Megachurch Hillsong now finds itself at the center of a sexual abuse scandal that was recently revealed by a weekly Australian TV news show 60 minutes.
At least two women have spoken out, claiming to have been sexually assaulted by employees of the Australian mega-church. One of them, a woman named “Katherine”, recounted how she was raped by another Hillsong member.
Katherine was visibly moved and swallowed back tears as she recounted her alleged experience, which took place after a Bible studies class one evening.
âHe closed the doors and turned off the lights. I said, ‘What are you doing, are you okay?’ Then he grabbed my hair, pushed me on that office chair, âshe said.
“I said what are you doing? Stop. No, that doesn’t happen,” because at that point I knew what was going to happen. He pulled down my pants and my underwear and pulled me down. raped in our church events office.
Describing her ordeal, Katherine said she was violent and completely filled with rage and hate.
âIt was the scariest thing I have ever experienced in my entire life,â she added.
Hillsong Church: rape allegation “ignored”
What is perhaps even more disturbing about the trauma of Katherine’s rape is Hillsong Church’s reaction when she told them about it. She said 60 minutes she was advised to focus on “repairing the relationship” and “fixing it” with her alleged rapist.
âHe didn’t want to let me talk. I can’t breathe, I’m crying, I’m hysterical at this man, âshe said of the Hillsong leader she had told about the incident.
In another incident, another woman, an American named Anna Crenshaw, revealed that she was sexually assaulted by Jason Mays, a married church staff member in 2016.
âHe put his hands around my waist, between my legs, touching my crotch. I tried to get away from him but he stumbled towards the door trying to follow us, âshe said.
Instead of firing him, Crenshaw claims Hillsong Church chose to promote him. It was learned that Mays was, in fact, the son of a church human resources (HR) heavyweight.
It all comes as Hillsong’s own founder Brian Houston recently resigned after being accused of covering up allegations of abuse against his father Frank.