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People who were raised in cults share what it was like and how they got out.

People who were raised in cults share what it was like and how they got out.

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The nature of cults is that they are insular and discourage contact with the outside world. So while we often here about cults in the news, on podcasts, and in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, rarely do we get to hear from the people inside. Unless they have managed to get out.

Someone asked Reddit: "people who have been born into families who are part of a cult, what's your story?" These 17 former cult-members or friends and family of cult members shared what it was like and how they got out.

Trigger warning: contains references to abuse and sexual assault.

1.) From ComeAbout:

My parents were Scientologist with my dad being a pretty high ranking guy (He “ran” two major cities in the late 80s). They left when I was still young but they used to harass our family a lot when I was growing up.

Made me very distrustful of organized religion in general.

Edit: My mom is now a super atheist and my dad, even though he left 30 years ago, still believes in a lot of the tenants tenets, especially the reincarnation part/thetans. He’s just not active and doesn’t press it on me (or anyone else) in any way.

Sources: Reddit
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