Past Meetup

NJHN October Program: Cults and Coercion

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"Cults and Coercion: How Ordinary People Are Turned Into Extraordinary Fanatics"
Guest Speaker: Paul Grosswald

Paul Grosswald was recruited into the Church of Scientology during his sophomore year at Hofstra University. During six months of intense indoctrination he became increasingly drawn to the group, until he ultimately dropped out of school, moved into the cult's Manhattan compound, and signed a one-billion year employment contract with Scientology's elite Sea Organization. He finally broke free from the cult's influence after his parents engaged him in a dramatic, heart-wrenching intervention.

Paul is now an attorney and frequently counsels cult victims and their families. He will discuss the manipulative techniques of mind control common in all destructive cults, effective strategies for dealing with such cults, and the continuing legal issues faced by those who have escaped and exposed cults.

*This is an updated talk from the one Paul gave to NJHN in May 2010, and will be well worth attending!

Come at 1:30 pm for snacks and to socialize. The program will start promptly at 1:45 pm. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at a nearby restaurant.