Jehovah's witnesses have a serious problem regarding sexual abuse. They also do not report allegations (or reluctantly) about this to the police. In addition, stricter state research is needed, because the Jehovah's are a closed community. That's according to the AD the conclusion of the report of Utrecht University Thursday to officially appear.
This conclusion can be found in the summons of the summary proceedings instituted by the Jehovah's to prevent the report on sexual abuse from being published within the church. This summary proceedings mostly took place behind closed doors on Wednesday, but the AD says that they have nevertheless received the summons.
The newspaper writes that the Jehovah's believe that the report wrongly claims that they are a closed community, that they require special government intervention and that their children are supervised.
The investigation, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security's Scientific Research and Documentation Center, focused on how abuse is dealt with within the church. The report would show that three-quarters of the victims of abuse within the church feel that they have not been sufficiently helped. 751 respondents shared their abuse story with the Utrecht scientists.
The Jehovah's have previously claimed that the report is "scientifically and factually incorrect, defamatory and highly offensive". According to the religious community, there is discrimination based on religion.
It is not clear which of the two parties has won the summary proceedings. If Utrecht University has been proved right by the judge, the report will appear on Thursday.
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