Elder defends treatment of abuse claim

The Globe and Mail (Canada), Sep. 17, 2002


“What were we to do? Take a young girl and twist her arm, say go today?” Mr. Brown asked Ms. Boer’s lawyer in Ontario Superior Court.

He said he took the word of Ms. Boer’s father, Gower Palmer, that he would speak to a doctor and later bring his daughter with him.

“The doctor would have the resources to refer her. We didn’t,” Mr. Brown testified.

“Our role was to be spiritual shepherds.”

He said he and other elders decided after two meetings with father and daughter that Mr. Palmer was penitent and, although he minimized what he had done, could be trusted to keep his word about reporting, and not harm his other children

Ms. Boer has testified the elders intimidated her into covering up the abuse to protect the movement’s image.

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