Sexual abuse is a serious problem within the Jehovah's Witnesses, they do not report such abuse allegations to the police, and a more intensive investigation is needed into this "closed community", researchers from Utrecht University said in a report that will be published on Thursday, AD reports based on the summons of the summary proceedings the Jehovah's Witnesses filed against the publication of the investigation.
The number of cases reported to the sports disciplinary court ISR increased significantly. In past years the ISR handled an average of five cases per year. So far this year there's been 52, excluding doping cases. "This mainly concerns sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior", ISR secretary Henk van Aller said to the Telegraaf.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) must do more against sexual abuse in its churches, according to a project group that evaluated the church's current policy on sexual abuse. The project group recommends that the PKN gets a declaration of good conduct from the thousands of volunteers and professionals in the church, to show that they had not committed criminal conduct in the past, Trouw reports.
A 24/7 helpline should be created for victims of sexual violence, and media should refer to this helpline when they write about this type of crime, according to Iva Bicanic, head of the Center for Sexual Violence. Reports on sex crimes can be very triggering for victims who lived through similar crimes, she said to the Volkskrant.
An investigation into the death of a 32-year-old deaf man in Assen determined that a sex crime took place on the playground where the man died, authorities said on Tuesday. Five men were arrested after reports surfaced that the hearing-impaired gardener named Martin was accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old girl just after 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Due to staff shortages and an increasing number of cases, the police can't immediately pick up all sex crime cases reported to them. At least 350 cases per year wait months to sometimes a year before the police have time to start the investigation and question the suspected perpetrator, the police confirmed to Nieuwsuur after the program's own investigation.
The Tilburg man convicted in the Netherlands, and connected to the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, plans to drop his appeal against his conviction in order to speed up a potential extradition to Canada, according to AD. Aydin C., now 41, was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison for the sexual abuse of 34 underage girls.
The police launched an investigation into possible sexual abuse at care foundation Dichterbij. There are suspicions that two groups of disabled children and young adults were seriously abused, neglected and sexually molested for months, the Telegraaf reports.
The Salvation Army paid compensation last year to at least three victims who were sexually abused within the Christian organization. The victims were paid a total amount of around 30 thousand euros, newspaper Trouw reports based on information from the the Compensation Fund for Violent Crimes.
Poet Wolfgang Frommel and his circle of friends committed sexual abuse for years, including with minors, former judge Frans Bauduin concluded in a report. The Bauduin Committee investigated the activities of Frommel and his circle at his Amsterdam cultural foundation Castrum Peregrini in the period from 1942 until his death in 1986. The investigation was requested the foundation into its founder, NOS reports.
The number of reports of sexual abuse and discrimination at Dutch schools increased last year. The Education Inspectorate received 134 reports of sexual abuse in the school year 2017/2018, the highest number in 15 years, NU.nl reports.
In nearly half of the reports about pupils being sexually abused, the accused perpetrator is someone who works at the school, such as a teacher or a member of the non-teaching staff, according to the Inspectorate. The number of reports about sexual harassment decreased, the Inspectorate said.
NH Radio decided to boycott music by Michael Jackson for the time being, in connection with controversial documentary Leaving Neverland which will be broadcast in the Netherlands on Friday, NH Nieuws said on its website.
In the documentary, Michael Jackson is accused of sexually abusing Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who belonged to the American singer's inner circle of friends. They tell in detail how Jackson abused them for years as children.
Amsterdam venue The Box removed an R. Kelly concert scheduled for April from its website. The link which used to give details about the concert now only reads "page not found". The event is still scheduled to take place, as the concert promoter has not yet canceled it, the venue confirmed to NL Times.
The person who created a petition calling for an upcoming R. Kelly concert to be canceled said they did so because they think he is a dangerous person who should be incarcerated. Speaking exclusively to the NL Times, the initiator had quickly collected over two thousand signatures from people who agree that the controversial singer’s show in Amsterdam should be scrapped.
A petition was launched on Monday to prevent R. Kelly from performing in Amsterdam later this year. Despite the furor currently surrounding the American singer over multiple allegations of sexual abuse, R. Kelly announced last week that he will be performing at The Box in Amsterdam on April 20th, RTL Nieuws reports.
Athletics coach Jerry M. from Rotterdam is suspected of sexually abusing young athletes at multiple clubs since 1983, even getting two underage girl pregnant, the Telegraaf reports. Almost all of M.'s crimes have since become barred, but according to the newspaper, the police were aware of signs that the now 58-year-old man were abusing young athletes since at least 2000.
A 17-year-old boy from Noord-Holland has been in custody in Spain for four months. Two underage British girls accused him of sexual assault, but no official charges have yet been filed against Charly T. The teenager himself denies the girls' accusations, AD reports.
"The Spanish judiciary is pretending I had a terrible Master Plan to get two underage girls drunk and then sexually abuse them. But that is not so. I am not a serious criminal", T. said in a telephone interview with Nieuws en Co on NPO Radio 1.
The police raided three buildings belonging to the Jehovah's Witnesses last month in an investigation into sexual abuse within the religious community. Four homes were also searched, with the goal of finding documents on internal investigations, NU.nl reports.
The Dalai Lama will meet with victims of sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers in the Netherlands on Friday afternoon, responding to an urgent appeal 12 victims sent to him. As far as is known, this is the first time that the Dalai Lama is meeting with abuse victims, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecution Service launched a criminal investigation into sexual abuse in the faith community of Jehovah's Witnesses, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection said in a letter to parliament. Five people from different regions in the Netherlands filed declarations of sexual abuse, he said, ANP reports.
"At the Public Prosecutor, the declarations were carefully dealt with by specialist sex crime officers in the regions", the Minister said. He previously called on victims to file declarations so that a criminal investigation can be launched.
Dutch beer giant Heineken launched an investigation into the sexual harassment and -abuse of promotion girls in 14 African countries, CEO Jean-Francois van Boxmeer announced at a shareholders' meeting on Friday, NOS reports
Dutch tax money was paid to the British branch of Oxfam Novib in 2010 and 2011, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Development Cooperation said in a letter to parliament. Members of that branch of the charity are accused of having sex parties with possibly underage prostitutes on Haiti in 2011, while providing aid in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Rotterdam police's cold case team arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of involvement in their 29-year-old daughter's death in 2012. The 63-year-old man and 58-year-old woman from Zwaag were arrested two weeks ago and remanded into custody for 30 days on Tuesday, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
Kalid T. (32), a councilor of the PvdA party in Gouda and the former principal of primary school An Noer in Alphen aan den Rijn was remanded into custody on allegations of the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested last September and has been in police custody since.
The decision was taken last Tuesday Jan. 10 by the Court of Den Haag during the pre-trial hearing. The accused denies abusing the girl, according to his lawyer Shirley Splinter's statement made during the hearing.