Monday, April 23, 2018

Students Are Empowering Themselves

One of our main objectives here at FACT is to raise awareness and educate students about undue influence, cults, manipulation and the red flags to be aware of. We want to empower students with education so they can protect themselves.

Here are some recent messages from students who've contacted us.

"I went to thank you for all your answers!!!!! It was really helpful and is exactly what I needed for my paper!!! Thank you!!!"

"I didn't join a group on my campus because I found one of your posts on them and researched more and realized they were a cult! Thank You!"

We are happy to hear from students and how they are researching and educating themselves on these topics, we are dedicated to this cause and love hearing their feedback.

Our preventative education materials are available on our website under the education section and can be downloaded and printed.



Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Allison Mack of "Smallville" arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges

Actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" was charged on Friday with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy for her involvement in a woman's "self help" organization called NXIVM, where woman were forced to have sex with leader Keith Raniere.

 
Raniere was also arrested in March by federal officials in Mexico and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact,created and led by Keith Raniere,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit"

"According to court filings, during the past 20 years, Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs within his umbrella organization “Nxivm” (pronounced NEX-i-um).  Nxivm is based in Albany, New York and has operated centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America.  Nxivm maintains features of a pyramid scheme, as its courses cost thousands of dollars each and participants (“Nxians”) are encouraged to pay for additional classes and to recruit others to take classes in order to rise within the ranks of Nxivm."

"As detailed in court filings, in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called “DOS,” an acronym that stands for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,” or “The Vow.”  DOS operated with levels of women “slaves” headed by “masters.”  Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid.  Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid.  Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women.  Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid immediately below Raniere.
Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that the Nxivm curriculum taught were common in women. Mack and other DOS masters concealed Raniere’s status at the top of the pyramid from new recruits.

As a pre-condition to joining DOS, women were required to provide “collateral,” which included highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit’s assets.  DOS slaves were told that their collateral could be released for any number of reasons, including telling anyone about DOS’s existence or leaving DOS.  Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials.  During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.  If convicted of the crimes charged, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment."

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/founder-nxivm-purported-self-help-organization-and-actor-indicted-sex-trafficking-and 

There are a lot of "self help" organizations out there, some are legitimate healthy groups while others are not. Predators prey on vulnerable people looking for answers. Protect yourself and those around you by educating yourself about predators, manipulation, undue influence and the red flags to be aware of. We here at FACT are dedicated to raising awareness so that vulnerable people who are seeking answers are not victimized by predators.

Friday, April 20, 2018

John Lamb Lash - Nemeta, Metahistory.org, Giaspora.org, Kalirising.org

Recently a woman reached out to us to get our opinion on Nemeta.org, Metahistory.org, Giaspora.org, Kalirising.org - John Lamb Lash.

The lady told me she "was prone to joining cult like groups", I sent her educational information so she could empower and project herself and her vulnerabilities to groups that she admitted she was prone to joining.

Immediately, I saw Red Flags when glancing over the website Kalirising.org. But, I didn't have time to read thoroughly through these websites.

We do not know anything about these particular groups or John Lamb Lash and wanted to see if any of our readers had any experience or knowledge of these groups or this person.

We've learned, as I'm sure many others have - to Question Everything !



Your feedback is appreciated.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dynasty Star, Catherine Oxenberg's daughter, India, Revealed as Co-Conspirator in Sex Cult

"India Oxenberg, daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, has been revealed as a co-conspirator in a criminal complaint against cult leader Keith Raniere.  Raniere was arrested March 25 in Mexico and deported to the USA where he now faces charges of sex trafficking."

Full article here:

https://artvoice.com/2018/04/12/catherine-oxenbergs-daughter-india-identified-criminal-co-conspirator-sex-slaver-nxivm-cult/#.WtSnD38pDIU

"Prior to joining the sex cult, India Oxenberg was a model and actress with a bright future."



"Keith Raniere, who prosecutors say led a sadistic sex cult that branded and enslaved women, was arraigned today in Brooklyn Federal court on sex-trafficking, conspiracy and forced labor charges. He was ordered held without bail."
http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/cult-leader-keith-raniere-charged-with-branding-women-arraigned


Friday, April 13, 2018

More Complaints re: Victory Outreach Church



We've recently published our 5 part expose on Victory Outreach Church. We've posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages and cc'd several different Victory Outreach Church Branches on our expose. None of those branch offices bothered to acknowledged any of the allegations that we are aware of.

We continue to receive complaints about Victory Outreach Church.

Here is the latest one:

"Victory Outreach is a Cult
I need to report a worldwide giant cult called Victory Outreach. They operate under total illegal terms and need to be shut down. I understand they are trying to help but they are out of control!!!"

Sincerely,
The FACT Team

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sharon Stern - Feature Story in April's Apostate Monthly Magazine

April's Issue of Apostate Monthly Magazine features the tragic story of the Beloved Sharon Stern.

"Cult like, abusive personalities are not just found in religious settings, as the tragic tale of dance student Sharon Stern so demonstrates. Find out more about her story and her family's work with FACT in this month's issue"

Order your copy today! https://www.apostatemonthly.com/copy-of-march-2018

A Big Thank you to Apostate Monthly Magazine and Editor Alexandra James for highlighting our story and helping to spread awareness about the irreparable harm, abuse and tragedies cults and cult like personalities cause to people, families and communities.

Sincerely,

The FACT Team

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

One Day Conference - Littleton, CO

EVENT: Free, LLC – One Day Educational Conference

For former members of abusive religious groups and high-demand churches along with friends, family and others with interest.

When: April 21, Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Cost: $25.00 per-person
 

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, 7611 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO 80127
Continental breakfast/check-in and registration between 8:00 – 9:00 am.

Questions to be addressed:

How does one define an abusive religious group or high-demand church?
Where does the responsibility rest for one’s involvement?
How do family and friends cope when loved ones join one of these groups?
Why and how do people exit these destructive groups or churches?
How can healing and recovery for all involved best occur?
What are supportive resources for increased understanding and recovery?

Speakers:
David Clark, Thought reform consultant from Philadelphia, PA. Well known as an international interventionist on behalf of families of the religiously abused for 35+ yrs. He has written and presented widely on the topic of exit counseling.

Doug Feil, MS, LPC - Executive Director of Southwest Counseling Association, and a clinical therapist and licensed professional counselor he has a broad range of experience, extensively with all aspects of recovery from abuse and codependency.

Heidi Knapp, Certified life-coach, co-director of Becoming Free and provides support/recovery coaching for former members and families affected by religious abuse. She is currently pursuing a Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC II).

Pat Knapp, M.A., A.B.D. – (Psychology), co-director of Becoming Free and provides support/recovery coaching for former members and families affected by religious abuse. His PhD dissertation will be on religious abuse and recovery.

Grace Adams & Poia Alpha are sisters and former members of the Branch Davidians (WACO) who lost relatives in the culminating fire. They are jointly writing a book on their journey through and recovery from the Branch Davidians. Grace has been on numerous TV specials concerning WACO. Poia has been a social worker and educator for the past 30 years. Both have passion to educate the public about cult awareness and what recovery from religious abuse may typically entail. Both Grace and Poia currently reside in New Zealand.

Pre-Register at: https://www.becomingfree.org/events
 
For additional biographic information or questions: Call Pat or Heidi Knapp 720-227-8695
email: BecomingFree.org@gmail.com