Former IBLP member Emily Elizabeth Anderson shares within the collection that she was Jane Doe III, as she most well-liked to be recognized when she and 9 different ladies sued Gothard in 2016, alleging sexual abuse and harassment.
She remembers Gothard inviting her when she was 14 to stop homeschool and go stay at IBLP’s Chicago headquarters “indefinitely.” He instructed her that her father did not love her anymore and “had lost all authority over her,” she alleges, so Gothard “would be her new authority.”
Elizabeth describes a night the place Gothard introduced her as much as his workplace and was visibly startled to see a male assistant nonetheless working, assuming they had been going to be alone.
Gothard resigned from the IBLP board in March 2014 amid an outdoor authorized counsel investigation into sexual misconduct allegations that in the end decided he acted in an “inappropriate,” if not legal, method. When IBLP shared the investigation’s findings in June 2014, Gothard mentioned in a later-deleted assertion, “My actions of holding of hands, hugs, and touching of feet or hair with young ladies crossed the boundaries of discretion and were wrong.”
The now 88-year-old didn’t return E!’s request for remark and declined to remark for the collection. He has beforehand denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
The plaintiffs dropped their lawsuit in 2018 however instructed Recovering Grace (a web-based assist neighborhood for alums of IBLP and its homeschool curriculum, the Superior Coaching Institute) that they had been “not recanting” their allegations “or dismissing the incalculable damage that we believe Gothard has done by his actions and certain teachings.”
Explaining on the present why they stopped pursuing Gothard in court docket, along with statutes of limitations and the monetary burden, Elizabeth says, “It’s constantly rehashing the most horrific memories of your life and telling them again and again. If you decide to move forward in a case it’s also important that you realize the emotional toll that it’s going to continue to take on you. Quite frankly, the cost was too high.”
Jinger Duggar, who detailed her break from IBLP in her 2023 memoir, was the one member of her household to seemingly remark in response to Gothard’s authorized points. She tweeted in 2018 that, whereas she was a Christian, “I have to be honest, and true to myself by tweeting this. I do not support Bill Gothard and the Institute of Biblical [sic] Life Principles in any way, shape, or form. I find his ‘teachings’ extremely questionable.”