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.

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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