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Trauma Trigger Alert for Sexual Abuse Survivors! Cosby Conviction, Kavanaugh Hearing and Trump

By |2018-10-04T11:39:11+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Donald Trump holds a “Make America Great Again” rally in Mississippi and mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images On October 2nd, 2018, at a political rally, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony of her sexual assault while in high school. As I [...]

Women in High-Control Groups: Disrespected, Treated as Subservient, Sometimes Abused and Even Raped

By |2018-11-08T13:48:49+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the U.S. Senate has agreed to hear the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about the alleged sexual assault incident that happened years ago with Judge Brett Kavanagh, people's attentions are back on women's rights, #WhyIDidn'tReport, and men's misuse of power and sex. Some Republican members act as if they will confirm Kavanagh as a new [...]

Right-Wing Extremist Terrorists Target Humanists Who Teach Critical Thinking

By |2018-09-20T12:10:08+00:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rationalists under threat, Photo by NewsClick Indian Activists Advocate the Use of Scientific, Analytical Thinking, Not Just Superstition This week's blog features an interview with my friend Narendra Nayak who is the President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA). His organization consists of eighty constituent groups who together seek to promote scientific [...]

Help For Those That Leave a Cult But Still Have Beliefs That Are Harmful 

By |2018-09-13T12:22:30+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I previously wrote a blog about people who are still living inside high-control groups that no longer believe in the leader or group. They remain trapped inside due to a variety of reasons, but there are also practical reasons which include the high exit cost of losing family, money, and friends. Most people can and do leave the [...]

Children Are Harmed by Destructive Cults: Part Two

By |2018-09-06T13:18:21+00:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freedom of religion does not give permission to traumatize and abuse kids!   Last week, I blogged about some ways that children are harmed physically by destructive cults, including murder, suicide, medical neglect, trafficking, corporal punishment and sexual predation. Many children that are born or raised in a group are helpless and do not have the [...]

Children are Harmed by Destructive Cults – Part One

By |2018-11-08T14:39:23+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Freedom of religion does not give permission to traumatize and abuse kids! Last week, I blogged about adults in totalistic, destructive cults who are physically still in but psychologically out and sitting on the fence. This week I wanted to blog about children who are helpless and were born or raised in a group. [...]

Tired of Being “On The Fence” With Your Life?

By |2018-08-23T14:36:02+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning to Doubt and Question There are moments when almost anybody can become disillusioned when in a totalistic, or rigid and intolerant, group (or controlling relationship). Losing one’s “faith” can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe they become aware of some discrepancy or hypocrisy in the doctrine or in a leader’s behavior. Perhaps someone [...]

I Happily Join the TEDx “Cult”

By |2018-08-16T13:39:14+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently gave my first TEDx talk on August 1, 2018. I decided to give this blog the funny title to make a point. There are, in fact, many definitions of the word "cult." Most of these have a strongly negative association. However, I wanted to try to help people expand their minds when they hear [...]

Jonestown and the Mind Control Cult of Jim Jones: A Survivor’s Story

By |2018-08-09T12:26:31+00:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Forty Years Later November 18th, 1978 will be a day I will never forget. I was glued to the television as images came over the screen about a horrible mass suicide. I had never heard of the People's Temple before but I was about to learn. Ultimately, it changed the course of my life as it [...]

The BITE Model and Jehovah’s Witnesses

By |2018-11-29T14:07:11+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

August 2, 2018: This past June, I did an online survey on influence to conduct, analyze and publish research on undue influence. Scientific data is required to help establish specific evaluation criteria to update legal and social policy in the United States and around the world. The initial results of my research show that former members of the [...]