Waiting for a family — A happy ending to a sad story

Source: Cult Help and Information Original article from Syracuse Herald American, Sunday, April 13, 1997. After eight years on the run, her sons are home again.  Reclaiming kids from cult took Scriba woman across America. By Janet Gramza and Todd Lighty When the phone call finally came, Laurie Johnson’s heart soared.  After an eight-year search…

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US cult expert+sociologist warns of child abuse in the 12 Tribes+2 other cults

Source: International Journal of Cultic Studies Volume 1, 2010, 27-48 Original title of essay (The Northeast Kingdom Community is short for Northeast Kingdom Community Church, name the 12 Tribes had previously): House of Judah, the Northeast Kingdom Community, and ‘the Jonestown Problem’ Downplaying Child Physical Abuses and Ignoring Serious Evidence Stephen A. Kent Department of…

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A sad echo from across the seas: “They’re still at it!”

Source:The Chronicle, Vermont, 17 September 2013 by nataliehormilla  In this Chronicle file photo, a Vermont state trooper carries a bundle of wooden rods out of a restaurant owned by the Island Pond community on June 22, 1984.   “They’re still at it!” That’s what we said when we read the astounding news that on September…

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From Commune to College: One Young Woman’s Road to Independence

Samantha Brosseau was raised in a strict Christian commune. At age 18, she decided to run away to escape her oppressive lifestyle and go to college – but leaving wasn’t nearly as simple as she’d hoped. Tonic, California/July 19, 2010 By Lisa DeBenedictis Samantha Brosseau twists her ring around her finger absentmindedly. It consists of…

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