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Alexandra James pours her heart out in this riveting interview about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enduring hardships by her mentally unstable mother and vulgar step-father. She talks about how the Jehovah’s Witness elders did little to help and explains how they blame the victim by admonishing them to be better people, thus yielding much better results from the abuser.
As she aptly states, her mom grew up in an abusive home and once she finally escaped her past, instead of seeking help from a mental health professional, she found solace in a little blue book, The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, published by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. And some fifty years later, her mom continues to await the promise that the end of the world will solve all her problems.
Alexandra was like most children that grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, a silent bystander, waiting for their parents to wake up to the reality that this far-fetched notion that the end of the world is going to save them is nothing short of fairy tale.
Instead of growing up in a nurturing environment where she builds healthy relationships and strives and grows into adulthood, Alexandra becomes an oppressed victim of her mom’s tormented past and present mental anguish.
After learning the real “truth” about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, Alexandra has joined the ranks of hundreds of online activists in sounding the alarm about this dangerous group by shedding light on their policies and precepts.
You can learn more about her online activism at http://jwvictims.org and tuning in to her YouTube channel, JWVictims. Also, be sure to check out her magazine Apostate Monthly and pick up a copy of her book, How to Claim Your Life, When It’s Been Stolen From You available on Amazon and Kindle.
*** May 1, 1975 Watchtower pp. 286-288 Questions from Readers ***
- My husband sometimes beats me. Should I get a legal separation or divorce because of it?
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