i'm writing a story about a fictional character that gets sucked into a cult that is very similar to scientology. In fact identical but with trademarks removed. So I am here asking for permission to understand various aspects and how one is lured in and kept in, which is the basis of the story.
So if it's ok with everyone who wants to participate can i ask: Can you describe your very first moment the church "touched" you?
Please understand i may take experiences you write for my story so let me know if i have that permission. The objective is to let an average reader with no understanding of how cults work experience what it is like. I want to take away the stigma that only stupid people join cults. I know this not to be true. I want to take the reader through the experience without having to actually experience it themselves.
I want, if possible, first hand experience that is devoid of retrospect.
If anyone can help me via email that would be great too.
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