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Test Migration New

A new documentary looks at role of women in theGloriavale community

“The Gloriavale communityon the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island has been described as a cultthat is more sinister than the idyllic location would lead you to believe.Beyond the rolling green hills and snow-capped mountains is a very uniformedand regimented Christian community. It is isolated and secular and the 500members have very little contact with the outside world. Members say they don’twant to associate themselves with the evil, adultery, drug use and fornicationthat the outside world engages in… A new documentary, Gloriavale: A Woman’s Place, has explored life inside the community and how being a wife is thetop job for a woman. Dove Love, 22, features in the documentary and she islonging to get married. She has been doing the washing for everybody in thecommunity and she’s ready to be promoted to the role of a wife, where she isrequired to submit herself to her husband… Once a couple is married, and awoman vows to submit while the man vows to be the leader, they embrace for anumber of minutes. They are then carried to a ‘consummation room’ immediately wherethey are expected to lose their virginities… Members of Gloriavale don’t getmany choices—they are told what to wear and where to work. Marriages arearranged when members are as young as 12, and Gloriavale leader Neville Cooperbelieves that’s the age a girl becomes a woman… A lot of controversy surroundedthe community when Cooper, who changed his name to HopefulChristian, was jailed on sexualabuse charges in 1995. His son and a young woman fled the community andtestified against Cooper. Those who leave the community are shunned, and theycan’t contact those who remain part of the community.” (News.com.au, 08/06/16) [IT 8.1]

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