Claire Ashman - Cult Survivor

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 paedophilia after abusing his power by molesting teenage girls.

After challenging the leader’s 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 eight children in tow. She divorced her husband and they lived 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 an unfamiliar world. She had to find a place to live, get schooling for her children and even learn how to open a bank account and use an ATM.

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.

Through sheer grit and determination, Claire and her family have thrived. She has given four TEDx talks within the space of two years. Claire’s story, as described in her memoir Lessons from a Cult Survivor is one of strength, resilience, and courage.

Claire Ashman’s book will also be available for purchase.