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Jehovah’s Witnesses: The price can be steep for coming forward about Watchtower’s secrets

[Barbara Anderson]

With the Australia Royal Commission in 2016, and stories like the Atlantic’s big piece last month, it sure seems like exposing the Watchtower organization for covering up child molestation among Jehovah’s Witnesses is really gaining steam.

But it’s good to remember the people who fought hard to make this issue public. In a short video, Barbara Anderson talks about her decision to leave her work as a researcher for the Watchtower organization and go public with what she’d learned about the way child abuse was being covered up.

She appeared on a 2002 episode Dateline NBC, which resulted in her being disfellowshipped and shunned. She talks here about the price she paid for speaking up. We found it powerful.

 

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Posted by Tony Ortega on Apri1 12, 2019 at 16:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)

 

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