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          "My Father Offered Me as a 'Maiden' Sacrifice to an Alleged Cult Leader"

          June 30, 2014

          Lindsay claims that from ages 13 to 23 she was one of 10 “maidens” and was sexually abused by alleged cult leader Victor Barnard — a former fugitive arrested recently after having been charged last April with 59 felonies, including criminal sexual conduct. Lindsay blames her father, Carmen, for turning a blind eye. Carmen says he had no idea what his daughter was going through, because Barnard had such a mental hold on him — and he’s desperate to repair his relationship with Lindsay. Emotions run high when the two come together for the first time in more than a year. How does Lindsay say she finally escaped nearly a decade of alleged abuse? And, what red flags does she say her father ignored? Plus, can this father and daughter move forward in healing and forgiveness?

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          Lindsay claims that when she was 13, Victor Barnard, leader of River Road Fellowship, selected her to be among 10 “maidens” who she says lived together in one house. As a “maiden,” Lindsay claims she was expected to perform wifely duties for Barnard, which she says included cooking, cleaning and having sex with him. She says that as a maiden, she was “spiritually married” to Barnard during a special salt ceremony, with her parents in attendance. “He had us all wear veils over our foreheads, and he gave us rings to wear on our ring fingers. He would dip his finger in a dish of salt and then put it on our tongue; and then he would put salt on his tongue,” she explains. “My parents witnessed the salt ceremony. It was clear to me at that moment that my parents weren’t going to stop it.”

          Lindsay says she believes that some of her family members are still involved with Barnard.

          “I couldn’t believe that my dad and mom had agreed to let me stay with Victor, after he told them that he may or may not have sex with me.”

          Lindsay faces her father, Carmen, for the first time in more than a year. “How could you not know?”

          “My biggest mistake was to trust the wrong man.” And, how does Carmen respond to allegations that he cared more about his reputation than protecting Lindsay?

          “There’s a difference between blame and responsibility.”

          Tune in to hear from the co-founder of the group — what does he say he witnessed that made him question Barnard’s relationship with his “maidens”? Plus, does Lindsay want a relationship with her father?

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