Would you be surprised to know that Cult’s operate in Oregon and in many communities throughout the United States? What do we know about Cults? Join Ken Burtner & Lisa Kendall and I as we discuss what we now know about Cults and what communities can do when people seek help leaving these camps. Ken Burtner is a nationally recognized trauma recovery specialist. He has helped over 100 families through his service at the Cult Resource Network in Portland, OR. He is a board member of Move Forward and offers counseling to those impacted by the Move of God at no charge. Lisa Kendall is Founder of Move Forward, a human rights activist, and former child member of the Move of God.
The guest is Linda Gustitus, President of the National Religious Campaign against Torture or NRCAT, a Washington, D.C.-based group opposing torture. For nearly thirty years Ms. Gustitus worked on the staff of Senator Carl Levin and was Chief of Staff for the Senate Permanent Investigations Subcommittee.
The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.