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I Escaped A Sex Cult


DAWN WATSON: Growing up, I believed that the way to express God’s love is through sexuality.
So, as children, as you learn to brush your teeth, we learnt to have sex. DAWN WATSON: We lived in big communities that
were closed. We didn’t have access to the outside world. From since a small girl, I
learned that anything that was outside of our community was of the devil, was really bad. DAWN WATSON: The Children of God, and it started with a man called David Brandt Berg. He had
a lot of darkness inside him. DAWN WATSON: As women, the way that we can express our love, is to serve men which represent
God, our bodies and our sexuality. DAWN WATSON: I remember till today, reading and seeing pictures of women naked on a cross, saying, ‘Sacrifice yourself for the love of God and for the people around you’. So,
I learned about it and I understood that maybe one day I would have to do it. DAWN WATSON: It was very interesting to me growing up and listening to all of these things because that’s all I knew. A lot of the
women and mothers truly believed that they were bringing their children into the best
possible environment. DAWN WATSON: Truly believed that the children were being very well cared for because a lot of the times, the women were not taking care of their own children, they were always with uncles and aunties and many of the abuses that I lived were always in a very quiet,
you know, don’t say, don’t tell anyone. Oh, it’s nap time, now it’s time, you
know, to rest. DAWN WATSON: Nothing was done with aggression. Everything was done in the name of love. Let
me show God’s love to you, let me, I’m loving you. So, it was really hard to identify
that what they were doing was bad. DAWN WATSON: I always looked at men and the uncles of the community as danger, as I want
to be as far away as I can from them. DAWN WATSON: I always had a very questioning mind and I always got a lot of spankings for
that. We had like a spanking room that I was always in and out of. I got so much spankings
that my whole legs was bruised and I remember going to my mom and saying, ‘Is this love?’
Because they would spank us and say, ‘This is God’s love’. I was born into a structure
where even my faith, even the only thing I could run to, to believe in was the abuser.
You know, even Jesus desired me as a woman. I finally got to a point of my life where
I needed a way out. I desperately said, ‘You know what, if the outside world is a terrible
place, if God is going to judge me and kill me and I’m going to go to hell — I really
don’t care.’ DAWN WATSON: I left the cult when I was 13 years old, opening the window and jumping
out from that closed home that we were in. I jumped from house to house, especially ex-members;
people that had left already and then had their little homes. They would accept me and
I would jump from place to place that where people that had left the community. So, it
felt familiar but at the same time I still had to interact with people from the outside
world. They would talk about television series or, you know, just normal things that were
happening in Brazil and I had no idea. I was, literally, felt like an alien in this world
that I couldn’t connect to anything that people were talking about. So I think that
feeling began to make me feel like, ‘I don’t belong anywhere.’ I thought, you know, ‘I
knew I didn’t belong in the cult anymore. I didn’t want to be there anymore.’ But,
also society, I didn’t feel welcomed. I didn’t feel like I was part of it. DAWN WATSON: At 15, I experienced a rape in
one of the houses that I was staying at. And I felt, ‘Okay, now I have no hope,’ and
I just felt, like, ‘I want to check out. I am done.’ I tried suicide many times and
it was a very dark moment of my life. I was 15 years old and, you know, had gone through
pain in the community. I left the community and it was in that moment where I called up
my mom and finally understood that she had found the strength to get out of the community.
She had, you know, she was able to leave and I was able to come home and that feeling of,
‘Okay, now we can start again. We can begin to construct a new life and I am not alone
in this.’ And I think from that day on I felt, like, my life wasn’t in vain and that
yes, I had a lot of baggages of pain but I also did have something special in me that
could help me heal all that pain and, also, help me help others. DAWN WATSON: For many years having to understand
that what had happened was something wrong took me a long time to link the dots. As,
you know, this was rape. No, this was abuse. Before, I couldn’t even identify that that
was rape and that was abuse. DAWN WATSON: I started to receive e-mails and messages. So many women had gone through
experiences of abuse and rape that never had the courage to actually talk about it and
I felt this is something huge not only here in Brazil but everywhere. DAWN WATSON: So, I decided to open up my own
NGO where we began to create an awareness and a platform where we can share with each
other. The more that we can open up and feel like we are a family, we are in this together,
it gives you a sense of, ‘I can, I am okay. I will be okay, you know. I don’t have to
go through this alone.’ WOMAN: Realising that you’ve spent your life living to the pleasures of some perverted,
manipulative, megalomaniac leader. So, it was sad. But at the same time, I mean, what
happens, happens. The best I can do is learn from it. WOMAN: She has been my dearest friend. I am
so happy for her, for all her things she has achieved and what she is doing to help other people. WOMAN: Most of us were never able to express that, never able to say it to anyone. WOMAN: She is helping so many people who have
been through so much. WOMAN: I think it is the best thing she can do. DAWN WATSON: It’s really important this
process of breaking the silence so that we can start our healing path and that there
is nothing shameful about your story. We all have ours. Nowadays I can truly talk about
it and, and just own up, ‘Yes, that’s where I have been. This is where I grew up.’ DAWN WATSON: It is my story. It is my truth.

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Finlay Dalby Posted on January 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I hope the children of God leader dies in the most painfulist way

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  2. Moonlitshadow0929 Posted on January 17, 2019 at 3:47 am

    This is really sad….

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  3. EarlGreyMilkTae Posted on January 21, 2019 at 3:05 am

    As a Catholic, I am disgusted by their use of His name to represent something so vile and sad :/ this is NOT what He preaches, and they'd know that if they glanced at a list of the seven deadly sins.

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  4. CHERRISH TUBE Posted on January 31, 2019 at 2:34 am

    she was so calm when she talked about how she got raped most people would be emotional about it

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  5. Anna Stesia Posted on February 6, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Religious fanatics at end always finish in some sex nastiness.

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  6. Lillian Yvonne Shaw Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I really hope she eventually learned the truth about Jesus

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  7. Emily H Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Eu moro no Brasil é nunca tinha ouvido falar desse caso

    Reply
  8. Marie Ewican Posted on February 14, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    All demons live on earth

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  9. *-smøl nuggetz-* Posted on February 15, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Thank the lord she escaped. People can be horrible.

    Reply
  10. Mis Abraham Jamal 22 Posted on February 17, 2019 at 3:48 am

    So she's never do sex or shes do it all tha time

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  11. Mens Version Posted on February 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks to Tony Robbins for setting her free and teaching her everything to do what she is doing now.

    Reply
  12. Bidhya Gurung Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Brave girl a lot of love and care. &Amen

    Reply
  13. Riya Rana Posted on February 23, 2019 at 6:37 am

    She's Amazing… So much respect and love from my side

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  14. DoNotDareJudgeMe Ok? Posted on February 27, 2019 at 4:20 am

    She's beautiful and smart!

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  15. Kaytyn Reddy Posted on February 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    How does someone join this cult ASAP?! Asking for a friend lol! He would love to join and get involved ASAP!! He said it's sounds like so much fun!!

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  16. No Insult reply just because you mad m8 Posted on March 2, 2019 at 4:27 am

    I hate how some cults or people are using things like 'God will want you to do this!' Or 'Do it if you believe in Jesus!' As an excuse to be able to their dirtiest desires and deeds. No, god will never want you to do stuff like this. The only thing you're making proud is the devil.

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  17. Francine Laurin Posted on March 3, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    You are definitely a strong woman Dawn … you are an honor to our gender..I wish you a great future of discovering the good experiences and people life has to offer..Bless you! ..moi, canada 🇨🇦

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  18. Volvox Gab Posted on March 7, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Actor River Phoenix was born into this very cult before it got sexual, and his family and him ran away as they started to exploit children…

    Reply
  19. J.K Vlogs Posted on March 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    This is why Christians have a bad name

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  20. Diego Grajeda Posted on March 9, 2019 at 4:46 am

    And people wonder why we laugh at religion.

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  22. abbynady Posted on March 16, 2019 at 10:02 am

    she should be pornstar

    Reply
  23. Stefan Aurora Posted on March 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Amazing woman ! ♥️ God bless her!

    Reply
  24. Z.s Tenjo Posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    People using the name of god for bad intentions will be punished god doesn't sleep

    Reply
  25. victoria tweetybirdgirl Posted on March 28, 2019 at 2:13 am

    It’s sad that people make up stuff using god in it

    Reply
  26. Ryder - Posted on March 28, 2019 at 10:48 am

    It's Sad what happened to her..but it Seems Kinda attention seeking and promoting Goin on the side

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  27. Cookie The Entertainer Posted on March 29, 2019 at 1:43 am

    So sad honestly

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  28. pyroorplaysapexnow Posted on March 31, 2019 at 10:56 am

    LETS MOVE TO MARS

    Reply
  29. Darwin Shawn Posted on April 3, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I love how she used her experience to inspire other people.

    Reply
  30. AC DC Posted on April 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    those parents should feel so much guilt to put their children in that terrible twisted situation

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  31. HaileyThe Azalea Posted on April 6, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    What you did was amazing and really inspiring I think your story should be known way better than it already is and that you deserve so much more credit. Don’t know you but I’m proud girl❤️

    Reply
  32. She Wolf Posted on April 8, 2019 at 5:58 am

    My father was in this cult. He was messed up badly afterward. This is not Christianity and anyone who thinks this cult, has anything to do with Jesus, is the evil one.
    Jesus is blameless. This man who made this cult was evil. A wolf using Jesus's name to trick innocent victims.

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  33. El Comal Posted on April 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Sounds like Jw's except they want to empty your pockets and make a quick buck.

    Reply
  34. maggie Posted on April 21, 2019 at 2:09 am

    can we just talk about her beauty for a second 😍😍

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  35. KanJyro Posted on April 28, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    *leaves cult* *makes her own to help others that have experienced it*

    Reply
  36. DJ_ ED Posted on April 28, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    She is very beautiful 😍

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  37. NukkaBomb Posted on May 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    There’s a difference between love and sex.
    Women weren’t made for men’s pleasure.

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  38. Adam Malec Posted on May 7, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    This is how lesbians are "made"😏

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  39. Michael Jones Posted on May 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Tie A Millstone, Around They're Neck, And Throw Them All Into The Depths Of The Ocean!!!!!
    God Said That In The Bible Himself, To Those That Hurt My Children, Deserve Nothing More!!!!! AMEN to That!

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  40. Yolki Palki Posted on May 13, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    "The Children of God"????? That's not Gods work, that's the devils!

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  41. Yolki Palki Posted on May 13, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    That's psychotic

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  42. MultiValerie21 Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Religion has ruined many lives!

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  43. Christen Grooms Posted on May 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    For everyone in the comments yelling about how this isnt Christianity.

    No, it's not.
    But also. Connect the actual dots of the bible. That if you dont follow and worship God. If you dont admit your body is Gods and never was yours. If you realize he died for you and if you dont worship.
    You will be sent to be set on fire for all of eternity. You're given a choice but really… what choice are you really given.

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  44. Sapphiresenthiss Posted on May 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    And god hasn't done anything, didn't smite that bunch of monsters?
    Interesting…

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  45. Information Technology Posted on May 24, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Have any of you, ever had the thought of being a millionaire and fight crime kinda of like Batman does? I feel this way right now, i'm sick and tired of hearing of people abusing other people, specially children, it makes me very upset. Ooh well, i'm still poor and unable to do any of it.

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  46. Addie Meier Posted on May 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I hate when people so pervert the bible

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  47. Lil'Sarah Starr Posted on May 29, 2019 at 12:24 am

    I just got out of one 6 days ago. I was in it for 8 years. I am taking it minute by minute and day by day. I am also writing a book and I hope I can help millions of people soon I just have to find the right people to tell my story.

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  48. KatzProductions Posted on May 29, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Came here from tony Robbins

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  49. Elise Scarpa Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:35 am

    You are very brave…thank you for helping others 🙂

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  50. Tenae Richardson Posted on May 31, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I'm mad that they ruined religion for her.

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  51. Mia Ramirez Posted on May 31, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Cangrats to her for escaping that.

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  52. joke007 Posted on June 2, 2019 at 7:58 am

    She looks stunning. Poor girl what she gone through makes me speakless.

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  53. Arjun Chauhan Posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    She very beautiful and brave..shame on those communities

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  54. Xiomara Videz Posted on June 4, 2019 at 4:53 am

    She and many other survivors are so brave for telling their stories. Its horrible that this cult is still active and I hope people can get out and realize this isn't right. And it just hit me… River Phoenix and his family was in this cult when he was 4…. maybe his experiences there are what caused him to drink and do drugs. Its heartbreaking that he couldn't get help and had to block it out of his mind… just like many women, men, and children that are still trapped there and can't get out or don't know how to or are out and are suffering….

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  55. Grim don’t eat Pussy Posted on June 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    At least she doesn’t sound foreign.

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  56. Nikki’s Life! Posted on June 7, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I wasn’t raped or in a sex cult but I was sexually abused when I was 8

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  57. The monkey Kid Posted on June 8, 2019 at 3:15 am

    It's so bad how they used Gods name in such a disgusting way. In reality He is so much better then this. This is not "gods love" it is the devil's work

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  58. S H A M I R A Posted on June 9, 2019 at 2:27 am

    She is incredibly strong. To speak with a smile talking about a life like this that you’ve escaped. That’s strength

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  59. CLAUDIA ESPINO SANCHEZ Posted on June 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    God bless you🙏 disgusting people like that existed

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  60. Carmen’s Corner Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Yikes

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  61. I Am Chosen Posted on June 13, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, this is horrifying

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  62. ci rob Posted on June 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    More like a pedophile ring disguised as a religion sect

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  63. Sioux Lagwest Posted on June 14, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Happy she had escaped from evil….

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  64. Amber Wallace-Mustufina Posted on June 15, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I was also kept from outside world. I was homeschool & my husband was picked for me. Now I move away with husband & still haven't worn pants yet. I always wear long skirts. I really want to get the power to wear pants & makeup one day.

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  65. Summer Dawn Posted on June 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    The psychics mentality

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  66. BobertDa Fish Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Hi I’m Charlotte and I’ll be thirteen tomorrow. I dealt with (im sort of still dealing with it) a somewhat similar situation to hers. Though not quite as horrible. I told somebody and they didn’t really seem to care they replied with “oof what a rip” and I was a big baby abt that and i got kinda depressed and felt like it was just my fate. I’m too scared to do anything abt it. I don’t even know why I’m leaving this comment or what it will achieve, I’m just hoping somebody is gonna care

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  67. Tanner Joseph Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Will this is a video trying to tear down Christianit.

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  68. Tanner Joseph Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Will this is a video trying to tear down Christianity.

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  69. tiffymarieseesthetea marie Posted on June 20, 2019 at 4:47 am

    So brave. What a amazing story this poor woman went threw as a child. Glad she shares her experience

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  70. 80's Girl Posted on June 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    This cult reminds me of a Sect/Cult (minus the sex abuse) I recently left! 😥 God is not abusive He is Hope, Salvation, Joy, Peace & Love 💖 I don't follow man anymore, man abuses ya for their selfish glory 😒 Seek Jesus, not man ✌

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  71. hi wassup Posted on June 23, 2019 at 12:52 am

    princess physics warrior mentality

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  72. Tu Ch Posted on June 29, 2019 at 7:50 am

    please don't assume that all Christian's are like this they're not these are evil people

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  73. king morons Posted on July 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    thw true question is :)how can i join this club 🙂

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  74. Chris Ramsey Posted on July 9, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I am a man divorced with no kids conceived. The dad of my ex/1st wife was a seminary educated, licensed ordained evangelist who ran his sex cult as a Non-denominational Pentecostal Evangelical praise team music and outreach ministry. He forced us to get divorced her to get with a man who fit them better and then he died in April 2019 my ex wife and I divorced back in 2014 and I have been single ever since.

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  75. Just me Aishlyn Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    You learned it was good as a child and that stuff but she still escaped

    I wish this was not going on on the earth

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  76. Cupcake Marshmallow Posted on July 14, 2019 at 2:49 am

    So is she still religious?

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  77. pauli v Posted on July 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    If she left the cult in 2000 at the age of 13 so she's now 32 and not 29! Seems so fake!

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  78. Supriya Salian Posted on July 21, 2019 at 11:31 am

    She is so beautiful ❤️

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  79. Ellegator Posted on July 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    That's all so Awful x I really feel for her x

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  80. monica chaika Posted on July 27, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Why has no Government done anything yet?Social workers?NGOs?Other christian organizations?

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  81. N Deen Posted on July 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

    She reminds me of Will Traynor’s mum from Me Before You.

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  82. Digital Daydream Posted on July 30, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I lived there, in Brazil. I am a bit older then you. I have never talked about this to anyone except a few persons, but, I DO feel 100% alone and no one understands all the things we went through. I was born into the CoG. Attened the Mexico TTC camp, then through years in Brasil on NBiteroi, then the persecution happened and I was sent to a victor camp. I am lost. I can't seem to ever find anyone to talk to who knows. If you can talk. Please. I am here. I am alive. I survived, but I want to live.

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  83. James Ark Posted on August 1, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    It saddens me to hear about these cults using God's name to justify their demonic behavior. There will come a day when all who practice this things will pay with their lives, and after that judgement from the real God will condemn them for all the suffering they caused.

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  84. Benita Solano Posted on August 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    God this is torched eww

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  85. communistjesus Posted on August 5, 2019 at 7:25 am

    .I only follow TRUMP and his MAGA movement, you sorry brain washed fools.,. Hahaha 😂 😂😂 😂 NOTTTTTTTTTT…#MAGAIMPEACHPROSECUTECONVICTIMPRISONTHEENTIRETRUMPADMINISTRATION🙆🙆🙆🙆🙆

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  86. Johnny Hab Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

    These people came to my neighborhood trying to convert people it was one white woman and one Asian woman

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  87. kyle monaghan Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    this isn't Christianity

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  88. Christs Warrior Posted on August 13, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    https://youtu.be/FwYchnFGBKQ

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  89. Christs Warrior Posted on August 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    For anyone brave enough to seek answers of TRUTH about why we are all here and how we can answer lifes questions about our purpose and the meaning behind our suffering on this earth

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  90. Samurai Spike Posted on August 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    What a powerful story!!! Hope is still and always will be out there for traumatized humans. ✊

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  91. love ly Posted on August 16, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Happy sugar life

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  92. Toad Boy Posted on August 18, 2019 at 3:55 am

    she is so unbelievably brave to get through all of this essentially alone, and to be able to talk about it so openly like this. she's an inspiration- stay strong, everyone, is DOES get better ❤

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  93. Amanda Louw Posted on August 20, 2019 at 10:55 am

    They make it ok by pretending its a normal part of love🤬

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  94. Beth Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    What an incredible woman 💜

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  95. Carole-Anne De Kalbermatten Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:17 am

    – Dawn, Thank for Your MESSAGE …and Support !!!. You Did 'it . – Best Regards

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  96. Kibbi Linga Posted on September 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story!! I grew up in a cult too. I would love to connect

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  97. Edward Vargas Posted on September 3, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Beware of may december relationships strongly discourage your daughters from getting married pedophile men there's no reason for adult men in their 60s and 70s marrying young girls in their teens.

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  98. teresa paramo Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Men are disgusting, they ruin everything. For centuries they’ve used religion to justify their evil need.

    Reply
  99. Mpume Phakathi Posted on September 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Brave women

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