Doris Wagner was born in 1983 in Germany. In 2003, aged 19, she joined The Spiritual Family The Work, that has close ties to high ranking members of the Roman Curia and had got pontifical recognition in 2001. As a young religious sister in that community she suffered various kinds of abuse, including mental control, spiritual manipulation, exploitation and sexual aggression. In 2011 she left the community and abandoned religious life. In 2014 she completed her studies of theology in Germany and published a book on her experiences. Recently she has been invited into various German dioceses to speak on spiritual abuse in the Catholic Church. She has also written a book on the topic that will be published by the renowned German Catholic publisher Herder in January 2019. Currently Doris Wagner is completing her doctoral thesis in analytical philosophy. She is married with one child.