Fairhaven Baptist Academy Ex-Students Describe Brutal Abuse Endured (VIDEO)

09/25/2011 10:30 am ET | Updated Nov 25, 2011
  • Danielle Cadet CNN

Former students of Fairhaven Baptist Academy in Indiana are speaking out about their experiences of abuse, including incidents of humiliation, hitting, torment and rape, CNN reports.

"We constantly lived in fear of looking the wrong way, doing the wrong thing," Alison Lavery told the network.

The school is associated with Fairhaven Baptist Church, which along with Fairhaven Baptist College, was founded by Pastor Roger Voegtlin, an influential figure in the fundamentalist Baptist community. Voegtlin, who said he supports physical discipline, told CNN that he thinks the former students are embellishing and that almost all Fairhaven students are happy.

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