Surely the Dutch government didn't insist JW start an investigation for no reason.
The Dutch government isn't known for simply believing the first tabloid that writes a sensational story, and then base the government's official business on that.
The government spoke with victims and reps. of victims. They looked at JW policies and manuals. The saw the ARC report. They concluded that all that information warranted a thorough investigation into JW abuse issues.
Instead of coming up against JW, the government urged JW to do their own independent and transparent investigation.
Not as a matter of criminal trial, but in an effort to help existing victims cope with their trauma, to improve internal policies, and to prevent further victims.
JW simply refused.
They refuse to acknowledge they may have a problem, and they refuse to transparantly investigate whether they have a problem or not.
JW refuse to speak to victims collectively. They only want to speak to individual victims, making the victims powerless again (as it is always a single victims talking to 2 or 3 JW elders).
JW dont want to cooperate with the government in insuring their child abuse policies and practices are up to current standards.
Anyway, if the JW really don't have a problem with child abuse, the best way for them to show that was to cooperate with the government and start an independent investigation.
If there is no issue, that investigation would have shown as much. JW would be in the clear, and the opposers could only shut up.
But for some reason JW don't like transparency. I wonder why that is?
The Catholic Church in The Netherlands handled their abuse issues a lot more gracefully.
As for bad publicity: yes, I think Reclaimed Voices is maximizing publicity around this issue. But not simply to bash the JW. The goal is to create awareness and move the JW leadership to improve their handling on child abuse cases.
Time will tell how Watchtower NL fares. So far they're losing the PR battle.
Unfortunately they also haven't improved their policies around abuse issues much so far, and that is the main goal: making JW a bit safer for children, and the rest of the Netherlands a bit safer from known abusers.