Dead Man Walking: The Story of Phil Dunne, Survivor of Watchtower’s Blood Ban

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


Why It’s Wrong to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

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


News Bulletin: Fessler Prevails in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial, Elder Says: I Learned Clergy Privilege Watching TV, Admits Shredding Files

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


Breaking News: Watchtower’s Defense Collapses, Jehovah’s Witnesses Reproved For Failure to Report Child Abuse – Settlement with Fessler Reached

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


News Bulletin: Fessler versus Watchtower – Opening Statements and Motions in Jehovah’s Witness Child Abuse Trial – Day 1

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


Must watch: Australian reality TV captures the moment a Jehovah’s Witness mother abandons her son

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


Former Jehovah’s Witness calls out Serena Williams’ double standards over women’s rights.

Serena Williams, Wimbledon tennis champion and international sports personality, recently posted an open letter in the Guardian newspaper. Entitled “We must continue to dream big” Serena’s letter sounds a call to action to address issues of gender inequality that affect women … Continue reading


Breaking News: Jury Selection Complete in Fessler Versus Watchtower Child Abuse Case – Trial Date Set

Stephanie Fessler

For the first time since the 2012 landmark ruling in the case of Candace Conti versus the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, a jury will decide the outcome of a sexual abuse case in which multiple Jehovah’s Witness … Continue reading


Oatmeal and Amaretto: Tales of hypocrisy from the heart of Brooklyn Bethel

Regular readers of this website will be familiar with former Jehovah’s Witness Howie Tran. Tran served at Brooklyn Bethel for a number of years, eventually ascending to the role of helping aged Governing Body member Karl F. Klein to fulfil … Continue reading


News Bulletin: Will Jehovah’s Witnesses Provide Charity for Non-JW Refugees? Latest Watchtower Says NO!

Jehovah's Witnesses

While Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to represent themselves as a charitable religion, their latest Watchtower magazine strongly reminds its followers that any assistance given to refugees be limited to Witnesses only, and that non-Jehovah’s Witnesses be given no material support.   As … Continue reading


Article in major UK Newspaper: “We need to do more to tackle sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses”

The Times news organisation, one of the most prestigious and widely read news outlets in the UK, has today carried an article by lawyer Kathleen Hallisey calling for urgent action to address Watchtower’s worldwide ongoing sex abuse scandal. Hallisey is extremely … Continue reading

205 Comments provides fascinating coverage of Spanish activist group “AbusosTJ.”

A very interesting post has gone up on, website of longtime activist and campaigner Barbara Anderson, who has dedicated herself to tackling the issue of Watchtower’s child abuse problem and was one of the very first people to sound … Continue reading


Guardian newspaper reports concerns over UK Charity Commission Watchtower investigation

As previously reported on JW Survey, the Charity Commission are investigating Watchtower’s UK arm (which is registered as a UK charity, as is each individual congregation in the UK) in response to a slew of allegations of inappropriate handling of … Continue reading