Alexandra James Speaks Out about Jehovah’s Witnesses and Abuse

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Alexandra James pours her heart out in this riveting interview about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enduring hardships by her mentally unstable mother and vulgar step-father. She talks about how the Jehovah’s Witness elders did little to help and explains how they blame the victim by admonishing them to be better people, thus yielding much better results from the abuser.

As she aptly states, her mom grew up in an abusive home and once she finally escaped her past, instead of seeking help from a mental health professional, she found solace in a little blue book, The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, published by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. And some fifty years later, her mom continues to await the promise that the end of the world will solve all her problems.

Alexandra was like most children that grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, a silent bystander, waiting for their parents to wake up to the reality that this far-fetched notion that the end of the world is going to save them is nothing short of fairy tale.

Instead of growing up in a nurturing environment where she builds healthy relationships and strives and grows into adulthood, Alexandra becomes an oppressed victim of her mom’s tormented past and present mental anguish.

After learning the real “truth” about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, Alexandra has joined the ranks of hundreds of online activists in sounding the alarm about this dangerous group by shedding light on their policies and precepts.

You can learn more about her online activism at http://jwvictims.org and tuning in to her YouTube channel, JWVictims. Also, be sure to check out her magazine Apostate Monthly and pick up a copy of her book, How to Claim Your Life, When It’s Been Stolen From You available on Amazon and Kindle.

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*** May 1, 1975 Watchtower pp. 286-288 Questions from Readers ***

  • My husband sometimes beats me. Should I get a legal separation or divorce because of it?

 

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Raymond Franz – Jehovah’s Witness Whistleblower

Courageous Whistleblower (1)

Throughout history there have always been whistleblowers that have come forward to tell what they know about corruption within organizations. Raymond Franz is no different in telling what he knows about the Jehovah’s Witness faith. As a former Governing Body member, he was aware of how they made decisions on how to establish the rules that Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to follow. No, he did not speculate on how he felt or thought about what they were doing, he sat in conference rooms where debates were held about whether to uphold various teachings (e.g., 1914) and such teachings had a profound effect on the lives of individuals that were following their mandates.

Eventually, Raymond Franz experienced a crisis of conscience and severed ties with the organization. Thus, becoming one of the most profound whistleblowers since the inception of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

Plan Your Escape Prior to Leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses

6In this podcast, Lady Cee interviews Pat, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness that left the organization in 1995. Pat realizes there are many things that she did wrong prior to leaving. In this podcast, she shares a wealth of knowledge that can help others to avoid the pitfalls she endured during her own departure from the organization.

Exit Strategy Tips for those individuals that are Physically In Mentally Out (PIMOs)

  • Friends – Start making non-JW friends, contact non-JW relatives if need be create a secondary account on social media and e-Mail
  • Mental Health – Find a therapist that specializes in cults. Join
    Ex-JW Facebook groups and Ex-JW Meet-ups in your city
  • Set Goals – Create a bucket list of stuff you couldn’t do as a JW but are free to do now and get them done
  • Productive Use of Time – Use the time you spent at Kingdom Hall or preaching doing something productive such as college, a second job, a hobby, exercise, etc.
  • Emergency Planning – Have a Plan A and Plan B for various emergencies including medical, housing, employment, food, etc. Who could you contact in an emergency if your family is shunning you?
  • Figure out whatever gives you a sense of purpose and meaning in life and do those things – volunteer, activism, advocate, child sponsorship