Investigate Jehovah’s Witnesses Step by Step
An investigation into sexual abuse in the faith community Jehovah’s Witnesses comes a step closer.Minister Sander Dekker of Legal Protection says “not unwelcome” to the request from the House of Representatives, he says.
MP Michiel van Nispen (SP) says he has a majority behind him for his proposal: “It’s about truth-finding, but also about preventing possible victims in the future.”
Minister Dekker earlier this year expressed the hope that the Jehovah’s themselves would commission an independent investigation into sexual abuse, especially of children. They did not, however, need that. The Minister can not oblige the Jehovah’s Witnesses to submit to an independent investigation.
Almost 300 victims have now reported to a special reporting center, RTL Nieuws reports. Some victims accuse the closed community of covering the abuses.