I grew up in a cult. It was heaven -- and hell. What facing 200 prison years 1 day ago   20:06

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Lilia Tarawa was brought up in the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where she was constantly surrounded by everyone she loved. But over time, she began to see the dark side of her community, and ultimately realised that she had to get out. In this raw and emotional talk, Lilia shares the reality of life in a cult, and her heart-wrenching journey to break free.

Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand's infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand's infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Gabriella Evans
.....Can we just take a moment to value her amazing Voice?!?! SO DAMN CUTE!!!
smarlie chen
too much unnecessary description. should revised it to be more concise and right to the point, would be 10 times more powerful.
B5429671 XJ
Notice that the abusive things she said is standard Christian doctrine. It is just applied a bit differently.
Alanna Rae Chellberg
So proud of you for leaving, for telling your story and for not being afraid to be yourself and to love yourself! I grew up in an exclusive Christian group (aka cult) and I left in February 2019. I relate so much to the feelings of intense shame and guilt you grew up with. I'm working on allowing myself to be free, and to be proud of who I am: a strong, intelligent woman with a lot to say! Thank you so much for sharing your story! You go girl.
Rochana K
Thing is that this happens at the same rate, if not more so, in the "normal" world that "isn't a cult"....
Patariki Tainui
Ka rawe kotiro
Gage Knox
I haven’t watched it yet but she looks like she’s in a cult
Shanice Palmer
I would join a cult, I'm that desperate and plus I feel like I'm settling so yeah I'm at that point in my life.
Strefanasha
no community bound by rules and regulations is in fact living according to the teachings of Jesus. to make rules of them it to totally miss the point, in fact it is so egregious an error that St Paul the apostle rebuked it in his letter the Galatians in the Bible
Anna Sheeran
if you are reading this, there is a cult in Columbus, Ohio USA named Xenos Christian Fellowship that desperately needs to be stopped! please help!
dumpster
I'm curious what happened to the cult. Does it exist to this day?
Shana and Riris world !
9:05 this happens everyday in my household they do it to discipline coz they live us but this one seems heartless
hey im trash
HAHAHA DID THAT GIRL REALLY JUST TRY TO HAND HER A TISSUE? JAJAHAHAH 14:20
Valerie Elizabeth
I'm sorry, but what is her accent? Some words she pronounced sound a little strange (no offence)
caddy callaghan
🙏🏼❤️💔
happydoge159326
11:52 wtf was that noise?
Marco Compañó
3:30 "by the time I was SEEVENTAIN"
Teddy
ay
Alex Kennedy
What a radiantly beautiful brave woman. She is truly inspiring.
Anonymous KSO
Now you dont must cry more WE change the WORLD Greetings from ANONYMOUS
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What facing 200 prison years I grew up in a cult. It was heaven -- and hell. 1 day ago   16:07

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Can you imagine what it is like facing a 200 year prison sentence? Join Shaun Attwood, a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy supplier turned public speaker, author and activist, as he describes what it was like to end up in Arizona’s deadliest jail and most importantly, what his shocking experience has taught him about happiness in life.

Shaun Attwood is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy supplier turned public speaker, author and activist, who is banned from America for life.
Shaun’s writing – smuggled out of the jail with the highest death rate in America run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio – attracted international media attention to the human rights violations: murders by guards and gang members, dead rats in the food, cockroach infestations…
While incarcerated, Shaun was forced to reappraise his life. He read over 1,000 books in just under six years. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour. He credits books as being the lifeblood of his rehabilitation.
Shaun now tells his story to schools to put young people off drugs and crime. He campaigns against injustice via his books and blog, Jon’s Jail Journal. He has appeared on the BBC, Sky News and TV worldwide to talk about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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