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Jesus Army compensation scheme launched

Website: Church Times
Date: 30/09/2022
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THE Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (also known as the Jesus Army), a now-defunct religious sect, has published a compensation scheme for survivors of abuse. Originally founded by Noel Stanton in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, in 1969, Jesus Army attracted thousands of members who lived together in close-knit rural communes. Allegations of adult and child abuse within the cult-like group have surfaced in recent years, and criminal convictions have been made. Survivors have until 31 December 2023 to apply to the compensation scheme, which could result in a written apology, financial compensation, an invitation to meet a trustee of the church-closing team, and a dedicated support fund for individual grants towards counselling.