Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to respond to child abuse within church

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The Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to respond on Wednesday to requests for clarification about alleged child abuse within the Church. The religious denomination says that it does not recognize itself in the number of abuse cases reported by a foundation of former members, but lets in the middle how many cases it is.

Asked by whether the Jehovah's Witnesses are willing to talk to the foundation, Reclaimed Voices, Wednesday afternoon a request from a spokesperson for the denomination followed to "reformulate that question." When asked how this could be put in a way that would lead to an answer, the spokesperson had to keep the answer.

The Jehovah's Witnesses also refuse to explain how many abuse cases are known within the church. No statements are made about the number of members who have been excommunicated or expelled from the denomination because of child abuse.

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