Cedar County, Missouri: An attorney for 31-year-old Amanda Hosueholder filed a 24-page lawsuit on Tuesday, March 1, in Polk County Superior Court naming her parents as defendants in a case related to abuse that is alleged to have taken place at boarding schools that they ran and operated.
Real Dark News first reported on the Circle of Hope Girl's Ranch nearly a year ago when it's owners, 71-year-old Boyd Householder and 55-year-old Stephanie Householder were arrested on a combined 102 charges.
A search of the Missouri court records shows individual records for both Boyd and Stephanie, but both of them are scheduled to be back in court on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 12:00 before Judge David R. Munton for a plea/ trial setting.
Now their daughter, whom Stephanie was quoted as calling "a satan worshiper" and claimed was "addicted to drugs" has joined the court battle.
Amanda spoke with the Kansas City Star concerning the new court case.
"I was born into this. I didn't have a choice," she said. "So, I'm becoming the person who did not rescue me as a child, by holding those who abused my peers and myself accountable."
She is not only suing her parents and the boarding school they operated, Circle of Hope Girl's Ranch, but also Agape Boarding School where her father worked before Circle of Hope was opened; the deceased owner of Agape, James Clemensen; Agape Baptist Church; and a former board member of Circle of Hope, and current pastor of Berean Baptist Church Jeffrey Ables.
Speaking to her motivation for the filing, Amanda said, "I hope survivors know I see them, and I will do whatever I can to make sure that the rest of the word sees us, too."
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for abuse that Amanda says included forced labor, beatings for sexual gratification, being forced to discipline other students and other forms of abuse.
According to the lawsuit, the defendants "have acted together and separately to abuse children at their unlicensed 'schools' and 'ranches' supporting one another and failing to report the known abuses and/or covering up these abuses."
Amanda is active on TikTok where she has posted extensively concerning Circle of Hope including testimonies from others that had been at the school.
Summons have been sent out for the new case.