Capsule – Gloriavale Documentary
By Emma Clifton – Capsule – 03/08/2022
A new documentary, Gloriavale, follows a family from the secretive religious community: siblings John and Virginia, who have both left Gloriavale, and their mother Sharon, who remains. It covers the serious allegations against the Gloriavale leaders, which include sexual abuse, neglect and slavery. Capsule speaks to Liz Gregory, Manager of the Gloriavale Leavers’ Trust, about her involvement in the documentary and what it’s like for those who leave the Gloriavale community.
“There are always two or three ‘waking up moments,’” says Liz Gregory, Manager of the Gloriavale Leavers’ Trust, of those who decide to leave the Gloriavale community. “One is when you realise you’ve been lied to – either by a leader or about Gloriavale itself. Another is when there are cover-ups. And a third one is abuse, either of themselves, or of a family member. Seeing someone you love be treated badly is a huge moment.”