The process of un-indoctrinating myself was a deep maze of therapy, education, time and a myriad of discussions with people who have had similar experiences as being parts of cults and in coercive relationships.
Im here because you exploited me, you coerced and manipulated me.
Letter to CBS expressing my objection to their decision to give a platform to five NXIVM supporters, the segment aired September 29th on CBS This Morning. Their decision to allow these five devotees to claim the innocence and wrongful conviction of Keith Raniere, who was convicted of seven counts of federal crimes (including sex trafficking and child pornography, and who coerced women into branding their bodies with his initials) amounts to a blatant disregard for the American judicial system, and for human decency. Keith Raniere is in prison, convicted in Federal Court. Five other women were also convicted of federal crimes in connection with his criminal organization. Read more…
Debora is an actress, writer, stand up comedian, and photographer. Fiery Italian parents raised Debora in a strict Swiss environment creating the perfect tension to influence a young artist.
As a life long seeker, I have spent many years traveling to far corners of the globe to work with healers, gurus, and teachers in search of my clarity, my confidence, and my purpose- the GLORIOUS self that my granny saw in me. Often I felt lost, alone, and confused. At one point, I even found myself an unsuspecting member of NXIVM, a high demand organization (e.g., cult).
I was first recruited into ESP through an introduction meeting held Santa Monica, CA. After that I took a five day intensive in Los Angeles in 2011. I was 19 years old.
My mission is to tell the world that every single experience of people who were in any cult, high control group be it NXIVM, or the Children of God matters, whatever form it takes. Most people in cults are either sexually abused, financially enslaved, or emotionally coerced. Whatever our experience was, it takes years to deprogram and unlearn, even if there is no physical mark.
Poverty is horrific. But a kid usually doesn’t know any better. Until they get into upper grades at school and visit other houses. And eventually they learn of a life beyond this and the “American Dream” where they can do what they want, when they want, free from limitations, and be rich! Unless they join a cult…
Hi I’m Kelly Thiel. I live in the OC, I do pilates 3 days a week. I practice yoga (on and off the mat). I volunteer, I have been in part of the Young President’s Organization for 14 years, I graduated with honors from the University of San Diego. GO TOREROS!! I have been on quest for enlightenment through books and teachers. I got to meet and was blessed by his holiness the Dali Lama. Namaste! (Bowing with prayer hands). I have an amazingly supportive and successful husband who adores me and I have a four beautiful children whom I adore. And in 2016………….. I joined a cult.