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Woman accuses Hillsong church of failing to act after she accused the son of two pastors of sexual misconduct

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A woman named Lereko Melissa has accused Hillsong Church in Oxford of enabling the son of two pastors who sexually harassed her while she was a member of the church.

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Lereko claims she was a chorister, together with Joshua Barwell, and during that period, he made sexually suggestive comments towards her. She said the comments sometimes came prior to them leading worship together.

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She said the comments made her uncomfortable and she told him about it. She claims he toned it down a bit but later went back to his old ways.

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She added that “given the toxic environment that prevailed over Hillsong Chruch (as a result of abusive leadership) and the fact that the Pastors of the church were Josh’s parents, I felt that I was in no position to seek their help.”

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As she was afraid of the consequences of reporting Joshua Barwell to his pastor parents and other pastors, she said she began wearing “drape-like clothing” to hide her body shape so that he will stop making sexual comments.

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She said she eventually left the church and sent a mail, reporting the abuse. She claims the church promised to investigate the alleged sexual misconduct but they haven’t done anything since then.

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She added that she shared her story online to “provide his other victims with another ally and cultivate a safe and supportive space in which they can come forward and share their own ill experiences with Josh, and highlight how their individual churches have failed them.”

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She also shared screenshots of the email exchange between her and the church after she reported the alleged sexual abuse to them.

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Woman accuses Hillsong church of failing to act after she accused the son of two pastors of sexual misconduct

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Woman accuses Hillsong church of failing to act after she accused the son of two pastors of sexual misconduct

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Woman accuses Hillsong church of failing to act after she accused the son of two pastors of sexual misconduct

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Woman accuses Hillsong church of failing to act after she accused the son of two pastors of sexual misconduct

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