Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Weeks after a former Jehovah’s Witness killed her husband and two grown children before turning the gun on herself, allegedly because she snapped after being shunned by her family as a result of leaving the faith, the media is putting a bigger spotlight on the practice of disfellowshipping.
Essentially, if you were a Witness who left for whatever reason, believers are told to shun you until you return. That means your parents may refuse to speak with you — or even see their grandchildren — unless you admit you’re wrong. It’s emotionally draining. And in some cases, it’s even worse. Many are driven to suicide.

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning: ‘My mother treats me like I’m dead’

“Jehovah’s Witness kids grow up knowing that if they ever mess up, their parents will leave them — and that’s scary,” Sawyer, now 38, said in a recent interview from her home in Pascagoula, Miss. “The shunning is supposed to make us miss them so much that we’ll come back. … It didn’t work.”

Shunning “can lead to great trauma among people because the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a very tight-knit community,” said Mathew Schmalz, a religious studies associate professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry

Jehovah’s Witnesses could face child sex abuse inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been ‘a considerable number’ of complaints against the group

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from abuse, said it is considering whether to open a separate inquiry after receiving a “considerable number” of reports about the religious group.

It is believed both MPs and members of the public have come forward to raise concerns about the sect and, while the inquiry team has so far refused to give an exact number, one solicitor representing abuse victims told The Guardian she believed it ran to thousands. Continue reading →

Woman with bum implants says she can’t sit down because it’s ‘too painful’

Woman with bum implants says she can’t sit down because it’s ‘too painful’

Star said that growing up as a Jehovahs Witness shut her away from a lot of things as a child and that this decision came from never being happy with the way she looked.

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Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Updated | Independent investigators in the United Kingdom are weighing whether to launch a new investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. after receiving a “considerable number” of abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, or IICSA, a government-sanctioned investigative panel in England and Wales, told Newsweek that it had gotten a “considerable number” of reports from both the public and elected officials about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. A spokesperson told the newspaper the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses–specific investigation carefully.”Continue reading →

Have you experienced abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness UK?

Have you experienced abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness UK?

The Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse has said that it will consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witness specific investigation following concerns about child abuse in the organisation.

In a statement provided to the Guardian, a spokesperson said: “The inquiry has received correspondence from the public and MPs raising their concerns about child sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses organisations. At present the inquiry is delivering its existing programme and is not currently launching any new investigations. However, as our work progresses, we will consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses specific investigation carefully.”

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Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Child Sex Abuse Investigators May Probe the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Independent investigators in the United Kingdom are weighing whether to launch a new investigation into the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. after receiving a “considerable number” of abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, or IICSA, a government-sanctioned investigative panel in England and Wales, told The Guardian that it had gotten a “considerable number” of reports from both the public and elected officials about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.K. A spokesperson told the newspaper the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses–specific investigation carefully.”  Continue reading →

Two men who claim they were sexually abused by a Jehovah’s Witness leader in San Diego settle their suits against the church’s governing body

Two men who claim they were sexually abused by a Jehovah’s Witness leader in San Diego settle their suits against the church’s governing body

Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s have settled lawsuits against the church’s governing body.

Both sides say the settlements, which were finalized last week, cannot be discussed.

A New York state appeals court in November upheld a $4,000-a-day penalty against Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for failing to comply with a court order to hand over internal documents about knowledge of church leaders who had been accused of sexually abusing children. Continue reading →

Saskatoon doula pleads guilty to unlawful practice of midwifery

Saskatoon doula pleads guilty to unlawful practice of midwifery

After advising Watier to take a herbal tincture and use a birthing stool, with still no improvement, Kusch suggested Watier go to a hospital on the third day of her labour. Watier had a C-section and started to hemorrhage.

As a Jehovah’s Witness, Watier refused to have a blood transfusion and had to depend on a blood salvage procedure. She indicated in her statement that there was a likelihood she or her baby could have died due to the blood loss and her inability to accept a transfusion because of her faith.

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Sex abuse cases against Jehovah’s Witnesses church settled

Sex abuse cases against Jehovah’s Witnesses church settled

Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in San Diego in the 1990s have settled their lawsuits against the church’s governing body.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Tuesday that the settlements were finalized last week. Both sides say they aren’t authorized to discuss the terms.

A New York state appeals court in November upheld $4,000-a-day penalty against Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for failing to comply with a court order to hand over internal documents about knowledge of church leaders who had been accused of sexually abusing children.Continue reading →

The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult

The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult

1. Opposing critical thinking

2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving

3. Emphasizing special doctrines outside scripture

4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders

5. Dishonoring the family unit

6. Crossing Biblical boundaries of behavior (versus sexual purity and personal ownership)

7. Separation from the Church

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Seven Weird Beliefs That Makes Jehovah’s Witnesses An Extremist Group

Seven Weird Beliefs That Makes Jehovah’s Witnesses An Extremist Group

A picture depicting the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Jehovah’s witness groups was founded in the 17th century by Charles Taze Russell and over the last three century the group has grown with over 20 million followers world wide.

The Jehovah witness are not regular Christians as they have their own bible and have some belief that are different from the general christian beliefs this beliefs is what makes them completely different from other christians. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion

Jehovah’s Witness dies after refusing blood transfusion

A 40-year-old single male Jehovah’s Witness presented to a hospital by ambulance on Jan. 15, 2012, at 12:20 a.m. He reported projectile vomiting of bright red blood that started about an hour earlier. He had been drinking vodka and lemonade throughout the day. He had a history of drinking half a pint of liquor three to. . . .

Hospital blamed for failing to transfer patient sooner; $1.25 million settlement

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Hamilton woman hopes to draw attention to Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse allegations

Hamilton woman hopes to draw attention to Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse allegations

Twice a week, Edith Knox puts a garbage bag over her large posters and carries them to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamilton. Then she stands outside and makes the attendees uncomfortable.

‘I half expected a bolt of lightning to come down and strike me dead.’ – Edith Knox

Usually, Knox goes to the one on Delaware Avenue. That’s the one she attended before last year, when she says she was booted out of the church for questioning how it handles sexual abuse claims. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018 ~ Video Game

Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018 ~ Video Game

A short game about being a Jehovah’s Witness youth created with Bitsy Game Maker by Adam Ledoux. I am a former Jehovah’s Witness myself.


“This game only needs four minutes to make you uncomfortable.” – Motherboard

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‘Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018’ Gives a Candid Glance at an Insular World

‘Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018’ Gives a Candid Glance at an Insular World

No one likes it when a Jehovah’s Witness knocks on your door and tries to sell you on their religion when you’d rather be doing anything else. There’s a good chance the Witness hates it even more than you do though, especially if they’re a teenage boy.

Misha Verollet is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness living in Vienna, Austria. Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018 is a video game he made that condenses his childhood experience down to about four minutes. Continue reading →

Did shunning from Jehovah’s Witnesses drive mom to murder-suicide?

Did shunning from Jehovah’s Witnesses drive mom to murder-suicide?

When someone leaves the religion, a drastic shunning takes place: No one inside the religion, even parents, are allowed to speak to the departed again, according to Taylor and several other former Jehovah’s Witnesses who talked to the Free Press.

This is not the first incident of a Jehovah’s Witness being drawn to murder and suicide.

• In 2001, the shame of being thrown out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses drove former Michigan resident Christian Longo to kill his wife and three young children in Oregon. Authorities said his financial troubles triggered his expulsion from the religious group, which then triggered the killings.

• In 2014, a family of four was found dead in their South Carolina home in a murder-suicide carried out by the father, who was a devout Jehovah’s Witness. All four were shot in the head. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of assaulting children lose appeal against permanence order

Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of assaulting children lose appeal against permanence order.

A married couple who challenged a sheriff’s decision to grant a permanence order in respect of their youngest of four children following their conviction for assaulting her three older siblings have had their appeal rejected.

The appellant’s claimed that the sheriff erred in his assessment of the evidence and in his application of the law to the facts of the case, but Sheriff Appeal Court dismissed the appeal as “devoid of merit”.

Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis, sitting with Sheriff Principal Duncan Murray and Appeal Sheriff William Holligan, heard that the appellants CE and EE, a Nigerian couple who practice the Jehovah’s Witness faith, were seeking to challenge an order made after a proof following an application by the respondents Glasgow City Council under section 80 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 in relation to their 11-year-old daughter, who had been in the Scottish care system since 2009.

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Kills Family, Then Herself, Possibly Due to Church Shunning

Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Kills Family, Then Herself, Possibly Due to Church Shunning

FOX 2: “Would you blame religion?

“Yes absolutely, 100 percent,” Taylor said.

Police aren’t releasing a motive, but Joyce says it has everything to do with the family being shunned by the Jehovah’s Witness Church that they belonged to for decades.

“They suffered the harsh consequences that every Jehovah’s Witness faces when they choose to leave the religion,”

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