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How to Break Free When You Feel Trapped with Sarah Edmondson

September 29, 2021

In this episode: 

Sarah Edmondson, the Vancouver-based actress and renowned whistleblower for the dangerous NXVIM cult, opens about her life inside the cult, and how her life has changed since leaving. She also shares her insight on high control groups like cults, and how seeking support is essential when you feel trapped.


Sarah Edmondson is an actor, author, and advocate for people in coercively controlled relationships. 

For the past 15 or so years of her life, Sarah had a key role in enrolling people into the NXVIM organization until she uncovered and fell victim to the nefarious actions of the cult’s leader Keith Raniere. Because of her bravery along with the actions of more of Raniere’s victims, he is now serving a 120-year sentence for federal sex trafficking, forced labor, and other charges. 

Sarah’s full story as a whistleblower is featured in the CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM (downloaded over 25 million times) and The Vow, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series on NXIVM.

Now that Edmondson is free from the NXVIM cult, she is producing her own podcast A Little Bit Cultly with her husband Nippy, another former NXVIM member. 

Her bravery, well-spoken nature, and honesty make her a wonderful and fascinating podcast guest and we’re so honored to have the opportunity to share her story. 

 In this episode, we also talk about: 

  • Sarah’s developing expertise on high control groups like cults.
  • Sarah tell us about her motivation & purpose behind her memoir Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life


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