RNZ – Court hears of sexual culture at Gloriavale where women, girls blamed and punished
By Jean Edwards – RNZ – 06/09/2022
Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian told a father who had just buried his daughter that he could take comfort from the fact she would not be molested, a court has heard.
Clem Ready said he was shaken by Christian’s attitude to the death of 14-year-old Prayer, who choked on a piece of meat in an isolation room at the West Coast commune in 2015.
The father-of-13, who still lives at Haupiri, told the Employment Court hearing he was terribly hurt by Prayer’s death.
“After we buried her, Hopeful came up to me and said – in a serious comment – that I could take comfort from the fact that she now would not be sexually molested by anybody in the community,” Ready said.