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LAURA MCCONNELL

 
Woman Writing

ABOUT

At 11 years of age I started to question the faith that permeated our  home and our community.

I grew up inside a secretive sect, a 4th generation believer inside a large extended family. I rarely saw children other than my sisters and cousins, and almost everyone I knew was a follower of our faith.


I left at 19, and 'assimilated' into mainstream society in order to survive. I got an education, built a career & tried to forget about the world I'd been raised in. 

In 20 years I'd barely mentioned my past - determined that it should be kept secret. However, after years leading teams & undergoing personal development, I realised I can not stay silent about where I came from. My life inside the secretive world of The Truth has shaped me, and if i'm to be a good and authentic leader and human - I have a duty to speak up.

I have been left with scars from a childhood inside The Truth, suffering PTSD after what I now realise to have been shunning, emotional and spiritual abuse. I lost my extended family, and have had to process ongoing grief and loss as well as build a life in mainstream society. 

My health has suffered - from anxiety, to eating disorders and migraines - trauma continually reminds me of The Truth's legacy in the lives of those who leave.

I gather anecdotally that there is angst about me sharing my experiences, and using my name openly. My aim in sharing my experiences is not to shame, embarass or humilate - it is to raise awareness and to provide hope to others.

 

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Check out a recent podcast I did with Karen O'Connor on how COVID has bought out some sect/cult like groups in antivaxers....

Recent articles & SBS Insight Program

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Women of The Truth - Zine Ed. 1

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Women in Fundamentalism

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#FeministFridays with Sarah Liberty

I recently did a podcast with Sarah Liberty, for her program #FeministFridays ` Listen here: #FeministFridays including conversation...

Lets Talk about Sects

A podcast by Sarah Steel Links to the episode on The Truth, crafted & edited by Sarah Steel can be found here. https://www.ltaspod.com/26

Fundamentalism and Children

Some thoughts about the trauma for children of being involved in a high control group, such as The Truth Sect.

Leaving the Fold – Marlene Winell

I happened upon Leaving the Fold, a book by Marlene Winell while I was searching on Amazon for therapy books for those leaving...

Understanding Coercive Control

One of the topics of conversation with people (usually women , occasionally men) is 'What is it about The Truth which isnt working for...

Talk Beliefs YouTube Vid

Hear/watch my interview on the Talk Beliefs Youtube channel, talking about growing up in The Truth Sect in Australia....

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