Victims of Jehovah’s Witnesses abuse start to speak publicly

October 8, 2018 - By Justin Balkhi

There is an unknown number of sex abuse survivors of Jehovah’s Witnesses community. However, when one of them started to speak, and the jury awarded her with 35 million dollars other survivors appeared with their stories.

According to survivor, there was a number of sex abuse stories covered by the Bible. Victims were ashamed and hushed.

Moriah Smith has left the community after church elders decided not to listen to her accusations of another member of the church who raped her. She was 14 back then, and he was 25 years old.

She and Elihu Rodriguez were just members of one church in Seattle and had innocent conversations at first. And when Rodriguez started to bring her different gifts, including cell phone and clothes, she did not believe it can lead to sexual abuse.

However, only five days before her 15th birthday, in the October 2012 year, Rodriguez abused her in her own house, where she lives with her father, a well-respected elder of the church.

During the next three months, he constantly abused her, and the girl was ashamed to tell anyone about it. Smith says she constantly had panic attacks, as she did not know anything about sex, and was afraid to disappoint God.

And when she finally decided to talk to elders, they told her it was completely her fault, and God will not forgive her. After that conversation, Smith left the church and began to work as an administrative assistant in a medical company in Spokane, Washington.

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