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A Cult Awareness Educator Helps Survivors by Sharing Her Own Cautionary Tale 

The original print version of this article was headlined "Under the Influence | A cult awareness educator helps survivors by sharing her own cautionary tale"

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Ken Picard

Ken Picard

Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.


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