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.
Member Of The European Parliament (MEP) Lucas Hartong Discusses Demmink Child Sex Abuse Scandal With Human Rights Students At Georgetown Law School
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