Last weekend, Trouw, a Dutch newspaper, published several articles on sexual abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses organization. This church organization attempts to resolve abuse internally without going to the police or courts.
So therefore I made this petition to ask the Dutch parliament to start an investigation. (According to Ducth’ law 40.000 signatures are recquired for having a discussion in parliament).
(Original petition is in Dutch)
Concerned citizens of the Netherlands consisting of (former) Jehovah's Witnesses and others
That sexual abuse is not adequately addressed by the Jehovah's Witnesses organization whereby perpetrators go unpunished, victims are denied justice and little action is taken to protect children from offenders.
To start an investigation into the abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses organization whereas:
1. The religious freedom of individuals is respected
2. This religious freedom should not be used as a means of denying justice to victims
3. The Watchtower Society discloses matters over handling of sexual abuse within its ranks
4. The safety of children should go beyond the organization's interests
link to the petition: https://onderzoekinwachttorengenootschap.petities.nl/