We are relieved that the judge has decided to allow the investigative report to be published. We hope that this report will give a sense of recognition to victims of sexual abuse within the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
We would like to take the time to read the report thoroughly and hope that we can discuss the conclusions and recommendations with those involved, including the board of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Netherlands. The report offers opportunities for Jehovah’s Witnesses to improve their approach to sexual abuse within the congregation. Our hope is that individual members of Jehovah’s Witnesses would also take note of the content of this report.
Our concern remains that Jehovah’s Witnesses still do not recognize the seriousness of the problem. The summary proceedings instituted to prevent publication of the report underline our concern.
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment where it feels seen and safe, even within a religious community.
Board of Directors Reclaimed Voices Foundation