'Jehovah's Witnesses Withhold Evidence of Child Abuse'

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The organization Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands has withheld reports of allegations of child sexual abuse for years. That reports RTL News. Victims fear that the reports will be destroyed and that evidence will be lost.

The Jehovah's Witnesses have their own type of courts, committees with 'elders' within the society. They pass judgment on wrongdoing committed by members of the movement. They are not severe penalties: the maximum penalty is banishment.

According to RTL, there are dozens or possibly hundreds of reports of internal lawsuits in the archives of Jehovah's Witnesses. These consist of cases of Jehovah's Witnesses accused of sexual abuse, with details or even confessions. But the documents are not shared with the police. That is not the community policy.

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