E’ stato presentato questa settimana alla Camera dei Rappresentanti dei Paesi Bassi, lo studio “State of affairs regarding abuses in new religieus movements and the way they are tackled in the Netherlands” realizzato dal WODC Centro di Informazione e Ricerca dipendente dal Ministero di Sicurezza e Giustizia. La ricerca ha evidenziato un’incidenza del fenomeno rara tuttavia non ha mancato di segnalare la severità delle conseguenze per le vittime di abuso.
Le riferite denunce di abusi hanno riguardato nella fattispecie 84 movimenti, in 46 di essi si è trattato di reati quali aggressioni, minacce, violenza sessuale, e in alcuni casi, di sequestro di persona e omicidio.
Il dato più significativo concerne l’abuso psicologico, riportato relativamente a 76 movimenti degli 84 presi in esame.
ABUSE WITHIN SECTS
By Audrey Graanoogst
Abuse within sects is rare in The Netherlands, but the consequences to the people who fall victim to it, are poignant.This is clear from the study of new religious movements, commissioned by the WODC, the Research and Information Centre.
Researchers estimate there are probably several hundred movements active in the Netherlands. They found 84 movements of which people have reported abuses. 46 out of those 84 concerned serious issues such as sexual offenses, assault, threats and in some cases murder and kidnapping.
In 76 of the 84 movements there was psychological abuse People reported they were not allowed to have an opinion or a private life, or they were required to take expensive courses.
The late last year initiated hotline, Sektesignaal, clearly provides in a need at present, concludes the Minister of Security and Justice, based on the study.
Between December 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013, more than 100 people called the hotline. Many reports concerned financial abuses and social isolation.
Fonte: NL Times
NOTA: Il documento è per ora disponibile solo in lingua olandese
State of affairs regarding abuses in new religieus movements and the way they are tackled in the Netherlands
- Wijk, A. van, Bremmers, B., Hardeman, M., Appelman, T., Ferwerda, H.
- Beke, WODC
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The object of this study is the abuses in new religieus movements (cults), with a focus on the adequacy of the set of instruments at the disposal of the law and health care services, because there was no up-to-date picture available of the state of affairs regarding cults and the way abuses in cults were tackled in the Netherlands.