As survivors of paedophilia allegedly perpetrated by members of UK’s political elite come forward, it’s appalling to see them harassed and trolled on social media. Worse when one of the trolls is a high profile UK barrister, Barbara Hewson, famous for publicly calling for the age of consent to be lowered to 13.
Cultivating sexual abuse in religious communities
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.
Satyananda Yoga Mangrove Mountain Ashram under Child Abuse Royal Commission scrutiny
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.
Universal Medicine’s sexual abuse apologism hits a crescendo
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.
Cult parallels – Christian Assemblies International and Universal Medicine
This week Australian current affairs program, 4 Corners ran a shocking report on abusive Pentecostalist sect, Christian Assemblies International. CAI has numerous similarities to New Age cult, Universal Medicine – including secrecy, exorcistic practices, sexual abuse and tax exempt charity fronts.
On predatory gurus
By Guest Blogger, Cult*ural In$ergent