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Utrecht University investigation into Jehovah's Witnesses Child Abuse accusations.

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Dear reader,

as you may have heard via the media or via our internet channels, Utrecht University is commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security to conduct an independent investigation into how Jehovah's Witnesses deal with complaints of sexual abuse.

This research is the result of a motion unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. Reclaimed Voices has tried to do this by talking to politicians who eventually drew up this motion.

Now the University of Utrecht would like to hear background stories from people who themselves had experienced abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses. They also like to hear from people who know about someone else who has been abused. The stories can be shared anonymously with the university, but you can also decide to leave your name and contact details if you wish.

All information will be treated confidentially by the University of Utrecht and these stories will NOT be shared with others.

As chairman of Reclaimed Voices, I would like to ask you to consider cooperating with this research. You thereby make an important contribution to the research. 
The questionnaire of this research can be found via this link:  

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You can decide for yourself which information you want to share with the University and what not!

Thanks for your cooperation.

best regards,

on behalf of the board of Reclaimed Voices,

Raymond Hintjes 
Chairman

 

This may already be on here, but better to be sure. It's good to get the word out there to genuine victims and their families. And to all those who support real truth and feelings for others. 

The more response from the more people in the more countries, then hopefully the quicker it can all be dealt with.

Then maybe the GB will have to admit how wrong they have been in their ways of mis-dealing with Child Abuse and deliberately hiding Pedophiles in the JW Org and Watchtower Soc'. 

 

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