Friday, December 4, 2015

Complaint about Straitway Truth Ministry, Lafayette, Tennessee



Name of Group or Church: Straitway Truth ministry Where: Lafayette Tennessee Leader(s): Charles Dowell Website:

"People sell all their belongings and give the money to Dowell. They are dependent on him for everything from food to clothing to toiletries. People live in run down trailers while he lives in a nice house."

"Members live all together on the property and eat in a common dining hall. Anyone who disagrees with the pastor is considered as coming against him. There are elders, but they are really yes men who have proven themselves to be totally devoted to the pastor. Anyone who speaks against him is considered to be speaking against God."

Are you aware of any human rights violations, emotional/physical abuse, illegal activity?

"People live in trailers with no running water. They use 5 gallon buckets as toilets and dump them in a pit when full. A lot of emotional abuse, psychological abuse. Financial abuse of elders. They sign over their ss checks to the pastor every month. People are told that if they leave they're going to hell and all kinds of bad things will happen to them. If you leave the ministry you are leaving God etc."

If you or someone you know has been victimized by this organization, please contact us immediately.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Five main things that make destructive cult groups dangerous to their followers...

Essentially there are five main things that make destructive cult groups dangerous to their followers:

Here's one: These groups make the cost of leaving extremely high. It is associated with persecution, isolation, and/or failure; much more than just wasted time and effort on the part of the member. It will be the end; you will be isolated, cast into hell, a complete outcast, etc. It is always made to sound as if leaving is never an option.

Can you name any others?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thank You For Making Our GivingTuesday a Success!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support and participation, we are very pleased to announce our #‎GivingTuesday fundraiser was a complete success! Because of you we are that much closer to our year-end goal, with all proceeds going towards:

• Rescuing minors / adults from abusive high-control situations and groups • Education in high-schools / universities to inform and warn students • Providing guidance and support to families of cult victims • Working with the law to hold criminal groups accountable for their actions • Conducting investigative research on destructive groups • Creating and distributing educational awareness materials • Monitoring of news sources and sharing the information with the public

On behalf of all of us here at F.A.C.T., thank you so much for your generous donations and for sharing our cause with others. Without your support it would not be possible for us to continue on with our important work.


The FACT Team

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GivingTuesday is here!

#GivingTuesday is finally upon us, and we hope you will help victims everywhere with your support. A donation of any kind, large or small, will allow us to continue to fight against cult groups, help victims and their families, educate the public and so much more.

Please consider making your 100% tax deductible donation today.

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I know first hand the enormous pain and suffering...

Dear Supporters,

I know first hand the enormous pain and suffering that family members go through when their loved one is manipulated and turned against them.

I know first hand the feeling of when your child is being abused and exploited by a cult group, be it physically, mentally, sexually, and/or financially and the horrible feeling of being powerless to do anything about it.

I know all too well the sleepless nights and agony I am still experiencing to this day from the death of my beloved daughter, brought upon by a wicked sociopathic cult leader I have yet to finally bring to justice.

Because of what I went through with my daughter Sharon, I decided to make it my life’s work to fight destructive high-control groups, save victims, reunite families and educate the public. Since 2013, our organization has helped save thousands of lives from destructive cult groups through direct interventions, education and awareness campaigns, by fighting cult groups with the help of law enforcement and legal support and much more.

Please help us to continue our work of ending the suffering of victims nationwide like children and the elderly, taking down deceptive, abusive and destructive groups and leaders (like the one that took my daughter) and reuniting families.

I cannot thank you enough for your support with our mission. May my daughter's passing bring light to others.


Tibor Stern
President of F.A.C.T.

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My son was pulled into a cult 8 years ago...


"I will be making a donation today and want to ask if I might be of service on college Campuses? My son was pulled into a cult 8 years ago and although I am lucky to once again have my son in my life he is not recovered from mind control-even after an intervention. I have learned so much about how to deal with my son and endour the heartache. I would be grateful to have the opportunity to spare other families the same heartache! Thank you for your work against destructive groups."

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support and for wanting to help us in our mission to arm students and families with the information they need to realize the insidious cultic threat on their campuses before it's too late.

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Please consider those who have been victimized by cults this ‎GivingTuesday.

Please consider those who have been victimized by cults this #‎GivingTuesday.

"The cult ruined my life forever. No matter how many years pass, or how many miles I put between them, the damaging effects have pervaded all my decisions, all my emotions, all my reactions and all my ability to make the best of myself and those I care about."

-- Ex-Cult Victim


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