In this episode, Mags interviews Carrie. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner rape, and the former member of a Christian cult.

In this episode, Mags interviews former content manager, Carrie Maya.

*Trigger Warning: detailed description of religious abuse and mention of self-harm

Carrie is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner rape, and the former member of a Pentecostal Christian cult. She worked with the SwanWaters team from 2017 to 2019, and during that time, spoke with Mags about her painful past and healing journey.

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Main Take-Aways

  • When you leave an abuser/abusive situation, you need to be prepared for the fact that the aftermath can have material consequences
  • The aftermath of leaving an abuser/abusive situation can often be as bad as the abuse itself—the main difference being that when you leave, things will eventually get better

“You can’t get better in the same environment where you got sick.”
– Unknown

Links to Resources

Jo Gifford

Finding Your Wings: A Journaling Journey of Abuse Recovery by Mags Thomson

50 Traits of Dangerous Cult Leaders

To book a Mindset Mentoring session with Mags, click here.

FREE Preparing Your Escape From Abuse module in The Healing Academy.

The podcast episode where Carrie staged a hostile podcast take-over, and interviewed Mags

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Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya is an Australian memoirist, blogger, poetry slam champion, and editor. She has a background in journalism, manuscript development, and activism against religious abuse. Her work as a non-fiction writer has been praised by international, best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. In 2012, she released Charcoal and Red Lipstick--a collection of poems about the way femininity emerges from brutality. This was followed by the 2015 release of Chase Down Your Freedom--a memoir which documents her time in a Victorian-based cult, the aftermath of leaving, and the steps she took to get her life back. It has been well-received and has been the catalyst for people in religious sects to have the courage to leave. Currently, Carrie is studying her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology at Federation University, Australia.
While I may technically be the Director here at SwanWaters, my unofficial title is Healing Cheerleader! I’m a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and workplace bullying. And believe me when I say that I’ve walked the walk when it comes to healing from trauma. I firmly believe that we can undo some of the damage that abuse has done to us, and learn the necessary skills to handle life and all it brings us.

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