Jocelyn R. Zichterman


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Jocelyn Zichterman is an abuse advocate and whistleblower fighting against the IFB Church. She is the author of the book I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape From---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult. Zichterman was a critical source and interview for the ABC News 20/20 investigative hour Shattered Faith as well as the "Ungodly Discipline" series featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. She has also been a source for The New York Times and The Huffington Post, among many other publications. Jocelyn lives in Oregon with her husband and eight children.

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“One of the greatest accusations against us by the cult was that we were “broad brushing” all the IFB churches, but with an estimated eight to ten thousand survivors speaking out on the Internet, telling the same stories from their experiences within IFB churches from all over the country, we finally put that accusation to rest. Dozens of public and private Facebook groups and blogs are now highlighting their abuses. That was precisely what the mob bosses feared: We could prove the entire cult was rife with sexual abuse cover-ups and we had a mountain of evidence to back up our assertions. To my knowledge there is no religious cult anywhere with more people speaking out through social media about their physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual abuse than the former members of the IFB.”
Jocelyn R. Zichterman, I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape From---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult

“what those men did to you, none of that was God. That was abuse. That god, the one they believe in, that’s a fictitious and false god. He doesn’t exist. God is a God of love and compassion and humility. And you should FIRE that god from your childhood! Just fire him!”
Jocelyn R. Zichterman, I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape From---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult

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