Ex-Jehovah's Witness Frank Huiting (39) experienced a double coming out this year. He told anonymously in Trouw about the abuse in his youth, but later revealed himself to be able to help others.
Frank Huiting opens the newspaper at 22 July with bags under his eyes. His story is in it. How he was abused by the Jehovah's Witnesses and how no one helped him then. He leafs through until he sees an illustration: a big shadow walks with a toilet roll in his hand behind a boy on the stairs. It is so confrontational that he closes the paper. The shame he feels is too big.
Huitings story was part of a series of articles in Trouw about the internal legal system with which the Jehovah's Witnesses deal with abuse. From the age of five to the age of seven, he was abused by an older boy who came to the Bible with his parents. When this boy 'read aloud' to him, he took a toilet roll with him.