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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-18-07 08:50 PM
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3. Some years ago, I accidentally came across a website
that was put up by a Jehovah's Witness, documenting the culture of abuse within that religion.

I have no idea how I came upon it, but I'd never read or heard anything about abuse amongst this
particular sect, so I read it. Many people had contributed to it, women of all ages, but young
people of both sexes who'd been abused by church elders, often for many years. Some had managed
to leave, but many suffered in silence, or were told to keep quiet by their own families.

For them it was particularly difficult, because the Witnesses are such a closed community, and for
many there was the feeling that if they left they would be completely alone, because there was no
outside community support for them - they simply didn't know where to go. The few who were brave
enough to speak out against their abusers - always those in positions of power - were threatened
with expulsion unless they withdrew their allegations, and few felt they could survive outside the
tight community they'd known all their lives. And not one person said they had the support of their
families - probably the parents and relatives were just as frightened of the consequences of being
expelled as the victims, so nobody else ever helped.

It was a very sad website, because it left one feeling that for most of these people, there would
never be any brighter future.
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