There are many newcomers who may see references on this website to Barbara Anderson but not understand the complete awesomeness of what she has done, and continues to do, in the pursuit of truth.
For those who don't know, a brief summary: Barbara and her husband Joe spent most of their lifetime being Über-Witnesses, bringing 80 or so people into the organization and ending up at Brooklyn Bethel.
Barbara landed up in the sacred heart of Bethel, the Writing Department, and wrote Awake! articles. She was disfellowshipped in 1997 purely for talking out about the Witness policies on child abuse.
She continues fighting for change from the outside and speaking out, for example recently going on a lecturing in Europe, including speaking about the topic at the Vatican.
So in appreciation of Barbara, firstly I post this interview with her, her husband Joe and her son Lance, conducted while they were all at Bethel in 1991. It's from Randy Watters' YouTube channel, and impressed on me what an elegant, eloquent and beautiful woman she is. (It's long, half an hour, but watch a couple of minutes of it.)
Watching it whilst knowing what was to happen six years later makes it quite poignant. Does anyone know what happened to her son Lance Anderson? Last I heard he had married, left Bethel, and (tragically but predictably) refused to talk to his parents.
The work that Barbara did and continues to do is one of the reasons that the Jehovah's Witness pedophilia/child abuse issue is the hot topic it is today - if not amongst most regular JWs, certainly amongst the leadership and enlightened former JWs.
Barbara and Joe post here occasionally as AndersonsInfo.
Here is her story, for those that don't know it.
And here is her website, with a fountain of documents.
Feel free to add any additional info.
So in appreciation of Barbara, her integrity, her continuing work, and the pain it has caused her and her family, this thread is to express appreciation for Barbara Anderson. One excellent woman.