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Former Watchtower Writer/Researcher Barbara Anderson on RSM

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Barbara Anderson chose to adopt the insular world of the Jehovah's Witness religious organization after leaving her parents Polish-Catholic faith in Long Island, NY. She would become a Missionary for them at 16, and eventually marry Joe Anderson a few years later. In 1982 she began serving at their coverted headquarters of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, also known by many as Brooklyn Bethel. No small feat considering the low number of women serving there.

She would eventaully rise to the ranks of top researcher/writer under Karl Adams; Writing Department Overseer and former Gilead School (JW Missionary training school) instructor. Anderson authored many of the Awake articles and some publications printed and published there. She was a member of the writing staff (they were dubbed the "Faithful and Discreet Slave" by their own Governing Body), a powerful ruling body in their own right that all but claims divinity among their worldwide membership.

It was in that position that she inadvertantly ran into trouble while doing some reseach under the orders of Adams, she stumbled onto a database which concealed tens of thousands of unreported child-molestation cases within the various Kingdom Hall congregations around the world. Cases the JW Governing Body knew about, but refused to report to the authorities (Which created what Stevenson dubs religiously sanctioned molestation or RSM). What would she do? Listen to this interview and find out.