Watchtower Victims Memorial Day
Honoring all the victims, remembering all those lost.
Barring a confession, children are required to produce a second witness to their abuse before congregation elders take action against their abuser.
Jehovah’s Witnesses shun former members, including family, no matter their reasons for leaving or having been disfellowshipped [excommunicated].
Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse whole blood transfusions, even for their children and emergency situations.
Higher education and friendships with anyone outside the religion are strongly discouraged and many children are home-schooled. Children also spend long hours in the religion’s recruitment work and instructional programs. Corporal punishment is practiced commonly.
Women are encouraged to consider staying with abusive husbands in the hopes of converting them. Friendships and associations are discouraged with anyone outside the religion, including family.
Rape victims are required to scream and fight against an attacker or risk being viewed as having “consented to the violation” and being consequently shunned. Jehovah’s Witness elders are outright instructed to use “discernment” when considering claims of rape, evaluating an [alleged] victim’s “mental disposition” and circumstances surrounding the incident.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”Elie Wiesel