Open Letter 2

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Foundation Reclaimed Voices
XXXX XX Roermond

Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands
Noordbargerstraat 77

Roermond, 19 April 2018

Dear Sirs,

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.

In the meantime, almost four months have passed and we have noticed that you have not heard from you anymore. We seriously question whether you are serious about the problem of sexual abuse within your community. All the more because now 276 situations have been shared with us of sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. In addition, worldwide stories of sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witnesses come to light.

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.


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