Universal Medicine’s sexual abuse apologism hits a crescendoPosted: November 11, 2014
Complementary health conglomerate and religion, Universal Medicine, has launched what could be its greatest fiasco with an hysteria ridden public promotion of the molestation they call ‘healing’. UM’s Esoteric lynch mob, led by propaganda drill sergeant, Alison Greig, label our concerns about the organization’s predatory behaviours and our questions about the welfare of the most vulnerable members as ‘sexualizing’ and ‘dangerous to children’. The UM *Facts* battalion then justifies inappropriate touching with anatomical confusion, New Age quackery and testimonials from Serge Benhayon’s young female houseguests.
I’ve blogged before that I won’t give oxygen to the Universal Medicine cult’s far fetched, fictitious *facts* site, but the latest post is a gift to our exposure. It’s a perfect demonstration of the mix of dishonesty, delusion, stupidity, abuse apologism, bullying and exploitation that screams ‘cult’. Alison and a couple of hundred self-loving investors have done a magnificent job of validating our concerns about the dangers of Serge and his venomous Bride army.
(Update: let’s single out Hampshire County Council child protection worker, Ariana Ray: NHS surgeon, Eunice Minford and Sydney rheumatologist, Maxine Szramka as exploiters of young women and apologists for inappropriate touching and bullying of whistleblowers.)
First, over on the ‘Truth About Universal Medicine‘ blog – the one where they edit out the bitching, they’ve posted another feigned outrage missive about the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. The same cult clones vilifying us form a chorus of ‘how terrible it is that victims don’t come forward when threatened by perpetrators and their apologists, and when they fear they won’t be believed’.
The cult resorted to publicly bullying us after a year and a half of publicly ignoring us. Behind the scenes they were trying to have my blogs shut down, scrabbling for ways to have me prosecuted and trying to have me deregistered from my profession. When none of that was successful, they launched their defamatory website in May to try and destroy our livelihoods. As a person who has spoken up about being preyed upon in Benhayon’s treatment room, I’m being publicly labelled a liar, as are the other aggrieved persons who have spoken out. None of those hundreds joining in the lynching were in the treatment room with me and Serge, none have access to my personal contacts and nor were they privy to HCCC complainant, Ira McClure’s treatment or Dr Samuel Kim’s treatment notes – unless he unlawfully released them.
…how terrible it is when victims don’t come forward when they are threatened and fear they won’t be believed…
As we’ll see in the frenzied *facts* post, SergeProp claims with confidence no one will come forward because ‘there are no victims’.
Rolf Harris had no victims either.
Until two years ago.
The UM Facts site is the cult’s first attempt to publicly respond to the issues we’ve raised. And what a response it is. Critical comments, corrections and questions are prohibited. Leader, Serge Benhayon, has been hiding from journalists for a couple of years, and when he did respond to New Ltd’s Jane Hansen, it was a flamboyant, long winded rant about ‘trolls’ and a refusal to answer questions. It’s all exuberantly, unquestionably and disturbingly cultish.
We’ve posted plenty of evidence of Universal Medicine’s disturbing practices: workshop manual images showing Benhayon teaching Esoteric ‘healers’ to touch the genitals of sexual abuse victims; and unqualified Natalie Benhayon holding youth groups and asking children as young as twelve to make disclosures about drug and alcohol use and sexual experiences. Benhayon is known to rant about sexual violence and other sexually explicit material to audiences where children are present. We know Benhayon regularly has girls as young as ten stay unaccompanied in his home. We know his current wife moved into his home at age 14 against her mother’s wishes. We know children are subjected to the idiotic Esoteric diet and sleep deprivation regime. We know the group preys on cancer patients and is attempting to infiltrate schools. The rest of our concerns are too numerous to list.
Mine began when I was subjected to a sleazy ovarian reading from Benhayon in 2005, and attended a disturbing Esoteric healing workshop where exorcistic practices took place. Alison and the UM Facts Team are now labelling my public questions as ‘moral panic’, accusing me of lying and ‘falsifying evidence’.
My claim that Benhayon is a sexual predator is not false. I’ve seen him in action, as have plenty of others. The cult is saying I’ve made accusations of incest. I haven’t, and they’ve provided no evidence of me doing so. I have certainly questioned personal boundary transgressions in the Benhayon household. The same household where cult members are eager to send their daughters to stay.
Some readers may remember this silliness from a few months ago – Serge Benhayon on [not] taking legal action against Lance Martin and Esther Rockett. Serge could clear up any accusations with a defamation action. He has the lawyers and the cash, but he’s none too keen to take the stand.
The UM Facts Team bounds out of the sexual abuse apologism closet posting some of the workshop manual images I first blogged in February last year. Here we go again, but with loony justifications. (Click to enlarge.)
The hands depicted are nowhere near a woman’s vulva or anus and are not in contact with the breasts.
This is all fabrication. There has never been and is no touching of genitals. Ms Rockett’s reference to touching the client’s genitals in the photograph is anatomically false and is evidently not the case on any consideration of the image shown. Alison Greig, Universal Medicine Facts
The rest of the cult weighs in among the 450+ comments on that page, critiquing my knowledge of anatomy, and anything else they can think of. Among them are Sydney rheumatologist, Dr Maxine Szramka, and Belfast NHS surgeon, Eunice Minford. Plus ex acupuncturist Rebecca Poole, who offered this:
She would also know that the practice and training of acupuncture…consists of needling areas of the body exact to where these healing techniques are applied…in an acupuncture treatment you require a client to undress to underwear and you yourself often are required to adjust their underwear to be able to needle around the pubic bone and or buttocks.
Even if that were true, how does that make it okay for Serge to touch people’s private parts?
The response from the cult rheumatologist:
I can’t see this comment being posted anytime soon:
For the untrained, decently lateral means away from the midline of the body – away from where Serge has his hands.
Again from Rebecca Poole:
Esther Rockett knows very well that this technique from Universal Medicine is far less invasive than the equivalent acupuncture technique.
There is no ‘equivalent’ acupuncture technique, Rebecca.
As for the claim the images don’t show Serge making contact with breasts or that girl’s anus, the fallacious *facts* team neglected to post these images:
Next, I may have made an error and misidentified the very young woman in the photo above as Natalie Benhayon. She’s wearing the same sweatshirt 15 year old Natalie wore at the workshop I attended in 2005, so I thought it was her. Serge’s UK business partner Simon Williams says I should apologize to Natalie for the mistake.
Sorry for the mix up, Natalie. I truly am.
Now, Natalie, when are you going to apologize for pressuring children to make group disclosures about their sexual experiences, and for misleading them to believe you had any qualifications or authority to invade their privacy? Hm?
The cult expends a few hundred words about how it isn’t precious Natalie in the photo.
With bold type to help out the slower cult members:
So if it isn’t Natalie, who is it? How old was that young girl in 2004 when the photo was taken?
And whatever her age, why is it necessary to press a hand to someone’s anus to *transmute sadness*?
How does that work, Dr Szramka? Eunice Minford?
Why is it necessary for Serge Benhayon and his legion of unqualified ‘healers’ to touch erogenous zones at all?
She lied to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee [sic] (AHMAC) and other organisations, submitting the images from the manuals which she falsely claims show Serge Benhayon’s ‘hand on a woman’s vulva’ (referring to the picture shown above) and that ‘images from the manuals include Benhayon with his hands on chests, very close and at times touching breasts and pressed to the anus of a very young woman or girl.’
But if the claims were false, the former federal health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, and Senator Nick Xenophon wouldn’t have asked NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, for a response from the NSW government on what action was being taken about Benhayon’s practices of inappropriate touching. Like anyone, they could see it was inappropriate. Or maybe the health ministers and their advisors don’t know anything about Esoteric anatomy either.
Public submissions have now been removed from the AHMAC website but my submission is available here if anyone wants to read my case study of UM and my regulatory recommendations. The draft national code has a nice new addition, which I call the Benhayon clause, because it appears to arise from calls from myself and others for regulatory action to rein in treatment room perverts.
Examples of sexual behaviour are:
- sexual, personal or erotic comments
- comments about a person’s private life, sexuality or the way they look
- sexually suggestive comments or jokes
- repeated requests to go out
- requests for sex
- sexually explicit emails, text messages or posts on social networking sites
- inappropriate touching, including with the implication that is has a therapeutic benefit
- not charging or billing for treatment, unrelated to financial hardship.The subclauses do not specifically refer to sexual or physical assault. These are criminal offences, which should be captured by Clause 1 of this draft National Code. AHMAC Consultation Paper, p.27 (Emphasis mine)
Exploitation of the vulnerable
Way up at the top of the post, sandwiched between a title including the words ‘lies about sexual abuse and incest’ and the first paragraph, headed ‘creating a moral panic’, is testimony from a seventeen year old girl who has stayed in the Benhayon home. One of many young girls to file through that home in the last twenty or more years. Only three of them have ended up marrying a Benhayon so far.
Staying with the Benhayons was an amazing opportunity for me to see and feel what a true family is…
Alison Greig takes pains to make a footnote:
* A***’s photo and her age appear with her full consent and also the full knowledge and consent of her parents. (Name redaction mine)
Of course they do. Her parents are major investors in the Benhayon scam. They’ve dragged the whole family into a cult, so it’s a natural progression they would put their juvenile daughter’s name and image to a demented internet promotion of inappropriate touching and the bullying of sexual abuse whistleblowers.
That was well considered.
UPDATE: The cult has spilled that nonsense into a third part, rounding up as many of UM’s young captives as they can find for photo testimonials. And a few of their zombified parents as well. The testimonial of the 17 year old mentioned above has been expanded to admit she has lived at Serge’s house, which begs the question, how many young girls have lived under the roof of this sleazebag guru?
One young woman, A****, age 17, who has stayed with the Benhayons many times writes:
A**** “From the very first time I met the Benhayons I have been shown the highest level of Love, care and respect…To have ‘Serge Benhayon accused of a grooming process for sexual abuse’ does not make sense. As a young woman that has stayed with Serge and his family, and experienced living with them I can say with authority that this statement is completely false.
A bit further down the page a woman about to undertake family court proceedings publicly trashes her husband. Again.
That’s ‘Ageless Wisdom’ in action.
For the love of Serge.
If anyone doubted that UM is harmful and dangerous, and particularly the health professionals who could be deregistered for the kind of conduct they are enabling and endorsing, that piece hits home. Does anyone who hasn’t subscribed to Benhayon’s occult philosophy, death and bequest drive, now feel comfortable with the cult’s targeting of the women’s health market, cancer patients and schools? It also casts a grim light on UM’s upcoming Girl to Woman Project Festival, again where the cult is using girls as young as eight to publicize their predatory grooming.
Followers describe UniMed as the One True Religion, and while the Catholic church presided over a history of appalling abuse, denial and denigration of victims, the church never mounted a campaign encouraging adherents to publicly slur and defame complainants whilst refusing to engage in public discussion.
Only cults do that.
The Universal Medicine cult takes that vile behaviour several steps further with bizarre excuses for inexcusable behaviour and by marketing that mess as ‘Medicine’, ‘Truth’ and ‘Love’.