IN - Allegations of child abuse at Hephzibah House, Winona Lake, 2018

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by human, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    Found a frightening article about a boys “school” in West Virgina that compares to this HH. I don’t know if there is anything helpful here, but perhaps you will get some ideas of how to get the help needed to close this down.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/rapes...cape-christian-school-was-hell-for-these-boys
    [h=2]Blue Creek Academy was an abusive hell on earth, former students say—and the principal who ran it is now heading up a new Bible school in another state.[/h]
     


  2. niteowl66

    niteowl66 New Member

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    Phil has shilled for similar (although nominally secular and slightly less batshit) so-called schools in the not-so-distant past, and has sent several kids there on his show. Mainly Aspen franchises, currently his main favorite/sponsor seems to be Turnabout Ranch. Mild compared to Hepzibah (sort of like syphilis being mild compared to Ebola) but based on the same ****ed-up psyhcological model. He's just about the last celebrity to go to bat for your cause, it would hit too close to home. Edit: links https://www.reddit.com/r/troubledteens/ http://tales-from-the-black-school.blogspot.com/ Fornits.com is now pretty much dead but definitely worth checking out, as long as you don't mind sifting through tons of trolling and shitposts: http://www.fornits.com/phpbb/
     
  3. Davia18

    Davia18 Verified Human

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    Hugs to you and prayers to all those going through this now. Breakers my heart, my 13 year old is such a confident sassy little thing can't imagine these children being broken this way. There's a special place for all involved whom have harmed children and continue to harm children. :(
     
  4. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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  5. HayLouise

    HayLouise Law Student

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    I’m not sure if this could help, but thought it would be worth a mention to get this more attention.

    A YouTuber - John Lordan, does great work on various cases. I can pass on your website via twitter DM to him, if you like? Or you could of course.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/GeekenDorx

    Twitter username - LordanArts


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  6. Schatz

    Schatz Well-Known Member

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    I briefly told him about this on the phone last night, and he said he thinks he’s seen the girls, but with Grace College right down the street and its own conservative nature, I don’t know how he’d be able to discern that. I am very tempted to do a drive by when I drop my daughter off on Friday.
     
  7. Mamamerced

    Mamamerced Well-Known Member

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    Disgruntled, I sent a link to your website to a well-respected investigative reporter. Fingers are crossed she can point our noses in a helpful direction. We all need to reach out and spread this information. Something meaningful may take hold. We can't just scroll and roll, ya know. Gives me shivers to think this is our Veep's home state that he "governed".
     
  8. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link. I recall reading this story back then, when there was more of an effort to regulate and stop the horrific torture in these "schools". Somehow, the issue is off the public radar now.

    JMO, raising awareness on social media, Reddit, etc. may bring a new generation of supporters to the cause. It's a shame the Times Up and other movements aren't talking about this. Modern feminism needs to refocus their priorities just a little.
     
  9. Ewood66

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    As I started reading this thread, this is what came to my mind also. Many people in power (no matter their political leanings) are nervous and will not want to be seen as complicit in any way.

    It is indeed a sad world, when the right to religious freedom holds greater weight than the right of children (and all people) to be free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. I just don't understand that thinking in any way.

    I am about to go to work, but wonder if organisations at a local, state, federal and international level whose purpose is around the protection of kids and/or the protection of human rights would help - e.g. humanium, amnesty international - if they are not able to help, they may be able to give information on how to progress this. I am not in the US so do not know what organisations that may be able to help.
     
  10. keeleydoll

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    I agree 100% I was dropping our 14 year old off to hang out with her friends and whatever I said she responded to with “I am a strong, independent woman!!” Which I thought was both awesome and hilarious. I feel bad saying no to the 5 year old when she asks for ice cream and I don’t have any. Even a “strong, independent” 14 year old is still full of wonder with the world and completely dependent on us, how can people hurt kids like this and no one have the power to stop it?!


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  11. Mamamerced

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    We need to examine the veneer of "religion". It's a convenient cloak for too many control freaks.
     
  12. fictionisbetter

    fictionisbetter Active Member

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    My family history and upbringing can attest to that, unfortunately. This Hephzibah House thread has made me reflect a lot on how religion was used in my household as a tool of control and an excuse for abuse when I was growing up. I feel sick knowing that there are girls suffering at the hands of these supposedly devout monsters.

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  13. Coldpizza

    Coldpizza Retired WS Staff

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    Hi everyone,

    Disgruntled is now verified in this case.

    As always, please continue to treat disgruntled with respect.

    Remember disgruntled does not need to provide links to her posts and it's up to you whether to believe what she posts or not.

    Thank you disgruntled for sharing your riveting account of what happened at Hephzibah House with Websleuths.
     
  14. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre Kindness matters - always

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    Thank you, Coldpizza!

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  15. Spellbound

    Spellbound falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus

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    Thank you for doing this so quickly!
     
  16. Margo/Mom

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    First they need to know.
     
  17. Margo/Mom

    Margo/Mom Active Member

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    Exactly. Freedom to worship is important. Using that to claim additional rights (secrecy, freedom from accountability) is the work of snake oil salesmen.
     
  18. TruthTempest

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    Disgruntled,

    I’m so sorry for what you have endured and admire your willingness to relentlessly continue the fight for others in the same situation.

    If I understand correctly, the statute of limitations has expired so it is not possible to bring criminal charges or file a civil suit?

    Compounding the issue is that there is no way to help determine the identity of current victims or recent survivors who may still be within the statute of limitations?
     
  19. ClaireNC

    ClaireNC Well-Known Member

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    Jumping off your post...

    Question: what is the statue of limitations on this type of abuse?
    From what I've seen, most of the survivors that have come forward were there many years ago. How can we get more recent survivors to come forward and tell there story? Has anyone started a FB page for discussion? Taken to twitter to get people talking?
     
  20. Hope4More

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    Disgruntled-

    I'd be willing to research and compile a list with contact info of individual activists, relevant orgs, and media (outside Indiana) that might be receptive to hearing your story.

    Would doing this be helpful to you and welcomed by you?
     

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