Aline Terpstra, 29 January 2022
The Hendriks committee has asked various advocacy organisations for victims of organised sadistic and ritual abuse to request survivors to be interviewed by the committee. Several victims have indicated to me that they find talking in this committee life-threatening, you can read a letter from a victim (not Esther) here. Now for survivors, every step out is a balancing act between the safety risks on the one hand and the chances of it doing something good on the other. However, the chances that this committee is going to deliver anything good for survivors is, in my opinion, zero. The Hendriks commission is not independent, as it falls under the Ministry of Justice and has so far shown in its actions not to have the interests of survivors in mind, see this item for substantiation of this.
I see it as my responsibility to warn you as survivors with these words.