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No Place to Go: Life in a Prison Without Bars

Katherine E. Betz
Walnut Creek, California

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This article describes a woman’s experience of 21 years of sexual and psychological abuse and exploitation under the guise of meditation and psychotherapy. Her journey begins with a spiritual-social retreat and leads her into the hands of a teacher and leader who adopts her as one of his chosen disciples. She clashes again and again in moral conflict with this guru and eventually leaves the cult, uncovering the inner workings of the group and its leader to the outer layer of members and the general public.

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Betz, Katherine E.: "No Place to Go: Life in a Prison Without Bars" - abs
Collective of Women: "Sex, Lies, and Grand Schemes of Thought in Closed Groups" - abs
Dahlen, Penny, Ed.D.: "Working with Women Survivors of Cults" - abs
Lalich, Janja: "Dominance and Submission: The Psychosexual: Exploitation of Women in Cults"
Rosen, Shelly, C.S.W.: "Gender Attributes.Women�s Attraction..Involvement in Cults" - abs
Stein, Alexandra: "Influence of Cults on the Relationship of Mothers to Their Children" - abs
Weishaupt, Kaynor J.: "Wifely Subjection: Mental Health Issues in Jehovah�s Witness" - abs

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