May 28, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 5/28/2021

Re-evaluation Counseling, Youth On Board, Moral Re-Armament (MRA), Dove Outreach, Legal, NXIVM
"Boston schools will not work with a nonprofit after an independent report found the director pressured students to participate in uncomfortable counseling sessions, among other accusations of misconduct.

The school district has ended its contract with Youth On Board, the nonprofit it paid to run a student advisory board for many years, Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said Monday.

An independent report found the nonprofit's director, Jenny Sazama, pressured students who were a part of the Boston Student Advisory Council to participate in "Re-evaluation Counseling" sessions with her. The counseling encourages people to relate difficult experiences and release emotions by crying, screaming, or laughing.

Students interviewed as part of the independent investigation said the counseling sessions, which Sazama had conducted in her basement before the pandemic, were 'weird, uncomfortable and cult-like.'"
"Glenn Close says her traumatic experience of living inside a cult growing up is why she hasn't had "successful relationships".

The 74-year-old Hollywood star has opened up about the emotional distress she has suffered as a result of being part of the group Moral Re-Armament (MRA).

Appearing on Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry's new docuseries 'The Me You Can't See', Glenn revealed the cult "basically dictated how you're supposed to live and what you're supposed to say and how you're supposed to feel."

She continued: "Because of how we were raised, anything you thought you'd do for yourself was considered selfish."

"When Serah Bellar ran away from her Amesville home in April 2020, few questioned her disappearance.

Serah, 16 at the time, was labeled by the Ohio Attorney General's Office as an "endangered runaway" in its database of missing people. Some members of her enormous family whispered about her absence in private. Beyond that, silence.

"Serah isn't dead, I'd know by now at (sic), she's smarter than people give her credit for, but she is gone, if she ever contacts dad and mom or any of us it will be on her terms," her eldest sibling Benjamin Bellar, who's incarcerated, wrote to a relative last year in a prison text messaging system, according to indictments from The Athens County Prosecutor's Office.

Her family, the Bellars, have 18 biological children and one who's adopted. Speaking to law enforcement, Serah's mother, Deborah Bellar, once said "God would give her all the children she was meant to have," according to court documents.

The Bellars were all forced by their parents, including Serah's father, Robert "Bob" Bellar, to attend the Waverly-based Dove Outreach "church" run by their uncle James "Jim" Bellar who preached that siblings are meant procreate with one another in the face of the apocalypse to repopulate the planet, documents show.

Jim, a self-proclaimed apostle, reportedly rewrote chapters of the Bible to fit his religious beliefs that were passed on to the Bellar kids. He was very selective about who he permitted at Dove Outreach, which some have described as a cult, documents said.

In an interview, Serah called the church a cult."

Variety: Allison Mack's Sentencing for Involvement With NXIVM Cult Set for June
"The sentencing for "Smallville" actor Allison Mack, who was indicted in 2018 on sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges for her involvement in Keith Raniere's NXIVM cult, has been scheduled for late June.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 30, at 11 a.m., ordered by New York judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on Friday.

Mack was arrested by the FBI in April 2018 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. According to prosecutors, she recruited women to join the NXIVM cult using blackmail to force them to engage in sexual activity with Raniere against their will. The organization posed as a women's self-help group, but involved branding the female members and psychologically manipulating and coercing them. Raniere allegedly paid Mack for her involvement and was second-in-command of NXIVM after Raniere himself."

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