Gloriavale women ‘not downtrodden and subjugated’, member says
by Jean Edwards | RNZ |
Gloriavale’s leaders did not know about sexual abuse at the Christian community, which has become an “entertainment show” for the country’s media, a member says.
Mother-of-13 Purity Valor has told an Employment Court hearing Gloriavale was constantly being slandered, leaving members a target for public abuse.
“The accusations never seem to stop,” she said.
“The media uses our religious freedom and personal choices as a nationwide entertainment show to belittle and degrade the simple Christian life that we have the right to live by the laws of this free country.”
Purity Valor’s daughter-in-law Pearl Valor is one of six former Gloriavale women seeking a ruling they were employees not volunteers during their time at Haupiri.