I have a co-worker that came from the same small hometown I did. Small world, we both ended up about 450 miles away from there working for the same place. Shortly after Tracy started working with me I walked with her to the coffee shop on break and got to chitty chatting. I said something about being from Libby Montana. She said, oh no you aren't. Not too many people from Libby.
Anyway, turns out that Tracy only knew of one Witness child when she was growing up. I don't know how old she was at the time, sounded like maybe early grade school. Her best friend was a witness, her mom was a witness, dad was not. Her best friend was molested by one of the elders there in the congregation, I'm thinking this was sometime in the 70s, since she graduated in 85. She said this child and her mother disappeared one night in the middle of the night, when mom found out, to get away from the elders there. I don't know any more of the story and Tracy said she never saw her again in her life, and she has always wondered what happened to her.
Now fast forward to this week. I'm wrapping up at work, I'm a short-timer so I'm leaving in two weeks to move out of state. Tracy and some others were going for coffee so I decided to go along. She said she was talking to some friends from northern Idaho, I'm not sure of the town, but there aren't too many, I think it may have been Bonner's Ferry or Moye Springs.. anyway, they told her of a family that lived there, dad and mom were into alcohol and drugs. One day mom died and dad decided he couldn't take care of his two kids any longer. So he gave them to a family he thought could take better care of them. You guessed it, a local elder and his wife.
Tracy said that as soon as she heard they were witnesses she guessed what came next. The new "father" started in abusing this girl, she was about 6. She endured it for the next 10 years and finally ran away when she was 16 to live with her barely of age sister somewhere in California.
Now here is a person, totally unconnected with the witnesses. Would have had no reason to think ill of the religion. But the only thing she knows about witnesses is related to child abuse.
This is a long story, I'm ranting, really, if you are still reading this thanks. I just have to say what a fine job the witnesses are doing getting jehovers name out in front of the world before the big A comes.