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Colorado Police Investigating Alleged Sexual Assaults Against Buddhist Leader Sakyong Mipham

"Authorities in Colorado have launched a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against prominent Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham and members of his organization, Shambhala International, ThinkProgress has learned.



The probe by the Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office was confirmed by four sources who have spoken to investigators and supported by emails obtained by ThinkProgress.

The investigation, which has not been previously reported, comes after a series of reports published by the advocacy group Buddhist Project Sunshine accused Mipham of sexual assault and child sex abuse — allegations Mipham and Shambhala International vehemently deny.

Shambhala International denied that it or its staff are the subjects of a criminal probe. “At this time, it is our understanding that there is no open criminal investigation in Larimer County,” the organization told ThinkProgress in a statement.

The statement echoes denials given to ThinkProgress in August after earlier sex abuse allegations were made against Mipham. His attorney Michael Scott said his client “categorically denies assaulting anyone, sexually or otherwise, sexual contact with minors, or any other criminal offense [sic].” Scott, who issued his statement after Buddhist Project Sunshine published sex assault allegations in August, did not immediately return a request for comment on the Larimer County investigation.

The Shambhala meditation center in Boulder also rejected a separate offer of victim support and assistance from the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, ThinkProgress has learned.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office declined ThinkProgress’ request for comment but said anyone with information about possible sex crimes by Shambhala members in Colorado can contact investigators in its office. https://www.larimer.org/sheriff  "


Read Full Story Here

The FACT Team 

#GivingTuesday



Sharoni was a brilliant light onto this world, and her life was cut short by a wicked man whose sole ambition in life is to manipulate, use and abuse people, preying on them with no concern at all for their well being. Thusly, it has become our mission to expose cult figures like this and their corrupting methodologies and tactics, in hopes that it will prevent future tragedies from ever occurring. Unfortunately, Sharoni's tragedy is one of many thousands because these types of abuses have grown out of control. As a result of this epidemic there are thousands of destructive cults in our country today and these abusers prey on the sick, naive, weak and vulnerable. My daughter and thousands of other innocent young souls have no chance against these types of monsters!

Tibor Stern
Father of deceased Sharoni and
President of FACT


Please join us in raising funds on #GivingTuesday to help support our mission and programs here at FACT. 

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. 

Our work depends upon contributions from generous supporters like you! Please Help Today

Some of our Programs and Initiatives are explained in detail below.

FACT's Preventative Education Initiative and Study Guide:

Most people are unaware about how to prevent abuse or even recognize what emotional, spiritual or mental abuse and manipulation is. Our goal behind this Study Guide is to Empower as many people as possible about the Red Flags of Abuse, Manipulation, Predatory Personalities, Predatory Groups and how to avoid the ever growing Situations that vulnerable people fall prey to - Especially unsuspecting young college students - which predatory groups specifically target. Please help us by donating what you can to help us get the F.A.C.T. Preventative Education Guide into the hands of as many students, parents and educators as possible.  
 
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!
 
 

Preventative Education Handouts:

We've designed handouts for parents, students, activists etc who want to help educate people about these issues. Your generous donations help us print and mail these handouts to anyone who request them. These handouts have been given out at protests, college campuses, high schools, and here are some recent pictures of parents in Michigan preparing these handouts to present to their local High School Counselors. Those same high school counselors have requested copies of F.A.C.T.S. Preventative Education Initiative and Study Guide!



We are also in the process of developing a couple of new programs, one of which is:

Books for Therapy

Many people who leave High Demand / High Control Groups and Cults are in no position financially to get professional therapy. And in all honesty, many therapists are not specifically trained in matters of cult abuse and exploitation. Books are an easy and Effective way to help those who want to help themselves.

This program - with your generous contributions, will provide books to victims of exploitation and abuse. We purchase used books on Amazon and ship them directly to the victim. Therapeutic books can help the person go from Victim to Survivor! A small example of some of the books :




We hope you will consider our organization this #GivingTuesday and help us in our Mission to save lives and end Exploitation and Abuse. Please Donate Today!

Help us get as many people involved as possible by spreading the word. Send a simple email to your friends, colleagues and family members asking them to support F.A.C.T. during the holiday giving season.

Help us get the word out about our #GivingTuesday campaign on Facebook and Twitter

On this big day, please do what you can for those who have been manipulated and afflicted by cults (especially the defenseless children and vulnerable elderly). Your giving can make an even bigger impact with the power of #GivingTuesday and with our access to matching funds.

We Thank You immensely for your generosity and support with our mission and programs. We wouldn't be able to do it without you!

Sincerely,
Tibor Stern
President of F.A.C.T.

Chattanooga Theatre Presents - Squeeze My Cans: Survivng Scientology Nov 16-18th

Ex-Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg will bring her Compelling one-woman show, Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology, to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Nov. 16-18.

"Review for Squeeze My Cans:

What would you do if the carrot of spiritual freedom was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized? Writer-performer Cathy Schenkelberg decided to chase it, and what she found was Scientology. Spending most of her young adult life entangled in the controversial church, she emerged to share her story in Squeeze My Cans, a no-holds-barred cautionary tale of how she survived “America's foremost intergalactic theology.”

Read Full article here:

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/11/7/379484/Ex-Scientologist-Brings-One-Woman.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1qQf433tNrM6XhBgHYQ4fty3PkigOEHPKu5Kj2pInFndrY_vp0JGgzrlw




Purchase your tickets here:

https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=6089b023b63fab3a63f9cd362a3bf266&vqitq=9d6b72e4-a02a-4521-a1dd-892bb90c95fb&vqitp=6e09ab79-949c-47a8-b930-b89410920daa&vqitts=1539029775&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=493797691edf6990c794d51ac4e60126&fbclid=IwAR167Nn9qlHDZeugRqPp6y99016PPZI5fv5gmXddsfB0exVgFZNV912Jzgg

We support you Cathy and Thank you for sharing your story and educating others!


The FACT Team

Dr. Phil - Love Bombing, Cults and Manipulative Relationships

Dr. Phil - a New Episode on Love Bombing, Cults and Manipulative Relationships.

He sums up Love Bombing very nicely. 

https://youtu.be/7T5t8vF7J9U



The FACT Team

Jerry Stocking Expose

Dear friends of F.A.C.T.,

It appears Jerry stocking has removed his article from the elphantjournal and Psychology Today. We have contacted the website admins, but have yet to hear back. We wanted to provide you with the links that were once active and are now private.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/author/jerry-stocking/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sideways-view/201402/why-do-people-join-cults

The expose will remain the same, but we wanted to update you on the reason the links do not work any longer.

Sincerely,

The Fact Team

Clergy Sex Abuse - CA Attorney Generals Call to Action

"In light of the news surrounding the sexual abuse of children by members of clergy or religious organizations across the country, the Department of Justice is gathering information from the public regarding complaints of this nature in California.

If you believe you have been a victim of sexual abuse or have information regarding incidents of sexual misconduct by clergy members, please fill out our online complaint form.

If you would like to provide other information, please email ClergyAbuse@doj.ca.gov."

https://oag.ca.gov/clergyabuse?fbclid=IwAR2C1RVCmBE3ZVVgdYQehi_yH_iNgVGnWjiOEKbIrNHgHMi1Xv1nbJFvrro
 


If you were a victim of sex abuse by a member of the clergy (any religious clergy) please take the time to file your report and encourage others to do the same, and then Follow-up with the Attorney Generals Office. 

Our FACT Sheet on "Why Predators are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy" is available for any individual, group, church, educator, counselor etc.

Front of FACT Sheet Handout
 Back of FACT Sheet Handout
The backside of this FACT Sheet quotes part of Joe Navarro's findings as a former FBI Counterintelligence Agent regarding "Why Predators are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy".

Some of the key reasons being:

- If the predator is in a position of authority within a religious organization, he or she can claim persecution by the "enemies" of the church of organization. Any outside scrutiny subjecting the predator to the sanitizing rays of light is thus characterized as "them", the unbelievers "against us".

- Predators have access to a ready/available pool of potential victims. Within a religious order, those potential victims are identified for the predator, who knows how often they will get together and where (Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. at local church for example)

- In most cultures, children pay deference to authority figures, especially religious ones. Knowing this, the predator can almost certainly count on children abiding by their sordid requests and keeping such matters "secret" There is ample evidence of this from history, social psychology and thousands of law suits.

Joe's findings are extensive and thorough - the above are just a few from his list.

Thank you,
The FACT Team

A Message from Tibor Stern, President of FACT.

Dear Friends and Followers of F.A.CT.,

It is this time of the year again “Giving Tuesday” an international day of giving. 
We at FACT, have had experienced an unusual influx of complaints from victims of tremendous inhuman abuses, in the form of undo influence, mental and physical torture, sexual and financial exploitation of innocent children and adults, brought on by thousands of psychopaths, sociopaths and self declared gods. 
Some of these complaints and cases we will publish in our upcoming newsletter. 
Every complaint that we receive sounds the same : I lost my daughter or son to this evil person who brainwashed my child to disconnect and cut all ties and interaction with their family. It is so typical for all so called “Gurus” to use the same method of exclusion. 
It is usually too late by the time the family finds out the real reason for their child's new disconnected behavior towards their own family. By then, the victims have lost their critical thinking.
We at FACT see this tragic epidemic in our society, called “CULTS”. There is an estimated more than 3000 different cults existing in US.
In addition to this, there is an estimated more than 7% of US populations who are somehow involved with different cult’s. The tragic stories of destruction of families by thousands of evil minded individuals have no regard for the immeasurable suffering they bring to the victims and their families.

Our mission at FACT is to educate potential victims and their families through social media, school systems, higher learning institutions, places of false worship of self declared god’s, and to stop the cult leaders.

We at FACT are a 501c3 non for profit organization and have been successful in many cases achieving above mentioned goals, with our very limited resources.
With your help we can do more. Reaching out to more families and victims.
It is a huge financial burden to fight this evil.
Unfortunately, the government doesn’t get involved with these groups due to “Freedom of Speech.” This right under the first amendment is totally twisted and abused by thousands of heartless self serving “Gurus."
Under that pretext, we have nothing but destruction and human suffering by Millions.
This is a serious epidemic that is going unnoticed up until your family is affected.

Please help us with your kind donation in this years upcoming Giving Tuesday. No amount is too small.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible and is tremendously Appreciated!

FACT received the highest possible rating by Charity watch, which is a Platinum Guide 5 star.

Every dollar received went 100 % for the cause.


If you would like to pledge a donation earlier than Nov 27th on Giving Tuesday here is the link to do so. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fact
 
Thank you and may God bless you and your loved ones and may we be able to help those who are in need.

As I always say, Those who don’t fight evil empower evil!

Sincerely,

Tibor Stern

President Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses, Inc
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The passing of the beloved Skip Campbell

Dear Campbell family, Law firm associates and friends,



With tremendous pain I would like to express my deepest condolences to Skip’s family and friends on the untimely passing of our beloved Skip.
In the short time that I knew Skip, I learned to respect his honesty and integrity.
This more than towering person had a heart and moral compass to bring justice to all victims.
His fingerprint in seeking justice for all victims of abuses will not go down unnoticed.
We at F.A.C.T. and the Stern family will forever be thankful for your tireless involvement to seek justice for all victims of abuses.
I personally want to thank you Lyn for being there for us.
May God give you and your family strength and may the respect, love, and good memories also give you strength to continue.
In honor of Skip’s life, I will donate $2500 to F.A.C.T.
Lyn, the news of his passing did not reach me in time, as such I was not able to attend the services.


May God bless his memories, may he rest in peace and God bless his family.

Sincerely,



Tibor Stern and the F.A.C.T. team.

Parents Raise Serious Concerns About Grace Church Near CMU

We receive calls and emails daily asking for help and support in getting a loved one out of a cult or high control, high demand group.

This is a recent example of one of those pleas for help and how Central Michigan University is not taking any action to help protect students from such groups.

"Is Grace Church Mount Pleasant a tight-knit group of Christians, or is it a place of manipulation and spiritual abuse?

"Several alumni feel that this church is targeting your students. Is there anything this university can do to prevent that?” Catallo asked Heather Smith, CMU’s Director of Communications.

“At this point, there’s been no findings of criminal wrongdoing against this church,” said Smith.  “So, there’s really no means for us to be able to discriminate against this religious organization versus any other outside organization.”

“But parents and alumni have reached out to the university and asked you to not allow this student group on campus. What’s your response to that?” asked Catallo.

“Our student organization that’s affiliated with this church has had no complaints against it that would violate our student code of conduct,” said Smith.

Read the full story and watch the video interview.

https://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/parents-alumni-raise-serious-concerns-about-church-near-cmu-campus?fbclid=IwAR0UlJeZT4HZe6lVi0QCZwPD-s5g5_It03BoIDRs8OHU4lQENot5_vmvViY

Parents and Ex-members have put together a website to tell their stories of abuse and manipulation
https://www.gracechurchexposed.org/

Parents and alumni have reached out to FACT for support. We've mailed them preventative education handouts which they will be taking to the campus and giving out to students. These free educational handouts were created to empower young adults through education - to give them the knowledge to protect themselves from predatory groups.

If you would like handouts to give out to students at your school or campus or in your area please contact us at Support@FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org

If you would like to donate to help us get another round of handouts and brochures printed it is very needed and would be very appreciated. You can do so here:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fact

Thank you,
The FACT Team

Book Recommendation - Leaving the Fold by Marlene Winell Ph.D.

Leaving the Fold will help you if:
  • You have become uncomfortable with your religion and are in the process of leaving.
  • You want to understand more about Christian fundamentalism.
  • You have left the faith that was meaningful to you as a child, and you need to sort out the aftereffects.
  • You need to heal from growing up in a dysfunctional religious family.
  • You became "born again" as an adult, but you are now disenchanted with the belief system.
  • You are experiencing fear and anxiety, anger, or grief because you have left the fold.
  • You struggle with depression and confusion because you have lost your structure of meaning.
  • You have a family member or friend who is recovering from religious indoctrination.
  • You are a helping professional and want to improve your ability to help clients who are recovering from their religious experience. 





For more information and to order the book : http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-former

Jerry Stocking Follow-up Expose

This is a follow up exposé to our Jerry Stocking expose.

It appears Mr. Stocking is now advertising on his Youtube channel that, “Psychedelics are for everyone, no matter how old. They light up life, need to be done carefully and legally, but make for a wonderful, generative, transformational experience.”

In his Youtube Video Jerry brags about how he has tried a few different psychedelics over 13 times and urges the public to do the same. Jerry then states that trying psychedelics 13 times is still not enough for him and he needs to experiment more. In our opinion, this is not a professional who should have a non-for-profit organization for self-improvement education. We believe Jerry Stocking to be under the influence of illegal drugs as he calls them, “psychedelics” unacceptable and even more so to influence the public to try these mind altering illegal drugs. We believe this is the exact opposite of how a self-improvement educational teacher should be setting an example in terms of safety for his students and others. 

Link to Youtube video: https://youtu.be/8kKzqBAb1Uo 

His company called ‘A Choice Experience’ is a non-profit organization created by Jerry Stocking for the purpose of self-improvement education (as listed on his Guidestar.org profile). Through the use of his 501c3, he is believed to be charging students for all of his self-improvement courses about $600 - $900 per course, and $95 per hour for private coaching / counseling. We will be forwarding all of our information to the IRS for their analysis to verify the legitimacy of the ‘A Choice Experience’ 501c3 approval. We believe a nonprofit should not be pushing for the use and experimentation of illegal drugs.

Stocking is also an author of numerous articles published by the ‘Elephant Journal’, an independent online publication. His articles mainly focus on the subjects of love, romance and relationships, with an obvious focus on sex. Very recently, he wrote an article where he admits to having paid women for sex through an “arrangement” website.

Some excerpts from his article:

“…I signed up for the arrangement site with zeal. In the first 24 hours, I emailed 23 women, most of them less than half my age…”

“In that month, I had three meetings with women, the rest turned out to be various flavors of unavailable or disinteresting.”

“I paid her for one month but only used her services twice. We remain in contact via text and email, corresponding much as an older, perhaps wiser, man and a younger, enthusiastic woman.”

“I won’t be on the site again, though the idea of it still tickles me, as does the idea of paying a certain, set amount for sex with someone I like but don’t want a long-term romantic relationship with.”

In our opinion, we believe no self-help teacher should be promoting the idea of a sex for money arrangement website, which is basically a modern day platform for prostitution. We believe his article shows his regard for women as mere sex objects for his own carnal gratifications.

A letter written to Jerry Stocking:

“What you left inside of ------- is unconscionable.  You are supposed to be caring for other beings by merging with them at the level of their suffering and taking responsibility for what you find - no matter what you find.  If you find sorrow then you work through that as your own.  If you find lust then you work through that as your own.  If you find greed then you work through that as your own.  You work through these things and free yourself then you have their liberation - the liberation you offer and that they are entitled to by coming to you.

I felt into her pain Jerry and you have been physically and emotionally abusive to her.  You should feel honored in your capacity to serve another and above all humbled in the presence of those that come to you.  Every single one of them. There is a clear distinction between cherishing another's soul and everything else.

If she was not your client then she would be an equal participant. But she is.”

Judge for yourself if you believe Jerry should be allowed to advertise himself as a self-help educational instructor with a non for profit 501(c)3 status.


The FACT Team

Victory Life Ministries - Greenville, Tx

We recently received a complaint about Victory Life Ministries in Greenville, Tx. Here is an article written about them from back in 2014.

Victory Life's discipline methods, fundraising criticized by former members

"A Hunt County-based Christian ministry aimed at helping drug addicts, alcoholics and the homeless turn their lives around has come under criticism from many former members, who say the organization’s punishment methods are excessive and their fund-raising methods are suspect.
But the center’s leadership and supporters counter that such methods are necessary when providing spiritual guidance to addicts.
Victory Life Ministry of Hunt County is run by Pastor Raymond Zifer, a self-proclaimed former drug addict himself who went through a similar program in Dallas, Victory Life Ministry of Dallas, run by Pastor Anthony Anderson.
“We have a nine month faith-based discipleship home,” Zifer said. “We bring in men and women struggling with alcohol or drug addiction or homeless and help them develop a personal, intimate relationship with the Lord and learn how to live a victorious Christian life.”
Zifer said this is accomplished through prayer and worship times, Bible Studies and discipleship program. But the facility does not employ the healthcare officials or trained counselors typically found in residential treatment programs.
Greenville resident Danny Draude is a former member of Victory Life. He eventually left the program and, like a dozen other former members, found help from the Greenville Salvation Army. Draude now has a full-time job and residence in Greenville after graduating from the Salvation Army’s shelter program.
“It’s like fishing,” Draude said of his experience at Victory Life. “You have the bait, the fish wants the bait, but the fish doesn’t know there’s a hook in the bait.”
The bait Draude is referring to is a roof over your head, three square meals a day and Christian instruction from Victory Life, according to Draude.
“It’s just a money-making scheme,” he said. “At first they are helping, providing a place and providing food, but at the same time they’re financially [benefiting], and they’re not giving back. When I went there, I didn’t have anything. I needed a place to go. After two years of helping them, and them helping me, I didn’t have [anything].”
Danny’s criticisms of Victory Life are common among the program’s ex-members. Complaints range from bizarre punishments for breaking strict program rules to a lack of an effective plan for graduating members from the program.
Banana Nut Bread
Victory Life is funded primarily by sending male members of the program to communities outside of Hunt County to share their testimonies and ask for donations. Small loaves of banana nut bread, which are baked in an industrial oven in Zifer’s house by members of the program, are given in return for a $5 donation. Members are given a quota each day, driven to locations outside of Hunt County and dropped off to raise money.
The pre-packaged bread does not contain information regarding ingredients, and the individuals preparing the bread do not have food-handler’s licenses, as they are not required to by Texas law. Zifer said his organization does not have a solicitation license, and equated the fund-raising program to a bake sale. He said the members raise money outside of Hunt County because many of them come to the program from outside of the county. But former member Johnny Mullins, who now works with the Salvation Army after having a fallout with Zifer, countered that Victory Life goes outside of Hunt County to maintain a low profile. He said members of the program selling banana nut bread have been “chased away” from areas in Greenville, Quinlan and Rockwall for solicitation.
“It’s effective for us in regards to teaching a guy to be trusted and to be able to be confident with sharing his testimony about what God has done in his life and spreading the word of Jesus Christ,” Zifer said.
However, rather than the elaborate bake sale described by Zifer, former Victory Life members described a complex operation that brought in hundreds of dollars a day in cash for the ministry that they claim is not completely distributed back into the ministry. Matthew Dollar, who was a member of Victory Life on several occasions, described a routine of baking hundreds of loaves of bread during the night, and sometimes fund-raising the next morning. He said the loaves cost between $0.50 and $0.75 a piece to make, and that Victory Life regularly raised between $500 and $1,000 a day.
Dollar described a trip to Shreveport with 700 loaves that he and a group of men from the program used to fund-raise more than $3,500. Mullins recounted a trip where he and several other men went to the Canton trade days and made $2,600 in three hours despite refusing to pay for a booth or vendor’s license.
“I hate it for them when the tax people come around,” Dollar said, adding that the ministry also draws food stamps. On the 990 form that Victory Life submits as a non-profit, the ministry claims to make less than $50,000 a year. Dollar estimated they take in hundreds of thousands per year.
Discipline
The punishment, or “discipline” as its referred to at Victory Life, for breaking any of the rules varies from repeatedly writing down the same Bible verse to accomplishing menial tasks.
“When drug addicts come off the streets, they’re not going to want to follow the rules,” Danny said. “But the way they discipline is extreme in some areas. The last time, I was forced to be outside for three days, not able to shower. Food was brought to me, and I wasn’t allowed to come in [the building] or have contact with any people. I slept on the ground.”
Mullins talked about having to wash cars with toothbrushes and picking weeds from dawn to dusk for days on end.
“I’ve never seen the mental degradation and spiritual abuse that I saw with Raymond,” he said.
Other former members said they were disciplined for not selling their quota of bread.
“They put you on discipline for not meeting the quota of selling bread,” Bennie Burrow, who stayed at the facility three months, said. “You had to pick weeds for 12 hours and dig a six-foot hole for 12 hours straight. You had to scrub floors with a toothbrush.”
Burrow added when they finished digging the hole, they were told to fill it back in for the next person who was to be “disciplined.”
Although Zifer said he had no knowledge of people having to pick weeds for 12 hours, he did not deny some of the other disciplinary actions people said they were put through.
“There is discipline. There is going to be some sort of consequence,” he said, comparing Victory Life’s discipline process to when someone breaks the law. “It depends on the situation. We don’t go around abusing people.”
Some graduates of the program countered that the tough love is necessary to break the cycle of addiction. West Tawakoni resident Ted Snowden said he is a graduate of the program from August of 2013 to May of 2014. Although Victory Life was tough, Snowden said he needed the discipline in order to conquer his addiction.
“It wasn’t the easiest thing in my life, but I didn’t need easy,” he said, adding his punishments for disobedience varied depending on the situation. “I had to pick weeds before because I got out of line. I was out there a couple hours.”
Snowden said most of the time he just wrote scriptures as punishment, including Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, four to five times as punishment.
After graduating the program, Snowden said he began his own business and lives in West Tawakoni.
But while there are success stories, and while even disgruntled former members recount positive experiences at Victory Life, the program’s lack of professional instruction for its members, poor exit strategy and questionable fund-raising practices are topics consistently mentioned by almost all of the former members who spoke with the Herald-Banner. Many former members were quickly able to better their lives after leaving the program, many through help at the Salvation Army, demonstrates that many of these people are willing and capable of transforming their lives outside of Victory Life.
Locations
The men and women in the program are housed at separate locations in Hunt County. The program has run in to opposition from individuals living near to their locations, particularly one in West Tawakoni.
Zifer moved into a house on Holly Lake Drive in West Tawakoni in 2010 and his neighbors said he told them he was simply renovating the house. Zifer said he informed a former West Tawakoni Code Enforcement Officer of his plans to use the house as a multiple person dwelling, but did not elaborate on his intentions. He said he was told to “pack them in as deep as you can.”
Current West Tawakoni Code Enforcement Officer Dwayne Hall said that while the city does not have an ordinance on the books that specifies how many individuals can live in a building, the subdivision where Zifer’s house is located does have a rule against operating a business.
West Tawakoni Police Chief Brandon Kilpatrick conducted an investigation into Victory Life in 2011. He concluded that Zifer was running a business out of his property in West Tawakoni, located on Holly Lake Drive.
Jerry and Judy Nunnenkamp live across the street from Zifer, who recently built a three-story addition to the house. They said men, women and children have lived at the house over the past four years, and that they’ve seen as many as 15-20 at a time. They were worried the program might be housing sex offenders, drug addicts and alcoholics, and they requested a list of the inhabitants from Zifer in order to run background checks on the program members, but they said Zifer refused to give them one.
“They use those people for labor,” Judy said, indicating that at times the members chant loudly and stomp. “They are operating like a cult.”
Victory Life has a second building, which they use for their women’s ministry, in the Easy Living subdivision outside of Quinlan. A couple of years ago, they began leasing a church building on the I-30 frontage road near Jungle Burger, although their lease is up soon and has not been renewed. The men’s ministry was moved to that location. Greenville Fire Marshal Greg McDonald said he did sign off on a certificate of occupancy for the building recently.
A fourth property, called “The Farm,” is located somewhere near Canton, according to multiple former members. They say the program plans on moving to the Farm sometime in the near future.
Hunt County does not have a fire code, so it defaults to Texas regulations, according to Hunt County Building Inspector David Jones. The Hunt County Office of Homeland Security, where Jones works, inspects such buildings, but only on a complaint basis, due to its small staff size. In 2011, Jones inspected the Holly Drive facility, and noted that it lacked several attributes required of a residential building, namely exit doors that swung out for evacuation, panic hardware for the doors and a hard-wired smoke alarm system. Jones filed a report saying that within 60 days, Zifer installed the necessary items and the building was brought up to code, but for no more than six residents."



Blogger Wins Defamation Case Against Her by "Cult Leader" Serge Benhayon

"A wealthy NSW spiritual healer has suffered a significant defeat in his defamation case against a blogger after a jury found many of her posts were true, including that he's the leader of a socially harmful cult."

 The "substantially true" findings included that he "has an indecent interest in young girls as young as 10 whom he causes to stay at his house unaccompanied", preys on cancer patients and "is a charlatan who makes fraudulent medical claims".

The jury also found substantially true that Mr Benhayon had exploited children by having them vouch for UM's dishonest healing practices and "exploits cancer patients by targeting them to leave him bequests in their wills".

Read the full article here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/defamation-loss-for-nsw-spiritual-healer/news-story/ac8ef1934de9f0b26f474d27a2738b10


There are A Lot of "Snake Oil" salesman in this world - who prey on the vulnerable - Buyer Beware!


Leah Remini Takes on Jehovah's Witnesses

Leah Remini takes on Jehovah's Witnesses in a special episode Nov 13th on A & E.

https://youtu.be/jl8OY64Vl9U

How Can My Loved Be So Blind? They Are in a Cult!

On a daily basis we talk to people who are struggling to understand how in the world their educated child, boyfriend, sister, mother or father, friend etc can be so blind as to not see they are involved with a high controlling abusive group, church or individual.

They lose sleep, work hours and are emotionally distraught trying to understand it and rescue them from it. It can be one of the hardest struggles to convince someone that what they believe is "wrong" or they are being deceived.  No one likes to admit they are wrong or have been duped.

In many cases it's not the religious "beliefs" that are in question but more the destructive policies and practices of the group pr leader to conform their members completely.

According to Steve Hassan's BITE Model, these are some of the main tactics cults and predatory personalities use to gain control over their prey.

Behavior Control
Information Control
Thought Control
Emotion Control





Some of the best possible ways to arm yourself, your friends and loved ones is to know ones own vulnerabilities, educate ourselves on how manipulation is done, the personality types that prey on the vulnerable and to have strong critical thinking skills to prevent yourself from getting caught up in such groups or relations.


Please Share.

The FACT Team

Students Concerned About on Campus Religious Solicitors and Rumors of Sex Trafficking - University at Buffalo

We read the below article by The Spectrum - The Independent Student Publication of the University at Buffalo - about Religious Solicitation on UB campus and we felt the need to write about this topic again.

http://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2018/09/students-concerned-over-on-campus-religious-solicitors-sex-trafficking-rumors

We have received many past complaints from people in many different cities about the groups World Mission Society Church of God, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both of which mentioned in the article as soliciting on UB Campus.

Religious solicitation and predatory group activity is a huge problem on and around college campuses and they purposely target vulnerable, impressionable, unsuspecting young minds. Students, faculty and parents need more information about these topics so they can make informed, educated decisions about the groups and associations they consider getting involved with. 
Information to Critically Think with.

Our website (which is in the process of being overhauled and updated) provides much of our materials in pdf format, but we also have printed handouts and brochures free to students, parents etc.

Here is the link where you can print and share some of these materials.

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Fact-sheets/

Here are some of the red flags to be aware of when being approached by groups and or individuals.






If you think you or someone you know is involved in a predatory / controlling group or situation and need help and more information Or If you would like our handouts to share with friends, fellow students or parents and faculty feel free to email us at Support@FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org or call our toll free # at 877-360-FACT (3228)





We are here to help educate and empower any way we can.

You can learn more on our Facebook page https://business.facebook.com/FACT501c3/ and Twitter @FightCults 

Thank you,

The FACT Team

Complaint Filed Against: Mastery in Transformational Training

One of the many complaints we've received recently. 

"Mitt - Mastery in Transformational Training

Where: Marina Del Rey is headquarters and they do trainings at hotels like 4 points Sheraton at lax

Leader(s):

Please describe the cult activity: they use every brainwashing technique, fear guilt and pressure from family and they popped my wifes tires and disabled her car when she tried to leave .

Involvement with group: If yes, please explain.

1) When did you/they get involved & for how long?
Mom and grandma since before it started in a different program called life spring
2) How did you/they get involved? How were you/they directly recruited?
My grandma pressured her paid for it and said just go its paid for
3) Are there other family members involved?

4) Has their been a disconnection of relationship(s) with family, old friends?
Yes mom keeps calling the cops and social services
5) What are the circumstances currently?
No contact with them now

Impact from group: My wife could and should be the one to explain

Is there anything else that we should know or you would like to tell us: I have done research and found some things that have not yet been reported and how they scrypt and trick people to go down a path they subjects think they chose"

If you have any direct experience with this group, feel free to share with us.


Thank you,

The FACT Team


Author Renee Linnell, "The Burn Zone: A Memoir, Talks About Her Time in a Cult

Renee Linnell, Author of "The Burn Zone: A Memoir, opens up about her time and experience in a cult and her thoughts about it all.

Watch her video interview with BOLD: https://youtu.be/L3QXKlKE1sc





Thanks for sharing this with us Renee and we hope to catch up with you soon for an interview chat.

Thank you,

The FACT Team

Never Be Afraid to Question People and Their Motives



Many people who are caught up in high control, high demand groups and or relations are often conditioned to not question things.
  
Always be wary of anyone who tries to prevent you from questioning. Protect your freedom and autonomy.  Learn to recognize common recruitment tactics and situations.
  • People who are excessively or inappropriately friendly; there are few genuine instant friendships.
  • People who are very persistent in trying to get you to join, and won’t take no for answer.
  • People with invitations to free meals, lectures, and workshops.
  • People who demand secrecy from you.
  • People who make you feel like there’s something wrong with you if you’re not interested in joining.
  • People with simplistic answers or solutions to complex world problems.
  • People who try to play on your guilt; you don’t always have to reciprocate a kindness, especially when it may have been a way to manipulate you.
  • People who are vague or evasive. If they are hiding something, it’s usually because they don’t want you to know the real answer.
  • People who claim to be just like you, so you feel you have a lot in common.
  • People who confidently promise that they can help you solve your problems, especially when they know little about you.
  • People, who make grand claims about how their group can save mankind, help you achieve enlightenment or show the road to happiness.
  • People who always seem happy
  • People who claim they or their group is really special, even the most special.
  • People who promise quick solutions to difficult problems.
  • People who put down reason and critical thinking, and tell you not to ask questions about the group – just open your mind to it. 

Shambhala Denies All Allegations of Misconduct




Shambhalas letter of Denial to the community 
 
"Dear Community -
 
We are writing to you in the wake of today’s release of more allegations of misconduct and criminal behavior regarding the Sakyong and board members that were released in Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3.
 
We want to be clear to you, our community, that based on the information provided, Shambhala, the Sakyong and the four Board members named in these allegations categorically deny the substance of the allegations, which are not only unfounded, but are each based on speculative and unsubstantiated claims.  The publication of such salacious and defamatory information is grossly irresponsible.
 
Over the past six months, Shambhala has made it clear that we take any claims of misconduct extremely seriously. We invite and encourage anyone with a claim of harm to bring such claims forward through one of the three channels we have opened.  Our focus remains on the appropriate healing and rebuilding of our community, especially as we move through this leadership transition.
 
There are three ways to report a claim of harm:
 
  • Third-Party Investigation: Claims of sexual assault or misconduct by any teacher or leader in the Shambhala community can be raised directly to the independent investigator, Selina Bath, of Wickwire Holm. Ms. Bath can be reached by e-mail or phone at (902) 482-7030.
     
  • Care and Conduct Process:  Shambhala’s Care and Conduct policy exists to address cases of harm within the community and provide a path forward for all parties when a complaint has been brought against a Shambhala office holder. Click here to contact the International Care and Conduct panel.
     
  • An Olive Branch: An Olive Branch will serve as a neutral third-party to receive stories of harm and provide victim advocacy services. In the coming weeks, they will open a Listening Post where stories can be brought forward. Questions about this work may be directed to Katheryn Wiedman, Co-Director of An Olive Branch and Project Director, by e-mail.
 
Further, we are disappointed to learn of the continued attempts to discredit the integrity of Wickwire Holm’s independent investigation and the work of An Olive Branch, both neutral and independent third-party organizations working to provide services to those who have felt harmed in the community.


  • For questions about the investigation and Shambhala’s relationship to Wickwire Holm, please refer to the community e-mail that was sent on August 11, 2018 which includes a statement from Wickwire Holm.


  • To read about An Olive Branch’s complete scope of work, please refer to the community e-mail that was sent on July 20, 2018 to the community by An Olive Branch.

From the beginning of this process in February, our intent has always been to promptly and thoroughly investigate all claims by anyone who has felt harmed within the Shambhala community, to effectively remedy all claims that are substantiated, and to create a strong and healthy sangha.

As always, we welcome your feedback, questions and concerns at kalapacouncil@shambhala.org.

We also invite you to contact the Transition Task Force with questions or suggestions about the leadership transition process at transitiontaskforce@shambhala.org.


With appreciation,
The Outgoing Kalapa Council
Josh Silberstein, Chair
Jane Arthur
David Brown
Wendy Friedman
Jesse Grimes
Mitchell Levy
Adam Lobel
Robert Reichner
Christoph Schönherr"



The FACT Team

Renee Linnell on Meghan Kelly Show

We've talked to Renee Linnell several times about her experience in a cult. She has generously sent us advanced readers copies of her book.

She will be interviewed live on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show on September 5th at 9a.m. e.s.t
answering questions about her book, The Burn Zone and why she joined a cult.

 Be sure to check it out and if you are in Aspen Oct 9th she will be at the Explore Bookseller 221 E. Main St. Aspen at 5:30pm for a discussion and book signing.

Congratulations Renee!

The FACT Team

Sex, Lies & Abuse in Shambhala

An update to our recent expose on Shambhala - here is the most recent blog post from Chris Chandler, Author of Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism.

"Recently, I have been receiving comments on my last post,  “Divide and Conquer’  suggesting that it was the mental state of the person and her CAT story  that caused it to be removed from Facebook, and because it “couldn’t be corroborated.”

Couldn’t be corroborated by the same inner circle;  same people who have enabled the sexual abuse for the last forty years and counting?

So, now comes  the ‘crazy neurotic woman’ defense of the perpetrators and enablers. The usual one. I realize there are a lot of aspects to this CAT story.   I also know, having been inside this group,  that  I shudder at the thought of what it must have done to your mental state to be one of Trungpa’s seven wives .

All of his other six wives and their mental states should be questioned for still keeping the secrets.  In fact every one’s mental state , who is still in this cult, after what has been revealed about their leaders and their inner circle in Shambhala, should be evaluated,  if they aren’t running  for the exit and shouting “No More!”

What about the mental state of all the parents in this group, that let  their own children be sexually groomed, their fellow cult members be sexually exploited on a massive scale,  and their leader keep a harem of seven wives, illegally, while his Regent infected his students with AIDS, one of them dies,  and they never even think to  go to the police? What kind of group mental state is THAT?
That is the question that should be asked.

Of course, the CAT story couldn’t be corroborated. Who, part of that inner circle of Trungpa’s who were there,  during the most ‘secret part’ of his Tantric teachings on ‘no good-no bad’; his most deeply cult-controlled members, who formally vowed to him and the group  to  ‘never reveal the secrets of the Vajrayana or may I shrink up and rot” are going to support her?  Or corroborate her story?

I took that vow; they all take that vow, and unless some other brave soul tells the truth, which is now unlikely, this requires an investigation at the level of what is happening with the Catholic Church,  whose members are clearly not as mentally disturbed nor cult-controlled as those in  these guru-worshiping groups, like Shambhala International. THAT is the big difference between the sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and in these Tibetan Lamaist cults like Shambhala.  The Catholics actually go to the police. Shambhala’s abuse, it should be clear by now, requires an outside investigation, just as the Catholic Church.

My article is not about the person who blew the whistle on Trungpa ( as great a ‘sin’ in their group as mine is for writing a book about him and all of them and so we must be destroyed, defamed, smeared and made unimportant)  it is about how these Tibetan Lamas ALWAYS are let off the hook, because of their very large enabling system;  that always surrounds them.  Bigger than just their own overarching hierarchy of control. They were allowed to become a ‘Buddhist’ mega church that has now enfolded the other Buddhist streams into their net of influence because of other Buddhist groups, like Zen and Theravada, and their own greedy collusion with the mindfulness movement.   A mega-billion corporate movement ‘too big to fail’  simply because of the egregious abuses of its founder, Chogyam Trungpa.

The much bigger question is not about this CAT story of the author,  but why the very well-documented, sexual grooming of young girls,  sexual abuse of women and illegal harem keeping of women, in not one, but two of the major Tibetan ‘Buddhist’ centers, Lama Sogyal of Rigpa,  and now Trungpa’s group, Shambhala/ Vajradhatu,  have been allowed off the hook and then off  the radar again and again,  while the Catholic Church is being destroyed. Granted, their own sexual abuses are abhorrent, but not written into and justified by the Vajrayana Tantric Teachings themselves.   And, the Catholics are demanding criminal action.

Why are Lamaist and Hindu guru groups of Tantric Vajrayana, the new replacement falsely-named ‘secular religion’ for Judaeo-Christianity,   being allowed to handle their ‘institutionalized’ abuse in-house, AGAIN. That is the question uppermost in my mind these days."

Link to Christine Chandlers Blog: https://extibetanbuddhist.com/sex-lies-and-abuse-in-shambhala/

The Buddhist Project Sunshine Phase 3 Final Report:

http://andreamwinn.com/project_sunshine/Buddhist_Project_Sunshine_Phase_3_Final_Report.pdf

In addition, here is a recent email we've received from the Expose we published about Shambhala:

"I was deeply disturbed to read the account from one of Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche's wives about animal cruelty. In the same post (May 7, 2018), it is stated: "In addition, we have included another personal account of explicit animal abuse committed by Rinpoche written by John Riley Perks in his book, The Mahāsiddha and His Idiot Servant." Unfortunately, the resolution of the photo is too poor to read the text and the book appears to be long out of print. Do you know where I could find a higher-resolution image or a text excerpt of the passage? I had been planning on joining the Shambhala community and attending some retreats until the recent abuse allegations broke, and now I feel like I may have dodged a bullet. It seems like a lot of people are trying to say that the current abuse committed by the Sakyong is not indicative of the values of the organization, but the more I read, the worse it gets. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
XXXX

We replied with further reading materials and evidence for this person and her response was:

"Thanks so much for the documents. I think it's fair to say that I will not be getting involved with Shambhala.

I was introduced to them through Pema Chodron's books (my therapist recommended them; I hear Oprah is also a fan). I had some doubts about CTR's "crazy wisdom" methods, but it seems like everyone, including Chodron, continue to be apologists for his behavior, even 30+ years later. I thought that I could overlook the alcoholism and cocaine use and bigamy by viewing him as a deeply troubled human being (aren't we all, to an extent) but still a great teacher with deep wisdom, but now he looks more like a charlatan who surrounded himself with people who still believe to this day that they can't say a bad word about him without violating their samaya vows and being sent to vajra hell. 

Thanks for the work that you do to make information available about these organizations. I naively thought that the Catholic church held the monopoly on clergy abuse. I am looking forward to reading the third installment of the Project Sunshine report that is due out later this month.

Sincerely,
XXXX"

Thank you,
The FACT Team


Gang Related Trafficking, Stalking and Manipulation.

We've been receiving a higher than usual number of complaints and emails for support regarding
gang related stalking, trafficking, intimidation and manipulation. Several individuals and families are reaching out for help.

Here are just a couple of recent reports we've received:

"Real social dynamics in Los Angeles is trafficking women and gang stalking them while covertly using their social media and stolen cell phone data to covertly sexually groom, manipulate, and condition women and also lure them out of their homes. They are an underground mafia based on fight club who has chapters of people doing illegal things internationally like millions of men who are sexist and far right connected to white supremacy and the proud boys/oath keeps. I worked for them for a while online from my home in XXXX and when they didn’t pay me after a year and a half I stopped working for them. Well they’ve started gang stalking me and threatening me while trying to lure me out of my home to possibly rape me. I’m not sure but I am informing every authority in California of this gang activity and abuse movement towards women. I didn’t know about he abuse I was working with them to try to counteract their bad behavior and cause I seriously need to make money to support my disabled child... they were getting. Kicked out of countries for bad and sexist behavior and I was tying to help as I thought it could be a win win but it turns out they really are criminals and rape rings and traffickers! Already filed another report with LAPD, The FBI, Human Trafficking, and the Bel Air PD. They are also affiliated with the oath keepers which is an anti government organization."

"Hello. I'm a full time father I have 4 kids an a finance. For the past 6 years we have been monitored by a cult. We live in Anaheim Ca. I've figured it out an I am very certain that it is a cult who manipulates Christian faith an black magic. They have been trying to break us apart for years. I believe they are going after my kids. We've been poisoned. Threatened. They lured us to home an different living situations. They have all of our personal information. Now we are stuck in a hotel. Where the maids an mangers are part of it. They sneak in our room when we leave to cast spells an poison are food an drinks. The do death stress letting us know when they are around. Honk there horns abruptly. They knock an pound on our walls. Constantly trying to out us in dress to break us down an our immune system. Then poison us. I feel they are after my kids. Some are people of higher power. Policeman an landlords. I'm looking for help. We need out an far away from this location. It's gotten to the point my oldest daughter notices."



The National Criminal Justice Reference Service wrote an abstract about this titled, Comparison of Cults and Gangs: Dimensions of Coercive Power and Malevolent Authority.

Here's a portion of that abstract and the link to the full report:

 
"Groups regarded as "cults" have much in common with groups regarded as "gangs" in modern American society. They are similar in that both groups restrict members' exercise of freedom in thought and belief; both demand unquestioning obedience from their members; both have self-appointed authoritarian leaders; and once persons join both types of groups, they tend to undergo certain predictable personality changes. Cults, like gangs, fall in the realm of deviance, and both types of groups encourage members to become situationally dependent on the "group identity." Both gangs and cults recruit members based on the human need to be accepted and be a part of a group that will affirm personal significance. The primary difference between cults and gangs is that cults have as their axial principle of organization some spiritual/religious/ideological belief system; gangs, on the other hand, are commonly perceived to have no such well-developed belief system. Further, gangs are more sinister in terms of the use of violence against their own members and those outside the gang. Disobedience in a cult occasions much less severe discipline, and violence against non-cult members is not common behavior for cult members."

Link to Full abstract: https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=179055 
 

The FACT Team 

Divide and Conquer Strategies

This blog post by Chris Chandler, Author of Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism, speaks volumes about Divide and Conquer Strategies that cults use to manipulate their members.  

"They are able to get to members still inside or almost out of this group, Shambhala/Vajradhatu,  because it is a group that is glued to each other socially and psychologically, since they were teens and young adults ( or toddlers)  and there are few ‘survivors’ of this muddle of social groupthink.   They will not go to the police. They have been taught not to believe in western laws, ethics, or western authority.   Only their  ‘sacred truths’ are real."

Read her full article Here 

These Divide and Conquer Strategies are very common in high control, high demand groups and cults such as Shambhala, Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses and many others.



The FACT Team

More Information on Shambhala International and Tiebetan Buddism

"Recently FACT, Families Against Cult Teachings, has published a Four-Part Series, Exposing the Shambhala and Naropa Cults, on their Facebook Page.

This is one of the few Anti-Cult sites who actually are exposing Shambhala International and Naropa Institute as a dangerous cult and cult recruiting college.

They also have a closed support group for those who wish to discuss without the usual Establishment Buddhist Swamp censoring what can be said about Buddhist cult leaders still on their protected list.
FACT  has taken on the Mother Lode Cult of Tibetan Buddhism, indirectly, by going after Shambhala International, the worst of the sexual abusing  Tibetan Lamaist groups,  and Naropa Institute, administered and/or staffed by SI cult members or graduates of Naropa or Buddhists who have drunk the Tantric  Kool-Aid.  No one would be allowed to teach here, if they hadn’t bought into groupthink and Tantra. So, of course, the cult members of Shambhala and Naropa are doing everything they can to demean this Anti-cult site, (as they are trying to do with my book) by deflating its ratings.  Their continued livelihoods depend on keeping a positive image of these two groups that overlap. Or they get to the whistle blowers, and make them crazy, again. Whispering in their ears, creating a whirlwind of confusion. Tibetan Tantra and particularly the Shambhala/Trungpa version never let’s anyone go, if they can help it."

Read the Full article and blog here:  https://extibetanbuddhist.com/cults-and-clergy/



We want to Thank Christine Chandler for all her hard work - helping victims, writing and sharing her stories and otherwise exposing the abuse and corruption she has witnessed first hand.

Thank you,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc

How Do I Get My Family Out of a Cult?

If you are concerned about friends, loved ones or in general about those who are caught up in cults, high demand groups etc, it has been talked about by experts in the field of mind control and cults that it is extremely important to stimulate Thought Provoking Dialogue when talking to someone about their involvement.




In many cases the cult is aware that the member will receive opposition from their family and loved ones. It’s their modus operandi to use this opposition to further trap the member. They will often paint the opposition as evil and use it to distant the member from outside influence.

As you’re educating yourself and figuring out what to do, here are some suggestions of actions to avoid, which will give your strategy the best chance of working, and prevent you from alienating the person your attempting to help.

Don't say, "You're in a cult. You're brainwashed." 
 
Consider how you would react to being told something like that. You'd probably get angry, offended and put on the defense. Try to remain calm regarding your reservations about the group/leader/church, until you know more about it; and can discuss it, or think about it, logically.

Don't say, "You can't think for yourself, reason, or make decisions." 
 
This will only serve to make the member resent you—and it isn't true. While the group or leader may have temporarily interfered with the member's ability to reason about it, the member CAN STILL THINK. The whole purpose of "exit counseling" or an intervention-type conversation is to get the member to critically think for themselves and start reasoning about the group / leader / person.

Don't argue with the person about beliefs, or criticize the church or its leaders in front of the member or in public. Although cliche, the old saying, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer!” warrants repeating here. If you must use examples, use examples of other groups, churches or "religions" to point things out, not their church or group as they are conditioned to defend themselves and their group no matter what. If you're a Jehovah's Witness who's under the radar talking to a current Jehovah's Witness try to use examples of say Scientology or other churches who use similar tactics or have similar policies to try and make your point. Maybe use news articles about other groups / churches on the same topics you want to point out to your friend or loved one.

Always strive to maintain a friendly, neutral position towards the group and any of its members you come into contact with while you formulate your research, thoughts and plan of action.

Don't be confrontational, aggressive, or antagonistic to the member you’re concerned about, or to any of the other cult members. Family members or friends who have ongoing problems with the member should not attempt to resolve those at this time. Family members who cannot be around the member without quarreling should stay away until the member's cult involvement has been addressed and dealt with. This is not the time for bringing up other issues. Doing so, will likely drive the member deeper into the cult.

In addition, don't give the member large sums of money, or relinquish trusts, bank accounts, titles or property deeds to a member. At this point, you may be the only thing standing between the member and their blowing resources they’ll need to get on with their lives once out.

Be their Ally. Listen, Don’t Judge:

Make it safe for them to talk, don't accuse, be judgmental, or put them on the defense. What they will likely be experiencing is called Cognitive Dissonance.

By becoming their ally, they will start to confide in you and provide you with the intel needed to help them get out of the cult.
 
If you are Not in touch anymore with your loved one or friend due to shunning / disconnection there are a few of things you can try. You always have the option to reach out to them and try and rekindle the relationship. You can draft a letter, email or text saying something like:

“Dear xxxx,

I am sorry we’ve had difficulties understanding each other. You’re beliefs and religious views are your own and I’ve learned I need to respect those. You are a very smart person and have the right to your beliefs and viewpoints. I apologize for not understanding that sooner. My intention is not to condemn you, argue with you or otherwise push you away. I care about our relationship and you more than anything else. Can you please forgive my lack of understanding regarding this? I only care about restoring our relationship. If you are happy, I will support your decisions and am happy for you.”

In other words, you have the choice to eat crow and do whatever it may take to restore your relationship. For some it may be worth a try.

Three years ago we came up with a campaign to help people help others critically think about their involvement with groups and churches. This campaign was created as postcard mailers for a few reasons: 

1. It's more cost effective to mail

2.They can be mailed anonymously, if needed.

3.There is no mail to open, the person receiving it is alot more likely to read it and receive the message rather than having to open a letter. 

4. The mailers do not target any specific or active group/church. They were designed to provide Thought Provoking content for the receiver who is likely in "tunnel vision" and or "undue influence about their group/church. 

Here are the three postcard mailers. 




You can request your Free Postcard Mailers at Support@FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org  
Be sure to put in subject line "Postcard Mailers" and include your name and address in the email where we can send them to you. 

This information along with other resources are available on our website in our "Resource File" in pdf format. You can download it Here 


We can not do this work without your support and help, if you would like to help us in our efforts to continue supporting and advocating for victims and survivors please help us by making a donation towards our efforts, any amount is highly appreciated. $20 or $25 goes a long way to helping maintain our printing and mailing costs for the Free postcard campaign we offer to anyone who requests it. You can make your tax deductible donation https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fact

We wish everyone who is struggling to reunite with friends and family the very best in your efforts.
Stay Strong!

Thank you,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc




 

Naropa University and Shambhala Expose Conclusion

Naropa University and Shambhala Expose Part 4 Conclusion


We are currently witnessing an influx of sexual accusations against the present leader of the Shambhala organization Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, his deceased father Chogyam Tungpa Rinpoche and some of the past and current leaders. The accusations are providing a clear picture of what we believe is a destructive cult, Naropa University and the Shambhala organization. Since the problematic and sick teachings of CTR have been referred to as “crazy wisdom,” sexual abuse, exploitation, and misuse of power and authority we believe have been the norm for Shambhala and Naropa. We  also believe the Kalapa council of Shambhala and the leadership of Naropa have been silencing the victims, which creates a platform for this type of abuse to be acceptable. 
This Article published by the daily camera, goes into detail of Shambhala requesting the leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to step down from his position as the Sakyong “king” and includes Naropa removing him from their board of trustees. 
The Sunshine project created by Andrea Winn, mentioned in part one of our expose, published a final report on the abuse that has been silenced for years including multiple allegations of sexual assault against Mipham Rinpoche.
 The Kalapa council of the Shambhala organization sent out this recent letter, stating they will all step down from their posts.
 Prior to this letter, Mipham Rinpoche sent out an apology letter where he openly admits to, causing harm to women who he had sexual relationships with.
 In addition to all of this within the Naropa/Shambhala community, we must not forget the past of enablers who allowed this “culture of silence” to continue. The enablers contributed to the covering up through silence, they too worshiped the manipulative, abusive, alcoholic, drug addict, Guru, CTR, known as the founder of both Naropa and Shambhala. 
Unfortunately, some of the enablers are still in leadership positions within Naropa and Shambhala. Referring to CTR’s, behavior as “crazy wisdom” paved the way for abuse, misconduct, sexual exploitation and silence. Many knew of the abusive relationships CTR had towards his students and the entire Kalapa council knew that the now deceased Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin(Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr.)was having unprotected sex with students, minors and was also accused of rape while knowing he had HIV and AIDS illness. We believe the Kalapa council and Dr. Mitchell Levy, who we believe was the personal physician of CTR, knew about the reagents illness and in our opinion had a responsibility to stop him, but failed to do so.
We believe, Marty Janowitz who currently serves on the board of trustees for Naropa University knew of the above mentioned misconducts. 
We also believe that as the personal physician of Trungpa, Dr. Mitchell Levy had the responsibility to intervene on Trungpa’s alcoholic self destruction, and cocaine addiction, but did not. 
In addition to this, many members of the community and of the council knew of Trungpa having seven wives which is illegal in the United States and is called polygamy. This was all accepted and encouraged by the Shambhala hierarchy, it  is no wonder why we have had so many reported cases of abuse from the Shambhala organization and Naropa University.
 At this point we would like to mention the Boulder camera, known as the Boulder daily paper. The owner, investigative reporter and editors were informed soon after the death of Sharoni Stern by her father Tibor Stern about  the abuses going on in the Shambhala organization and Naropa University, but ignored their fiduciary duty to investigate and report. We believe, the finances generated for the paper by the Buddhist community was more important than investigating and reporting a crime. In our opinion, neglecting to tell the public about past abuses of victims contributes to the culture of silence, which creates more victims and empowers evil. 

In conclusion, we believe the manipulative and abusive practices of Naropa University and Shambhala are still around today contributing to more deaths, suicides, and trauma. This is a result of believing that an alcoholic with unacceptable abusive behavior, and sexual misconduct had “crazy wisdom.”
 To put an end to this abuse we encourage you to speak out when you hear or see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, say something do not let things fester. 
If you have information relevant to what you have just read, or if you have any information or evidence about student abuses by faculty members at any educational institution, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We highly recommend anyone interested in Shambhala International to read the following books by Nancy and John Steinbeck IV and Christine Chandler before making any commitments to this organization.
The Steinbecks were involved with Naropa and the Vajradhatu community from 1975 to 1987. This excerpt from the Foreword of their dual memoir, The Other Side of Eden, written by Oxford scholar Andrew Harvey states:
A light of rare, bald awareness bathes the Steinbecks’ exposé of their disillusion with Tibetan Buddhism and its guru system. Searching for a spiritual truth that could spring them free of their inherited agonies and also for a “good parent”, they both became in the seventies, like so many other seekers, enamored of the “Crazy Wisdom” teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche. Initially intoxicated by Trungpa’s extravagance and brilliance, the Steinbecks came gradually to see how abusively and absurdly, dangerously grandiose he could be. They began to understand how sick with denial of his alcoholism and sexual cruelty the community that surrounded him was. This shocked them both into awakening from “the guru dream” and forced them to distance themselves from the savage, intricate cruelties of Tibetan Buddhism’s rotten, patriarchal, feudal system.  

If anyone is interested in learning more about Naropa, Katsura Kan and Shambhala, we advise you to read our attachments, our FACT expose posts, and to visit other independently published informative websites online (please see the links below and/or Google search).
https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Exposes/Naropa-University/

https://extibetanbuddhist.com/

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Memorial/

http://familiesagainstcultteachings.blogspot.com/2017/05/from-ex-teacher-at-naropa-university-in.html

https://boulderbuddhistscam.wordpress.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/sexual-assaults-violent-rages-inside-dark-world-buddhist-teacher/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEG1ytDXZS4&t=90s

Facebook Page for Project Sunshine
https://www.facebook.com/Project-Sunshine-Phase-2-804754626382610/

The Sakyong’s apology letter:
https://mailchi.mp/1cedc6001e4a/kalapa-council-quarterly-update-767203?e=372bf46957

The leadership transition of Shambhala Kalapa counsel:
https://mailchi.mp/3e8a63b04a08/kalapa-council-quarterly-update-767293?e=12247d3a5e

http://www.katybutler.com/publications/commonboundary/index_files/commbound_shadowbuddhistusa_new.htm

https://www.chronicleproject.com/letters-of-the-current-situation/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVJnjADK8rs




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The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc


Naropa University and Shambhala Expose Part 3 of 4

Naropa University and Shambhala Expose Part 3 of 4  


Moreover, many victim complaints have surfaced regarding the founder of Naropa and the Shambhala organization, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many disturbing practices that are still lurking around the Shambhala community today. We have provided them for you here:
“Ok, so I am one of Trungpa Rinpoche's seven sangyum, or secret wives. I met him in 1985 and he died in 1987. He was sexually, verbally and physically abusive to me. He once killed a cat in front of me while his guards held me down and forced me to watch.”
“I wish i could say the abuse died with Chögyam Trungpa but unfortunately, it still continues today.  His son has been accused of numerous sexual assaults as well.  There is a Facebook group called Project Sunshine you might want to check out.  It was started by a second generation Buddhist who was sexually assaulted at aged seven.  She continued to be abused throughout her teen years.  It’s really very sad.”
Here is a link to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Project-Sunshine-Phase-2-804754626382610/ the above quote is referring too and also a link to a YouTube video talking about the abuse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEG1ytDXZS4&t=90s
“Most recently, when the #metoo movement began, a group of women was started who had been abused and assaulted in the Shambhala community. A prominent member’s name was brought up a lot. His attitude towards women is alarming. During the short time we knew each other closely, he was having affairs with the young girl, her best friend (also too young to be taken advantage of like this), and at least three other women I could name AT THE SAME TIME. He constantly uses his power in the community to seduce and abuse women. Along with the huge age differences in his conquests, he is considered an elder in the church and a teacher. It is unethical to sleep with students.”
“I would like to see the cult of shambhala burnt to the ground by getting the truth out.”
 A few more victim accounts of abuse regarding the current Sakyong ”King” of Shambhala and the organization:
"I was sexually assaulted by the Sakyong in the kitchen of the Halifax Kalapa Court after his wife, the Sakyong Wangmo, retired for the night with her first daughter, following the celebration of her first birthday in August, 2011. This experience was traumatic for me. "
"Young women are served up on platters without batting an eye."
"The last 6 months have been both treacherous and clarifying as conversations have unfolded, dragged on and danced around the topic of Shambhala sexual abuse. I have often thought it deserves its own unique brand. It’s as if a collective community trauma has been triggered and we are drawn to replay, revisit, deny and avoid patterns that seem so ingrained to the community. "
"I remember being instructed how to give a blow job when I was maybe 6. "
"The Sakyong’s Chief of Staff is most certainly aware of this incident of “sexual misconduct” despite what he has said to the contrary and to the Project Sunshine Mediator. Kalapa Council members know about this sexual misconduct, one of whom was supposed to be my MI around this time but never followed up. I have told several personally. And I know I am not the only one."
"Currently Shambhala International has threatened to sue Project Sunshine if they release/publish their PRELIMINARY investigation of SMR's misconduct (they haven't even asked anyone to come forward or make some call for it), the data of which has come from interviews with multiple women who have experienced harm. They did a good job of shaming Project Sunshine's effort. "
"Young women are served up on platters without batting an eye. They are treated like disposable pretty little things and pushed out when they roar, or crazy-made when they are suffering the impacts. Their mistreatment is used as material in punch lines by the court comedian who represents them as nobodies lined up for their service to men at court functions. Young women are the temporary "arm candy" and +1s for patrons and groomed to think it's a badge of pride to be on a drunken boy night out. Children of this community have been exposed to child molesters and normalized/denial attitudes toward abuse. I remember being instructed how to give a blow job when I was maybe 6. "
"I know I am not the only one."
 “So I’m not only speaking for myself. I'm speaking for survivors of sexual abuse who have been silenced over the years. Many of the children in this cult were molested. My best friend contracted AIDS from Rinpoche’s appointed spiritual heir, the Regent, Osel Tendzin, AKA Tom Rich, and died in 1990. Tom Rich started molesting him when he was 15 years old. There is a particular community member, a physician, who remains in a prominent position in the organization. For two to three years, this doctor knew the Regent had AIDS and was still having unprotected sex without telling his partners. (The doctor) did not speak up and the rest of us didn't know the Regent had AIDS.”
To add to the comment above, in December of 1988 the Vajradhatu Board of directors composed a statement to the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin (AKA Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr.) requesting that he step down from his position due to engaging “in unprotected sexual activity after knowing you had HIV disease and AIDS illness, with individuals whom you did not inform of your condition. You have used your position as Vajra Regent in order to induce others to fulfill your sexual desires.” 
In response to the letter, the Regent did not accept the request to remove himself from office and stated doing so would, “violate the oath I took with my guru and it would also violate my heart.” 



It appears that after knowing the Regent committed these crimes, the Vajradhatu Board only REQUESTED that he step down from his position, which he continued to hold until his death. It also appears that his promiscuity as a husband and father led to the death of a student at Naropa University who contracted AIDS from him. 
 A close friend of the deceased student commented about the situation.
 “I was so fortunate to be able to talk frankly to this young man during the last months of his life. We talked about his pain and frustration, about his conviction that he contracted AIDS from the Regent, about his fear for the well-being of his family. We grieved the loss of his unborn children and his future. During this painful time, the family received no apologies; in fact they were often asked if they were sure this young man contracted AIDS from the Regent. There was much discussion about his past sexual history, as if he were a case study rather than an innocent. False and irrelevant allegations such as one of his old girlfriends used needles, this one was promiscuous, an uncle had recently died of AIDS, etc, abounded. Rather than embracing this family with loving kindness when they needed it most, they were often treated badly and gossiped about. The financial strain placed on his family was great, and no compensation was ever offered. His mother spent her entire retirement fund, and is now older than she would like to admit and unable to retire. They continue to face life bravely and without depression, and they are a strong, loving, and cohesive family. Have we reached the point yet where we can genuinely apologize? Perhaps the letters are a step in the right direction.” 
Here is a link to a story written by Katy Butler about the situation mentioned above recalling the event of 1988 written in 1990 http://www.katybutler.com/publications/commonboundary/index_files/commbound_shadowbuddhistusa_new.htm
Here are pictures of the actual letters and you can view the aforementioned comment, at this link: https://www.chronicleproject.com/letters-of-the-current-situation/



These documents were not made public until February of 2006, published by the chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We believe this unethical culture of unlimited power for leaders is what Shambhala International and Naropa University represent. Further more, from past experiences and victim complaints we believe the University and Shambhala International provides a platform to draw vulnerable students in to be exploited sexually, mentally and financially by the leaders and gurus whom were placed in charge by a wicked narcissistic psychopath founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 
For those who claim that these sick practices took place a long time ago we want to inform you that there were two female students of Naropa University who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against their Naropa teacher in 2013. Click here to read the story. 
To view the letters and the aforementioned comment, please visit this link: https://www.chronicleproject.com/letters-of-the-current-situation/
End of part 3 of 4 
Stay tuned for part 4 of 4 and conclusion tomorrow.

Thank you, 
The FACT Team 
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

Naropa University and Shambhala Expose Part 2 of 4


Most people are unaware that the founder of Naropa University was also the founder of Shambhala International, an organization which is portrayed as “a global community inspired by the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature, our innate wisdom, can be developed so that it benefits our own lives and helps meet the many challenges facing the world.” 
However, Christine Chandler, an expert on Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhist, in her newly published book entitled, “Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism”, describes a drastically different experience from her three decades of experience and involvement with this organization: “after nearly thirty years as a Tibetan 'Buddhist, I finally realized that I had been part of a thousand-year old, guru-worshiping cult that uses mindfulness and other contemplative practices, along with ancient and sophisticated techniques, to recruit, commit and entrap westerners into the Tibetan Lama's medieval, misogynistic world; a world where the Tibetan lamas can secretly keep harems of young women, cuckold the men, and financially, physically and spiritually exploit their students.” 
In her latest communications to FACT, Chandler stated the following about Naropa and Shambhala International: “Trungpa's group needs to be dissolved [Shambhala]; Naropa should be shut down as they continue to confuse and twist young beautiful minds and destroy their innocence, even their lives.”  
Christine also informed us about Shambhala International’s latest scandal, involving a lama named Sogyal Rinpoche, who like Trungpa, “had serial sexual relations and also has been keeping a harem of women.  In July 2017, eight of his ex-Rigpa organization students outed him in a major letter to expose his egregious abuses, such as stomach punching his students, sexually keeping a harem (like Trungpa, whom Lama Sogyal was determined to emulate) and other egregious abusive behaviors…This caused him to 'resign' and the usual suspects, the Naropa-type psychologists, the sexual consorts, the Western Tibetan Buddhist students, have created the same campaign to protect him from criminal assault charges. There is a complete cover-up of what is happening with Sogyal in the main stream news but this is what has been reported in the European news.” 
This article published by the Telegraph goes into detail regarding this corrupt lama’s story, please click here to read more about it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/sexual-assaults-violent-rages-inside-dark-world-buddhist-teacher/




This video published by Tashi Delek also goes into detail and includes interviews from victims who have come forth about their sexual abuses with Sogyal Rinpoche, please click here to watch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yWhIivvmMnk
 Previous story removed,

In addition, we have included another personal account of explicit animal abuse committed by Rinpoche written by John Riley Perks in his book, The Mahāsiddha and His Idiot Servant.



In our opinion this behavior of Rinpoche exemplifies a narcissistic psychopathic personality.
Moreover, many victim complaints have surfaced regarding the founder of Naropa and the Shambhala organization, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many disturbing practices that are still lurking around the Shambhala community today. We have provided them for you here.
 




End of part 2 of 4.

Stay tuned for part 3 of 4 tomorrow.

Sincerely,
The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc

Naropa University, Shambhala and an Update on Ex Naropa Evil Teacher "Katsura Kan"

NAROPA UNIVERSITY, SHAMBHALA AND AN UPDATE ON THE EX NAROPA EVIL TEACHER “KATSURA KAN”:
As a follow-up to our previous expose series, we would like to bring some new information to your attention about the wicked cult leader Katsura Kan, and also about Naropa University in Boulder, CO and the international organization known as Shambhala International.
Unfortunately, many organizations and venues are still allowing Katsura Kan to perform and teach Butoh to vulnerable students, even after being presented with the overwhelming evidence proving how he exploited students mentally, sexually and financially, and also with evidence showing him as a Nazi sympathizer.
In response to our latest public awareness outreach efforts, we received this communication from a festival director located in Chiangmai, Thailand: 
“I am festival director of Chiangmai International Butoh festival.
I would like to tell you to STOP all your action to my festival.
Please keep your personal revenge with you.
You are not allowed to do something like this to my festival.  
Personally I would like to talk to you long time ago since I know this news.
And I feel your daughter in my meditation. I am meditation dance teacher and butoh dancer.
I am witness when Sharoni in Thailand. I am really sure she doesn't like the way you did.

Dear Tibor, I have daughter also. And I know how it is painful you lost your beautiful daughter.
But I am surely to revenge someone for 5 years. You didn't feel any better at all.
And it brings more suffering to your daughter spirit.
I wish we can sit and talk. I have been in Israel many times.                   And I like your country very much.
 Peace and love,
[Name removed]

Here was the response from Tibor Stern, the founder of FACT:
“Hello Sonoko, this is not revenge. This is about stopping Katsura Kan’s evil sexual and mental exploitation of innocent young beautiful women, for which you are a willing participant by providing him platform to continue the destruction of innocent lives and families. Shame on you. I shall never stop up until he stops this abuse, for his sexual and controlling fulfillment. We at FACT will expose those institutions and entities that facilitate Katsura Kan’s evil doing. He promotes destruction of body and mind. He teaches to lose self-identity and authenticity, is this an art you promote? I have a long list of young women that he destroyed their lives. Those who don’t confront evil will empower him. - Tibor Stern”
Unfortunately it seems that Katsura Kan still has control of many followers who continue to support and employ him, including in the U.S., for example, the Vangeline Theater in New York City, NY (a business that is receiving funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs). It is interesting to note that all of Katsura Kan’s employers / supporters tend to respond in the same way to our awareness campaign, without ever mentioning anything about the evidence sent to them, as if to avoid a discussion regarding those facts. We welcome any opportunity for such a discussion, and ask those who are supporting Katsura to speak openly with us on the matter.

We recently published an informative video online about Katsura Kan, detailing his corrupt methodology, philosophy and abuses, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVJnjADK8rs
For those unaware, Katsura Kan was employed by Naropa University (we believe without the proper teaching credentials, he is a construction worker from Japan), where the now deceased Sharon Stern first met this corrupt teacher. Katsura Kan taught in the classroom of Naropa an accredited University, he was allowed to teach philosophy and psychology and the destruction of body mind and ego. He taught an upper division, master degree program class to lose their identity and authenticity. As stated in our previous exposes, this school has a long and dark history of student abuses from faculty, starting with its founder, Trungpa Rinpoche. According to recent communications received by our organization, it seems that the faculty at Naropa is still misbehaving, to put it mildly, with claims being made that an ex-Naropa faculty member started their own destructive cult under the guise of a Buddhist temple. The complaint states that this ex-faculty member “has a troubling criminal history for physically, mentally, and financially abusing women and younger members of his organization...” Another complaint we received stated the following, “I too feel the same way you do about Naropa. I am fortunate that I did not end up homeless, on the streets, in a gutter somewhere after graduating. I was fortunate that my family picked me up and helped me put together the shattered pieces of myself, my mind, and my ego. There is an evil there, and a silence. They are a cult.”
Most recent comment received regarding Naropa University. 
“ Hello, my name is XXXX. I’ve engaged with some of your past posts as I think the content is fascinating. In 2017 I enrolled briefly in Naropa University, and I can say 100% without a doubt that there is now a culture of fear there. Phenomenon began occurring where people in the community or enrolled in the schools work study were afraid to speak their minds against the zeitgeist of the group which is highly influenced by radical leftism. I can’t speak to any sexual abuse because I didn’t see any of that, but what I did see was an environment that played games with the perceptions of its attendees during the summer writing program in 2017 (hosted by Kerouac School which is the artistic and academic hub of Naropa a greater social circle). People began talking about knowledge of oppression hierarchies and calling it enlightenment, while the actual Buddhists like me were baffled at the inability for participants to ground themselves in any understanding outside of their politically tinged view. I am not saying being leftist is bad, I am saying that there is another layer to what is going on at Naropa and it involves students being indoctrinated into a totalitarian mindset, apologizing for Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, etc, in the name of anti-capitalism. 

Since my experience I’ve become interested in high demand groups and cults including material that you have published, because I was able to see what I would deem cultish influence up front and personal. Just wanted to share my information/experience and say I am here if you have questions.”

Tibor Stern, the father of the deceased Sharoni Stern, who was victimized by the evil Katsura Kan had this to say regarding Naropa.

 ”With my blessing I sent my perfectly happy beloved daughter to continue her education for her M.F.A. at Naropa University Boulder CO. Sharoni was a brilliantly talented, intelligent, vibrant, life loving compassionate soul who shared her love with her friends and family. Sharoni wanted to excel in her career of acting, producing and directing plays so she worked hard, and studied harder. While studying for her Maters degree at Naropa she was instructed to lose her identity, authenticity and ego by her teacher, Katsura Kan, a self called, dance teacher of Butoh (known as the dance of darkness, pain and suffering). In my opinion Naropa provided a platform for Kan to teach his wicked flawed evil philosophy and abuse that resulted in my beloved daughters death. How can an accredited University such as Naropa employ a construction worker from Japan without any documented credentials? Kan, instructed my daughter to steal for him and told her she is “stupid to follow kan into dangerous places in 2011.” Kan took her to a drug infested area in Copenhagen where she mentally collapsed. Kan exploited my daughter, sexually, financially, physically and when he realized he drove my daughter crazy he clearly instructed her “how to die.” Why would Naropa hire this kind of “teacher”? The answer is “crazy wisdom.” I do not believe this type of University should be accredited at all. I believe, Naropa has contributed to the death of my daughter and to the destruction of young students lives by providing a platform for unqualified wicked “so called teachers” to teach flawed dark and destructive subjects. One should not be surprised about Naropa, the current leaders of Naropa were once the past enablers of the “crazy wisdom,” sexual abuser, drug addict “guru” known as Trungpa. In my opinion, these enablers continue to worship the sick culture of silence, and exploitation of students that the University was founded on. Even after multiple attempts of contact with the former president Stuart Lord of Naropa University to intervene with Kan to help assist with the safe return of my daughter the University and the former President  ignored my communications all together. So typical for Naropa and Shambhala. I believe with their help my daughter would still be alive today.”

-Tibor Stern on behalf of Sharoni Stern Estate























End of part 1 Shambhala and Naropa University Expose. 
Stay tuned for part 2 of 4 coming tomorrow!

Thank you,
The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

Missing Mother and 5 year old child - Twelve Tribes Cult

If you or anyone you know has experience or knowledge of the Twelve Tribes and their various communities around the world we are asking for your help in locating a mother and her missing 5 year old child who have been missing for 2 years now. 

Here is a plea from the father of the son who is desperate to locate his wife and little boy:

"My son and his mother (my common-law wife) have been missing for over 2 years, with no contact. Our child is now 5 years old. They are living in one of the 12 Tribes communities, but not the one where I last saw them. I am unsure if she was taken against her will or not. Although the courts have granted me full custody of our child, no efforts have been made to retrieve my son or discover his current whereabouts.

Mother and child were last seen in Tennessee. Authorities indicate they were moved to Colorado. We now have reason to believe they may be in Mexico.

Here are some pictures of the missing mother and son. 


Please, please, if you know of my family's whereabouts let me know. I am torn in two from this heartbreak and extremely worried for my small boy's fate.

You can contact my liaison, Christina, at savviesound@hotmail.com. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul."


Or you may also email us here at FACT at Support@FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org with any information you think will help the father locate his son and wife. 

Thank you!

Sincerely, 
The FACT Team  


The Sham of Shambhala and Naropa University

The truth is out! 

Further into the crumbling of the Naropa/Shambhala evil empire

We are in a time where we are witnessing an influx of sexual accusations against the present leader of the Shambhala organization Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche his deceased father ChogynamTrungpa Rinpoche(CTR) the founder of Naropa University and Shambhala organization and some of the past and current leaders. The accusations are providing a clear picture of what we believe is a destructive cult, Naropa University and the Shambhala organization. Ever since the problematic and sick teachings of CTR have been referred to as “crazy wisdom,” sexual abuse, exploitation, and misuse of power and authority have been the norm for Shambhala and Naropa. We believe the Kalapa council of Shambhala and the board of trustees for Naropa have been silencing the victims, which creates a platform for this type of abuse to be acceptable. The Shambhala organization has requested the leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche(SKM) to step down from his position as the Sakyong(king) and Naropa has removed him from their board of trustees. Read the article here, link  A report published last week by project sunshine helped make this possible, the report includes multiple allegations of sexual assault against Mipham Rinpoche. Read this Report here, Link  The Kalapa council of the Shambhala organization also sent out this recent letter  stating they will all step down from their posts. Prior to this letter, Mipham Rinpoche sent out an apology letter where he openly admits to, causing harm to women who he had sexual relationships with. In addition to all of this within the Naropa/Shambhala community, we must not forget the past of enablers who allowed this to happen.The enablers contributed to the silencing, and covering up, they too worshiped the manipulative, abusive, alcoholic, drug addict, Guru, CTR, known as the founder of both Naropa and Shambhala. Unfortunately, some of the enablers are still in leadership positions within Naropa and Shambhala. Referring to this mans, behavior as “crazy wisdom” paved the way for all of this abuse, misconduct, sexual exploitation and silence. Many knew of the abusive relationships CTR had and the entire Kalapa council knew that the now deceased Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin(Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr.)was having unprotected sex with students and minors while knowing he had HIV and AIDS illness. Here is a link to the letters confirming the council knew of the situation and did not remove the regent from his position. We believe the Kalapa council and Dr. Mitchell Levy, who we believe was the personal physician of CTR, knew about the illness had a responsibility to stop him, but failed to do so. We believe some of these members of the Kalapa council that knew of the situation are still on the board of trustees for Naropa University. In next upcoming weeks we will run our grand expose which will bring clarity and understanding of this systematic abuse and how students are the most vulnerable. Sharoni Stern, Tibor’s daughter is dead due to this type of abuse. Upon her death, Tibor and his lawyer approached Naropa University for much needed changes and Naropa replied, “We have heard enough from Tibor Stern.” Tibor’s message back, is that they did not hear enough from him and he wants to make sure no other person dies due to the dangerous and evil practices that founded Naropa and the Shambhala organization. Unfortunately, we believe Naropa and Shambhala’s manipulative and abusive practices are still around today contributing to more deaths, suicides, and trauma. This is a result of believing that an alcoholic with unacceptable abusive behavior, and sexual misconduct had “crazy wisdom.” 

This time it will Stop! 
Stay tuned for our grand expose where we go more in to detail of the above tragic events.

With hopes of change, 
The FACT Team


Emotional Trauma - Can We Ever Recover?

An essential part of our work here at FACT is being a support system for those in need. Emotional and or Mental trauma is very difficult, there are any number of situations that can cause emotional trauma, here are a few that we hear about on a regular basis:

1. Loss of loved ones due to involvement in a cult - parental alienation and or shunning are common practice in these high control groups/cults.

2. Loss of an entire community, lifelong friendships and careers due to leaving a high control group/cult or being labeled an "apostate" by the group/cult.

3. Being harassed, intimidated, threatened (by the cult and or "friends" within the cult) and otherwise living in fear for speaking up about abuses that have occurred, disagreements and or about wanting to leave a group.

4. Loss of a loved one or friend due to suicide from involvement in a cult or abusive relationship. 

There are many factors for emotional trauma and loss, those are just a few that we hear about regularly in our work with victims and survivors. As a result of emotional trauma, one may begin to feel numb, disconnected and possibly lose trust in others and even ourselves, our own intuition. It can take a lot of time for this pain to go away, and for us to feel safe again and comfortable in our own skin. If the trauma we’ve experienced is psychological, we may suffer from troubling memories, anxiety and emotions. Trauma causes a shock to our minds, bodies and souls, which can lead to emotional problems in the future. There are cognitive, behavioral, physical, and psychological reactions to emotional trauma.

There is a natural process of grieving that occurs after any type of loss, whether we are aware of that process or not.

According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross there are five stages of grieving:

1. Denial and Isolation: “This can't be happening, this isn't real, I don't believe it". Denial is a common defense mechanism and is a normal reaction to rationalize our overwhelming emotions. We can start to believe that life is meaningless, and nothing is of any use or value. For most people experiencing grief, denial and isolation is a temporary response that helps us through the initial wave of pain and shock.

2. Anger: As denial and isolation begin to wear off, reality and the pain will inevitably rise to the surface.

3. Bargaining: - The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control. I remember during my "bargaining" phase, one evening I was hiking through the mountains and I was still very angry of course but also feeling very helpless in re-constructing my life. I was overwhelmed with emotions and I dropped to my knees right there in the forest and screamed, yelled and cried, looking up to the sky asking anyone who was listening "why is this happening to me", "what did I do" etc.

4. Depression: Sadness is a perfectly normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but the symptoms of depression are much more than just sadness. Depression is the overwhelming feeling of sadness when everything in your life seems to be going right.  However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or some may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.

The final stage of grieving is:

5. Acceptance: Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it or protest it. This might be one of the hardest stages, but it can also be the most freeing. As one accepts their situation they are then free to move on from it, the burden of the grief and all the pain, anger, sadness etc is finally been processed. It's not to say that one will never revisit that grief or loss, as it will always be with us to some degree, but the bulk of it has been processed and there is a renewed sense of life after that, from my experience anyways.

When I was grieving and struggling I had no idea there were actually stages of grieving, I thought I'd be burdened with these overwhelming feelings and helplessness forever. Which is in part, why I wanted to write about it. If you're struggles and burden are to much, to overwhelming, please reach out for help to a trusted friend or loved one or a support group. There is light at the end of the tunnel!




Stay Strong!

Best,
A Member of the FACT Team

Abuse Report Against the "King" of "Sham"bhala

"Late last month, a former Shambhala teacher released a report alleging that the Sakyong had sexually abused and exploited some of his most devoted female followers for years. Women quoted in the report wrote of drunken groping and forcefully extracted sexual favors. The report said that senior leaders at Shambhala — an organization whose motto is “Making Enlightened Society Possible” — knew of the Sakyong’s misconduct and covered it up."



Read Full Article  Here

Stay tuned for our Grand Expose on Shambhala and Naropa University to be published very soon.  

The FACT Team

Scientology Cult use Nazi Tactics to Control Members

This goes to show how much control cults Try to have over their members, the way they think, the way they act, their thoughts, their emotions and with their family and social connections. Their tactics, one of which is having a "reporting system" in place, where members report on each other,  has zero boundaries, are invasive and Nazi like.

This is a Scientology Interrogatory - a series of questions sent by the Church of Scientology of Denver to a Denver area Scientologist or more likely ex-Scientologist who is trying to stay under the radar.



At the end of the Interrogatory it states "Bring in or mail to the HCO (Hubbard Communications Office) Cope Officer no later than 10 May 2018"

This person did not respond to the Interrogatory, likely out of fear of losing family, friends, business connections etc. They then were sent a "Summons" by the Church of Scientology Denver.

They state: "You are to arrive for an interview no later than 6p.m. on 8 July 2018". If this person does not respond or show up, the next level of handlings will ensue.

The Church of Scientology boasts about their never ending expansion, year after year and yet they have to interrogate their members as to why there is so much disassociation from members with Scientology. Scientologists are highly controlled - Behaviorally controlled , Information-ally controlled, Thought controlled and Emotionally controlled.

These are common Cult and mind control techniques that keep members under undue influence to stay in the cult instead of leave. When a group or person has control over another in these capacities they gain virtually all control over them.

Steve Hassan's BITE Model goes into great detail on these points.






Cult members have no idea, no education on these topics. If they are in tune with themselves, their true identity in the least, they will at least feel Cognitive Dissonance from time to time - which can be very conflicting for them.

Watch Out Cults and Predatory Personalities - you may have your current membership controlled, but society at large is being educated and more and more youth, who you primarily target, are being armed with the knowledge to walk away when you and your brainwashed members approach them.

Please share with everyone you know so more people can get the education and awareness needed about these topics. It Saves Lives!

Thank you!

The FACT Team  

How Institutions Contribute to Sexual Predation

With the endless media reports and the countless number of complaints and support emails we get from so many victims of abuse that are or were involved in one institution or another, whether it be a University or a religious organization this article is spot on!

Joe Navarro is a former FBI Counterintelligence Agent and is the author of What Every Body is Saying. Also Author of: Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People. He is an expert on nonverbal communications and body language.



Joe states in his article: 

"Predators, especially smart ones, go into professions where their victims will be easy to access. In other words, they count on institutions, to wit: the Catholic church or a university as in these cases, to attract and corral the victims for them—thus making predation easier and more plentiful. Yes, that is how predators think, I know, I have interviewed them. This is what institutions fail to get."

And not only will institutions protect the predator, they will do the dirty work by questioning the veracity of victims or their memory, or worse, they may decide to just silence the victims. As unctuous as that sounds, that is exactly what they do. Institutions and enablers culpably embolden predators and so predators continue to do more harm. Sexual predators are aware that people are forgiving and that there will be those that will side with them no matter what they do – no matter how ugly the facts.

So not only are they negligent, most institutions are reluctant to recognize that they may have hired or are associated with a predator. As if their institution were somehow immune from these individuals. No institution is immune. The question is, are institutions willing to acknowledge even the possibility? Most I assure you are not."

Read the full article Here

One of our downloadable FACT Sheets on our website highlights Joe's research and writings on Why Predators are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy.Download our Preventative Education Materials Here

We hope you found this information educational and please share it with others to help raise much needed awareness.

Thank you,
The FACT Team



2018 ICSA Conference - Live Video Streaming

For those unable to attend this yearly conference, there is Live Streaming of sessions at the 2018 ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) Conference - Philadelphia July 5 - 7, 2018



The 2018 ICSA conference in Philadelphia, organized with Info-Cult/Info-Secte of Montreal will be offering live streaming of two sessions via the ICSA YouTube Channel:

Thursday July 5, 2018 at 9:00 (EST): Conference Opening with Steve Eichel, PhD, ICSA President, and Carolle Tremblay, Esq.

Info-Secte/Info-Cult President and Plenary Address: We Disagree-Let’s Talk! Why Diversity and Dialogue are Necessary and How We Overcome Undermining Factors with Lorna Goldberg, LCSW. YouTube Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylowf54_mtE

Saturday July 7, 2018 at 4:30 (EST): Plenary Address: The Spectrum of Coercive Control with Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD. YouTube Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNEt6Z9MmKQ

Thank you to all those who provide valuable resources and information at this conference. It is very valuable and very appreciated and we are happy to support and help promote their events to assist survivors in their understanding and healing.

Sincerely,
The FACT Team

The Crumbling of the Evil Empire: Shambhala and Naropa University

Please follow our detailed investigation about the extremely dangerous, ruthless cult on the aforementioned organization and University. The total expose will be coming out within 2-3 weeks. Finally, his majesty, akyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Shambhala community, admitted to sexual abuses in his so called "apology letter."
We at F.A.C.T. will publish all documented allegations against known perpetrators, sexual abusers and enablers in our upcoming grand expose!

-F.A.C.T. Team 
Project Sunshine:
Into Allegations of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Sexual Assault and Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Some recent victim's accounts of abuse regarding Shambhala:
"I was sexually assaulted by the Sakyong in the kitchen of the Halifax Kalapa Court after his wife, the Sakyong Wangmo, retired for the night with her first daughter, following the celebration of her first birthday in August, 2011. This experience was traumatic for me. "

"Young women are served up on platters without batting an eye."

"The last 6 months have been both treacherous and clarifying as conversations have unfolded, dragged on and danced around the topic of Shambhala sexual abuse. I have often thought it deserves its own unique brand. It’s as if a collective community trauma has been triggered and we are drawn to replay, revisit, deny and avoid patterns that seem so ingrained to the community. "

"I remember being instructed how to give a blow job when I was maybe 6. "

"The Sakyong’s Chief of Staff is most certainly aware of this incident of “sexual misconduct” despite what he has said to the contrary and to the Project Sunshine Mediator. Kalapa Council members know about this sexual misconduct, one of whom was supposed to be my MI around this time but never followed up. I have told several personally. And I know I am not the only one."

"Currently Shambhala International has threatened to sue Project Sunshine if they release/publish their PRELIMINARY investigation of SMR's misconduct (they haven't even asked anyone to come forward or make some call for it), the data of which has come from interviews with multiple women who have experienced harm. They did a good job of shaming Project Sunshine's effort. "

"Young women are served up on platters without batting an eye. They are treated like disposable pretty little things and pushed out when they roar, or crazy-made when they are suffering the impacts. Their mistreatment is used as material in punch lines by the court comedian who represents them as nobodies lined up for their service to men at court functions. Young women are the temporary "arm candy" and +1s for patrons and groomed to think it's a badge of pride to be on a drunken boy night out. Children of this community have been exposed to child molesters and normalized/denial attitudes toward abuse. I remember being instructed how to give a blow job when I was maybe 6. "
"I know I am not the only one."

Update on Uma Inder and Another Complaint Filed

 Another recent complaint we received about Uma Inder.

"Subject : Uma Inder

Your Message : Is there anymore happenings relating to Uma Inder Expose? I have observed and known Uma Inder's disgusting behavior for many years now. Though I was never a member of the cult, but I know intimately how she operates and have been the receiver of many of her tantrums and attempt to manipulate, control and dominate. I am afraid to be found out though. I just wish for her to stop operating in Bali, where her behavior have continued without consequences, even minor operations such as her unlicensed herbal company and private consultations."


Update from Yoga Alliance in response to our email to them about allegations against Uma Inder:

"Hello Tibor,

According to our records, Uma Inder does not currently hold our RYT credential. Thank you for alerting us to the fact that her website still includes the RYT Designation.

Best,

Leigh Evans
Accountability Manager
Direct: (571) 319.0824"

*RYT stands for Registered Yoga Teacher - 500 hours or more.

As such, we have once again contacted Donny Day, founder of Physiyoga & yoga house in Toronto, Canada and also the Nordic SATYA team In Norway where we believe Uma Inder has scheduled classes. We believe it is there responsibility to inform students of the allegations against Uma Inder and the Register Yoga Teacher credentials that she no longer holds with Yoga Alliance. It is our hope that they do so immediately. Students have a right to know.

Thank you all for your continued support and for speaking up.

The FACT Team

More Complaints Filed on Victory Outreach

 Complaints keep coming in about Victory Outreach Church.
 
"Subject : : Victory Outreach is a Cult
Your Message  : I need to report a worldwide giant cult called Victory Outreach. They operate under total illegal terms and need to be shut down. I understand they are trying to help but they are out of control!!!" 

 "CULT GROUP INFORMATION:
Name of Cult Group or Church: victory outreach

Where: barstow california

Leader(s): sonny and pastor abel

Recruitment: I was referred to victory outreach by a relative for drug rehab

Damaging Aspects: I had to work 12 hours a day hard labor I was fed absolute crap and not enough of it during the thirty days i was there I lost 20 pounds almost a pound a day I was being starved. on top of being worked 12 hours a day no pay after work we were sometimes required to work till 2 am at the pastors house and then had to wake up at 5:30 am to work another 12 hour hour day. if you received discipline you had to wake up at 4 am for two weeks to rake lines in the sand for an hour and thirty minutes.they use sleep deprivation as punishment. all this while the pastor lives high off the hog. when I worked at the pastors house I noticed that it was decked out nicely and that his fridge and cupboards were filled every kind of food while we starved and while I was there i found out that he bought his daughter a brand new dodge challenger for her 18th birthday .the pastor and his wife also drove nice cars while we starved

What would you like others to know?: they practice human slavery they make alot of money off your free labor and take advantage of drug addicts that are desperate.they brainwash people by making them pray 1 to two hours each day and constantly preaching to you every day and on top of all this they make you read the bible every day and write book reports on it on top of working 12 hours every day and being sleep deprived.

How do you feel now being out of the group? i now feel great that I'm no longer there

Additional: I would like to do whatever it takes to shut down the vo in all 50 state"




Sincerely,
The FACT Team 

Why Victims of Abuse Can Take Years to Tell Their Truth

On a daily basis here at the FACT office we speak to victims / survivors of abuse. Some of the victims / survivors want to expose their abusers and the abuse that occurred while many are not willing to come forward yet.

We can understand and empathize with all victims, abuse of any kind is Never ok. For those struggling to speak up and tell their stories, their Truth, we understand how hard it can be. First and foremost dealing with the trauma itself and figuring out how to heal from it and then there is a plethora of circumstances and potential ramifications one considers when deciding on whether to speak up or not.

For those struggling to figure out if and when they will speak their truth, here are a couple of articles that may be of use to you.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/since-you-asked-roy-moore-here-is-why-victims-of_us_5a0724e5e4b0cc46c52e6ae6

According to the Huff Post article above, some of the reasons why victims take years to come forward are:

  1. "Perpetrators and their allies undermine victims’ credibility and impugn their character. If you own a TV, read the newspaper, or have an Internet connection, you have seen how victims are portrayed in the media when they come forward.
  2. The community often rallies around the perpetrator and pillories the victim. If you have ever interacted with a victim or supporters of an alleged perpetrator, you have probably witnessed this. Predators groom individuals and entire communities so that they gain the trust of victims and so that they have a convenient “good guy” cover in place in case they are exposed.
  3. Victims face a barrage of questions when they come forward instead of the sympathy and support they need. Why didn’t you speak out sooner? Why didn’t you try to stop the attacks? These questions add to the trauma and horror of sexual violence.
  4. Victims sometimes have kept in touch with their perpetrators. Maybe they continued dating, working together, or interacting politely at family events. Continued contact with a perpetrator is also very common. Often this factor alone keeps victims trapped in silence.
  5. Not reporting allows a victim to maintain the fantasy that people in positions of responsibility would be helpful if he or she did report. Reporting often crushes that fantasy when responsible people protect themselves and the perpetrator instead.
  6. A lot of victims prefer to create an alternate reality, one in which the abuse didn’t happen. If a victim is hiding behind a facade of success, competence, and achievement, admitting past abuse can shatter that facade. Being the victim of sexual violence is highly stigmatized. No high-functioning person wants to be viewed as damaged.
  7. Victims find it easier to pretend to be normal and live a lie than face the horror of sexual abuse and trauma.
  8. Victims often fear that coming forward will result in the loss of employment, support network, housing, reputation, and even their lives. Victims involved in athletics and extra-curricular activities may fear loss of playing time and access to important opportunities.
  9. Some victims simply don’t remember. I had suppressed the memories of my abuse and still do not have linear memories of it.
  10. In the case of child sexual abuse (and oftentimes abuse of adults), reporting can disrupt every relationship important to the victim. Family members and friends choose the easier narrative: that the victim is lying. Believing someone has lied is easier than believing that a loved one has raped a child.
  11. Victims might not know who to tell. Do you tell a friend? A pastor? The police? Since sexual violence is shrouded in a code of silence, sometimes the impediment to timely reporting is that victims literally do not know what to do. Some may not even realize initially they have been a victim of sexual violence in the first place.
  12. Some victims are under the mistaken impression that you cannot report at all if you do not report immediately.
  13. Some victims tried to report and were told there was no recourse. In some cases, victims disclosed to allies of the perpetrator who told them not to tell anyone else, further fortifying the prison of silence. Who would take the risk and report again after that?
  14. Victims may have been committed a crime or infraction of rules around the time of the crime. Underage victims who have been drinking at a party, for example, could fear getting in trouble and decide it is not worth the risk of reporting the sexual assault.
  15. Naming an act of sexual violence makes it real. Keeping silent is a way of protecting oneself.
  16. The victim feels indebted to the perpetrator. For example, if the victim is an elite athlete, he or she may feel as if she owes the coach his or her silence.
  17. Child victims may have been under the misguided impression that they were in a consensual relationship with a much older person. In this case, it can take a long time to realize that the “relationship” was actually a sexual crime."
Another great article and reference is: 
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/why-abuse-victims-wait-until-their-twilight-years-to-come-forwar/

These are just a couple of references, there are numerous books, videos and articles on these particular topics all of which can be very useful and we'll talk about more of these in a later blog posts.

We understand the struggles that are faced, you can recover and heal from what has happened to you, stay strong! We are here for you!



The FACT Team

BBC Documentary - Forced Child Marriage Laws in America

We were recently contacted by the Development Producer at Sugar Films in the UK. They are making a BBC documentary about the child marriage laws in the USA.

They are looking for "people who may have been victim of forced child marriage in the past 10 years". 

If you or someone you know have been a victim of forced child marriage and would like to participate and share your story please contact them at naomi@sugarfilms.co.uk


Thank you,

The FACT Team

Recent Complaint Filed on Kabbalah Centres

A recent Complaint that was filed with our office about the Kabbalah Centres and it's current leadership.
  
"CULT GROUP INFORMATION:
Name of Cult Group or Church: Kabbalah Centre

Where: All of them: LA, NYC, Miami, Tel Aviv, Moscow etc

Leader(s): XXXX Family - XXXX is the cult leader now

Please describe the cult activity: Please see group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/timesupKC/ - and several reports on FB and there is a recording of an ex-KC teacher from Argentina (in English) explaining it all.

Are you aware of any human rights violations, emotional/physical abuse, illegal activity?
Yes, several including rapes and sexual harassment

Please be as detailed as you can. Too many to put here but there are KC teachers who abused their students and Karen Berg the cult leader covers up all the abuses.

Involvement with group: If yes, please explain.

1) When did you/they get involved & for how long? 8 years

2) How did you/they get involved? How were you/they directly recruited? media

3) Are there other family members involved? not now

4) Has their been a disconnection of relationship(s) with family, old friends? yes

5) What are the circumstances currently? I am now helping the victims.

Impact from group: Please describe how you believe to have been harmed and/or wronged by this group. Be as detailed as possible, and send any supporting evidence via the email below. I have been manipulated and lied to. I am now helping the victims as I am a licensed clinician.

Is there anything else that we should know or you would like to tell us: Please tell us anything else you think we should know.

If you have additional files, links, etc. that you'd like us to be aware of, please send them to the email address below.  Ok"


 If you have any experiences or knowledge about any human rights violations, crimes or abuse at any of the Kabbalah Centres, please e-mail us at https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Thank you,
The FACT Team

Arm Yourself With Education

We have been receiving a higher than usual rate of Support emails and calls from people seeking help about loved ones in controlling groups and situations.

These situations can be extremely frustrating and while parents, friends and family can get very desperate for help and solutions it is important to arm oneself with as much knowledge on the topic as possible. Most situations do not resolve overnight, they require finesse, educating oneself on all aspects of the situation, strategic planning and patience.

For those struggling to get a loved one out of a cult or abusive situation we recommend educating yourself thoroughly. Educate yourself on how cults and manipulators recruit, what their tactics are, how they gain "control" over someones mind, choices etc. There are several books on the topic of Undue Influence / Mind Control, Cults and Abuse. Here are a few that we recommend.

1. Cult Proofing Your Kids by Dr. Paul R. Martin

2. Cults - What Parents Should Know by Joan Carol Ross, Ed.M and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.

3. Freedom of Mind Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs by Steven Hassan 


We have compiled a 40 page Resource File that will assist you in looking at all the options with these type of situations. If you would like a copy e-mailed to you please send us an e-mail requesting this and in the Subject line please put "Send Resource File" - send request to :
Support@FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org

In addition we have free pdf files on our website under the Education section that can be printed and shared. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Fact-sheets/

We are here to help in anyway that we can.

Best,

The FACT Team

Help Change the Legal System - Take This Scientific Research Survey on Undue Influence

Please help Steve Hassan, Cult Expert, by taking this Scientific Research Survey.

"A year ago, I announced a new effort to research, publish, educate, and update the legal system in the United States and, hopefully, around the world. The law still operates using a “rational agent” model, saying essentially that once you reach the age of majority, you make rational choices.  However, in the past fifty years especially, there has been a huge amount of research to show that humans are rationalizing but are not rational."

The survey begins gathering important raw data needed.

Read more here: https://freedomofmind.com/scientific-research-survey-to-understand-influence/

Here is the link to the Undue Influence Survey which will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

Thank you for you contribution to this important research.

The FACT Team


Shambhala Sexual Abuse Discussed on CBC Radio



"This is what I will tell any students or friends interested in the organization for now – that while much of the teaching there seems excellent and there are clearly amazing people there at many levels, there is also an organizational culture that seems problematic at best, dysfunctional at worst. The number of stories of frustrated members who have attempted to resolve abuse issues and persons raising allegations of abuse are simply too numerous to ignore."

Read the full article and listen to the interview here:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2018/05/the-secret-is-in-the-open-shambhala-sexual-abuse-discussed-on-cbc-radio.html#tEe4dFQhhjXALArU.03



Sexual abuse in religious communities is at epidemic proportions. Joe Navarro former FBI Counter Intelligence Agent gives some perspective on why that is. We've included some of his extremely important writings in one of our FACT Sheets, which is available to download on our website under the Education section.


https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Fact-sheets/

The FACT Team 

A "Sex Cult" That Preached Empowerment

Excellent article about NXIVM and Keith Raniere.

"Barbara Bouchey, Raniere’s girlfriend of nine years who left Nxivm in 2009 and was a party to 14 lawsuits involving the group and its related entities, said Raniere kept his other relationships with women, some of whom she calls his “spiritual wives,” secret from her at first. When he didn’t see Bouchey for a few days and she wondered where he had gone, first Raniere and then high-ranked women in the group pointed to her abandonment issues as the daughter of an alcoholic father. Her issues were the problem, not Raniere. Perhaps he was absent because he was trying to teach her a great lesson about one’s expectations of another being.

The two views of Raniere — the world’s most ethical man running an extraordinary self-help organization; a con man who empowered women but retained ultimate power for himself — came up often in my conversation with Bouchey. She said she is not sure if Raniere is a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but he might be."



Read Full article here:

 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/magazine/sex-cult-empowerment-nxivm-keith-raniere.html

The FACT Team

Conclusion to the Uma Inder Follow-up Expose

Part 2 and conclusion of the Follow-up Expose on Uma Inder. 
 
We have also contacted Yoga Alliance, of which Uma is a member and below is our email correspondence with them.

Dear Yoga Alliance ,

It has come to our attention that a yoga instructor named Uma Inder is a member of your program. 

Uma is being accused for abusing her power as a teacher to manipulate, exploit and damage her students. Please find enclosed a link to an expose on Uma Inder, which will provide some of the exploitations, manipulations and events of her past abuse on students. We ask that you prevent any future students from her abuse by reading the allegations presented in this expose and terminate your work relationship with her as it is a tremendous liability if a complaint comes from any of Umas students.


This was Yoga alliance’s response back to us.

namaste,


Thank you for coming forward to share your thoughts in your email dated Wednesday, April 25 to Yoga Alliance.

I honor your request for understanding regarding Yoga Alliance’s policy for responding to and handling allegations of misconduct by a credential holder.

While Yoga Alliance does not criminally investigate reports of criminal behavior or sexual assault, we do take these reports seriously.  If you have directly experienced sexual misconduct by a credential holder and are interested in pursuing a grievance within the scope of the Yoga Alliance credential, you can contact me, Leigh Evans, at levans@yogaalliance.org or via phone 571.319.0824. My general office hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (ET). If you are interested in reading more about the next steps, I invite you to review our Policiespage for further information. 

If you choose to report an experience with a credential holder, please indicate in your email response:
· The best time to reach you;
· The best number to reach you; and
· Whether or not we can leave a voicemail if we miss you.

You are more than welcome to have a support person – friend, family, spiritual advisor – or other trusted individual, with you during the call.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write to Yoga Alliance.

In service,
Leigh Evans, RYT 200
Accountability Manager

We are coordinating with the alleged victims of Uma Inder’s abuses to directly give their individual complaints to Yoga Alliance. 
 
The notion that there are only a couple of alleged victims who have come forward with allegations against Uma’s abusive misconduct couldn't be further from the truth. Here is the most recent complaint. 
 
I support the claim she is a narcissist maybe even delusional and I do know she spat on someone’s face during an intense fight in one of her retreat after this person supposedly asking questions she didn’t like and then spat on his face claiming to the rest of the participants “And that’s how you deal with that...””
The woman is mentally ill. I have no doubt about that.”

As we stated earlier some of the institutions have discontinued their relationship with Uma.

For example, the School of Sacred Arts, Yoga Barn and the latest is the No Mind Festival in Angsbacka. 
 


Unfortunately, we are still in the processes of getting the Nordic festival in Sweden to discontinue Uma’s employment. Here is our latest comment on the Nordic Satya’s Facebook post regarding Uma’s participation at the upcoming festival.


In addition to our expose and information on Uma there has been another expose written by Be Scofield regarding her alleged abuses. We have provided a link here for you to read. https://medium.com/@bescofield/the-yoga-barn-guru-inside-uma-inders-bali-cult-6ac69cdc678b



It has also been brought to our attention that Uma has been selling her “health products” without proper government certification.


According to the allegations found within the complaints received against Uma Inder, it is our opinion and belief that Uma may be acting as a cult leader that seems to severely damage her followers in many ways. We believe Uma Inder’s recruitment, indoctrination, and control techniques are typical to that of destructive high-control/demand groups (as per our analysis using the B.I.T.E. model). According to the complaints, in our opinion it seems Uma Inder has no regard for the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of her followers. We believe her goal is to psychologically break down students in the name of “transparency” and “enlightenment” for control and exploitation purposes. In our estimation, we believe Uma Inder may be very dangerous and advise potential students to think twice before becoming a student of this yogi guru.

A final quote from an alleged victim:

“…it is due to these systematic threats and intimidation that Uma Inder has been able to operate for so long without being exposed. These threats require that we protect our identities for the time being. However, we are so concerned about the well-being of current, inactive, former, and possible future cult members that we choose to begin exposing the abuses carried out by Uma Inder.”

We commend all of the brave ex-students of Uma for finding the courage to come together and speak out in an effort to warn potential students and stop the alleged manipulation and abuse. If you have any information about Uma Inder and/or her group that you would like to share, please contact us immediately.
Please note: This expose was conducted upon receiving allegations and evidence against Uma Inder by ex-students. The purpose of this expose is to warn, educate, save lives and to protect any potential victims. It is absolutely not intended to slander, libel or harm anyone mentioned in the expose.

In Conclusion we at F.A.C.T. have an obligation to our followers and the alleged victims to expose the truth. As such we will continue to inform and educate all future institutions and possible students of Uma.

There will always be some opposing views from Uma’s believers and followers. That is the power of undue influence!


Those who don’t fight EVIL empower EVIL!

-F.A.C.T Team

Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses

Uma Inder Follow-up Expose

Dear FACT Followers,

This is a follow up to our last expose on Uma Inder. Since our last expose a few of Uma’s employers have terminated their working relationship with Uma, which we believe is commendable.

Unfortunately, some institutions have continued to work with Uma. We have received complaints from students who are worried about her potential harm to future students in the upcoming workshops and events. We have included one of the warnings we received from a former student.

Subject : : Urgent - Please stop Uma Teaching
 Your Message : : Uma Inder will be teaching at Kirana Yoga School, Indonesia 4-6 May. August in Toronto collaborated with Donny Day, and Ahalia Ayurveda Medical College in Kerala in November/December”

One of the past events was held at Kirana Yoga School. This event was from May 4th-6th 2018. Prior to this date we contacted said institution, to inform and warn them about the allegations against Uma Inder and we have not received a response from them as of yet. In our opinion this shows negligence and it is unacceptable from an educational institution.

We will continue to follow up to warn students who attend this school.

Uma will have a workshop in Toronto collaborated with Donny Day – Upon contacting Donny Day here is what he had to say in response: 
 
Hi Janet,

I read everything.

These are claims with no evidence at all - can you imagine if I were to listen to you?  This is clearly fear-mongering and is not acceptable.

I'm afraid you've become victim of your own fear - this email and site you've created seems very cultish & carries an energy of the like I've not experienced with such a creepy vibe.

When your approach is more sensitive to the nature of what you're doing, lets have a conversation.  From what I've seen from your email & the link you sent (no evidence whatsoever), you seem to be the group that's quite cult-like and does not have to capability of another point of view (so there will be no effective conversation).

Plus I can think of a dozen more dangerous folks in the world that are clearly negative forces in the world you could be addressing which brings up the next point - this must be personal somehow for your group - or perhaps there's $$ involved from another pissed off group or individual (?)

I'm certain Uma is available to speak directly to you (umainder.com).  Perhaps speak with her instead of sending out such transparently insecure fear-mongering messages with no evidence but just claims (?)

If you wish to speak person to person, call me: 905 824 6595

I'm available to speak June 2nd and after (travelling).  be aware that first impressions are key - check out what yours is.

namaste,
donny

p.s. after reading my reply, perhaps you feel 'he's on HER side' or something like that - TAKE THIS IN - THAT'S CULT LIKE THINKING!  it seems you've become victim of your own 'thing' and have become the cult itself.  i'm open to fact-based conversation (times, dates, events, names etc.) with evidence June 2nd or after.”

And this was the last follow up e-mail to Donny from FACT.


Hello Donny,

This comes as a response to your email correspondence with Janette. It is clear to me that you don't want to hear the truth. It is also obvious that you will perform with Uma and you don't have the backbone or the decency to see the truth. Uma Inder has hurt hundreds of people and we are representing those victims. I believe if you would be a witness to any of Uma Inder’s crimes or misbehaviors you would still be in denial and continue to support her. And that is why we believe that Uma Inder and this behavior is a cult. 
 
And as I say those who don't confront evil, will empower evil. I believe this is what you are participating in.

Enclosed please find a couple of the alleged victims input.

Tibor Stern

President of Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses, Inc “ 


Updated to this post - Here is the second part and conclusion to our follow-up expose on Uma Inder. 
http://familiesagainstcultteachings.blogspot.com/2018/05/conclusion-to-uma-inder-follow-up-expose.html 
 



Sincerely, 
The FACT Team  

Please note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is primarily to educate the public. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).

Complaint Filed - Apostolic Revival Center Peru, Indiana

One of the many recent Complaints Filed with FACT. 

CULT, GROUP or CHURCH INFORMATION:

"Name of Cult, Group or Church: Apostolic Revival Center Peru Indiana



Where: Peru, Indiana

Leader(s): XXXX

Please describe the cult activity: They pay people to stay. If you try to leave they threaten you. They completely have strayed away from what they claimed to be at first. Their members are so sure that they’re the “truth” and if you come against what they believe they lash out at you.

Involvement with group: Yes

1) When did you/they get involved & for how long?
Family Member - 5 yrs ago

2) How did you/they get involved? How were you/they directly recruited? They claimed to be a Pentecostal church. My family is Pentecostal. They thought it was an upstanding organization. The pastor has gone to great lengths to recruit people in the last five years.

3) Are there other family members involved?
Only one of my family members

4) Has their been a disconnection of relationship(s) with family, old friends? Yes. They come to family functions, and they spew a bunch of information about their beliefs, and if you come against them they have a freak Out.

5) What are the circumstances currently? They attend regularly.

Impact from group: They have stalked me to try to get me to join, via Facebook. When I refused, my family members who attend basically shunned me.

Is there anything else that we should know or you would like to tell us
: Please look deeper into these people. They’re dangerous. They stalk people and threaten people. It’s not good."

If you have any experience with this Center please let us know.

Thank you,
The FACT Team

Leah Remini to Take On Jehovah's Witness and the Watchtower Society

"According to sources, Remini will produce a special for A&E that focuses on Jehovah's Witnesses, to air during a break following season three of the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."

Read full article here:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/leah-reminis-next-a-e-project-tackle-jehovahs-witnesses-1114006



We have and continue to receive complaints from former Jehovah's Witnesses as well as many other former members of high control groups and cults.

We are very happy to hear that Leah Remini and her team will use their voice to help expose and raise awareness about the atrocities that are occurring in not only Scientology but in Jehovah's Witness churches as well.

The FACT Team

What We Deal With Daily Here at the FACT Office

"Name of Cult Group or Church: Fountain of Life International Church

Where: If multiple locations, just tell us about the location you're referring to. 1055 E Hearns St, Phoenix, AZ

Leader(s):xxxx xxxx

Please describe the cult activity: Are their specific complaints you'd like to tell us about? YES
My son is in this so called church. He is a group leader in the young men and women's group. I asked about this group and as he was explaining he was very arrogant, which he wasn't before this church, and he let me know in so many words that he exerts pressure on group members. I stopped him there and said, you are exerting pressure on people in a church group? He answered saying that, well he joined voluntarily. So we had a conversation about that. When I stop him about something I feel is not right, he changes the words he uses to something more accepting to someone; but the actions are still same. They keep him so busy with church business that between work and church, he is always tired. But he still protects the church. He was taught there to take some gray area in scripture and take one extreme view and act as if its fact. Also there, they have women pastors, which is not even close to being biblical. It is a pentecostal church, so you probably know about those. Its under the umbrella of the Assemblies of God churches. He is almost always with someone from that church and has continuous church functions and giving them 10%. There is much I can complain about this apostate church. They got him a new family, he calls this xxxx (who was in jail before) his spiritual father,(new father), the pastor got him a woman to be his wife, they have isolated him while making him reject me, his real father, and reject his friends, other family is not really in his life much, they don't know him like I do. I was the only one who went to his college graduation even. His behavior and personality has changed drastically, shockingly. He is constantly working for the church with not much time for his things he was doing before, his interests changed, he even told me to throw all his stuff away at home.(shocking). He is in a constant grind from work and church. xxxxx recruited him into it little by little. xxxx doesn't respond to logic or common sense, no analytical thinking. He was always so smart, xxxx made straight As all of his life.

Are you aware of any human rights violations, emotional/physical abuse, illegal activity?

Please be as detailed as you can.

Involvement with group: If yes, please explain.

1)
My son, xxxx II was in college in Western Washington University from 2012 to 2016. My son and I had the best father, son relationship ever and I trusted totally. There, he met who I now believe was a cult recruiter for this church. His name is xxxxx who is 12 years older than xxxx. He began to get xxxx interested in learning Bible scripture. Then xxxx began attending a church with him and was baptized. xxxxx, then moved to Phoenix as xxxx stayed 2 more years in Washington. They stayed in touch, but I didn't know that they would be on the phone sometimes for 5 hours, xxxx then girlfriend told me later. She also told me that xxxxx would call often when they were together; first to ask xxxx to do little things on computer or phone that he could have done himself. Then the things he called xxxx for began to be bigger and more time consuming things that, she said began to seriously interrupt their time together. xxxxx was continuously doing his recruiting on my son. After a year out of college, xxxx was planning to come home where I live in xxxx NV. We had made plans to do many things and I was excited that he was coming. Just before coming home, xxxx told me that he was considering going to Phoenix to live for a while, where he could record his music, as he was a song writer and performer, and xxxxx was going to be his manager and get him into a recording studio. Then he had a dream about him and me working in my garage on our project car, an old firebird. I thought, great. When xxxx told Freddy about the dream, xxxxx convinced xxxx that it meant that he was supposed to come to Phoenix to live. I wasn't happy about that, but xxxx was really serious about going there and to record his music. So he went there. xxxx signed a lease for a house there and xxxxx and his family moved in. xxxx babysits and picks up the kid from school sometimes and Freddy uses his car. xxxxx is just using my son and is controlling him. He came to see me often since, but in March, he came with a girl who he said he wanted to marry. I had only seen a picture of her a month earlier, but had not heard much about. He had a girlfriend in Washington, who he tried to keep a long distance relationship with, but that ended a few months after moving to Phoenix. She told me later that one of their problems was that she didn't understand xxxx relationship with xxxxx (he was older than xxxx and had a wife and three kids.) I felt the same way too. So soon after he broke up with the girl in Washington, he was introduced to this other girl by the Pastor and xxxx and she became co-group leaders together and even worked outside of church preparing lesson plans for the group. He brought this new girl to meet me. I was appalled by her behavior, not engaging in conversation with me or asking me anything. She had her hands all over xxxx, but he didn't to her. They seemed awkward together and at one point started to dance when some music played, but they looked completely stupid and they couldn't get together on the song to dance and they stopped trying. I didn't see them as a couple at all. She brought up disgusting things during dinner and she had a philosophy of not going to doctors or taking medicine; which to me is a cult thing. When xxxx and she were sitting on the couch here, she put her leg in between xxxx legs and just sat like that in front of me. I was shocked at that. We were shocked at that. I believe this means that there is something sexual going on, but he says there isn't. I had a lady friend with me who has known xxxx since he was 14, and she thought the same as me about them. They didn't even look right together. Later, on the phone xxxx and I had an argument about her and he said some mean things to me which shocked me, because we had never had argument before, xxxx respected me and loved me so much and always took up for me if anyone said anything negative. I met his other girlfriend and we got along very well. I think now that they came to offend and she is with him maybe just to watch him; because now I think he only is with people from church. So he is always being watched, and I really began to think , CULT!!! And I began to research cults etc. As the months pass there are still no music recording and every time I ask about it, xxxx says he is writing songs. I told him he should already have them on a CD; they could be saving souls. His music is all worship songs. He told me for the last few months now that the reason he hasn't recorded any songs yet is that , Jesus told the disciples to wait for the holy spirit before going out to preach the word. I keep telling him there is no connection to that and why he is not recording his songs. Now, all his decisions are based on a sign from God, a dream interpretation or confirmation in scripture. Its all too much. He came to visit in March and that's when I talked to him a lot and found that he is a completely different person. He doesn't care about seeing his friends here or his cousin. Doesn't care about anything at the house, like the project car, watching family videos that we always did. So many things were changed about him. Even some mannerisms and his eyes. At one point he did say that he would stay here and live. He called his boss and quit his job, called xxxxx and told him he wouldn't be back. I cried with happiness and he did too. Then he called xxxxx, the girlfriend, to break up with her. Then he was in the bedroom talking to her and he was crying. He couldn't be heard from the living room. I went in to see him; he was crying so hard and his hair all messed up and he waved me away and went into the bathroom and closed the door and kept talking for a while. He looked as if he was in some great torment. not just shedding a tear over breaking up with a girl he knew only a few months. He was with the other girl for over a year but he didn't cry when they broke up. This was like she had some kind of thing over him and was threatening him with it. I kept asking him why was he crying like that so hard. I even asked if she had something on him that she's controlling him with and threatening him with, but he said no. He said he cried just because they were breaking up and then he decided to go back and be with her. I was devastated. Later he said again that he would stay and then changed his mind again. He did that at least 3 maybe 4 times. At one point I took his phone and kept it for a couple of days and he was more dossal and he said he would stay again and asked for his phone back so I gave it to him then he changed his mind again. It became a something sick he was doing and I didn't understand it. I took his phone again but this time he jumped on me to get it back, I went to the ground and he wrestled it out of my hands and pulled it so hard that it injured my thumb and I had to have x rays and physical therapy. But he acted as if nothing happened. I'm sure this xxxx told him to do whatever he has to, to keep his phone so he or they or whoever could keep contact. Then I felt like I was afraid of my own son and I asked myself, what is he capable of doing to me if he would do this? He had never even been in a fight in his entire life, but now he is violent, arrogant , lying, deceiving, not showing a bit of caring or love for me. Its like he is incapable of compassion. His eyes were always big and wide open and now it seems like his eyes are half shut all the time. He was more Christian before he started learning scripture with xxxxx than he is now. Whatever he doing there, it has nothing to do with Christianity. Then he went back. I wish I knew of some group that could help me get him back and put him back the way he was. I know this will take time, but that's what I have. I'm not stopping to save my boy out of this evil that I feel he is in. He has since never asked me how I am or how my thumb is; this is strange, and once I said that to him, and he said, yes I have, I said it many times. No not even once since he went back. He is deeper in it not than ever and I don't know what to do anymore. He is always tired when I call or Skype with him. 

2) How did you/they get involved? How were you/they directly recruited?

3) Are there other family members involved? Only me and my best friend.

4) Has their been a disconnection of relationship(s) with family, old friends? They are trying to break completely my relationship with my son, and he has really turned on me as if I am nothing. He often says to me when we talk that I cut him off and he can't talk to me; trying to find a reason to stop our conversation.

5) What are the circumstances currently? He wants to marry this xxxxx girl but he knows that I don't want him to. He told me that its up to me if I want to be a part of their lives. I can't stand her. He only wants xxxxx and his family and xxxxx in his life and I feel like I'm losing him. This church is International too and can send him anywhere; he has talked about starting a church.

Impact from group: Please describe how you believe to have been harmed and/or wronged by this group. Be as detailed as possible, and send any supporting evidence via the email below.

Is there anything else that we should know or you would like to tell us: Please tell us anything else you think we should know. I made a police report of the assault and battery that he committed against me (his father) to get his phone back. My glasses cut my head and broke, I had a carpet burn on one knee, and my thumb was injured, the ligaments were pulled and the joint was spranged. Then he acted as if nothing happened. Now there is a warrant on him. He works in a xxxx in Phoenix, assistant manager, and I'm sure he will get fired if and when they find out. I got a call from the city attorney's office telling me that the warrant is approved by the court and will send xxxx a notification in a couple of days; so I called him and told him that he has a warrant on him now and they will let him know. He didn't believe me. But he said, Whatever happens, it will work out, because I didn't do anything wrong. He didn't panic at all and he didn't even blink when I told him. I asked him if he already knew, because he didn't even react to it. I think he and xxxxx already talked about it. He even said that could get it expunged if he needed to. I didn't know that he knew what that was. I told him if he would quit his job before he gets fired, we can work all this out and it would be nothing to it and in the end and then you can go back to work and with no fired from your job on your record. He said he was not going to quit and he will deal with whatever happens and that God will resolve it all for him. I texted him once and told him I was going to make a complaint against him, and he responded by texting me that if I did, he would be my enemy. I texted that we will never be enemies and that I loved him so much. I said all I do is out of love for him, he knows that I'm so worried for him that I would do about anything to get him out of that church and away from xxxxx. He told me that he knows I'm worried for him but he says not to worry. After I told him that he has a warrant on him now on Skype, we both said I love you; and at bedtime that same evening he texted me, I love dad, goodnight. I texted back the same thing. Today we did not communicate. But its ok.He is has a lot to think about. I just don't know where all this is going or what will be the ending. HELP! I thank God I found your website.

If you have additional files, links, etc. that you'd like us to be aware of, please send them to the email address below."
The FACT Team 


Follow-Up Expose on Uma Inder to be Published Monday

Our Follow-up Expose on Uma Inder will be posted Monday.

Until then, here is the initial expose for those new to our page and those who haven't seen it.

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Exposes/Umaa-Inder-Expose/

Sincerely,

The FACT Team 

"Those Who Do Not Confront Evil Are Empowering Evil"
Tibor Stern President FACT, Inc

The Ruling Is In on Psychopath Katsura Kan (Ex-Naropa Teacher)

Tibor Stern, on behalf of the Sharoni Stern Estate, won the ruling for jurisdiction after many years of Katsura Kan's lying, manipulating and deceiving the U.S. court system.

The Sharoni Stern Estate is moving forward with the lawsuit.

Be aware cult leaders - you can run, hide and manipulate people for only so long, but we will find you, expose you and bring you to justice.


This is the link to the latest media coverage regarding Sharoni's tragic story.   


If you would like to help us with our mission at FACT, we would greatly appreciate it. Here are some simple ways you can help: like us on Facebook, share our posts and preventative education materials (which are downloadable on our website) and/or please donate what you can. Any amount helps towards raising awareness and preventing tragedies from happening.

To donate, click here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fact

Our Facebook page: https://business.facebook.com/FACT501c3

From all of us at FACT, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team 

A Heartfelt Letter to the President of FACT

 We received this a couple of days ago and wanted to share.

"Mr. Stern, hello —

I do not have any issue with cults. I am writing because I spent the weekend in Las Vegas with some friends from across the country. I never travel or take vacation, but this weekend, I got together with them, and it was planned out months ago.

As soon as I got into the Vegas airport, I saw the story about Sharon (on Ha’aretz, of all sites), and over the next few days, whenever I had some time alone, I continued to read. It obsessed me. It haunted me. It really wasn’t a vacation this weekend, because I was so affected by this story.

I know it’s nothing compared to how the story affected/affects you, but it really hit me hard. I am so sorry that this happened. I applaud you for doing your best to turn a negative into a positive with this organization you have started, and the memorial to her, and, also, for taking Kan to court. I wish you much success in getting this piece of shit put behind bars, forgive my language.

I am impressed with your strength. My condolences on your daughter’s passing. I felt I had to write.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emet.

Kind regards,
Josh"

These types of letters are very touching to all of us here at FACT. We appreciate your reaching out Josh. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

The FACT Team


Another Young Vulnerable Woman Being Manipulated and Controlled




A recent e-mail we received:

Name of Cult or Group: Stairway in Tennessee http://www.straitwaytruth.com

 "My best friend is being lost to this extremist cult or faction whatever you want to call them. She has been given to a man who is to become her husband, they have decided everything for her. She is now unable to talk to me under orders or allegiance as she puts it to her husband as he now controls her email, social media and phone calls. Her family are going out of their minds over this, I have had to tell her mother what is going on there as she had been told to keep things secret from them. She needs help, I've lost my best friend to these people, people who believe that she will burn in hell if she defies her husband or the elders, who take everything, who stockpile guns to defend themselves from the unbelievers as they put it.
Neither I nor her family know what to do......."

This is a typical day at the office, answering and supporting families who are going through crisis such as these.

We are not familiar with this particular group Stairway. If you have any personal experiences or information that you would like to share about this group or any group, please do so.
https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

We are here to help create Awareness so as to Prevent tragedies. We are here to support those who are caught up or dealing with family or friends who are involved in controlling abusive groups and situations.

We can not do it alone and need all the help we can get. If you would like to help us and our mission here at FACT it is extremely appreciated. You can make your tax deductible donation here:
https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Donations/Donate/

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team


Shambhala Sham - Survivor Tells Us a Story

Brave Survivor tells us about some of her experiences as a young woman and as one of Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche's secret seven wives in the Shambhala community. Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche was the Founder of Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

"Lots of people have asked me who's interest am I serving by telling my stories? Do i have an ulterior motives? I think my motive right now is for me, and my healing. And honestly, I'm so tired of people who never spent any time alone with Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche's (CTR) telling me I'm angry, or lying, or I have it out for certain abusers who still have positions in the hierarchy of Shambhala. Or I missed the point. Or what i experienced at his hands wasn't abuse. I am simply tired of being silenced and expected to continue holding on to these horrifying Mukpo Family secrets. So here's a nice feel good story about Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche's (CTR):

                         Chogynam Trungpa Rinpoche's is the man holding the gun

The Cat Story:

It was summer of 1985. I "married" CTR on June 12th of that year. I met him around May 31st at a wedding in the back yard of someone's home. That year, we had our "wedding" at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center (RMDC), now Sham Mountain Center (SMC) a few days before Assembly, then we had Seminary and Encampment happened during Seminary. That was the year he spoke of limited bloodshed and taking over the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia by force.
 We were in the middle of the Mahayana portion of seminary teachings.

For weeks, CTR had been asking everyone he saw if they had seen a cat. He asked the head cook, the shrine master, and all of his servants if they'd seen one. We returned to Prajna late one night after a talk and there was this beautiful tabby cat sitting on the porch. I said, "here kitty kitty" and he came right over to me, purring and rubbing against my legs. I picked him up and said: "Here sweetie, here's the cat you've been wanting." I can't remember exactly who was on duty but I think it was XXXX and of course XXXX. Someone took the cat from me and Rinpche ordered them to tie him to the table on the porch. He instructed them to make a tight noose out of a rope so the cat didn't get away. He stood over his guards to examine the knots and make sure they were secure. I was curious at this point, wondering what this enlightened master had in mind for the cat-I knew there were serious rodent problems on the land and I assumed he wanted to use the cat for this problem.

Then, he instructed the kasung to bring him some logs from the fire pit that was in front of the porch down a slight slope. We took our seats-CTR was seated to my right and there was a table between us for his drinks. He ordered a sake. The logs were on his right side, so he could use his good arm. Anyway, the cat was still tied by a noose to the table. Rinpoche picked up a log and hurled it at the cat, who jumped off the table and hung from the noose. He was making a terrible gurgling sound-and he finally got some footing on the edge of the deck and made it back onto the porch. Rinpoche hurled another log-making contact and the cat let out a horrible scream as the air was knocked out of him. I said: "Sweetie-stop! What are you doing? Why are you doing this?" He said something about hating cats because they played with their food and didn't cry at the Buddha's funeral. He continued to torture the poor animal and I was crying and begging him to stop. I said: "I gave you the cat, please...stop it!" And I'll never forget his response-he looked at me and said: "You are responsible to for this karma." and he giggled. I got up to try and stop him and he firmly told me to sit down. One of the guards stepped closer to me and stood in a threatening manner to keep me in my place.

The torture went on for what seemed like hours, until finally the poor cat made a run for his life with the patio table bouncing after him. It was clear he had a broken back leg. I'm sure that cat died. I looked for him or the table for the rest of Seminary and never found either. I imagined him fleeing up the mountain and the table catching on something and strangling him. I was completely traumatized by the event, but it was never spoken of again. Rinpoche told me the "karma" from this event was good. I was dumbfounded. A common feeling I had when around CTR was that there were things going on that I simply could not understand, while it seemed other people, with a knowing nod of their heads, understood things on a deeper level than I. I was in fear of exposing my ignorance, so I learned not to question and to go with the crowd around him. They didn't appear to have any problems with what he did-such was the depth of their devotion. I just needed to generate more devotion to Rinpoche and one day I might understand.

I kept this secret for 30 years. I filed it away with the other alarming things I learned from being so blessed as to be welcomed into this very small club of nearly enlightened students. I kept his bulimia a secret. Along with the drinking and womanizing and cocaine use-he made himself throw up until all that came up was blood.

The cognitive dissonance of witnessing his cruelty and suicidal tendencies that I witnessed was stomped on by the devoted students near him who refused to believe he was anything but the most enlightened teacher to ever walk the planet.

This is how one creates a cult and gathers students-they plant nuggets of profundity in our minds, and tell us to blindly trust samaya and devotion as the only way to enlightenment. They silence anyone with questions. They write devotional chants and stories, all about how meeting the guru saved their lives. They write of how he saw into their souls and loved them like no one ever had. The carrot at the end of the long stick is the promise of enlightenment, and thirty years later, as far as I can tell, this community is just as delusional as it was then, perhaps more so. If telling my stories keeps anyone from making the choice to sign up with this dysfunctional and, yes, dangerous community, that's a plus too."

If you have stories and first hand accounts and experiences in the Shambhala Community and would like to share, please do so here https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html 

Thank you to all the brave survivors who are coming forward and sharing their stories, we can not expose the truth with out survivors sharing their truth with us.  We can't do it without you - So Thank you again.

Stay tuned... a lot more to come and be exposed in the coming days and weeks about the Shambhala Community / Naropa University, past and present, from more brave survivors.


The FACT Team

"Those Who Don't Confront Evil Are Empowering it". Tibor Stern 

The Shame of Shambhala

We've been receiving a lot of complaints about the Shambhala Community - present and past.

Here is just one of them and a very small portion of her story and complaint.

"I am one of Trungpa Rinpoche's seven sangyum, or secret wives. I met him in 1985 and he died in 1987. He was sexually, verbally and physically abusive to me. He once killed a cat in front of me while his guards held me down and forced me to watch. When the #metoo movement started, i started a secret facebook group called XXXX and learned this careless attitude and treatment of women Continues today through his son, who has also been accused of rape more than once. His other son, XXXX is severely autistic and is a ward of the state because his mother, the XXXX refuses to support him in any way and hasn't even seen him in 20 years. He lives in a group home.

What are the reasons given why he/she has joined this group: I am trying to get the word out, and have stories to tell. I have a master's from Naropa"



More to come tomorrow about Shambhala !


The FACT Team 

Students Are Empowering Themselves

One of our main objectives here at FACT is to raise awareness and educate students about undue influence, cults, manipulation and the red flags to be aware of. We want to empower students with education so they can protect themselves.

Here are some recent messages from students who've contacted us.

"I went to thank you for all your answers!!!!! It was really helpful and is exactly what I needed for my paper!!! Thank you!!!"

"I didn't join a group on my campus because I found one of your posts on them and researched more and realized they were a cult! Thank You!"

We are happy to hear from students and how they are researching and educating themselves on these topics, we are dedicated to this cause and love hearing their feedback.

Our preventative education materials are available on our website under the education section and can be downloaded and printed.



Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Allison Mack of "Smallville" arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges

Actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" was charged on Friday with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy for her involvement in a woman's "self help" organization called NXIVM, where woman were forced to have sex with leader Keith Raniere.

 
Raniere was also arrested in March by federal officials in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentor-ship group that was, in fact,created and led by Keith Raniere,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit"

"According to court filings, during the past 20 years, Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs within his umbrella organization “Nxivm” (pronounced NEX-i-um).  Nxivm is based in Albany, New York and has operated centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America.  Nxivm maintains features of a pyramid scheme, as its courses cost thousands of dollars each and participants (“Nxians”) are encouraged to pay for additional classes and to recruit others to take classes in order to rise within the ranks of Nxivm."

"As detailed in court filings, in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called “DOS,” an acronym that stands for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,” or “The Vow.”  DOS operated with levels of women “slaves” headed by “masters.”  Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid.  Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid.  Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women.  Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid immediately below Raniere.
Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that the Nxivm curriculum taught were common in women. Mack and other DOS masters concealed Raniere’s status at the top of the pyramid from new recruits.

As a precondition to joining DOS, women were required to provide “collateral,” which included highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit’s assets.  DOS slaves were told that their collateral could be released for any number of reasons, including telling anyone about DOS’s existence or leaving DOS.  Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials.  During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.  If convicted of the crimes charged, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment."

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/founder-nxivm-purported-self-help-organization-and-actor-indicted-sex-trafficking-and

There are a lot of "self help" organizations out there, some are legitimate healthy groups while others are not. Predators prey on vulnerable people looking for answers. Protect yourself and those around you by educating yourself about predators, manipulation, undue influence and the red flags to be aware of. We here at FACT are dedicated to raising awareness so that vulnerable people who are seeking answers are not victimized by predators.

John Lamb Lash - Nemeta, Metahistory.org, Giaspora.org, Kalirising.org

Recently a woman reached out to us to get our opinion on Nemeta.org, Metahistory.org, Giaspora.org, Kalirising.org - John Lamb Lash.

The lady told me she "was prone to joining cult like groups", I sent her educational information so she could empower and project herself and her vulnerabilities to groups that she admitted she was prone to joining.

Immediately, I saw Red Flags when glancing over the website Kalirising.org. But, I didn't have time to read thoroughly through these websites.

We do not know anything about these particular groups or John Lamb Lash and wanted to see if any of our readers had any experience or knowledge of these groups or this person.

We've learned, as I'm sure many others have - to Question Everything !



Your feedback is appreciated.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team 

Dynasty Star, Catherine Oxenberg's daughter, India, Revealed as Co-Conspirator in Sex Cult

"India Oxenberg, daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, has been revealed as a co-conspirator in a criminal complaint against cult leader Keith Raniere.  Raniere was arrested March 25 in Mexico and deported to the USA where he now faces charges of sex trafficking."

Full article here:

https://artvoice.com/2018/04/12/catherine-oxenbergs-daughter-india-identified-criminal-co-conspirator-sex-slaver-nxivm-cult/#.WtSnD38pDIU

"Prior to joining the sex cult, India Oxenberg was a model and actress with a bright future."



"Keith Raniere, who prosecutors say led a sadistic sex cult that branded and enslaved women, was arraigned today in Brooklyn Federal court on sex-trafficking, conspiracy and forced labor charges. He was ordered held without bail."
http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/cult-leader-keith-raniere-charged-with-branding-women-arraigned


More Complaints re: Victory Outreach Church



We've recently published our 5 part expose on Victory Outreach Church. We've posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages and cc'd several different Victory Outreach Church Branches on our expose. None of those branch offices bothered to acknowledged any of the allegations that we are aware of.

We continue to receive complaints about Victory Outreach Church.

Here is the latest one:

"Victory Outreach is a Cult
I need to report a worldwide giant cult called Victory Outreach. They operate under total illegal terms and need to be shut down. I understand they are trying to help but they are out of control!!!"

Sincerely,
The FACT Team

Sharon Stern - Feature Story in April's Apostate Monthly Magazine

April's Issue of Apostate Monthly Magazine features the tragic story of the Beloved Sharon Stern.

"Cult like, abusive personalities are not just found in religious settings, as the tragic tale of dance student Sharon Stern so demonstrates. Find out more about her story and her family's work with FACT in this month's issue"

Order your copy today! https://www.apostatemonthly.com/copy-of-march-2018

A Big Thank you to Apostate Monthly Magazine and Editor Alexandra James for highlighting our story and helping to spread awareness about the irreparable harm, abuse and tragedies cults and cult like personalities cause to people, families and communities.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

One Day Conference - Littleton, CO

EVENT: Free, LLC – One Day Educational Conference

For former members of abusive religious groups and high-demand churches along with friends, family and others with interest.

When: April 21, Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Cost: $25.00 per-person
 

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, 7611 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127
Continental breakfast/check-in and registration between 8:00 – 9:00 am.

Questions to be addressed:

How does one define an abusive religious group or high-demand church?
Where does the responsibility rest for one’s involvement?
How do family and friends cope when loved ones join one of these groups?
Why and how do people exit these destructive groups or churches?
How can healing and recovery for all involved best occur?
What are supportive resources for increased understanding and recovery?

Speakers:
David Clark, Thought reform consultant from Philadelphia, PA. Well known as an international interventionist on behalf of families of the religiously abused for 35+ yrs. He has written and presented widely on the topic of exit counseling.

Doug Feil, MS, LPC - Executive Director of Southwest Counseling Association, and a clinical therapist and licensed professional counselor he has a broad range of experience, extensively with all aspects of recovery from abuse and codependency.

Heidi Knapp, Certified life-coach, co-director of Becoming Free and provides support/recovery coaching for former members and families affected by religious abuse. She is currently pursuing a Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC II).

Pat Knapp, M.A., A.B.D. – (Psychology), co-director of Becoming Free and provides support/recovery coaching for former members and families affected by religious abuse. His PhD dissertation will be on religious abuse and recovery.

Grace Adams & Poia Alpha are sisters and former members of the Branch Davidians (WACO) who lost relatives in the culminating fire. They are jointly writing a book on their journey through and recovery from the Branch Davidians. Grace has been on numerous TV specials concerning WACO. Poia has been a social worker and educator for the past 30 years. Both have passion to educate the public about cult awareness and what recovery from religious abuse may typically entail. Both Grace and Poia currently reside in New Zealand.

Pre-Register at: https://www.becomingfree.org/events
 
For additional biographic information or questions: Call Pat or Heidi Knapp 720-227-8695
email: BecomingFree.org@gmail.com

Victory Outreach Expose Conclusion




Regarding the Victory Outreach branch in Santa Rosa, CA, an ex-member had this to say about his experience there:

Date: October 27, 2009 12:40PM
“I am an ex member of Victory Outreach Santa Rosa. I am going to divulge information if you will on the things that I and others have experienced while at Victory Outreach Santa Rosa. About 6 years ago Victory Outreach Santa Rosa lost key leaders. They lost 3 ministerial couples, and their worship
leader/head church administrator. The ministerial couples left because of the misappropriation of funds. When they asked Pastor Jose questions, his response was that he was he charge and not to question his decisions with the finances. See in Victory Outreach, especially VOSR, the Pastor is not accountable to anybody. There is no church council, church board or a group of elders to keep him accountable. Pastor Jose claims that his accountability is Rick Alanis all the way in San Bernardino.
One of the ministers tried to explain to Jose that he over fleecing the people in the church and that he needed to let up on the offerings and the pledges. He tried to explain to Jose that the church would not be able to afford to stay afloat. Jose never listened. So these families left and everything stayed business as usual. I was in the men's rehab home during this time and boy was I busy. After I worked 10-12 hours a day helping build the church, as did the rest of the men's home I would have to go do a moving job or help cook dinner.

Then I had to take a 3 minute shower and do house chores. If I was lucky I would be forced to sign up for General Assistance and earn welfare money to help support the home also. If I complained I was "not loyal" or I was "not dedicated to the cause." So the church was built and everybody was happy, well kind of. See everybody had given so much money that people in the church had to get food stamps and go on welfare. Then came the part of supporting the new church. Every week there would be a new pledge for the church building. People were already giving a 10% tithe to the church and then pledging 100, 200, 500, 1000 and even 2000 and beyond dollars to have paid with 6 months. Being in VOSR everybody had dreams to something great for God. Pastor Jose is really charismatic and is awesome in increasing your faith to be a preacher, a leader, a pastor, an evangelist or a Pastor's Wife someday. But if you are in leadership you have to lead by example and give first. If you are really serious for God and want to see the vision of Sonny Arguinzoni Sr come to pass you better give. I would hear things all the time like, "put your money where your mouth is," or my personal favorite, "you used to spend all your money on your dope but you can't spend it on God?"

There was times where Pastor Jose wouldn't let anyone leave the building until they pledged money. Former Assistant Pastor Richard Contreras even joked about putting a ATM machine in the foyer. One couple went to Cape Town, SA to help start up the worship team for the new Pastors James and Anna Brady. Before they left, the church picked up a huge offering for musical instruments. When they got there all of the money had already been spent on other things. When they asked where the money was James Brady said that he decided to use it on something else. There was a couple that sold everything they had, and gave up jobs to go start a women’s rehab in Cape Town. When they came home they had no support from the church. A man was sent to Santa Rosa to be a missionary in Cape Town. A huge offering was picked up for him to go. A year and a half later he still hasn't gone. When asked Pastor Jose said that the Lord hasn't given him the green light yet. When an ex member called the church office about the $100 that she she gave for the missionary and if she could get it back, she was told that they would look in to it. That was 3 months ago. Pastor Jose drives a beautiful Chrysler 300 with 20 inch chromed out rims. He wear the best clothes, has the best watch and has all of his and his wife’s needs taken care of by the church. His wife is on payroll also, but mysteriously never works a day in the office and is never available to talk to anybody. His wife even sells knock off purses. When she was confronted about it by a female member of the church, she was ostracized by the church, and treated like an amish kid that left the farm. Between 2004 and 2006 there was a Pastor by the name of Richard Contreras from the South Asia area that came to VOSR on a sabbatical. He was having his own problems with women and money that he needed a break.

The congregation at VOSR was told by Pastor Jose that he was here to recuperate and get his health in order. So Richard fit in well. He was very loved and embraced by VOSR. He was a big time Pastor in VO so he had a lot of influence. Richard started to work for a millionaire by the name of Giovanni from the VO in Las vegas. This guy was a Real Estate developer and also made a living on getting people that would never stand a chance a loan. Pastor Jose loved him so much that he had him come to VOSR and preach to the congregation. The sermon was basically about prosperity and how God wants to bless you. Then Richard started wanting people in the church to own their own home. He pumped it up to the point that everyone would have a chance to own their own home. So tons of people bought in to it including Pastor Jose. The big gimmick was get a home and $10,000 back in cash. Richard pulled strings and got Pastor Jose, Assistance Pastor Elias Gaitan and a lot others their chance to buy a home. He even made it possible for the church to purchase the women’s rehab home.  Then it all came crumbling down. Everyone's home became foreclosed and Richard was nowhere to be found. He even left left his wife without telling her. Since then business has been usual for Victory Outreach. Lot's of key leaders have left along with other congregation members. If you were to go in to a service or ask somebody you would here them say that the devil got the best of them or that they were not loyal to the vision. or you would here them say that VO isn't for everybody.

Two years ago I contacted the Hayward Victory Outreach and spoke with Pastor Joesy Pineda. Joesy and her husband Steve (who went home to be with the Lord) sent out Pastor Jose and Kimberly Guadarrama to Santa Rosa. They were to replace a fallen Pastor named Victor Carrillo who misused money for personal gain and had an affair with a women in the church. I let Joesy know by telephone all that I had seen and heard from other viable sources. She then put me in contact with Pastor Saul Garcia who is the Founder Sonny Arguinzoni, Sr's right hand guy. Saul assured me that they would send a team to investigate the problem and then thanked me for coming to him first. Two years later Pastor Saul has yet to send a team to investigate. I hope that this information has been useful to someone. Victory Outreach Santa Rosa as well as Victory Outreach Intl are nothing more than ex gang member, drug addicts who have a very warped sense of power and of what Jesus Christ and the Ministry of the Body of Christ is all about. They are a cult. There agenda is nothing more than to train passionate, loyal converts who will give of time and money to fulfill the greedy desires of its leadership. I love the friends that I once called family at VO and I pray that they get out soon.”

The writer of this complaint later recanted on his statement (a year and a half later), though it seems there may have been a coercing influence behind it judging by his reasoning. Read and judge for yourself.
Source: https://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?8,77975

 ANALYSIS OF THE ALLEGATIONS ACCORDING TO THE B.I.T.E. MODEL

Our analysis of the allegations received utilizing cult expert Steven Hassan's B.I.T.E. model. The B.I.T.E. model is comprised of four different categories of control:

I. Behavior Control
II. Information Control
III. Thought Control
IV. Emotional Control

This model of analysis is based upon the work of Robert J. Lifton, Margaret Singer and other well respected psychologists and cult experts, and is used by many professionals in the field to distinguish between destructive and benign cultic groups. According to this analysis model, the documented allegations against Victory Outreach church raise numerous red flags in all four control categories, thereby defining this organization as a destructive highcontrol/ high-demand cult.

The breakdown is as follows:

Behavior Control
✔Discourage individualism, encourage group-think
✔Instill dependency and obedience
✔Impose rigid rules and regulations
✔Financial exploitation, manipulation or dependence
✔Restrict leisure, entertainment, and vacation time
✔Major time spent with group indoctrination and rituals and/or self-indoctrination including the    Internet

Information Control

✔Deception:
   a. Deliberately withhold information
   b. Distort information to make it more acceptable
   c. Systematically lie to the cult member
✔Minimize or discourage access to non-cult sources of information, including:
   a. Internet, TV, radio, books, articles, newspapers, magazines, other media
   b. Critical information
   c. Former members
   d. Keep members busy so they don’t have time to think and investigate
✔Compartmentalize information into Outsider vs. Insider doctrines:
   a. Ensure that information is not freely accessible
   b. Control information at different levels and missions within group
   c. Allow only leadership to decide who needs to know what and when

Thought Control

✔Require members to internalize the group’s doctrine as truth:
   a. Adopting the group's ‘map of reality’ as reality
   b. Instill black and white thinking
✔Forbid critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy
✔Encourage only ‘good and proper’ thoughts
✔Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism

Emotional Control

✔Manipulate and narrow the range of feelings – some emotions and/or needs are deemed as evil,   wrong or selfish
✔Make the person feel that problems are always their own fault, never the leader’s or the group’s fault
✔Promote feelings of guilt or unworthiness
✔Phobia indoctrination: inculcating irrational fears about leaving the group or questioning the leader’s authority

CONCLUSION

According to the complaints we received and those found online, we believe Victory Outreach seems to be functioning as a destructive cult that is manipulating and exploiting its members. A significant amount of ex-members describe Victory Outreach in very negative terms, which in our opinion is a testament to what is actually going on within the organization. To summarize the complaints, Victory Outreach has been described as a “spiritual pyramid scheme” with founder Sonny Arguinzoni and his leadership benefiting at the expense of the free labor of the lower members. Ex-members have reported that they were forced to work long hours without pay and that they were deprived of basic needs like food, sleep, recreation time and were forced to live in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. There are complaints about brainwashing techniques in order to keep residents in submission to the leadership.


In response to the complaints that we received and our investigation, we contacted and mobilized the efforts of numerous relevant government agencies that we felt needed to be alerted, as follows:

Attorney General Xavier Becerra, California Department of Justice, Sacramento, CA
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California, San Francisco, CA
The Honorable Raima Ballinger, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County, CA
The Honorable Anthony Wheeldin, Superior Court Commissioner, Sonoma County, CA
Jill R. Ravitch, District Attorney, Sonoma County, CA
California Labor Commissioners Office, Santa Rosa, CA
Health Services Department of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA

To date the Attorney General, the Sonoma County court system and the California Department of Labor have all failed to respond to our complaints. The Health Services Department said that they could not help in the matter. The District Attorney’s office, however, is currently in the process of investigating these claims and we will update our expose with any and all information related to the investigative efforts of these agencies, and hope that they will perform a thorough investigation of this church.

A final quote from ex-pastor Peter Belaustegui of the Victory Outreach International organization:
“Victory Outreach may have the outward appearance of success and recognition for its work with drug addicts and gang members—but I believe that many people are being fooled, deceived and destroyed by this ministry. It may be a great shock to many people to find out about the real inner workings of this ministry. I’m sure many people will simply choose not to believe it. if things are ever brought into the light. But the sad truth is that many denominations, organizations, and movements may seem genuine and have all the appearance of success outwardly (as the Pharisees did), but on the inside they are filled with greed and corruption.”

If you have any additional information about Victory Outreach that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Victory Outreach Expose Part 4

Please note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is primarily to educate the public, but also for Victory Outreach leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of Victory Outreach and witnesses, and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).


RECRUITMENT, INDOCTRINATION, AND PRACTICES

As previously stated, we received a complaint stating that the local Sonoma County, CA court system is assigning those in need of substance abuse rehabilitation to the Victory Outreach rehabilitation home, which then goes on to state that these individuals are then indoctrinated into the ways of the church. In addition, according to an article published by the Press Democrat, members of the church regularly visit the Sonoma County court house “Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings to tell people they can overcome their problems,” which we believe is just another method of recruiting members into their organization. Members of this church are known to visit other public locations as well in order to spread the word about their church and invite people to services and other church
functions. Regarding church recruitment and indoctrination and practices with the Victory Outreach church in general, numerous complaints state the following:

“The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.”

“This was a big issue in the Victory Outreach I attended. They were always focusing on how they could get more people in the church. Even to the extent of having a church growth class.”

“The live-in rehabilitation homes of Victory Outreach are nothing more than indoctrination centers and are unbiblical. The residents are required to give up their total freedom for a one year period of time where they [may]... not be allowed to leave, use the phone, do any of the normal things in life that are done, without strict and tightly regulated permission of the leadership. Total unquestioned obedience and loyalty to leadership is a major emphasis taught in these homes. Many of the Director’s of these home is total dictator’s not servants. The rehabilitation homes are exploiting the residents by their constant fund raising efforts of car wash projects, lawn care, hauling and moving, selling pancake breakfast tickets and rally tickets in shopping centers and parking lots. Residents of these homes are often shipped city to city, even state to state to help out as financial fund raisers for major Victory Outreach events. The Pastors of Victory Outreach use the rehabilitation homes many times as their major financial fund raising tool to finance their many events. Much spiritual abuse takes place in the controlled environment of these rehabilitation homes.”

“Working in the inner-city, I've received constant proselytism and heard many stories about this ministry. Based on everything I've seen and heard, I've concluded the Victory Outreach is a dangerous cult that preys on the poor in order to exploit them financially and in the words of their founder Sonny Arguinzoni, to create and army to take back the cities for christ. Members are lured when they are recovering from serious problems such as drug addiction and abusive relationships and "sexual confusion" put into group homes wherein they are supervised by unlicensed "youth ministers" and put through a program of biblical study, sleep and food deprivation. Once integrated within the church, they are encouraged to spend all of their time within the church and invest large amounts of money into church programs that would otherwise be free, all the while feeling stigmatized whenever they try to leave or disobey any of the churches activities. Dating is forbidden unless approved by the church and marriage is forbidden until a year of dating. No physical romantic contact including kissing or holding hands is permitted until after marriage and marriage to non-members is forbidden. Their international activities also includes "ministering" to prostitutes in countries such as mexico in ways which can be interpreted as kidnapping foreign nationals. Many of their efforts are especially negatively directed towards jews and homosexuals, exploiting deep rooted prejudices within minority communities. Those that have left the church, including someone i work with have experienced
threats, alienation, economic harassment, and malicious litigation by the church. Their own founder comments on his goals as "spreading to the cities and never leaving" using very militaristic language.”

“I was once involved in Victory Outreach and saw the rejected and dejected there. People were abused by this group, which claims to be Christian, but really offers its own theology.”

“I was a member of Victory Outreach for seven years. But I realized that there were many things wrong. People were told they didn't need education and the church was always raising money for something to 'expand the vision.' Expecting members to give 'above and beyond.' I am in agreement with what everyone else has expressed about this church. Victory Outreach seems in some ways to engage in mind control."

“Teach Sonny's Vision at all times. Trust that Sonny and his so-called Elders are men of integrity. We sold all we had to go out in the mission field. Little did we know that VO might not provide for their missionaries, regardless of what challenges families faced. They refused to take responsibility, even though they had funding from 'United We Can,' which was supposedly to be used for missionaries. The families that are out there, are constantly worrying about how there are going to provide for themselves, their congregation and still send Sonny money. If you even say anything about this, you are considered a negative person. The VO detention camps leave you worse off than when you came in. Because all you hear from these fanatics is, 'You don't have enough faith to take your city for Jesus.' Discouragement instead of encouragement. Rebuke instead of Love. Enemies instead of friends. The ongoing abuse does not stop. We did not want to be a part of such an organization, so we finally decided to walk away."

“Your site has helped me to deal with Sonny's tactics. He and his family are enriched by the sacrifice of the hurting many. They demand 10% of your income, a dollar-a-day and a greater 'blessing' if you belongs to a special club. And if you give then you have his 'vision,' which he says is Gods' vision! Sonny charges outrageous prices for his special retreats. His M.O. regarding rehab homes is to indoctrinate the hurting to bow at his feet and pay the price through their work. Sonny supposedly has this 'God-given' special 'anointing' and he has mislead many. Again, I thank God for you and the courage your site helps create."

"I went almost two months without even being able to contact my family, and even get a letter from them. They used to say that our middle name should be 'flow.' We were supposed to just go with the flow of things. They said we need to learn how to submit to authority. I remember having a severe tooth ache, and not being able to even take medicine for it. I also remember them working us like slaves, and I didn't know untill way later that they got paid off of our labor. All I know is that when I finally left the home I thought God was gonna strike me with lightning; because they said I made a covenant with god and if I left my life would be 'seven times seven worse.”

“We clicked on your site by accident and we were surprised by what we read. Someone we know was in victory outreach (won't say where), a new one. This person is grateful to V.O but couldn't stay in the mens home longer than a month. The things you wrote in your article are exactly the things he experienced (once he was free from the drugs) very little food and told to sit down and shut up and read his bible. We ourselves were sadly part of V.O for a year, but when we saw what went on we decided our time had come to leave.”

“My daughter was in the women's home in northern California. I am a born-again Christian, and the way they run a home was just appalling. They don't feed the women properly and work them out in the hot sun. They take their welfare money each month, and then won't give them toilet paper. After my daughter left the home, we went to church Sunday morning and they rebuked her. They would not even look at or talk to her. I asked the pastor's wife where is the love of God? You can't take people off the street and then not take care of there personal needs.”

“My wife and I were members of Victory Outreach. What a complete nightmare this so-called 'Christian Church' was. All they ever talked about was money, money, money. When the pastor started asking for 25% of our income we knew it was time to get out. All the pastors there worship money. Even in bible studies the would constantly press for money. If you don't give, they shun and isolate you. They worship Pastor Sonny, who runs around in tailored suits, drives a BMW and wears a Rolex. Sonny owns a yacht and keeps an apartment in New York City. V.O. uses the name of Jesus to make money for its leaders, who live a high lifestyle. What a disgrace to almighty God they are. The V.O. founder is a dictator and money is its God. We will continue to pray that unsuspecting members will be delivered from these wolves in sheep's clothing.”

“"I am writing as a witness to the spiritual abuse and lies from Sonny, his family dynasty and 'yes men.' These so called elders who use psychological terrorism. I went to an indoctrination center for over nine months. I was vulnerable, seeking God and help. I was ripe for abuse. Forty men were cramped into a two bedroom house sleeping anywhere and everywhere. We were told to get on General Relief and those who did not were forced to leave. They said we must be obedient to the leadership because 'God' had 'anointed' them.”

“I came out of Victory Outreach at Santa Cruz--same legalism and worldly control trips going on there. I've got some stories as bad if not worse. Well, just wanted to say thanks for warning people.”

“I went to V.O, when I felt lost. I found that they took adavantage of me in every way possible. From the free rides to labor to money they are a cult to say the least. I went on a trip to the beach where they were supposed to burn everything that was "worldly" to them. I loaded my van with about 6 huge tables and supplies and drove to the beach at 9am, they are slave drivers not followers of Christ.. After 7 or 8 hours they still refused to feed us, I had to borrow money to eat, and I shared with my fellow starving slaves. They knew I had a sleeping -disorder, but when I asked to leave they acted like a-holes. They all are a bunch of fools and losers who think they can free-stlye flow. Oh ya, they sink so low as to try and infiltrate all the young or knew cool people by way of mind control. They are nice to certain people so that they might join and recruit their friends.I'v heard them talk wierd things, they are very controlling. I was really trying to find god and do my mission to spread the gospel until Christ returns. V.O. exploits people,the administration know's who they are. Its a business, they wont truly help you. They wont baptize people unless you pay them enough money.”

“After finding your site I could literally cry. I was wondering if the Victory Outreach program (church) that you [posted information] about was the same one I placed my sister in two months ago. And there can be no doubt it was. I placed my sister in their home thinking it was Christian in-patient drug rehabilitation. After 3 weeks of serious abuse, she left the program in need of medical help. They refused to take her to a hospital and told her that her illness was a 'spirit.' She called me just after midnight and I picked her up and took her to the hospital. While in the program she was made to work 6 days a week approximately 12 hours a day doing car washes and cleaning houses to "earn money for the home" along with the other women in the house. She was only allowed two meals a
day, usually beans and rice and one day mandatory fasting despite showing symptoms of diabetes, which runs in our family.”

“They first get a vision that a select few will be passionate about and feel like they belong. They will be filled with purpose to help fulfill this vision. The leadership will then use tactics to test the individuals loyalty and commitment to the cause. They do this by severe manipulation tactics. They make you feel if you don't give this and that then you are not sold out and are not wanting to see Gods kingdom expand. In truth it is actually the kingdom of Sonny Arguinzoni Sr. and all of his cronies.”

Sources:
https://www.culteducation.com/group/1216-victory-outreach/21753-victory-outreach-visitor-comments.html

http://www.killermovies.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-491695-victory-outreach-a-cult-exploiting-the-innercity.html

https://www.culteducation.com/group/1216-victory-outreach/21743-victory-outreach-founded-by-sonnyarguinzoni.html

https://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?14,12068,page=2

If you have ever been manipulated, exploited and/or abused during your involvement in a Victory Outreach church, or know someone who has, please contact FACT with your story. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

We will conclude this Expose tomorrow.

Thank you,
The FACT Team

Part 3 of our Expose on Victory Outreach Church

Continuation of our Expose on Victory Outreach Church.



Please note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is primarily to educate the public, but also for Victory Outreach leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of Victory Outreach and witnesses, and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).

This complaint, published on the Cult Education Institute’s website, is from an ex-pastor who was
involved with Victory Outreach for approximately 11 years:

Source: https://www.culteducation.com/group/1216-victory-outreach/21743-victory-outreach-founded-bysonny-arguinzoni.html

“I was a Pastor in what I believe is an authoritarian and abusive organization. I was with this group for approximately 11 years. I was one of those who tried to stick it out and bring about change in the organization—a big mistake, you know how the story goes. I became a rebel and disloyal etc., in their eyes and I was finally so hurt, wounded, and fed up with what I experienced that that along with the full support of the leadership in our church we pulled our church out of the organization and found out their even deeper abusive character. I was undermined and discredited by them to the point that I knew that I could no longer continue to minister (I will explain that a little later) I moved myself and family to get away and rest. The ministry in question is Victory Outreach Ministries International, founded by Sonny Arguinzoni in 1967 in Los Angeles California. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God. Victory Outreach is a ministry that exclusively reaches out to drug addicts and gang members. Of all the street type ministries I would say that Victory Outreach appears to be the most legitimate on the outside. which I believe makes them the most dangerous.”

“People are being used and not served in this organization. People are seen as commodities to promote their vision through the giving of their FINANCES and their TOTAL COMMITMENT to Pastor Sonny’s cause.”

“The financial pressure that the Pastor’s of Victory Outreach are put under is unbearable. Let me quote to you a portion of my letter of resignation (which I have enclosed) to Pastor Sonny:

"In regards to the financial pressure that is put on the Pastor’s of Victory Outreach I would like to show you by using my own church how out of balance this is using figures from my 1995 budget:

◦ $6,057.00 - Tithes to corp. Office - mandatory
◦ $5,000.00 - Corp. Building fund - mandatory
◦ $4,000.00 - 1995 world conference - mandatory
◦ $1,500.00 - U.W.C. - not mandatory but expected
◦ $1,200.00 - Yr. Ministers license fees - mandatory
◦ $1,200.00 - Men’s rehab. home fees - mandatory
◦ $635.00 - Misc. - mandatory
◦ $625.00 - 1995 youth conference - mandatory
◦ $450.00 - Women’s rehab. Fees - mandatory
◦ TOTAL = $21,467.00 - from our 1995 budget went to the Victory Outreach Corp. offices
Mandatory required giving that I believe is wrong!”

“It is not clear and is deceptive how the corporate structure of Victory Outreach and its local churches fit into that structure. All of the local Victory Outreach churches that I know of are under the umbrella of the Victory Outreach Ministries International Corporation (they are not incorporated at the local level as say with the Calvary Chapels), but they are considered separate entities under that corporate structure and they are each financially independent and are responsible for their own liabilities. The Corporation is set up in such a way as to protect itself from any liabilities at the local church level. The Victory Outreach Corporation had never at any time invested even one cent into the church that I pastored but they did pull thousands of dollars out of it as with the other churches as well. While with Victory Outreach I was never given a copy of the Corporate bylaws nor did I ever hear it even discussed at any time. They seem to know their corporate structure well—but we sure didn’t. I suggested in a conversation after I had left, to Pastor Sonny’s second in command Elder Saul Garcia (who runs the Victory Outreach Corporate offices), that maybe it would be a good idea to inform their Pastors of the Corporate Bylaws and structure—so that Pastors who are considering leaving the organization would know and understand the very structure that they are under. This was not well-received and Mr. Garcia’s only defense was—that he had never read all the Corporate Bylaws himself. He then tried to convince me that because I was hurt I was imagining things and that I couldn’t see things in proper perspective. He then proceeded to vent his full anger at me. The Victory Outreach Leadership and Corporate Structure is abusive and knows how to take advantage of people in situations such as mine. They know very well what they are doing and how to play the game—but you don’t. We were always told that we were "free to leave the organization at any time". However, if you do leave the Victory Outreach organization, they [may], without your knowledge, lay claim to all properties, assets, and equipment that you have acquired. I mean this literally—they will contact your landlords, leaseholders, banks etc. and claim everything as their property and discredit you to your business associates.”

The numerous independent complaints online seem to corroborate some of the allegations being made against Victory Outreach of Santa Rosa, CA, and as such we believe that the negative issues regarding this church seem to be systemic throughout the entire organization and not isolated to this one church branch. If you have ever been manipulated, exploited and/or abused during your involvement in a Victory Outreach church, or know someone who has, please contact FACT with your story. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

We will continue our Expose tomorrow in Part 4.

Thank you,

The FACT Team

Victory Outreach Church Expose Part 2

Continuing our Expose on Victory Outreach Church Part 2



Our organization, Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc. (FACT), received complaints about the nondenominational Victory Outreach Christian Church located in Santa Rosa, CA. The church is a branch of theVictory Outreach International Church started by Sonny Arguinzoni in 1967 that has an estimated overall membership currently of about 30,000 congregants worldwide. Our expose focuses primarily on the church branch located at 4042 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, headed by Pastor Jose Guadarrama with the website address: www.vosr.org, but will include relevant information pertaining to the organization as a whole.

This report details our research, investigation and analysis of the complaints received in an effort to educate and potentially warn others about what we believe is a destructive cultic church (based upon the information wereceived and the numerous complaints published online).

Please note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is primarily to educate the public, but also for Victory Outreach leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of Victory Outreach and witnesses, and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).

MORE EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE CLAIMS

Our online research discovered numerous complaints about various Victory Outreach rehab home
ministry branches in the U.S. and the U.K., leading us to believe that the alleged deception, manipulation and exploitation is not isolated to the Santa Rosa, CA branch.

Source: http://spiritualabusesurvivors.blogspot.com/2008/04/victory-outreach-abuse.html

“Hi my name is Zach Ive been to three VO mens homes in the past three years four times on and off. I live in Northern California and let me tell you its corrupt. These people are not of Christ more like the anti-Christ. Where do I even begin. They strip you of everything they take your welfare and use it how they want (food stamps etc.). Sometimes they use your food stamps on themselves and give you whatever table scraps are left. They work you like a dog but insure that no employment opportunities are ever available to you,lest you leave there homes and become employed by whomever they had you working for in their "Christian recovery home". These guys are professional con artists. They'll throw an unending guilt trip at you,shove their tradition down your throat. What can I say these people are highly deceptive and I haven't even begun.”

“Victory Outreach Abuse... BE CAREFUL of Victory Outreach. Before you join in on their "Vision" understand that you will be stripped of all the visions God has shown you in your life. You will be made to let go of all freethinking and the visions God has given to you. You will lose who you are and what you stand for. You will be criticized, cursed and made to serve, serve, serve. Even at the expense of your own family. Please do not get conned into this system of spiritual abuse. It is a cult. A cult is : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work ... Sony Arganzoni, the great leader is mentioned more in the messages than Jesus Christ himself.”

“They use mind control techniques to control the weak-minded. Recovery homes are very authoritarian, and the directors are very abusive, working their slaves on 16 hour labor jobs, fixing the pastors homes, or church, etc.”

“All of the abuses and injustices perpetrated upon me and others at Victory Outreach are too numerous to list here. So I will only mention one particularly un-Christian incident that flies in the face of drug recovery practices. Each morning all of the guys are sent out on jobs with a sack lunch consisting of one peanut butter sandwich and a 25 cents bag of chips (no drinks). On this particular day, I worked alone at this job (menial work). I began the day at 6am, and my workday was over at 4pm. Victory Outreach left me there until 11pm that night, standing outside of the business waiting to be picked up, hungry, penniless, drug-addicted, and in an unfamiliar area. It was the true power of God that prevented me from chasing my addiction that night. No real recovery program would leave an addict alone for that amount of time, if they left them alone at all. The living arrangements are similar to what is seen in the movie, Midnight Express. They accept anyone because it is about
cheap labor, that's all.”

“Lived at a VO (san Jose CA) for a while and I believe it is a cult!! When you are told when to pray and for how long every day, when you are deprived food for weeks at a time and not allowed sleep for days. Something is wrong!! I have acute asthma and was told it was a sin to take my meds because it meant I didn't believe God could heal me.”

“We would be dropped off at grocery stores in the morning and not picked up until very late and many times not given any food. One night I was sexually assaulted by a man in the parking lot during one of those nights, and when I reported to it the VO leader, I was told "well God protects his children, so if you were attacked it must be your fault" I would recommend you stay as far away from VO as possible!”

“My name is Gia. I attended the Oakland Church 07-09, then briefly in 2013. I was not in their homes but have definitely witnessed spiritual abuse,MAJOR dysfunction within Leadership, etc.., which hindered my spiritual growth.”

“Ive been involved with the Victory Outreach of Las Vegas for over 8 years and it has been terrible........Ive been physically assaulted numerous times.....verbally intimidated year after year.....reputation degraded, profiled, slandered, and now that my son is involved the same things are happening to him as well.....He is 12 a was punched 3 times by an adult who was attending a youth service and I wasn’t notified......When I arrived no one in charge made any attempted to contact me.......and they have been using my 12 year old son to do manual labor in the church late nights......straightening chairs and cleaning sometimes till almost 10pm at night......I went
inside to confront the personnel as to why and immediately I was approached violently by young adults to the point where I was being threatened to be assaulted…”

“the recovery home is dilapidated and unkept....years ago money was donated to remodel but wasn’t
professionally......now the house is even worse with unsanitary plumbing human sewage spilling outside the living quarters......10+ men living in a make shift room built outside out of scrap donated lumber with the roof caving in.....Once saw an unskilled man fall through the roof trying to repair it......the entire property is INFESTED with bed bugs…Its terrible at Victory Outreach Las Vegas......through the years I've been told by leaders that I had emotional/mental problems......that I was bipolar so much to the point where I believed them.....I was so concerned about it that I check myself into a local mental hospital for an entire week of evaluating...over $3000 in bills.....The doctors told me there was nothing wrong with me…”

“They are looking for homeless drug addicts and GANG bangers that get welfare checks, so they can get them into their home, and feed them beans and rice.”

“I was at Victory Temple Ministries in Ft Worth TX, and Im so glad to be done with that place. It was when the assistant pastor reached over to North Korea for an example of authority & devotion to ones leader that was the last straw for me. “

“You have to give them all of your wages or government benefits if you receive them. And the men's home living conditions that many churches have are absolutely deplorable. And yes woman are treated as second class citizens this made my blood boil.”

“so what do we do if we want to take our money back..i have invested a lot in this so called ministry...they have collected $1000 pledge and have asked us to pay $200 a month on top of our 10% and we don’t even have a church building so where’s all that money going?”

“VO is full of child molesters and fornicators of every kind, married & single. I know this personally as I attended this church as a young teen. I was not a drug user or gang member, I was just homeless. The fact that this church is full of ex drug addicts and ex convicts is the least of their problems. The pastors and leaders are worshiped at this church and everyone does as they are told by the church leaders, without question. They get away with the worst kind of sin here. Taking advantage of innocent youth and children. Trust me I know.”

“Victory Outreach is brainwashing people to believe they can't make it without them Sonny is getting richer every day can't you see what's going on here the private jet all his luxuries wake up “

“ABUSIVE 'wolves in sheep's clothing' I came away in a much more traumatized state than before I got mixed up with VO in Salford, Manchester. Disgraceful bunch.”

Source: https://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?14,12068,page=1

“Victory outreach is pretty scandalous. I have lived in a rehab home of theirs and it is all about using people from the homes to make them MONEY MONEY MONEY. They lie like it is their second nature when it comesto anything having to do with money. It is not just the broken people who are in their rehab homes, they also try and pry into the wallets of their gullible flock. It was such a great honor for me one time to witness their mucho greedy founder Sunny Argunzizzi make a visit to the San Jose, California church. It was kind of like when the Emperor visited the Death Star for the first time. Anyway the San Jose pastor is a guy named Ed or Fred I can't remember his name, I'll just call him Freddie and what Freddie preached about one night when Argunzizzi was visiting was how their church needed its members to sell their houses on an act of faith and give the money to Freddie and Argunzizzi so they could purchase some General Electric property they desired so badly. I couldn't
believe it and I still can't to this day how greedy those two guys were.”

“Victory outreach has a cultic structure. I have been involved with getting people out of them in the past. This married couple sold all they had and made themselves the slaves of the pastor. They lived in the "church home" worked in the pastor's business and were not paid. They use heavy handed discipleship or Shepherding Movement control over their people. This couple left the group with only the clothes on their back and nothing but spiritual confusion after 2 plus years of "service.””

“Yes it is. I gave 6 years of my life to that ministry. I was a leader in the church and worked in the church office. They manipulate and coerce people to follow their vision. In return tons of people give lots of money just to fill the pockets of the those that are greedy leaders. There is a lot of spiritual abuse that goes on and lots of misuse of spiritual authority. That is what a cult does.”

“Sonny" and the VO pastors have no meaningful accountability or financial transparency. That is, there are no democratically elected boards voted in by the general membership that can discipline and if necessary fire a pastor. No constitution or bylaws provide for this. There is no meaningful financial transparency through independently audited published financial statements that detail all salaries, compensation and expenses paid from ministry funds. Without that kind of accountability VO is little more than a dictatorship where pastors can essentially do whatever they want. If you wish to support such a system that's your choice, but most Protestant churches are not run that way and have the previously cited safeguards to protect members and church funds from abuse.”

“I have been a member of VO for over three years and my friends all tell me that what they are doing to me is "Cult" like behavior. At first I didn’t believe it but once I started to make a few changes in my walk with them I noticed the "Cult" style response. I started dating someone in the church but didn't ask permission to date them and I was nearly kicked out of the city. Even the person that I was dating was pushed out too. they took it harder than me because they have been with the church for more years than me. He was over used for his skills and talents as a labor of construction. Working for free for many years. Never being paid for his hard labor, and even thought they had pushed us out it didn’t stop them from asking more of him and his talents. so like a sucker he helped them out for free for more than two weeks, building the Pastor another room on his house, just to be kicked to the curb when he was done. He even paid out his pocket some of the cost for the new room.”

“I was told that I couldn't have friends from the world in my life because they are of the world and would drag me down…Always have to ask permission to do things with other people from the church.”

“Money in Victory Outreach is a major issue. In the Victory Outreach I attended, they a would dedicate a whole month every year on tithing. I agree that tithing is something every believer should do as an act of obedience and worship to the Lord. However, in Victory Outreach they would literally try to guilt you into giving “above and beyond.” The pastor would parade the highest giver in the church every month, to throw it in the faces of those who didn’t give as much. It would later spark up a “giving” competition with those trying to “win their pastor’s heart.” I remember one time Ed Morales came to the church and fed the congregation this story of how people in his church were giving “above and beyond” to further the “vision.” Even to the extent that they were selling their
homes and cars etc. I knew exactly what he was doing, trying to manipulate our church to do the same.”

Tomorrow we will delve more into the allegations in Part 3 of our expose.

If you believe you have been harmed by a Chapter of Victory Outreach Church in any way, please contact our office and tell us your story please. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Please share this Expose with others to help raise awareness. 

Thank you,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses 

Victory Outreach Church Expose Part 1

VICTORY OUTREACH CHURCH
LOCATED IN SANTA ROSA, CA



Our organization, Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc. (FACT), received complaints about the nondenominational Victory Outreach Christian Church located in Santa Rosa, CA. The church is a branch of theVictory Outreach International Church started by Sonny Arguinzoni in 1967 that has an estimated overall membership currently of about 30,000 congregants worldwide. Our expose focuses primarily on the church branch located at 4042 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, headed by Pastor Jose Guadarrama with the website address: www.vosr.org, but will include relevant information pertaining to the organization as a whole.

This report details our research, investigation and analysis of the complaints received in an effort to educate and potentially warn others about what we believe is a destructive cultic church (based upon the information wereceived and the numerous complaints published online).

Please note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is primarily to educate the public, but also for Victory Outreach leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of Victory Outreach and witnesses, and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).

EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE CLAIMS

Concerned family members and friends of those involved with the rehabilitation home of Victory Outreach Church contacted our office with serious allegations against the church and head Pastor Jose Guadarrama. Shortly thereafter, an ex-member of the church’s rehab home also sent in an affidavit recounting his traumatic experiences (which led him to attempt suicide by ingesting 60 pills and require hospitalization). As per our understanding based upon the complaints, the court system in Santa Rosa, CA (and perhaps surrounding areas) are assigning people in need of substance abuse rehabilitation to Victory Outreach’s rehab home. According to the allegations, these highly vulnerable and susceptible individuals are being manipulated and exploited for labor for the benefit the church and leadership. Allegedly, church members work full-time hours seven days a week, including positions involving hard manual labor. Furthermore, the complaints state that those receiving rehabilitation all live at the church in subpar conditions and with members regularly being
deprived of sleep.

Fraud regarding donation solicitation with intent to deceive was also mentioned in the complaints, in addition to welfare fraud. Allegedly Pastor Guadarrama makes all individuals in his rehab program sign up for food stamps and general assistance, and then confiscates the stamps to use however he sees fit.

(Update: the Welfare Services Fraud Department of California investigated these claims and found them to be inconclusive.) To our knowledge according to the allegations, three rehabilitation church members have already received treatment at hospitals as a result of their experiences at this church, and family members worry that their loved ones have developed psychological issues such as negative changes in personality, warped sense of reality, depression and more, as stated below.

Those who filed complaints with our office had this to say about Victory Outreach Church in Santa Rosa,CA:

“Over the past year or so I have witnessed how pastor Jose use [church member name removed] in the [rehab] home with long work hours, and using extreme teachings with harmful activities and destructive techniques of brainwashing, coercive, persuasion, manipulation to break down [name removed] sense of self, making him very vulnerable.”

"I witnessed how pastor Jose controls [name removed] every minute of his waking time. [Member] is not free to work, think, or analyze, he is told what to do, where to go, whom, when, how, what, etc. Pastor Jose has totally taken away his freedom and all forms of decision making…I noticed [his] personality is changing for the worst. Pastor Jose makes him do and say things he doesn’t want say for his own benefit. I asked Pastor Jose what he was trying to do with [name removed], that he was destroying his life, and producing intense confusion, loss of perspective and a distorted sense of reality.”

“He [church member] works long hours with no pay. He is always tired. He has no privacy, no time to reflect, he is deprived of food and sleep. I have noticed personality changes for the worst. He has become distant from family and friends. He is flat; He lost all interest in all his goals. He has no voice. At times he looks scared, frighten, and confused. I just don’t understand these extreme personality changes.”

“Victory Outreach rehab is a fraud. The men in this rehab are being exploited, controlled, and deprived of food and sleep. And when they do have food, it is not adequate nutrition.”

“All they [church members] do has to be approved by Pastor Jose… They are not allowed to speak to anybody outside the church. This Victory Outreach is not a church; it is a place where they are exploiting/controlling these men, in order to make money for the company. They deprive them from food, sleep, and also control every aspect of there lives.”

“All the men get paid by the hour. Each gets paid for the work they do. All the money earn goes to Pastor Jose at Victory Outreach. I witnessed how hard these men work, and the lunches they bring to work was not enough for all the hard work they do. All the men that come to work from Victory Outreach go to work without eating. And the lunch they bring to work is a sandwich made by just bread and mayonnaise, that’s it. And sometimes just bread, mayonnaise, and mustard. Or bread with mayonnaise and cheese, with water, and that’s it. The lunch they bring to work is terrible, and not enough for all the hard work they do.”

"I have witnessed pastor Jose Guadarrama, time after time lying, manipulating, and controlling [member] at everything he does. Pastor Jose moves in and takes control for his own advantage.”

“I started Googling controlling pastors and it showed cults, spiritual abusing churches. And what I was reading shocked me. I thought to myself this is exactly what is going on with this church…”
Perhaps the most telling of all the complaints that we received was this statement submitted by ex-church member Diego Venegaz, who lived in the church’s rehab home for over 8 months:

“I went to Victory Outreach rehab on June 10, 2016. I went there because I needed help with my addictions. The first thing pastor Jose made me do is to go apply for General assistance and food stamps. I was getting $400 on EBT card which means money on a card from general assistance, but I was not allowed to use the EBT card, Pastor Jose took the ebt card away, and said it was for rent. And we were not allowed to use the food stamps. Jose took the food stamps away. We were only allowed to eat food that was donated, and the food most of the time was expired. We didn’t get nutritious, healthy food. Pastor Jose controls the food we are told when to eat, what to eat, they force me to fast 21-30 days when I was on discipline, can only eat vegetables. We never had fresh vegetables, only can vegetables from donation food. No breakfast! We get a lot of donuts through donations. We eat a lot of donuts. We are treated like slaves always working everyday Monday through Sunday. No days off. We get up at 5:00 am. When I was on discipline I got up at 2-3am to wash all the cars from the church, then at 5:00 am go to work. We worked long hours with very little food. My lunch to work was 2 pieces of bread with peanut butter and water. One of the jobs we went to for was Encore Events. We unloaded trucks,tables, chairs, etc. Greg from Encore events talked to Pastor Jose and told him that encore events was paying him $15,000.00 a month for 10 guys. A lot of money for Pastor Jose to send the guys to work with a crappy lunch. I was tired all the time. We had no privacy, too much noise, too much activities, to much work, to much worship, praying, reading for hours and hours. Too many chores, no time to rest, our minds were overloaded.

You can not be by yourself at anytime, always in two’s, that’s called accountability. We are always tired, lack of sleep, not enough nutritious meals, with a lot of work, with no rest. And you have no choice you are forced to do it; they really treat you like a slave. You are forced to be silent. We are not allowed to talk, they silent you. They intimidate you, harass you, and scare you, until you submit.
I think Pastor Jose never like me, because I was not submissive, loyal or wealthy. I always said I didn’t like it there. I was not allowed to say that. You were only allowed to say good things about the church. If you talked about the church business you would get in trouble. I was always in trouble, on discipline for talking. I faced public humiliation, harassment, intimidation, and they made fun of me, everybody was against everybody. They make up lies to fight each other. I was bullied; they made me feel worthless, like I was nothing. If you are not submissive, loyal, you get disciplined. They take away your visits and phone calls. You are not allowed to talk to your family. They create a lot of drama and conflict against each other. They create animosity, gossip, lies, and bully people around. I got bullied because of my heavy accent. According to them I’m not worthy and loyal. In my opinion, Victory Outreach church is a living hell, and Pastor Jose is the devil.

Pastor Jose has no compassion. He is not considerate of others. When somebody goes to the hospital, Pastor Jose never visits. He treats everyone like a slave. Pastor Jose thinks he is better than everyone else. He is arrogant, conceited, and thinks the whole world is about him. Pastor Jose made us wash his black Lexus two times a day, everyday in the hot sun. He would make guys wash his rims. The last time I washed his black Lexus car; he came and said to us there is a spot. Nobody saw a spot. The car was clean, it gets washed twice a day, so I got mad and said why don’t you clean it. He said to me, “Come to my office, Pastor Jose said why do you talk to me like that. And I was discipline for three weeks for saying that. When it comes to chasing your goals and dreams Pastor Jose discourages you by telling you that it is selfish. That God has better things for you, so that you stay at church. They make fun of your goals. Your goals are harassed. They break your goals and dreams. They kill your motivation leaving you with no motivation. I always had the feeling of helplessness, trapped, with no way out. This is how I felt being at Victory Outreach. On March 7 2017 the day I was feeling very depressed, because I felt trapped, helpless? I didn’t want to be at Victory Outreach, but I didn’t know what to do. I felt helpless, trapped, with no way-out. I was going through some personal stuff. I was bullied by everyone, they made me feel worthless. I swallowed 60 pills with the intent
to harm my self as a result I was sent to the hospital. The name of the Hospital is Ukiah Valley Medical Center. 275 Hospital Drive, Ukiah, CA. 95482 Then I was sent to the mental facility. I was there for eleven days. The name of the mental facility is Restpadd, 2750 Eureka Way Redding, CA 96001. Currently I’m living on my own, out of Victory Outreach. And I have never felt better in my life. I feel free, I’mtrying to find a job, and I’m trying to adjust to the real world.”

We will continue our Expose on Victory Outreach tomorrow and the rest of the week. If you have any experience or know someone who does with Victory Outreach, feel free to comment, send in your story to us https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html and share this Expose with others.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses 

Announcing New Online Support Group

We are very happy to announce our new Private Online Support Group on Facebook for anyone leaving high control groups / cults and abusive situations and relations or those who have family or friends involved in these types of situations. We receive daily calls and e-mails from people who are looking for support and advice and we are excited to offer this Support Group as a more private platform for people to share their views, struggles and experiences and get input and support from others who have had or are going through similar experiences.

We are happy to also announce we'll be working with Cathy Harris, who will be a guest moderator once a month in this Support Group. Cathy is a "Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life."  Cathy offers coaching for ex and exiting members of cults and high-control groups. Friends and family members may also benefit from coaching to cope with their concern. Coaching is goal-oriented and can help you transition out of an oppressive system to freedom. While Cathy Harris is a licensed therapist, she is not operating in that capacity in this role as guest moderator. She will be facilitating discussions, but will not be offering advice, therapy, or any input on what a member should or should not be doing outside of their involvement as a member of this forum.

If you or someone you know would like to join this Private Online Support Group for discussions, ideas, thoughts and questions surrounding the topic of Cults, Abusive Situations etc feel free to join our Private Support Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/FACTSupportGroup/

We look forward to all the discussions and dialogue and hope this platform will be educational, enlightening,useful and a place we can all learn and grow from. 

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses

Healthy Boundaries in Groups, Churches and Leaders?

In recent posts we've reviewed topics such as the Symptoms of Undue Influence/Mind Control, What is Behavior, Information, Thought and Emotional Control - based on Hassan's BITE Model, today we're focusing on what Healthy Boundaries are in group settings and with "leaders".

We get calls and emails daily about abuse and what can be done. The most effective way to combat abuse, manipulation or coercion of any kind, is Preventative Education! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It's absolutely Okay to question people, group policies or "rules", and its also Okay to Say "No I disagree or I do not accept this" for my life or my family etc. Knowing what healthy boundaries are and being assertive about where you stand is essential to protecting yourself and your loved ones.

A Safe Group, Church or Leader:

Will answer your questions
Will disclose information
Will try to be democratic
Will not vilify or excommunicate former members
Will not have a negative paper trail (court cases, media articles)
Will encourage communication & existing friendships
Will recognize reasonable boundaries and limitations
Will encourage critical thinking, individual autonomy and self esteem
Will admit mistakes and accept constructive criticism
Will not be the only source of knowledge and learning

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

If you would like to help us in our efforts to Educate the public about Spiritual, Mental & Emotional Abuse, our Exposes and providing Support for those leaving or struggling with these plethora of topics you can do so here:
https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2018

Any contribution is extremely appreciated and goes a long way in this fight of darkness! On behalf of Victims and Survivors Thank you in advance for your support!


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Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 


Complaint Filed: Open Door Baptist Church Stonington, CT - Pastor Frank Spaulding

I spoke to the person who filed the complaint at length this week about the situation their family was in. They are extremely distraught, afraid and trying to pick up the pieces of their life.  

Complaint Filed this week:

"Name of Cult Group or Church: The Open Door Baptist Church

Where: Stonington, Connecticut

Leader(s): Frank Spaulding

Please describe the cult activity:

Too much to list,but shunning,counseling members to divorce if he didn't get the spouses to conform to what he viewed to be appropriate such as tattoos,hair color,or length.
Threatening to tell authorities you are a bad parent for disciplining your child by taking games for not doing chores. Advising things like transportation be sold to save money and use church vehicle's then sabotaging jobs by taking them.This way we'd have to come to him. Had forbidden us not to pay rent because he was putting us in a church members rental,then telling husband he'd no longer have a roof over his head unless he sent me back to NJ & because they have tons of foster kids/parents they'd take my son,give him a vehicle,a bank account,and anything else.
Had another women in mind for him.Told deacons to convince him to leave me.We fled Rhode Island with just our clothes.
Never new members.All because I had purple hair and refused to change it.This all in the midst of having breast cancer and kidney issues.
My husband was a commercial fisherman when we started there & it was a bad time of year so money was hit or miss.He forbid him to go fishing because church came first and he wouldn't give him anymore work to make ends meet if he did.
My husband just wanted to take care of his family.Pastor admitted telling others to counsel husband to leave me.
Was very proud of it and refused to apologize or say he was wrong.
Was very proud of his efforts.No members will speak against him
Only report things back.
He controls members finances,and churchs
Retired gov.accountant
No one buys anything past groceries without his approval.

1) When did you/they get involved & for how long?
May 24th 2017 to December 28th 2017

2) How did you/they get involved? How were you/they directly recruited?Pastor picked my husband up walking home in rain. Played nice buying him 1000 dollar wardrobe,Paying him to work at church slowly manipulating control over him

3) Are there other family members involved?
No

4) Has their been a disconnection of relationship(s) with family, old friends?
Yes

5) What are the circumstances currently?We moved to another state due to threats.
We didn't want to stay in our original hometowns in New Jersey because they knew where that was.

Impact from group: Please describe how you believe to have been harmed and/or wronged by this group. Be as detailed as possible, and send any supporting evidence via the email below.
We lost EVERYTHING Home,jobs,vehicle,furniture...EVERYTHING."

If you have any information or experience with this group or Pastor please feel free to come forward and tell us your story. https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

We will be helping this family in any way that we can get stable and back on their feet.

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It is very needed and appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Symptoms of Undue Influence and or Cult Involvement


What are the specific symptoms someone might display when involved in a high control group, relationship or cult.


Look out for Personality Changes: Maybe major mood swings or the person may be "happy" all the time, but a superficial kind of happy...always be positive or upbeat kind of attitude instead of displaying authentic feels when situations warrant them.

Keep a look out for Drastic shifts in beliefs and or values.

Changes in diet and or sleep patterns: Maybe they are fasting now, or only eating once a day, or has been reported by former Scientologists, some only eat rice and beans for days or weeks at a time as punishment. Weight loss is an indicator to keep an eye on. If they are looking gaunt, worn out etc it's likely they are not getting the proper sleep. This is how many high control groups and cults gain control over their members, the members are so exhausted that they don't even have time to "think clearly". 

Not attending important family functions: Always to busy or making excuses not to attend family functions where as before they would have.

Inability to make decisions without consulting leader, guru, spiritual guide: The need to seek advice or "council" from others or another instead of being able to make decision on their own.

Sudden use of a new ideology to explain everything:

Black and White thinking, simplistic reasoning:

New vocabulary and complex jargon: Many insulated groups have their own language of sorts. Abbreviated terms that are used a lot, which members understand but outsiders have no idea what these terms mean or refer to. Example: In Scientology they use the word communication a lot, to shorten it and save time they abbreviate it and just say ""comm". Another example is "no case on post" - which refers to - no getting upset, showing unpleasant emotions or attitudes while working.


Insistence or invitations to do what they are doing: Recruiting new members is heavy in cults and high control groups.

These are a few of the main symptoms people display.

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Please feel free to comment and share this with friends, family, on social media platforms etc.

Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

Complaint Filed on Sai Maa in Denver, CO




We received a Complaint about Sai Maa in Denver, CO.

A young lady has been involved with Sai Maa and her group for about a year now.

According to the report, the young lady no longer speaks to either of her parents, her personality and values have drastically changed along with a number of other alarming red flags.

If you have any experience, stories or information regarding Sai Maa and her group please feel free to let us know. If you would like to file a complaint you may do so here:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses 



Family of 4 Dead - Former Members of Jehovah's Witness Struggling with Being Shunned by Community

The psychological Damage these cults create can be to much for people to bare!

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/mich-model-shoots-her-husband-030519815.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

Five years ago, the family had been shunned from the Jehovah’s Witness church because of “doctrinal and social issues”, Joyce Taylor claims.

Over the weekend, Taylor went to a Kingdom Hall meeting to deliver a message to the group, which she recorded and later uploaded to YouTube.

“Excuse me everyone, my name is Joyce Taylor,” she says. “Two days ago, four people died as a result of your shunning process.”

“Five years ago you people pulled your support from this small family, the only support they had was you people. You turned them away and you shunned them,” she continued.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBJ0siVgDkE&list=PLDx1ZOLj81Dk6PqRBGqIQrNFenFsb4Qjc 

You'll notice in the video the Pastor and a few other men surrounded her, trying to silence and intimidate her.


What is Emotional Control?

"Many people think of mind control as an ambiguous, mystical process that cannot be defined in concrete terms. In reality, mind control refers to a specific set of methods and techniques, such as hypnosis or thought-stopping, that influence how a person thinks, feels, and acts."   

Destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components: Behavior Control, Information Control, Thought Control and Emotional Control - promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause; it is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present.

Like many techniques, it is not inherently good or evil.  If mind control techniques are used to empower an individual to have more choice, and authority for their life remains within themselves, the effects can be beneficial. For example, benevolent mind control can be used to help people quit smoking without affecting any other behavior.  Mind control becomes destructive when it undermines a person’s ability to think and act independently." Steve Hassan

Emotional Control is probably the most powerful of these four components and likely the one that makes one most vulnerable.




Scientology has a something called The Emotional Tone Scale. You can find a picture of this scale by doing a simple google search. If someone is angry or grieving, the idea in Scientology is to "counsel" someone to be as high on the tone scale as possible, which in itself isn't a bad thing, we all seek to be as happy as possible. We all experience various emotions day to day and they are natural and part of being human and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. It has been reported that inside the Scientology culture certain emotions are looked down upon and unacceptable. Former staff members (clergy) have reported being yelled at, reprimanded and punished for "not being uptone". The term "come uptone" is very common in the Scientology culture. Being reprimanded for having natural human emotions is one way to control the behavior of others (rewards and penalties). Of course this is just one example. The infographic above gives you examples of others. 

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation towards our efforts, any contribution is very appreciated and you may do so here:

https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2018


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Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

A former Scientologist wanted us to Share her story!

A former Scientologist wanted us to share her story.


"Name of Cult Group or Church: Scientology

Where: Florida

Leader(s): L Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige

Recruitment: When I was 21, my fiance issued me an ultimatum that unless I joined Scientology, he could no longer even date me. Once I started buying their classes and counseling, I was under constant heavy pressure to become a staff member which means you work 90+ hours per week for about $40 per week. I did join staff and worked there for 14 years.

Damaging Aspects: They use force and control and work on getting inside your head until you become "dedicated". Then once you are fully dedicated, they control every inch of your life: who you can talk to or be friends with, what family members you can have a relationship with, all of your intimate relationships are usurped by them. They become your family. It is a heavy authoritarian, top down structure that issues commands that all who are truly dedicated must follow, or be kicked out and disconnected from all family and friends who are members of the organization. You are encouraged to report on your spouse, your children, your parents, if any of them violate the rules of the organization. You are discouraged from seeing doctors. If you have any serious mental issues you are forbidden from getting professional help, of any kind. All of your mental and physical problems are purported to be cured by Scientology practices. Through L Ron Hubbard's ideology, they completely change your personality, the way you think about people and the world, the way you act, what you do with your life, how you spend your money and all of your beliefs. If you are lucky enough to escape, it takes years to recover and get your own mind and your life back. I was in for over 24 years and it took me many years to become myself again after escaping. It ruined my life, I made huge mistakes and bad decisions while I was under the influence, that I am still paying for today, 12 years after getting away from them.

What would you like others to know?: They encouraged me to drop out of College at a young age, even though I was a gifted student. They discouraged me from having children by demanding I work 90 hrs a week. Worst of all, when I decided to no longer be a member, they tore apart my family. There are so many family members who used to be close, loving family members (over a dozen) who now are not allowed to speak to me. They all claimed to have "made their own decision", yet one for one, every single member chose to apply the Scientology Policy of "disconnection" even though I never spoke out about the organization to anyone. So now, 12 years later I am finally speaking out. One of the main ways they keep you in, is to convince you that if you leave Scientology, you will fail, suffer, get sick and die. They claim to be a "religion" yet they offer no public benefit to the world. Their social programs are nothing more than hype and public relations stunts. Its all about either getting money out of you or turning you into a slave for the organization. When you are under their influence it is easy to be convinced that you are saving the world, helping people, and becoming a better person. It happens slowly over time, like boiling a frog, you don't realize it until its too late. Only when you get out and look back, do you realize the control they had over the way you think and see the world. They turn you against science, they turn you against other religions, you stop reading, stop listening to the news, you stop looking at other perspectives altogether. You are only allowed the Scientology perspective, all others are considered inferior. You stop learning, you stop growing or evolving, your mind is no longer your own. You are incapable of thinking for yourself any longer. All the while they are convincing you that the opposite is true, and that you are an "advanced, super human being".

How do you feel now being out of the group? My life has turned around and I am happy and healthy but most of all free from that abusive organization. I believe that had I stayed there, I'd be dead. And indeed, I know SO MANY dedicated people in there who have died (usually of Cancer and heart attacks) way too young.

Additional: Please publish my story. I appreciate the work you are doing to expose dangerous groups."

The Church of Scientology for years has denied they have or enforce their disconnection policy. Time and again they have denied it on media interview. Another former Scientologist got on camera a Sea Org Member (a member of Scientology's clergy) admitting that they do in fact enforce disconnection. Watch the video here:

https://youtu.be/rdppW926NoA   

Thank you for sharing your story! We are Happy to hear she is doing well in life and hope one day she will reconnect with all the family that has disconnected from her!

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

The Fact Team

What is Thought Control?

Thought Control based on Steve Hassan's BITE Model.

How can anyone control this part of another - How we think and analyze things, process information, our Thoughts? 

It happens more often than we'd like to admit or think. Commercials and advertising to a large degree control the thoughts and ideas we have about our purchases, what we think we need to have or buy.

If our belief system is so strong within a group, leader, church etc, we may fall vulnerable to other's manipulation of our opinions, ideas of what's right and wrong, what is truth and what is not etc.

Here is a basic list of what this Thought Control technique is made up of and what to look out for.

Please share this info graphic with others.




If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses

Father of 3 Attacks Nassar and Donates Go Fund Me Money to Non-Profits

The father of three of Larry Nassar's victims who tried to tackle the former USA Gymnastics doctor last week in court says he will donate more than $30,000 from an online fundraiser created in his name to Michigan groups that help survivors of sexual assault.

https://youtu.be/Bhplg8YCu-M

We can't imagine how this father feels!

The fundraiser brought in more than $31,000 in six days, according to a GoFundMe page.

Read More here:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/us/msu-father-donates-fundraiser-money/index.html


Please visit our website to educate yourselves and your loved ones about manipulation, predatory personalities, high control groups / cults and abuse.

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/

Thank you,

The FACT Team

What is Information Control?

Based on Steve Hassan's BITE Model.

In many groups, such as Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses etc it has been reported that Information Control is a key component in their policies and practices. For instance, in Scientology it is quite common for family members and friends to write reports on each other in an attempt to get one "on the straight and narrow or on the program" again. A wife could write a report on her husband for drinking to much alcohol, or a friend may write a report on something their friend confided in them about, such as an affair or a personal issue they are having. Every Scientologist has an "Ethics" file where these reports would go. Scientologists are encouraged to not read or watch the news, they are discouraged from reading or studying anything that isn't Scientology doctrine. Sea Org members (the members who sign the billion year contract) can receive mail, but their personal mail is opened and read before they receive it and if anything negative regarding Scientology is written then the Sea Org member would be instructed to "handle" or disconnect. Meaning, handle the person who wrote the negative comments to the point where they are no longer negative on the subject or they would need to disconnect from them.

Steve Hassan says:

"Many people think of mind control as an ambiguous, mystical process that cannot be defined in concrete terms.  In reality, mind control refers to a specific set of methods and techniques, such as hypnosis or thought-stopping, that influence how a person thinks, feels, and acts. 



Destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components: Behavior Control, Information Control, Thought Control and Emotional Control - promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause; it is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present.

Like many techniques, it is not inherently good or evil.  If mind control techniques are used to empower an individual to have more choice, and authority for their life remains within themselves, the effects can be beneficial. For example, benevolent mind control can be used to help people quit smoking without affecting any other behavior.  Mind control becomes destructive when it undermines a person’s ability to think and act independently."

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

Please share this info graphic, our blog and website with others.

Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

Complaint Filed Against an Entire County

Here is just one example of the Complaints, Pleas for Help & Reports/Allegations we receive on a daily basis.

Allegations we received about an entire County - Solano County, CA:

"Solano County abuses families, violates mothers rights and pit our children against us.  I still don't know where or what happened to my daughter.  Even though she is an adult the government and a 3rd party organization shouldn't be dictating my family members such as my daughter.  My daughter was fine at home and there wasn't anything wrong with my daughter living at home.  A family is a lifetime event and a relationship that lasts a lifetime.  However Solano County has way too many 3rd party family service programs staffed with people who hide behind titles like Youth Counselor, Social Worker, Case Worker that mislead the youth and families.  

Seneca Center misleads families and the youth everyday and have been misleading and violating the rights of family and the youth for years.  No one at Seneca Center is being held accountable for their malicious manipulative influences that have pitted and divided mothers from their children. The director of Seneca Center and the rest of the staff members with Seneca Center create this misleading YouTube videos like they are an organization that helps reunite mothers with their children.  But the truth is Seneca Center isn't really reunited mothers with their children.  Seneca Center does the opposite, they lure mothers and their children to their offices and gain their trust then they turn on the families and lure the youth away from their home, then don't tell the parents where they lured the youth to go.  Then the parents worry, panic and go livid.  Then parents call authorities and other county officials and then the parents realize these places abuse the situation even more.  Then as a parent or mother your left powerless and stripped of your rights to know where your child ended up.  Then years go by  and your child is lost in the mix, abused in a adult foster care system that abuses families.  

My daughter didn't need to be in adult foster care or in a group home ever. Seneca Center and the system use the system to build their careers off the backs of mothers and their children whether they are minor or an adult.  Doesn't matter what age they are, people operate non profit family service programs that are geared to abuse and violate the family unit.  

Solano County California in Vacaville, Fairfield and Vallejo surrounding region is systemically oppressed, because of the local government preying on our families and the excessive mismanaged youth organizations misleading the youth and influencing the youth to flee home with the web of lies and false promises the mismanaged youth organizations feed the youth.  That is why my daughter was taken and I haven't seen my daughter for 5 years.  The government and the mismanaged family service programs staffed with people are predators, liars and hoarders of people's family members such as the adult youth and minor children.  
My daughter was systemically kidnapped, manipulated and then lured to go with staff members from Seneca Center that lied, misled and push their undue influences by wrongly taking advantage of my daughter.  I tried to find out and stand up to them then I was left powerless because the system is corrupted by everyone working throughout Solano County.  They wouldn't leave me and my family alone.  Then they eventually got to my daughter and she was misled by these people.  No one listened to me they just judge, make up a web of lies, create false accusations about me and then go behind my back and pit my daughter against me.  Then take her and do what they want with her and push their radical agendas on her too. 

I am not the only mother that had their rights violated by Solano County employees, Seneca Center and other 3rd party mismanaged family service programs that prey on families, mothers and the youth.  The group created, Justice for Mothers and Recall Judge Carrington in Solano County California.

Videos of families in front of Solano County court house protesting against judges and Solano County employees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA-xwGt_kpk

Where on the map is Solano County, CA ?

Solano County is operating like a communist regime.  The local government is kidnapping our children and taking them.  Then families are tied to a court system trying to get their children back but the judges, lawyers and the Solano County employees are all corrupt using our families to build a career off the back of children, the youth and mothers.  

Solano County and the people who work throughout the county do manipulative things to pit our families against each other.  Then force us to be tied to the system for years on end then they use the youth  and mothers where in most cases mothers and children are left powerless because of the overwhelming amount of corruption across the board. "

We became aware of this book recently and thought it is a Must for us to Share with all of you.
The Worst Interests of the Child: The Trafficking of Children and Parents Through U.S. Family Courts


Please remember at this point these are only allegations. If you have any information and/or experience with this either positive or negative, please contact us.


Sincerely,
The FACT Team

What is Behavior Control ?

In an effort to help those who are struggling with family or friends involved in high control groups, cults and abusive relationships and to help educate the general public, we're writing a series of articles that will give you very specific information to try and help you understand how and why people get involved in these types of situations, why they stay and some things you can do to be effective in your efforts to help them. 

A recap of the last few articles in this series, with links. 




Abuse in Group Settings - What Not To Do : http://familiesagainstcultteachings.blogspot.com/2017/12/abuse-in-group-settings-what-not-to-do.html


The most effective way to help someone who's involved in these type of high control groups, cults or abusive relations is to stimulate their Critical Thinking Skills.



Recruiting Techniques on College Campuses and Why young adults and college students can be a prime target for cults

http://familiesagainstcultteachings.blogspot.com/2017/12/how-cults-and-high-control-groups.html

What are the Components that make up a High Control Group or Cult? http://familiesagainstcultteachings.blogspot.com/2018/01/components-of-high-control-groups-and.html

Moving forward on the blog series today we're focusing on what Behavior Control is based on Steve Hassan's BITE Model. "Many people think of mind control as an ambiguous, mystical process that cannot be defined in concrete terms. In reality, mind control refers to a specific set of methods and techniques, such as hypnosis or thought-stopping, that influence how a person thinks, feels, and acts." Steve Hassan. 

If someone Believes in what a particular group, church, individual, cult is offering and they feel it is one of the most important parts of their life, these type of Behavior Control techniques are then easily imposed on them.

If someone is involved in a group or situation where these points are practiced it can easily be understood and seen as to how ones Behavior can / is Controlled and Manipulated.

This list is by no means inclusive, but will give you a good idea of what to be aware of.

The next few articles we'll continue to highlight the BITE Model with the next article focusing on Information Control. 

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

We receive e-mails and calls daily asking for help and support from victims.

 "Assembly of Yahweh in Bethal, PA is a cult. Please help me get my daughter back"

Although we'd like to help every single victim who reaches out to us, we are very limited in resources. We hope to double or triple the amount of help we can offer to victims this year. Any help you wish to gift will go a long way to reaching that goal and is extremely appreciated.

https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2018


Please feel free to comment and share this with friends, family, on social media platforms etc.

Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc 

Business After Hours Fundraiser - Yes, there will be Wine!

Hope you can join us for our Business After Hours Fundraiser Thurs Feb 1st
 
New River Fine Art, American Fine Wine Competition and Belissima Fine Art Services will host a Business After Hours event at New River Fine Art on Las Olas Blvd. Tickets for the event are $45 per person. 

Thurs Feb 1st 6-8pm 

New River Fine Art
914 East Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Ticket sales will benefit AFWC and the funds raised from auction items benefits FACT, both of which are 501c3 registered charitable organizations.  

Tickets are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwc-wine-biz-at-new-river-fine-art-tickets-42295717630



If you can not attend and would still like to support this important cause, your tax deductible donation can be gifted here:

https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2017

We appreciate and value all of your support and look forward to seeing you at this event.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

13 Siblings Rescued from Cult Like Upbringing

We've heard about these types of horrific stories before! 13 siblings were rescued in Perris, Ca from unimaginable conditions of torture by the hands of their own parents. Absolutely horrific!

The children were starved, beaten, tortured and deprived for years! Some of the children were shackled to furniture. The children, ages 2 to 29, were so emaciated the older ones still looked like children. Authorities thought the 17-year-old daughter who escaped and called 911 was only 10 when they found her.

Long time Riverside County prosecutor has this to say:

"They develop a kind of cultish doomsday type of religion where the father becomes this mythical leader and the mother and children's duty is to serve the father,"

Many will ask why did it take so long for one of these siblings to escape and go for help.

History has taught us that parents convicted in similar cases exerted extreme control over their children though intimidation, psychological and physical coercion, and in addition the parents frequently possessed their own belief system, which they would brainwash their children into believing and then practicing.

Vulnerable children growing up in these abusive, torturous circumstances are conditioned and raised to believe that their only source of survival is with their abusers. They are cut off from society, from an education, from television, from playing with other kids etc. They are psychologically, physically, emotionally and mentally stunted!

This case is very reminiscent of the 2010 Marcus Wesson case : http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/marcus-wesson-mass-murder-surviving-family-speaks-abuse/story?id=11089648

More on the 13 siblings and their story:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/girls-escape-exposes-horror-13-siblings-captive-52398392

Preventative education is essential, being inquisitive and alert to the people, children, groups, churches etc that are around us is essential and is all of our responsibilities.

The extraordinary amount of courage and strength these 13 siblings posses - to have endured so much - our hearts and prayers go out to them.

Please visit our website to educate yourselves and your loved ones about manipulation, predatory personalities, high control groups / cults and abuse.

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/

Thank you,

The FACT Team

Components of High Control Groups and or Cults

Our blog post dated Dec 29, 2017 covered how High Control Groups and Cults Recruit New Members, especially targeting young, unsuspecting college students.

Today we're focusing on the main elements that contribute to mind control, undue influence, brain washing or the plethora of other terms used to describe this form of manipulation. 

An ex-Scientologist and activist did an extensive survey among six different ex-community group members. She then created this graphic based off her findings and submitted it to our organization. 


Let's take a look at each one:

1. Practice Shunning / Ex-Communication:

If you disagree, challenge or otherwise are not mostly in agreement with all the policies, practices and mentality of the organization and it's members - will you be shunned, ostracized or otherwise not part of the group?

2. Pressure to donate time and money:

Is it never enough? Your precious time for door to door service, bible study, disaster relief, handing out booklets, counseling others etc.

Does your group / church / organization ask more of your hard earned precious dollars? High pressure tactics to save the world, help others?

Many people mortgage off their homes, their estates, their jewels, all their assets, borrow money. Are you or someone you know being pressured to do similar things?

3. Reporting system in place; members reporting on each other:

We all should keep our Own Counsel. We innately Know what's right and wrong and what we need to do to survive well, if all our faculties are in tune! Do group members report on you to elders/ the organization, other members, if they feel you are not doing what is in line with the groups purposes?
This can be either in written reports or verbal gossiping; which can sway a persons view of you and your character.

4. Strict regime for All / Core Members:

A strict regime for example; for sea organization members (Scientology Billion Year Contract Members) would be something like 4-8 people living in an apt or dormroom style quarters; up at 6 or 7 a.m, eat, work, lunch, work, dinner, work again until 10 or 11p.m.

Weekends would still be full of work with the exception of possibly Saturday morning off for cleaning their personal living quarters, personal laundry etc for a few hours. Any real vacation time off would need to be approved by management, but only after an extensive written notice of how all their duties would be done already or covered by another staff member. Pay for these enormous hours would be a cot & three squares a day and maybe a $50 a week stipend (unless you're part of the elite upper management, which may get your more than $50). Sometimes 3 squares a day means rice and beans if you're work duties (statistics) are not above the prior weeks work load! This is the same regime for very young Sea Organization members who are recruited at a young age of 16.

5. Us vs Them Mentality:

Does the group you're involved in say things like: 

"We have the Only Answers to Mans Demise", "The End Times are Coming or Upon Us", "There is No Time to Waste", "We are the Only Answer to Spiritual Salvation". The ONLY Answer is within our Group, The Planet Depends on Us" !

These points are all Things to Critically Think About and Discuss with others.

If you or someone you know would like to Report a Cult, Need Help and or Support or want to Tell Your Story please feel free to fill out and submit one of the forms on our website:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

 We receive e-mails and calls daily asking for help and support from victims.

Although we'd like to help every single victim who reaches out to us, we are very limited in resources. We hope to double and or triple the amount of help we can offer to victims this year. Any help you wish to gift will go a long way to reaching that goal and is extremely appreciated.

https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2018


Please feel free to comment and share this with friends, family, on social media platforms etc.

Thank you again for all your continued support in this fight of darkness.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc
 www.FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org
 



Activism and Avatar Expose

We were recently contacted by a woman named Amanda, in Australia who told us her story of being victimized,  manipulated, financially exploited and brain washed by a group that sells "classes" under the names of the Stars Edge Network, the Advanced Intern Program, Avatar Course and Stars Edge International. She had recently gotten out and part of her healing is that she wanted to tell her story, help others who've been harmed by this group, try and help those who are still involved and expose the violations that she knows to be her truth!

Exposing a group, church, cult, guru etc is quite extensive. It takes a lot of time, energy and effort; talking to victims, compiling facts and putting it in a format for the general public to review and digest. You're donations are extremely valuable and appreciated, they go towards supporting victims, preventative education and exposes. We here at FACT would like nothing more than to expose every single church, group, guru etc that exploits and manipulates vulnerable, unsuspecting victims. We receive emails, calls and messages daily from people asking for our help! Here are examples of just a couple of the emails out of dozens we've received just in the last couple of days:

"Assembly of Yahweh in Bethal, Pennsylvania is a cult. Please help me get my daughter back"

"The meeting consisted of a long speech given by (name left out for now). During the speech he talked very passionately, quickly, and angrily about the ills of capitalism and the need for revolution. I was instantly hooked, and I have talked to other students that were hooked by this same tactic.

I would like others to know that the facade fades quickly. It feels as though you are home and you are taken seriously, yet any failure to live up to your tasks is met with disdain; this is personally damaging for a newly-independent college freshman.

Damaging Aspects: I suffered from (and still suffer from) complex post-traumatic stress disorder. I was hospitalized twice. I am currently attending therapy twice a week, and I am fighting urges to cut, binge+purge, starve, and commit suicide."

However, due to the limited budget constraints we can only do so much. A lot more help is needed so that we can be available to a lot more victims and educate a lot more of society. Until then, we do the best we can with the resources we have. If you would like to donate to our cause, it would be greatly appreciate and you can do so here:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fact


Amanda is a true activist, her heart is in the right place and she has invested a lot personal time and dedication into uncovering and exposing what she knows to be her truth.

This is her website and her expose : Avatar Uncovered 

https://avataruncovered.is/

Here is what Amanda e-mailed us after the launch of her website and expose!

"I want to thank you and the whole of FACT.  Your organization has been by far the most proactive I have communicated with regarding this expose and indeed the way you bring other destructive cults to light. Your work and exposes have inspired me.  As you see I have used the essence of it in our perspective"

She is very excited about the launch of this expose, she hopes to help those who have been harmed by this group and also to educate others so they don't fall victim to the things she experienced.

She also said in her email to us "Its already making an impact"


We Salute you Amanda! 

If you have knowledge about or have been victimized by the Avatar group, feel free to post your truth in our comment section of this post or contact Amanda via her website. Exploitation, abuse and manipulation is unacceptable in every form!   

Sincerely, 

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc
www.FamiliesAgainstCultTeachings.org

How Cults and High Control Groups Recruit College Students

College students are on Holiday break currently, so we thought this was the perfect time to get the word out again about the common tactics used by high controlling groups and cults to recruit college students, either on or off campus. These tactics don't just apply to college students, anyone can be fall vulnerable to these tactics. However, a point should be made that cults and high control groups actually target young adults and college students because They Know this can be a likely vulnerable time in their life and they will prey on the fact that these young adults can and do make big decisions sometimes without talking openly with their parents or family.

College students can be very vulnerable to recruitment, for several different reasons. Some of which may be:

1. This may be the first time on their own as an adult away from their family and home. This can be a lonely, scary time and they may want to fill the void by being part of a close group of people, this can sometimes feel like an instant belonging and "family" type atmosphere.

2. They may come from a very dysfunctional family in which their emotional needs were neglected. Being part of a tight group of people who give them lots of admiration and attention (Love bombing) can be very appealing for a young adult who was neglected of such basic needs.  

3. Their world view sometimes can change being out on their own away from the safety and comfort of their home and family. They may want to be part of something "bigger then themselves", something that feels very important and that would or could make them proud of themselves. Helping others, changing the world for the better, these type of ideals are very appealing to most of us, who doesn't want to "help" ourselves, others or the world. High control groups and cults know the right buttons to push.

These are just a few examples of reasons young adults / college students can be vulnerable to recruitment. It is essential to educate our youth so they are armed with the knowledge and can protect themselves from manipulation and coercion.





Of course some of these tactics are popular marketing practices, with that in mind, not all groups who use these tactics are out to manipulate or take advantage of people. But it is a starting point in educating young adults about the initial process of recruitment and indoctrination by high control groups or cults. Our next blog post on this topic will cover what separates a healthy group from an unhealthy group and or cult. What are healthy boundaries when being involved in a group.


In the meantime please educate your children, share this blog post, our website, social media pages etc with family and friends, share in facebook groups and other social media outlets, share with educators and counselors etc. Help us educate society.

Our website has a wealth of preventative education materials that can be downloaded, printed and shared with others.  https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Fact-sheets/

As always Thank you for supporting our organization and the important cause we are tirelessly working for. Together we can make a big difference and save so many lives!

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc   
 

Abuse in Group Settings - What Not To Do

Concerned about a friend or loved one who may be involved in a high control group? It could be a religious group, a gang, a new age self help meditation type of group, a guru that they seek counsel from constantly etc. Manipulation, exploitation, coercion and abuse happens in various kinds of relations. 

Often times an outsider can see things more clearly than someone who's involved heavily in a group setting. If you have a friend or loved one involved in a group that you are concerned about and you don't know exactly what to do yet or how to approach them, here are a few things to consider.

Until you educate yourself more and come up with a plan of action here is a few things you should consider Not Doing.

The most effective way to help someone who's involved in these types of groups or cults is to stimulate their Critical Thinking Skills. We all know and probably have experienced that when we feel the need to defend ourselves that stimulates our Defenses and the conversation tends to lean more towards an argument or disagreement, which is not going to help the situation. We want effective dialogue so the person we're seeking to help can actually think clearer and come up with their own answers, conclusions and "ahh ha" moments.


Before you have the conversation with your friend or loved one, do your homework. List out several thought provoking questions you plan on asking them. Try to do it in a non threatening manner, no raised voices, no heavy demands etc. Try to be as understanding as possible and ask specific questions that will get the person to think instead of reacting and defending their views.

Examples questions you may ask about the leadership of the church or group:

Who is the leader(s)?
What are their background and qualifications?
Do they have a criminal record, a legacy of allegations against them, or a history of misconduct?
Do they have emotional outbursts?
Do they physically abuse followers?

Do ordinary people find them inaccessible, unreachable, or elitist?

 Example questions you may want to ask about the transparency of the church or group:

Are there “in” groups and “out” groups?
Are there restricted teachings for initiates only?
Are there secret texts and publications “for your eyes only”?
Is there real financial accountability and transparency?
If a group says that you can look at its accounting records, does it actually provide access?
Does the group culture discourage you from asking questions?

Example questions you may want to ask about the groups claims and doctrine:

If “miracles” have been performed, can they be replicated under open observation and scientific conditions?
Are there other explanations for the “miracles,” such as magic tricks, hypnosis, etc.?
Does the group attempt to shift the burden of proof for extraordinary or unverifiable claims?
Are questions and doubts permitted within the organization?
Are all members expected to conform to group beliefs, or can they form independent belief systems?
What do former leaders and members say about the group?
Does the group claim to have access to absolute truth?
Does the group spread disinformation in promotional materials?

Example questions you may want to ask about personal time and resources:

Is the member being asked to give more and more of their time? For fellowship, helping to promote the group, "bible" study/classes etc?

Is the member being asked for donations and monetary support? If so, is it pressured, is it required, are they looked down upon if they don't want to or don't have the funds? 

Does the member have a balance of personal life, work life and life apart from the group/church?  In other words are other areas of life being neglected as a result of involvement in a group?

Does the member have re-occurring conflicts with a spouse over involvement with the group?

These are just examples of questions you may want to ask. It may take a few attempts at this topic of conversation with your friend or loved one before they are even willing to talk. Be patient and understanding, people don't knowingly get involved in high control groups or cults. They usually get involved as a way to try and resolve issues in their life or are seeking legitimate spiritual guidance or help. The last thing you want is for them to stop talking to you because you aren't being supportive or understanding. 

Be sure to visit our Education section on our website for more vital resources and information.
https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Cult-Warning-Signs/



Happy Holidays and Thank you for your Support

Dear Fact Friends and Followers,

We here at FACT want to Thank you for all your involvement and support in our mission; to Save children, adults and families from exploitation, manipulation, suffering and hardship from self serving predatory personalities and groups.

The year 2017 was very productive for us, we were able to help many victims and survivors of mental, sexual and monetary exploitation. However, due to our budget restraints we were limited to the number of cases we could attend to. The work we do involves a lot of darkness, investigative work, man hours and demands a plethora of truth be uncovered.
Feedback from a recent expose we conducted:

"You've done more investigative work on this place than any local authorities. It's awesome!" Emily 

Feedback from a father who is trying to determine if his daughter is involved in a high control group / cult:

"I have read most everything on your site. It is very informative and a great resource!" Steve
"Thank you for all you do to help families & spotlight awareness of religious abuse!" Sonya 

 One of our main goals in 2018 is to double the cases where we save lives.

We urge our supporters and friends to share our work, stories and mission with your friends and family and we ask that if you can, please donate to our life saving cause. No amount is to small.

Please donate what you can to help us, help others.
  

On behave of all the victims who have experienced abuse, neglect and exploitation, and our entire team at FACT, we thank you for all of your support. We wish you and yours a Very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

Sincerely,


Tibor Stern
President of FACT

Dear Supporters,

FACT is featured in a full page article in the December issue of Apostate Monthly.

Apostate Monthly, is the only magazine written by, for, and about apostates, and those coming out of high-control, abusive religions and similar environments. With stories of survivors as well as columns and advice for how to rebuild and reclaim your life, this is a magazine anyone is sure to love! Be sure to subscribe and get your monthly issue! https://www.apostatemonthly.com/

We'd like to Thank the editor for her thoughtfulness in including our organization in the magazine and for helping us spread our message. Awareness is key to prevention!





Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER EXPOSE (HOPCC): CONCLUSION

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER EXPOSE (HOPCC): CONCLUSION
Please Note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is to educate the public and also for HOPCC leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT, based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of HOPCC, family members of those involved, etc. and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).
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According to our analysis of the complaints, signed affidavits and evidence we have received from church insiders, ex-victims and families affected by the House of Prayer Christian Church, we believe Pastor Rony Denis, the leader of the HOPCC, is manipulating, controlling and exploiting the congregants of his church primarily for financial gain and free labor. We have been told by a few ex-members of the church that even though there are many poor individuals and families who are members of his church, Pastor Denis owns a home, in the Hinesville, GA area, that is estimated to be over 7000 square feet, in addition to a large beach home in Florida, two Rolls Royces and a Bentley, which we believe speaks volumes in light of all the above information and evidence.
In an effort to effect change, ex-church members have held protests and most recently conducted a town hall meeting in order to express their concerns and inform citizens about the HOPCC. Please see the attached article from the Coastal Courier.
We believe it is also very important to note that in some of the complaints Pastor Denis was compared to the infamous cult leader Jim Jones who coerced over 900 people in his congregation to commit suicide. Allegedly Pastor Denis has already forced all members of his congregation to get passports in preparation for a potentially move to Jerusalem before the rapture comes next year, which according to this pastor will occur on January 13th, 2018.
Some quotes from the complaints we received which support this line of thinking:
“He [Rony Denis] commanded all members to get passports, in preparing to move all to Jerusalem. Things are getting dangerous!”
“…if this man [Rony Denis] is not stopped his next venue will be killing people like Jim Jones has done. He has already taught the people that if he tells you to drink or eat something poisonous that you should obey him and only God can stop him!!!! Please someone help, before it's too late…”
“This is a cult! I’ve been in it for 15 years. I just "woke up" after he, Rony Jimmy Jones Denis, claimed he knew the date of rapture and said God was going to take him the night before... Among a million other things he is starting to say and do.”
“Yes this church is a cult. I was there from the beginning, Rony Denis is a very evil man. This man has the same attributes as Jim Jones. If you weren't involved with the them you have no way to make a proper assessment, as to what really goes in being closed doors. Anything can be made to look good on the surface. Check out www.hopcc.com to know the truth.”
When we discussed this with Rev. Yorke, he said he never witnessed any talk of suicide while being a member of the church, but believes it is certainly possible. We believe it is very important that all members of the HOPCC receive and read this expose. If you are able to share this with a member of the congregation, please do so immediately as it might save their life and additional lives as well.
Lastly, we contacted Pastor Rony Denis as part of our investigation in an effort to give him a chance to respond to the allegations against him. We were immediately met with a response from his lawyer, which stated, “I am the attorney for Reverend Denis and his church. You are hereby directed not to attempt any further communication with him or members of his church. All communication must be with me and me alone from this point forward. Additionally, please be advised that if you make any defamatory comments or remarks about Reverend Denis or his church, we will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action.” We believe this response speaks for itself. You be the judge.
Some final quotes from the complaints:
“Rony Denis always has a way of explaining why he acts the way he does, and treats people in the most abusive matter. He would always say it’s good for people not to have money, because all they do is waist it. It’s good for people to have bad credit because it stops them from making bills. Or I’m the only one who God can trust with money. This is why he can’t get saved, every place has done something wrong to someone, he gives himself an excuse of why it was OK to wrong someone. He once told me that one of the reasons he took up so much of my time is because if he didn’t I would use it to goof off. Notice the reasoning of a guilty conscience? He never will ever address if it’s wrong to take people’s money, ruin their credit, or make a slave out of them, but he will always say ‘I did it because’.”
“The mistreatment that I endured at times felt unbearable and the wounds are irreversible. My hope is that this man [Rony Denis] would be stopped before destroying more families.”
“I left that church, many of their members ex-communicated me. Looking back on it, I thank the Lord for allowing me to escape, because I myself would have been an active church member distancing myself from my family. I pray that love ones that are still involved in this church wake up & go back to their families while still continuing to serve God.”






If you have any additional information about the HOPCC that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/
To read our online expose, please visit: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/…/Expos…/HOPCC/

The House of Prayer Expose (HOPCC): Part 3

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER EXPOSE (HOPCC): PART 3
Please Note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is to educate the public and also for HOPCC leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT, based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of HOPCC, family members of those involved, etc. and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).
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RECRUITMENT, INDOCTRINATION, AND PRACTICES
Insiders from HOPCC have alleged that the recruitment process as mostly targeting young military service men / women who are away from home for the first time. It seems that allegedly the church will send military affiliated church members to visit local bases to recruit young looking military personnel.
Quotes from long-time ex-member John Rodriguez describing the process:
“The system set up for HOPCC to recruit cult members is set up as follows: targeting young military service men and women who are away from home for the first time. If members are already military they will send specific military members to go on the base to target young looking service men. If they don't have converted service men available, they will send in a civilian who can get on the base, and blend in as if he, or she is a soldier in civilian clothes (close haircut, clean shaven ext.) often they will go to the reception center were solders are brand new to the unit, and often don't have a car. They will act as if they are just another young person who found something to do and not disclose the fact that they are part of a bigger calculated effort. They will through lines like ‘hay man, me and a couple of guys are headed to a church service, why don't you hop in the car with us?’ This is just an example, but each recruiter, known as a ‘soul winner’ has their own style, but it's all based on the same deceptive blend in methods. The Pastor will almost never go because it's to risky for a clergyman to stick out like a sore thumb and be escorted off the base.”
“Once these soldiers come to a service, instead of taking them back right after, they coerce them to stay for fellow ship, and have refreshments with them. Usually this will take place at what they call a serviceman's home. That is a place that they try to get these young soldiers to move into, promising a greater spiritual environment in a home away from home were dinner is served every day when they get off work. Sounds good on the surface, but this is "serviceman's Home" is the dangerous part for the unsuspecting service man. If they agree to move in, their life will soon fall under TOTAL control of the cult. They will not be allowed to miss any services or church related activities, and it will be mandated that they are their for dinner everyday if not on duty. Quickly they are turned in to slaves to turn out production for the cult. They get off work, go to dinner, and Immediately afterwards they are pared up two by two to go back on the base they had just left from work, and now will be soul winning for hours trying to recruit others. A tremendous amount of pressure is put on them as scriptures are twisted making them feel like this is the only church that is right with god, and if you don't produce fruit for it " recruit others" Christ himself would cast you off the vine and throw you in Hell.”
“The way they are indoctrinated once they are in this home is that for 1. They now are required to go to every activity, which includes multiple church services, and bible studies. These alone will serve to slowly indoctrinate the normal church attendee that does not live in the home. But on top of this, every Monday and Friday, they are to attend Q n A (question and answer) . This is the highest and most dangerous point of indoctrination for these kids. It is set up to be an open forum where the solders pick the topics by asking questions, and all of there questions are answered. Again on the surface it sounds reasonable, but because a cult can't have independent thinkers, or any who might challenge the direction of the cult, it is set up so that the pastor has total control of the questions being asked. they do this by stipulating that no one is allowed to ask questions out loud, but they are to wright their questions down on a note card, and pass them to the pastor. As the pastor begins ‘Teaching’ quickly people began to pass in cards with questions that are then generated. pretty soon the pastor has a stack of cards with questions of which most will never be addressed. He rather skims through them to make sure the ones being asked are ones that will further the indoctrination process, or if it is challenging a cult teaching, he will only answer the ones he knows he can put down quickly. There is no debate allowed, if you have a follow up question, it is to go on a card, and passed to the front. by the end of the session, he may have answered a few, yet most remain in the stack and the solders will be told that " If I didn't GET to your question come next time" next time the pile gets bigger soon those unanswered questions get forgotten.”
“Recruiting these young service men is the back bone of the church. Soon these young brainwashed service men will move up in rank in the will give legitimacy the church as not being a cult. Many rumors circulate the military bases about these churches, and high ranking officials that were brain washed from young help keep the public image safe.”
“For non-service men, people who are older or have families are told to go to public places like Walmart or local gas station, and try to mingle with the people and invite them to church. They are taught how to coerce people into giving them their phone numbers by being nice. Once they do, they will be on a list of people they continually call and harass until they realize the person is not coming, or they can get them to come and will slowly try to indoctrinate them by nicely getting them to come out to as many activities as they would.”
Complaints received by our organization seem to support these allegations:
“Recruiting these young service men is the backbone of the church. Soon these young brainwashed service men will move up in rank and it will give legitimacy to the church as not being a cult. Many rumors circulate the military bases about these churches, and high ranking officials that were brainwashed from young help keep the public image safe.”
“I have been to this church, and they have other churches, especially in Fort Hood! We saw some of the same people from Fort Hood here, and yes, they come to your house and call constantly! They are very aggressive!”
“I've had a few people in Walmart trying to poach me hard.”
“Me and my husband just wanted to share our experience in the hopes of helping you guys gather the information you need. Shortly after we moved to Ft. Stewart in the winter of 2015 we had went to the local Walmart in Hinesville. As we were leaving my husband was approached by Roscoe, everything about him seemed off, he did not acknowledge my presence the whole time he was talking to my husband trying to incite him and his family to the church off airport road with the blue top. Red flag number one. And with my husband exchanging numbers and being contacted persistently the next two-three weeks he had decided he would finally go try it out since he hadn't found a church to go to out here since moving here.”
“When we lived in Hinesville they stalked us trying to get us to join.”
“They do prey on soldiers. They want members who have a "guaranteed" bi-monthly income. Very strange that money would be such a necessity for worship.”
“I was stopped at a gas station and told my husband was going to die during his deployment, so we needed to give ourselves over.”
Regarding the indoctrination process, an ex-member states the following once the service men and women are recruited:
“They are required to go to every activity, which includes multiple church services, and bible studies…They will not be allowed to miss any services or church related activities, and it will be mandated that they are there for dinner everyday if not on duty…On top of this, every Monday and Friday, they are to attend Q and A (question and answer session). This is the highest and most dangerous point of indoctrination for these kids. It is set up to be an open forum where the solders pick the topics by asking questions, and all of their questions are answered. Again on the surface it sounds reasonable, but because a cult can't have independent thinkers, or any who might challenge the direction of the cult, it is set up so that the pastor has total control of the questions being asked. They do this by stipulating that no one is allowed to ask questions out loud, but they are to right their questions down on a note card, and pass them to the pastor. As the pastor begins “teaching”, quickly people began to pass in cards with questions that are then generated. Pretty soon the pastor has a stack of cards with most questions never being addressed. He rather skims through them to make sure the ones being asked are ones that will further the indoctrination process, or if it is challenging a cult teaching, he will only answer the ones he knows he can put down quickly. There is no debate allowed, if you have a follow up question, it is to go on a card, and passed to the front. By the end of the session, he may have answered a few, yet most remain in the stack and the soldiers will be told that 'If I didn't get to your question come next time’. Next time the pile gets bigger and soon those unanswered questions be forgotten.”
“They get off work, go to dinner, and immediately afterwards they are paired up two by two to go back on the base they had just left from work, and now will be soul winning for hours trying to recruit others. A tremendous amount of pressure is put on them as scriptures are twisted making them feel like this is the only church that is right with god, and if you don't produce fruit for it by recruiting others Christ himself would cast you off the vine and throw you in Hell.”
Another ex-member of the church had this to say regarding the inner workings of the HOPCC, “All faithful members are required to attend bible college. Even if one is not called to preach, all Christians must know bible…Once you are in the bible college, it is hard to leave because they want that money! Here's how it works. HOPCC tells soldiers that God wants them to leave the army and go to bible college. So they do. They live off VA benefits + leftovers from GI bill. Tuition is $2400 a semester. In addition, many of them do not work a regular paid job but work for free which the church calls ‘working for God’. Like maintenance, landscaping, construction, day school. If you are good at anything, you were used! But once soldiers used up their GI bill for bible college, they couldn't go to college and get the education they wanted. To which their reply was, ‘You don't need education, rapture is coming soon! Don't have 401K, rapture is in 5 years. Don't get life insurance because of rapture …”
“Some people will always be Sunday morning visitors. They will never truly see how crazy the church is because Sunday morning they try to make service as normal as possible. but as they slowly work on these visitors to come to more services they will either stop coming altogether knowing the church is too controlling, or become brainwashed.”
 According to all of the complaints and allegations we have received, in our opinion, we believe the HOPCC has a systematic way of targeting, recruiting and indoctrinating new members. We also believe the church leadership then utilizes various methods of control on its members, according to the allegations, which are broken down specifically on our website. Please visit the analytical section of our expose website page for more information at:
Tomorrow we will be concluding our House of Prayer expose.
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If you believe you have been harmed by the HOPCC in any way, please contact our office at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Support/

The House of Prayer Expose (HOPCC): Part 2

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER EXPOSE (HOPCC): PART 2
Please Note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is to educate the public and also for HOPCC leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT, based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of HOPCC, family members of those involved, etc. and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).
The Coastal Courier, a local newspaper in Hinesville, GA, published an article this year entitled, "Real estate fraud allegations leveled at church leaders." The article states that several former members of the HOPCC allege that many high ranking church members, including the founder Rony Denis, are involved in real estate fraud and forgery (see attached).
When we spoke with Rev. Yorke over the phone to discuss his experiences with HOPCC, he elaborated more on the alleged real estate fraud, saying that members are coerced into using their credit and finances in order to buy homes, which are then rented back to members of the church in order to produce an income for HOPCC. Another complaint states the following in support of this claim, “Many cannot buy homes because the leader [Denis] used their names to own more properties in Hinesville.”
We received a list containing over 135 homes where allegedly all rental income earned goes directly to Pastor Denis.
Some ex-members of the church who filed complaints with our office had this to say in their affidavits regarding the alleged real estate and financial fraud:
1) “As a minister of HOPCC and also as a US army veteran I was sucked in by the cult leader Rony Denis and abused and taken advantage of due to the desire for being a zealot for Christ and to help people. Rony Denis destroyed my finances and crippled my family. Rony Denis and his cohort Anthony Oloans would fabricate my income and inflate the amount so they could use my credit to put loans in my name. He purchased a home in Hinesville, GA in my name using my VA loan and I had nothing to do with any of the process other than signing the papers, from that point forward my house would be refinanced without me knowing, and also equity was taken out from the house without me signing my signature on any documents, and I received no money from this transaction…I have no control over my house and they are renting my house out and I receive no benefits or income from this.”
2) “Anthony Oloans tried to get me to take out a mortgage on a House in Greensboro NC 27407. Property known as 2630 Merritt Drive. He did all the paperwork and talked to a mortgage company. He gave them falsified income and falsified job employment…Once again in the year 2015 Anthony Oloans called my husband to see if I would take out a loan to help the church to build a new church but I would be doing this for the Lord.”
3) “…during my time in HOPCC they would put loads of pressure to take out Navy Federal Credit Union Loans in my name as well as my wife’s name. These loans were being offered by Navy Federal Credit Union to help account holders do some home improvement, but instead they used them to build their new church building. So my wife and I had over $100,000 in loans.”
According to evidence provided, an Army headquarters in Fort Stewart, GA blacklisted a company called People Helping People LLC (and its subsidiaries) that was owned and operated by leaders of the HOPCC, which has since been permanently revoked (see attached).
Mr. John Rodriquez, listed in the above document, was a long-time member and employee of the church for over ten years. He recently left and has been revealing the inner workings of the church ever since, including through a website he helped to create with other ex-members who claim to have been victimized by HOPCC. The website address is http://www.hopcc.com
On his website, Mr. Rodriquez states his experience with Pastor Rony Denis, which supports the allegations of real estate fraud and spiritual abuse:
“I found myself doing less and less Church work, and slowly Rony Denis was having me do real estate types of jobs. This would have been fine had it been legitimate Church real estate, but it was more crooked than one could imagine. Ten years of working in the “ministry” and all I was doing was generating over $100,000.00 of real estate income every month and giving it all to Denis, and on top of that they made me purchase property, and purchased property with out my permission in my name, had me put it on the rental market, and give all the money that came from these properties to them. I never benefitted from all this work I was doing. I was told my reward is in Heaven. It was a normal occurrence for Rony Denis to demand reports from me on a daily basis to see how much money I was bringing him, and he would scream and yell at me if the money wasn’t right. He would tell me if the houses didn’t get rented within a certain time, or if all the money didn’t come in that he would kick me out of the church, and say he would pray curses and judgement upon me. He would often refer to it as all his money, not God’s, not the churches, but his. Here I was, young, working with out pay, paying full rent in the church house I was living in, thinking I was doing it for God, when the man was exploiting my willingness to sacrifice, so that he could have two beach homes in Miami and Vero beach. Now I’m still willing to serve God without pay, and since I left that’s exactly what I’m doing, so I’m just qualifying that this part of the story isn’t about me not getting paid, but rather that my willing heart was abused.”
Mr. Rodriquez also alleges this about Mr. Oloans (an employee of the church): “Oloans literally stole my properties by forging mine and my wife's signatures on the 6th of September when I was at Ft. Campbell.” The documents below show two very different looking signatures even though supposedly signed at the same time (according to the time stamp), which we believe lends support to this allegation since it is obvious that the signer of these documents was not able to duplicate the signature properly.
In addition to the numerous allegations of fraud, Rev. Yorke also spoke of the church strongly influencing the congregation to vote for and promote certain local politicians during elections in order to keep them in power for the benefit of the church. Rev. Yorke believes that these politicians have been “bought off” by church leadership. Another complaint we received seems to support this allegation, “…Hinesville sheriff is bought by the church. Church was asked to vote for him so he can defend the church. I myself personally participated.”
Members of the church are also accused of trying to kidnap Mr. Rodriquez’s son on the day that he and his family decided to leave the church for good:
“The day we left was crazy. There was one brother that I wanted to let know, because we were close through out all of House of Prayer. He was my friend, I didn’t want to leave him in the dark, so I started to tell him what was going on, he didn’t want to here me out, the rest is history. At this time my wife and I had a lot of our stuff moved into storage, but that brother called and told on me. I wasn’t home but my wife and son were. My wife called me and told me to call the police because Anthony Oloans was in our house calling for my Son trying to take him. She had took my Son and locked herself in our bedroom, Thats when two brothers were dispatched to break in to my house to try to get to my wife and Son, they had Denis on the speaker phone, and they kicked down the door to where my wife and Son were. while this was going on, Oloans had pad lock the garage and disconnected the garage door opener so that my wife couldn’t drive out, then he popped the hood, and ripped the battery out. So they broke into my wifes bed room, while her only way of escape was gone, so that they could take my son, and convince us to stay (Real Christians). So about this time I showed up with the police, and confronted Oloans, about why he tried to kidnap my son. Later that day I got word that they said I had lost it and it was evident that the spirit of God had left me. Put yourself in my shoes, worked like a slave for 10 years without pay, your pastor gets mixed up in witchcraft, they try to steal your kid and break down the door to the bed room where your wife and kid are trying to stay safe, and they want me to walk in like a hippy and “say peace be unto all of you devils, go ahead and kid nap my son”.
Online we found information and media articles that seem to support many of the allegations being made against the HOPCC and its leadership:
News articles and videos:
Real estate fraud allegations leveled at church leaders: http://coastalcourier.com/archives/87574/preview/
Former members allege church is a cult: http://coastalcourier.com/archives/86799/preview/
Tempers flare during, after meeting: http://coastalcourier.com/archives/87337/preview/
“They actually worship the head pastor, Rony Denis. Exposing them is worth it all if only one person gets saved from this criminal organization. What will it take to shut them down? Kool-aid communion like Jim Jones? Hopefully investigations will open soon and hopefully save some lives before it's too late! People are scared to death in there under Rony Denis' spell of psychological abuse.”
“Keep spreading the news! These people are taking advantage of our veterans!”
Informative blog posts from HOPCC.com:
The title of the HOPCC.com website is “The Truth about House of Prayer Christian Church (HOPCC) and Rony Denis Exposed”. We believe it is the most informative website about this church online with over one hundred blog posts including supporting evidence. We advise anyone interested in researching further about HOPCC and its affiliate churches to visit the website: www.hopcc.com









Tomorrow we will delve more into the allegations in Part 3 of our expose. If you believe you have been harmed by the HOPCC in any way, please contact our office at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Support/

The House of Prayer Expose (HOPCC): Part 1

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER EXPOSE (HOPCC): PART1

Our organization, Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc. (FACT), received numerous complaints and signed affidavits about ‘House of Prayer Christian Church’ (HOPCC), a.k.a The Place of Help, located at 2540 Airport Rd, Hinesville, GA, 31313, headed by pastor Rony Denis. This report details our analysis of the complaints in an effort to educate and warn others about what appears to be, in our opinion, a destructive cultic church that is destroying lives and families, based on the highly documented allegations. Though the church claims to be non-denominational, ex-members of the church state that it is actually a Pentecostal and apocalyptic (end-of-times) church in belief and practice.
Note: Our intention at FACT is never to libel or damage anyone’s reputation. The purpose of our work is to educate the public and also for HOPCC leadership to understand the severity of the allegations against them. Moreover, please know that all statements made in this expose are according to our opinion at FACT, based upon signed affidavits, complaints and evidence we received from alleged victims of HOPCC, family members of those involved, etc. and through our analysis of this information according to the B.I.T.E. model (developed by cult expert Steven Hassan).
EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE CLAIMS
Ex-members and families affected by the House of Prayer Christian Church contacted our organization with complaints describing various kinds of alleged exploitation and abuse in detail. The allegations state that Pastor Denis is using members of his congregation to conduct real estate fraud and coercing members who are in the military to give up their financial benefits to the church (GI and VA income).
Moreover, the complaints state that Pastor Denis is allegedly ruining many lives and breaking apart marriages and families. Unfortunately some ex-members have stated the development of serious mental health issues as a result of their experiences with this Pastor and church, such as PTSD and depression.
Some of those who filed complaints with our office had this to say about HOPCC and its leadership:
1) “This church is abusive, the main one behind all of the wickedness is Rev. Denis, like all cult leaders he surrounds himself around fall men that will defend him in his wickedness. He holds people's spouses hostage, he abuses veterans by using their benefits to pay the church. He pronounces curses of Judgment on people if they do not obey his commands to control them through fear. He prevents people from talking to their families and even moving them away if he needs to…”
2) “I have been told my story needs to be heard but i have not posted anything on here because i have so many story’s to tell, and I just haven’t wanted to relive all of the years of sexual harassment. It's just too much.”
3) “No one in the church is not allowed to do anything without his [Rony Denis’] permission. We are trying to stop this guy before he ruins more people's lives.”
4) “Leader Pastor Rony Denis, has moved children to other church locations, is separating husbands and wives and remarrying them with others.”
5) “He takes people's money through real state fraud and GI benefits.”
6) “After I finally got the courage to leave the HOPCC organization Rony Denis would go on to defame my character by calling me gay across the pulpit… Leaving messages on my phone communicating threats that God would visit me soon. After I left I have been pursued and stalked i.e. Facebook and them hiring private investigators to find out where I live, causing my family to live in fear even though we had tried to go on and live the peaceable life. We are unsure of how safe we are. The trauma that we have been through is mentally unsettling and I will never be able to live without the horrid memories and scars that will forever be etched in my family's life.”
7) “He has gotten away with everything but murder (that we know of) right in front of our faces…It’s amazing to me how people sit around this guy and hear him airing out other people’s personal business and never think he will do the same to them.”
8) “He divorces spouses if one doesn't want to go to church anymore…I was told by ministers either to let my husband go (another divorce) or "be strong" and stay and my husband would stay because of me.”
9) “I was threaten… I was thrown out my home and everything was taken, my car, etc, mainly my husband whom I love and still love and miss, family was told I was evil and of the devil. I continue to suffer greatly emotional and financially being I was a house wife and forbidden from working. The church leaders continue to shun me and destroy my name…My husband at the time lost his mind and still has never recovery and still endures this evil practices because he no longer has a wright mind. My husband sign his business and houses over to the church and 2 cars.”
10) “During my time in HOPCC Rony Denis would set out to crush me and to bring me under subjection and in his words obedience and total submission to him. There was a time that I was so devastated and weakened by his abuse.”
11) “He began to separate us [family] by telling my daughter that she needed to keep him away from me because I taught him bad things, and went as far as to insinuate that I had inappropriate relations with him. He would also spew words of hatred and venom and tell me to my face in the company of several ministers that he (Rony Denis) was my daughter’s real father not me!”
12) “Since leaving the place, I have been harassed by several ministers that Rony Denis made call my phone…”
13) “[Denis] pronounces curses of Judgment on people if they do not obey his commands to control them through fear.”
14) “The departed are living in fear and in secret locations. Now if their address are known PI's are making deliveries and harassing them.”
Raymond Yorke Jr., a long time worker of the church, from 2004-2016, had this to say about his experience with the HOPCC:
“Each year of abuse from Rony Denis, the leader of the church, became worse and worse. Rony Denis verbally abused me by telling me I was wrong for getting my wife pregnant and that I was making his job harder… Rony Denis worked to try and destroy my marriage by trying to cause division between my wife and me. He told my wife that he could have blamed me for molesting my own son, which never happened. He also said the same thing concerning her father and our son. When my wife and I left the church Rony Denis sent a fake Superior Court of Liberty County, State of Georgia court document stating that he was taking us to court which I believe is against the law. He hired a private investigator to find our new address and deliver us this fraudulent document. My family lives in mental duress because of the anguish that Rony Denis and his church has caused us. We believe Rony Denis to be a very dangerous man. Since we have left we have heard that he has pronounced death upon us. He has called my cell phone and has left harassing and disturbing messages on.”
The Costal Courier, a local newspaper in Hinesville, GA published various articles about the HOPCC, including one about a town hall meeting that took place on June 21st, 2017. As stated in this article, Raymond Yorke claims that church leaders are manipulating members of the congregation, harassing former members with scare tactics and committing fraud.

If you believe you have been harmed by the HOPCC in any way, please contact our office at:https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/c…/contact.html

THE JERRY STOCKING EXPOSE (PART 2 - CONCLUSION):

Initially we would like to state the following: the purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm Jerry Stocking in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate the public and to potentially change his allegedly damaging practices so that no one might be hurt in the future. This published report details our opinion and belief based upon the highly documented allegations in our possession.
We of course encourage all opposing views and welcome all new information / evidence at any time. If you have any information about Jerry Stocking that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at:
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According to complaints and online research, Jerry Stocking has a substantial online presence, including an active blog published by the ‘Elephant Journal’, an independent online publication. His articles mainly focus on the subjects of love, romance and relationships, with an obvious focus on sex. Very recently, he wrote an article where he admits to having paid women for sex through an “arrangement” website.
Some excerpts from his article:
“…I signed up for the arrangement site with zeal. In the first 24 hours, I emailed 23 women, most of them less than half my age…”
“In that month, I had three meetings with women, the rest turned out to be various flavors of unavailable or disinteresting.”
“I paid her for one month but only used her services twice. We remain in contact via text and email, corresponding much as an older, perhaps wiser, man and a younger, enthusiastic woman.”
“I won’t be on the site again, though the idea of it still tickles me, as does the idea of paying a certain, set amount for sex with someone I like but don’t want a long-term romantic relationship with.”
In our opinion, we believe no self-help teacher should be promoting the idea of a sex for money arrangement website, which is basically a modern day platform for prostitution. In our opinion, his article shows his regard for women as mere sex objects for his own carnal gratifications.
Jerry Stocking also has numerous videos on Youtube, which you can view on his Youtube Channel located here: https://www.youtube.com/user/prcourse/videos
His company called ‘A Choice Experience’ is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of self-improvement education (as listed on his Guidestar.org profile). Through his 501c3, he is believed to be charging students for all of his self-improvement courses about $600 - $900 per course, and $95 per hour for private coaching / counseling. We question the validity of Jerry’s 501c3 since we believe it seems that he is using it for his own personal business gain and in our opinion not for helping the public. We will be forwarding all of our information to the IRS and Treasury Department for their analysis to verify the legitimacy of his 501c3 non-profit organization.
We contacted Mr. Stocking for his side of the story multiple times, and were able to speak with him on only one occasion. During our phone call, he denied the allegations, but also said that he has had thousands upon thousands of people take his courses, and the fact that several people have complained about him does not surprise him. He stated that he has “never crossed any boundaries with people.” Unfortunately people who have studied with Mr. Stocking allege otherwise, and claim to have been damaged by him. For example from a complaint we received, “Mr. Stocking’s behaviors have led to great personal pain and suffering, which I experience even presently.”
As per the allegations against Jerry Stocking, we believe his behavior is unethical to say the least. In our opinion according to the complaints, we believe he could be taking advantage of the inherent trust between student and teacher to manipulate and possibly exploit his followers in various ways. One victim has stated that in her experience and observation, Stocking’s behavior has led to “financial strain, the dissolution of friendships and intimate loving relationships, and has driven deep wedges between friends of mine and their families.” This victim goes on to state, “I believe the above described behaviors on the part of Jerry Stocking to be unethical, and dangerous...”
A final quote from an alleged victim of Stocking, posted as a comment on the Psychology Today article mentioned previously:
“Many of us ‘Woke Up’ and admitted we were blinded, fooled or just plain idiots to trust Jerry. Some of us are still too fearful or prefer to remain idiots who believe Jerry helped despite breaking up relationships, drugs, sending to ‘exile’ another delusional abnormal game, exploiting, leaving many with personal loneliness as never before, while all issues could be resolved by consulting a well reputed psychiatrists or a PhD psychologist who will not abuse hypnosis just for profit.”
(To restate: the purpose of this expose is to warn, educate, potentially save lives and to protect any potential future victims. It is absolutely not intended to slander, libel or harm anyone mentioned in the expose.)
If you believe you have been harmed by Jerry Stocking in any way and would like to file a complaint against him, use our online form. 
www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html




THE JERRY STOCKING EXPOSE (PART 1)

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Jerry Stocking

Initially we would like to state the following: the purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm Jerry Stocking in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate the public and to potentially change his allegedly damaging practices so that no one might be hurt in the future. This published report details our opinion and belief based upon the highly documented allegations in our possession. We of course encourage all opposing views and welcome all new information / evidence at any time. If you have any information about Jerry Stocking that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at:

www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

FACT received complaints about self-improvement education teacher Jerry Stocking who lives in Clarksville, GA. According to his website, he offers courses to help people become more ‘present’ in life, which he states as the key to making more money, losing weight and more. The allegations against Mr. Stocking are very serious, including the misuse of hypnosis and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) on his students. According to some of the allegations, Jerry Stocking seems to be using these hypnotic therapies we believe as a method for controlling people. For example, from a complaint we received, a quote from an alleged victim of Stocking:

“In my experience he is using Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, (NLP) to covertly implant suggestions, induced trances, and similar and allied techniques, in an unethical fashion, for his personal, sexual, and monetary benefit.”

Another quote from a family member who believes her relative is under Stocking’s control: “Jerry wants [name removed] under his hypnotic control. Same trick over and over. That’s how he lured [name removed]… Jerry needs to start some hypnotic coercion and make [name removed] believe he/Jerry did not abuse / molest or rape her, it was her [name removed] own wish.”
We also received complaints that allege the following about Stocking’s use of acquired personal information from his students:

“I have experienced his [Jerry Stocking] gathering of confidential personal information, and manipulating it, and the persons whom that information concerns, for his own personal, sexual, and monetary benefit.”

“I was listening to a group call run by Jerry when [name removed] expressed his anger. According to [name removed], Jerry had used personal information that [name removed] had confided to Jerry about [name removed] family, etc. in a public way. Jerry denied it, and tried to get [name removed] "in ine". Uncharacteristically, [name removed] persisted! ([name removed] is a tough little man, but Stocking has a talent for shutting people down and controlling the situation, using techniques derived from NLP pattern interruption, hypnosis, and peer/public pressure and embarrassment, etc.)”

A Psychology Today article published online called “Why do people join Cults?” has numerous negative comments about Jerry Stocking, including the ones below that seem to lend insight into what we believe are Jerry’s manipulation and indoctrination practices:

1) “Jerry Stocking spurious NPL /hypnosis ‘Transformation’ seminars are a poison cocktail for the gullible. Jerry applies NLP/Hypnosis overtly/covertly to induce trances altering state of awareness/consciousness. Once hypnotic trance took place any post hypnotic deceitful, false suggestion can be implanted in your mind and you will obey it as true. Suggestions are repeated –‘brainwash’ until submission, but you will appear normal. Induced trances generated delusions in Jerry’s cult to ‘Wake Up The World’, hypnotic illusion of closeness, trust in Jerry’s phony ‘Love Bombs’, coercive persuasion, trickery, deception, abuse and exploitation. Cults are money machines; the bottom line is cost/benefit ratio. Trance- formation induction modus operandi serves Jerry’s indoctrination mind-control for moneymaking.”

2) “I saw first hand how, Jerry Stocking love bombed [name removed]. Flattery, all kinds of special attention, and later in their relationship, and no surprise to anyone who has observed Jerry's game before, a very very close "personal" relationship. Mind you there was more than a 30 year difference in their ages. She hardly made a move without his input or approval. She changed her hairstyle to suit him, chose new friends from his ‘students’ to please him, and dropped others at the mere hint that Jerry didn't approve of them. Indeed, she expressed pride that she was ‘in the inner circle’. And who wouldn't? Jerry Stocking is, to say the least, a powerfully persuasive person. An excellent hypnotist, and superb practitioner of NLP.”

3) “Jerry used his courses as a cover –up for evil, deceiving the heart (mind) of naïve women sexually exploiting almost every attractive woman. Smooth talk, flattery combined with hypnotic meditation made us all victims of deception for many, many years. Jerry’s courses were fabrications of ‘glowing words’. The outcome of the ‘glow’ course was, women heavily hypnotized appeared drugged, camouflaged as if discovered ‘new levels’ of themselves. (As in above posts Capital letters would emphasize DECEPTION) DECEPTION: Jerry’s ‘new levels’ were not meant to discover anything but hide “deeper and deeper levels” of a dangerous hypnosis ‘focused attention’ on Jerry’s voice to play with our lives, erase good memories with husband, wife, boyfriend, family and replace it with delusional, negative stories about others mixed with suggestions to trust, love him and spend more money on junk courses…Jerry Stocking is about separating families, relationships masking his hypnotic face with ‘love’.”

To read more of the complaints against Jerry Stocking posted under this Psychology Today article, please visit this web address, scroll down to the comments section and click on the comments bar to reveal them:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sideways-view/201402/why-do-people-join-cults

Follow the conclusion of our Jerry Stocking expose, posting tomorrow.


Donation Matching for F.A.C.T.

Dear Supporters,

We've received an extremely generous offer from an anonymous donor who has pledged to match all donations received on Giving Tuesday and who also asked us to extend our donation drive up until midnight tonight! Please help us to help those who are being abused by destructive cults, especially trapped children suffering from physical and/or sexual abuse and exploitation. Only with your help will these kids have a fighting chance to escape their controlling groups and the abusive horrors they experience on a daily basis.
You can help these suffering children trapped in cultic groups by supporting a case today. For as little as a $25, you can help rescue kids from exploitation and abuse, prevent suicide, shut down cult leaders, expose cults, help reunite separated families and much more. Please select from one of the categories below to make your donation or enter any donation amount you wish to give in the empty box. No amount is too small and every donation helps with our victim support efforts and in the fight against destructive groups.

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Your opportunity to save a child's life on Giving Tuesday

Dear Supporters,

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national movement created to encourage charitable giving across the country. It is a day of reflection and an opportunity to give to help those less fortunate in need.

On this day, please do what you can for those who have been abused by destructive cults and their wicked sociopathic leaders, especially innocent children born into these groups who are being exploited and physically and sexually absued. Only with your help will these kids have a fighting chance to escape their controlling groups and the abusive horrors they experience on a daily basis.

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Please read these quotes taken from recent complaints to better understand our important mission:

"Please describe the cult activity: Human trafficking of children from state to state. Arranged marriage of minors to adults. Free child labor, slavery. Physical and mental abuse. The leader had sex with his step daughter and produced 4 children with her. Another leader has currently married more than 4 teen girls, 1 of which is 14 years of age...I was trafficked from state to state, I worked 17 hours a day for over 16 years and never received a payment for my work. I was beaten in their school. I was placed in a arranged marriage…”

“We always had to do what he wanted or we were sinning and not pleasing God. A few months ago we found out the Pastor was having sex in front of a 14 year boy while the boy played with himself. I have been told this is sexual child abuse…"

"I was a part of this church. My mother and her family attend this organization. They are definitely a cult. They are very good at hiding rape and pedophilia…"

You can help these suffering children trapped in cultic groups by supporting a case today. For as little as a $10, you can help rescue kids from exploitation and abuse, prevent suicide, shut down cult leaders, expose cults, help reunite separated families and much more. Please select from one of the categories below to make your donation or enter any donation amount you wish to give in the empty box. No amount is too small and every donation helps with our victim support efforts and in the fight against destructive groups.

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At our highest level of $5000, you may sponsor an entire case from start to finish, including any intervention work necessary, counseling for victims and families, investigation and followup, exposure efforts and more. Simply click the empty box above and fill in the amount.

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Please help us to continue our important work by making your year-end 100% tax-deductible gift today on Giving Tuesday.

One behalf of cult children, victims and families all over the world, we cannot thank you enough for your generous support this Giving Tuesday.

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Happy Thanksgiving from FACT

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Dear Supporters,

At FACT we have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. We've been able to help many victims this year.

We are so grateful for everyone who has supported us in our mission as a donor and/or volunteer. Truly, we cannot thank you enough.

From all of us at FACT, we wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
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