Jehovah’s Witnesses’ child abuse survivor speaks

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Dutch Ms Hadassah Wiersma was abused for years by her Jehovah's Witnesses uncle and aunt. Photo: NOS

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses: ‘They treat us, the victims, as perpetrators

Thirty years ago, Hadassah Wiersma first filed a complaint against relatives for sexual abuse. Her uncle and aunt, who are members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church, were never prosecuted because there was too little evidence. A few years later she tried again, but again without success.

Now Wiersma is more hopeful, because the Public Prosecutor is going to investigate nine cases of sexual violence within the denomination. Wiersma is one of those nine. “I was alone before, we now have a larger group around us, and as a group we hope to achieve the same goal that I wanted to achieve as a small individual thirty years ago”, says Wiersma.

Watch the story of Hadassah in the 16 August 2018 video below:

When Wiersma was 8 years old, she regularly…

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