It’s been a year since Maple shared her experiences during a press conference in Korea.
Netflix‘s latest docuseries, In The Name Of God: A Holy Betrayal, has horrified viewers with the terrible acts committed by Korean church cult leaders.
The series documents the stories of four leaders, the first being Jung Myung Seok (also known as Jeong Myeong Seok or simply JMS), leader of the JMS Church (now known as Providence or Christian Gospel Mission). The church’s leader was convicted of the rape of three women and sentenced to ten years in prison in 2008.
After his release in 2018, the religious leader allegedly began assaulting women again; however, one courageous woman exposed her identity in the docuseries to stop JMS from continuing his crimes.
Maple Yip (also known as Yip Maple Ying Tung Huen) was born in Canada but grew up in Hong Kong, where she says she suffered harsh bullying.
These hard times led her to be recruited into the cult, where she was selected as one of “God’s Brides.” During this time, Maple was selected by JMS, who was still serving his prison sentence, to visit him. By his release, Maple had assumed a high position in the community.
According to Maple, she was called to his room one day, where he assaulted her for the first time. Over three years, Maple was attacked multiple times and brainwashed into acting as an enabler when JMS wanted other women.
Maple was able to escape after claiming that she wanted to see her parents in Hong Kong. In March 2022, Maple returned to Korea to share her story at a press conference which led to the October arrest of JMS.
Since then, the 28-year-old has remained private while living in Hong Kong, although she shared in the docuseries that she began making art to manage her anger at what JMS allegedly did to her.
When the docuseries was first released, it was revealed that Maple and Olympic swimmer, singer, and actor Alex Fong were in a romantic relationship. Alex praised his girlfriend’s bravery and announced his plans to accompany her to trial proceedings this year in Korea.
A date for the new charges against JMS has not been set yet, but Maple and other victims will likely appear for court proceedings.