"The word cult derives from the Latin. It just means to worship. It could be said, anybody who is a part of group-think, who worships an entity is part of a cult. "
Vennie lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the United States. She is an author, artist and podcaster.
Through her podcast "Survivor Voices" and her other work, Vennie stands beside fellow cult and abuse survivors, encouraging them that they're not alone.
Being raised in a cult, Vennie endured some of the most difficult experiences a child could go through. She survived mental, physical and sexual abuse in the cult. Although she doesn't go into a lot of detail, she does discuss the abuse.
*Please be aware that in this episode we discuss mental, physical & sexual abuse. If these topics are a trigger for you, or if this is a particularly difficult subject, please take note before deciding to listen. Also note that she briefly discusses animal sacrifice that occurred within the cult.
She's quite courageous to speak so candidly about these difficult issues. I admire all the work she does in bringing awareness about cults and supporting those who have survived cults and abuse.
You can find her art, writings and podcast at venniekocsis.com: http://venniekocsis.com/home/4592874752