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Daniella Mestyanek Young - Sex Cult Survivor


Divorced: The Children of God cult


TW: Discussion of CSA and military sexual assault


DANIELLA MESTYANEK YOUNG is an American author and speaker who was raised in the religious cult, Children of God.


She later served as an intelligence officer for the US Army for over 6 years, making the rank of Captain, and became one of the first women in US Army history to conduct deliberate ground combat operations when she volunteered to serve on a Female Engagement Team, and received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Daniella is a wife and mother in Maryland and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Harvard Extension School.


In today’s episode, Daniella discusses escaping from the Children of God and trying to integrate into secular life, as well as parallels between all cultish groups (including the military).


For more from Daniella, join us online in October at CORT2023


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