So many ex-JW's are stepping forward here and other places and relaying information about their upbringing in the JW's being an abusive one.
We have the two types of abuse- physical and sexual.
I thought I would give a chance to everyone to ponder on what's up with the high levels within Watchtower congregations. I know the subject has been covered before, but some fresh voices and some new readers might want to know that they are not the freak, not the problem in their family, not alone, able to relate to others.
As far as physical abuse goes, I consider the attitude of WTS that is passed on- beat the littlest of children in order to keep them quiet during meetings. Make them sorry they cannot sit still for two hours of dull speeches. I also feel that WTS fosters the attitude of actually breaking a child's or teen's spirit in order to keep them from blooming into a normal 'worldly' person. I can imagine that beatings go on at home over such things as association with outsiders, video games, goals about extracurricular activity, maybe even not getting enough recruiting hours to help Dad make elder.
I am at a loss on the sexual abuse. I ponder the possibility that the physical abuse can lead to sexual abuse in some cases. But I generally feel that it is the way WTS hushes everything up that further develops adults into sexual abusers of JW kids. I wonder that they stop seeing a need to suppress their disgusting desires in the environment that WTS provides them: a puritan state of never talking about sex among adults along with quiet children who don't talk back to adults.
So, your thoughts.........