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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 had felt uncomfotable and unhappy since 8 years of age.

I grew up inside a secretive sect, a 4th/5th 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 and separate from my professional career. I felt it was important that my work with women (and young people) exploring leaving Fundamentalist christian groups be kept underground to protect my extended family and community.

As years have passed and senior family passed away, I have less to protect and am now willing to speak publically.

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.

 My aim in sharing and speaking publically is not to shame, embarass or humilate - it is to raise awareness and to provide hope to others recovering from similar experiences.

 
Books

Fundamentalism blogs can be found below, and some information on The Truth Sect.

Resources can be provided on request to those supporting or working with Fundamentalists.

 

Behind-the-Bbox podcast

You can learn more about me here, in a podcast by our friends at Brainy Box https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/behind-the-bbox/id14771...

My Name is...

Writing under my own name has created more difficulty than I anticipated. The intent of this piece is to make it clear why I am using...

Helpful Links, Listens & Reads

Interesting information, not necessarily related to The Truth There are several 'cult' related podcasts, which I enjoy dipping in-out of...

One Quiet Sunday - I quit my life

​ One Sunday afternoon in 1999, at 19 years of age, I watched my fellow believers leave our Weekly Meeting in their long floral dresses...

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