Press statement report sexual abuse

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We are relieved that the judge has decided to allow the investigation report for publication. We hope that this report will give a sense of recognition to victims of sexual abuse within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses.

We want to take the time to read the report thoroughly and hope that we can discuss the conclusions and recommendations with those involved, including the board of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. The report offers opportunities for Jehovah's Witnesses to improve their approach to sexual abuse within the congregation. It would be nice if individual members of Jehovah's Witnesses would also take note of the content of this report.

Our concern remains that Jehovah's Witnesses still do not recognize the seriousness of the problem. The summary proceedings conducted with the aim of preventing publication of the report underline our concern.

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment where he feels seen and safe, also within a religious community.

Board Foundation Reclaimed Voices

If you would like to contact us following the publication of this report, please send an email to Raymond Hintjes, chairman of the foundation via

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