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Understanding Radicalisation as Cultic Abuse to Support Prevent and Channel
What is meant by cultic abuse and how this helps us detect and prevent Radicalisation toward violent extremism and terrorism.
The precise, narrow definition of what is meant by Cultic Abuse:

Cultic Abuse is the systematic and sustained application of an array of recognised techniques for psychological manipulation without the knowledge or informed consent of the victim (aka brainwashing), in order to effect a breach of a persons psychological, emotional, intellectual and social integrity for the purposes of abuse, exploitation, slavery and/or pecuniary gain, and to so inhibit their critical faculties that they do not recognise their own predicament so that they may act in ways harmful to their best interests on instruction, by command or by neglect.

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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Kathleen Taylor Brainwashing author

Thought crime

‘Brainwashing’ is routinely invoked to explain atrocities,  but what does it really mean? Kathleen Taylor, The Guardian, October 8, 2005… Three months ago, on July 7, London suffered its 9/11. An attack on the capital had long been predicted and, mercifully, far fewer people were killed than in the Twin Towers. But that was no consolation … Continue reading Thought crime

March 30, 2016
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Abigail Clay

Why improving understanding and increasing confidence among education professionals can help prevent young people from falling victim to radicalisation

Abigail Clay, Telegraph and Argus, February 10, 2016… There are few, if any, who would dispute the fact that radicalisation of young people is a form of abuse. But those who work in safeguarding could be tackling this more effectively by recognising a disturbing but overlooked facet of this challenging issue. Let us first question … Continue reading Why improving understanding and increasing confidence among education professionals can help prevent young people from falling victim to radicalisation

February 11, 2016
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Cultic Abuse

Understanding Radicalisation as Cultic Abuse to Support Detection and Prevention The precise, narrow definition of what is meant by Cultic Abuse: Cultic Abuse occurs when an ideology or belief system is used alongside the systematic and sustained application of an array of recognised techniques for psychological manipulation without the knowledge or informed consent of the victim … Continue reading Cultic Abuse

December 24, 2015
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