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I Escaped Jehovah's Witness Cult But Healed Slowly After

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 107 People

    Unashamed Of Leaving My Beliefs

    I was raised in the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses by parents who, one was born into the belief and the other came into it by her parents as she was a little older. I do remember being very small and going to the Kingdom Hall, meetings, and memorials were all normal for me and...
    mmyoung0311 mmyoung0311 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 10, 2012

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    It Kills You Slowly

    I cried today, after the 'Silentlambs' accounts of child s*exual abuse within the Jehovah's Witness cult. Thank God the media in America were able to expose them for their shielding of p*aedophiles. My own father is still one today, and never got disciplined by the 'elders...
    emmasharn emmasharn 31-35, F 11 Responses May 17, 2009

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    I've Read A Bunch Of These Posts..

    My mother got involved with them when I was ten. She was in a very abusive marriage. He was a very mean drunk. She joined and shortly thereafter left him. They got back together for a year then she left, got an apartment a good job and things were rolling. Then..he joined! Now...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 9 Responses Apr 18, 2011

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    These Stories R Bullshit

    I am a active Jehovah's Witness and excuse me for trying to save u
    Penny101 Penny101 22-25 7 Responses Jun 28, 2013

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    I'Ve Got Somebody Claiming To Be A Jehovah Witness Saying I Don'T Know What I'M Talking About

    They say they've never heard of the Jehovah Witness's being against interracial dating and marriage, so I must be making it up. Well as usual, the Jehovah Witnesses have a long history of printing out a publication spelling out exactly what they do, and don't believe in. Those...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 9 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    Im Sorry

    Aloha everyone. I just wanted to say I'm sorry that you have had or continue to have bad experiences.  There are so many variables in everyone we meet or in everything we do or go in life, but as individuals we are the only one responsible to create the path to receive Jehovah...
    808native 808native 41-45 4 Responses Nov 2, 2011

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    Suffocating Imperfections

    I was born into it.  My mother had survived multiple abusive relationships and childhood...the witnesses, the "truth" gave her a level of security in life she'd never known.  The indoctrination process is so slow and thorough, my mother is the most logical person I know, yet...
    m2extreme m2extreme 31-35, F 42 Responses Apr 12, 2011

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    I Survived The Cult But Still Bear Battle Scars

    I'm not certain why I was so compelled to type 'Jehovah's Witness' into google tonight and see what stuck, but I'm glad I did. Otherwise, I never would have known of a group like this. I poured over every survivor account and shook my head at the ones with the wool still pulled...
    BaronessCRaven BaronessCRaven 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2012

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    I Wrote My Story On Here..

    I got attacked by a person claiming to be a Jehovah Witness. One of their reasoning was that since I referred to going to a Kingdom Hall as going to church I must actually be a fake. I explained that 'church' is a generic term for any house of worship, even used by the Jehovah...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 8 Responses Oct 30, 2011

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    I Dont Quite Understand The Point Of This

    Ive been in just about everything and now finally a JW. I almost joined this group because I had a rough time at a kingdom hall once to the point where I stopped attending meetings and stuff, then when my dad got disfellowshipped for adultery a lot of ppl kind of ostracized us...
    DCBOI94 DCBOI94 16-17, M 8 Responses Jan 21, 2012

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    Raised A Witness, Slowly Healing

    I was raised a Jehovah's Witness from the age of three to the age of eighteen. I understand now why my mom decided to join this group. She was a single mom who's only sister was married to an elder in the congregation. He was a very bright and educated man, and as such commanded...
    VivianPool VivianPool 26-30 4 Responses Dec 27, 2010

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    The Fuel Project... Pretty Interesting Commentary Regarding Bible History Vs. Babylon.

    I am not affiliated with the group, but I wanted to share this You Tube Video Clip. It is very interesting.  
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F Aug 19, 2012

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    Im Also A Survior !!!

    I was raised as a JW, and as far back as I can remember I was never really happy. Never allowed to have any friends the ones that came along were doing worse things than I ever did. Always lived in fear that if I did anything that wasnt right Jehovah would strike me dead at...
    daizyenfuego daizyenfuego 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2012

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    Hi there, my story makes me a bit emotional

    but hopefully it'll help others:) I was a devout JW all of my life, never been in "trouble," very kind and sweet to everyone I met. However, growing up as a JW my family was always treated poorly by elders' wives...see our family wasn't the typical and ideal JW family. My...
    Adriana84 Adriana84 26-30 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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    What Beliefs Do I Follow Now?

    The last time I was in a congregation, I walked out in disgust. I had just "witnessed" a woman sharing from the audience about how everybody there needed to only associate with other JW's. She angrily denounced everybody else in the world as evil. That only the people in her...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 9 Responses Dec 13, 2011

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    My Story

    On or around midnight, I was depressed and bored. I started wandering around the internet and found a link to this site. I'm not even sure what site had a link, I'm just thankful I found it. I spent hours reading all of your experiences until I was so tired I had to sleep. First...
    TooManyLostYears TooManyLostYears 51-55, F 2 Responses May 10, 2013

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    I Wrote An Article Using Jehovah Witness Literature...

    I pointed out some drastic stuff and several people countered that it was the times, the era where lots of people in other religions had racism, and such. I got contacted by a lot of people who agreed with my point that the "perfect" religion, and "handed down from God...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 1 Response May 17, 2013

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    I Survived Being Raised Joho

    i hated every minute of it.they are a very confused/scared/immature/simple-minded group of people.its not something im proud of.my mom was disfellowshipped 4 having an affair when i was 5.i wasnt allowed 2 talk 2 her. she had a mental breakdown,shes been heavily medicated ever...
    pipeboy69 pipeboy69 36-40, M 31 Responses Jan 31, 2010

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    So Sad

    i was conceived in a drug treatment facility, drug around to every drug house til my aunt gained custody of me,i was kidnapped and yes i actually remember the events.being locked in a bed room all day long,i got out once and nobody was there i was 3 yrs old and so hungry i walked...
    crazygreeneyes14 crazygreeneyes14 26-30 8 Responses Nov 18, 2011

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    Wasted Life

    I was raised in JW family and went through the whole world ending bull story in 1974-75 was even told not to go to university as the world system would end, ended up spending a year in jail for refusing to do national military service here in South Africa, this at the request of...
    big4big4 big4big4 56-60 1 Response Dec 21, 2012

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    I wouldn't define my experience

    as escaped or surviving. I feel that's a bit dramatic. I was a jehovah's witnesses for 21 years, born into it. I think the most common form that comes from leaving the organization is guilt. I have been disfellowshiped now for 8 years. And I wouldn't change it. Once you...
    hasteywhispers hasteywhispers 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Born Trapped

    I was born into a JW family. Childhood really wasn't too bad considering. But then our family wasn't what you'd call "strong in the truth" I have memories of my Dad being angry a lot, I think he wanted us (Mum, my older sister and later my younger brother) to be one of those...
    exJW exJW 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2012

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    Started Studying With Jws

    I had the weirdest experience. I started studying six weeks ago and the guy showed up twice. Everyone is nice to me, as I fully expected as I am a newbie. Yet Paul, the man studying me, got furious when I cancelled one study and had given a false name. I have family I have...
    ciaran389 ciaran389 41-45, M 6 Responses May 31, 2013

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    Watch And Wake Up!

    Hung out with JW a while back after a Salesman flirted with me. Not familiar with the religion back then just interested in his good looks. So I accepted his invitation to visit the Kingdom Hall. Months later ...... after experiencing girl to girl talks, bible studies, door to...
    monanow monanow 61-65, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    Stay off the Internet. Do not preach on it, research us on it, or discuss us on it

    That is their published official stance. You can read the lengthy document here... http://www.bible.ca/Jw-internet.htm#km They only want you as one of their members going to Watchtower.org for anything JW related. They even admonish their "well meaning" members about not being up...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M Sep 6, 2013

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    Yes Virginia There Really Was A Saint Nicholas!

    This guy apparently rocked! You're familiar with Jesus's loaves and fishes miracle, right? This guy beat it. He fed a whole starving city off a boat, yet the boat arrived where it was bound full. He also threw in a triple resurrection, for extra credit. Of children! Why do I...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 10, 2013

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    The Guy I've mentioned in previous stories

    tried to hit me up the other day. He gave me his number - if you want it... just ask. This is what he got... ....you can "talk" to me here or my email but honestly you're dead to me. You've got a lot of nerve even trying to talk to me after the stunt you pulled and basically...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 5 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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    The Stance On Divorce, Not What Someboy Thinks Their Stance Is. This IS The Stance

    Jehovah Witnesses stance on divorce using their own literature I researched and wrote up this article because recently we've had a few people comment in this groups stories their disbelief that the religion used to try and make wives stay with their husbands no matter how...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 8 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    Free At Last!!!!

    I was one of Jehovah witness cult from age 19-30. It was 11 years of pure hell!!!! now, I'm a born again Christian. I felt so happy and free. I got my freedom back and Definitely got my life back!!! Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I'm Free at last!!!!     P.S...
    mysticvictoria mysticvictoria 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 15, 2013

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    Here Is Jehovah's Witnesses' Official Stance On Shunning

    RE-POSTED from JEHOVAH'S WITNESS BLOGhttp://www.jehovahswitnessblog.com/cult/official-jw-shunning-views/Submitted by Andrew on September 19, 2012 - 12:57 pm I have heard it for many years, and I’ve seen quite a few comments on JWB, that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not shun former...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 9 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    I too was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

    Both my mother and father had embraced this religion back in the late 40's and 50's before I was ever born. In fact, my father actually went to prison for his religious convictions and being a conscientious objector and did not going to war. He was sentenced to 18 months in...
    crystalbuddah20 crystalbuddah20 51-55, F Jun 27

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    A Dad With A Breaking Heart

    I am a 50 year old Dad, who has an adult son who is considering joining the "Russellite" cult. I have never been a J.W., and don't really know if this story fits into the category here, but I am heartbroken. My son married a" Russellite," and I warned him about what he was...
    chesty187 chesty187 46-50, M 10 Responses Jul 11, 2011

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    I Was Mentally, Emotionally And Spiritually Blind And Now I Can See!!!

    I was mentally, emotionally, and spiritually blind from all the worst possible things that I've endured through my adolescent and young adult life. It hurts like hell, you mind as well say I been through hell. I can't believe almost twelve years of embarrassment, pain...
    mysticvictoria mysticvictoria 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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    I Have Faith But Not the Religion

    although I was never baptized I grew up going to the hall regularly. I feel that ones own ideas and personal goals are constrained. The bible is constantly used to replace ones own feelings.  Many of the strict rules that are enforced are not in the bible and tend to...
    iRaeShine iRaeShine 22-25, F 8 Responses Aug 28, 2009

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    I too was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

    Both my mother and father had embraced this religion back in the late 40's and 50's before I was ever born. In fact, my father actually went to prison for his religious convictions and being a conscientious objector and did not going to war. He was sentenced to 18 months in...
    crystalbuddah20 crystalbuddah20 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    I've Never Really Fit In... I Always Loved "bad" Stuff...

    I was DF'ed on July 17th of this year, almost a month ago. I should have been DF'd years ago because my conduct hasn't been in-line w/ JW's for YEARS! so anyway... Almost two weeks ago today I went to a dear friends courthouse wedding. She and her husband are witnesses. There...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 15 Responses Aug 14, 2012

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    Elders, Untouchable, Touch Me And You Hurt God And You're Damned

    HI I was raised in JW family with my mum joining when i was 6.Loads of studies, 3 times a week attending 2 hour meetings,loads of pre-prep for those meetings, where the bible and the organisations literature is read out loud and questions contained in the literature answered by...
    IsawIThoughtIRanTheOtherWay IsawIThoughtIRanTheOtherWay 22-25 3 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    #### Harboring Pedophiles #####

    Taken from:   http://www.jehovahswitnessblog.com/jw-lawsuits/candace-conti-beats-the-watchtower-society/ Yes, that’s right, Candace Conti, our White Knight, has won her court case against the Watchtower Society! I’ve just spoken with Candace’s mum, Kathleen and here...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 27, 2012

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    Love And Hypocrosy!!!!!!

    i was born into the JW's, got baptized when i was 15 n left when i was 17. i just got tired of the hypocrosy through all the congregations surrounding. i was out partying,comitting adultry, drinking, and smoking with M.S's n pioneers jus about every weekend. but come sunday...
    lilmikey lilmikey 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 16, 2012

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    Used To Be A Jw

    I was born into the cult and left at age 12. An elder raped my cousins, aunt, and younger sisters, when they tried to tell the JW's they all said they were lying and it was all in their heads and that if they kept on lying Jehovah wouldn't let them into the 'new system'. When it...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 15, 2012

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    Elitists And As Mad As Heavens Gate Cult

    They are mad as theHeavens Gate Cult.Nutters that believe that only they can receive Heavenand Paradise, and everyone else gets Obliterated.JW are Elitists ,their organisation is only around 80years old, and then use some sentences in the bibletalking about ''little flock'', and...
    IsawIThoughtIRanTheOtherWay IsawIThoughtIRanTheOtherWay 22-25 Jan 14, 2013

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    The Things That Happened In My 'Family'

      We were told to keep quiet about it, it is forbidden to speak to anyone 'outside' about 'problems' so this is most likely why you 'haven't heard about it'. Anyway the research into silentlambs will be an eye opener.   By the way my p*aedophile father came to visit me...
    emmasharn emmasharn 31-35, F 23 Responses May 18, 2009

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    I'm sorry too! Someone shared this with me

    and just seeing it made me feel so warm inside...
    shylamarais shylamarais 36-40, F Dec 18, 2013

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    Survivor

    I survived the JWs but just barely. My story is one of relentless psychological abuse and much worse. I attended my mother's funeral service Dec 24, 2012. Not one JW offered their condolences. Only one person spoke to me. He said hi and to tell my husband hello. That is all that...
    HesterPrynn HesterPrynn 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2012

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    You Don't Need To Be In A Organization/religion To Do The Right Thing By Jehovah.

    Well, I refuse to bring Jehovah in this conversation as ORGANIZED RELIGION IS A SIN. ALL organizations are WRONG. The Witnesses ARE an organization and ARE WRONG. Any organization that has a collection plate or asks for money in any way is a FALSE religion. It states that money...
    AngelSpiritus AngelSpiritus 36-40 4 Responses Jul 14, 2012

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    Set Myself Free, Unchained My Mind...

    You become what you think - that's truth. When you are one of them, you have to think, reason and act like them, just like robots - that's truth. I was one (or I thought I was) for 34 years. Got baptized, worked at Bethel, went to DB for 3 years and also served as a ministerial...
    letsXcite letsXcite 51-55 2 Responses Aug 22, 2012

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    So We're Worldy, Evil Slaves...

    ..But the Williams sisters, Prince, The entire Wayan's Brothers clan/ empire aren't? I don't mean to only point out black people in their group but these are the most famous ones. By comparison Mickey Spillane was a white guy who wrote a bunch of racy novels, but apparently was...
    mcpat mcpat 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 11, 2011

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    I Love Jehovah. Not Jehovah's Witness Organization!

    Although I do believe that the witnesses' teach most of the bible principals correctly. They pick and choose which bible principles or rules are out dated and which ones they want their sheep to follow. I would never become a baptized jehavah's witness unless Jehovah came down...
    landa76 landa76 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2013

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    My heart goes out to each and every Jehovas Witness/ ex JW who has ever been or experienced the effects of being disfellowshipped. Half my family is lost in the 'CULT', my husband...
    parisaug12 parisaug12 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    Why is there no legal recourse against a organization that does brainwashing, uses hypnotism to coherse their members. Where as they cause mental and emotional damage. Why is it...
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    They had their choice taken from them when they was raped. How is it right to make them suffer for something that was forced upon them by forcing them to keep the child. How...
    AriaSteel AriaSteel 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 11

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