Friday, April 15, 2011

Hidden Abuse in the Baptist Church: 20/20 and Hephzibah House

Taking a brief "reprieve" from the discussion of Michael Pearl...

ABC's 20/20 recently aired an episode focusing on the abuse of young women and children within the Independent Fundamental Baptist affiliated churches (IFB), but the investigators failed to make any mention of the abuses that took place at the IFB's most infamous boarding house for “troubled girls.” Susan, a survivor of the Hephzibah House of Winona Lake, IN, describes the facility as a cruel“lock-down prison for girls who failed to live up to the religious and social expectations of their parents and churches.”


Join Jocelyn Andersen and Cindy Kunsman on Blog Talk Radio for a series of discussions regarding these hidden abuses within the Baptist Church. Sadly, the same types of abuses that occur within far too many Evangelical Churches of many denominations, not just within the IFB.

Part I:
  • Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 11 AM (Eastern) Link HERE!
  • Discussion of Shattered Faith, the episode of ABC's 20/20  (The episode that first aired on April 8, 2011)
  • An introduction to the Hephzibah House

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 Helplessness, Bounded Choice and Life at Hephzibah House
  • Monday, April 18, 2011  Link HERE!
  • Archive available on demand
  • A discussion of what life was like there and the types of pressures and problems faced by the girls and by their families after they leave -- what prevents girls and families from taking steps against Hephzibah House and Ron Williams after a girl first gets discharged from the home

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Part II:
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 11 AM (Eastern) Link HERE!
  • Special guest, Susan Grotte, joins Jocelyn and Cindy to share her personal account of the oppression she faced herself and the abuse she witnessed in others while “incarcerated” at Hephzibah House

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Learn more about Hephzibah House by listening to THIS series of podcasts produced by Jeri Massi which includes the testimony of several survivors.