October 20th, 2015.
Yesterday was the four year anniversary of the initial filing of the lawsuit against my former cult leader.
Four years. Who knew one’s life could completely change in just four short years? Today I sit back in awe of everything I and my fellow plaintiffs have walked through and how each of us has grown. I’m so proud of my fellow warriors and so incredibly grateful for their support, love, encouragement, and friendship. They have become like sisters to me and I look up to each of them for their wisdom, courage, and strength. They are all my heroes.
The case is not over yet. Our former cult leader appealed the January 2019 ruling where the judge ruled in favor of the women, agreeing that we did not file a frivolous lawsuit and therefore did not owe the cult leader a single penny in compensation.
The case is currently moving through the appellate court with a ruling to hopefully come in the next few months. For those that would like to pray for us women, please pray that the new judge will see the truth amidst all the filed motions and will rule in line with the truth. Please pray as well that this will be the final appeal we will have to fight. After four years, my fellow warriors and I are eager for rest.
I don’t regret one minute of the past four years. I don’t regret speaking out for the first time and then fighting every day for the freedom to continue to speak the truth. Sometimes speaking the truth will cost you a great deal. Sometimes taking a stand will hurt more than it will heal. But I don’t regret any part because it was the right thing to do. To quote Rachael Denhollander, “No matter the cost, it was right.”
And so, even through the appellate court, I will keep fighting. Keeping speaking. Keep standing. Keep living.
Because it is right.
Kia Kaha. Never stop fighting for the truth.