The TGG Knowledge Center is a Foundation, run by volunteers. The Board consists of:
- Anne de Vries, Chairman
- Herry Vos, General Board Member
- Bas Kremer, Secretary
Mr Anne de Vries
Anne de Vries got in touch with a number of incest survivors in his third congregation in Emmen (after having served two other Baptist congregations).
His pastoral interest was triggered and thanks to a growing network of contacts in, a/o, women’s counselling, he got involved in the interdenominational working group (later: foundation) ’Religion and Incest’ in the Dutch provinces Groningen and Drenthe.
He was part of that workgroup for 9 years as advisor and board secretary. During his work as a Baptist minister in Hengelo, he assisted the Interdenominational Workgroup against Sexual Violence in Twente for a while. In the pastoral practice of the various local congregations, he noticed a growing number of people asked him for help regarding these issues. As more survivors told him their story, it became clear to him that in several cases this was a matter of sexual ritual violence against children and adults.
Through contacts made, the TGG Knowledge Center was formed, with the goal of conducting research into the experiences of care providers who deal with or dealt with victims of Transgenerational Organized Violence.
His involvement with this matter stems primarily from his firm desire to help people directly or indirectly who suffer and have suffered from this, and to contribute to further expertise within the health service on how assist victims. His theological background (Baptist-evangelical) provides him with the essential motivation.
Mr Herry Vos
Until 2002, as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist for children and adolescents, I headed the out-patient clinic of Addiction Care North Netherlands. There, intensive and long-term psychotherapy was given to people with a history of addiction, often people with a history of early, severe and chronic (sexual) abuse and neglect. Among them many people with a Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and dissociative problems including Dissociative Identity Disorder. My involvement with people with dissociative problems and transgenerational violence stems from my experiences with them in psychotherapy.
Together with a colleague, I initiated a scientific study with PET scan technology on people with DID. For the results, see: A.A.T.S. Reinders, et.al. – Fact or Factitious? A Psychobiological Study of Authentic and Simulated Dissociative Identity States (PlosOne, June 2012). This report also contains references to other articles that emerged from this research. Our research demonstrated that there are indeed separate circuits in the brain linked to different sub-personalities.
Mr Bas Kremer
Before I started my own practice in 1994, I worked for almost ten years at the psychiatric hospital “Licht en Kracht” in Assen. There I first encountered people with Dissociative Identity Disorder and experiences with pedo-sexual networks.
After I left the psychiatric field, a client with a TGG history requested my support.
Over the years I kept guiding people who either wanted to break free from a destructive network or those who had already completed this detachment process but went through life seriously injured.
Together with my supervisor at the time Ton Marinkelle and Anne de Vries, we decided to take the task and main advice of the publication of the official “Report working group on ritual abuse by the Ministry of Justice (1994)” upon ourselves. This is the TGG Knowledge Center tasked with following organized abuse.
I do this work, not only out of concern because in practice I am confronted with structural violence towards children, but also to stay healthy and to be able to work with colleagues who are confronted with the same topic. I am a member of the European Association For Psychotherapy and the NAP, the Dutch Association for Psychotherapy.