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Ungodly Discipline Part 2-3

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2011

Part 2 of 3 Anderson Cooper CNN Ungodly Discipline Gary Tuchman Reporting,

Features Hephzibah House Winona Lake Indiana


Over the years there have been public allegations of abuse against Hephzibah House. There have been several instances when Ron Williams and staff have had to take the girls and flee. They have literally loaded up the girls and taken them to neighboring states to hide in churches until things have calmed down. At times the number of students at HH dipped very low as a result of investigations or allegations. The number of students always rebounded though, as nothing every happened to Ron or staff. In addition to the physical beatings, there are many other instances of outright abuse that are far worse than that. The humiliation, the forced vaginal exams, forced enemas, lack of any privacy even for time to use the bathroom. The girls were oftentimes starved as a form of punishment, they were made to do extra work duties, write sentences, or be shadowed. Shadowing was a very emberrassing punishment doled out by the staff ladies. Once on shadow, a girl could not so much as look at any other girl. She was to be a literal "shadow" of her assigned staff lady. She could not speak, look at anyone, or participate in any type of activity. She was to sit on the ground facing the wall at all times. There were several girls who were on shadow for months on end, with absolutely no interaction whatsoever with the other girls. Even though the abuse was part of the daily schedule, there was a secret bond between the girls. And for a girl to have even that tiny little shred of hope taken away by being shadowed, was a cruel punishment in and of itself. Girls were kept from using the bathroom, and then singled out and forced to wear diapers. Girls were humiliated at every opportunity. Whores, sluts, rebellious...these were all words that were thrown around as descriptions of why we were there in the first place. On drugs, living in the streets, pregnant, or dead...this is what we were told would happen to us if we left Hephzibah House. It was a daily battle that messed with our minds and has left long lasting scars. The affects of this type of emotional and physical trauma carry on for years and years..."

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