NZ Herald – Gloriavale: Woman pleads for family to leave
By Parice Dougan, Nicholas McBride – NZ Herald – 22/04/2015
Join me on the outside, the world’s not the evil place you imagine, says former member of community.
A young woman who fled the secretive Gloriavale Christian Community has urged the family she left behind to join her in the modern world.
Julia, 22, who spent the first 19 years of her life in the isolated community, has spoken of how she left because of the strict rules and regulations enforced on church members.
“I couldn’t handle all the control, all the rules. I felt like I was getting suffocated. I needed to be myself,” she said on Campbell Live last night.