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Dangerous & Harmful Cults

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by Lily, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    This is just.... unspeakable.

    And a VERY good example of why we all need to be vigilant about harmful cults and their connections within our communities.


    The New South Wales child protection agency has directed that children in its care maintain their connection with a group that a Supreme Court jury has branded a "socially harmful cult".

    Key points:
    • Child protection plans in Lismore set down links with "cult" group, Universal Medicine
    • Lismore FACS office acting manager Karoline Pearson has publicly promoted UM
    • FACS directive to staff banned referrals to group after ABC's inquiries

    An ABC investigation of links between Universal Medicine (UM) and the Family and Community Services (FACS) office at Lismore in far northern NSW has prompted the department to refer the matter to the Office of the Children's Guardian.

    It also issued an internal ban on referring children to the controversial occult healing group following queries by the ABC, according to a departmental source who said children in care had previously been sent for treatment by UM-aligned health practitioners.

    The ABC has obtained FACS documents from 2016 endorsing the role of UM teachings and events in the lives of two girls overseen by the Lismore office, where several UM followers have worked.

    One child protection case worker, Karoline Pearson, who is now an acting manager in the Lismore office, appears in a UM music video and has publicly promoted the group and its founder, Serge Benhayon.

    The FACS care plans for the two girls, who cannot be legally identified, endorsed their involvement in the UM-affiliated Girl to Woman Festival.

    Ballina Shire councillors had been set to consider banning the festival, held in January at Lennox Head, on "child protection" grounds.

    But on Wednesday, organisers pre-empted that move by axing the event.

    It follows damning jury findings against Mr Benhayon in a defamation case in the NSW Supreme Court last month.

    The jury found Mr Benhayon "has an indecent interest in young girls as young as 10, whom he causes to stay at his house unaccompanied" and that he "is guilty of inappropriate behaviour with children".


    Some more info on this group and its pedo founder:

    Universal Medicine cult founder exposed as ‘charlatan’
    It’s a little-known cult, founded by Serge Benhayon in northern NSW, that is taking over the globe and leaving a trail of victims in its path.

    A former NSW tennis coach, posing as a religious leader, has been found to have taken millions of dollars from families and had an “indecent interest in girls as young as 10” in his “socially harmful cult”.

    A NSW Supreme Court jury described the Universal Medicine cult leader, Serge Benhayon, as a “charlatan who preys on cancer patients” after returning from deliberations in a defamation lawsuit, late last year.


    The man at the centre of the Supreme Court case has gone from bankrupt tennis coach to living Messiah and property mogul in a few short years.

    Mr Benhayon established his religion, Universal Medicine, in 1999 after allegedly receiving a spiritual epiphany while sitting on the toilet.

    “I just gave myself a time to sit and feel that moment and I could feel something really, really beautiful,” he said in a video obtained by Sunday Night.

    Mr Benhayon claims to be the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci and calls himself the “Ascended Master” or “One of The Hierarchy”.


    --- Absolutely revolting details in that article.
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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman pleads guilty in New York sex cult case


    Bronfman, 40, entered her plea to the two criminal counts before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. She is one of several people charged in connection with a secretive organization called Nxivm, which federal prosecutors have described as a racketeering organization.

    Bronfman admitted that she knowingly harbored a woman brought to the United States on a fake work visa in order to obtain that woman's labor for herself and the organization. She also said she helped Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, use a deceased woman's credit card.

    As part of her plea, Bronfman agreed to forfeit $6 million, and not to appeal any prison sentence of 27 months or less. She said she was "truly remorseful."

    "I wanted to do good in the world and help people," she said. "However, I have made mistakes."

    Bronfman's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said after the hearing that his client did not have an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors.

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