Meppeler Courant – 19th June 2018
Sexual abuse victims prepare silent protest for near head office Jehovah’s Witnesses
Reclaimed Voices is preparing a ‘silent’ protest near the headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Emmen. The chairman, Raymond Hintjes, reports this.
The intention is also for Mayor Eric van Oosterhout to be given a manifesto during that time.
The foundation was set up for victims of sexual abuse within this religious organization. With this action, which is due to take place in October, the platform hopes to generate even more attention for the issue. With a large group of people, we want to visualize that the victims of abuse were not treated properly,’ says Hintjes. Not a quiet trip, but something in that corner. The idea is still fresh. In terms of content, we still have to think about the way in which we want to put this in place.
In the manifesto to be presented, the subject of sexual abuse and its impact are described in broad outline. Hintjes would also like to hand over the document to the board of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We suspect that they will not go into that. So far they have avoided contact with us.
For the silent protest action, Reclaimed Voices is still looking for an organizer. The foundation is run by volunteers and at the moment there is not enough manpower to set everything up on its own. That’s why we’re still looking at someone who wants to help us with that.
Approximately 300 victims have now reported to the platform. Reclaimed Voices has been trying to talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than half a year. Initially, the religious organization indicated that it would still talk under certain conditions. Last month, the board of Jehovah’s Witnesses announced that it would not do so.