Motion by member Van Nispen et al. About sexual abuse by the Jehovah's Witnesses

Research

No. SECOND APPROXIMATE MOTION OF THE MEMBER OF NISPEN CS
To replace those printed under No. 153
Proposed

The room,

having heard the deliberation,

noting that there have been many reports of sexual abuse in the community of Jehovah's Witnesses, but that these reports for various reasons have not all led or will lead to reports to the police;

noting that there are indications that the culture of closeness in the community of Jehovah's Witnesses has contributed to the fact that many have remained indoors and that this system still does not offer the right guarantees to protect children as much as possible against abuse;

noting that the administration of the Jehovah's Witnesses is unwilling to cooperate in investigating the alleged sexual abuse;

Calls on the government to ensure, without any criminal investigations being crossed, that research is carried out into experiences gained by persons who are or have been part of the community of Jehovah's Witnesses with the aim of gaining insight into the possible underlying pattern; used (church) rules, customs and structures within the community and the influence this has on the declaration of willingness of these people,

furthermore, calls on the government to ensure that an analysis is made of studies already carried out in other countries in the field of sexual abuse within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses and, where possible, to formulate recommendations for the Netherlands.

And proceeds to the order of the day.

Van Nispen
Chick
Van Toorenburg
Outside road

Source: House of Representatives

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