Select Page

Lawsuit Update — Year Four

by | Sep 12, 2019 | #MeToo, Bill Gothard, Cult, Lawsuit, The Year of Gratitude

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.



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About the Author

Emily Elizabeth Anderson is a Christian blogger and rising activist for people who have experienced abuse within a Christian environment.

After growing up in a fundamentalist cult for 23 years and experiencing childhood domestic violence, Emily began her journey to recovery in 2015 and eventually found Jesus to be her ultimate healer. She soon turned her passion for writing into a blog and her story has since been featured on several media outlets including NPR.

She married her best friend, Joshua, in 2020 and together they are passionate about educating on the realities of trauma survival and recovery, as well as supporting survivors they meet through their online community.

More by Emily

Let’s Talk About Purity Culture

Can we talk about the negative effects of Purity Culture for a bit? As a recently married woman who grew up in the height of the modern Purity Movement and choose to remain a virgin until marriage, I am beginning to see even more reasons why this culture and its...

Why Am I Still a Christian?

A commenter told me yesterday, “It’s amazing you still have faith.” My answer to her? “Jesus. It’s allllllll Jesus.” In the recent years that I have been studying the dangers of Legalistic Christianity, I have seen the many, many heartbreaking consequences. Most...

My Story of Sexual Assault

Today I’d like to share a highly vulnerable story with you in the hopes of getting one very important message across: You are NEVER at fault for your sexual assault. EVER. Shortly before I met my husband, I met another man through online dating. He was from out of...

An Apology to Fellow Survivors

Today I want to share an excerpt from a new memoir I happened upon last week written by cult survivor Charity Rissler titled “Where the Willow Weeps: The Inside Story of Growing Up in a Cult, and how I Found Freedom in Christ.” I’d never heard of this cult called “The...

One Year Ago Today…

This picture popped up on my FB memories today with the caption: Off to Chicago to see some of the most dear people in the world to me. A two hour flight means plenty of time to churn out a new chapter or two. #scandalousgrace #kiakaha #fiercewomen Wow. What a memory....

2021: The Year of Nourishment

For the past few years I’ve picked a word for the year. It’s a way of laying out a focus for the entire year — something I can reflect on each day as I do life. I always pray about it and God always brings the word to my mind. This week He brought me my word:...