RTV Drenthe – 13th September 2018
Victims abuse Jehovah’s Witnesses manifestly hand over Burgemeester Emmen
Abuse victims of the Jehovah’s Witnesses hand over a manifesto to the Mayor of Emmen, Eric van Oosterhout, on 6 October. That will happen during a peaceful protest near the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Emmen.
“In the manifesto we focus on the safety of the child, not only in the community of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but in all closed religious communities in the Netherlands,” explains Frank Huiting. “The manifesto must make people aware, what can you do if you feel that a child is being abused or abused in a closed community?”
Reason for protest
Reason for this protest is the preparation of the administration of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who dismisses complaints of abuse within their community as incidents. “They do not want to cooperate in research because according to them they would be disproportionate,” says Huiting.
Also read: Number of abuse notifications at Jehovah’s Witnesses is rising
Criminal investigation abuse
The OM now does criminal investigation into the abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nine declarations are now being investigated. Huiting: “I hope that conclusions are drawn from those findings, so that we not only tackle the individual cases, but the entire organization.”
A thousand pamphlets have now been printed. Huiting expects that dozens of people will join the protest on 6 October. “It will be respectful, also to the community, but we want to make our sound heard, so people can bring banners and protest signs to express their grief.”
After 6 October, the pamphlet can be downloaded and anyone who wants to sign it with his own name can sign it.
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