This from the Australian Broadcasting commission (ABC).
The aftershocks of the ARC continue.
"Thanks for your email, and for sharing some of your personal story.
We are absolutely aware that violence exists in Jehovah's Witnesses families. As this series is ongoing, we will be continuing to report on this issue for some time.
In the meantime, you might be interested to read the story of "Jennifer" in a feature we published a few weeks back (link below). In it, the author details her experience with domestic violence having grown up in and around a JW congregation."
I think when you are born into a happy JW family you can't even consider that these things happen in families in the truth.
Fact is that these sorts of things do happen in families from all religions and backgrounds. It's the mindset that you must not bring reproach on Jehovah's name by making it known or by getting out that compounds the problem.
BUT a person who treats the ones they love so badly surely cannot really believe in God and that he sees all and will judge you accordingly.
My so-called devout JW parents violently fought almost every single day. Rows were constant. Screaming, hitting, beating, smashing up stuff, throwing anything they could get their hands on. Both parent as bad as each other. It was a living nightmare leaving me completely traumatized as a child (well, that and the sexual assaults by my brother...but that's another story) Then they went to the meetings as if nothing had happened.
In my congregation a sister left her JW husband because he hit her regularly. Do you know what the COBE said to her? He said: 'You do realise you are now going to die at Armageddon.'
Another sister I know left her JW husband after years of abuse. Her elders tolerated it but she was denied any privileges in the congregation. She wasn't even so much as allowed to make tea at a quick build (when they had them) or give a talk or pioneer - nothing. She could go on the ministry and meetings, that's all.
And they say the Muslims treat women as second class....shame!
What,.. no other comments?
Brave woman, especially as she had young children and lost everyone when she left. Thanks Zeb. My father was violent to my mother before I was born. She kept the peace so he wouldn't continue, especially after she had four children so I only remember threats of violence. Typical story, she had a violent father and married a man who was violent.
Their marriage was miserable and I remember my mum going to the elders and asking if she could separate from him. They said you would have to remain single for the rest of your life. So she stayed and was very unhappy.
Yes they don't give a cuss if you live in hell but try and get out of the 'bucket' and the other crabs will pull you back in or push you in this case. and I suppose he was considered a brother (God I hate this expression) in 'good standing.'