Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse

Presentation at the ICSA Conference, Bordeaux, July 2017 – Theme of Conference: Cultic Dynamics and Radicalization. Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse By Anne Khodabandeh (Bio can be found here – in alphabetical order) I am not a researcher or academic or legal expert. Instead I am an expert in activism, campaigning and … Continue reading Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse

July 8, 2017
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Following new stalking protections we need to tackle cultic abuse

Anyone who has suffered the fear and helplessness of being stalked will welcome Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s stalking prevention orders. Along with laws to protect against coercive control, grooming for sex and modern slavery, it is gratifying to see that the psychological element in exploitative and damaging relationships is at last being recognised. But there … Continue reading Following new stalking protections we need to tackle cultic abuse

December 12, 2016
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Consultancy and Advocacy

  Open Minds is dedicated to helping organisations and individuals gain knowledge and implement long-term solutions that counter the radicalisation which can lead to extremism and terrorism. This is not limited to the public sector. Open Minds offers consultancy to any organisation which is concerned with the threat of radicalisation. This would be of interest … Continue reading Consultancy and Advocacy

November 25, 2016
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Study of CEGEP students shows vulnerabilities to violent radicalization

[This is an interesting study which comes close to identifying how people can become susceptible to cultic abuse. That is, the way that cults and violent extremist groups target susceptible people and use deceptive recruitment techniques followed by various stages of psychological manipulation in order to enthral and enslave followers. Open Minds Ed] Catherine Solyom, Montreal … Continue reading Study of CEGEP students shows vulnerabilities to violent radicalization

November 2, 2016
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Cults In the Workplace

[This article demonstrates that classic cult-forming tactics won’t work if the victim is aware of what is happening – the first step toward cultic abuse is deceptive recruitment – Open Minds Ed] CNS News By Bill Donohue, October 7, 2017 A federal judge has ruled that a Long Island health care company must submit to … Continue reading Cults In the Workplace

November 2, 2016
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Far-right Combat 18 in ‘secret plan to recruit Birmingham teachers’

Birmingham Mail, 2 July 2016 BY MIKE LOCKLEY Ex-member Nigel Bromage claims feared group targeting ‘people with influence’ after Brexit … A FORMER leading light in the violent world of neo-Nazism has revealed a plot to recruit Birmingham and West Midlands teachers to the far-right. Nigel Bromage has documents from ultra-right wing group Combat 18 … Continue reading Far-right Combat 18 in ‘secret plan to recruit Birmingham teachers’

September 29, 2016
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The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

The notion of ‘cult behaviour’ can explain the persistent cycle of violence in the Middle East. John Bell, Al Jazeera, July 28, 2014:  In mid-June, I wrote an article about the attachment to identity in the Middle East and its deadliness in our times. Since then, a caliphate was announced from Aleppo to Tikrit, the … Continue reading The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

July 26, 2016
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With Coercive Control, the Abuse Is Psychological

The methods used in Coercive Control can be used in Cultic Abuse to subjugate and control victims. Such recognised methods could become the basis of criminal legislation against Cultic Abuse [Open Minds]. The New York Times, By Abby Ellin, July 11, 2016 Lisa Fontes’s ex-boyfriend never punched her, or pulled her hair. But he hacked into her … Continue reading With Coercive Control, the Abuse Is Psychological

July 17, 2016
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From Attraction to Action — How Young People Are Radicalized

Anne Khodabandeh “…To our eyes, the overt horror of terrorism and extremist violence appears a crude instrument. But recruiters are involved in a highly sophisticated game of mind control which we ignore at our peril. If we don’t take seriously the methodology behind the bloodied images, then we will continue to allow our young people … Continue reading From Attraction to Action — How Young People Are Radicalized

May 26, 2016
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The emotional tipping point between religion and cult

Pierre Le Coz “…The aim of a religion is not to change its member’s ordinary life. The realistic moderation of its ambitions explains why religion does not need to use artifices of manipulation. The admission in a cult is much more costly because it requires a conversion, a rupture with others and oneself. The leader … Continue reading The emotional tipping point between religion and cult

May 21, 2016
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