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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 years 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.
Please like, comment on our posts and share this expose with others to spread the word.
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.

To make your 100% tax-deductible donation, please click here:

Also, if you would, please like and share this post with others to spread the word.

One behalf of cult victims, we thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

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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.

To donate, please click here: https://fact.networkforgood.com/projects/27300-fact-fundraising-for-2017

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.

Please know that since we are a 501c3 all donations are 100% tax-deductible and go entirely towards our mission. Also, F.A.C.T. has earned the highest platinum level rating from Guidestar.org for our honesty and transparency as an organization, meaning we are an organization you can trust.

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.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
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A 501c3 Non-profit organization


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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
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc


UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

TODAY IS UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY:

The United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year. This date is dedicated to raising awareness on issues affecting children, especially regarding their rights and well-being.

We at FACT are very proud to devote our mission and efforts to help rescue children from destructive groups to make them safe from cultic exploitation and abuse. The lives of thousands upon thousands of children around the U.S. and abroad are being destroyed through terrible physical, mental and sexual abuse, human trafficking, slave labor exploitation and more. As mothers and fathers ourselves, we love our children dearly and believe that every child deserves to have a normal, happy and healthy upbringing, and our goal at FACT is to help every child we can out of dangerous cultic situations and into loving, peaceful environments fostering their growth and development.

To all our supporters, we thank you for helping us with our mission to rescue and protect these suffering children. We cannot do it without you.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

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Uma Inder Expose Follow-up

This comes as an important follow-up to our Uma Inder expose.

For the record, for all those who claim that FACT never responded to Uma’s lawyer, attached please find the prompt responses that we sent for each communication received from her lawyer Erwin Siregar.
We at FACT would like to see a truce and a fact-finding discussion between the alleged victims and Uma Inder. We would also recommend for Yoga Barn (who employed Uma Inder for years), to be involved in this process. We believe the alleged victims deserve at least this much from Uma and Yoga Barn in an effort to bring some closure to their lives and to help with their healing process.

- The FACT Team

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FACT Website Issue Resolved

Recently our website was experiencing an issue which caused Google to warn visitors that our website might not be secure, which has now been fixed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we thank everyone who brought this issue to our attention.

- The FACT Team

ABUSE BY YOGA INSTRUCTORS

Apparently many yoga teachers can abuse their influential position and power.

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THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – CONCLUSION - PART 3

In the final part of our expose conclusion, we would like to address a few important points and what we are requesting from Uma Inder:

First and foremost, we are expecting Ms. Inder to make a public apology to all the alleged victims who have come forward with their allegations and evidence, and to permanently change her teachings and practices that have damaged the lives of her alleged victims. We cannot remain silent knowing that people are being harmed by what we believe are Uma Inder’s destructive teachings, and we feel it is necessary for us to warn the public.

It is interesting to note how Uma’s supporters have gone silent during the conclusion of our expose. It is typical for cult defenders to be silenced once their leader is exposed, and we believe our expose has succeeded in bringing the truth to light.

In response to Uma’s claim that we took down our expose previously because of a cease and desist order from a Yoga Barn lawyer against us, she is grossly incorrect. We never received an actual court ordered cease and desist, it was merely an email threat from Yoga Barn’s lawyer, which did not influence our casework nor our expose. Moreover, this threat was merely to remove any mention of Yoga Barn from our expose, which we refused to abide by since there was no denying the connection between Uma Inder and Yoga Barn who employed her for many years and then terminated her, we believe due to the complaints filed against her from her alleged victims. Yoga Barn claimed no further involvement with Uma Inder after her termination, yet in February of 2017 we found a calendar advertisement online that mentioned Uma Inder teaching Ayurveda at Yoga Barn for 2017-2018. When we informed Yoga Barn’s lawyer about this, they blamed it on a “clerical error on the part of our webmaster” and removed Uma’s name from the calendar ad.

Lastly, in response to Uma’s claim of defamation, we believe that truth speaks for itself and is of course defendable. The fact that there are multiple complaints filed against her with corroborating allegations, not to mention the overwhelming amount of supporting evidence behind these allegations, made the truth evident in this case.

We are still waiting for Uma to come forward to openly and honestly discuss all the allegations against her, and not hide behind her defenders and lawyers. If she does, we will update our expose and posts accordingly.

This concludes our Uma Inder expose. The purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm anyone in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate the public and to potentially change Umaa’s allegedly damaging practices so that no one might be hurt in the future. We of course encourage all opposing views and welcome all new information / evidence at any time. If you have any information about Uma Inder that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at:

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

THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – CONCLUSION – PART 2

Please Note: The purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm Uma Inder in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate the public and to potentially change her allegedly damaging practices so that no one might be hurt in the future. We of course encourage all opposing views and welcome all new information / evidence at any time. If you have any information about Uma Inder that you would like to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at:

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

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According to the complaints and evidence received against Uma Inder from multiple parties, we believe Umaa may be acting as a cult leader that seems to severely damage her followers in many ways. In our opinion, Umaa 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). We believe her goal is to psychologically break down students in the name of “transparency” and “enlightenment” for control and exploitation purposes. According to the complaints, in our opinion it seems Umaa Inder has no regard for the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of her followers. In our estimation, we believe Umaa Inder may be very dangerous and advise potential students to think twice before becoming a student of this yogi guru.

We commend all of the brave ex-students for finding the courage to come together and speak out in an effort to warn potential students and stop the alleged manipulation and abuse, as stated in this 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.”

In our opinion, Uma Inder’s teachings are not those of healing, peace or enlightenment since they have allegedly caused tremendous harm to some of her student followers (positive, healthy and harmonious teachings do not cause such a negative reaction).

Though Uma’s supporters have every right to try and defend her, we are asking Uma Inder to step out from behind them and from behind her lawyers, to speak for herself and discuss with us each and every allegation made against her, which we believe is the only way to achieve a resolution on this matter and start the healing / recovery process for the alleged victims.

Again, this expose was the result of allegations and evidence received against Uma Inder by ex-students. The purpose of this expose is to warn, educate, potentially save lives and to protect any potential victims. It is absolutely not intended to slander, libel or harm anyone mentioned in the expose.

Check back for Part 3 of our conclusion posting tomorrow…

THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – CONCLUSION - PART 1

As the first part of our Uma Inder expose conclusion, we post this statement written to Uma by her alleged victims:

"Uma, we implore you and your followers to deeply question if what you achieved is actually an enlightened state, or a protected, walled-off state of isolation where the basic laws of human decency and empathy no longer apply to you because you are above, beyond, under, and/or over them—and kicking, tackling, pulling hair, throwing people back by the neck, punching in the stomach, slapping, hitting with objects, name-calling, shaming, publicly humiliating, mocking suicidal cries for help, and sexually grinding against a student in an altered state are all seen as "blessings" and completely normalized because…because why, Uma? Because you are truly so "special"? Because you did it "all for love"? We want you to deeply consider and reconsider these actions and see the possibility that they are abuses of human decency and gross violations of the position of power you have put yourself in and demand from your followers...NOT blessings that are destroying a false sense of self (which you claim the authority and knowledge to be able to do). We pray you will see them as your own unowned shadow, begging to see the light.

You have said so many times that "everything has a place," and that the "whole picture" or "whole truth" must be seen by the myriad perspectives that see it. It is easy to find heavy praise about you on the internet. We have felt it incredibly important to also make available the shadow side. We note how hard you have tried to prevent our experience from being shared publicly.

We want your followers to consider this all very deeply. Please remember: we have written and audio evidence for all of these actions, as well as the testimony of far more people than you or your followers want to acknowledge. We are not making any of this up: it would be a horrendous waste of time and precious life energy for us to start a fictitious smear campaign. We do this out of sincere concern for your current and future followers, and desire to prevent harm.

Our genuine hope is that this public exposure of your behavior will inspire deep and searing self-reflection on your actions; on where you may be mistaken; on where you may have done wrong; on the ways you may be deluded--and that you will then profoundly and authentically apologize for the deceptions and abuses you have committed against so many people. We wish for these apologies to come with extensive and detailed specifics--not the evasive, grandiose generalities that are your norm.

Sadly, we recognize that you may not have the psychological capacity for this self-reflection, self-responsibility, or personal growth. We recall you saying in so many ways that you were 'beyond' personal growth. But if you integrate our reflections to you, it would indicate to us a possibility of you changing your ways, and therefore reduce the likelihood of future students of yours undergoing the deception, exploitation, and abuse at your hands that we experienced. Sadly, we expect you to continue your ways, and we consider you profoundly unfit to present yourself or act as a teacher in any capacity. We hope you will prove us wrong.

In the meantime we consider any future employer of yours duly warned and liable for enabling your access to students. Yoga Barn ignored red flags around you for years--we pray others do not do the same.”

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For those of you that wish to comment on this post, please remember that we will not tolerate any personal attacks on either side. We will also not tolerate any accusations or revealing of any personal information about either the accusers or the followers / defenders of Uma Inder.

If you have any relevant information to share, either positive or negative, about Uma Inder please contact us at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/

Check back for Part 2 of our conclusion posting tomorrow...

FACT will conclude the Uma Inder expose this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov 9, 10th and 11th.

Dear F.A.C.T. Followers,

Just to inform you, this platform will be devoted to the Uma Inder expose for the time being.

We will not tolerate any personal attacks from either side. We will not tolerate any accusations or revealing of any personal information about either the accusers or the followers / defenders of Uma Inder. The expose is about Uma, who was a trusted teacher for many of her followers. Some of those followers woke up and decided that harm was done to their existence and daily life by Uma’s teachings. Some of her defenders are still defending Uma, which they have a right to do so. As such, we are interested to see how Uma would change her alleged misconduct as a teacher and we will address that in our conclusion. We will re-open our Facebook site to everyone, to those who alleged Uma abused them, and to those who feel they need to defend Uma’s practices.
No-one will be allowed to personally attack anyone. No attacking the victims who allege abuse and no attacking the defenders of Uma.

Additionally, Uma as a teacher, has the responsibility to ensure that her students are well, and to address any and all complaints. Her defenders should not be her mouthpiece. Uma Inder should speak for herself.

F.A.C.T. has more than enough evidence to defend the truth and to stand behind the victims. We are discussing the alleged improper teachings of Uma Inder and we will give a platform for Uma’s defenders to express their views. Uma Inder is a teacher and as such has high control and influence over her followers critical thinking. We do not wish to see any post by anyone up until our conclusion at the end of this week, at which time everyone will have a platform to speak up. No organization can be more unbiased and as fair as we are.

Best to you all,

The F.A.C.T. Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc.

To all those following and commenting on our Uma Inder expose...

To all those following and commenting on our Uma Inder expose, please be informed, our expose is solely about Inder’s teachings and practices. We will not tolerate any accusations or revealing any personal information about either the accusers or the followers / defenders of Uma Inder.

Any personally identifying accusations and/or posted material will be subject to privacy and will be taken down immediately. We will absolutely not allow people to use this platform for personal attacks. Our expose is not about the personal life of the victims nor the followers of Uma Inder. This is not a courtroom and this platform should not be used reveal such things. This is the reason why we never publish details regarding allegations containing such personal information.

In our opinion, the fact that Uma Inder managed through her teachings to make such a controversial division between people speaks for itself. Based upon this result, we believe she is not truly teaching about healing, peace, enlightenment, and harmony.
Regarding the repeated claims being made by Uma supporters that there are only two people who have complained to FACT, we have received more than just two complaints, including a complaint that Uma managed to bring an alleged victim to the brink of attempted suicide.

Moreover, all allegations from Uma Inder’s main defender Mateo Mateo (that we are an organization that lies) and from Uma’s lawyers will be addressed at the conclusion of our expose. For now, please know that FACT has received the highest rating possible from Guidestar (platinum level rating) for our transparency and honesty as an organization. Our organization is merely trying to save lives and make changes for the better.

Lastly, please know that the FACT Team is out on assignment Monday and Tuesday. As such, we request that no comments be made up until Wednesday so that we may be available to respond promptly.

Thank you,

The FACT Team

THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – PART 4: KNOWN AFFILIATIONS

According to the alleged victims and from our online research, Umaa Inder is known to teach around the world at festivals, events, yoga retreats and businesses. Here is a partial list of past and current affiliations:

● Yoga Barn - Ubud, Bali
There is no denying the connection between Yoga Barn and Uma Inder since they employed her for years, allowing her to teach classes regularly to Yoga Barn clients. According to alleged victims of Uma Inder, the owner of Yoga Barn, Meg Pappenheim, received many complaints about Umaa, and it seemed that Ms. Pappenheim had responded accordingly and properly, in our opinion, by firing Uma from Yoga Barn.

● Byron Spirit Festival - Mullumbimby, AU
From their website: “360 degrees of African horizon, the Masai, the wild beasts, the Great Rift Valley, a forest-edged home, all fostered in Umā Inder, a spirited quest for ultimate purpose. Mentored by a grandfather honored as a "Freedom Fighter Extraordinary" and cherished by a Hindu family of Indian descent who embraced life worth living, Umā acknowledges her early years in Kenya as a golden age of education in human-being.”

● Red Tent Yoga – Byron Bay, AU
From their website: “In this workshop Uma delivers an immersive introduction that develops within the participants a grounded, working knowledge of key philosophical and therapeutic fundamentals of Ayurvedic self-care principles and practices. The aim of this workshop is to define and contextualize essential teachings of this all-encompassing system in such a way that the attendants of this course may experience – within hours – the physical, mental, emotional and energetic nurturing effects of the greatest gift on earth – Nature’s infinite wisdom.”

Other online connections that mention, promote and/or support Umaa Inder (check back for updates):

Bali Spirit Festival
Yoga Heart Corner
No Mind Festival
Sacred Radiance Yoga
Casa Shakti Yoga
Suntime Yoga
Yoga Sessions TV
Yoga Alliance
Sport Skool
Higher Self Center
Yoga Trail
Book Yoga Retreats
Bhinneka Yoga Festival - Maribaya Resort
Embodied Intimacy

Please visit our website for more information and links:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/…/Umaa-Inder-…/

Please note: these are merely affiliations and we are not making any statements other than the apparent connection between Uma Inder and these organizations / groups. However, we believe that it is important to inform the public about these affiliations since, in our opinion, we believe Uma Inder may potentially use these venues as a platform to recruit and indoctrinate vulnerable students.

If you have any relevant information to share, either positive or negative, about Uma Inder please contact us at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/c…/contact.html

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our Uma Inder expose, to be posted next week, Thursday Nov. 9th.

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THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – PART 3: ANALYSIS OF THE ALLEGATIONS

In our opinion, after our analysis of the complaints and evidence received utilizing cult expert Steven Hassan's B.I.T.E. model, we believe Uma Inder appears to be acting as a destructive cult leader. 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 analysis model is based upon the work of Robert J. Lifton, Margaret Singer and other psychologists and cult experts, and is used by many professionals in the field to distinguish between destructive and benign cultic group characteristics.

According to this model of analysis, the documented allegations against Uma Inder appear to raise numerous red flags in all four categories across the board.

To see the full breakdown of our B.I.T.E. model analysis, please visit our website at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Cult-Education/Exposes/Umaa-Inder-Expose/

As an example, some relevant quotes from a complaint we received:

“At this point Uma Inder and the group dogma she has created implicitly and explicitly dictates:

• What to wear
• What to eat
• Who to have conversations with
• Acceptable topics of conversation
• Who to have sex with and when
• What music, movies and internet media are acceptable for consumption
• And work routines, largely in service of Uma Inder and her personal projects

As Umaa Inder represents no tradition, these relations are entirely dependent upon Uma Inder’s discretion and subject to change at any time, heightening the anxiety of the members and their dependence on Umaa Inder to make increasingly basic decisions.”

"...members were strongly discouraged from speaking of these experiences to others, and increasingly pushed to signing non-disclosure agreements and waivers to shield Uma Inder from personal liability as her abuses continued and expanded. In addition, Umaa Inder’s chief follower, “protector” (per Umaa Inder), and self-proclaimed bodyguard has made frequent death threats to those he or Umaa Inder deems could ‘harm’ Umaa, such as by speaking out against her abuses. For example, one escaping cult member was threatened with decapitation for studying with another spiritual teacher. Another escaping cult member was threatened with “danger” should he return to Bali, for calling the group a cult.”

"Umaa Inder threatened that those who broke off the ‘process’ halfway would suffer spiritual death (as a leaving cult member was choosing to be away from God), sexual dysfunction, emotional displacement, and an inability to find community. Umaa Inder has also implicitly threatened to publicize highly personal and painful confessional material that she extracted from her followers in the group internet message board should anyone speak out against her.”

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If you have any relevant information to share, either positive or negative, about Uma Inder please contact us at:

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

‘Part Four’ of our Uma Inder expose coming soon...

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THE UMA INDER EXPOSE – PART 2: Recruitment, Indoctrination and Practices

Please Note: The purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm Uma Inder in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate the public and to potentially change her allegedly damaging practices so that no one might be hurt in the future. We of course encourage all opposing views and welcome all new information / evidence at any time. We only wish that Uma Inder would speak with us directly instead of having us communicate with her lawyers.

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As per the documented allegations received, we believe Uma Inder may have abused her position of employment at Yoga Barn (one of the most famous Yoga studios in the world), and at other locations as well to manipulate and exploit vulnerable students.

An ex-student stated the following to give a brief overview of Umaa’s alleged methodology:

“Uma Inder first establishes herself as a spiritual authority through her purported mastery of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.” As per the allegations, “Through the Yoga Barn in Bali, Uma gave consultations, which give her insight into the psychological weaknesses of her ‘patients.’ Patients then become students at Uma’s yoga classes, and are simultaneously encouraged to and ‘warned’ about joining Uma’s ‘inner circle’ by long-term members. Members of this circle communicate on closed online forums—often eight or more hours a day—their inner thoughts, feelings, and ‘impurities’ to be ‘cleared’ or ‘emptied.’ Once in the group, as Uma said, ‘there is no separate world of thinking or feeling’ - everything was the property of the group, and hence, of Uma.”

Other alleged victims add to this summary the following allegations:

1) “As cult members become more deeply committed, she systematically increases the implicit and explicit requirements to ‘being with her’ to her direct benefit, including free labor, monthly dakshina, implicitly compulsory attendance of her classes at Yoga Barn, and hundreds of hours on her internet forum—all leading toward the possibility of “lockdown” in “inner sanctum.”

2) “Uma Inder systematically broke apart couples, calling relationships outside the cult “based on FalseID,” or other forms of untruth. The less-committed member of the couple would typically be driven out of the cult.”

3) “Uma Inder demands that students ‘quote the Source,’ referring to herself, yet rarely discusses the authorities she pulls from unless it justifies her position of authority. In our view she is wholesale plagiarizing the teachings of others for spiritual fraud and manipulation.”

4) “As followers became more embedded in the group, Umaa Inder’s supposedly finite “process” of 12 years became 24 years, then 48 years, and finally an eternity of “absolute love and devotion” to Umaa Inder. This systematic changing of her sales pitch is hidden from new recruits.”

5) “Uma Inder demands that her followers take “self responsibility” for all consequences in order to avoid personal responsibility or liability for her actions, even as she has admitted to manipulating followers’ minds.”

6) “Cult members are required to divulge every thought, including dreams. Failure to do so is punished. Thus exposed, cult members are more easily controlled.”

7) “Uma Inder demands that her followers sign a waiver and an NDA that fundamentally and extensively misrepresent her activities, for example, by claiming an association with the ‘kundalini awakening process,’ when she is actually practicing classic mind control.”

8) “Language is heavily loaded with insider phrases and terminology, and Uma Inder is a master of the thought-terminating cliché - key parts of mind control.”

9) “Umaa Inder limits the information cult members are exposed to, controlling their consumption of media and requiring that members spend virtually all their free time on her internet forum.”

10) “Private conversations are not allowed. To do so is called “sidelining”, and discovery of private conversations is also met with punishment. Even eye contact with members or non-members outside of the presence of Umaa is also shamed as ‘sidelining,’ and ‘playing with Umaa’s fire.’”

11) “Uma Inder encourages cult members to verbally and sometimes physically abuse each other in the name of spiritual practice, calling it ‘transparency,’ ‘dissection,’ or ‘breaking it all down.’ The goal and result is classic cult mind control—breaking down the psyches of her followers with various forms of abuse, generating a sense of self-loathing in followers before creating traumatic attachments to Uma Inder, the group and its teachings.”

12) “Followers were instructed to “serve their [ego] deaths by serving Uma Inder,” and “die into truth,” through service to Umaa. The reward, which Uma Inder kept continually just beyond reach (because she can’t actually offer it), would be acceptance as a disciple, mastery over the kundalini, union with the forces of nature, and implied enlightenment.”

To read more, please visit our website to read our expose:

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

According to these statements, in our opinion, it appears that by slowly bringing vulnerable students into her group in a way that gradually increases the thought reform, commitment, responsibilities and demands placed upon followers, we believe Umaa Inder may be able to eventually transform students into devoted followers. Her methodical indoctrination process seems to incorporate many classic cult thought reform techniques according to the B.I.T.E. model, including ‘group think’, ‘thought stopping’, deception, psychological and identity breakdown, phobia indoctrination and more.

If you have any relevant information to share, either positive or negative, about Uma Inder please contact us at:

https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/c…/contact.html

‘Part Three’ of our Uma Inder expose coming tomorrow...

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THE UMA INDER EXPOSE: Part 1

Our non-profit organization received numerous complaints about the yogi guru known as Uma Inder (a.k.a Umaa) located in Ubud, Bali. Ex-students of Inder’s contacted our office with very serious allegations, claiming that she manipulates, exploits and abuses students in various ways.

We would like to state that the purpose of this expose is not to slander, libel or harm Uma Inder in any way; it is to bring awareness, to educate and to potentially change her allegedly damaging practices. (Please note: our efforts to communicate with Uma Inder to verify the allegations against her were rejected by her and her legal team. Moreover, FACT was threatened by her lawyers with legal action if we decided to run this expose.)

The expose sections are as follows:

1) Exploitation and Abuse Claims
2) Recruitment, Indoctrination, and Practices
3) Analysis Of The Allegations According To The B.I.T.E. Model
4) Known Affiliations
5) Conclusion

Today we begin with Part One of our expose, concerning the claims made by students against Uma Inder for exploitation and abuse. According to our opinion and belief upon analyzing the complaints, we believe Umaa Inder’s traumatic teachings and influence may have led to the exploitation and abuse of her students. 

The allegations against Uma also claim that she caused various physical, mental and emotional issues in her students, such as PTSD, depression, chronic anxiety, self-loathing, severe weight loss, speech impediments, loss of critical thinking skills, severe mental breakdowns and even suicidal tendencies.

Some quotes from the complaints we received:

1) “I had frequent anxiety attacks and suicidal impulses, with frequent horrific, vivid visions of self-harming that felt like the better alternative to continuing ‘the process’ with Uma Inder.”
2) “Like many who have suffered under Uma’s physically and emotionally violent ‘teachings,’ I have experienced symptoms of PTSD for years after exposure to Uma and her abusive cult followers. I too physically and emotionally abused others while I was in the cult, and afterwards, bore sufficient stress in my body that I suffered severe physical, mental, and emotional consequences.”

Moreover, ex-students claim to have been victims of, and/or witnessed, physical attacks and emotional abuse by Uma Inder and by her devoted long-time followers, sanctioned, as one ex-student put it, under the guise of “transparency” to foster intellectual and spiritual development. Below are some of those allegations:

1) “Uma Inder at least twice physically assaulted students on her private SATYA retreat immersion, kicking one girl for failing to address her and tackling and clawing another to the floor.”
2) “Emotional and physical outbursts are sanctioned because they are ‘real,’ and this creates aggression and tension which stifle students’ capacity for critical thinking, while instilling Uma as the center of students’ worlds.”
3) “Inder has spat at students and watched and encouraged as students assaulted one another in retreat immersion settings, systematically encouraging violent and abusive behavior among cult members.”
4) “Uma has assaulted her students who failed to submit fully to her will, both in closed retreat sessions and in numerous personal encounters.” As per the allegations, “She implicitly outsources most of the threat of violence to devoted, long-term students, one of whom has threatened physical violence and murder against students who would ‘harm Uma in any way.”

As stated in the above quote, ex-students also claim to have been threatened for their lives by her ‘bodyguard’ at the behest of Umaa, in an attempt to control and silence potentially outspoken followers and past group members. Some of the supporting allegations are as follows:

1) “We have received death threats for opposing Uma Inder, and we believe we are risking our lives by speaking out.”
2) “I desperately want more information out there about Uma and the group dynamic around her but am very scared for my identity being revealed, especially as I had death threats.”
3) “We have emails by her most brainwashed follower, agent, slave, and sexual abusee in which he makes the death threats…”
4) “Uma Inder described him as a ‘trained killer.’ He threatened to kill me once, and I also saw him threaten to “disintegrate the human form” of another woman, “chop off [the] head” of another, and numerous other threats to kill people in our group.”

In addition, ex-students claim to have been exploited by Uma Inder, compelled to devote their time and money strictly for Umaa’s benefit, under the guise of it being “all for [them].” These ex-members state, for example, that they worked to organize yoga retreats, take care of her property, and run her herbal company called ‘Aranya’, all for no compensation of any kind in return except for “spending time with [Umaa Inder]” and under the threat of mental and emotional violence if they did not comply in order to stay connected to the group.

To read more about these allegations, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/zIi030gg3ng

If you have any relevant information to share, either positive or negative, please contact us at: http://ow.ly/ZwEC30gg3rQ

‘Part Two’ of our Uma Inder expose is posting tomorrow, so stay tuned...


COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST Calvary Temple Church

Location: 50214 Triple Seven Road; Sterling, VA 20165
Leader(s): Star Robert Scott, Ronnie Zarou, Jeff Heglund, Les Stone
Website: www.calvarytempleva.org

We are looking into numerous complaints which allege the following:

"...many current & former members are being investigated for various aspects of child abuse, including beatings & sexual abuse, the lead pastor sexually molested members of his own family, his wife of 30+ years wasn't buried two weeks and he was married again to a 19 year old virgin, there are members of the church that are convicted pedophiles..."

"I witnessed families pitted against one another, putting under aged children out of the homes and into the streets. The child sexual abuse allegations came out after I left."

"This is a highly abusive, controlling, authoritarian church. It is bible based but manipulates and deceives using scripture."

"Emotional abuse, threatenings of losing your family, isolation abuse, manipulation and mind games, allegations of molestation of children both girls and boys, mandatory breakups of families. Coverup of pastoral misdeeds and allegations of hidden illegal activity by the pastors."

"We are pretty traumatized, and only just are starting to get more public about what happened. Thanks mainly to all the other brave people who are speaking up, sharing what they know, and validating our experience."

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

FACT Closed for Hurricane Irma

Dear Supporters,

We will be closed starting tomorrow in preparation for Hurricane Irma and will notify everyone as soon as we reopen. We hope all those affected by the storm make it through safely and without issue.

Thank you,

The FACT Team

GIRL KEPT CAPTIVE BY HER CULT LEADER FATHER

Born into the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought — a strange, secretive “collective” that sprang up in south London in the Seventies — Katy was a human experiment, a model citizen being prepared by her cult-leader father for the moment he took over the world.

Katy told me she was made to keep diaries. Sian would dictate what she had to say. They are chilling documents, recording in detail her daily existence: every bowl of Rice Krispies she ate is written down, as is every beating, which she was forced to explain...

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/29/maoist-cult-leader-jailed-for-23-years-as-slave-daughter-goes-public

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HOW ONE WOMAN ESCAPED HER DESTRUCTIVE CULT

"After her childhood in a secretive cult founded by her grandfather, New Zealand woman Lilia Tarawa risked hellfire and damnation to escape.

On the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand, a religious cult named Gloriavale Christian Community closed itself off from the rest of the world in 1969. Founded by the self-styled and self-named Australian religious leader Hopeful Christian – who was convicted and jailed on three charges of indecent sexual assault of a young woman in 1995 – the 500-strong community was run according to a strict and oppressive interpretation of fundamental Christianity.

Eight years ago, Lilia Tarawa – granddaughter of Hopeful Christian – escaped with her family into what she had always believed to be the evil, wicked world. This is an extract from her memoir about her life in the cult."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/30/my-life-in-a-religious-cult-the-most-dangerous-place-in-the-world-is-the-womb-of-an-ungodly-woman

SATANIC CULT INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY

FACT is currently investigating a terribly heartbreaking and disturbing case where a mother believes that her ex-husband is involved in a satanic cult that is abusing her children physically and sexually.
The children live on their father’s compound, where he is believed to have impregnated one of his young daughters, more than once, according to evidence collected by a private investigator. Horrific as it seems, it is believed that the babies are then sacrificed as part of the ex-husband’s satanic rituals.

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COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST Church of Almighty God

LOCATION: China | New York City | Worldwide

We received a complaint which alleges that this church is breaking a family apart using various online tactics. At this point these are only allegations. If you have any information or experience with this church, either positive or negative, please contact us at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

An article published about this group alleges that they have committed numerous robberies, assaults and even murder.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-06/25/content_17615554.htm

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'Faith Assembly Church'

LOCATION: 1715 Old Potters Ln, Clarksville, IN 47129

We are looking into an alleged complaint filed against this church, which claims that it is a doomsday (end-of-times) cult. According to the allegations, the church is using phobia indoctrination and other means to manipulate and control its members.

To restate, these are only allegations at this point. If you have any information or experience with this church, either positive or negative, please contact us at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

CULT LEADER ARRESTED FOR HORRIFIC CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

This is one of the thousands of cases occurring in the U.S. each year that FACT receives complaints about, that seldom come to light unfortunately. It is something that we are trying our best to change, especially when it comes to terrible cases like this where innocent children are suffering from terrible abuses.

In this particular case, the leader and three members of a religious group based in Cibola County, NM were arrested for what investigators called horrific crimes against children. Charges included over 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and child abuse.

These kinds of abuses must stop, and we will never give up the fight.

- The FACT Team

ABC NEWS VIDEO AND STORY: https://youtu.be/yYIeXIP5yeE

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Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism

Christine Chandler, ex-cult victim and friend of FACT, has written and published a new book entitled 'Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism'.

Book Description:

When author, Christine Chandler, signed up for a simple meditation retreat, she had no idea she would be severing emotional ties with her ordinary life, in order to obey the intense practices of Tibetan Lamas; becoming one of their many western devotees and 'change agents' to help the lamas overwhelm western values and ethics in order to replace them with a Buddhist-disguised Tantric spirituality.
After nearly thirty years as a Tibetan 'Buddhist,' Chandler finally realized that she had been part of a thousand-year old, guru-worshiping cult, that uses mindfulness and other contemplative practices, along with ancient and sophisticated cult techniques, to recruit, commit and entrap westerners into the Tibetan Lama's medieval, misogynistic world. A world where the Tibetan lamas secretly keep harems of young women, cuckold the men, and financially, physically and spiritually exploit all their students.
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To purchase a copy of her book, please visit our FACT store

HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN HAVE DIED AS A RESULT OF LEGAL RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

32 states offer a religious exemption to state child abuse protection laws. The statute extends a religious defense, in civil court, to parents who rely on spiritual treatment in accordance with their faith's beliefs.

"We've failed our children here," said Dr. Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and long-time advocate dedicated to overturning Pennsylvania's religious exemption. "I think this in many ways is America's dirty little secret."

http://ow.ly/fuTC3095b6I

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST The Modern Mystery School

LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario
WEBSITE: http://www.modernmysteryschoolint.com
LEADER: Gudni Gudnason

We are looking into a complaint filed against this school. If you have been harmed by this organization and/or have any relevant information to share, please contact us at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

KKK

The KKK is arguably one of the worst cults in existence with a long history of brutal hate crimes against humanity, especially with its most recent attack against counter protestors in Charlottesville, VA resulting in the death of one person and the injury of 19 others.

Is it possible for those who are indoctrinated by racist brainwashing to come out of that mindset and stop acting on / spreading hate? Here is the story of how a long-time white supremacist escaped, who is now helping others as an anti-hate activist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnVkbi4NfSQ

Blue Whale Challenge

ATTENTION PARENTS:

We would like to alert you about a sick cultic game called the Blue Whale Challenge circulating online and around social media targeting teenagers and young adults. Victims of the game’s undue influence are manipulated into causing bodily self-harm and ultimately suicide.

The game originated in Russia and is believed to be linked to 130 cases of suicide to date. Although they have apprehended whom they believe to be its creator, a series of copycat users have appeared online to continue the game. Incidents have been reported in over 19 countries to date, including the United Kingdom, India and two cases in the US.

Here are some of the common signs to look for with your child:

Sharing social media posts with a hashtag #f57 or #f40 or #ImaWhale, or posts about looking for a whale
Waking up at 4:20 to watch scary videos or do other unusual tasks
Scratching a sketch of a whale onto their body
Making deep cuts on their arms or scratching “yes” on their body
Standing on the edge of a roof or bridge (especially if this is unusual for your child)
Taking photos of any of these activities to send to others
Physically hurting themselves
Extreme changes in eating or sleeping habits
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If you believe your loved one may be suicidal and/or involved in the Blue Whale Challenge, please contact FACT or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

CULTS ARE TARGETING OUR CHILDREN ONLINE

We have received many complaints this year about children being recruited online by various destructive cultic groups. These groups are brainwashing kids of all ages, especially young teenagers primarily through social media content and Youtube videos, and destroying families as a result.

Parents, please be ever vigilant of your child’s online activities and warn them of the dangers of destructive leaders / cultic groups that seek to manipulate and exploit children.

If you suspect your child is interested and/or involved with a questionable online group, please contact our organization at: www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Support/

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Katsura Kan Nazi Sympathizer Evidence

Dear Supporters,

My beloved daughter had no chance against this wicked person, who I believe is a Nazi sympathizer as per his latest Facebook profile post (please see attached photo). As a result of Katsura Kan’s manipulations my daughter is dead, and he is promoting Hitler.

Amazingly, but not surprisingly, he was considered good enough to be hired by Naropa University in Boulder, CO, which is an accredited higher learning institution, where we believe he taught his students without any proper teachings credentials, the destructive dance of Butoh and its philosophy in the classroom which promoted pain, suffering, and death. We will look into what I believe is the undeserved accreditation of this university.

This is the face of evil representing the thousands of corrupt and abusive cult leaders and gurus out there that FACT is diligently fighting against in order to save our children.

Sincerely,

Tibor Stern
On Behalf of the Sharoni Stern Estate


WATCHTOWER VICTIMS MEMORIAL DAY TOMORROW

WATCHTOWER VICTIMS MEMORIAL DAY TOMORROW:

July 26 marks the annual Watchtower Victims Memorial Day. This is a worldwide day of mourning and respect for all victims of the hurtful and hateful policies of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, commonly known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The idea for the Day was conceived because the shunning experienced by many former Jehovah’s Witnesses is so severe that they often feel as if their family members have died, yet these ones have no grave site to visit, no day for mourning their loss and separation. The Day was then expanded to honor and respect all victims of this religion, including those still trapped within its walls or who have officially left, and those who have lost their lives due to its policies.

For more information, please visit: https://watchtowervictimsmemorialday.com

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST The Crossroads Program

LOCATION: St. Louis and Columbia Missouri
WEBSITE: www.thecrossroadsprogram.com

We are looking into a complaint alleging that this drug rehabilitation program is being run as a destructive group that is separating teenagers from their parents and destroying families.

"This drug treatment program, referred to as the group, separates teens from families and acts as a surrogate for families...They have to cut all ties with old friends, even non-drug users. They are encouraged to drop out of school. They are isolated from society and told that outsiders are not winners. One of the 12 steps requires sticking with winners (the group)...The counselors control all decisions such as who members can live with, where they can work, who they can date, etc. The "counseling" sessions never include both the parents and the child. The members of the group all look and act the same."

If you have any relevant information to share and/or believe you have been harmed by this organization, please contact us.

Many people do not understand just how destructive a cultic group can be...

Many people do not understand just how destructive a cultic group can be. Here is an excerpt from a complaint we recently received that we are investigating:

“Many members are estranged from & rejected by family that are still in attendance there…many current & former members are being investigated for various aspects of child abuse, including beatings & sexual abuse…the lead pastor sexually molested members of his own family. His wife wasn't buried 2 weeks & he was married again to a 19 year old virgin…there are members of the church that are convicted pedophiles, you can't marry someone outside the church, meaning a non-member…”

There are thousands of groups like this in the U.S. alone and we are the only non-profit in the U.S. working to stop these groups from destroying innocent lives and families.
Please help us by liking our posts and sharing them with everyone you know to get the word out. Only through education and awareness can people avoid being victimized by destructive cultic groups.

We thank you for your support.

- The FACT Team



THERE IS NOTHING BETTER FOR US THAN TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE LIKE THIS FROM A PARENT:

“Mr. Stern,

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words of support and advice, and for your great work. You both were so kind in your expressions of concern. I wanted to share with you what appears to be good and optimistic news...You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers.”

This is what we at FACT work so hard for, to try and reunite separated families who are suffering over the loss of their loved ones to destructive groups. No group / leader ever has the right to turn children against their parents and isolate them from their family and friends.

If you have a loved one trapped in a destructive high-control demand group, we are here to help.

FAMOUS SINGER R. KELLY IS ALLEGEDLY HOLDING 6 WOMEN AGAINST THEIR WILL IN A 'CULT,' ACCORDING TO THEIR PARENTS

"Six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs," the report says, citing details from Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, the three former inner-circle members. "He controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records."

Several of the women's parents have gone to the police to try to get their daughters back. BuzzFeed reports that one Georgia family told police that their daughter was being held in a "cult" by Kelly, who they say is "abusive and is controlling" her.

The mother of that woman told BuzzFeed that her daughter "looked like a prisoner" when she last saw her and acted as if she were "brainwashed" while continually professing her love for Kelly.

http://ow.ly/HNWF30dJ0WC

A QUOTE FROM CHARLES MANSON

"If you give your mind to me, it's none of your business what I do with it."

- Charles Manson-

WHY DO PEOPLE JOIN CULTS?

An excellent article published by Psychology Today:

Why do people join and even appear to thrive in cult-like groups? Why do people join the Masons, the Rotarians or a political Party? Because of what they offer: friendship, connections, identity, an opportunity to make a contribution. Are the motives the same as joining the Order of the Solar Temple, the Branch Davidians, the Taliban, Hamas, or the Al Qua-eda? How are acceptable social groups and organizations different from (dangerous) cults?

There is a great deal of interest in “cults” which can take many forms: They may be religious or racial, political or mystical, self-help or pseudo-psychological, but they all have half a dozen recognizable characteristics:
Powerful and exclusive dedication/devotion to an explicit person or creed.

They use of “thought-reform” programmes to integrate, socialize, persuade and therefore control members.

A well thought through recruitment, selection and socialization process.

Attempts to maintain psychological and physical dependency among cult members.

Cults insist on reprogramming the way people see the world.

Consistent exploitation of group members specifically to advance the leaders goals.

Cults nearly always go in for milieu control signals: a different,unfamiliar setting with different rules, terms, behaviour patterns.

Ultimately using psychological and physical harm to cult members, their friends and relatives and possibly the community as a whole.

Read the full article here: http://ow.ly/bx2B30dC5QF

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF F.A.C.T.

Dear Supporters,

I recently received a heartbreaking letter from some parents who are suffering over the loss of their child to an extremely destructive cult, much like the one that took my own daughter from me and drove her to suicide. Like all high-control / demand cults, this group is brainwashing followers into believing they should turn against their own loving families. Unfortunately, we have experienced and know all too well the enormous pain, struggle, worry and suffering that parents go through when their child is manipulated and brainwashed to turn against them, typically for the rest of their lives.

Though it is too late for my beloved daughter, we at FACT are doing our best to help save their child from this destructive group and end this poor family’s suffering. I am so disturbed, torn and in pain from listening to countless parents who contact me crying over the loss of their children to destructive groups, and it needs to stop. No family should ever have to experience and endure such a terrible ordeal in their lives, which is why it is our mission at FACT to end the destruction of our children and families.

Sincerely,

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

HOPCC Complaints Keep Coming In...

Complaints keep coming in to FACT about the House of Prayer Christian Church’ (HOPCC), a.k.a The Place of Help, located at 2540 Airport Rd, Hinesville, GA, 31313. Though there are many claims being made about this church’s alleged nefarious activities, the ones that disturb us the most involve the separation and destruction of families. Many people claim to have been separated from their loved ones by the leader of this church, Pastor Rony Denis, who is allegedly brainwashing members into shunning anyone in their lives who is not a member and true supporter of his church.

We believe Pastor Denis has never experienced the horrible feeling of having someone you love dearly completely turn against you, even to the point of hatred. Imagine having your son or daughter decide never to want to speak with you again, or your husband or wife say they want a divorce, and all because you didn’t believe in or agree with the teachings and/or leadership within a church or group.

No one has the right to harm families in any way, shape or form, and we at FACT are devoted to stopping any destructive leaders and gurus who believe they can destroy families for their own benefit.
If you believe in our mission, please like and share our posts and FACT Facebook page with everyone you know.

Thank you for your support.

-The FACT Team

Out of the Office...

Dear Supporters,

The FACT Team will be out of the office until July 10th and we will not be posting to social media or answering messages. Please follow our posts again on that date.

We thank you all for your continued interest in our page and support with FACT.

- The FACT Team

FACT Updates

Our daily mission at FACT is to help victims and families of destructive cults, educate the public, expose cult groups and try to hold these groups accountable for their actions. Though it is difficult work, every success, big or small, makes it all worth while. Here are some of the latest results from our efforts:

- We are happy to report that a grandmother who lost her grandchildren to a destructive cult group was able to regain custody after a long and arduous process.

- Our efforts to investigate and expose Victory Outreach Church in Santa Rosa, CA have led to FACT now working with the District Attourney’s office in that area on their preliminary investigation into the church and its leadership.

For more information about our organization, please visit our website homepage.

Help Support FACT through Facebook!

Please help F.A.C.T. rescue trapped children, reunite broken families and expose more cults simply by liking our Facebook page and sharing it with everyone you know, and asking them to do the same.

On behalf of cult victims and families everywhere, we thank you for your generous support.

-The FACT Team

A heartbreaking victim support request

A passage from a heartbreaking victim support request sent in to our organization, about a minor trapped in a highly controlling and abusive cult:

"The family members who have [name removed] live in a cult like environment within this church. She is not allowed to have friends or associate with people outside the church. She was forbidden from having dolls or certain items that convey feminism. She and her older siblings are dominated and all choices are made for them. The head of cult family is a pedophile...he controls everything and everyone in that group."

We are working to free this young girl from this destructive and dangerous cult environment.

If you know someone in need of support, please have them contact us.

SOUTH FLORIDA GURU "YOGA FOX" BUSTED FOR SEX WITH A MINOR

A primary reason why FACT exists and why we work so hard to prevent such tragedies and educate the public.

"Police say the guru — a 58-year-old whose real name is Keith Fox — used his position as a respected teacher to groom and then repeatedly have sex with a 15-year-old girl. Fox was arrested yesterday and charged with sexual battery of a minor.

The news stunned South Florida's yoga world, where Fox had an oversize presence both at his own studios in Delray Beach and at large traveling festivals such as Wanderlust and Yogafest."

Please help us in our mission by liking our Facebook page and posts and sharing them with others.

http://ow.ly/sn2r30cQS97

A FOLLOW-UP TO OUR EFFORTS TO STOP KATSURA KAN'S DESTRUCTION OF INNOCENT LIVES

As a followup to our expose and efforts to warn the public about Katsura Kan, we are extremely happy to tell you that some people have decided to stop working with Kan, including the cancelation of an upcoming workshop and festival.

We thank them for taking the information and evidence against this ex-Naropa teacher seriously, which clearly shows Kan’s sociopathic and predatory nature / destructive capabilities towards his students and young innocent women.

Some quotes from the letters we received:

“Dear Tibor, I am very sorry for your daughter. It is an horrible story. I am stopping my project to work with Katsura Kan. I sent him email by follow his workshop this summer. After watch your letter, I was very shocking. Thank very much to contact me. Maybe you save my life. I don't understand why this man begin to teach and why he is not in cell. Why Butoh community accepts him in community. He send an email with all summer workshop. He'll teach to Butoh festival to Bulgaria after he goes to Serbia and after in Finland. If I can help you... I am sad with you and your family. I am sorry to my english, I hope you understand me…Thank you for your email.”

"Thank you very much for your info...the festival is canceled. Wish you light in your mission."

Unfortunately institutions, theaters and festivals continue to hire Katsura Kan, and as such we are constantly contacting and informing them as well as the Butoh community in general. We expect all employers to cancel Katsura's workshops / performances, as this wicked man must be stopped at all costs for the safety and well-being of students.

For more information about Katsura Kan and what he has done, especially being responsible for the death of Sharon Stern and for causing mental health issues in other students of his, please visit this link.

What we at FACT are dealing with on a daily basis

"[My child] has turned into a completely different person, she has severed ties with her family and accused her family of abuse. She has tried to rip us apart. Apparently they are told to divorce their families. We have no contact with her now. We are desperate..."

It is incredible how many victim support requests we receive that state the same issue of how destructive groups are tearing families apart. Please know that FACT is always dedicated to helping suffering families recover their loved ones from these groups.

If you have a loved one trapped in a destructive high-control / demand cultic group, please fill out our online victim support form.

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'AJ MILLER'

Website: www.divinetruth.com

We are looking into a complaint filed against AJ Miller, who claims to be the resurrected Jesus Christ and who is alleged to be recruiting youth online and separating families.

If you have any relevant information to share and/or believe you have been harmed by AJ Miller, please contact us.

Case Update

FACT is currently working to stop a Pastor named Rocky Hemphill located in Hattiesburg, MS. He is alleged to be abusing minors sexually and physically. We have reported this Pastor to the Department of Human Services / Child Protective Services and the local police in that area, providing all the information we obtained through our investigation. We believe these agencies will permanently shut down this church and hold this so called pastor accountable for his actions to hopefully bring justice to the alleged victims.

We will keep you informed of any updates. If you need help for yourself or a loved one trapped in a destructive group, you may contact our office.

COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST 'VICTORY OUTREACH CHURCH'

LOCATION: Santa Rosa, CA WEBSITE: http://www.vosr.org/LEADER: Pastor Jose Guadarrama

We are working on a case founded on complaints alleging that the leader of this church, Pastor Guadarrama, is manipulating, controlling and exploiting members, including those sent to the church by the local court system in that area for substance abuse rehabilitation.

The allegations state member deception and fraud, 12 hour work days with no pay, subpar communal living environments and inadequate nutrition (sometimes to the point of hospitalization) and more. According to our information, three members have been hospitalized to date including one for a recent suicide attempt.

If you have any relevant information to share and/or would like to file a formal complaint against this church, please contact us at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

EX-JEHOVAH'S WITNESS REVEALS SECRETS OF RELIGIOUS GROUP

A former Jehovah's Witness has offered a rare insight into the religious group, describing it as a cult that "tries to control emotions, thought, information and behavior of a person". The treatment of women, child abuse and how to prevent being visited by followers of the religion are among topics confronted by ex-member.

http://ow.ly/QZ3O30crsPF

LONDON ATTACK: HOW ARE UK EXTREMISTS RADICALIZED?

By Prof Peter Neumann & Dr Shiraz Maher King's College London

Police have identified the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48 in London on Saturday. What do we know of how UK extremists become radicalized?

BBC story: http://ow.ly/vjrX30cneYi

'Squeeze My Cans' Tells Performer's Courageous Escape from Scientology

As her financial investment eventually neared $1 million in money she gave and/or spent on Scientology materials, Cathy realized she was in desperate straits. She managed to extricate herself, and by then her daughter, from the reach of people who promised only her best interests but somehow seemed more driven by draining her personal wealth as well as her mind and spirit.

http://ow.ly/beA130clg2t

one of our first cases goes to trial

One of our first cases where we filed complaints on behalf of Matthew Fenner, who claimed to have been assaulted and kidnapped by senior members of his church, has finally come to trial.

Matthew Fenner was the first person to take the stand in the assault and kidnapping trial of Brooke Covington, a 58-year-old minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, N.C.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-gay-man-church-20170601-story.html

MORE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED ABOUT NAROPA UNIVERSITY IN BOULDER, CO

Complaints are still coming in about Naropa University since the release of our expose. New complaints state issues like Naropa regularly allowing unlicensed instructors to teach students, discrimination and more:

"Pouria Montazeri was faculty at the professional school of psychology (he still has a profile on ratemyprofessors.com). He never held a full license as an LPC in Colorado but was allowed to teach anyway. Naropa regularly allowed unlicensed instructors to teach. Pouria had to relinquish his registration as an unlicensed psychotherapist when someone who he did psychotherapy with and had sex with brought the matter to the state regulatory agency. This can be verified by looking up his profile on DORA at https://www.colorado.gov/dora [the disposition of the grievance will stipulate that the section of the code that he violated was for criminal sexual misconduct]."
"...discrimination which directly affected my benefits and academics at the school from top faculty members...Selective and bias towards liberal, upper class students who spout hatred for conservative and Christian values. No freedom of speech at this school, the political correctness police are out in full, and your grades and success are directly affected by this. No ethics at this institution."

We are looking into these complaints. If you have a complaint to file against Naropa University, please contact us: www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/cult-help/contact.html

To read our previous Naropa expose posts, please visit our F.A.C.T. Facebook page: https://business.facebook.com/FACT501c3/posts/1536816923026642

Please share our expose posts with everyone you know.

Thank you,

Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc.

FROM AN EX-TEACHER AT NAROPA UNIVERSITY IN BOULDER, CO

For three years, Dr. Don Matthews worked at Naropa University as an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and as the Coordinator of the Master's of Divinity Program. He is also the author of the book "Destroying Black Males", which also includes some of his experiences at Naropa.

These are the communications sent to us from Dr. Don Matthews (who retains full copyright status):

The students at Naropa were the most artistically gifted students I have had the privilege to teach. Their ability in the arts of dance, poetry and music were outstanding. However, many of them were emotionally fragile and vulnerable. Many of The students chose Naropa because they knew that they would not face the same challenges that are normally expected of students. Naropa's rate of admission were high, the academic curriculum did not reflect the normal expectations of colleges and they would have a haven from the realities of the real world. According to their own statistics their students were more likely to gain jobs as barista and lie paid service providers after accruing massive amounts of debt. Their fascination with being at an "alternative" university was stronger than their realistic hopes for a productive job after graduation.

During my first year of teaching at Naropa and coordinating the Master of Divinity Program several graduate students revealed that they were usually diagnosed with alcoholism and mental illness. Two of the told me that they were using a pseudo-Christian meditation practice called Centering Prayer. This was a technique that had been developed by Father Thomas Keating in imitation of Buddhist meditation practice. I later learned that this method was not approved by the Roman Catholic Church. The person who taught the Christian Mystical Tradition before I was hired was one of the leaders of this "non-dualistic" practice. The students were convinced that this technique would cure their mental illness as they also participated in approved 12 Step Programs. I warned them against believing the claims of Centering Prayer that it could cure mental illness that were made by Father Keating and I urged them to seek medical intervention. They and other Naropa community members were upset at my negative appraisal of this practice. I had actually attended a workshop regarding this practice and was further convinced of my assessment.
Later that year both students told me that they became suicidal and were forced to seek emergency medical treatment. They continued with their 12 Step Programs but were now also receiving medical treatment, including counseling and pharmacological remedies under medical and l mental health specialists. They both apologized to me for bringing student complaints against me and thanked me for my counseling and encouragement to seek help.

This was not the first or last time I had to deal did not with students who were being enabled to not getting the help they needed. I refused to allow several students to remain in the Master of Divinity Program program who refused to get help for substance abuse and other mental health issues. I was not going to certify that graduates of this program were capable of serving others when they refused to seek help for themselves and could endanger others. One faculty member told me that it was more important to keep enrollment up. Despite their fears the class that I shepherded in the program had the most number of graduates and postgraduate placements in the history of the program. I am very proud of the work we did together.

Since the school's inception it has struggled with racial diversity. Their only Black Administrators, including myself, were not offered renewal contracts for spurious reasons. One of the administrators received a settlement because the President of the university violated her civil rights. I know this because their attorney told my attorney that they were not going to offer me anywhere near the payment she received. However, this racial discrimination only applies t ethnic minorities who were not affiliated with the Shambhala organization. When I reported that one of the newly hired Asian American faculty members had falsified her credentials, the President responded that everyone has done so, including himself.

This is consistent with their Founder's "Crazy Wisdom" philosophy in which normal ethical expectations are not respected. In the department where I worked most of the men had violated sexual ethics policy with no recrimination because they were sympathetic to this "non-dualistic" worldview in which "dualistic" concepts like right vs. wrong, and good vs. evil did not apply. I was charged with violating sexual harassment policy on a trumped up charge as a way of encouraging me to resign. But, since sexual ethics has been an area of personal and professional concern I fought their attempts and was overwhelming supported by the student body at several called meetings, to the dismay of the President, who called for the meetings. These proceedings took a toll on me personally and professionally but I would do it again for the sake of being true to self and true to what a university should be.

They often remarked that Shambhala was no longer traditionally Buddhist, even though they claimed to be "Buddhist inspired" university with Buddhist programs. This was confirmed when some of their own members questioned whether their retreat center could properly be accepted as being a Buddhist retreat. I also spoke to several Tibetan and Asian Advanced Buddhist Teachers and they also confirmed this assessment. I met several adherents of their organization who left over the continued breaches of ethics by the Founder's appointed designer after his death. They still had a great respect for Trungpa despite his many failings and they earned me about the cultish like behavior of their leaders who would not hesitate to engage in legal and illegal retribution.

One such former member, a psychiatrist about how he felt about Trungpa's behavior. He said that "Trungpa Rinpoche was the best person and the worst person he had ever known, but that he was always honest about displaying his true self." That about sums up the way I view Naropa. It was the best of times and the worst of times.

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The lack of student services is a real problem at Naropa. There was no Student Health Cliic, no on call medical doctor or Psychiatrist who could assess and prescribe medication. No psychiatric social worker or nurse who could attend to the many needs of the students. Food insecurity was a big problem. I arranged for several students to receive aid from social welfare agencies when they were on the brink of hunger. Their resources were depleted due to the exorbitant tuition and living expenses.

I attended one meeting for undergraduate residence hall members where the topic was on sexuality. What was not advertised was that the leaders of the discussion were advocates of polyandry who were clear in expressing the advantages of having multiple relationships rather than having a single committed partnership. I later objected to the presenters being chosen for this topic because of the youth of the students and the lack of more traditional viewpoints.

One woman freshman, a JewBu (Jewish-Buddhist) student who had gone to the counseling center for help wound up being arrested and being sent to a mental health ward because the student intern she was seeing did not know how to react appropriately to her crisis situation.
Another freshman student, a Black woman, was arrested after having an altercation with a white male student. She was not allowed to return to the dorm and was left homeless. The Provost at that time, a Black woman, was called by her frantic mother to help her daughter until she could get to the school and withdraw her from Naropa.

The lack of adequately trained student professionals was appalling. The most important characteristic for their employment seemed to be membership in Shambhala or a willingness to not make waves with the administration.

A White female student asked to meet with me the year after my not being rehired. She told me about her experience of being subjected to sexual harassment in a psychology class that consisted of female students with a male professor who continually asked the students to share their sexual experiences in class. She refused, but was afraid to report his behavior for fear of retribution.

Many undergraduate students major in psychology with the hope that they will become therapists, hoping that they would be admitted into Naropa’s graduate counseling program. However, they discovered that the undergraduate and graduate programs were separate entities and the graduate program accepted very few of the school’s undergraduate students. Since their undergraduate preparation paled in comparison to undergraduates at other institutions, they found it difficult to be accepted at other graduate programs. Grades didn’t mean very much since almost every student had a B+ to A grade point average. This was shocking to me since in my teaching at other undergraduate colleges if a class received higher than a C+/B- average, the instructor was called on the carpet by the Chairperson and Dean for contributing to grade inflation.
The school needs overall reform. When they advertised for a Director of Diversity Programs they received over 100 applicants. However two of the candidates on their short list backed out and they were left with only one applicant, whom the hired. He became ill and left after a year and so they promoted a Black Counseling Graduate of Naropa whom they had previously rejected due to her lack of experience.

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I am writing this as a person who is ready to deal with a nightmare on which evil had shocked him into silence. What shook me out of my silence was the news that one of my former students at Naropa University had committed suicide. This student had exhibited symptoms of serious mental illness including delusional speech and extreme withdrawal. The person who caught the class with me was a Naropa Masters trained Counselor who also worked as an undergrad advisor. We both agreed that he needed some serious psychological help. Whether he received it when he was there I don't know since that was the last undergraduate class I taught at Naropa. When I read that he had graduated in 2015 and committed suicide in 2016, it didn't surprise me more than it made me sad. In the undergraduate classes I taught at least two-thirds of the students has revealed past diagnoses of mental disorders including clinical depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism and schizophrenia. What they had in common was that being at Naropa would provide them with the magic bullet that would allow them to overcome their disorders through meditation and unorthodox psychological perspective.

Their situation was not unusual. Many of the graduate students came to Naropa seeking this same magic bullet. But instead of the faculty recommending psychiatric medical care, including the use of appropriate drug regimens I found myself arguing with the faculty members despite their acknowledgement that many of the students had severe mental disorders. Finally, the need for training to address this issue was recognized and the faculty was given a one hour session on suicide prevention. During the meeting one of the senior faculty members who was also a therapist argued that we did not have the right to take an anti-suicidal posture and that we should not automatically counsel against suicide. Another professor who now teaches counseling courses stated that she was not able to counsel students who came to her if they were suicidal.

I had encountered several students who were suicidal and I insisted that they receive appropriate treatment. One parent told me that I had saved her son's life. Other students resisted, but thankfully no students in my watch committed suicide and turned to get the appropriate medical treatment.

I arrived at Naropa in the Summer of 2011. I had already experienced a failure in ethics in the way I was treated by the Religious Studies faculty during my interview, but that is another matter. Unfortunately, I had not fully vetted Naropa and did not about the history of sexual abuse of power by its Founder and other officials who eventually originated the school. I had done much teaching and research in this area and assumed that I was going to an institution with the highest ethical standards since it touted itself as a Buddhist University. I had and still have respect for Buddhism but what I found at Naropa when it came to matters of sexual misconduct was shocking to say the least.

My first week at Naropa I met various members of the staff as introduced by the Department Chair, Phil Stanley. One of the person's he introduced me to was Giovaninni Jobson, the undergraduate Religious Studies advisor. Phil invited me to dinner later that evening. When I arrived I was confused by the person who had greeted me. I then realized that this was Ms. Jobson. I slowly became aware that they were living together with her developmentally disabled son, whom I also met. I later discovered that they had been living together for several years. This an obvious breach of ethics to have an intimate relationship with a subordinate but this did not stop this relationship from being public and accepted.

My second exposure came in the orientation for new faculty members by the Human Resources department. Among the many documents we were shown was a report that stated that there had been no incidents of sexual violence on the campus during the past year. I voiced my skepticism regarding that report since I knew that undergraduate institutions were loathe to report the actual number of incidents in order not to scare away any potential parents who would not allow their children to attend a university with this problem. Later that first year I was visited by a consultant that was hired by the university to speak to all staff who were to be mandatory reporters of such instances in why and what they should do when students came to them with these issues. The consultant confirmed my initial observations and he was hired to satisfy the demands of the Department of Education that Naropa comply with federal guidelines in reporting instances of sexual violence.

There is so much more to say but I have to stop at this point.

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By Rev. Dr. Donald H. Matthews, M.A., MDIV, PhD. ACPE

THE FAMILY: A CULT REVEALED

For those who missed the CBS News 48 Hours special program about 'The Family'.

Allegations of stolen children, drugs, abuse and a leader who claimed to be the second coming of Jesus Christ -- "48 Hours" follows the trail of a cult that began in Australia and led the FBI to New York.

Watch it now here: http://ow.ly/akeL30bDzpc

'FIRST CHURCH OF GOD' INVESTIGATION CLOSED

Location: Red Bluff, CA

As a non-profit organization helping cult victims and suffering families, we need to initiate a preliminary investigation into every complaint we receive. Unfortunately for most complaints sent in to our office, we find them to be legitimate and typically substantiated by additional corroborating complaints / evidence that come in as a result of our fact-finding outreach efforts.

In this case however, we did not receive any other complaints against the First Church of God and/or its leadership, and could also not find any negative corroborating information online to support the allegations made against them. We also called First Church of God and spoke with the head of the church, Pastor Sean Story, who was very open and forthcoming with answering all questions. Since no more complaints or evidence have come in to substantiate the complaint filer’s allegation, at this point our investigation is closed.
We have removed our previous post on all social media platforms. We thank the First Church of God for their cooperation with our investigation.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc.

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'ROY ROMINE MINISTRIES'

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'ROY ROMINE MINISTRIES'
LOCATION: Spring, TX
WEBSITE: N/A

We are investigating a complaint which states that Pastor Roy Romine is using phobia indoctrination and other methods of manipulation and control, including member isolation. According to the allegations, we believe Pastor Romine is misusing his position of authority as a spiritual leader to exert undue influence over church members.

If you have any relevant information to share about this church and/or its leadership, please contact us immediately

ISIS Social Media Platform in development

ISIS is building its own secret dark web social media platform where fanatics can recruit new jihadis and share vile beheading videos.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright said the move is a response to pressure from cops and tech companies.

https://www.rt.com/news/387024-isis-social-media-platform/

THE 'COMMUNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS'

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST THE 'COMMUNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS'
LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN
WEBSITE: N/A

As per the complaint received, the leaders of this group are physically abusing children, sexually abusing / taking advantage of members, and separating families. They are said to be using the guise of paganism to recruit people into the group.

We are currently investigating these allegations. If you have any relevant information to share about this church and/or its leadership, please contact us immediately at: http://ow.ly/JaeQ30bcE0x

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OF AN ELUSIVE AND ABUSIVE CULT

CBS News just contacted FACT, asking us to share info about their upcoming '48 hours' episode. Here is their letter:

Dear FACT,

"I wanted to reach out in regards to an upcoming episode of 48 Hours airing this Saturday, on CBS nationally at 9/8c. It depicts the lives of children who were raised in a cult in Australia led by Anne Hamilton-Byrne. The children were starved, beaten, and even given the mind altering drug, LSD. Anne Hamilton-Byrne fled Australia and hid out in the Catskill Mountains of New York State to avoid charges of fraud and abuse.

With the help of your organization, we are hoping to amplify the amount of voices and resources that cater to those who are involved or have been involved with cultic teachings.

We would love if Families Against Cult Teachings and Abuses could help us promote this conversation by tweeting along, posting on Facebook, etc. We are happy to share with you some of our material for the episode that you can use to spread awareness for the upcoming show in any way you see fit."

Here is the sneak peak sent to us: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/sneak-peek-the-family/

This special "48 Hours" airs Saturday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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