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Let’s Talk About Purity Culture

Can we talk about the negative effects of Purity Culture for a bit? As a recently married woman who grew up in the height of the modern Purity Movement and choose to remain a virgin until marriage, I am beginning to see even more reasons why this culture and its...

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Is God Misogynistic?

A 16-yr-old created this art project for high school. It had to be made out of a book and relevant to the book. She chose the Bible, and made this piece as a commentary on how it has been used to persecute women. As a survivor of a fundamentalist cult and now an...

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Freedom Day 2020

Freedom Day 2020 Five years ago today, I began my journey out of a cult. I walked into a counselors office for the first time in my life and asked for help. I didn’t fully understand what kind of trauma I had endured; after all, it was my “normal.” I began the...

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The Modesty Files: A New Podcast on Toxic Fundamentalism

I woke up just a touch nervous today. This morning a podcast episode has been released where I talk quite frankly about the messy details of my trauma story. A few months ago I received an email from a group of three sisters who run a new podcast called The Modesty...

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National Denim Day

National Denim Day

“As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Denim Day encourages wearing jeans as an outward expression for sexual assault survivors and as a visible protest against the myths and misconceptions surrounding the crime of sexual assault. Denim day...

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Umbrella of Authority or Abuse?

Today one of my FB friends posted this umbrella picture on the left. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this graphic, in fact, I usually see it every month or so. On one hand, it looks innocent enough. It’s dripping in Christianese and it seems to support a...

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Coming Out of A Cult: The Honest Truth

Some people ask me what it’s like coming out of a cult. Well, here’s the honest truth: One day you feel completely empowered. You are cruising down the highway with your freedom songs blasting away, singing your heart out, and feeling invincible. The next morning you...

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NPR Interview

Today I was given the beautiful opportunity to share my story on live radio. As nervous as I was, I knew God would give me the exact words to say, and sure enough, He did! I felt very strong and confident and so incredibly grateful for the chance to share my heart! I...

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Telling My Story

Ever since I announced on my Social Media that I am writing a book about my #cult and #metoo story, I’ve received a lot of criticism. I’ve been told that I must not really be free, or that I haven’t really forgiven, or else I wouldn’t be so stuck in the past. But...

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I’m A Survivor

What an incredible week — I will never forget it. After fighting constant legal battles against him for the last three years, today I, along with six fellow victims, finally went up against our former cult leader, Bill Gothard, during a dramatic day-long hearing in...

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