Aug 12, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 8/12/2020

Stockholm Syndrome, Sexual Abuse, Online Event Chad Daybell
" ... The term "Stockholm Syndrome" refers to a psychological condition in which the victim develops a perceived connection with their captor. It's a phrase that was popularized following a 1973 Swedish bank hostage incident, the BBC pointed out in 2013. In  early 1976, the lawyer representing Patty Hearst — the newspaper heiress who was kidnapped in 1974 by revolutionary militants whom she later helped rob a bank with — claimed she had the syndrome, making the term infamous.

During Brown's eventual 1977 trial, the presiding judge allowed testimony on the mechanisms of Stockholm Syndrome — which was unprecedented at the time, according to Rule. It should be noted that the FBI has called the phenomenon, which is not an official psychiatric disorder, extremely rare."

Online Event: "Neurobiology of sexual abuse: stress, trauma, and resilience" - Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW
Abstract: This presentation will provide #neurobiological understanding of sexual abuse, from traumatic sexualization to suggestions for healing. Included is a discussion of abuse as "coerced consent," a common sexual experience within the context of controlling and intimidating relationships and "cults."

Biography: Doni Whitsett, PhD, LCSW, is a Clinical Professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work where she teaches courses in clinical practice, psychopathology, and human sexuality. She has been working with cult-involved clients and their families for over 25 years and gives lectures to students and professionals on this topic. She has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences in Canada, France, Poland, Spain, , and Australia, where she helped organize two conferences in Brisbane. Her talks have included The Psychobiology of Trauma and Child Maltreatment (2005, Madrid) and Why Cults Are Harmful: A Neurobiological View of Interpersonal Trauma (2012, Montreal). Her presentations and publications focus on neurobiological and psychological understanding of coercive control, manipulation, and intimidation including -- trauma, sexual abuse, and recovery. Additionally, as a certified sex therapist, Dr. Whitsett was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship in 2016 to study, teach, and do research in China.
  • Pacific Rim/UK: September 12/13, 2020, Saturday/Sunday
  • North America: September 11/12, 2020, Friday/Saturday

KLS: Chad Daybell case to advance to Idaho District Court, judge rules after 2-day preliminary hearing
"Daybell is charged with destroying or hiding the bodies of his wife Lori Vallow Daybell's son, 7-year-old J.J. Vallow, and daughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.

All four counts against Daybell are felonies.

Fremont County, Idaho, Magistrate Judge Feron Eddins made the ruling Tuesday afternoon after hours of testimony and more than two dozen pieces of evidence were logged into record over the past two days.

"I find there is probable or sufficient cause to believe that the defendant, Chad Daybell, committed the offenses, counts 1-4 as designated in the amended criminal complaint," Eddins said.

The case will now move to Idaho District Court. Eddins scheduled Daybell to face arraignment on Aug. 21, which he said will likely be over a video conference call. He also gave both the prosecution and Daybell's defense 60 days from Tuesday to file any motion seeking to change the venue.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough probable cause in a case to let the case continue in the court system. Idaho's court system starts the process in the magistrate court. If the magistrate court finds there's enough evidence a public offense has been committed and there is "probable or sufficient cause" to believe the defendant committed the offense, then they bump it to the district court for further procedures.

Attorney John Prior, representing Daybell, had argued just before the ruling that prosecutors hadn't shown enough evidence to move forward with the charges and asked Eddins to drop the case just before the ruling.

"The testimony, according to this prosecuting attorney, is that Mr. Daybell is married to Ms. Vallow. That doesn't provide anything … Marriage is not an overt act towards a conspiracy and marriage is not an agreement to conceal or to conspire," Prior said, adding that "a comment to a police officer" and a text message to Daybell's previous wife Tammy, now deceased, brought up during the hearing also didn't show proof of the charges.

"Quite honestly, judge, is what the evidence is in terms of an overt act, I would submit to the court that I understand the burden in a preliminary hearing but they aren't even close on the suggestion in either case in regards to an overt act plus an agreement," he added. 'I'm respectfully asking the court to dismiss the charges. They haven't met their burden and I don't believe they provided anywhere near the evidence that is necessary to even overcome that small threshold.'"

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