Friend of this blog, Hephzibah House Survivor, Susan Grotte sent me a message to say that CNN called her to request an interview. What an answer to prayer. I had the blessing of being able to interview Susan about her experiences at Hephzibah House, a reform program for troubled Christian girls, earlier this year.
I still plan to post more information about the some of the teachings of Ron Williams. I had to stop because I found the material that I was working on to be so heartbreaking and the sermons of Ron Williams' strange woman theology to be so miserably offensive, I had to take a break from it. So I am glad that CNN has taken up the cause.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to more information about Hephzibah House.
Part I of the report aired on September 1, 2011, and Part II has not yet posted online.
Transcript from Part I (that does not appear on the video):
COOPER: Are officials in Indiana really powerless to at least even investigate or stop by?
TUCHMAN: No. The governor today or the governor 40 years ago wanted to lobby this the legislature, the attorney general, they absolutely could do so, but they have chosen not, to despite the fact we have talked to more than a dozen women ages 18 to 50, different generations who all say they have experienced the same thing.
COOPER: Can the federal government do anything?
TUCHMAN: Yes. Congress is considering passing legislation to help stop child abuse in boarding school facilities. It passed the house. This was three years ago, but it died in a Senate committee and it has never been reintroduced.
COOPER: Interesting. Gary, appreciate the reporting. Thanks very much.
Tomorrow Gary is going to have much more on the story in a special hour-long record called ungodly discipline, inclusion of faith and family and the law. That's tomorrow at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
View the Part II Transcript Part A HERE and Part B HERE.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES and INFORMATION
Please listen to all of the Jocelyn Andersen's Blog Talk Radio episodes about Hephzibah House
- Hidden Abuses in the Baptist Church Part I: The 20/20 Episode (introduction to Hephzibah House)
- Hidden Abuses in the Baptist Church Part II: An interview with Susan Grotte (a 29 month resident in the early 1980s)
To learn more about Hephzibah House, please link to these additional resources:
- Jeri Massi's Lambs of Hephzibah House podcasts
- Hephzibah Girls Blog (Susan Grotte's blogspot; This site includes copies of documents distributed to families by Ron Williams.)
- Former Hephzibah Girls (Visit their links page for more links on activism.)