Uploaded by TheYoungTurks on Jun 1, 2010
A teenage churchgoer raped by a fellow believer was humiliatingly forced to apologize to her entire congregation for getting pregnant out of wedlock.
Tina Anderson, who has waived her legal right to anonymity, was then ‘banished’ by church leaders to another state more than 2,000 miles away and forced to give her daughter up for adoption.
The explosive claims came at the trial of Ernest Willis, who is accused of twice raping the then 15-year-old Anderson, now 29, in 1997.
She said: ‘I felt completely humiliated. I felt like my life was over.’
Anderson told the Merrimack Superior Court hearing she was forced to face hundreds of churchgoers at Concord’s Trinity Baptist Church and say sorry for getting pregnant.
It is alleged that the then-pastor of the New Hampshire church, Chuck Phelps, arranged for her to move in with a Baptist family in Colorado and place her infant daughter up for adoption.
She said she believed ‘for years’ what the church leaders had told her which was: ‘The rapes were her fault and she must learn to forgive and forget.’
This story makes me literally sick to my stomach.
(Source: Daily Mail)