Jehovah's Witnesses do not transfer abuse reports to the judiciary

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The Jehovah's Witnesses do not intend to voluntarily transfer the reports on possible abuse within the faith community to justice. According to a spokesperson, it is up to the victim to file a report and the organization does not have a leading role in this. "We do not call on members not to make a declaration."

Yesterday, the Jehovah's were accused of having for years kept records of accusations of child sexual abuse. Victims are now worried that reports in the archives of the Jehovah's Witnesses are being destroyed and that evidence is lost.

Since a few months there is a hotline where victims can report and there are already more than two hundred cases reported. Raymond Hintjes is from the foundation that defends the interests of victims. He said yesterday that there will be declarations. He therefore wants the OM to claim the reports before it is too late.

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