RNZ – Leaving Gloriavale
The Detail – RNZ – 30/06/2021
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Increasing numbers of people are leaving Gloriavale, the West Coast Christian community that’s been around for more than 50 years.
It’s been investigated by police, Charity Services, Oranga Tamariki and WorkSafe. Former members are taking a civil suit against the community, trustees and shareholders. There are several cases of alleged sexual abuse before the criminal courts. And its own founder was jailed for sex crimes.
But leaving is not that easy when you’ve been taught to fear and hate the outside world.