I was brought up a JW, but my family chose to stop going to the meetings when I was ten. They let me carry on going but the congregation always treated as an outsider. An elder became friends with me like a father figure, and he went on to abuse me through my teenage years.
When I told someone about it they decided to moved him and his family away.
I was shunned like I had done something wrong!! They always thought i wasn'nt good enough to be around them. I became very depressed, I had no family to turn to and my "brothers and sisters" didn't want to know. I tried to commit suicide twice. At the hospital the second time they refferred me to counsellors and I was lucky enough to get the help I needed.
I know the JW's say they are good people, but in my experience I don't agree. I cannot in good conscience recommend being involved with them.
I am happy in my life now, I have a wonderful partner, who loves me. She is my world!!