I had a former silentlambs who is df tell me an interesting story the other day. She was df a few years ago but grew up in a congregation with a brother about her age that became a CO. She attempted to make contact with him through "classmates", oddly he responded. A few emails went back and forth and on a visit back to her home town as it was near his circuit she asked if he would like to meet for a drink. He agreed.
They had a few drinks and he started to talk. He was completely diselusioned with the organization. He said if push came to shove he would take blood. The congregations were driving him crazy, the basically ignored organizational procedures when he wasn't there. The meeting attendance was way down and WT was pressuring him to get the numbers up. He said the young peopole were leaving in droves and few had any real knowledge of the organization, they were just in it for their folks.
She then brought up silentlambs, he started off saying it was all apostates and based on lies, but they had been inundated with abuse problems for the last year in the circuit. When she explained she had been molested by her father a very prominent elder, he went pale. She explained the only ones who believed her was silentlambs and she knew none of her JW family would have supported her. she was going to report him to the police shortly, and she was thankful to silentlambs for helping her.
Well he did not have much to say about silentlambs and muttered something about checking out the website. The point taken from all of this is that many are upset with the organization. The letter that was read has angered many within, they know they are lying. I know it is true a few will shut down but I think any abuse survivor who is not treated properly will know there is a resource for them to turn to. As long as WT continues to lie there are going to be many angry within, when they are angry they will seek out assistance.
Staying in would have been the better alternative, but by making this matter completely public I believe even JW's are going ot smell a rat. I plan to put up all correspondence related to this on the website so anyone can review and form their own opinion as to what the truth is of this matter. If they want to believe the lies, then they would have never came to the website to begin with.
I guess from the story above it appears management is in trouble, they see the problems but no one in home office wants to hear it. The rank and file are quietly revolting and it is a matter of time before the "sell books or die" anthem will just not cut it enough to keep people in.