1 hr 13 min

Cults in Our Midst featuring Jen Kiaba And Then Everything Changed

    • Society & Culture

When Jen Kiaba was growing up in the Unification Church, known as the Moonies in popular culture, a main mantra was “absolute faith, absolute love, absolute obedience” which did not leave most people much room to question authority. Violence was not condoned but children were often hit, and as she came of age and noticed other contradictions, she didn’t have a safe space to process her feelings or make decisions that were right for her. Finally, when she faced an arranged marriage like that of her parents, she knew she had to leave. And when she did, she lost everything: her community, her family, and the only structure she had ever known. Slowly, slowly, she rebuilt her life and today she is an artist and activist who educates others about cults, coercive control, and high control groups. Jen believes cult education is vital because people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences are vulnerable and she sees similarities between cults and American workplaces, such as amazon, everywhere. In this episode she shares her story, helps identify cult tactics, and offers an inside look at how these groups take root.


 


Connect with Jen:


https://jenkiaba.com


https://instagram.com/jenkiaba


https://facebook.com/jenkiaba


https://twitter.com/jenkiaba


 


About Ronit‘s book When She Comes Back: https://ronitplank.com/book/


For books and information on cults visit Dr. Janja Lalich's site: http://cultresearch.org


Connect With Ronit:


For more about this episode click here! https://andtheneverythingchangedpodcast.com


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronitplank/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonitPlankCreative/


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlSZFpcksgdHopmBLUXfLA

When Jen Kiaba was growing up in the Unification Church, known as the Moonies in popular culture, a main mantra was “absolute faith, absolute love, absolute obedience” which did not leave most people much room to question authority. Violence was not condoned but children were often hit, and as she came of age and noticed other contradictions, she didn’t have a safe space to process her feelings or make decisions that were right for her. Finally, when she faced an arranged marriage like that of her parents, she knew she had to leave. And when she did, she lost everything: her community, her family, and the only structure she had ever known. Slowly, slowly, she rebuilt her life and today she is an artist and activist who educates others about cults, coercive control, and high control groups. Jen believes cult education is vital because people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences are vulnerable and she sees similarities between cults and American workplaces, such as amazon, everywhere. In this episode she shares her story, helps identify cult tactics, and offers an inside look at how these groups take root.


 


Connect with Jen:


https://jenkiaba.com


https://instagram.com/jenkiaba


https://facebook.com/jenkiaba


https://twitter.com/jenkiaba


 


About Ronit‘s book When She Comes Back: https://ronitplank.com/book/


For books and information on cults visit Dr. Janja Lalich's site: http://cultresearch.org


Connect With Ronit:


For more about this episode click here! https://andtheneverythingchangedpodcast.com


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronitplank/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonitPlankCreative/


Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlSZFpcksgdHopmBLUXfLA

1 hr 13 min

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