‘I grew up in a cult and was banned from reading Harry Potter – I was so scared’

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A woman who was raised in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist cult has described her difficult childhood and the impact it had on her as an adult. From the age of nine to 18, she lived by the cult’s strict rules and obeyed her father without question.

One day, she and her sister were allowed to borrow books from the library – and they selected Harry Potter and Stephen King novels. The woman said: “In the summer of 2003, my parents gave my sister and I the freedom to walk to the library together and get books. My sister and I dominated that kid’s reading contest. She read Harry Potter and I was reading Stephen King.”

“One day during that summer, my sister, mother and I go visit another sister a few hours away. On the way home, my mom gets a call and she goes white as a sheet. I remember seeing her eyes in the rearview saying ‘Sarah, how could you! ‘ We both were afraid.”

The IFB cult has an estimated eight million members across 6,000 churches and has been accused of abuse, corruption and cover-up, sreports the Mirror US. The shocking secrets of the IFB church were revealed in the American TV documentary series, Let Us Prey: A Ministry of Scandals. It exposed the physical and sexual abuse suffered by many members.

Content retrieved from: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/i-grew-up-cult-banned-32284670.

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