Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

FACT Newsletter

Dear Supporters,

We recently sent out our quarterly newsletter with the latest FACT news and case updates. If you haven't signed up to our mailing list yet and would like to receive a copy of our latest newsletter, please visit our website to sign up (top left of the page): https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org

We will then send you the newsletter posthaste. Thank you for your support with FACT.

- The FACT Team

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

LATEST NEWSLETTER GOING OUT

Dear FACT Supporters,

We're planning to send out our latest e-newsletter next week. If you have not yet subscribed to our mailing list and would like to, please click here to sign up:
http://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org

Then click the tab in the top left corner where is says: "Newsletter Sign-up"

We thank you for all your continued support.

- The FACT Team

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

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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Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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/

Please like and share this post with family and friends to spread the word.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

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-

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

'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

Friday, June 2, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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.

——

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

'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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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/

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Today is the Anniversary of Sharon Stern's death

Dear FACT Supporters,

Today is the anniversary of our founder’s daughter’s death, Sharon Stern. Five years ago she committed suicide as a result of her horrible experience with cult leader and abuser Katsura Kan, who manipulated and exploited her physically, psychologically, sexually and financially for four long years. Unable to escape the undue influence Kan had over her and seeing no other way out, she tragically ended her life.

Tibor Stern, the father of Sharon, decided to found FACT shortly thereafter in order to combat the threat of destructive cult leaders who seek to manipulate and use innocent people for their own selfish desires.

Please take a moment to remember Sharoni, who was an incredibly nice, sweet, intelligent, sensitive and talented person in so many ways. If you would like to say something to the Stern family, please send it via this form.

If you are not aware of what happened to Sharon, please click here to read her story.

May her passing bring light to others.

Monday, April 24, 2017

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'WORLD MISSION SOCIETY CHURCH OF GOD'

LOCATION: The University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
WEBSITE: usa.watv.org

We are looking into a complaint alleging that WMSCOG recruiters are targeting students on campus who are walking alone at night. The complaint filer has been approached over and over again, and states, "...I found out that they target white people. An ex [WMSCOG] member said that it's because white people are thought to have more money..."

This international church is considered a destructive cult by numerous WMSCOG ex-members and also by leading cult experts in the field. This website is an excellent resource for those who wish to learn more: http://www.examiningthewmscog.com

We will be contacting the university to alert them about this organization and their on campus recruitment efforts.

If you have any relevant information to share about this organization, please contact us immediately.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ex Jehovah's Witness Story

Ex Jehovah's Witness and Freedom of Mind team member, Steve Guziec, discusses his journey out of the Watchtower Society. http://ow.ly/G0Ci30aSNMn

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

South Dakota lawmakers have decided against studying a secretive polygamous sect

South Dakota lawmakers have decided against studying a secretive polygamous sect's outpost in the western part of the state.

Republican Rep. Tim Goodwin proposed looking into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' compound near Pringle. Goodwin wanted to look at issues including whether polygamy or sex trafficking are taking place there.
Lawmakers instead voted to study a water issue and workforce housing.

http://ow.ly/nhHA30aZUaB

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

STORIES FROM VICTIMS OF THE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES 'CULT'

Jodi was abused by a church elder and his daughter when she was eight years old. When she was 13 she mustered up the courage to report the abuse to church authorities but was not believed and branded a liar.
"They preach love but they don't show love," she said.

"They love bomb you. They sell you this vision of a perfect community. It is anything but. It's indoctrination. It's a cult, it really is. But they convince you it's a religion."

Shine Lawyers principal Lisa Flynn specializes in institutional sexual abuse and describes the culture of Jehovah's Witness church as deeply problematic.

"The Jehovah's Witnesses have many practices and policies which create a perfect storm for child abuse," she said.

Ms Flynn describes the organization as "controlling, insular and isolating".
"Anyone who complains faces the risk of being shunned and isolated from their families and friends and the way of life they have known," she said. "That makes people very reluctant to report abuse."

And those who do report face hurdles such as the "two witness rule" which requires two eye witnesses to an allegation, having to confront the alleged abuser and giving evidence to a panel of male elders.

"It's often the case that no action is taken," she said. "That leads to a climate where a perpetrator is free to go off and continue perpetrating."
http://ow.ly/Tkr430aXRKV

Monday, April 17, 2017

RUSSIA’S MINISTRY OF JUSTICE MOVES TO BAN JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IN RUSSIA

"Russia’s Supreme Court has [recently] heard the testimony of four former members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who said they were subjected to ‘total control’ by the organization and brainwashed against receiving higher education or starting a family.

In its lawsuit to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Justice Ministry pointed to various violations in the organisation’s activities revealed during a surprise inspection, including breaches of the Law on Counteracting Extremist Activities.

The ministry has asked the court to declare the organization and its 395 local branches as extremists, ban their activity and seize property."

http://ow.ly/GpcW30aVAju

Friday, April 14, 2017

Please help F.A.C.T. reach more victims and families by sharing our Facebook page

Please help F.A.C.T. reach more victims and families by sharing our Facebook page with all your friends and family, and asking them to share as well.

Information about our 501c3 non-profit can be found here on our Facebook page or through our website at: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org

We thank you for your support.

-The FACT Team

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY CAN “DESTROY PEOPLE’S LIVES”

Remini said her mission in the hour long show is to “continue to tell these people’s stories until somebody steps in to do something about it.”

She might be close to achieving her objective. Mike Rinder, another ex-Scientologist who also participates in the show, said lawyers were working hard to bring action on the church.

“They’re reviewing all the facts, reviewing the stories of the victims and reviewing the law,” he said. “It’s looking very hopeful.”

http://ow.ly/MqIN30aOCbM

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

7 SPIRITUAL IDEAS THAT ENABLE ABUSE AND SHAME THE VICTIM

There are some spiritual beliefs and principles that, when taken too far, can be distorted to blame or shame victims of abuse or other forms of trauma, proving harmful and limiting to the healing journey. It’s important to shed light on spiritual frameworks that may hinder or impede a survivor’s journey to authentic healing and can perpetuate a larger victim-shaming discourse in society. Here are seven spiritual philosophies that can be misused to blame the victim and enable abuse.


Monday, April 10, 2017

FACT office reopened

The FACT Team is back in action at the office. Fyi, if you would like to contact us, our normal operating hours are Monday - Friday 10-6pm EST, or you may contact us via our website at any time.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OFFICE CLOSED March 30th until April 9th, 2017

Dear FACT Supporters,

Just to inform you, we will be out of the office on assignment starting tomorrow March 30th until April 9th, 2017. Our offices will reopen April 10th. If you require emergency assistance, please contact 911 and/or (if needed) the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

You may still send in support requests via our website, but please understand that we will not be able to respond to them until we reopen.

Thank you,

The FACT Team

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Investigation in the works...

The FACT Team is investigating allegations made against an international church for monetary exploitation of members, slave labor, fraud, and other abuses. 

Numerous complaints received by our organization list in detail the high-control environment intended to isolate church members from family and friends and control their behavior. Members are also forced to live in subpar conditions and constantly eat very low calorie meals, even when working hard labor for 8-12 hours a day. One church member has already fainted as a result of malnourishment and needed to be hospitalized, while another has recently attempted suicide.

At this time we cannot divulge the name of this church but will provide updates as our investigation develops. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FAITH-HEALING BILL ADVANCES TO IDAHO SENATE

Progress is being made in Idaho: 

"Legislation that would tweak Idaho's laws allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse is headed to the Idaho Senate. The proposal would amend only Idaho's civil laws to make it easier for judges to get involved in faith-healing cases. The bill does not change the state's religious exemption regarding criminal charges, which is considered the most contentious part of the religious waiver."

"Focus on the exemption has exploded recently Idaho as more attention has been placed on the deaths of children among members of the Followers of Christ — based in southwestern Idaho — from treatable conditions, including pneumonia and food poisoning."

A step in the right direction.

http://ow.ly/sDgj30a83an

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pastor Rocky Hemphill Investigation

FACT is involved with the investigation of a Pastor named Rocky Hemphill located in Hattiesburg, MS, that is believed to be abusing minors sexually, mentally and physically. We believe that our efforts will shut down this so called pastor and his church, expose his exploitation and abuse of children and hopefully bring justice to the alleged victims.

If you have any relevant information to share regarding Rocky Hemphill or his group, please contact our office immediately at: http://ow.ly/ua8p30a5Ts1

Thursday, March 16, 2017

TODAY ONLY - DONATE 5% to FACT through amazon shopping!

Dear FACT Supporters,

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction. Today only, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc.

This is a great and easy way to help our organization save people from cults, rescue abused children and reunite families, in addition to our many other anti-cult related objectives (please visit our website for more information).

Click this link to support FACT by shopping on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5207116

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation directly to FACT: http://ow.ly/TpAB309Yd44

Without you there is no us. On behalf of victims and families everywhere, thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Monday, March 13, 2017

RE: UMA INDER EXPOSE

Notice to all relevant parties: we are taking down our temporary Uma Inder expose draft link due to 1) unauthorized sharing of our private link, 2) requested changes by the complaint filers and our fact-finding investigation based on those changes, 3) new allegations / evidence we have received and allowing the defendants to have their say about this new information, 4) Communicating with lawyers on both sides.

We expect to make our Uma Inder expose available soon to the public (we estimate between 7-14 days), and will do our utmost to be as accurate as possible relying on all the evidence in our possession regarding Uma Inder.

Thank you,

The FACT Team
Families Against Cult Teachings, Inc.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF VICTIMS FILING SUPPORT REQUESTS

We would like nothing more than to be able to help everyone in need of our services, but unfortunately at this time our office is receiving more victim support requests than our staff and available resources can handle.

As of now we will not be taking on any new support request cases unless we also receive the financial support needed to allow us to acquire the additional staff and resources necessary to handle each case properly. Our only exception is with cases involving minors that are being exploited and/or abused, or cult victims in life threatening situations.

Please see our website’s support page for more information via this link: https://www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org/Support/

Thank you for your understanding, and we will certainly provide an immediate update if the situation changes.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Monday, February 27, 2017

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'PSI SEMINARS'

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'PSI Seminars'
LOCATION: International
WEBSITE: http://www.psiseminars.com/

We are looking into a complaint alleging this organization is a multi-level marketing scam that brainwashes and exploits people financially. The filer of the complaint states that a member of her family was recruited into this program and as a result lost over 10 thousand dollars in a matter of months, completely draining her savings account.

The filer also states that her family member is completely brainwashed now and has disconnected from the family. 

Online research revealed a plethora of negative complaints about PSI Seminars, supporting the complaint we received:

http://ow.ly/8ggq309q0KH
http://ow.ly/vIfA309q0JO
http://ow.ly/iHqW309q0J2

"This group is Dangerous they prey on the weak of mind to the point of being criminal and should be shut down. The whole thing is a scam just one big sales pitch to make you spend your money or bring in friends and family. To be completely honest it is pretty scary and sick."

"I have attended the PSI seminars 3 day weekend course and my Father, Mother, and Sister have all attended advance PSI courses.This company is a total scam.
They try brainwashing their "students" and get them to bring more people in to come to more seminars as well as sign up for expensive seminars themselves."

"It is appalling to see what this company will do. They have absolutely no morals and no integrity at all.  If you try and speak up and ask questions about their "teaching/preaching" they berate you like a child. Avoid them at all cost and you will have a much happier and healthier life!"

If you feel you have been hurt or wronged by PSI Seminars in any way, please contact our office immediately at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ARE PEOPLE STUPID OR CRAZY TO GET INTO A CULT?

Cult members come from all walks of life, all age groups, educational levels and personality types. However, one common thread among most cult recruits is heightened stress: Research indicates that a majority of people who end up joining a cult were recruited during a particularly stressful period. This could be the stress associated with adolescence, leaving home for the first time, a bad breakup, losing a job or the death of a loved one. People undergoing significant stress can be more susceptible when a person or group claims to have the answer to all of their problems. 

While the public thinks "people are stupid or crazy to get into a cult," cult expert and clinical psychologist Margaret Singer cautioned that almost anyone has periods of high stress or depression in life, during which they are vulnerable to the influence of a cult. "It may not be an attraction (to the group)," she said. "It may just be how good the recruiter is."

http://ow.ly/1POf309iTtF

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

THE THREAT PRESENTED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE IS TAKING ON A NEW FORM

The threat presented by the Islamic State is taking on a new form: Child terrorists either directly in contact with or inspired by the militant group. 

Even as it suffers setbacks on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is cultivating adolescents in the West, who are being asked to stay in their home countries and strike targets with whatever weapons are available, such as knives and crude bombs.

"They've built a structured recruitment process. They're online, scanning for young adults," Koehler said. "They have stages of [cultivation]. They won't even mention violence until later in their contact, until they've built up trust with these younger recruits."

"What is really worrying is that people frequently look the other way. They say it's just a phase of adolescence and surely they will grow out of it. Often parents don't really know what their children are doing in their rooms."

"The amount of Islamic State videos and propaganda aimed at children has really jumped in recent months," said Daniel Koehler, director of the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies. "We haven't seen anything quite like this, not on this scale and of this quality. They know that in the West, you don't expect a 10-year-old to be a terror suspect."

http://ow.ly/R4Pi3090jK6

Thursday, February 2, 2017

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'ROCKY M. HEMPHILL JR'

LOCATION: 119 Lexington Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
WEBSITE: None

We received a complaint alleging this pastor has sexually and physically abused minors that are members of his congregation. We have notified the proper authorities, legal entities and social services in that area in an effort to protect these children (and all others) from any more harm at the hands of Hemphill. We are awaiting a response from them and will keep you posted of any developments.

If you have any information regarding this abuse, please contact us immediately at: http://ow.ly/Nfgz308jSEz

Friday, January 27, 2017

A WARNING TO ALL STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Falun Dafa, more commonly known as Falun Gong, is recruiting on your Boston University (BU) campus. The group, which has been called a “cult” by many cult experts, has weekly meetings attached to the Marsh Chapel at BU.

The Falun Dafa Club announced at the BU website that it wants to teach “exercises,” but the group will also “study spiritual teachings.” http://ow.ly/SpDD308qKpq

The authoritarian leader of Falun Dafa is Li Hongzhi, known to his disciples as “Master Li.” Purportedly imbued with divine authority Li supposedly knows “the top secret of the universe.” He says, “No religion can save people” only the “almighty Fa,” which Li exclusively represents.

Li Hongzhi’s teaches his followers that only he can install an invisible spinning “falun,” which is a mystical “wheel of law” within their abdomens telekinetically. This is the key to salvation, and the basis for incredible health claims, such as a cure for diabetes and the ability to reverse aging.

Falun Dafa practitioners believe that whatever Li Hongzhi says is right is right and whatever he says is wrong is wrong. Master Li’s authority is absolute.

Li has said that “mixed-race people [are] instruments of an alien plot to destroy humanity’s link to heaven.” And that interracial unions are somehow part of “a plot by evil extraterrestrials.”

Li has also claimed that a “black substance” accumulates in the body due to homosexuality, which causes bad health. He labeled the LGBT community “disgusting,” and stated one day the LGBT community will be “eliminated” by “the gods.”

For more information about this group: http://ow.ly/e34X308qIw1

Thursday, January 26, 2017

COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST 'S.O.Y. (Servants of Yeshua)'

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'S.O.Y. (Servants of Yeshua)'
LOCATION: Henryetta, OK
WEBSITE: http://www.servantsofyeshua.com
LEADERS: Marty Whitman, Ahava Lilburn

We are looking into a complaint alleging that the leaders of this organization are profiting by selling their young girls to older men within the community. 

As per the complaint:

"They are beginning underage marriage. I have reason to believe the family receives money for their young girls to marry much older men... I am [also] concerned for their 13 year old daughter, i have reason to believe she was to be married. I have seen all her family in public at different times but not her. I am concerned they went ahead with the marriage even after i reported to several authorities."

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FROM A LETTER WE RECEIVED...

Mr. Stern,

You were kind enough to speak with me almost 2 years ago. I haven't yet been able to regain contact with my daughter, but I keep trying, and I keep learning. I also touch base at your Facebook page from time to time.

I read a book this past weekend that may be helpful to some of the families with whom you come in contact, especially those dealing with one-on-one cultic relationships. The author seems to do a good job providing insight into how the manipulator confuses his or her victim.

The book is "Lunch with a Sociopath" by Lucie Pawlak. All proceeds benefit Wellspring. The Kindle version is very affordable--$2.99 on Amazon. Perhaps that will help someone, though you may already know this book.

Keep up the good work you are doing, keep me on your mailing list, and thank you for just being you.

Best,

[Name Removed]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'UMA INDER'

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST 'UMA INDER'
LOCATION: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
WEBSITE: http://www.umaa.info/

We are looking into a complaint that alleges the leader of this organization is causing severe mental health issues in members, including mental breakdowns, depression, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies. "At times I was suicidal and others were also."

If you would like to file a formal complaint against this group as well, or have any relevant information to share about Uma Inder and her organization, please contact us immediately at: http://ow.ly/ZjYXt

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thanks to you we are able to...

Dear Supporters,

Due to our year-end donation efforts, we are able to investigate a disturbing case alleging physical and sexual child abuse within a cult. This is our first case for 2017 and we thank you for making it possible.

Excerpt from the filed complaint: “My 7 year-old son said he will tell what [name removed] has done to him, including being punched in the face and whipped. He [the pastor] was also having sex in front of a 13-year-old boy that he brought into his bedroom and also watched as the boy played with himself, which is sexual child abuse.”

We will inform you of any developments with this case. Thank you again for all your support.

-The FACT Team