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Andrew hosts “Speaking Up w/ Andrew Pledger" a podcast that offers a platform for people to share their stories of abuse, and religious trauma in various religions. There are also guests who discuss certain topics to educate and bring awareness. Discussions range from purity culture, mental health, religious trauma, Christian culture, deconstruction, and much more.
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Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger Andrew Pledger

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Andrew hosts “Speaking Up w/ Andrew Pledger" a podcast that offers a platform for people to share their stories of abuse, and religious trauma in various religions. There are also guests who discuss certain topics to educate and bring awareness. Discussions range from purity culture, mental health, religious trauma, Christian culture, deconstruction, and much more.
*TRIGGER WARNING (Sensitive Content)


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Socials - @4ndrewpledger Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andrew-pledger/support

    Cult Awareness Month - Janja Lalich

    Cult Awareness Month - Janja Lalich

    Janja Lalich, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Sociology, is an international authority on cults and coercion. Researcher, author, and educator, she specializes in recruitment, indoctrination, and methods of influence and control. She has been studying the social psychology of controversial groups and abusive relationships for 35 years. Dr. Lalich is the author and/or coauthor of six books, including the classic Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships, and Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out and Starting Over. Her book Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults has been recognized as the first original theoretical contribution to the field of cultic studies in decades.
    In addition to working with survivors and their families, she leads workshops and educational sessions for government agencies, international intelligence agencies, private companies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and leads online psychoeducational courses for trauma survivors, families, and mental-health professionals. She has also served as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal cases. A frequent keynoter or presenter at domestic and international conferences, her work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Polish, and many other languages.
    Connect with Janja Lalich
    Website: https://janjalalich.com/
    Books: https://janjalalich.com/blog/category/books/
    Cult Education: https://janjalalich.com/blog/category/cults-the-basics/

    Cult Awareness Month Information: https://internationalcultawareness.org/

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    PCC Poster Child - Ashleigh Doxtater - S1E16

    PCC Poster Child - Ashleigh Doxtater - S1E16

    Ashleigh Doxtater tells her story of growing up in the IFB and attending Pensacola Christian College for six years. She talks about the pressure she felt to conform to a certain standard. She recounts the control PCC had over her life.  
    Connect with Ashleigh Doxtater 
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    FB: https://www.facebook.com/chiqong 

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    • 2 hr 2 min
    Leaving LDS - Lindsay Helm - S1E15

    Leaving LDS - Lindsay Helm - S1E15

    Lindsay Helm talks about leaving LDS and her memoir “Vixen.” “Do you ever wonder what decisions will shape your destiny? For Lindsay Helm, one of those decisions was made at the young age of thirteen, when she converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--known to the world as "the Mormon church." Over the course of a decade, Lindsay would take a journey into one of the most secretive and powerful religious organizations in the world. A journey that would cause her to lose her true self as she submitted to the Mormon church's controversial teachings, culture, and doctrine. Little did she know that two people would come into her life and take her on a new journey. A journey back to herself.” - from Vixen by Lindsay Helm 

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    Connect with Lindsay 

    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/lindshelm 

    IG: https://instagram.com/linds.helm?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= 



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    • 34 min
    Series - THE UNBELIEVABLE HOUSE - FINALE - Exposing Bernard Chaney, Pastor of "Believers House Worldwide Ministries" - w/ Dr. Renee Milton

    Series - THE UNBELIEVABLE HOUSE - FINALE - Exposing Bernard Chaney, Pastor of "Believers House Worldwide Ministries" - w/ Dr. Renee Milton

    In the series finale, Dr. Renee Milton comes on the show to talk about the religious culture of the African American community. She weighs in on the Bernard Chaney abuse.  This podcast series delves deeply into the true story of cult leader Bernard Chaney. Survivors share their stories of the horrific spiritual, physical, psychological, and sexual abuse they experienced and witnessed from Chaney. He is the pastor of "Believers House Worldwide Ministries" and has been for a couple of decades. Victims recount the manipulation, the fear, the guilt, the abuse, and the shame Chaney used to control members. Survivors are seeking justice for all the children sexually assaulted at the church's school called "Voice of Believers Academy." They want Chaney locked up and the school to shut down. Bernard controlled all the members' money, made people eat filth, threatened peoples' lives, physically assaulted members, and much more. Connect with Dr. Renee Milton Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZTH5w0eM0piZ8SjMFI7IZw  BRING JUSTICE Sign PETITION HERE: https://chng.it/bhQWszpDQZ HELP HERE: https://4ndrewpledger.mypixieset.com/expose-bernard-chaney/ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/716563159601960/?ref=share Connect with Andrew Pledger Website: https://4ndrewpledger.mypixieset.com SUPPORT MY WORK: https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger Linktree: https://www.liinks.co/4ndrewpledger IG - @4ndrewpledger Twitter - @4ndrewpledger FB - @4ndrewpledger TikTok - @4ndrewpledger

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    • 47 min
    Naked Pastor - David Hayward - S1E14

    Naked Pastor - David Hayward - S1E14

    David Hayward (aka Naked Pastor) was a pastor for thirty years until deconstructing and leaving Christianity. For over ten years, David has been expressing his criticism and questioning evangelicalism through his cartoons. He comes on the show to talk about his deconstruction journey and where he is now. 

     Purchase David Hayward’s NEW BOOK “Flip it Like This” which features a collection of his favorite original cartoons.  

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    Connect with David Hayward 

    Website: https://nakedpastor.com  

    IG:  https://www.instagram.com/nakedpastor/

    FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/nakedpastor/  

    FB Profile: https://www.facebook.com/davehayward 

     YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/DavidHaywardNakedpastor  

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR8r3PEC/: 



     Connect with Andrew Pledger  

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    • 46 min
    Dangers of Biblical Counseling - Lee Foster - S1E13

    Dangers of Biblical Counseling - Lee Foster - S1E13

    Lee Foster talks about attending the notorious Christian college Bob Jones University. She studied Biblical Counseling there for eight years, and renounced the practice soon after graduation. After finding out her Masters in Biblical Counseling was useless she decided to get a Masters in Clinical Mental Health to become a therapist. Lee is now on a mission to spread awareness of the dangers of biblical counseling. 
    Connect with Lee Foster
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    FB: https://www.facebook.com/deleah.foster 

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    • 58 min

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Andrew is a wonderful host. His patience and kindness open up the space for survivors of religious abuse to vulnerably share their stories. It’s empowering to listen in on these conversations.

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