1News – Former Gloriavale resident details alleged workplace abuse
By Ryan Boswell – 1News – 31/08/2022
Warning: this story may be distressing for some readers.
A former Gloriavale resident has broken down in tears as she recalled thinking suicide was the only way out of the West Coast commune.
Rose Standtrue is giving evidence at the Employment Court in Christchurch, which is considering whether people at Gloriavale are employees or volunteers.
Born and raised in the isolated community, Standtrue was 22 years-old when leaving in September 2021.
The court heard that since then her family “have mostly cut me off” and that “it hurts”.