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Issues: `Protect the rights of minority religions' - Jakarta Post
7 October 2009, 3:46 am

Issues: `Protect the rights of minority religions'

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Concerning scientology, it is most certainly not just a cult set up by a fraudster but a money-grabbing one as well that deserves banning wherever. ...

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It's a fairly well-written piece!  It seems to start pro-Scientology ... then the bashing begins :D  It's subtle, factual ... what more can one ask?!

Let's see .. it bashes Narconon, Hubbard, the fact that Narconon won't help the guy stop beating women, and it talks about how Narconon harasses and tries of, so hard to recruit!

It begins at the "Man of the Castle" bit about 1/4 way down.  (I hate the multi-article format!)

Following that first beating of Heather Spencer, George Bell III spent roughly three months in a Narconon facility in Arrowhead, Okla., as a voluntary "student," dealing with his drug problem.

The controversial Narconon program—which includes extensive sauna sessions, massage, and heavy doses of vitamin and mineral supplements—uses the rehabilitation concepts of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who was not an addiction specialist. Its addiction cure-rate claims and its methodology have come under professional, media and legal scrutiny in the United States and internationally, and many locales have decided against using Narconon as government-recommended or sponsored rehabilitation providers.

But people around Bell wanted to believe it would work, and helped convince Spencer that it would rehabilitate him. Drug addiction could be cured. Stand by him, his family reportedly urged her.

"(Heather) told me that (Narconon) told her it was a one-time thing; that he was not an abuser," Stafford said. "It was because of the drugs, which was not cocaine; it was PCP. If she knew he had a drug problem with cocaine, she may not have known of anything else."

But just dealing with a drug problem doesn't necessarily deal with the core set of beliefs that lead men to abuse women. Those beliefs can include male privilege, where men think of "their" women as property, and an overriding need to control women by any means necessary.

"Even if you get somebody cleaned up, you still have that 'man of the castle' concept," Middleton said. "You're changing the intensifiers of the behavior, but not changing who he is."

"People want to make it simple; judges and police officers want to make it simple," Middleton said, but every case must be looked at individually to come to the right combination of drug rehab and behavior modification. Without that individual attention, the problems just recur. "These guys are coming right back out and reoffending."

The Center for Violence Prevention has been instrumental in getting a batterers' intervention program in place in the tri-county area. The program is based on the Duluth model, first implemented in Minnesota in 1981.

The model provides a blueprint for community response and inter-agency coordination to stem the tide of domestic violence. It recognizes that social and justice systems work best together to protect victims from ongoing abuse, which is the overarching goal of every action within the model. For example, police, prosecutors and judges need guidelines and training to respond to domestic abuse situations appropriately—including putting offenders behind bars—while social agencies provide victim safety and programs designed to give abusers the opportunity to change.

Under the model, judges order abusers to take part in a 24-week intervention program, intended to confront the abuser with his behavior, allowing him to take responsibility and break his personal cycle of violence. The classes delve into abusers' beliefs, including male privilege—abusers frequently believe that they have the right to dominate their women and families simply because they are men—and how they use intimidation and emotional and economic abuse to control their victims.

"The way to change that is not to change the way he handles his anger," Middleton told the Jackson Free Press in July. "You have to get down into his core belief systems. … For the first time, (we'll have) the opportunity to address the cause, not just the result (of domestic violence)."

Middleton indicated last week that she's no longer waiting for victims to come to her. The program has an advocate in the courtrooms looking for victims and offering help on the spot.

"We're being aggressive. If we know there's a woman out there seeking a protective order, we're calling her," she said. Batterers are being referred to the program, while victims are being offered help through the shelter.