It’s an unfortunate truth that many Christians fall into the habit of victim blaming, especially when it comes to rape, sexual assault, and unwanted sexual attention of any sort. Jehovah’s Witnesses, the religion of my childhood, is no different; their Watchtower magazine has outright blamed women for being raped and for raising rapists. A person doesn’t even need to be religious to victim-blame in cases … Continue reading One Significant Verse Christians Forget In Their Haste to Victim-Blame
As I’ve brought out in other posts at the site JWvictims.org, Jehovah’s Witnesses hold a very stringent view of rape. A woman is required to scream and fight and resist during an attack, otherwise she faces the threat of excommunication and shunning. See also: Jehovah’s Witnesses Threaten Rape Victims With Shunning for “Fornication” Elders are told to “discern” if a woman has been raped, based … Continue reading Does Jehovah Even Believe in the Concept of Rape?
I remember that Saturday afternoon quite well, so many years ago. I was driving through a nearby town here on the west coast of Florida when I pulled up to the gas pumps at a local 7-11. As I turned off my car, I looked up, stopped everything I was doing, and started to cry. Let me back up and explain; the area of Florida … Continue reading I Sat At the Gas Pump, and I Cried
Growing up in my house was anything but idyllic. My stepfather has a violent, vile temper, and I don’t remember there ever being a day when he wasn’t screaming profanities and threats at the family, the neighbors, or the foursome golfing in front of us. My mother remained in the marriage for some 40 years because she was told outright by Jehovah’s Witnesses elders that … Continue reading Family Members Are Not Yours to Take