Today a government meeting re. child abuse & JW was held. See this post
Yesterday, the minister for Protection of Legal Justice sent this letter to the House of Representatives. In this letter, he states he thinks it is important an independent investigation into JW child abuse issues is conducted:
With this letter I respond to the request of your House [of Representatives] [dated] 13 February 2018 for a written response for the general consultation on child pornography about the treatment of sexual violence within the community of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Sexual violence is unacceptable and has a major impact on victims. I think it is very important that victims of sexual violence are acknowledged for the suffering they have experienced and have access to the right care and support. Victims deserve support from their environment when reporting the unwanted sexual behavior to the police and when seeking help and support.
Reports in the media have shown that victims of sexual violence within the JW community did not receive support in reporting the incidents to the police or professional support agencies. It appears that reports of abuse are preferably solved in the community internally. I think this is very disturbing.
The DA's office is very alert to signals of sexual abuse from the Jehovah's community. To be able to start an investigation, it is important that victims report to the police. The DA's office does not want to involve a victim in criminal proceedings against his or her will, for that can be damaging again (secondary victimization). In addition, it is extremely difficult to start a criminal investigation in a sexual abuse case if the victim does not cooperate. The DA's office can and will act in the event of acute danger connected to the suspicion of abuse. I also note that in individual cases the decision to prosecute or not are to be made by the DA's office.
Both employees of my department and the police and DA's office have held discussions with representatives of the Reclaimed Voices Foundation. The Foundation received about 200 reports of victims in the few months of its existence. Insofar as victims have said something about the severity of the abuse, it is indicated that this varies from light to heavy forms of sexual abuse. The Foundation informs me that no current abuse cases are known. According to the Foundation, the most recent cases reported date from a few years ago. The Foundation has indicated that in the past 12 cases have been reported to the police. This has led to convictions in 3 cases. At present, there are no active cases with the police and the DA's office, although the lawyer of the Foundation indicates these will follow. *I call on all victims and those involved who seek help to report to the police** or to emergency services such as 'Victim Support Netherlands', 'Safe Home' and the Center for Sexual Violence. I also advised the Foundation to relay this advice to the victims who contact the Foundation.
In addition to the DA's office's criminal prosecution route, employees of my department are in consultation with the board of the Jehovah's Witnesses, in which the JW board is called to act in order to prevent sexual abuse and to support victims in reporting abuse. I have informed your House [of Representatives] about this by letter of 12 December. My serious concerns about sexual abuse have been communicated to the [JW] board members. I want them to take measures to prevent sexual abuse and that victims are encouraged to report to police or professional support services. In addition, it is important the suffering caused to victims if [officially] acknowledged. It has been agreed with the [JW] board that in the next meeting, taking place on 21 February 2018, they will show how they will give substance to this. In this second meeting with the [JW] board, I will emphasize that the community must take measures to promote a culture of openness and transparency. In this respect, I consider it important that an independent investigation be conducted so that justice can be done to the suffering of the victims. I will inform the House [of Representatives] of the results of the second interview with the board of the Jehovah's.
The Minister for Protection of Legal Justice,
 Today 13 victims of abuse within JW have demanded JW to hand over the files of their abuse cases. In addition, Reclaimed Voices has requested the DA's office to demand all files on sexual abuse from JW. Link to news item in Dutch
 Today, during an official committee meeting of the House of Representatives, the minister explained that this investigation into the JW must be headed by a non-JW outsider, a heavy-weight (such as a former minister or secretary of state) who will make sure the investigation is conducted impartially and unbiased.