Stop Mandated Shunning at ICSA

Review of the ICSA Conference from the Perspective of a Recent Defector of a High-Control Group


By Monica Velin Rodriguez Stories are powerful. Two weeks ago, on July 2, I was sitting on an aeroplane headed to the annual conference of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). A local Minnesota philanthropist saw the stories my husband and I had shared on the Stop Mandated Shunning website.  He was so moved that he wanted to support the cause. He said, “You’re …

Mandated Shunning Research Project

New Research Project on the Harmful Effects of Mandated Shunning


Stop Mandated Shunning (part of The Open Minds Foundation) are thrilled to announce an innovative research initiative in collaboration with the University of Roehampton, London, to study the harmful effects of mandated shunning as practiced by high-control religious groups. This three-year, comprehensive research project, costing approximately $100,000 per year, will be spearheaded by esteemed researchers Dr. Savin Bapir-Tardy and Dr. …