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.