Ginger recalls laughing as he and his sisters tried on blonde wigs at the mall, joking, “I’m ready for HQ.”
That is, blonde hair makes them look like “gossard girls,” she writes. “From a single-parent home with no father or grandfather.” Lead and protect them,” he said, working at IBLP headquarters in Hillsdale, Illinois.
“For us, it was just a strange quirk of our little world,” Ginger wrote. I realized.”
Gothar invited the girl to talk, and after a while “rubbed a woman’s leg or held her hand, both of which were strictly forbidden between unmarried men and women.” For many of the girls, Gossard did not touch them inappropriately or engage in overt sexual acts. filed a lawsuit against Gothard in 2016.”
he Resigns from the IBLP Board In March 2014, amidst an investigation by outside legal counsel into allegations that he had sexually harassed and sexually abused a woman, IBLP said in June 2014 that the investigation found that Gothar had ” acted in an inappropriate manner,” but determined that he had not committed a criminal act. (Gossard said in a since-deleted statement, “My actions of holding hands, hugging, and touching the legs and hair of a young woman were beyond the bounds of discretion and were wrong.
Ten plaintiffs withdrew their complaints in 2018, Joint Statement on Restoring Grace“We suffice to say that by dismissing the lawsuit at this time, we are neither retracting our experience nor dismissing the immeasurable damage that Gotthard believes has been done by his actions and certain teachings. I want to be clear…and ignoring what his organization has chosen…to protect themselves instead of the people who care for them.”
Gottard, now 88, has denied any wrongdoing. says on his website The same women who accused him of sexual misconduct wrote, “Over the last 20 years, they have written me wonderful letters of thanks. I am ‘their best friend’ and ‘changed their lives. I will always remember the words, ‘Thank you for helping them,’ and encouragement.” There were no signs of harassment as there was no harassment. “