'I was dead to them': How Lara escaped the Jehovah's Witnesses 'cult'
March 10, 2017
Three decades ago Jodi*'s family were searching for a better life for themselves and their four children, well away from the gritty inner-city high rise apartment they called home.
The family packed up their belongings and moved to rural Victoria where they planned to start anew.
Then one morning a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses knocked on the door to spread the word of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That was when Jodi's nightmare began.
"These nice people were promising a community with no drugs, no alcohol and no crime - it sounded very appealing," said Jodi, who asked that her name be withheld.
"They love bomb you. They sell you this vision of a perfect community. It is anything but. It's indoctrination. It's a cult, it really is. But they convince you it's a religion."