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 Dominance and Submission: The Psychosexual Exploitation of Women in Cults

Janja Lalich
Community Resources on Influence & Control
Alameda, California

Abstract:
The author describes the prevalence of the sexual exploitation of women in cults. This may take the form of daily controls of sexuality and sex lives or more overt abuses such as arranged marriages, forced sexual activity with the leader, and rape. Sexual control is seen as the final step in objectification of the cult member by the authoritarian leader who is able to satisfy his needs through psychological manipulation leading to sexual exploitation. Key to recovering from cultic sexual abuse is psychoeducation—that is, aiding the former cult member to understand the nature of the overall system of deception and manipulation that was used to exploit her. Through an examination of the social and psychological influence techniques employed by the cult, former cult members will be able to productively confront the issues related to their sexual abuse.

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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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