TFST hosts monthly support groups which are attended by cult survivors and sometimes affected relatives. These are held in central London, normally on the first Tuesday of the month. If you, or someone you know, would like to come, please contact by email.
Currently, there are no planned events.
Panel presentation in March 2020. Cults and Coercive Control: Raising Awareness, Seeking Justice
The Family Survival Trust event, March 10, 2020, at University Women's Club. Featuring three talks by Emily Green, Ste Richardsson and Jacky Hart, about their cult experiences and subsequent activism. Click to watch video
Conversation in April 2019 between Alexandra Stein and yoga cult survivor and journalist Matthew Remski
This exchange between two leading international experts in the field of cultic abuse was followed by discussion with an audience of TFST supporters, and focused on what kind of treatment is appropriate for people leaving a cult. Read more here
Lecture in April 2018 entitled What can we Learn from the Children of Cults by Janja Lalich Ph.D
Dr Lalich is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups (including terrorist groups and ideological extremists) with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social control. She is also Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State University, Chico. Janja gave the audience of about 80 at the University Womens’ Club in London a fascinating look at the extensive research carried out in over 12 countries for her book of the same name Escaping Utopia. This involved hearing harrowing testimony of consistent abuse of children brought up within pseudo-religious and other types of cults, and the legal and political obstacles of bringing offenders to justice. Read more here
In May we attended and addressed the annual meeting in Paris of FECRIS, the French government backed pan-European umbrella group for cult family support NGO’s in nearly 30 countries.
FECRIS plays a vital role as one of the only functioning multinational anti-cult organisations, especially in a world where many of the larger cults are themselves multinational corporations, able to afford top legal and public relations professionals. Both Washington and Brussels have clearly been well infiltrated by cult lobbyists. TFST and its predecessor FAIR have been active members of FECRIS for some years, during which Tom Sackville served a 5 year term as President. Read more here
Keith Raniere Trial
Alex Stein was recently commissioned by the BBC to write an expert background piece to accompany their coverage of the shocking revelations around the New York sex cult run by Keith Raniere. Read more here
As mentioned in the piece, cult organisations are hard to prosecute: most countries’ statute books do not contain appropriate laws, and there are difficulties in making organisations rather than individuals culpable in criminal law. TFST has now received an offer from a Home Office minister to arrange a meeting to discuss how to extend the definition of Coercive Control, which is now defined in law for the first time, to include abusive behaviour within a group, rather than simply as now within a domestic context.