A 'hetze' and 'a scream foundation'? - a new letter to Michel van Hilten


Dear Michel,

You will undoubtedly be very busy, so I will try to keep it as short as possible. I know that as a press officer of a national organization you can not always say everything you think or think. It would not surprise me if you were not happy with your recent media performance RTV Drenthe.

Phrases like 'we do not recognize us in the numbers' and then 'we do not keep statistics, but the number that is called by the foundation we find very much', are not very convincing. You call all media attention for the subject of Jehovah's Witnesses and sexual abuse a smattering, 'because it has been made greater than we can see here'. What do you mean exactly with Michel? Do you really think that if the head office in Emmen finds nothing disturbing in the area of ​​sexual abuse, then there is little else going on? Have you genuinely taken the trouble to enter into a dialogue with 'that scream foundation' with his tendentious position and really tried to discover the facts? (Proverbs 18: 13 says something nice about that).

Anyway, I already had one last summer open letter written on this theme, but it seems to me that it would not hurt to get that letter out of the archive again.

Finally, I would like to point out that a sister last week wrote some 200 kingdom halls in the Netherlands to inform the different elders by means of a letter of fire.

This letter was already published on the website of Reclaimed Voices and was already eagerly shared. I strongly recommend that you also read this letter because it clearly demonstrates that trivializing the problem that you have repeatedly done now amounts to the fastest way to pull brothers and sisters away from the organization and make them inactive. In that sense you can take an example from 'our' Babylonian counterpart from Rome, who, after having spent a long time at it, wants to face the facts.

Repressive measures taken by the organization to silence critical noises about this issue have so far only led to even more negative publicity and 'apostasy'.

It is too late for smoothing, Michel, far too late.

So stop using the ventriloquist for an organization that has proven itself in this area no longer have the confidence of 'Caesar' and an ever-growing number of members.


the speaking Witness (*)

* De Speaking Witness is an active Jehovah's witness who is connected to one of the local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. He is critical of how Jehovah's Witnesses react to the media reports about sexual abuse and shows that there are also people in the organization who believe that the subject of sexual abuse should be dealt with differently.

Blogs from the Speaking Witness express the personal opinion of the author. This personal opinion does not automatically correspond with the opinion of the board of Stichting Reclaimed Voices.


  • I have to "record" it for Michel. He is a member of the "Orders of full-time servants" and has had to make a statement of Obedience. This statement is also intentionally signed by the person himself. Obedience to an organization: not to God! So he can't help it.
    Read the book: captives of an illusion, by don Cameron.

    Please be anonymous !!!

  • Years ago I worked for Michel van Hilten.
    Van Hilten senior also worked there at the time. I remember that female colleagues in particular young girls (advisers from the beginning of 20) said that they were getting a bad feeling from Van Hilten senior. When he had to explain something to them, he was always rubbing his hands over their backs (nowadays this would fall under the category “Me too”!) I think I should report this anyway.

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