovah’s Witnesses share their stories in powerful new videos
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I was quite lucky, as far as children born into the Jehovah’s Witness religion go. I was born heterosexual. This meant I never had to struggle with being told that my sexual identity was sinful, and that if I wished … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: The Ghost of Christmas-That-Never-Was

As I sat looking at the fairy lights on my Christmas tree last week, I accepted that for another year I would feel nothing. Or at least, I would not feel what I am supposed to feel. I put up … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: No Girls Allowed – Growing up as a Female Jehovah’s Witness

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From JW Survey contributor Brooke No girls allowed – a common theme throughout my childhood; raised with all older boy cousins, I had to learn to stick up for myself. I fought tooth and nail for my spot in the video game room, just to watch them play. Just to feel like a … Continue reading

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Update: JW Survey needs YOU!
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Last Friday, we put up an article opening the doors to submissions from you, our readers. We have had a number of excellent submissions since then, covering a wide variety of topics. On behalf of the entire JW Survey team, … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: JW Survey needs YOU!
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Would you like to help make a difference? We are looking to expand our voluntary writing team in order to keep pace with the increasing amount of Watchtower related news stories, and also to keep pace with our growing community … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Leave no man behind
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I had brothers when I was a Jehovah’s Witness. They were not related to me. We shared no blood. Neither did I use this term in the arbitrary “spiritual” sense, granting brotherhood simply because someone shared my religious beliefs irrespective … Continue reading

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Watchtower News Bulletin: BBC Radio Oxford interview with author and former Witness Helen J Brown
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How much does the general public in the UK really know about Jehovah’s Witnesses? For most people, the image in their head is probably of those smartly dressed people who turn up at your door on the weekend, or stand … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses cherish the marital bond?
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This time last year, I began my exit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. My fade towards inactivity did not go unnoticed. A few fellow believers and friends approached me with a strong warning: “Be careful.  Satan is working through your husband to … Continue reading

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

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The Unbaptized ‘Apostate’ of Salem, Massachusetts
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If you happen to be studying the bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, you would be forgiven for assuming that your opinion counts for something, that you are free to scrutinize everything you are taught, and that no questions are considered off-limits. … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Shunning – A message to my newborn daughter

Those who have been following my story will know that it was only as recently as last November that I decided to reveal myself and officially sever all ties with the Watch Tower Society, which happened a month later at … Continue reading

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A Life Lost and a Life Found
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What if you were born in a prison camp, and enslavement and control were all you knew in life? What if all you ever worked for was secretly in vain, and the truth of your existence had been withheld from … Continue reading

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My 21st Century Apostasy Trial
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I received the phone call on Friday night. I was expecting it. My mother-in-law had been approached at the kingdom hall by my “coordinator” (chairman of the local elders), who told her he would be phoning me. She could tell … Continue reading

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