On UMA’s first anniversary, it’s time to look at what’s been achieved in a year of bashing the Universal Medicine cult, and what hasn’t, and where to from here?
August 2012 I read the Da Vinci Mode feature written by David Leser in the Sydney Morning Herald. Ever since my experience with Universal Medicine in 2005 I’d wondered what had become of Serge Benhayon, the treatment room predator, his exorcism cottage industry and his buffer zone of feminine bullies.
Leser’s article disturbed me because it showed Benhayon’s dirty little empire had spread internationally, gained 2000 followers, most of whom are women, and also because it lacked critical details on Benhayon’s disturbing past, UM’s damaging teachings and practices, and its secret culture of abuse – a culture I’d experienced first hand.
With the help of a small community of informants and research of Benhayon’s sordid literature, I began posting those details on the internet, so that a year on, the public now has access to facts the Universal Medicine cult does not want them to know – summarized on the updated Our Mission page.
Partial successes and a false sense of security
We are sure the media exposure last year and the ongoing internet exposure has hit Universal Medicine’s inflated bottom line. Yet, considering the massive profit margin in their money for nothing products and services, although numbers are down at UM events, the Benhayons and others at the top of the Esoteric abuse pyramid are still making far too much cash from inflicting harm.
I’ve also heard that there’s a sense in the Lismore, Byron Bay community that Universal Medicine is being dealt with and brought to account. While the internet is a brilliantly democratic tool for disseminating information, it seems people read our blogs and think that because some evidence of UM’s abuses is now available online, the public is informed, someone will do something about the UM menace, and the whole sorry mess will go away.
The reality couldn’t be further from that. This and the FACTS blog were established to get information about UM onto the net where it could be found by those willing to look. We believe many people are still unaware UM is a cult, and are suffering in silence, unaware of our campaign. These blogs are only intended as a stop gap until the regulators catch up with Benhayon and his enablers, because blogs don’t bring harmful organizations to account – regulators and law enforcement do that, via the justice system, and they can’t and won’t act without complaints, statements and evidence officially lodged by individuals affected. Without those, it’s abusive business as usual for UM and our sites might as well be gossip sites.
Over the time I’ve researched and written these blogs, a tiny number of us have continuously submitted complaints and notifications to regulators and the media, however it hasn’t been enough for meaningful action to occur. In some cases that’s because the regulators and laws are dysfunctional, but more often it’s because notifications are insufficient without victims willing to come forward with names, dates and other evidence. Both regulators and the media say they’re unwilling to investigate unless victims speak up.
Over the year, I’ve heard many accounts and stories of harm, and over that time I’ve attempted to rally those affected to make themselves heard, by making official complaints, or writing to public representatives to tell their stories or ask for better public protection from dangerous scourges like UM.
Again I ask those affected to come forward. Please help put an end to the harm and to protect future victims from the hell many of you are experiencing.
The UMA bunker staff are not sure why so few people are willing to act against UM. Perhaps I haven’t taken the right approach and there’s some deficiency in the way I’ve tried to garner support. Or it might be that those affected are too damaged or fearful of reprisal from the unisex Brotherhood of cult bitches. Or is it that the type of individual attracted to UM tends to shy away from asserting their rights and making complaints? Perhaps they’re deterred by Louise Hay and Benhayon’s ilk of feelgood fascist and their brand of teaching that demonizes attributes like intelligence, enquiry and assertiveness – the level headed stuff that isn’t embossed with unicorns and rainbows and love hearts. It takes some degree of selflessness and sacrifice to seek justice and protect the vulnerable. But thanks to the deification of self and self absorption, a class of New Age charlatans can fleece and demoralize their customers and then threaten them with supernatural retribution for expressing the non ornamental sentiments that come with demanding accountability.
The HCCC could and should shut UM down. I’ve shown them time and time again that Universal Medicine meets the criteria to be prohibited. UM calls itself a health service, it breaches numerous sections of the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Practitioners and it is a public health risk. In all cases, the HCCC has asked me to produce victims or corpses, and has been the antithesis of proactive in investigating the breaches.
Their most appalling failure so far has been their unwillingness to acknowledge the public health risk of Benhayon’s proven practice of indecently assaulting sexual abuse victims, and teaching inappropriate touching to a legion of dimwitted ‘healers’. The HCCC is failing to act in spite of the NSW Health Minister confirming that deceiving patients into consenting to inappropriate touching constitutes assault.
Again, the only way the regulator can be compelled to act is if it receives complaints plus public pressure. All year I’ve been writing to state and federal representatives about a range of issues to do with UM, from internet censorship, to the cult doctors fetishizing death, to treatment room assault. Once in a while, I get a response and some backing, but at every stage it’s me that’s instigating complaints and questions and pushing the politicians to advocate for UM’s victims. Mostly me and mostly alone, working full time at this at my own expense, while I have a day job and my own responsibilities. I then get accused of trying to aggrandize myself.
The complaints would have a whole lot more clout if it wasn’t just one or two of us writing these letters. The HCCC tried to depict me to the NSW Health Minister as some sort of wind bag/nuisance, telling her office I’d obtained all the information for my complaints from the Universal Medicine website. It’s not only an ignorant, incompetent and callous minimization of UM’s damaging and secretive activities – that are not marketed on its website – but a gross insult to our informants – people whose families have suffered because of UM, but do not feel empowered to make the complaints themselves.
Yet, how are we to prove the issues are genuine if no one else complains?
Ongoing internet censorship
This year we’ve seen the cult close down the Australian and UK URLs of our Blogger blogs due to a loophole in Australian law. We made a reasonably smooth transition to WordPress on a US URL, however the cult has since tried to shut me down with bogus copyright and trademark infringement claims. On issuing counter notices where I agreed to fight those matters in court, the cult failed to take legal action, so our blogs remain intact.
However, for most of the year, the cult has also been making legal complaints to Google to have links to our blogs removed from Google search results. It is only because I update my blogs with new posts that they are found in Google searches at all. If I stop writing, all links to my blogs will be removed and those seeking facts will not be able to find us.
Again, the legal complaints to Googles are false. It’s difficult to know if they are defamation claims because Google has no transparent process and hasn’t responded to my requests for copies of the complaints. I’ve only written facts on my blogs and my analysis and opinions of those facts, so I am not guilty of defamation, and I’m currently seeking legal advice for redress and to have the Google search results restored. The cult knows who I am, they have millions to spend on a legal defence and if I’m genuinely defaming them, they could clear their name by taking legal action. They also need to know they can be prosecuted for making false legal statements.
In the meantime, I’m looking at Australian law and applying to legislators to resolve Google assisted censorship of factual internet content by a multi-million dollar narcissism, molestation and death cult.
The road ahead
It almost escaped the Universal Medicine Accountability radar, but in late June, Senator Nick Xenophon saw the passing of the 2013 Charities Bill, heralding more scrutiny and accountability for charities with the introduction of public benefit test.
Extraordinarily, until December last year, anyone, including sleazy scam artist, Serge Benhayon, could set up a charity and receive tax free status with no public scrutiny. With the implementation of the Australian Charity and Not for Profit Commission and with thanks to the 2013 bill, charities like the Universal Medicine College, set up to ‘advance education’ will be required to pass a public benefit test, as announced by the indomitable Senator Xenophon in the video above. Xenophon was the instigator of both the ACNC and the 2013 charities bill as a response to cults and other abusive groups, including alleged religions operating abusively with tax exemptions.
One wonders what the ACNC will make of UM’s wholesome ‘education’ – the touching of sexual abuse victims’ breasts and genitals by unqualified twerps, the teaching of zero infection control, zero professional supervision Chakra-Puncture, evolution denial, ancient interplanetary gender wars, charity is an evil on a par with paedophilia, pornography causes earthquakes, emotions cause cancer, death is a healing, rape and murder are a balancing of karma, and the rest of Serge’s grubby ‘truths’, which his followers never question.
In the meantime, Universal Medicine is escalating the religious rhetoric in order to qualify for tax free status – in spite of Serge’s hypocritical condemnation of all religions, ideals and beliefs.
We need to make sure the ACNC and federal members of parliament and the senate are made aware of Universal Medicine’s profusion of public detriments, already at massive cost to individuals and taxpayer funded health and social services, legal aid and the family court.
It might not close UM down, but the ACNC can at least make sure the Benhayon underachievers and their hangers on pay taxes like the rest of us, and Serge has less cash to pour into his recruitment machine, and his ill gotten property portfolio.
I also encourage our readers to make those complaints and notifications. Since the change of government in Australia, we have an opportunity to alert a new group of representatives to the danger of UM, and if enough of us make ourselves heard we may gain their support. I’ve updated and reposted the Prohibiting Serge Benhayon post with the email addresses of the new ministers.
Please do your bit to help alleviate or prevent the suffering of others. Take it from me, the job may be for the most part thankless, but for what it’s worth, some of us will thank you, and we can at least share the consolation of a clean conscience. No amount of pious self-love can beat that.