Born Crazy: A Video Poem

"You're crazy." How often have you heard this phrase thrown around, either flippantly, in jest or to victim blame someone who has overcome or is recovering from abuse? I heard this often as a post-cult teenager and well into my adult years. While I was actually dealing with the behavioral aftermath of being an extremely … Continue reading Born Crazy: A Video Poem

“Victim Speaks Out, While Cult Leader Awaits Trial”

"Told in a restrained but highly effective style, reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro’s brilliantly understated bestseller "Never Let Me Go", "Cult Child" provides frightening insights into the methods and after-effects of religious coercion. Her fortress is no bigger than the space between her ears; but through quiet internal resistance, Sila halts her opponents and outlasts their … Continue reading “Victim Speaks Out, While Cult Leader Awaits Trial”

Patriarchy Survivor: Survival After the Suffering

Testimony by Vennie Kocsis My abuse story is not “typical”, although who is to say that any abuse is typical. My story is a bit different because I am a survivor of ritualistic cult abuse. I share my experiences openly with the intent of connecting with others who have been abused. It’s important to me that … Continue reading Patriarchy Survivor: Survival After the Suffering

The History of My Feet

I dated a man once Who found a freckle On the inside Of one of my toes He kissed it and Named it Christine "Because they're so pristine." He chuckled. There are those who Give reverence to feet, The curled elegance Of an arch The perfect setting of The nails and even The way they … Continue reading The History of My Feet

Disregard

Click Here To Listen To Disregard On SoundcloudI know there's timeswhen i feel afraid andnothin' you say canmake the fear go awayI'm just a girl whotries to live this lifethe best way I know how butyou don't understand the timesI feel so alone I couldI couldI couldI could die.I kept my head up highwhen I … Continue reading Disregard

***Trigger Warning*** “The Maria Beating” Cult Child excerpt

     Mama leaves very early one morning to go to town. She lectures me the night before she leaves that I have to listen to Leis until she comes back. Mama says Leis is old enough to watch me, and that I am old enough to know how to act right. Mama tells Leis … Continue reading ***Trigger Warning*** “The Maria Beating” Cult Child excerpt