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Remote User:

Date: 01 May 2001

Time: 11:37:05

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I just finished reading the two poems and needed to let you know how profoundly I was touched by the pathos and pain of the individual/s who wrote them. To my knowledge as of yet, I have never been the victim of child abuse from my dad although there was an incident with some neighborhood boys when I was a little girl, and fortunately it was just one isolated incident and my mom was very quick to deal with the culprits and inform their parents. Keep fighting, this will be revealed and will be taken care of. I won't say in God's time, because that would be like a slap in the face to the many victims, after hearing the so called concerned elders voice those words so many times. My ex husband was an elder and they had a situation of child abuse in our congregation and to my knowledge, the brother basically denied it ever happened (it was years before) and was kept as an elder in good standing in our congregation. The daughter was told the same things, its your word against his, and you have to leave it in Jehovah's hands. Well, neither my husband nor I were at all comfortable with that and my ex tried to pursue it further but was told by the other elders to leave it alone. The only reason I knew about it was because the sister confided in me one day. My ex was one of the better elders. He kept things confidential and I never asked.

Terri

Remote User:

Date: 01 May 2001

Time: 20:51:58

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Bill, it is very painful to even remember what happened to me at the hands of Watchtower men, let alone reveal it to anyone. I know that there are other children out there going through what I went through and that they are, likewise, terrified into silence. The silence must be broken so that they can be protected and helped to escape their clutches.

There is an actual ring of pedophiles in this organization who are grooming children for sex. And people need to know about it. Satanism is involved. They use Watchtower doctrine and policy along with threats to terrorize their helpless little victims into silence.

The Society has tried to play down the existence of satanists in this organization, however, there are too many victims to effectively squelch it. As an adult I have met quite a few who also recall having been abused by Jehovah's Witnesses who were also practicing satanism. Some of these ARE elders in various positions in the organization.

Guy Pierce, now of the Governing Body, and another elder personally told me several years ago while he was a Circuit Overseer that the Society had investigated the accusations of satanism and found them to not be true. At the time it was very disconcerting to me to hear that because it made the whole picture I was finally getting defunct. And, I was forced to drop it. I was trying to warn people. Where could I go with what I was beginning to remember if the Society had already said it wasn't so? It makes me cry.

Recently, I was driving to an appointment with an attorney and as I was praying and asking Jehovah what I should say to him, I was shocked when it came to my mind that if the Society applied the same "two witnesses" rule, which they use for determining if a child was truly molested and a perp is guilty, to their investigations into the accusations of satanism and Satanic Ritual Abuse with a network of satanists in this organization which stretches across the country, then it is no wonder that they came up with "nothing. "

As a result, the questions beg to be asked, "Who did the investigations in the first place?" "Is it really Jehovah's will for all of this silence? Or someone else's?" "What is TRULY being protected?" And, in spite of the fact that there are many good people in this organization who don't have a clue about what is going on, the question needs to be addressed, "Is the Watchtower Society really a cover for some other clandestine movement?" "Why are so many good people being hurt in this organization, with no justice, whatsoever, forthcoming. . . all of them being told, myself included, to "wait on Jehovah?" "Why does Watchtower policy protect the bad guy? Not the victim?"

I will write more when I can. Thank you.

VP

Remote User:

Date: 01 May 2001

Time: 23:31:44

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Silentlambs,

Thank you for all you have done for the abused who have had no one, until now, to hear their cries.

I wish you and your family peace, blessings, and a future of happiness as well as the deep contentment of knowing that you have done something very noble and valiant with your life. You did not look away and cover over what others did. You have done the right thing for the children, never doubt that.

I know that this work that you've done has come with considerable personal cost to you and your family. Your courage is an example to us all, thank you for all you have done, and will yet do.

Love, Lily Paige "Esmeralda" http://WTSurvivors. homestead. com/index. html

Remote User:

Date: 04 May 2001

Time: 22:42:48

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This is a wonderful site. I hope the people who need it most find it.

Racquel Ganton

Remote User:

Date: 05 May 2001

Time: 14:23:26

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HI, I am outraged that this type of thing is going on in an organization that calls itself the "truth". I am not now nor have I ever been a Jehovah's witness, but I am married to one, if only he would look at this website, I believe he would be just as sickened as I am. I commend all that have turned in and are trying to right this despicable wrong. From my understanding, Dateline NBC is doing a special investigative report on these incidents, I for one, cannot wait until it airs so that the public can be informed on the real "truth" inside the Watchtower.

God's blessings to you all,

Barbara Naftis

Remote User:

Date: 06 May 2001

Time: 20:14:36

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Silentlambs, go on!! My best wishes for you. It is necessary to speak the truth out and you are doing a fine work. I am writing from Dominican Republic, where we had no idea of these things happening into the org. Thanks for opening the eyes. Blessings.

Remote User:

Date: 06 May 2001

Time: 20:15:06

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i believe you!As a former JW who left on my own accord and for that was disfellowshipped,i am aware of the hypocrisy and mind numbing teachings of this religion.

Remote User:

Date: 08 May 2001

Time: 13:51:42

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I think what you are doing is incredibly courageous, and I know Jehovah looks down very kindly on what you are doing. I wish more of the "shepherds" in the organization had your empathy - we would then have no haven for these "wolves". Keep up the good work!

Remote User:

Date: 11 May 2001

Time: 12:15:33

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As a lifelong, fourth generation Jehovah's Witness, I have no direct, personal knowledge of any incident of child molestation with the organization. However, I personally have been given warnings on two separate occasions by two different elders. In one instance, my wife's brother, an elder who had sat on many judicial committees and appeals committees, advised my wife and me never to trust ANYONE, even a witness in good standing or a witness family member, to EVER be alone with either of our two small children. On another occasion, my brother, who is an elder, learned that our teenage daughter was spending the night with a witness friend of hers whose grandparents lived in the same home. He informed my wife and me that the friend's grandfather, himself a longtime elder, was a pedophile. If not for the previous advice and the fact that this comment came from my own fleshly brother whom I trust completely, I would have been doubtful of the information. File this entry under "For What It's Worth," please. <anderson_mccrew@hotmail. com>

Remote User:

Date: 14 May 2001

Time: 16:04:51

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Silentlambs, Thank you a million times for such a wonderful & informative site!! I pray for you and your family and may many blessing abound you and yours. My parents are still active and I hope and pray that Dateline gives them a wake-up call. I left over 20 years ago. . . . . Thank God!! Peace & Blessings, Nico

Remote User:

Date: 15 May 2001

Time: 12:39:52

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how can you stay in this sick depraved organization of freaks paedophiles and social misfits, it is an evil,stale, mentally damaging organization,and you call the world wicked? It wrecked my family. Satan's work.

Remote User:

Date: 15 May 2001

Time: 18:26:41

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Bill, the work you are doing is a blessing, and all that you have done to expose the deceitfulness of the Watchtower is proving that they are dirtier than the religions they so ardently speak out against in their literature. I have heard some "witness" complain about "witness bashing". I am nauseated by this term that they love to use. Yet they freely bash every religion, and everyone else who does not agree with them. And they do it hurtfully. I hope they reap the consequences of their actions. What goes around comes around and the Society is due for what comes around to them. Not only have you been an encouragement and an inspiration to me and every other survivor touched by the pain of sexual abuse being denied within this religious community, but you are also hopefully giving others the confidence to come forward, especially other elders who sincerely are pained by what the wicked men in the Watchtower are directing them to do in regards to protecting criminals. I was disgusted and nauseated when I read the letter from the Watchtower Dec. 1992 directing the elders to cover for a murderer. From the personal experience I went through with my family in regards to Sexual Abuse being hidden by elders who were family members, I know this is accurate and worth making known. I honestly feel that in behalf of the victims of the ones who were murdered, who are very likely still in pain over the unsolved mystery of their loved ones murderer, the FBI should know of this. How dare the Watchtower Elders think they are above the law. How dare these men who are nothing more that part time volunteers at a kingdom hall make decisions of life over other human beings. How utterly disgusting. I hope this letter is made public.

Sincerly. A-Roar-er

Remote User:

Date: 16 May 2001

Time: 04:44:39

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I was shocked and horrified to read of the Society's view towards child molestation. I was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but left the congregation when I was fifteen. Although my story differs somewhat, it is yet another example of how the congregation's elders have abused their power. My sister was raped when she was twenty-four by a man she did not know. The man had come along with my sister's best-friend and her husband to try to find employment in our city. My sister was not comfortable with this man staying at her apartment as he was worldly and she did not know him. She let him stay to watch a movie and then he was going to go stay at a hotel. She felt safe doing this because she was not going to be left alone with him as her best-friend and husband would be there. She also did not want to convey an unfriendly attitude towards him. He had shown some interest in the truth and she did not want to portray the congregation as unsympathetic to a potential study who had traveled quite a distance. Unfortunately, her best-friend and husband decided to go to bed before the movie ended, but my sister didn't think much of it because the movie was almost done. After he was sure everyone in the apartment had gone to sleep he decided to make his move. My sister spurned his advances emphatically and told him to leave. That's when he decided he was going to have her whether she liked it or not. In other words, he raped her. After it happened, my sister told my father who told her that she must tell the elders about what happened. He thought that they may be able to provide her with spiritual counseling to help her through the aftermath instead of her seeking outside worldly professional help. To make a long story short, they disfellowshipped her. Their reason was that she was guilty of "loose conduct that lead to fornication. " They said she should have never had him in her home in first place and then this wouldn't have happened. They also said that because she only told him "NO!" repeatedly and did not scream that she was not emphatic enough and he must have thought she was enjoying it. I lost all faith and respect for the truth the day she was disfellowshipped. I will never step foot in another kingdom hall.

I think what you are doing with this website is very courageous of you. I can only imagine how it felt to finally realize how many young children were hurt because of the society's egotistical beliefs. It's bad enough when children are victimized in the first place, but to then have it happen again at the hands of people who claim to be compassionate and caring is beyond low. Please keep up your efforts, if you can tip off just one parent before it happens to their child you've accomplished your goal. I will leave my e-mail address with you and if there is anything I can do to help, I would be honored to try. I know there is no "heaven" but if there were I'm sure God would have already reserved you your spot. Take care and best of luck in the future.

candacemcfadden@home. com

Remote User:

Date: 18 May 2001

Time: 21:04:12

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Someone said they're married to a JW and just wish the person would read this website. The thing to do I have found is to summarize the main points of the information along with its sources in a brief letter which you then mail to the spouse. Being human they will read it 95% of the time even though the Watchtower heads have forbidden it countless times. If you verbally try to get the person to look at such information they will usually resist because they are under threat of disfellowshipment etc. But the letter in the mail route is highly effective.

Remote User:

Date: 24 May 2001

Time: 22:40:53

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I would like to say that this is a great place to let people know what is going on in Jehovah's Witnesses!!!! My email address is loveandkisses_99@hotmail. com

Remote User:

Date: 26 May 2001

Time: 01:08:10

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The WT Letter box says see the Letter/s but provides no link. It had the letter on the Watchtower Society's telling Florida elders to not tell police (or unsuspecting rank-and-file) a wanted fugitive for murder was attending their hall as a baptized Jehovah's Witness but now the letter's not there. Please fix that.

Remote User:

Date: 27 May 2001

Time: 00:04:29

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Hi SilentLambs, I would like to humbly suggest that instead of using the term "Victims" that you change it to "Survivors", or "Victim-Survivors", because, really that is what we all are. We have survived in spite of Watchtower, and your site proves it. A-Roar-er

Remote User:

Date: 27 May 2001

Time: 22:39:50

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Although I left the organization many years ago. I had an experience that I would like to relate. Approximately twenty years ago, when I was part of the organization, I was pregnant, I had one of daughters of one our elders baby sit my six year old daughter while my husband and I went to lamaze classes. I came to learn that the daughter of the elder was experimenting with my daughter in a sexual manner. I brought this to the attention of the elders. To this day I am still amazed how they twisted the events and made it my fault. They even went as far as I should somehow try to make up with the wife the elder and the mother of the girl who had babysat my daughter. They made it my daughter (who was six at the time) and my fault. Oh, I should add my husband was an unbeliever and they also faulted me for telling him what had transpired.

Remote User:

Date: 28 May 2001

Time: 00:32:09

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How about having a downloadable flyer on your site that could be posted in public places ALL OVER THE COUNTRY letting people know who you are, what's happening, how they can get help, and what we can do to help?

Remote User:

Date: 28 May 2001

Time: 15:58:52

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Maybe now, after all these years,looks as though something is being done for the silent lambs. It has been so long overdue. Our South Florida support group is anxious to help. Please let us know how best we can do this. We were JW*s from 1931 till December 1981. . . second and third generation until our Lord and Savior rescued us. We were in St. Louis in 1941 as children. . . now we have grand children. . . wonder sometimes what life would have been like had we listened to the judge and not married. We have two sons and a daughter OUT and IN CHRIST. We thank God they were never molested physically. Again, tell us what we can do to help. Our EMail is ruffinit6@juno. com. . . . we are Ray & Marilyn Marsh

Remote User:

Date: 30 May 2001

Time: 09:30:30

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NBoyd62220@aol. com I live in the Tri-Cities of WA state. There are over 100 registered sex offenders that are dumped here by the state. The top 10 worst sex offenders live here. I have twin daughters, so you can bet we are concerned about this problem. I now have new information about some of the "churches" here thanks to this wonderful site! I think it would be worthwhile to do some investigating of this problem right here because we are such a small community. I can not understand why we have been chosen to be the dumping ground for these sick people, some who are 3 time losers!

Remote User:

Date: 31 May 2001

Time: 20:50:02

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Thank you so much for this article. I found it shocking. I must inform you that the Catholic Church has priests who also never marry; however they are well aware of the problems in society. Women have active roles in the Church and many are Eucharist Ministers. Since there is a shortage of men entering the priesthood, the future of the Catholic Church may very well be altered to include married men as well as women. May the peace of the Lord be with you, Margo Conklin, Roman Catholic beautyforyoumk@aol. com

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