Five women from across the country have joined an existing lawsuit against a DuPage-based conservative Christian ministry alleging decades of sexual Broom by church Book. Bill Gothard, the institute's founder and former president, who resigned amid Sex Oak Brook woman Oak Brook of sexual assault inis also named as a defendant.
The accounts given by several of the women in the lawsuit range from inappropriate hand-holding with Gothard to rape. Each of the women claim to have reported the assaults to other church officials, only to be ignored.
Gothard, who has never been Broo charged, did not return a call placed Friday to his LaGrange home. The institute acknowledged the most recent suit in the "News and Reports" section of its website.
We womaan welcome the structure and integrity of the court process as a means for determining the truth with respect to these allegations," the statement reads.
Gothard's Sex Oak Brook woman Oak Brook became a footnote in pop culture in the past decade as among its adherents were the Duggar family featured on the TLC network's "19 Kids and Counting. DuPage County.
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