Woman Does Not Scream
B J Kotwall
(Investigator 65, 1999
(WTS) has a fascination
with sex and involves itself in every aspect of Jehovah's Witnesses'
In the case of
fornication the WTS
gives conflicting advice to females. The WTS has used Deuteronomy
to suggest that a woman is guilty of fornication if she doesn't scream
when being raped:
If there is a
virgin, and a man
meets her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both
out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with
the young woman because she did not cry for help though she was in the
city, and the man because he violated his neighbour's wife...
fickleness a "yes"
or "no" is placed above each of the following quotes to answer the
Rape Fornication if the Woman Does not Scream and Resist?
Questions from Readers
had a weapon and threatened
to kill the girl if she failed to lie down with him? These scriptures
22:23-27) do not weaken the argument or alter the situation by citing
circumstance that would justify her in not screaming. It plainly says
should scream; hence, oppose the attack regardless of the
Thus if a
woman does not cry out
and does not put forth every effort to flee, she would be viewed as
to the violation...for if she should submit to the man's passionate
she would not only be consenting to fornication or adultery, but be
by the shame...
entitled to fight for
her virginity or marital fidelity to the death.
w1968 6/1 347
Christian's View of Self-Defense
An issue of
to Jehovah's laws
is involved here. So by no means would it be proper quietly to submit
rape, as that would be consenting to fornication.
g1974 3/8 14
the Threat of Rape
She told him
she did not scream
she would ruin her relationship with Jehovah God and the Christian
that then she would be disfellowshipped or excommunicated from it and
this would be worse than being killed as far as she was concerned.
g1980 7/8 5-6
Growing Terror of Rape
React. Often coupled with
the fear is confusion and uncertainty. For example, a 19-year-old
"I never physically fought him off in any way, partly because I was
mostly because in my naivete I thought a girl has to do what she's
I was overwhelmingly confused and defenseless against the whole
She reacted as many others have under similar circumstances. Profound
in the face of physical threats simply renders most women helpless.
w1980 10/15 7
the Tragedy of Rape
She told him
he touched her she
would scream as he had never heard anyone scream before. She explained
that if she did not she would ruin her relationship with Jehovah God
the Christian congregation. A Christian woman is under obligation to
for the issue of obedience to God's law to "flee from fornication" is
w1983 3/15 30
What do we
here by "fornication"?
The Greek word in this text is porneia. A male or a female who
forcibly raped would not be guilty of porneia.
asking a person to break
God's law by committing fornication. Under such circumstances a
is obligated to resist...
g1984 618 28
victim to be
considered guilty of
fornication there would need to be proof of willing consent.
page 753 Rape
NO (Inferred from the definition)
unlawful sexual intercourse
without the woman's consent, effected by force, duress, intimidation,
deception as to the nature of the act.
page 863 Fornication
act of a
rapist is fornication,
but, of course, that does not make the person who is forcibly raped
g1986 5/22 23
Are Going to Die"
instantly erupting in a frenzy
of yelling and clawing and kicking and biting...
words in Deuteronomy
22], I had known exactly what to do. I screamed besides which I also
g1986 9/22 28
woman has to
to her assessment of the danger to her life.
g1993 3/8 5
Myth: A rape
bears part of the blame
unless she actively resists...
definition takes place when
force or the threat of force is used to gain sexual penetration, of any
kind whatsoever, against a person's will. It is the rapist's use of
against an unwilling victim that makes him a rapist. Thus, a rape
is not guilty of fornication... When a woman is forced to submit to a
out of terror or disorientation, it does not mean that she consents to
the act. Consent is based on choice without threat and is active, not
is an act
Say Comes From God
doctrine and advice
the WTS says that input into their publications is from Jehovah
of God's anointed people, booklets, magazines, and books published by
contain the message of God's truth and are from the almighty God,
and provided by him through Jesus Christ and his underofficers...
material for the purpose
of preparing his fiery message… (The Watchtower 1938 May 1, p. 143)
this…class of servants
to speak to all the nations in His name.
Know That I am Jehovah" – How?
1971 p. 66)
He [God] has put
his message of
this hour, into the mouth of the spiritual remnant.
Force behind the coming
New Order 1976 p. 176)
He [God] put his
his message, into
the mouth of his servants for them to proclaim earth wide.
into a New
Earth 1984 p. 109)
Hardly Ever admit Our
The WTS has not
on the subject of rape or published statistics on how many JW women
disfellowshipped because they did not fight the rapists to death or on
how many were hurt following WTS advice.
g = Awake!
w = The