FINALLY sexual abuse among Dutch JW gets attention on national TV! 80 reports received at Reclaimed Voices reporting centre during 1st month
Those who have been aware and informed have seen this coming.
Of course it's just the beginning. 80 reports seems to be only the tip of the iceberg. Reclaimed Voices is expecting hundreds of cases more. No video yet from the broadcast itself, just this coverage:
English translation of Dutch text (google translate) :
At the reporting center for sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses, eighty reports were received in the first month. Fifty of them came directly to the hotline, the thirty others came through the newspaper Trouw, which recently wrote about the abuse.
Many reports come from people who are no longer members of the organization, says Raymond Hintjes of the Reclaimed Voices foundation, which opened the hotline. The foundation counts on more reports. "We have already received many reports, but since more than 30,000 people are members of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands, we think this is the tip of the iceberg, and we suspect that there are hundreds of cases."
Victims often do not dare to come out with their story, says Hintjes. "There is still a taboo on talking about sexual abuse, in addition to which the Jehovah's Witnesses are a very closed community that resolves these issues through an internal procedure, after which they often do not mention it anymore. Well, then it is the victim's word against the perpetrator's word. "
One of the founders of the foundation, Frank Huiting, made an anonymous story last summer about the abuse. He said that between the ages of five and seventh he was being abused by an older boy who came to visit his parents for a Bible circle. "When this guy came to read Hunting upstairs, he took a toilet roll", writes the newspaper.
Jehovah's Witnesses has not yet responded to the opening of the hotline. "After the founding, Jehovah's Witnesses said they were willing to enter into a dialogue with us, and we sent a letter to the board of the organization, saying that they are considering how they will respond to the matter."
Many reports come from people who are no longer members of the organization...
That'll be enough for most JWs to dismiss this as an attack from Satan.
That'll be enough for most JWs to dismiss this as an attack from Satan
That may be right for the moment Fred but as more and more victims seek help and come out with their stories time is our friend. Every honest and sincere JW soul simply has to reach his or her turning point, at least morally. It will teach them to watch their mouth about their "truth" and "biblical moral standards" while in service. Seeing that victims have been suppressed by WT policies/guidelines (call bethel first, 2 witness rule, not bringing reproach on god's name etc.) but will find help and justice OUTSIDE their beloved organisation must make someone think about the workings of the holy spirit and the intentions of the GB.
The Bible tells in John 8:44 that Satan "...is a liar and the father of the lie."
JW's only need to identify who is lying here. Was Stephen Lett right about the "apostate driven lies" in his JWBroadcast moments of fame or not? (answer already given by Geoffrey Jackson under testimony before the ARC ).
After the US, UK, Australia, Canada it's time that people start to reckognise that there IS a global pattern of abuse related problems and that that also applies to their own country, such as now in The Netherlands. The voice of the victims will only get louder and louder.
Here's the link to the broadcast this afternoon (item starts at 2:19 ). Unfortunately broadcasts from six o'çlock didn't mention it anymore.
Today we received new reports a few of them are reports form active JW's.
I am sure that this is only a matter of time before we receive many more reports.
Yes stuckinarut2, maybe it's just not exactly the right translation or same expression but you know... erm...to wipe off... you know... erm...certain things?
Today we received new reports a few of them are reports form active JW's. I am sure that this is only a matter of time before we receive many more reports.
Thanks for letting us know jochie...good to be informed.
Yes a Dutch friend sent me a link.
Probably the same one as already posted.
Thanks for the link Litf, much appreciated. Little bit more info there.
Thanks for sharing.
Quite a lot of news sites and newspapers reporting on this:
(all links to sites in Dutch language)
- Trouw (frontpage of the site!)
- Nederlands Dagblad (frontpage)
- Reformatorisch Dagblad
- Dagblad van het Noorden (1)
- Dagblad van het Noorden (2)
Then there are probably more regional and local newspapers reporting on this both online and in print.
Reclaimed Voices and the media do an excellent job to get all this out in the spotlights!