A Former Jehovah’s Witness Insider Who Was an Eyewitness to Deceit
Barbara Anderson was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses from 1954 to 1997. She worked at Watchtower’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York from 1982 to 1992. During her last three years there she researched the movement’s official history (published in 1993). Besides doing other research, she also wrote a number of articles for their Awake! magazine. Barbara has done extensive research on issues related to child sexual abuse within the religion leading to interviews on major TV and radio programs. She is recognized as an outspoken critic of Jehovah’s Witnesses sexual abuse policies.
A Story Like No Other –
Important: Three Media programs about JWs starting July 30th
“Reveal” from the Center of Investigative Reporting is publishing a new text story on shunning and child abuse starting Thursday in the early morning, July 30, 2015. This is the same organization that ran outstanding stories about Candace Conti last February on the Reveal website and on PBS Nightly News.
The Reveal radio story will air on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and will be available at over 300 stations in the US.
Barbara on Investigation Discovery Channel
Please tune in for the season 3 premiere of Deadly Devotion! The first of 6 episodes will air on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 PM EDT and it’s about JWs. Please check your local listings for the Investigation Discovery Channel.
This episode will be repeated on local cable channels beginning on August 8, 2015 and will be made available on the ID cable channel in the near future.
In 2002, Robert Bryant, former highly respected JW elder, murdered his four children and his wife and then killed himself. Why would this wonderful family man do this terrible thing? What drove him to do it?
Investigative reporters interviewed many people (including Barbara) to try to answer these questions. Barbara appears several times during this program to provide background and explain Watchtower beliefs that could have contributed to this and other tragedies.
Read more at this article about another program in this series from a year ago:
AUSTRALIAN COURT PROVIDES STREAMING VIDEO COVERAGE OF CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION
Below are videos covering the events and testimony starting from the first day of hearings by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The investigative meetings began on July 27, 2015, and will continue until August 6. There are dozens of hours of video documentation below, but all of the testimony in this particular court is worth watching. Barbara will have more information, videos and transcripts available in the days to come.
Links to YouTube Videos of Daily Court Sessions
Link to August 3, 2015 – Part 1
Link to August 3, 2015 – Part 2 [pending]
Link to August 3, 2015 – Part 3 [pending]
Link to August 4, 2015 – Part 1 [pending]
Link to August 4, 2015 – Part 2 [pending]
Link to August 4, 2015 – Part 3 [pending]
For even more information and secret documents from these hearings, check out these links to the Commission’s website:
Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal’s Trey Bundy cover the Candace Conti child abuse case and recent state court appeal
Please check out our expanding Video and Media “Room”
Updated Version of 2002 Dateline JW Child Abuse Video now available. New videos and other multi-media features are coming soon. Please check back often and share with your friends.