Woman at the centre of landmark Anglican church settlement on her fight for justice


May 17, 2020

By Jennifer Eder

A woman whose sexual harassment complaint was brushed off by Anglican church leaders has won a landmark settlement and is embarking on another Human Rights Review Tribunal claim.

She was not a regular churchgoer until a traumatic event caused her to question the existence of heaven.

“I had a basic belief in God, but I’d never explored it,” the Blenheim woman said.

“I wanted to know, where is that? It’s a bit like losing a child in the mall, you have this need to know where they are. What is this place, is it real?”

The woman, who can’t be identified, is speaking publicly for the first time after her Human Rights Review Tribunal complaint against her local priest and church saw an unprecedented settlement, including an apology from the Anglican Church, and an acknowledgement that its priests are covered by human rights law in New Zealand.

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