There is no amount of money that can take away the pain, shame, thoughts and guilt that victims have endured. Most of the time young victims are too ashamed to come forward and too young to understand the damage that was done until decades go by.
By then the Criminal and Civil Statute of Limitations is long past due once they realize the damage that was done. This needs to change. And being aware of signs of abuse and talking with your children and asking the rights questions about whether an organization has taken the proper safety measures within their organization will help minimize the chance of abuse.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) – Support and advocacy by and for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. SNAP is based in Chicago, with local chapters and support group meetings in over cities nationwide. Texas chapters are located in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Amarillo.
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 70 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – The mission of The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by involving clients, families and communities. Every day, almost 6,800 DFPS employees in more than 249 offices across the state protect the physical safety and emotional well-being of the most vulnerable citizens of Texas.
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas – established in an effort to enhance the sensitivity and responsiveness of the criminal and civil justice systems, thereby minimizing the impact of child abuse, providing vital medical and mental health services for these children and their families, and facilitating the prosecution of perpetrators.
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource and training center at Alliant International University. Their mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma on local, national, and international levels. Their Annual Hawai’i Conference on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Child, Adolescent and Adult Trauma will be taking place March 8-10, 2011.
JWsurvey – the online voice for Jehovah’s Witnesses of the past, present, and future.
– archive of Watchtower documents and history of child abuse litigation against the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
AvoidJW.org – exposing the truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses and litigation against them.
Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) is an international not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness about policies of the Watch Tower Society that violate basic human rights. AAWA is also committed to offering help and support to those who are mentally and emotionally afflicted by the Society’s teachings and practices.
r/exjw is a place for support, comfort and mutual encouragement. It is a place to discuss current events pertaining to the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is a place for objectivity, questions and answers. It is a place for fresh, original content. It is a place where we all follow reddiquette.
ExJW on Reddit
Jehovah’s Witness.com is the biggest, busiest JW discussion forum for current Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-JWs or anyone affected by the Watchtower society, its practices, doctrines and people. It is also a good starting point for those interested in studying Watchtower Literature with Jehovah’s Witnesses and for those who have visited JW.Org.
JW Leaks is about openness, transparency and accountability within the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower Society. The web site is maintained by supporters of “Religious Watch” none of whom are “apostates” by definition of the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Watch Tower Society corporation.
JWfacts makes it as simple as possible to determine if Jehovah’s Witnesses have “the truth.”