How I Escaped from the Exclusive Brethren


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Breakout is the story of David Tchappat's regimented upbringing within the Exclusive Brethren sect.

Imagine a life without television, music or freedom; imagine every minute of your spare time being spent attending church; imagine growing up believing swimming pools, cinemas and dancing were evil. For members of the Exclusive Brethren, a strict religious sect, constraints such as these are normal. No member is allowed to eat in the same room as a worldly person, they are forbidden from owning a pet and they are restricted from socialising with anyone outside of the Exclusive Brethren. Most members are so isolated within the sect that they cant even imagine a life on the outside. But not all members can live such a controlled existence. Once David Tchappat had a taste of the real world as a teenager, there was no going back despite the fact he knew he would be cruelly ostracised from his family, friends and the only life he had known.

David Tchappat

David Tchappat was born into the Exclusive Brethren sect and grew up on the Central Coast of NSW. His parents now have very little contact with their son and refuse him entry into their home. After escaping from the sect, David joined the police force - this very quickly helped him to assimilate into society. David was also a contestant on the TV reality show Big Brother in 2008 where he was confronted once again with a controlling ig Brotherand a host of rules. David story is uplifting he has overcome divorce, career change, family ostracism and bouts of depression and emerged victorious with a job he loves as a fireman and a girlfriend he adores.