Craig Hoyle

Craig Hoyle: Leaving the Exclusive Brethren


Craig Hoyle’s memoir, Excommunicated: A multigenerational story of leaving the Exclusive Brethren, is a powerful and emotionally charged account that will leave readers both moved and enlightened. This gripping narrative takes us on a journey through generations of Hoyle’s family, trapped within the confines of a secretive and controlling religious group known as the Exclusive Brethren. From the very first …

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. …

ICSA 2024

Stop Mandated Shunning at ICSA Annual Conference


July 2-7, 2024, the vibrant city of Barcelona hosted the Annual International Conference of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). This event stands as a beacon of hope and a platform for change, bringing together experts, survivors, families, and advocates from around the world who are united in their commitment to addressing the harms of high-control environments and psychological manipulation. …