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Rose McGowan Opens Up About Escaping A Cult As A Child

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We can't even begin to imagine how confusing, frightning, and traumatic this all must have been.

Rose McGowan recently opened up about an extremely dark period of her childhood, during which she spent with her father in the Children of God cult, before they escaped when she was only nine years old in fear that she might be sexually abused.

She describes it as "polygamous cult that blended free-love attitudes with Christian proselytizing," and explains:

"You weren't allowed to have imperfections. I had a little wart on my thumb, and I remember walking down this hallway — a door opened and some adult grabbed me and just cut it off with a razor blade and stuck me back out in the hallway with it still bleeding. At a very early age I decided I did not want to be like those women. They were basically there to serve the men sexually — you were allowed to have more than one wife."

Her father realized that he was in trouble when he was asked to draw cartoon literature in support of adult-child sexual relationships, and so he took Rose and her siblings in the middle of the night, and hid in a stone house until the cult members stopped looking for them.

Rose explains:

"I remember a man trying to break in with a hammer. As strong as I like to think I've always been, I'm sure I could have been broken. I know I got out by the skin of my teeth."

Wow. Absolutely unreal.

We are just so grateful that her father realized when he did what kind of danger in which he was putting his children, and was brave enough to escape with them!

Hopefully this can serve as a cautionary tale to those in similar situations, and we pray for the safety of young children who are being led into this kind of lifestyle.

Thanks for speaking out, gurl!

[Image via WENN.]

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17 comments to “Rose McGowan Opens Up About Escaping A Cult As A Child”

  1. 1

    Perez, this is the story people wanted to read about, and not that tacky ass bitch that goes by the name of Kim.
    As for Rose's story, i'm glad she got out free. Some people ae just plain bat-shit crazy :/

  2. 2

    I wonder if them not allowing perfections has something to do with why she got so much plastic surgery. What a shame. Horrible childhood - life long damage.

  3. 3

    Re: Pretty Boys Are Forever – Completely agree, but I stil want her to explain her pretty face and I am not buying it all happened in a car accident, she getting a little pricilla pressely.

  4. 4

    Re: rosebud99 – I am like 99 percent sure she was in a car accident and it damaged her face and it was reconstruction surgery

  5. 5

    Her plastic surgery? Man, after 9 years of crazy crap like that, she's lucky she isn't in a mental institution. I'm so glad she got out. People can think what they want…but this kind is NUTS.

  6. 6

    Re: yeaman – I did not know that. Poor girl.

  7. 7

    That was the same cult that River Phoenix grew up in as well. I think that he once said in an interview that he lost his virginity at seven or something ridiculous like that.

  8. 8

    Re: veganchelly – Yeah all the Phoenix kids grew up in this cult. No wonder Joaquin and River have/had substance abuse problems. A "religious group" that okays sex with minors, how sick.
    Of course this cult says they don't do that anymore after years of people coming out talking about the abuse they suffered. What the hell is wrong with people.

  9. 9

    HEY STUPID PEOPLE: She was in a car accident and she was wearing glasses that crushed into her face and she had to have reconstructive surgery. How many times does this bitch have to tell you what happened to her for you trolls to get off her twat?

  10. 10

    her face???

  11. 11

    She grew up in Seattle and this never happened she just needed some attention

  12. 12

    Love her! Amazing!

  13. 13

    Hey Perez. I don't know if enough people tell you this, but I really like the tone of your posts when you talk about children and parenting . It's easy to go for the joke here or make some assumptions about Rose's life and behavior, so I appreciate that you take it children's rights seriously.

  14. 14

    Hey ROSE,

    You have destroyed your face with plastic surgery…shame on you….

    you use to be pretty now you are a clown……

  15. 15

    Re: LE BAMBI LOU BOP SHE BOP – that does not count for the botox and filler in her face that have just shown up in the past 6 months you dumbass…

    that had nothing to do with the car accident.

  16. 16

    @ Kim K's Saggy Ass (since the reply button isn't working), look you wild animal, botox doesn't change your features to the point where you look like another person like she does now. And fillers? How do you know she got fillers Dr. Know It All? Just sh*t the f up and sit your wack ass down. It's clear from your screen name alone that you're just a troll with no life whose main goal in life is to pick on people because of their looks. Bet you look like total sh*t and that's why you act the way you do you douche. Go drown in a fire. Roadhouse.

  17. 17

    The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if booze controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
    The Watchtower society Jehovah's Witnesses as an example is not benevolent and won't let you leave their organization in peace.
    If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult!
    Whenever you surrender your logic and reason to anyone who asks you to trust them because they know better and to please donate generously, it's a cult. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck….
    Danny Haszard-