The last few days have been very hectic for us. Who would have thought that the publication of a scientific report would be fought in court? We have seen and felt much anger and frustration, but also support.
We have received many cordial, sweet and moving responses. We feel strongly strengthened by this. Our mission has never been to put the Jehovah's Witnesses in a bad light. Our goal was and still is to stand up for the safety of children, even when they are members of a group such as Jehovah's Witnesses. We are also committed to the recognition of victims. We hope that the publication of the research report will contribute to this.
We can imagine how disturbing the content of this report is for active Jehovah's Witnesses. In our press statement We indicate that we are still open to a discussion with the board. Of course we also want to be open to conversations with individual Jehovah's Witnesses. Not to attack them in their faith, but to search together with them for how to deal with sexual abuse, where the wishes and needs of victims are central.
We take the time for ourselves to read the content carefully and to think about how the outcomes recommendations can be given a further practical interpretation.
Again thanks a lot!