RNZ – Gloriavale leaders thought ‘they were above the law’, former resident says
RNZ – 01/09/2022
A former Gloriavale woman says the Christian community’s leaders thought they were above the law.
The Employment Court has heard evidence from leavers who claim they were working in slave-like conditions and exposed to sexual harassment and abuse from a young age.
Pearl Valor was born into Gloriavale and understood the commune’s foundational document What We Believe topped the Bible.
She told the court a new version was adopted in 2018.
“It was exactly the same, they were just taking out bits and pieces because people that had left were complaining about things and they were trying to cover their tracks.”