*please note that this may not be an accurate reporting of what Minister Sander Dekker actually wrote. However, this report is included on my site purely because it was published in the mainstream media and was in regards to Jehovah’s Witnesses. As corrections/accurate information becomes available, I shall add further links.
Public Prosecutor investigates sexual abuse with Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) started a criminal investigation into sexual abuse at the faith community of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
This is what Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) writes in a letter to the House of Representatives. He says that five people have reported sexual abuse. These declarations come from different regions in the country.
“At the Public Prosecution Service, the declarations were carefully dealt with by specialist vice officers in the regions,” the minister writes. Earlier, he called on victims to make a declaration, so that the OM could initiate an investigation.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves do not make an independent investigation into the abuse, although the Ministry of Justice and Security had insisted on this several times. The board did not know in May that there was no reason to start an investigation.
No research on community itself
A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service emphasizes that there is no criminal investigation into the religious community itself.
“In the spring, five declarations were received via Stichting Reclaimed Voices of abuse within the community of the community, and four separate declarations were received, all of which are assessed individually by different public prosecutors.”
Because the investigations have not yet been completed, the Public Prosecution Service can not go further into the declarations, according to the spokesperson.
Recently several victims came out
Recently, several victims of sexual abuse have come out with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Some accused the religious community of having covered the abuse.
In early August it was announced that the denomination did not want to cooperate in a criminal investigation into an incident within the own community. A member refused to release a document in which a man would confess the sexual abuse of his niece. Because there was enough evidence, the man was still sentenced.