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‘I Didn’t Like Myself Back Then’: Groomed as a Teenager

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Lauren Manning (Photo: Clarion Project)
Lauren Manning (Photo: Clarion Project)

Watch the story of how Lauren Manning got herself out of the white supremacist movement.

Born in Toronto, Lauren Manning grew up with low self-esteem. Her father, who she was very close to, died when she was 16 years old, shattering her world.

Lauren grew up with a racist grandfather. Coupled with her fear of being alone in the world and her lack of a sense of belonging, she was easy prey for white supremacists, who groomed and radicalized her as a teenager.

One night, battered and bleeding from a fight which could have ended in her and her friends being murdered, two black men  stood by her side and helped her with respect and care — despite the fact that they certainly saw all the Nazi-themed tattoos on her body.

This incident marked a significant turning point in her life, causing her to question the ideology she had bought into at such a young age. Lauren subsequently made the decision to leave the group. She now fights for tolerance and challenges hate.

Here is her story:

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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