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Lawsuit Update: Appellate Court

by | Oct 21, 2019 | Bill Gothard, Cult, Lawsuit, Survivor, The Year of Gratitude

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.



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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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