Abstract for ICSA Conference 2019 in Manchester

Abstract International Cultic Studies Association 2019 Annual Conference Manchester, UK icsahome.com/events/annual-conference Mapping the Cult Landscape with a New Lexicon – Why Words Matter: An Activist/Campaigner’s Perspective Anne Khodabandeh In the UK, laws criminalising Coercive Control and Modern Slavery have recently come onto the statute book. With many years of academic research, survivor testimony and therapeutic … Continue reading Abstract for ICSA Conference 2019 in Manchester

July 12, 2019
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Mapping the Cult Landscape with a New Lexicon

Why Words Matter: An Activist/Campaigner’s Perspective ICSA Conference 2019, Manchester, UK Presentation by Anne Khodabandeh Over the past forty years many things have changed in the field of cults. For an activist and campaigner, it is important to periodically create a new map to explain the changed cult landscape and to think how we can … Continue reading Mapping the Cult Landscape with a New Lexicon

July 9, 2019
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Shamima Begum was the victim of a cult – she needs help

“the teenager showed all the signs during her recent interviews of having been under cultic influence. Her head was tilted down, she used monotone speech conveying no emotion and her manner was detached and cold.”

March 11, 2019
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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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Shame and Silence: Recognizing Spiritual Abuse

Contributed by Mackenzi Kingdon, MA, LMHCA, GoodTherapy.org Topic Expert February 1, 2017 https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/shame-and-silence-recognizing-spiritual-abuse-0201175 Spiritual abuse, a type of abuse that results from a spiritual leader, system, or indoctrinated individual’s attempts to control and/or manipulate another individual, can be difficult to recognize, and many people are entirely unaware that this type of abuse even exists. Those who … Continue reading Shame and Silence: Recognizing Spiritual Abuse

February 1, 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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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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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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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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