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Minister Dekker: 'Jehova's board ignores report and denies necessity'

2020-01-23T18:01:20.447Z

Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker denounces the attitude of the board of Jehovah's Witnesses because they reject important recommendations from the report, he writes in a letter to Parliament on Thursday evening.



Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker denounces the attitude of the board of Jehovah's Witnesses because they reject important recommendations from the report, he writes in a letter to Parliament on Thursday evening.

According to Dekker, the jehovas deny that there is a need for new measures. He calls on the community to implement recommended changes.

Researchers from Utrecht University (UU) published their report (pdf) earlier in the day on sexual abuse and reporting willingness among Jehovah's. The community tried to stop the publication through the court, but received zero in the complaint.

"Report paints an extremely worrying picture"

Dekker says that the report paints an "extremely worrying picture". In mid-December the most important recommendations, such as the establishment of a hotline, would have been submitted to the board.

"Instead of creating openness and recognition, the community decided to use time and resources to stop publication," Dekker writes. "It touches me that so many vulnerable victims feel that they are on their own and cannot find, or arrive late, the way to justice and official aid agencies."

UU carried out research commissioned by the Scientific Research and Documentation Center, part of the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Researchers are calling on Dutch politicians to think about a law that obliges Jehovahas, who have fallen victim to sexual abuse within the community, to go to the police. Dekker does not comment on this in the parliamentary letter.

See also: The main points of the abuse report about Jehovah's witnesses

Source: nunl

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