It seems that some people view any discussion of faith as being given the go ahead to ask prying, personal questions.
Reclaimed Voices was also invited to talk with representatives of the ministry. She decided to share the problem of child molestation among JWs on a special television program. She also put pressure on the ministry through the media, hoping they would initiate an investigation, and introduced us to Nico Meijering, a well-known Dutch lawyer.
On January 26, after we had been at the ministry, we had our first meeting with Meijering. Meijering received our report, supplementing it with Watchtower documents — letters to elders, elders book, guidelines for Branch Offices, Branch Office Child Protection Guidelines, etc.
On February 8, a second major news story was aired by RTL, where it was announced that a number of victims were planning to report their personal stories.
It was also reported that JWs keep documents concerning perpetrators of sexual abuse, which are not reported to the police.
Because we were afraid that Watchtower would destroy their files, our lawyer gave a firm warning: On February 14, after a few days of very challenging work on our part, thirteen victims of sexual abuse, through our lawyer, made a request to Watchtower-Netherlands to release the files about their abuse.
This request was shared in the media. Raymond and I were present and sat at the public stand.
The majority of politicians were aware and appeared concerned about the problem. During the meeting, a page letter from our lawyer was discussed, in which he lodged a request for release of the files for the thirteen abused JWs.
His letter had been sent to the Public Prosecution Service. One of the issues that both the lawyer and the ministry are concerned about is the fact that JWs have their own legal system, which they place above the law of the country and based, among other things, on Acts 5: We have the impression that he takes this problem very seriously.
We now hope that an independent investigation will be started. In the meantime, we are preparing a collective prosecution in which six or seven survivors will participate.
This is in full development. We currently know of more than victims of sexual abuse by JWs in the Netherlands. Most of the victims have left the JW organization because of this. I have read and heard many stories, not only about sexual abuse, but also about physical and emotional abuse.
Something is definitely wrong in the Watchtower organization in the Netherlands. But it is encouraging to know that we are not alone. We are joined by thousands of people worldwide with the same goals as Reclaimed Voices: A safer environment for children, both in a religious setting and in society as a whole.
Best wishes to you all and kind regards, Aswin Suierveld of Reclaimed Voices https:Top Ten Things Wrong with Jehovah’s Witnesses. 1. Christ Jesus is not their mediator but the governing body/organization is.
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In the King James version. The only prayer that Jesus is recorded as having said aloud is what is known as The Our Father, and the word Jehovah is not used in it. home > interesting topics > what is wrong. What is wrong with being one of Jehovah's Witnesses?
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