Emmen.nu – 10th October 2018
By Henk Folkerts on Wednesday 10 October 2018 09:30
The world has become a stamp. Within 24 hours you are on the other side of the world and if you want you can make contact with everyone via the internet. But sometimes not.
The Stichting Reclaimed Voices last Saturday held a demonstration at the Jehovah’s Witnesses to hear the sexual abuse that took place within that faith community. The doors literally did not open. And so the many victims that were present were not heard again.
A scandalous attitude of the administration of the Jehovah’s. This board chooses to try the perpetrators internally. An attitude that we see more often, but of which you gradually have to understand that you only increase the suffering of the victims and that only harms you as an organization. An attitude that also suggests that they want to sweep the dirt under the carpet.
Luckily, our mayor Eric van Oosterhout was there and he took care of the victims by accepting the manifesto drawn up by them and in this way encouraging them. A commendable action.
There were many harrowing stories to hear last Saturday. People who have lived in fear as a child. Or people who are damaged in their development and therefore find it difficult, for example, to enter into or maintain a relationship. Too terrible for words.
And the longer I think about this column, the worse I get. Do not knowingly repent, wanting to solve everything within their own legal system. I have been taught that every person has something beautiful, I believe in that too. But please excuse me for not doing that.
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