The new Dutch foundation Reclaimed Voices wants to expose the current procedures at Jehovah's Witnesses surrounding sexual abuse. She wants to raise awareness about this in the government and in society and strives for changes in the policy of the watchtower organization, so that children are better protected.
Research in 2015 by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia revealed that the policy on sexual abuse has serious flaws. In the leadership of the religious group, 1006 offenders appeared to be registered there. None of these had been declared to the authorities by the organization. Because of the culture of silence, people often do not know that there is a pedophile within their own ranks.
The policy is the same worldwide and is therefore also applied in the Netherlands. Foundation Reclaimed Voices believes that it is a social problem. Children both inside and outside the group run the risk of becoming a victim of sexual abuse. That is why she argues with the government for broad research and taking measures to protect children.
The name Reclaimed Voices can be translated as 'regained votes'. This refers to the space that the foundation wants to offer victims of abuse to regain their voice and to speak out. Website of the foundation: www.reclaimedvoices.org.
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The story of Reclaimed Voices"board member Frank shows the practice around the policy of Jehovah's Witnesses regarding sexual abuse. It appeared on 22 July 2017 in Trouw: https://www.trouw.nl/home/-een-paradijs-voor-pedofielen-~a228c45c/
Broad call for research into Jehovah's Witnesses, 22 July 2017 in Trouw: https://www.trouw.nl/home/brede-roep-om-onderzoek-naar-jehovah-sgetuigen~a3f810b7/
The report of the Royal Commission in Australia can be found at: