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The following are first hand personal accounts from survivors of abuse as children in The Family

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smashingrrl - Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I'll start.

1987: While in the Osaka School in Japan, I was molested and raped repeatedly by one of the teen shepherds who slept in the next room. My parents were not at the school at the time. I told my sister and she told her shepherd. She was told to keep silent and help me get the victory over lying. I was put on silence restriction for a month.

1990: While in the home in Elgg Switzerland I was molested by two different adult men. One was Stefan Shaff, the other went by Tim. I did tell my mother this time. She was furious and tried to protect me. She never did succeed in convincing the home shepherds to do anything about it. Stefan was later made a Jett shepherd in charge of me! He used to spank me for any reason he could think of but never did molest me again. I think he was scared of my mother.

I was beaten inumerable times for laughable reasons. I would not eat brewers yeast is a good example.

None of these men have ever faced the consequences of their actions. I face them every day. It has taken years of therapy to get me some semblance of a normal life. I still do not eat brewers yeast.

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- Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I was 13 in the HCS. This was supposed to be the big shining example. I was sexually assaulted by one of the home leaders. I'm 31 now and I'm still not over it.

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- Wednesday, January 19, 2005

When I was 6 a male member made me touch his penis under the blankets. When I was 7 another male member made me lay on top of him naked, he was naked too. I never told my parents because I was embarrassed and did not understand. I don't know if my parents would have left at that time had I told them. What people don't realize is that when you're a kid and you know about sex from the time you're 2 it is difficult to know when to say hey that's wrong or I'm telling my parents, because you don't know right from wrong yet. But the embarrassment and confusion never goes and it comes back to haunt you.

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afflick - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

When I lived in the DC Home with Dust (Mike Edwards) and Ahlai (Cindy Thompson), I remember a situation where Dust told me that he heard about a situation in Cincinnati where an adult member was messing around with a 13 year old girl.

In my opinion, Dust was very concerned that this girl would cause trouble for the adult man, in the way of getting "put on babe's status" and be unable to read the new letters the Family was putting out.

He voiced his desire, as the leader of the Family in North America, to try to help "smooth out" the situation for the adult man, so that he wouldn't have to be on babe's status. That was in 1998. I am sure there are many other stories like this one.

First of all, if you have a story of sexual abuse being covered up currenly, please post it.

If you can give the date and the legal names of those involved, even better.

The media needs to know that the Family's way of dealing with issues is through "babe's status" maybe no videos, no new missives to read, no alcohol. They definetly do not turn over offenders to the law as they believe they are above it.

The world must know.

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IWasNotABlindChild - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

There was a man named Bernabe in Argentina. He was an abuser of the first kind! He threw his 2 yr old daughter against the wall, breaking both her legs and her pelvis. She spent months in an A frame cast. His son, an infant, was taken to the hospital with breathing complications resulting from his being held over a pot of steaming water, A home cure PTL. He never came back.

I met this man at a later time, a couple of years at most. This man has not done any time for his crime against his own children. I think he was finally exomunicated. I'm sure some leader at some time, believed that punishment fit that crime.

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SuzieQ - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

What is so incredulous to me (it shouldn't be I know) is that this woman's (claire) husband is one of the worst child abusers there has ever been in the Family who used to spank his own adolescent step-daughters and then fuck them while they were still crying. I know because I was there and because I have heard it from their very own mouths. They are too busy with their own lives to be involved with this, but it's the truth.

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frmrjoyish - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

I sent the following statement hours ago and have not recieved an error message. Hopefully it got through. Daniel and everyone else putting their necks out for the truth, thank you! You make us proud!

"I am writing this in support of Daniel Roselle as he works to dispel the lies currently cascading from the cult formerly known as The Children of God.

Myself and another child, who I will keep anonymous, were both sexually abused for years, sometimes separately sometimes together. The leadership in the homes we lived in knew of and condoned the abuse. Not once was any effort made to stop it or punish the abuser. Even when I reported it 1986 no investigation was conducted nor any consequences suffered by our abuser. Not once since their public retraction of their child-adult sex practices did I or this other individual ever receive an apology or an offer of therapy.

It is my hope that as a respected institution of journalism you will have the ability to discern the truth from lies. This is a group that is well adapt at lying and deceiving the public, academics, and members of the media. It is my hope that your news organization is equally adapt at finding the real truth.

If I can help in any way I will. Thank you for your time."

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chainedgirl - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

It was so hard to hear of this latest news. I cried for Ricky, for yet another one of us who tried and lost the battle to live. Suicide for me too has been a daily thought since leaving TF, something I still have to fight against. I do not condone murder, but Angela had it coming in my opinion. You cannot live in and around, be a witness to and DO the things these adults have done to us and not expect there to be some sort of consequence. They knew better! Makes me think of what I just read a few hours ago in a psychology magazine, "Humiliation is arguably the most harmful condition known to man, all it does is breed revenge." - That reminded me of where I read how Ricky kept using the word "embarassed" when speaking of some of what he went through in TF.

I want to scream out, "It's about time!!" It's about time our voices, our cries were heard, I mean really heard! - It's good to see the media picking this up...finally! Nancy, you are right! This is not Argentina or some quick little media spill TF is going to make spotless with all their lies, then cover it up to their own members with the "decievers, yet true" crap.

I proudly add my name to this list in support of Daniel and all of us who had no choice or know-how to make things better, just the fucked up circumstance of having being born to the COG. It makes me so angry that they are trying to blame this on the ever present "disgruntled ex-members"! It will not work this time...better think of something else and quick cause we are finally coming out. We are NOT ex-members, we are the fruit of your sick and twisted labors. I'm just sorry Berg isn't still around to go down with you. He was a perverted, weird, nasty old man and I hate him! I hate that I was made to dance numerous times for him! To know that he watched that and many, many more of us as well. I was 12, 13, 14 and 15 years old when told to dance for his ass. How old was he? And to think those videos are still floating around somewhere, where I have no clue.

I have been raped, molested, masterbated and abused physicially, verbally and mentally countless times since the age of 11 and I know I'm not alone in this. I have fled from authorities in the middle of the night, why...I never really knew, been deprived of any real education and any contact with the outside world. Was without my consent nearly "married off" to an Indian national to secure my visa and told to be thankful for it, was threated with and in the presence of severe public spankings performed by Sara Davidito and Ho. These were filmed! Saw Mene (Berg's grand-daughter) go from a scared and timid person to going seemingly crazy. TF had her tied down to her bed, she was wearing diapers and screaming in the middle of the night. TF told us she had conscented to being the Devil's whore and was having sex with Satan and that we should pray for her and take her lesson to heart, least we fall pray to the "Devil, walking about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour". They opened our mail and took our money, read our journals and made us cut up our pictures, searched our stuff and put us in solitary confinment, deprived us of any music or books not their own and publically humiliated us in front of all with what they considered our many NWOs. Worst of all, they gave us no real understanding of this planet that we live on, nothing for even the simplest of tasks. Huge world events I came out of TF not even knowing they existed, how to drive, bank, shop, get a job, these were all things I had to learn after I left and it's been quite the journey. Yes, TF stole our childhood, 22 years of my life personally and we deserve justice! We deserve our time, to tell our side loud and clear. So Zerby or try to anyway, cause you're doing down.

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I know - Sunday, January 16, 2005

Yes, the mother was a 15-year-old girl. John PI was having sex with her at Marianne's Home in the PI.

The "child" is now a teenager, possibly out of the group, and visits this site from time to time.

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From an X-victor - Sunday, January 16, 2005

In the Teen Victor Program at the HCS under Ricky and Elaine John PI was an "adult victor" at the Dorm. He would say "good night" to the girl teens . . . one at a time french kissing, fondling our breasts and other parts of our bodies. One of my best friends took the heat of this abuse, as he would pay her "special attention" all over the Dorm when no one was around. She confided in me and said that at every opportunity she would find herself cornered by him. Of course, according to John PI she was the flirty little teen and was put on reading assignments, silence restriction, corporal punishment was administered etc . . . as she was tempting him. Just thought I'd give an FYI on the credibility of this so called leader.

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