The Jehovah's Witnesses do not intend to voluntarily turn over reports of possible abuse within the faith community to the judicial authorities. According to a spokesperson, it is up to the victim to report the crime and the organization has no leading role in this. "We do not call on members not to file a report."
Yesterday, the Jehovahs were accused of withholding records of child sexual abuse allegations for years. Victims now fear that records in the archives of the Jehovah's Witnesses will be destroyed and thus evidence 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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