Woman tells police House of Hope Atlanta megachurch covered up rape then threatened her

www.christianpost.com | 9/5/2019 | Staff
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It was 3:31 p.m. Sunday when Octavia felt compelled enough to tell police in Georgia about “a rape” that occurred four years ago that she alleges officials at House of Hope Atlanta have been trying to cover up since they were told about it.

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Someone from the storied 15,000-member church, led by Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr., she told Cobb County police officer C.B. Neill, had left a threatening message in her mailbox.

“She found a small white piece of paper in her mailbox on September 1st that read, ‘Octavia Stop NOW or Else 83019,’” Neill wrote in his report.

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The threat, left in her mailbox on Friday, came after the alleged rape victim — who The Christian Post has chosen not to identify in this report beyond her first name for safety reasons — was interviewed by popular online media personality Larry Reid about the alleged sexual assault she endured. In that interview, Reid said Octavia told him she was drugged and raped.

“I have a confession and the details of what happened but they covered it up,” Reid told CP about the allegations against the church. “There was a rape that occurred ... drugged and raped.”

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According to Neill, Octavia believes the threatening message was meant to keep her silent.

“[Redacted] believed this to be a threat in reference to her speaking to a blogger named Larry Reed (sic) about a rape that occurred four years ago being covered up by the organization House of Hope Atlanta,” the report said.

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“Reed posted the interview on his blog located on the Patreon.com website even after [redacted] told Reed she did not give consent for the interview to be shared,” it continued.

Octavia did not respond to requests from CP for an interview but Reid told CP she alleged that she...
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