Newshub – Former Gloriavale resident discusses exhaustion she faced in Christian commune
Newshub – 2/09/2022
There were tears in the public gallery on Friday as a former resident of Gloriavale recalled the exhaustion and brutal work hours she suffered within the community.
Virginia Courage is one of six women arguing she was an employee while working at the isolated Christian commune rather than a volunteer, in an Employment Court case in Christchurch.
Courage gave birth to nine children inside Gloriavale. On Friday she held her 11th child which she’ll raise outside of the isolated West Coast commune.
“They might tell you that you’re taking all your children to hell which for a mother was unbearable to even think about or consider,” Courage said in court.