Refocus Cult Support

Sharon:

I read everything you sent me. First off, let me say how sorry I am to hear what you have had to endure. I am an ex-member of a Bible-Based cult (not WWCG) as well and know from my own experiences how difficult the road to recovery can be. What happened with Bobby Fisher is indeed tragic, but those of us who have come under the sway of cults understand all too well how this can happen.

I am glad to hear you wrote of your experiences and hope that you will be able to help, educate and inform other people about WWCG and cults in general. I do know that WWCG has changed their stance on many issues and are at least doctrinally willing to admit they were in error. However, I truly hope that they can acknowledge the manipulation and control, which is many ways was more insidious, and not just the error in doctrine.

Dr. Robert J. Lifton and Judith Hermann do indeed understand so much about high demand/high control environments. However, I think that there are other sources of help as well that you might find easier to access that might be equally as helpful to you. We have a number of links to therapists, support groups and other types of support on our webpage (www.refocus.org) and International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) also offers a wealth of information. Additionally, ICSA organizes conferences and other events. These bring together academicians, helping professionals, ex-members, etc., etc. I highly recommend looking on their site as well (http://www.icsahome.com)

We have an e-newsletter that we send out several times a year. It is for and by ex-members. Let me know if you would like to receive it.

I deeply respect how you are trying to bring good out of what happened and that you have the heart that you do for Bobby Fischer. This is why I am involved myself in the cult education/recovery field, i.e., I have wanted to bring good out of what, at times, have been debilitating experiences.

I'll be in touch about anyone who could be of help to you. Please keep in touch with us as well.

Good luck on your journey and let us know if there is some other way we can help you.

Maureen

International Cultic Studies Association