Universal Medicine cult leader Serge Benhayon’s public lies are now so numerous they’ll soon take up their own dedicated blog page. They’re also so audacious Benhayon has extended his dishonesty to making false statements to regulatory authorities, which is an offence under state and federal laws. A decision letter from the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission about Benhayon teaching inappropriate touching at Esoteric Healing Workshops states that Benhayon has a current working with children’s certificate. A check with the Office of the Child Guardian reveals he has not. [Correction: subsequent checks have shown he gained or renewed the check on January 19, valid until 2019] But that is only one of several false statements made to the regulator by Serge and now Miranda Benhayon.
Universal Medicine followers will easily recognize the statements as false, but will they persist in believing in their guru’s utmost integrity? And more importantly, what excuses will the HCCC make this time for failing to adequately investigate and failing to act?
Lies about inappropriate touching and working with children
Universal Medicine is a public health risk operated by a dangerous predator, who on his own breaches numerous sections of the NSW Code of Conduct for Healthcare Practitioners. Yet in spite of being given new powers to investigate harmful practitioners without a complaint from an individual patient, sadly, the NSW HCCC has failed to exercise them, and demonstrated time and again reprehensible operational incompetence and dysfunction.
A recent complaint from an ex UM student about inappropriate touching taught at UM workshops was met with this official response:
While it is acknowledged you found your experience to be an uncomfortable one, the Commission found that the practice of massage used by UM is overseen by a Code of Conduct. This Code appears to stress the importance of placing ones hands in the appropriate position whilst massaging, and states that no touching deemed inappropriate will be accepted by those delivering the course. There appears to be no evidentiary basis to suggest that Mr Benhayon himself teaches students to massage the breast or genital area, and if a student should ignore the warning in the Code, that may be considered to be outside of Mr Benhayon’s control. In light of this information, the Commission has considered that this act of massage does not appear to pose a risk to public health and safety and therefore further investigation into the matter is not warranted.
The response, including what follows, has been submitted to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into false and misleading health related information, which is specifically examining the HCCC’s responses to complaints. In this instance it relates to Benhayon portraying himself as someone competent to provide therapy to sexual abuse survivors and doing so in a way that could traumatize or retraumatize clients, and is not regarded as ethical by any qualified sexual abuse therapist on the face of the earth.
The HCCC’s statement there is ‘no evidentiary basis that Benhayon teaches students to massage breasts and genitals’, inexcusably ignores the images from Esoteric Healing Workshop manuals submitted to the Commission of Serge himself doing precisely that. I was told when I first began communicating with the regulator that complaints made to the HCCC would be looked at in context of all prior complaints lodged. But apparently, the regulator’s stance is that Serge hasn’t done anything wrong because HE SAYS SO. The Commission unquestionably accepts the word of a man who has been the subject of numerous complaints. While last year it took me three blog posts to cover Benhayon’s breaches of his own fictitious ‘code’.
Mr Benhayon has a current working with children certificate and there is no indication he would act in an inappropriate manner whilst in the company of minors.
Except that we can provide statements from people who’ve attended Serge’s presentations, and student notes documenting the content. A call to the Office of the Child Guardian also told us there is no record of Serge Benhayon having a working with children check.
Update: He has a current check. However the working with children check is merely a check that Benhayon has not been convicted of any offences against children. The check does not protect children from unapprehended predators.
Giving false or misleading information to the HCCC is an offence under the NSW Health Care Complaints Act (Part 7, Section 99).
But there’s more.
Mrs Benhayon appears to have a level 4 certificate in esoteric healing, a course delivered by UM, however there is no evidentiary basis to suggest she holds herself out to be a counsellor for UM.
Except we have student EDG notes from 2010 talking about Miranda working as an Esoteric counsellor, and that Natalie Benhayon had chucked in her studies in drafting and engineering to do the same. Again we have people who can provide statements to confirm it.
So congratulations Miranda, you’ve just broken the law.
Not that the HCCC minds. She has a level 4 certificate in Serge’s bullshit, so it’s all good. And Serge Benhayon knows he can tell the regulator anything, their processes are intransparent and they won’t check.
Lies about Esoteric Chakra-Puncture
I suspected such when I received a similar lame brained, unexamined response to a complaint I made about Esoteric Chakra-puncture. I was told by the HCCC Serge Benhayon had requested that I not be allowed to view the response he made. Serge has nothing to hide after all. So I asked the officer to read it to me over the phone.
I was told that Serge stated he developed the practice 12 years ago, in spite of advertising that Chakra-puncture is older than the Chinese Medicine tradition (5000 years) and there is no archaeological evidence of its existence outside of Serge’s addled brain. I was also told of the Chakra-puncture course outline, which has never been advertised publicly, and that the course includes 160 hours of class room study, 176 hours of supervised practical work and practitioners without a formal therapy qualification need to complete three units of anatomy and physiology and nutrition from an approved institution.
The complaint decision did not address concerns that students were practicing without supervision on family members, including children, after a paltry weekend course deficient in infection control training.
I asked the officer if she had evidence, in the form of a certified academic record from a government accredited institution that Serge Benhayon has completed the training specified by his own bogus ‘accreditation body’, but she was suddenly lost for words and written requests have not been answered.
That’s the calibre of investigation that takes place at our tax payer funded state regulators.
Where from here?
The images of Benhayon’s inappropriate touching have been resubmitted to the Commission, and the complainant has asked for an explanation of the decision in spite of the HCCC having evidence of inappropriate touching on file. The complainant has also asked for an explanation of the statement by the Commission that Serge Benhayon has a current working with children certificate when he does not. Student notes citing that Miranda Benhayon practices Esoteric counselling have been forwarded. A request has been made that if the HCCC insists on taking Esoteric accreditation seriously as a qualification, that they request certified copies of Miranda and Serge Benhayons’ academic transcripts, and that the Commission run an additional check with the educational institution that any such records submitted are authentic (and if they don’t, we will). A request has been made that they are prosecuted for making false statements to the Commission. And the lot is being submitted to the Parliamentary Committee looking at the HCCC and with any luck will be published on the parliamentary website as a public document under parliamentary privilege.
We will keep pushing until Serge’s con is fully exposed and he’s brought to full account for the damage he’s doing.
In addition, the Office of the Child Guardian has been sent a file of information including the images of inappropriate touching and quotes from Serge’s teachings on parenting, circumcision, entity possession, sexual violence, underaged sex and rape victims deserving their karma. His own material will prohibit him from passing a working with children check. [Correction: It makes no difference. Anyone can pass as long as they haven’t been convicted.]
Don’t blame me, blame Serge.
If anyone learns that Serge is having children stay in his home, please report him immediately to the NSW Child Protection Helpline 132 111, or Lismore police.
If any of our readers are aware of children who have stayed in the Benhayon household in the past, please use the Helpline number and give them the child’s name and any other information you have.
To Serge’s followers, ask yourselves what kind of a person lies to a public authority.
Then ask yourselves, what kind of people send their children to stay in his home knowing of his sleazy behaviour, and what kind of people stand by and allow that to happen?
Ask yourselves, how many lies do we have to expose before you wake up?
NSW Child Protection Helpline 132 111 (Notifications can be made anonymously. Information is kept confidential. Line is open 24 hours.)