JW Survey Welcomes New Webmaster
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Life is an adventure. The roads taken are sometimes predictable and at other times quite unexpected. If you had asked me one year ago where I saw myself in a year, my answer would not be “The new webmaster for … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Found Guilty of Malice And Negligence: Victim Awarded $35 Million in Montana Lawsuit
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Sanders County Courthouse

On September 26th, 2018, a Montana jury of seven men and two women handed down the largest-ever punitive damages award for a single abuse victim. Continue reading

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14 Bible Verses That Dismantle Shunning As Practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Jehovah’s Witnesses are generally respected as a friendly, polite, law abiding people. It is hard for an outsider to envision a Jehovah’s Witness being rude, insulting or cruel. But despite Witnesses having mostly admirable qualities as individuals, the leadership of … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness Elders Fined for Failure to Report Child Abuse: Watchtower Settles with Delaware
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Jehovah’s Witnesses in Delaware paid $19,500 in fines for failure to report child abuse. On January 18th, 2018, attorneys representing Jehovah’s WItnesses signed a formal settlement agreement with the State of Delaware, concluding a historic case in which two elders … Continue reading

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The Cry of Peace and Security: A Prophetic Sign or Business as Usual?
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“For you yourselves know very well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night. Whenever it is that they are saying, ‘Peace and security!’ then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth … Continue reading

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Victims Voices – Helping abuse survivors in the UK
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Regular Survey readers will be familiar with the work of Reclaimed Voices – an organisation set up in the Netherlands to support survivors of child sex abuse inside the religion of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The organisation has already accomplished huge … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Redwood’s Reflections
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The Prisoner Village

A memory appeared on my Facebook page. from four years ago today, June 8, 2014. This was my very first post, as I had never used Facebook. I joined to aid my recovery process after leaving the Jehovah’s Witness organization. … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: From Self-Injury to Self-Respect: Lisa’s Story
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I was born and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was an identity that was given to me. Some people embrace the religion handed down to them. Others like myself never felt fully settled, never felt like they could … Continue reading

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Reclaimed Voices Needs Your Help
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In just a few short months, the Netherlands based Reclaimed Voices foundation has accomplished some astonishing things on behalf of those who have suffered Child Sex Abuse inside the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Consider the following: They have gathered together … Continue reading

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Reclaimed Voices Foundation Sends Powerful Open Letter To Watchtower
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The Reclaimed Voices Foundation, an organisation in the Netherlands that supports survivors of child sex abuse inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has sent a powerful open letter to the Dutch branch of the religion. In recent months, the Dutch public and … Continue reading

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Shunning, Depression and “Armageddon Loophole” lead to tragic JW Murder/Suicide.
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On the 16th of February 2018, Lauren Stuart shot dead her husband and two children before turning the gun on herself. The killings, which have been widely reported upon, shocked the community of Keego Harbour, Michigan USA, and seemed deeply … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Whatever Happened to Watchtower’s Tact?
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Watchtower’s book Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education, which instructs Witnesses on how to discuss their faith with others, features the chapter “Tactful yet Firm.” In the introductory box, “What do you need to do?” it states  “Show discretion in … Continue reading

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Guardian Newspaper Issues Call to Arms over Jehovah’s Witness Child Sex Abuse Crisis
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The Guardian Newspaper, a major UK news organisation, has published an article reporting on the increasing pressure for the UK Jehovah’s Witnesses to undergo official investigation for their failure to deal with internal accusations and instances of child abuse. The … Continue reading

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