The Friday Column: Are you still in the cage?

Growing up within the JW world, particularly as a woman, you got used to boundaries, to barriers, and to being told all the things you CANNOT do. From pre-marital sex, to seeking higher education, to flipping a pancake on Shrove Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Banning Witnesses: Making a bad situation worse.
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Shunning. The refusal of blood transfusions. The deliberate refusal to report child abuse to the authorities. These are probably the three most harmful practices that the Watchtower organisation is guilty of. The Unholy Trinity, if you will. Granted, there are many more problems … Continue reading

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UK Guardian Newspaper reports new defeat for Watchtower in Charity Commission investigation

The UK Guardian newspaper has reported on fresh developments in the UK Charity Commission investigation into Watchtower. Regular readers of JW Survey will be aware that the UK Charity Commission is investigating Watchtower’s UK arm over it’s alleged handling of … Continue reading

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Echoes of the 1930s as Governing Body asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to mobilize for letter-writing campaign
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As the threat of a total ban on their activities in Russia looms closer, 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses have been asked by their leaders, the Governing Body, to participate in a letter-writing campaign protesting the infringement of religious freedoms. A press … Continue reading

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Case Study 54 – The analysis begins

On March 10th 2017, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was called back before The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. Watchtower had previously appeared before the Commission in Case Study 29, where its policies and … Continue reading

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Royal Commission Case Study 54: What to expect

With Case Study 54 only a few days away, a lot of discussion has been circulating as to exactly what we can expect when Watchtower appears once again before the Australian Royal Commission. I’ve decided to chip in a few … Continue reading

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Watchtower updates UK child safeguarding policy. How much has really changed?
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A bit of a stir has been made in recent weeks about the latest version of Watchtower’s UK child safeguarding policy, which was revised by the organisation for 2017. For those not aware, every charity in the UK is required … Continue reading

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Dead Man Walking: The Story of Phil Dunne, Survivor of Watchtower’s Blood Ban
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In my five years as an ex-JW activist, I have had the privilege of interviewing some truly remarkable, inspirational people – including brave survivors of child molestation and domestic violence. Each person I have interviewed has enriched my knowledge of … Continue reading

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Why It’s Wrong to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Putin’s Russia has something of a history when it comes to harassing, intimidating and threatening to ban my former religion: Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many are the reports of literature confiscated, of meetings disrupted and of incriminating literature planted by uniformed rent-a-thugs with the aim of … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Fessler Prevails in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial, Elder Says: I Learned Clergy Privilege Watching TV, Admits Shredding Files
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Trial Summary – Part Two On a blistering summer morning in Reading Pennsylvania.  I crossed the railroad tracks, then Penn Street – coffee, briefcase, and boxed lunch in hand. Just a few steps away from the Sovereign Convention Center, something … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Watchtower’s Defense Collapses, Jehovah’s Witnesses Reproved For Failure to Report Child Abuse – Settlement with Fessler Reached
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Trial Summary – Part One “The matter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses has been resolved” stated Jeffrey Fritz, attorney for abuse victim Stephanie Fessler. Using language echoing the public announcements which Stephanie Fessler, now 28, was subjected to as a teenager, Fessler … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Fessler versus Watchtower – Opening Statements and Motions in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial – Day 1
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On a cold Philadelphia morning the 7th of February, 2017, Stephanie Fessler walked into the Court of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania, First Judicial District, Civil Trial Division. The time was 9.45 a.m. according to the clock which sits atop the … Continue reading

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Must watch: Australian reality TV captures the moment a Jehovah’s Witness mother abandons her son
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Let me start by saying I am not a fan of reality television. Even when the format was relatively fresh and new back in the nineties I found it extremely grating to see people’s lives being gratuitously spilled out on … Continue reading

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