Hello my fellow Atheists,
I have been blogging on Mercy Ministries, a treatment centre for women that originated in Tennessee and has over the last 25 years spread to other American states and internationally to Canada, Australia,England, New Zealand and Peru.
Essentially their treatment is based on the Restoring the Foundations model which is biblically based and advocates the concepts of spritiual warfare and demonic possession.
They advocate adoption as the only choice that a woman can have in regard to unwanted pregnancy, they covertly run ex-gay programs and they use exorcism to treat mental illness.
They were caught out in Australia and since the stories have hit the papers and more women have complained, they have lost sponsorship (apart from Gloria Jeans, an evangelical business) and had to close one of their homes.
Nancy Alcorn the founder has even flown to Australia to "sort" things out.
The abuse is not limited to Australia, I have had small numbers of women from the States complain and moves are under way to contact any other victims in the states who are feeling isolated, too scared to come forward.
So I am posting here in an attempt to raise the profile of this issue, because if 10 % of the client base in Australia has complained it stands to reason there might be similar numbers in the States.
If you are interested in the issue check out my blog, search under mercy or x-mercy for stories of the victims, be prepared for a read though, because their are 80+ posts on the topic.
Oh and if any of the women on this board have experience with Mercy Ministries I can put you in contact with the US Victims co-ordinator.