The HBO documentary, ‘Going Clear – Scientology and the prison of belief’, has fearlessly exposed the exploitation, bullying and abuses central to the Church of Scientology’s business model. The Australian based Universal Medicine cult is smaller in scale, yet has numerous parallels – a megalomaniacal leader, extra terrestrial mythology, a commercial scheme of graded spiritual advancement, and a sham therapeutic approach based on ‘clearing’ negative ‘energy’.
In the last weeks, a Royal Commission inquiry has been hearing details of widespread child sexual abuse in Ballarat by Catholic clergy and its devastating effect on the community – where suicides have been too common. The extent of the coverup and its parallels with abuses in other dioceses has led some observers to beg the question, could there be a culture within the Catholic Church that fosters abuse?
Experts in the Catholic clergy scandals point to a number of factors that can also be found in other faith communities where sexual exploitation and abuse has occurred.
Serge Benhayon’s minders sensibly make sure he makes few public statements. However, last year, News Ltd’s Jane Hansen emailed him questions regarding an investigation into the charity he founded, and his propaganda team proudly published the incoherent blather he issued in response. In his diatribe on cyberbullies and stalkers he didn’t answer a single question. When Jane Hansen contacted him again early last month, he made more effort, continuing his tradition of addressing enquiries with exuberant fibs.
International alternative medicine and commercial religious, organization Universal Medicine is in the press again. According to scores of dedicated webpages on UM’s 28+ websites, myself and other complainants who’ve publicly questioned their secretive unethical behaviour are criminals, liars, trolls, cyber bullies and mentally ill. Instead of answers to questions, journalists like News Ltd’s Jane Hansen receive accusations of bias and ad hominem attacks. So why won’t UM and its Glorious leader, Serge Benhayon, answer the questions? And does anyone outside the cult believe a handful of private individuals could bully a multi million dollar conglomerate, their hundreds of religious investors and their legal team? What’s all the fuss about and who’s bullying who?
Abuses at the Mangrove Mountain Ashram are the subject of Case Study 21 at the Australian Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. This page provides links to Royal Commission proceedings and news reports, and a summary of testimony at the public hearing. UPDATE: The public hearing concluded on December 10, and this page has been updated with a summary of the second week of testimony. The Commission is still reportedly receiving evidence and public submissions which will be examined before a report of the findings is released some time next year.
Two years of sustained harassment from Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon’s propaganda Brides has not succeeded in halting my exposure of their harmful activities. Late 2014 they established yet another website with the express aim of destroying my livelihood. It’s the usual extreme and unbalanced dishonesty and distortions, branding my public questions about unethical behaviour as ‘cyber-bullying’ and ‘trolling’, but with the addition of invented nonsense attacking my professional practice.
2016 UM cult candidates for Ballina and Byron Shire Councils outed in the Echo for trying to bully me out of Byron Bay.
Complementary health conglomerate and religion, Universal Medicine, has launched what could be its greatest fiasco with an hysterical public promotion of the molestation they call ‘healing’. UM’s Esoteric lynch mob, led by propaganda drill sergeant, Alison Greig, label our concerns about the organization’s predatory behaviours and our questions about the welfare of the most vulnerable members as ‘sexualizing’ and ‘dangerous to children’. The UM *Facts* battalion then justifies inappropriate touching with anatomical confusion, New Age quackery and testimonial from Serge Benhayon’s young female houseguests.