Nov 17, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 11/17-18/2018

UK Conference, Coercive Control, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Colonia Dignidad, Chile, Ultra Orthodox,  Anti-vaccination, Aum Shinrikyo, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lev Tahor, Universal Medicine, NXIVM, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, Tony Alamo, Yaweh Ben Yaweh

Sat 24 November 2018, 09:30 – 17:00 GMT
University of London
The theme of this conference is Shine A Light and will look at Coercive Control both within Sec 76 of the Serious Crime Act, 2015 as well as outside of the legislation which criminalizes it.
  • ​T​he Elderly and Coercive Control
  • Cultic Abuse and Coercive Control
  • Online Coercive Control
  • Post Separation Abuse   
"German lawmakers have proposed that former members of a Chilean cult established by an ex-Nazi in the 1960s be offered compensation by the German government, according to the parliamentary group of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives."

" ... The cult and the community that housed it, called Colonia Dignidad, was a secretive sect founded in 1961 by former World War II German army medic Paul Schaefer in the foothills of the Chilean Andes."

"Schaefer preached ultra-traditional values while sexually abusing and torturing dozens of youths. During the 1973 to 1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, the community also served as a detention and torture site for enemies of the state."

"Many of the Israelis affected by a recent measles outbreak have been ultra-Orthodox Jews. Although Israel has an overall vaccination rate exceeding 95 percent, in isolated communities within ultra-Orthodox society only half the children are vaccinated."

"... The health commissioner of Rockland County, N.Y., home to New Square and Monsey, two heavily ultra-Orthodox towns, has ordered unvaccinated kids to stay home from schools, and at least one Jewish school has barred “religious exemptions” as an excuse for not vaccinating."

"One Lakewood, N.J., synagogue told its members that “anyone who is not vaccinated, adults or children, may not enter the shul [synagogue] under any circumstances,” according to the Yeshiva World."
"A family squabble over the remains of Aum Shinrikyo founder Chizuo Matsumoto have kept them and his belongings in a prison for four months after his execution amid fears they could become objects of worship."

" ... When asked by a prison officer what he would like to be done with his body and possessions just before the execution, he named his fourth daughter as the recipient, according to the detention house."

"However, Matsumoto's wife and second and third daughters have filed a formal complaint with the Justice Ministry, saying it would have been impossible for Matsumoto 'to name a particular person as the receiver, given his mental state.'"

"The fourth daughter has expressed her intention to scatter her father's ashes and remaining bones into the Pacific Ocean so the items do not become objects of worship and the place of interment does not turn into a "holy site." She has also asked authorities for assistance with doing so, as she is concerned that followers might try to take possession of their guru's remains."

"A Jehovah’s Witness church elder was jailed for five years today for sexually assaulting a “terrified” schoolgirl while preaching door-to-door in the Brecon area in the 1970s."

"Brian Jenkins, 75, groped the girl during missionary work, at bible classes and at swimming lessons organised by the Jehovah’s Witness congregation."

"A court heard Jenkins took advantage of the religion’s ban on females wearing trousers to force his hand up the girl’s skirt."

"He sent her older brother to knock doors trapping the girl in the back seat of his car to molest her."
" ... As many in 100 officers are reported to have taken part in the raid, reportedly on [November 5th] evening, in an attempt to rescue children of a woman who was ex-communicated by the cult, but was previously attacked with knives, rocks and gunfire when she returned to try to rescue them."

"Sadly, the rescue mission was unsuccessful, as it appears that cult leaders had moved the children to a different location in advance of the raid at the cult’s barbed-wire surrounded compound."

"A "cult" leader who received $1.4 million from a dying devotee coached her on how to restrict her children's share of her fortune, warning that they represented an "attack" on the divine purpose of his work."
Key points:
  • Breast cancer victim Judith McIntyre gave $1.4 million to Universal Medicine leader before she died
  • Emails show the "cult's" leader advised her on her will, her diet, and dealings with her family
  • A NSW jury found last month that he "swindles cancer patients"

"Secretive, coercive and often magnetic, cult leaders are known to manipulate their followers’ minds."

"In PEOPLE’s True Crime Stories: Cults, read the ... tales of people lured into traps of abuse, manipulation and death, in the name of everything from religion to family. Through PEOPLE’s unparalleled crime reporting, take a look into the lives of those who followed controversial group leaders Charles Manson, Jim Jones, Tony Alamo, Yaweh Ben Yaweh and more."

"See how spiritual but violent teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (as seen in Netflix’s Wild Wild Country) took over a sleepy Oregon town, and the ritualistic horrors that led to the fiery death of David Koresh and his 74 devotees."

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