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Most notably, the complaint now names Bill Gothard himself as a defendant, which is a change many of our readers speculated about following the first filing.The complaint drops the allegations against the individual members of the board, while the lawsuit against the IBLP corporation remains.We had hoped that these women would never have to be so publicly vulnerable as they were this week.This is why time and time again we pleaded with Bill Gothard and the IBLP board to handle things in a straightforward and appropriate manner.We know that they have not entered into this lawsuit lightly.These women are well aware that Bill Gothard is trying to return to IBLP (as Bill himself stated in a signed affidavit that is included in the lawsuit), and that is something they do not believe should ever happen.
Dear Recovering Grace Reader, There has been a rather large development in the legal proceedings surrounding Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP).
Blogger Libby Anne has done a thorough job summarizing the allegations here:
Of particular note is that two of the plaintiffs (Melody Fedoriw and Jane Doe III) allege sexual abuse and harassment as recently as within the past five years, and another plaintiff (Jane Doe II) alleges that Bill Gothard went so far as to have non-consensual sexual intercourse with her.
In the midst of all of this, we feel proud of these women and are in awe of their courage.
We know that, for these women, this suit is not about any potential financial gain, even though the financial and emotional costs of this kind of recovery can be great.
This new filing adds a detailed description of what the women experienced.