The Georgetown Law students who have been preparing petitions to file in Europe and in the U.S. concerning the Demmink case were outraged by what they heard. Students asked if the Dutch people were tolerant of child sex abuse and if the Dutch media were writing stories condemning the lack of transparency in this case. Comparisons were made between Penn State's Jerry Sandusky with an initial cover-up but then U.S. media outrage. Hartong responded by saying that the Dutch do not condone child sex abuse, but that the accusations against Demmink first surfaced in 1998 when there was some initial media attention. When an official investigation stalled, press interest subsequently eroded.
Following Hartong's presentation, the law students promised to continue work on their petitions and to press action in Congress. Hartong reminded the students that Mr. Demmink was innocent until proven guilty, but he urged the students to press the U.S. Congress for letters and hearings to keep the pressure on the Netherlands to initiate an independent, formal investigation.
Mr. Hartong told the students he was just a simple politician seeking the truth. Upon hearing this remark "a politician seeking the truth" the student's enthusiasm seemed to increase. The human rights law students promised to work closely with Kwame Fosu, the Georgetown Law alumnus and Director for International Policy at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, to finalize the petitions seeking the truth.
For more information on the criminal complaints against Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary-General Joris Demmink, please visit www.InvestigateDemmink.com.The Rebecca Project for Human Rights (RPHR) is a transformational organization that advocates for justice, dignity, and reform for vulnerable women and girls in the United States and Africa. For more information, please visit: http://www.rebeccaproject.org/index.php Contact: Darren Spinck ( 202-669-4418/Darren@gscgrouppr.com)