Rolling Stone

Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch



Founded by former Agapé staffers Boyd and Stephanie Householde­r in 2006, Circle of Hope was marketed as an academical­ly rigorous Christian school that would “help each child to become a God-honoring and parent-honoring young person,” but students claimed they were sexually abused, handcuffed, and force-fed. The school caught national attention in 2020, when survivors began posting allegation­s of abuse on TikTok. The Householde­rs have settled multiple lawsuits brought by victims and face more, including one from daughter Amanda Householde­r. The couple will face trial for more than 100 counts of felony child crimes. Their lawyer denies the allegation­s and says “their innocence will prevail.”

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