A story has gained international media attention involving a young woman who has spoken out about the mental and emotional abuse she experienced because of being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.
In an emotional presentation to her high school classmates, a young woman blasts the organization because of alleged failures to protect vulnerable women. She tells the story of two women who were silenced. One woman who allegedly blamed for being raped and the other was abused as a child and nothing was done by congregation elders.
Fighting back tears, she explains the extent of the pain caused by the organization’s beliefs and the impact this has on families and in particular women.
She explains how subservience works for women within this controlled organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She shares her fear of losing her father because of doctrines that teach children that a parent may die at Armageddon if the parent does not conform.
She says of women:
“They cannot teach men. They cannot even speak at a podium in front of men as I am doing now,” she said. “They are not to question any decision made by a men. That is slander.”
She says she could be disfellowshipped for making the presentation to her schoolmates.
After learning what the organization has hidden from its members the school girl ends her speech by saying she wants “no part in it”.
“It is a religion that preaches love and acceptance, but the reality is everything is conditional. Love and acceptance is only extended as long as members practise absolute obedience and question nothing, ever,” she said.
“This religion destroys lives, destroys families and they do it largely unchecked… because they are really good at silencing the people who leave.”
Independent – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness schoolgirl exposes organisation as a religion that ‘destroys lives’ Link
Patheos – Friendly Atheist – I’m the Student Who Spoke About My Jehovah’s Witness Past on YouTube Link