Barb and Joe Anderson
Barbara and Joe Anderson (2016)

Barbara Anderson was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses from 1954 to 1997. Working at the Watchtower’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Joe from 1982 to 1992, she researched and wrote articles for the Awake! magazine, as well as researched the movement’s official history published in 1993 as “Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom”.

Barbara Anderson has a massive collection of documents, letters, and books representing nearly every decade since the 1830s. Her collection includes many old and long out-of-print volumes written by both supporters and critics of the Watch Tower Society and its founders.

Barbara’s discoveries at Bethel and her extensive research on issues related to child sexual abuse in the religion lead to her becoming an outspoken critic of the Jehovah’s Witnesses sexual abuse policies on major TV and radio programs.

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  • Stopping Abuse Is Sexual Ethics 101
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  • Jehovah’s Witness facing more than 50 sexual assault-related charges
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  • Over 1,000 charities combine in one of the world’s largest mergers ever —so-called charities merge and disappear from the accountability logs…
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  • 💜 A Message of love and support to our brave and courageous 🇺🇦 Ukrainian friends & family, from Barbara Anderson
    Worldwide activist and Watchtower archivist Barbara Anderson shares a message from the exJW community supporting our friends and family in Ukraine.
  • Margaret Keane, artist, former Jehovah’s Witness, and paradise
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  • Local Jehovah’s Witness Child Molester Goes on to Attend Insurrection
    Reporting by Amanda Gailey, Court documents show that elders at Crowl’s church–The Belmont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lincoln–had “investigated” the abuse claim in 2013, just to see if Crowl was in need of spiritual assistance. According to the documents, one […]
  • 2002 Dateline Exposé
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  • A little blue bird is tweet, tweeting about California… have you heard?
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  • North Okanagan Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to hand over private records
    A former North Okanagan Jehovah’s Witness has scored a minor legal victory in getting the religious organization to hand over personal information it holds about them, following a ruling from B.C.’s privacy commissioner. The Coldstream Jehovah’s Witness Congregation had refused to hand […]
  • Follow the Telegraph’s Investigations team on their year-long hunt into the Jehovah’s Witnesses
    Introducing Call Bethel, a new Telegraph podcast In August 2021, an email arrives in the Telegraph’s investigations inbox claiming the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a hidden database of alleged abusers. The reporters start on the trail… Brave whistleblowers. A trail of data. A […]
  • Listening to Lacie Jones
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  • Religious organisation has kept details of molestation accusations over the last 25 years at its headquarters
    One such allegation was from Lacie Jones, pictured as a child, whose stepfather, a senior Jehovah’s Witness, was recently jailed for abusing her when she was younger. The Jehovah’s Witness organisation has amassed a secret database of child sexual abuse allegations against […]
  • Tim Stier, a former Catholic priest writes his farewell letter, regarding the handling of children and other elements of love…
    Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify the details of who administered communion to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The diocese “didn’t know what to do with me,” Stier said. “They were hoping I’d come back. I was a well-respected, competent pastor.” Crying […]
  • Michael’s Story
    This video is hard to watch as Michael tells his small town story. Midway through this video we learn from Jeff, who has never been a Jehovah’s Witness, that he had become friends with Michael since this interview—and he blames the Watchtower […]
  • Barbara Anderson’s Dateline Diary
    Barbara is truly a heroic individual to those of us who feel strongly about the abuses of Watchtower and seeing them brought to the light. Twenty years ago today, Barbara appeared on Dateline and launched the exposé uncovering the hidden documents the […]
  • La Gobernadora Hochul Firma La Ley De Sobrevivientes Adultos
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  • Statute of Limitations eliminated for 1 Year in New York to file civil lawsuits against sexual abusers
    Please share this news with everyone you know——let all the New Yorkers hear worldwide: The Adult Survivors Act gives a one-year window to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has passed. This act has eliminated the New York Statute of […]
  • Have you signed the petition?
    Sadly, most Jehovah’s Witnesses live in fear of the Watchtower organization—at least when it comes to freedom of expression, especially in matters which are considered to “bring reproach upon Jehovah’s name.” Past and present members of this worldwide society hide their identities […]
  • Say Sorry Stalker Special Court Orders
    Press release by Steven Unthank, Say Sorry, 16 March 2022. The stalker, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness who describes herself as a “celebrity”, a supporter of survivors of child sexual abuse, and an “advocate for law reform”, was found to have “followed and stalked […]
  • Watch Tower Drops Its Effort to Identify a Dissident Blogger Based on Spurious Copyright Claims
    Read the full story as covered by Paul Alan Levy, Public Citizen. Excerpt I wrote about this case after we first told the Court why Watch Tower could not prevail on an infringement action, or on a motion for leave to identify our client […]
  • New book recommendation “Rutherford’s Coup: The Watchtower Succession Crisis of 1917 and Its Aftermath” by Rud Persson
    Raised a Baptist, in 1906, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, a provincial Missouri attorney with a shrewd and scheming legal mind, became a baptized “Bible Student.” In 1907, Rutherford became the legal counselor for the group’s legally chartered corporation, the Watch Tower Bible and […]
  • Currículum Betel de Barbara
    Durante el último par de años, muchas personas me han pedido que comparta mi currículum del Departamento de Redacción y, básicamente, es por eso que estoy escribiendo esto. Espero que el conocimiento de lo que hice en Betel, ayude a los Testigos […]
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