Friday, November 18, 2016

DO YOU HAVE A KID IN COLLEGE?

If so, our FACT Sheets are the perfect educational materials to share with them. Your kids will learn all about how cults recruit and indoctrinate members, and how they can protect themselves against destructive groups looking to manipulate and exploit them. 

To download and print our free FACT Sheets.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

STORIES FROM THOSE INVOLVED IN CULTS

Thousands of people responded to a blog post asking this question: Have you ever been involved with a cult? What was your experience?

"I was given to men by request. I was once held down by 4 men, while a group of maybe a dozen other men exorcised me. They believed I was possessed by a demon because of my inability to be like them, to "get with the program". I was spanked, beaten, and whipped most my life. Simply put, I was terrified my entire childhood. I lived every second of my life in fear."

"I was born and raised in a cult, and considered myself a member up until I left my parents' home at the age of 18. The group I was associated with is not well known, but the effects on the members are tragic and undeniable. We were literally brainwashed."

"I have been locked in rooms for 3 days and night to "fast and pray". I've been denied contact with other humans for weeks, or even months, to get closer to God."

"I was born and raised in a small communal Bible-based cult in the US. I was a part of the cult until I was 27. Daily life revolved around a church and the pastor's wife, who ran the cult. The children were raised to be workers in the church and to give their lives for what the leader wanted... We were not allowed to have friends outside the church, to live anywhere except a church-owned house, or leave the church without escort or express permission. As kids grew up and went to college, they were discouraged from getting jobs to pay for school, but instead heavily encouraged (coerced) to max out student loans and give the money to the church. Student's class schedules were denied or approved, as the leadership saw fit. The single family unit was destroyed and everyone was pressured into viewing the group as one big family."

http://ow.ly/qiKx303tmWn

Friday, November 11, 2016

WHAT COMPRISES A CULT?

10 WARNING SIGNS OF A POTENTIALLY UNSAFE GROUP OR LEADER:

• Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.

• No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.

• No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.

• Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.

• There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.

• Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.

• There are records, books, news articles, or broadcast reports that document the abuses of the group/leader.

• Followers feel they can never be "good enough".

• The group/leader is always right.

• The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing "truth" or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

GODS OF THE NEW AGE

This film explores the eerie world of ego-maniacal gurus and their Western counterparts, known as "New Agers". In a series of exclusive, candid interviews, you will share the thoughts of the Hindu "Master", and witness the blind devotion and unquestioning obedience of his disciples.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST Grace Communion International

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST ‘World Wide Church of God / Grace Communion'
LOCATION: Hickory, NC
WEBSITE: https://www.gci.org

We are looking into a complaint that alleges this church is being run like a cult. The victim claims that as a child she was brought into the cult by her parents, then physically and emotionally abused while in the group, isolated, punished cruelly and more. Now as an adult she suffers from PTSD and other mental health ailments from her trauma, and is estranged from her family.

If you would like to file a formal complaint against this group or have any relevant information to share, please contact us.



Monday, November 7, 2016

Leah Remini reveals she's being stalked by Scientology

LEAH REMINI reveals that she’s been stalked during production of her new TV series:

“I’m used to people following me. But I’m used to them being paparazzi. They’re people who have cameras in their hands, and you know what they want. I’ve never been a fan of the paparazzi. But this was different,” she says. “I want to expose the private investigators that Scientology is sending to follow people like me. This causes me some concern. I have a child. And if you’re a cop who became a dirty cop, I have an issue with it.”

Leah Remini’s A&E television series about the Church of Scientology premieres on November 29, 2016. 

For more information about this story or about Scientology in general, please visit Tony Ortega's excellent website that 'tells all'. http://ow.ly/p5Hh305WJ7U

Thursday, November 3, 2016

'HOMESTEAD HERITAGE' CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

Ex-members of the Homestead Heritage Church community talk about their horrible experiences growing up in this group, in Part Two of the WFAA ABC news report.

Veteran investigative journalist Brett Shipp says, in his entire career, he’s never had to work so hard to corroborate allegations of an important story:

“What started out at a lone complaint from a former member (who later decided it was too risky to continue providing me with information) evolved into a laborious quest to track down and authenticate allegations of abuse.” he says. “So many people who started to tell their stories backed out for fear of severing ties with family and friends within the compound … many took months to convince to talk … Some would only talk on background, others were able to provide me with compelling evidence but wished to remain anonymous. Only the extremely brave or determined dared speak out.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Jerry Stocking Investigation

JERRY STOCKING, sex coach / guru and practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming (a form of hypnosis), who has written numerous articles focusing on the importance of sex in a relationship (and how to improve it), is all of a sudden writing about love without sex and deemphasizing its importance.

It is very odd to us that he would be changing his position now when FACT is looking into all complaints made against him regarding allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. A coincidence perhaps, but we believe it is due to our investigation of the very serious sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

abc news investigation uncovering child abuse at the Homestead Heritage community

Cult affiliation primarily affects three groups of individuals: the cult member, the immediate family (parents and siblings) and the children of the member, who are considered the most susceptible to the worst kind of abuses.

To understand just how terrible it can be for a helpless child growing up in a destructive group, watch this recent news report about a church community called Homestead Heritage. Ex-members who were raised as children in the community reveal the behind-the-scenes truth of growing up in such a horrible environment.

Part One of this ABC News WFAA Investigation.