I was going along fine with my glass of ice tea, my cat sitting next to me as Bill and the two young ladies were being interviewed. I even made it okay through the first section of the WT comment that, "we abhor molestation..." But when Chung got to the part of their comment that said something to the effect of "we provide counseling and emotional support to victims," I nearly spilled my tea on my cat. I replayed this segment alot, and noticed that the reaction of Bill and the two ladies to that section was that they were just as shocked as I was.
I guess I had already heard the "we abhor abuse" crap, but this added feature to the comment was exceptionally "horrific." I never went to the elders about my sexual abuse by a brother, but I did go to them about the physical and emotional abuse dished out to my brother and I. And later, I turned to several sisters about the sexual abuse. The attitude was never about providing me with counseling and support but always, "get over it," "wait on Jehovah," "keep yourself clean," "don't bring reproach on Jehovah," "be VERY careful about seeig a therapist," "the elders are trained to help abuse victims," "the society lovingly provides comfort through the pages of the Watchtower," etc. To this added comment from the WTBS and the lack of emotional support I received (actually having been deemed a bad example by the elders when I came forward with the physical abuse, I'll never forget it as the elder said, "you can no longer aux. pioneer because the body of elders feels you are a bad example in the cong for having said what you did about your father.") - to all this I say with a resounding voice: