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Safe Health Services
NSW Child Protection Helpline 132 111 – if you are aware of young girls staying in the Benhayon home, please report it, or any of the abuses listed in the post on Serge Benhayon’s inappropriate behaviour with children.
Lifeline Crisis Counselling or phone 13 11 44
Healthcare Practitioner Regulation Agencies
AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority deals with complaints/notifications about registered health practitioners nationwide.
NSW HCCC -Health Care Complaints Commission – Acts for AHPRA in NSW and can take action against both registered and unregistered practitioners
HQCC –Queensland’s Independent Health Watchdog takes complaints about Queensland health practitioners. Refers complaints about registered practitioners to AHPRA. Unable to act against unregistered practitioners.
Victorian Office of the Health Services Commissioner takes complaints about Victorian health practitioners but to my knowledge has no powers to act against unregistered practitioners
International Agencies, Cult Information Resources and Services
Cult Consulting Australia Professional cult counselling agency
Cult Information and Family Support Australian support and information network
Catalyst Counselling UK charity providing counselling & support for those suffering from abusive relationships in religious groups or cults
Family Survival Trust UK Charity providing advice & support
FECRIS European Federation of Centres of Research & Information on Sectarianism (cults) Multilingual site with links to information and support services throughout Europe
culteducation.com formerly the Rick Ross Cult Archive
Understanding How it Happens and How it Works: Education on Cult Dynamics and Thought Reform Techniques
Baloney Detection Kit by Carl Sagan
Characteristics of a Cult – listed by a number of experts
Cults: Public Perceptions vs Research – examines urban myths about who joins cults
Dangerous Persuaders excellent e-book by Australian psychologist Louise Samways – free to download or you can make a donation
Guruism – Introduction to Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr
Identifying Predators – New Age Fraud Site
Mind Control Page – Rick Ross Cult Archive
The Process of Brainwashing, Psychological Coercion and Thought Reform – Margaret Thaler Singer
Psychological Persuasion Techniques (hypnosis, naturalistic trance induction etc.) Margaret Thaler Singer
Leaving Harmful Groups and Recovery
Assessing the Damage – Excerpt from Captive Hearts, Captive Minds by Tobias & Lalich
Caring for Cult Victims – Cult Information Centre UK
Caring for the Family of Cult Victims – Cult Information Centre UK
Coping with Stress – Cult Information Centre UK
Coming out of the Cults – Article by expert, Margaret T. Singer
Getting Help – Rick Ross Cult Education help page
Leaving the Cult – Excerpts from Cults in Our Midst by Margaret T. Singer
Links to Recovery Articles – Rick Ross Cult Education
Post Cult Adjustment – Margaret T. Singer
Practical Issues in Post Cult Adjustment – Margaret T. Singer
Communicating with loved ones who follow UniMed – A series of excellent posts from p.29 of what was the Rick Ross Forum. Knowledge is King’s brother later left UM.
Videos & Podcasts
Today Tonight report July 2012
On Esoteric Breast Massage
Audio recording of a Benhayon lecture with titles
On his mother
Audio recording with titles
Unpacking Serge Benhayon
Features a recording of Benhayon describing his toilet revelation. I’ve interspersed several excerpts from two Esoteric Medicine lectures with my own commentary, breaking down the way Benhayon uses his oratory technique and the teachings to persuade his followers to believe the outlandish, ridiculous and abhorrently anti-social teachings that has them deserting families and relationships, and dedicating their lives and their funds to his highly lucrative cult.
If you don’t want to sit through my commentary, move your mouse over the bottom of the video frame and click and drag the red spot to the parts you want to watch.
Esther talks about the Universal Medicine business model
Part One – profiting from fear
Part Two – investment – spiritual, financial & social reward & punishment
Critical Thinking short videos
Video of Derren Brown: Messiah – a professional hypnotist, mentalist and illusionist demonstrates the use of hypnosis in religious conversion, as well as cold reading. Wikipedia entry on Derren Brown. Also his ‘Experiments’ series on YouTube – ‘The Assassin‘, ‘The Guilt Trip‘ and ‘Game Show‘.
How to Become a Cult Leader – brilliant 12 minute video on how cults operate
Psychology of Cults 30 minute podcast from ABC Radio National’s ‘All in the Mind’ program
Darkly Venus Anti-Cult Channel on YouTube has playlists of most videos listed here, as well as current music player playlist and a music player archive.