My husband and I are branded as "mentally-diseased" and worse by former JW friends and JW relatives because I was a whistle-blower who appeared on many important US news programs exposing JWs cover-up of child sexual abuse that I discovered was a serious problem within the Watch Tower organization internationally.
For exposing Watch Tower's secrets of pedophilia, in 2002, I was disfellowhipped. Their charge: I caused divisions. My husband, an elder at the time, was also disfellowshipped because he believed that Watch Tower child sexual abuse policies were inadequate and in many cases protected pedophiles which, consequently, allowed them to molest more JW kids. As an elder, he believed that any molestation accusations should be reported to the authorities and not to the elders. In most cases, reporting was discouraged or ignored at the behest of Watch Tower leaders and my husband was punished for expressing his opinion in a letter to headquarters.
I discovered this problem when I was a staff member of the Watch Tower's Writing Department at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. Since our disfellowshipping we have been shunned by our son and his family and have not seen our grandson in almost ten years. He will be twelve years old in a few days and believes from his required reading of the Watchtower magazine that his grandparents are “apostates” of the worst sort.