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A Brief Thank You

by | Feb 27, 2018 | Cult, Lawsuit, The Year Of Courage

It’s been less than 24 hours since I publicly came out as a sexual abuse survivor of cult leader, Bill Gothard.   The response has been beyond overwhelming.  As I continue to comb through the hundreds of media/Facebook comments, private messages, voice mails, and texts, I would like to pause and say a brief and sincere “Thank you!”

From my personal FB page:

Wow. I am blown away. Thank you to all who have showered me with literally hundreds loving and encouraging messages! Your kind words make my heart soar! This even feels a bit like justice on this earth. What a gift! 

THIS, my friends, is how it is supposed to be. Loving others like Jesus. There are millions of #metoo women out there. You are surrounded by more of them than you will ever know. We need your love and compassion; for you to simply say, “I believe you”. So, go out there and love like Jesus . You never know who you may be ministering to.

Today was my first day walking in true freedom. Freedom found in the true Gospel of scandalous grace that I just discovered last year. Freedom found in crushing all the secrets and shame. Freedom found in LOVE from an army of supporters. Yes, I’d say today was a good day. 



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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.

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