Tell Your Story

Please use this survey to tell your story and discuss your experience with shunning.

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    Your Personal Details

    An email address is required for verification purposes. It is NOT published with your details.

    Use your real name or a pseudonym".
    Is this your real name?

    Gender

    I am

    You and Jehovah's Witnesses

    Highest position attained in Jehovah's Witnesses

    Select all that apply.
    *Circuit Overseer includes the defunct position, District Overseer.








    Your Time on the Governing Body

    Are you currently serving as a Governing Body Member?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Helper to the Governing Body

    Are you currently serving as a Helper to the Governing Body?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Helper to the Governing Body


    Your Time as a Branch Overseer

    Are you currently serving as a Branch Overseer?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Branch Overseer


    Your Time as a Branch Committee Member

    Are you currently serving as a Branch Committee Member?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    I have served as a Branch Committee Member for


    If WHQ, list the site(s) (ie. Warwick); elsewhere list the country/countries.

    Your Time as a Missionary

    Are you currently a Missionary?

    Have you served at Bethel?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Missionary


    I have served as a Circuit Overseer for

    Are you currently a Circuit Overseer?

    Have you served at Bethel?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Circuit Overseer


    Your Time as an Elder

    Have you ever served on a judicial committee meeting?

    Have you been involved in privately reproving a member?

    Have you been involved in publicly reproving amember?

    Have you been involved in disfellowshipping a member?

    Have you been involved in disassociating a member?

    Do you agree with the judicial process as documented in 'Shepherd the Flock of God'?

    Do you think having full access to 'Shepherd the Flock of God', elders have an advantage over others (i.e women, young adults and children) when facing a judicial committee hearing?

    Considering you answered Yes to the previous question, do you think elders (considering especially those with pedophile tendencies) may have the ability to manipulate the process in their favor?
    Considering you answered No to the previous question, do you think elders (considering especially those with pedophile tendencies) may be able to manipulate the process in their favor?

    Are you currently an Elder?

    Have you served at Bethel?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as an Elder

    Are you currently an Elder?


    Your Time as a Ministerial Servant

    Are you currently a Ministerial Servant?

    Have you served at Bethel?

    Other positions held

    Select all that apply.

    Your Time as a Ministerial Servant


    Your Time as a Special Pioneer

    Are you currently a Special Pioneer?


    Your Time as a Regular Pioneer

    Are you currently a Pioneer?


    Your Time as an Auxiliary Pioneer

    Are you currently an Auxiliary Pioneer?


    Your Publisher Details

    I think I was to be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness.

    If I had the chance to do it all over again, I get baptised.

    Have you served at Bethel?


    Your Publisher Details

    I think I was to be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness.

    If I had the chance to do it all over again, I get baptised.


    Your Time at Bethel

    If WHQ, list the site(s) (ie. Warwick); elsewhere list the country/countries.

    Your Time at Bethel

    If WHQ, list the site(s) (ie. Warwick); elsewhere list the country/countries.

    Your Time as an Unbaptized Publisher

    I am an Unbaptized Publisher?


    Your Time as an Unbaptized Publisher


    Are you currently serving in this position?



    Discipline

    Are you an inactive member?

    An inactive member here refers to those who are PIMO, faded, and POMI.
    PIMO: Literally means Physically In Mentally Out. It refers to those who are physically active in the organization but are mentally out of it. They no longer believe.
    Faded: Refers to those who are no longer physically active in the organization, no longer believe, but are not disfellowshipped or disassociated.
    POMI: Literally means Physically Out Mentally In. It refers to those who may or may not be disfellowshipped, are not active in the organization, but are fervent defenders of the faith. The organization refers to these ones as "spiritually weak".

    With the above in mind, what category of inactive member are you?

    How long have you been inactive?

    Were you ever disfellowshipped, disassociated or reproved?

    Select all that apply.

    Disassociation

    I disassociated from Jehovah's Witnesses because

    Select all that apply."
    What were your reasons for leaving Jehovah's Witnesses?
    Select all that apply."

    Disfellowshipping

    I have been disfellowshipped...

    The length of time I have been expelled is...

    I was disfellowshipped for...

    Select all that apply. Do not selection any other reason if you select 'I Don't know'"
    Uncleanness in my situation included...
    Select all that apply."

    Brazen conduct in my case included...
    Select all that apply."

    The type of apostasy I committed included...
    Select all that apply."

    I am not sure why I was disfellowshipped because
    Select all that apply."

    I do to know why I was disfellowshipped.

    I was to attend a judicial committee meeting.

    The allegations made against me were prior to the judicial committee meeting.

    I did a judicial committee meeting.

    How many elders presided on the judicial committee?

    The Jehovah's Witnesses' judicial committee process is in Watchtower publications.

    Prior to being disfellowshipped, I did to the allegations made against me.

    I did to be disfellowshipped.

    I did with the elders' decision to disfellowship me.

    I did the elders' decision to disfellowship me.

    How many elders presided on the appeal committee?

    Your Knowledge of Jehovah's Witnesses

    Are any persons you know studying with Jehovah's Witnesses?

    Are any persons you know practicing Jehovah's Witnesses?

    I am about this person(s) welfare with regard to Jehovah's Witnesses


    Disfellowshipping

    How many times have you been disfellowshipped?

    Total number of years disfellowshipped:

    Why were you disfellowshipped?

    Select all that apply. Do not select any other reason if you select "I don't know."
    What form(s) of uncleanness?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of brazen conduct?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of apostasy?
    Select all that apply."

    Why do you not know why you were disfellowshipped?
    Select all that apply."

    I do I was disfellowshipped.

    I was to attend a judicial committee meeting.

    The allegations made against me were prior to the judicial committee meeting.

    I did a judicial committee meeting.

    How many elders presided on the judicial committee?

    The Jehovah's Witnesses' judicial committee process is in Watchtower publications

    Prior to being disfellowshipped to the allegations made against me.

    I did to be disfellowshipped.

    I did with the elders' decision to disfellowship me.

    I did the elders' decision to disfellowship me.

    How many elders presided on the appeal committee?
    My primary reason for returning to Jehovah's Witnesses was because

    How long did it take to get reinstated once you submitted a formal request for reinstatement?


    Public Reproof

    Number of years before restrictions were lifted:

    Why were you reproved?

    Select all that apply. Do not select any other reason if you select "I don't know."
    What form(s) of uncleanness?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of brazen conduct?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of apostasy?
    Select all that apply."

    Why do you not know why you were reproved?
    Select all that apply."

    I do to know why I was reproved.


    Private Reproof

    Number of years before restrictions were lifted:

    Why were you reproved?

    Select all that apply. Do not select any other reason if you select "I don't know."
    What form(s) of uncleanness?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of brazen conduct?
    Select all that apply."

    What form(s) of apostasy?
    Select all that apply."

    Why do you not know why you were reproved?
    Select all that apply."

    I do wishnot wish to know why I was reproved.


    Disassociation

    What was your reason(s) for your disassociation?

    Select all that apply."

    What was your primary reason for returning to Jehovah's Witnesses?

    Did your life depend on a blood transfusion? YesNoI don't know

    Do you regret having accepted a blood transfusion? YesNo

    If your life depended on it, would you accept blood again? YesNoI don't know

    Would you vote again at risk of being disassociated? YesNoI don't know

    Data Access Requests

    Personal Data

    Have you requested access to your personal data?

    Do you think you should make a request?

    Disciplinary Data

    Do you know what a S-77 form and did you request it in your case?

    I did a request for my S-77 form.

    Did you receive a response to your request?

    I am with Jehovah's Witnesses response to my data subject access request.

    How much of your personal data did Jehovah's Witnesses provide you with?

    What did they provide you?
    What did they NOT provide you?

    Considering how Jehovah's Witnesses' handle personal and disciplinary data, I do it is open, transparent and clearly documented.


    To Shun

    Have you ever practiced shunning as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses?

    Who have you shunned?
    Select all that apply."

    with being shunned.

    My grandparent is

    I am currently my grandparent.

    with being shunned?

    My parent is

    I am currently my parent.

    with being shunned.

    My sibling is

    I am currently my sibling.

    with being shunned.

    My child is

    I am currently my child.

    with being shunned.

    My uncle is

    I am currently my uncle.

    with being shunned.

    My aunt is

    I am currently my aunt.

    with being shunned.

    My cousin is

    I am currently my cousin.

    with being shunned.

    My relative is

    I am currently my relative.

    with being shunned.

    My best friend is

    I am currently my best friend.

    with being shunned.

    My close friend is

    I am currently my close friend.

    with being shunned.

    The person in my congregation is

    I am currently my this person.
    I think if I were shunned by close family or friends for longer than a year that it may have a effect on my emotional, mental or psychological well-being.

    To Be Shunned

    I think long-term shunning has on a person's emotional, mental and/or physical well-being.

    Are you shunned or have you experience with being shunned?

    List all those who are shunning you
    Select all that apply.
    List all those who shunned you
    Select all that apply.

    Jehovah's Witnesses' practice of shunning.

    Jehovah's Witnesses' practice of shunning has

    I would Jehovah's Witnesses to end shunning.
    Are you personally shunning anyone due to Jehovah's Witnesses practice?
    List all those who shunned you
    Select all that apply.

    I would those I shun if Jehovah's Witnesses ended the practice.


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