Meet Claire Ashman

Claire spent the first 36 years of her life in two different strict religious movements. Although both based on Catholicism, the latter group was a bit more sinister. The leader of that group was jailed for pedophilia after abusing his power by molesting teenage girls.

After challenging the leaders’ authority through a series of letters, Claire and her family were evicted from the latter group. For the first time in her life Claire was free, albeit with 8 children in tow.

Living in the real world for the first time in their lives, those early days were a struggle as Claire and her children learned how to navigate their way in a world that was very new to them. Claire was determined that her children would not suffer as she did, being home-schooled without television or other media and ignorant about the world and its’ ways.

Claire persevered and educated herself every which way she could. This led to giving 4 TEDx talks within the space of 2 years.

Claire’s story, as described in her memoir “Lessons From A Cult Survivor” is one of strength, resilience and courage.




How Asking Too Many Questions Saved Me

In this TEDx talk, Claire covers how often we follow rules blindly. When is it right to question authority? The cruel reality is that living by giving into other people’s thoughts, ideas and actions can kill you.

I Escaped a Cult After 28 Years

An interview with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on the English based, ‘This Morning’ TV program.

Lessons from a Cult Survivor

In Australia there are over 3000 cults, with some 600,000 members, meaning we all know, or have had contact with at least one person who is a member of a cult.

Cult Survivor to Free Thinking Driver

Ever wondered what it might be like inside a cult? In this TEDX talk I give you in insight into what it is like to be in a cult – and what it’s like to ‘escape’ and live life to the fullest.