Watched Connie Chung last night with my wife, an active JW. Right after it ended she called a very close relative - a very active JW. Pioneered, brought hundreds in, husband an elder, Witness since the 50s. We all know the type.
That sister had also just watched Connie Chung, and she said that she totally believed what Heidi and Amber said on Chung's show! She said she didn't like Bill's attitude, but that she believed EVERYTHING the girls said, and knew from her own experience that it was true. She also questioned her elder husband about how these matters were dealt with in the past, and what he would have done.
I also found out that there are evidently other lawsuits pending in her congregation about this issue. I've known of some in the past, but not that there were current ones.
My wife also knows that this stuff is the truth. My whole family, Witnesses and non, read with great interest the NY Times article - which was actually reprinted in THE major statewide newspaper of my state - Sunday edition!
What really pissed us off was the comment from the Society to Chung to the effect that they continue to provide help to victims of abuse. We had a son sexually abused by a Witness. At the time the abuse was revealed (about five years after it ended) the abuser was then serving at Bethel. My son received essentially NO help from either the local elders or Bethel. Not ONE phone call from Bethel offering any sort of guidance, even though the abuser had gone to his Bethel elders and admitted what he'd done.
We DID get a very nasty phone call from the Bethelite's elder father when we reported the abuse to authorities. He was VERY upset that it had been reported, and essentially just told us that we should have forgiven the abuser and kept quiet about it, and that Jehovah would judge us for revealing the abuse to worldly authorities.
Hey, Watchtower Soceity, you're finally getting some real justice for your actions. Enjoy.