Foundation Reclaimed Voices
XXXX XX Roermond
Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands
7812 AA EMMEN
Roermond, 19 April 2018
On 24 November 2017 we have you a letter sent where we go into your statement to enter into a dialogue with us on the subject of sexual abuse within your organization. You sent us a confirmation on 22 December. You told us to consider our findings and to take the time to consider a few things.
Almost four months have now passed and we conclude that you have not spoken back to you. We seriously wonder whether you are taking the problem of sexual abuse in your community seriously. All the more so because 276 situations of sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands have now been shared with us. In addition, stories of sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses are emerging worldwide.
Meanwhile, a number of people through you and our lawyer have requested you to submit (copies of) files that are kept by your organization. It gives us the impression that you are out of contact with us. We are very concerned about this. Is this practice an indication of how you will treat abuse victims who no longer belong to your faith community? Minister Dekker has asked you to enter into discussions with victims who have reported to us. In order to comply with this, you will have to communicate with us.
We therefore ask you to answer the following questions: Are you prepared to meet with us? What is the reason that you have not spoken to us so far? If you are not prepared for an interview, what is the reason for this? Can you confirm that this has to do with how your faith community views people who are no longer members of your organization?
We would like to receive an answer within 14 days.
On behalf of the foundation foundation Reclaimed Voices,
Raymond Hintjes, chairman.