The Swedish program aired tonight and the response was tremendous! The guestbook was deluged with comments and many personal emails, so far all positive.
Reporter talks to elders, can you find the ministerial servant?
Notice when the word whiskers start his nose starts to grow.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Brumley picture to get to the links for Realplayer video.
Though it is in Swedish at last count there were over thirteen pages of comments on the Swedish website guestbook.
The "Bagdad Bob" of WT Policy on child abuse-JR Brown
Brumley actually has the audacity to say that JW policy on abuse is
far superior to other religions. He goes on to discount how the “two
witness” principle is being used to determine the guilt of the perpetrator
basically implying it is a non-issue. Not once does he admit any fault
with policy but instead blames the elders for mistakes. Paid “experts”
are used to make positive comments on policy and by their comments show
their ignorance of how policy works. Interesting comments after ten
documentaries have shown numerous rape survivors have come forward to
say the opposite is true.
admission of anything wrong with policy and the statement given “our
top priority is to protect the child and then to assist the child molester…’
The governing body uniformly is interested in the welfare of the child
but laws prevent elders from taking a blanket action.” These statements
come across more self serving than as a description of reality.
“We have a number of publications that educate about abuse.” Funny not one of these articles advise reporting to police. Once again paid “experts” make generic positive comments about policy they have not properly investigated and show their lack of ethics by insulting abuse survivors defending that policy. Mr. Stark exhibits particular ignorance of even how the Awake magazine is used at meetings much less how WT policy regarding abuse works within the congregation.
Abuse survivors are insulted as being persons with an agenda who are trying to make money off coming forward. A swipe is also taken at silentlambs by implying abuse survivors are being exploited. The implication is clear that anyone who comes forward to media speaking out on abuse is a bad person with an improper motive.
Insult to injury, Mr. Rodney Stark actually discredits any abuse survivor that comes forward as disfellowshipped people who has some sort of agenda. Shame on him!
Another interesting picture posted on the webpage from Wt publications.
Comments from viewers of the program:
Comments="Just saw the Swedish programme on JW and paedophilia. Very interesting. It was quite revealing to see how all the JW spokesmen declined to comment, apart from on honest elder who plainly and honestly felt regret for what he had done.
Do you know if any similar programme
is planned to be made in neighbouring countries, e.g. Norway?"
Comments="Hi! My name is Linda, I'm a 23 year old girl and I live in Sweden. I have no connection at all to JW. The reason why I'm writing to you is that I just watched a swedish televisionprogram investigating JW, about their so called "policy" regarding sexual child abuse. I don't have any words to describe how furious and frustrated I felt, watching the show!!! The reporter/interwiever (Janne Josefsson) had visited United States and the JW-headquarter and he also interwieved Bill Bowen, whom spoke of JW, and from this televisionprogram I learned about "Silent Lambs". I just wanted to tell you to keep up your excellent work and how much I admire your courage! I can assure you that this will be HEAVILY criticized in media and all over our country. Thank you!"
Comments="I saw the interview
wtih Mr. Bill Bowen made by Swedish TV as mentioned on your home site.
I appreciate very much what your are doing and will study your material
in detail. I wish your organization all the best. Sincerely, Sune Carlsson
Comments="Me and my son have some valuable information regarding Jesus Christ. After we saw a documetary today about child abuse in the organisation of Jehovas Witnesses we managed to find this site. We want to send some documents that need attention. How do we do that? It is not about children being abused but we think that you might be interested anyway. Best regards, Reymond, Sweden."
This evening, one of our best
renowned tv-program, aired a show about JW, and the issue with childabuse.
Already a lot of reactions is showing!! The show was about the situation
in this country as well as USA. This organisation (Silentlambs) was
mentioned and mr Bowen was also interviewed. It is outrageous, how a
so called cristian organisation can protect melestors. I am absoloutly
convinced, that God in heaven is crying over this. It is the duty of
all of us grown ups to take responsibility for the children of our world!!!!!
Comments="I just watched the
Swedish program that you mention on your home page. Although I am not
a JW, I just wanted to tell you that it makes me hopeful about the world
when I see people like you standing up for a cause they believe in.
Comments="Today the 8/3-2003 i saw a program on swedish tv about the child abuse inside the jehova organisation and on that show i heard about your website. These words i write now i write in tears cause it makes me so happy that there is people like you out there that do everything to stop this unspeakeble things. I have worked with this questions for a few years my self after my best friend commited suicide just beacuse he couldnt live with the memorys of the abuse.. If i only hade the money i would really like to come over and visit you and see how you work. But for now i send my best regards to you all that work against child abuse and i wish you good luck.
my name is Sara and I live in Sweden.
Today I saw the documentary on Swedish television about the Witnesses
protecting pedophiles and I felt very grateful that this documentary
was shown and I felt very grateful towards Bill Bowen and everybody
else who help people break the silence. I am not a member of the Witnesses
- I am Jewish - but I know what it means to be silent about something
like that. I am a rape survivor and I was not brave enough to break
the silence and to report the men to the police. I believe that if society
in general would speak more about this topic - about rape and sexual
abuse - survivors would feel more encouraged to stand up and point at
the rapist or the molestor. I had never heard anyone speak about rape,
so when it happened to me, I was lost, I didn't know what to do, so
I just kept silent for so many years and directed all my anger and despair
towards myself. Every person who speaks out about this helps. That is
why I want to thank you. You are ! doing something very important. My
congregation stands by me, but I can imagine how devestating it would
be to be left alone by the people you have always trusted. I hope you
can reach out to many people and thank you again from my heart.
Comments="Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Comments="I'm a swedish woman
who just saw the show do jehova's witnesses protect pedophiles. I think
that you do very important work. Keep it up! "
Comments="to Bill Bowen.
Comments="Hi, I'm sitting in Sweden and I've just watched the program "Assignment - Investigation" that you have a notice about. It became a very good program! The impression of Bill Bowen was very good, and (not to surprisingly) the present members acted as the mind controled people they are. You're work - and the program - will surely be of help for people concerned. Thanks for your work!"
Comments="I just saw the Swedish investigation “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Protect Pedophiles?” and was totally chocked. I have completely changed my opinion on Jehovah’s Witnesses. You did a great apperence in the program. Thanks! Edward, from sweden."
right now Im watching a dokumentairy about this topic. I just wanted to say that Im glad for the work you do, myself Im not a member of that organisation but I have friends who is so Im following the question. Thank you for giving these children a chance to some selfesteem, future love and a true contact with a loving and caring God!
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