The things that Family survivors have been through is difficult for a lot of people to believe, because (as you say) they are in denial about just how bad some children have it when growing up. In TFI's case, it's particularly odious because whatever occurred, it was done in "love" and for "God." So, even if "mistakes were made" by a few "misguided" disciples, it couldn't have really been so aweful, could it?
There is one group of people who are likely to believe what second generation cult survivors have to say regardless of how far-out the story may seem. I'm a social worker by profession, and I have seen and heard all kinds horror stories over the years from kids and adults trying to recover from the experience, long before I discovered this site or MovingOn. When I compare what I read from SGAs to what I know from years of working with abused kids NOT raised in TFI, the stories ring absolutely true to me. The SGAs stories are consistent, and there's ample corroboration in the form of MLs and other documents (the testimony give to Justice Ward, for example). That's one reason why this site is so important--the documentation is priceless.
Thanks for the support"BE". I personally commend you for taking the time to post on this site because I also believe in the value of documentation.
I find it true to be mostly "denile" and or not wanting to discuss the FI at all coming from alot of older ex members and parents of 2nd generation members . That is what I had to accept with both of my parents who were also in the FI(now out).
Although it's against my beliefs I have personally accepted thoes terms and have managed to forgive and forget and get on with life and not let the past interfere with my relationship with them now. I do not hold anything against her personally for what happened in the FI and I actually feel sorry for her now more than anything.
Anyway , thanks for your input.