Today my friend Rachael Denhollander shared this quote on her Facebook page.
The cost, emotional and physical, to see this through has been greater than many will ever know. But I did it because it was right. No matter the cost, it was right.
~ Rachael Denhollander
It brought me to tears and prompted me to reflect on where I currently stand with my own lawsuit.
I’m now about to enter year four of my legal battle with my former cult leader, Bill Gothard. He is currently appealing the massive victory my fellow plaintiffs and I were bestowed by a very honorable judge last January in a Chicago courtroom. While we continue to live our lives strong and free, he refuses to submit to the U.S. justice system and carry his shame and instead seeks revenge.
The last four years have cost me dearly and with consequences that will follow me the rest of my life. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual toll of calling out your abuser and signing away all rights to privacy for a shot at justice is more costly than most will ever know, and still haunts me to this day, and most likely always will.
But no matter the cost, it was right.
Hell yes, it was right.