Universal Medicine Girl to Woman Festival false empowerment gossip & panic January 2018Posted: January 24, 2018
‘I am Me… and there’s nothing else that I have to be’ as long as I don’t eat what UM says is pranic, don’t dance, don’t listen to music UM says is poison, don’t play sport, don’t read books UM says are laced with the energy of spirit, don’t listen to people UM says aren’t Esoteric, don’t challenge anything, don’t think, don’t express emotion, don’t complain, don’t notify anyone of my misgivings… As long as I surrender…
24 January 2018 – *Benhayon v Rockett hearing, Sydney Feb 1 *YouTube censorship update *Girl to Woman Festival’s deceptive and misleading ’empowerment’
2 February 2018 *Short update on hearing
2 February 2018 – Benhayon v Rockett hearing update
We had the hearing for new orders in Benhayon v Rockett yesterday. We’re likely to have a judgment on that in the next couple of weeks.
I was seeking orders for Serge to disclose more documents I believe to be relevant to the allegations in the proceedings. The hearing was 3 hours, covering a lot of topics related to the allegations and documents, and we didn’t get through the whole argument. The remainder is being done ‘on the papers’ via written submissions. I think it will be an oral judgement.
I won’t get everything I was seeking in the orders, and we conceded some of our requests. That’s fairly normal in discovery arguments – they’re notoriously contentious arguments about relevance etc.
Serge had his Senior Counsel run the argument, helped by UM’s in house true-believer barrister, Charles Wilson with Alison Greig doing the stage whispers. In the public gallery was Natalie Benhayon, Maxine Szramka, Caroline Raphael and Alan Johnston.
There was also discussion at hearing of some logistical issues for the September trial and the use of expert witnesses, and those will be aired again in the next week or two when there’s another directions hearing for the timetable of pretrial steps.
It was interesting, as I thought it would be. We would have preferred more time for the argument, but the court is a public resource and public resources are limited.
Some interesting points were raised at the hearing:
Team UM strongly resisted having to disclose Serge’s financial info, but Her Honour said words to the effect that a person who brings a legal action wanting to clear their name with regard to the way they make their profits, then they should be prepared to open their books.
At hearing we brought forward a quote from some 2008 UM student notes about wills and bequests. Alison jumped up to relay to UM’s counsel that the student notes, taken by Rebecca Asquith’s mother Kathleen Baldwin, are not a true record of the content of the presentation where the comments about wills were made. However, Mr M and I happened to be listening to a recording of the very presentation the day before and the only reason we didn’t submit a transcript was because the passage was too lengthy to use in such a short hearing. The notes were a very good summary. It’s a credit to Kathleen and UM that the students have been very diligent and taken excellent notes. Alison’s a bit harsh on them I think.
The other thing that came up in open court, more stage whispers relayed from Ali G to the UM counsel, is that Serge has an acupuncture qualification, which counsel said was the equivalent to mine.
That was a surprise.
I’ll update when the judgment comes through. The YouTube docos will also be back soon. Bear with me, as there are a few errands I need to get to before those are relaunched.
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24 January – Benhayon v Rockett hearing, Sydney February 1
First up duckies, 11 full months since discovery orders were handed down by the Supreme Court in Sydney and every kind of litigious shenanigan imaginable from Team UM since – in two states – I’m going to a hearing on 1 February at Queens Square Sydney to seek orders against Serge.
It is not the trial. The trial is set down for 3 weeks from 3 September this year.
The parties to the proceeding have a legal obligation to disclose documents relevant to the facts in dispute. By relevant, that means documents that tend to prove or disprove the truth of allegations in the proceedings.
Sergio contends he has given his all. I contend that he hasn’t come close. Thus I am seeking orders. I’m taking a big fat list of the documents we think he should disclose. He’s saying he doesn’t have them or they’re irrelevant.
We are listed at 10 am for 2 hours, but depending on how much of a fight Team UM put up, I think it will go longer. I reckon it will be very interesting if any of you want to attend. Team Rockett has been preparing for this hearing for months. If you’ve never observed at a hearing, please don’t do what UM’s Sons of God do when they’ve come to court – chew gum, mill around the courtroom and use their phones. Please observe the rules.
If you want to help, I need help with my living expenses. I am bankrupt. I have nothing for the trustee to seize to pay my debts (all related to UM’s litigation). I have outstanding bills right now that I can’t pay, plus I will be travelling and there’s a lot of printing etc. getting done. See the top of the page for details on how you can make a contribution. You’ve all seen how much work is going into my defence. I’m doing the work of a solicitor’s office solo from my living room and I’m not eligible for benefits – so please help. Thank you to our friends who have continued their support. If you can make a contribution it helps me and helps lighten the load for all supporters.
The contributions are to help me avoid homelessness. I’m not paying any legal bills thank you to my wonderful barristers.
You can also help by keeping your emails etc. to a minimum until after the hearing. Sorry if I haven’t replied to everyone lately. You can all amuse yourselves here in the comments. Be patient if your comment doesn’t appear immediately. I will get to them.
AND you can help by forwarding evidence of UM’s inside operations and comms. To the person who found some student notes and said they were going to forward those – please do so thank you very much. Sooner would be better than later if you can manage it. If you want to stay anon, stick them Google Drive or Dropbox and send me the sharing links. Having said that, communications providing me with evidence or info for use in the proceedings are privileged – as in confidential.
Panic censorship – Unpacking UM – update & the comeback
January 10 I released the first two chapters of my YouTube documentary series, Unpacking Universal Medicine & The Way of the Livingness. UM panicked and pulled their nasty old stunt of using false copyright complaints to get them taken down. It’s not surprising they gave that a go. They, more than anyone else, know how their in house carrying on looks to folk with their feet planted on terra firma. In the 36 hours or so each episode was up, the response from viewers was strong. To say the least.
Yes, the content of the series includes UM conduct that impacts children and other vulnerable people.
I issued counter notices, as I’ve done in the past to get stuff reinstated. It took until late last week for YouTube admin to check my notices and send them off to Planet Serge. His nibs has 10 – 14 business days since he received them to provide evidence to YouTube he has initiated copyright legal action to prevent the films from being reinstated. As I’ve explained in the last blog, there’s no copyright breach. I’m the copyright holder of the Unpacking UM documentaries – they’re my original works. I used some UM footage under the fair dealing exceptions of the Australian Copyright Act. If Team UM goes down the SLAPP route again they’ll hit a wall of media lawyers, and not only certain defeat, but potential rulings of abuse of process and making false legal applications.
Either way the series will be back. In full.
Please be patient. I don’t know how YouTube’s admin works. I don’t know how long it will take them to reinstate the episodes once the copyright hoo-ha is out of the way. Don’t lose your nightdresses.
Empowerment fraud – the Girl to Woman Festival
— Esther Rockett (@EstherRockett) January 19, 2018
not empowering -not disclosing commercial & religious backing, painting little girls with makeup & using their images in publicity pic.twitter.com/fE8WzYHVCN
— Esther Rockett (@EstherRockett) January 20, 2018
— Esther Rockett (@EstherRockett) January 20, 2018
The thing went ahead at Lennox Head on 21 January. This year UM sunk cash into promoting it. They paid for love-bombing stalls at local markets from the Gold Coast to I dunno how far south, and provided props for selfies, beading activities and face painting. They stuck notices on every website noticeboard that they could, and ran a TV ad in the Northern Rivers. Someone said they got TV news coverage this time. If you know which station please add it in the comments.
UM marketed the thing with the usual gimmicks – ’empowerment’, ‘connection’, ‘community’, ‘role models’.
Universal Medicine is an insular community, a virtual compound, that seeks to control the information coming in and out. Its management lies, bullies, and punishes people who don’t conform – who choose to think for themselves.
It runs this event yearly. It’s attended by more adults than kids. They stick cosmetics on little girls and have them dance to the Benhayons’ occult line-dancing schtick ‘True Movement’ and sing Esoteric Hymns (all other music is banned). The place is crawling with creepy UM adults with cameras.
UM has parents sign a publicity release before they know what the thing really is, consenting to UM using photos of their kids. I believe that if you bought a ticket and were misled into consenting to UM using your or your child’s photo, you have grounds for a complaint to Fair Trading. A helpful reader shared this link, go to item 4 for further info.
I’m sick of repeating myself. For the fourth year running there was no disclosure the ‘Festival’ was a commercial event pushing the Esoteric Breast Massage corporation Universal Medicine, its spiritually invested financial associates, and its user pays Church of Serge. No disclosure of the occult belief system behind Esoteric Women’s Health products and services. Regular readers must be sick of reading me having a go at the religion’s organizers suggesting time and again that they undertake proper disclosure, like every other business is required to do under Australian Consumer Law.
Sadly, UM’s big new marketing push (and who paid for that Natalie? Did the Benhayons front with the dosh for all that marketing?) roped in unsuspecting families. But one kid at that thing is too many. My blogs log a lot of the Google search terms people use to find my sites. One year, in the hours after the recruitment fest wound up, it was ‘is esoteric womens health a cult?’
Every time UM goes after kids they piss people off. A lot of readers made comments about the latest event on my last blog post if you want to take a look.
I’ll say it again. Parents, the community, have a right to know who is running initiatives targeting kids.
This mother found out the hard way.
It’s not that mother’s responsibility to have to investigate deep into the internet to find out it was an occult religion that runs an event objectifying little girls. It’s UM’s legal obligation under Australian Consumer Law not to engage in misleading and deceptive conduct. They need to disclose it’s a religion, all the presenters, organizers and 90 volunteers are Universal Medicine religious customers, and that it’s a commercial event, not a community event. It’s a marketing and recruitment tilt that plugs UM businesses and associates. I’m bored with having to repeat this for five years about the whole shoddy firm.
UM are aware of their nondisclosure and how it causes problems. They know, for example, local schools and a number of community organizations, with the glaring exception of PASH, won’t have a bar of them.
UPDATE: Two separate parents have now contacted me to let me know their children were taken to the festival without their permission. Both the UM parents told lies in order to do so.
And UM are planning to run the thing in Melbourne on 29 April 2018, Functions on Chapel, Prahran.
If you’re new to this and not too jaded to look them over – this is a selection of the blogs I’ve posted about the Festival since 2015:
Answering the Girl to Woman Festivals hysterical antagonism – helps the organizers out with corrections to misleading marketing, including their appeals to the public to call the police on anyone who tries to notify anyone or complain.
And to keep the rest of you bitching until my next update, which will probably be after the hearing in Sydney – Eso Women’s Health released some footage of the launch of the Girl to Woman anthem – penned by a bloke, or two, and thrashed out by Girl to Woman poster bride, Miranda Benhayon – the former junior tennis pupil who became Serge’s wife. I haven’t watched that film yet. The ditty is 99c to download.
Don’t all flock to buy it at once.