Dalai Lama meets alleged victims of abuse by Buddhist gurus

Ricardo Mendes, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talks to reporters prior to a meeting wi

Ricardo Mendes, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talks to reporters prior to a meeting wi

Ricardo Mendes, left, and Oane Bijlsma, right, two of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, talk to

Ricardo Mendes, left, and Oane Bijlsma, right, two of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, talk to

Ricardo Mendes, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talks to reporters prior to a meeting wi

Ricardo Mendes, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talks to reporters prior to a meeting wi

Chris, left, comforts Cecile, as four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talk to reporters prior to mee

Chris, left, comforts Cecile, as four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers talk to reporters prior to mee

Ricardo Mendes, left, and Oane Bijlsma, right, two of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, show the

Ricardo Mendes, left, and Oane Bijlsma, right, two of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, show the

Oane Bijlsma, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, talks to reporters prior to a meeting wit

Oane Bijlsma, one of four alleged victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse by Buddhist teachers, talks to reporters prior to a meeting wit

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Four people who say they suffered sexual, physical or psychological abuse at the hands of Tibetan Buddhist teachers have handed to the Dalai Lama 12 victims' written accounts of mistreatment and appealed to him to tackle the problem.

A group using the hashtag "metooguru" gathered some 1,300 signatures on an online petition calling for the meeting so they could give the spiritual leader their collection of testimonies.

The alleged victims, from the Netherlands and Belgium, met with the Dalai Lama for about 20 minutes at a hotel in Rotterdam on Friday, the first day of his four-day visit to the Netherlands.

They say that he pledged to take action including bringing up the issue at a meeting of Buddhist teachers in November.

The Dalai Lama did not speak to reporters after the meeting.