Welcome All Rad Associate’s,
Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness there was a lot of pressure to conform, and one of the ways people were screened/controlled/motivated were by labeled characteristics bestowed upon them by members of the congregation, especially the elder body and sometimes even Bethel themselves. One of the most prominent labels for those who were non-conformist or disobedient but still in the church was “Bad Association”, or Bad Associate’s.
It was a label I tried to avoid my whole life, but due to my history as well as my mouth (I’ve always been the mouthy sort, if you couldn’t tell) I got stuck with it several times despite working hard to remain faithful and loyal to the church. Now, that’s all over, and I consider myself and all my dissenting EXJW family as “Rad Associates”.
So any of you who are tired of being labeled bad, sick, dirty, disloyal, opinionated, worldly, apostate, or whatever label was thrown at you… shake it off.
You’re Rad just for exercising your brain and standing up for yourself. You’re even more Rad for speaking up and disagreeing with policies like shunning, silencing abuse, rejecting organizational control, and valuing the rights of yourself and the people around you.
Whether you were a JW, a Scientologist, a 12 Tribes member, a Catholic, a Jew, a Mormon, a Muslim, an Immigrant, a Woman, a Man, Gay, Straight, Lesbian, Trans, Queer, what have you, you’re an amazing human being with a completely unique perspective and a fantastic voice! Use it to encourage and empower the changes you want to see in the world. Use it to spread awareness, and save others who are being manipulated by authoritarian organizations, high control religions, or abusive persons.
I have started a facebook group for ex-cult members of all backgrounds to share artwork, stories, films, projects, careers, whatever you like! I want to see what you’re up to, and the world does too. You can find it here.
If you would like to submit a story, poetry, art, or otherwise for the UOV Project please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stand up. Chin high. Use Your Voice!
I look forward to hearing from you.
About Me: Your Friendly Rad Associate:
I was very privileged to grow up in an artistic household where i began painting, drawing, writing, singing, dancing at an early age. I love creating and it has always been a great source of comfort, self identity, and expression for me in tough times.
To read the article detailing my life as a childhood victim of sexual abuse, the silencing by the watchtower bible and tract society of my family, and how through their silencing my abuser was allowed unrestricted and unmitigated access to children for 20+ years despite correspondence between Governing Body member Steven Lett and my father acknowledging my abuse click here.
As mentioned above, I am currently working on a book project for survivors of child sexual abuse.
I have been published a few times, and one of my works of fiction was featured in a nosleep podcast. I love urban folklore and old wives tales, bonfire stories, and chilling tales on a dark and stormy nights.
Due to my history as a sexual abuse survivor as well as my long term battles with the high control organization I was raised in, as an adult my creativity has taken a more political turn.
I am also now a featured blog writer on vast apostate army, which also provides resources for survivors and advocates. To view that as well as be directed to the site click here.