Sharing My “Why”
a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (such as a film or book)
- criticizing how the media promotes the cult of celebrity; especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fadb : the object of such devotion
c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion
- the singer’s cult of fans
- The film has a cult following.
I was born into a cult which I left in 2001. I was married off at the age of 17 to a man I did not know. We were from two different states. Dating was forbidden. Within one week of getting married, I wanted nothing more than to go home. Divorce, however, was not permitted. Ultimately, is was this “rule” that was the catalyst that led to my leaving “the church”, or as I refer to it, ” the box”.
a : a dissenting or schismatic religious body; especially : one regarded as extreme or hereticalb : a religious denomination
For almost 20 years, I was married to an abusive and psychologically twisted man. While I hope to never cross paths with him again, I have been able to forgive him. He was sexually molested from a very young age and had a rage towards the world that was, most of the time, terrifying to live with. My children and I lived a life “walking on eggshells” every day.
As married women are not allowed to work, (other than helping their husbands as is befitting), it has been one hell of a journey to get out of the “box”,–and more importantly, I am one of the very few, very lucky single women who managed to leave with my children.
Men, if you are reading this,–do not label me a man-hater. I am not. In spite of being raised in a cult, I was blessed to have good parents, who, unfortunately have shunned me as I do not, in their words, “break bread with them”. My father, to date, is one of the kindest, most patient men that I have ever known. Sadly, brainwashing is powerful. My mom, (who had/has a more fiery disposition than my dad), told me once in a moment of despair, (prior to my excommunication), “write the good, the bad, and the ugly”. Although I have been “out of the box” for 17 years, it is difficult to write about. I remember being contacted by a lady named Claire Weinraub, who wanted to setup some type of interview on behalf of ABC News. At the time, I was too afraid. My two children were still young and living with me. I didn’t want to do anything to incite any type of retaliation and risk losing my sole reason for existing. Today, I am very grateful to say, my children are grown and prospering; living their own lives.
Enough about me for the moment. I wanted to explain why I have the passion I do to empower women to change their lives, especially those who have overcome obstacles that are, in many ways, incomprehensible.
As stated in my Mission Statement, all it takes is a short journey back in time, and ALL women can relate to persisting against overwhelming obstacles while staying, amazingly resilient.
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NOTE: My story is just that; my story. It is my truth as I knew, experienced and lived it. It is not an attack on any organization, (religious or otherwise), and/or anyone’s belief(s). America was founded on the principle of religious freedom. Of course, I will express my opinions. In my opinion, any organization, (religious or otherwise), that causes harm, tears families apart and/or sanctions violence is a dangerous force. Manipulation and mind control are powerfully evil.