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(ANS) – A member of an underground house church in China told about her experiences of torture, sexual abuse and arbitrary imprisonment by Chinese police. She spoke at a recent press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. According to a news release from the China Aid Association (Tortured_House_Church_Leader), Ms. Liu Xianzhi, 34, a member of the South China Church , escaped from China last month after serving her sentence in a labor camp making Christmas lights and rugs. In 2001, the news release continued, police arrested Ms. Liu and tortured her into falsely testifying that the pastor of the South China Church , Gong Shengliang, raped her. Liu said that her prison experience continues to haunt her. “When I hear dogs barking, loud knocking on the door, the sound of police sirens, or I see men who are not wearing shirts (like my interrogators), I have an overwhelming sense of fear,” she said in the news release.” She is one of 8903 members of the South China Church who police have arrested for their religious beliefs, the news release stated, including Pastor Gong, who is serving a life sentence in prison based on multiple confessions obtained through torture.

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