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Report on pilot study on spiritual abuse
NYC Educational Outreach Committee Model Presentations. ICSA is proud to make available a series of papers on basic cultic issues developed by ICSA's New York City Educational Outreach Committee. These papers are intended as a basic introduction to various areas of interest in the broad area of cultic studies, such as how to define a cult, what impact a high-control group has on a member, what impact it has on a member’s family, and how being born or raised in a cult affects children. They may serve as templates for presentations on these subjects to diverse audiences, such as students, clergy, or mental health providers.
Meet ICSA Members
From time to time, this column will feature a short profile on an ICSA member.
Alex Gawkins grew up and survived the USSR, the political cult that had spread to many countries and had abused its members for more than 70 years. While the Soviet Union was collapsing in 1991, Alex was pushed to join a small family-based healing cult during his freshman year in the university. After graduating the university, Alex became a refugee and was recruited by the bible-based cult, The New Generation Church in Latvia, which belongs to the Word of Faith movement. He left the group and immigrated to the US with great difficulties. When he stepped down from an airplane in New York in 1999, his pocket had only a few dollars and a diploma with an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Riga Technical University (Latvia) . Alex took a second chance in America as a computer programmer and got his first job in 2000. Alex works as a senior software engineer at one of the Fortune World's Most Admired Companies. He also volunteers with ICSA as co-chair of the technology committee.