Esther Rockett falsely poses as an ‘expert’ on Universal Medicine, however, a few sessions with Serge Benhayon in 2005 and a two-day workshop do not provide any basis for claimed expertise. She pretends to have had contact with many who have been involved with Universal Medicine, yet her key informant, Lance Martin, only developed his antipathy and identified problems with Universal Medicine when his wife decided to end the relationship, she stated later that Martin’s manipulation and control he exerted in the marriage had become intolerable. Martin blamed Universal Medicine and vowed to exact revenge. So whatever tall tales he has spun have been founded on his desire for revenge and not on facts.
Esther Rockett has also posed as an expert in ‘cults’, although her grasp on the literature appears to be lacking, but this has not prevented her from making wild and false claims about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.
Esther Rockett has also falsely insinuated that she has some expertise in parenting. She has made wild accusations suggesting all kinds of harms to children that have simply never occurred.
Having no experience of parenthood, having no qualifications in child psychology, child welfare and no actual contact with children who are part of a family where the parents attend Universal Medicine events, we cannot see what might give Esther Rockett any possible foundation to make the allegations about parenting, motherhood and abuse that she makes. Her lack of experience may in part explain the total lack of regard she has had for the emotional distress she may cause countless children who go to ordinary schools who are asked if they are in a ‘cult’ because of Esther Rockett’s vigilante publications.
Child abuse claims are a way to elicit moral panic
Child abuse allegations are a sure way to garner attention and we are sure that this is what Esther Rockett has intended. As we have noted in a recent post, inciting moral panic about a group is de riguer for the anti-cult movement and a methodology carefully adopted by Esther Rockett and Lance Martin. It is key to this tactic to create a perception that a group constitutes a ‘threat’. There is no doubt that there have been tragic experiences that have garnered media attention where involvement in religious groups has had disastrous consequences (such as Jonestown and the Branch Davidian sect in Waco), however this has been used to lace public perception of all groups that the anti-cultists have labelled ‘cults’ as dangerous, and used to serve an agenda to attack groups that, for various reasons, do not accord with the religious or in some instances, atheist, values of the anti-cult group concerned. The clear point here is the fact that the deviant manner of one group or beliefs that are considered abhorrent to some, does not mean that anyone should be able to smear whoever they do not like. However, this is exactly what has occurred and it is exactly the calculated tactic of Lance Martin and Esther Rockett as they promote their vengeful campaign against Universal Medicine.
As an example of this approach, in the 1980’s a couple of Methodist parents sought the assistance of the anti-cult network to kidnap, yes kidnap, and ‘de-programme’ their children who had joined a Catholic seminary, since in their view this was abhorrent. It was objectionable to Methodist parents that their children were involved in Catholic studies to such an extent that it warranted the unlawful act of kidnapping and the subsequent application of a method that simply does not work except cause more harm than the maltreatment it declares it is supposedly ‘de-programming’ the victim out of.
The example is one of the many that clearly illustrates the callous view and likewise act of liberty to exalt one’s beliefs over another, and in that seek to enforce those beliefs by the illegal practice of kidnapping, and the questionable ‘de-programming’ processes – a pure scam that is generally ineffective because ‘brainwashing’ does not work.
When deprogramming has been considered ‘effective’ (only because the target has adopted the beliefs and attitudes of their captors) it has worked by simple physical and psychological duress and manipulation; often failing as soon as the duress and coercion has been removed. Notably, violence has been a feature of many deprogramming efforts. The key point here is simply that the damaging and illegal tactics show more about those who seek control than the false concern they parade and bank on.
As well as hate groups that have achieved notoriety for their beliefs or practices there are many hundreds of groups that cannot be said to have caused harm to anyone, yet have been targeted by those that have decided that their values and beliefs do not accord with their own. Often the ‘threat’ posed by a group has been engineered by the anti-cult movement through accusations of ‘brainwashing’ and ‘mind control’ and this has helped establish a common view of ‘cults’ or new religious movements as exploitative. The media have engaged with this narrative with atrocity tales that have fuelled and moulded generalised public perceptions.
Brainwashing theory served two purposes, distraught parents whose children had abandoned their families did not need to examine the reasons that their children had abandoned the family and its shared traditional values and beliefs, they could simply blame what they would describe as a charismatic leader and secondly, it was a convenient excuse to justify kidnappings and subjecting victims to aggressive and often violent interventions. We discuss the falsity of the claims of brainwashing and mind control elsewhere but suffice it to say eventually the lack of any scientific basis for such claims saw the ‘brainwashing’ theory rejected by the courts.
When brainwashing became stale and largely discredited, the anti-cult movement then moved to presenting that children in certain groups were being harmed just by being in a group that adhered to certain beliefs and practices, and further that children were being exploited and parents were presumably too brainwashed to notice or care (Richardson, 1999). Using this exact framework, Esther Rockett has made the bold lie that mothers enthralled with Serge Benhayon would send their daughters to stay with him and place them in danger.
Indeed Esther Rockett maliciously approached the Office of the Child Guardian (OCG) with her story that ‘children were at risk’ and questioning how Serge Benhayon had a Working with Children Certificate. Yes, you read correctly, Esther Rockett saw fit to tell lies no matter what the consequences and no matter what the actual truth is.
What is significant is that the OCG did not find Esther Rockett’s claims compelling, not surprising really, as there was nothing to Esther Rockett’s extraordinary claims. Her so called ‘evidence’, that showed nothing, (because there was nothing to show except perhaps her malicious intent) was ridiculous.
For most people, the determination by the OCG that there was no issue would have satisfied their concerns, but not Esther Rockett, since her agenda is not protecting children but destroying Universal Medicine by whatever means available. She has since stated that she will:
Esther Rockett has no evidence of any ‘inappropriate conduct’, no evidence of any harm to any child and she most certainly has no grounds for claiming sexual abuse, or neglect of any kind, but her blog posts have become a fetid presentation of lies and innuendos; clearly demonstrating a penchant to try and cause harm to her target, even if it may bring untoward attention and false assumptions towards the minors associated with her false claims.
Pure callousness and a penchant to exert revenge over basic decency fuels her every move. And all this coming from a woman who tried to deny she was a cyber-bully by changing her persona to one of ‘healthcare activist’.
A warm hug with a teenage girl with her parents standing close by is translated by Esther Rockett and her cohort Lance Martin as Serge Benhayon ‘sharing physical affection with a young, unaccompanied teenage girl’ and extraordinarily made to sound sleazy and inappropriate. The only sleazy thing is the nasty innuendo that a simple caring gesture had any ulterior motive, or anything unsavoury, about it whatsoever.
It comes as no surprise that Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have adopted the very same sordid tactics of the anti-cult movement. They have been careful students of the anti-cultists employing the immoral tactics used by the movement in the past 20 years. On this note it should be added here that no amount of lies has ever worked to bring down the truth and the anti-cult crusaders, Lance Martin and Esther Rockett, a hat they have only recently donned to suit their misguided agenda, have a litany of failures that detail more about their unresolvedness as individuals than it does those they revengefully target. Meanwhile, Universal Medicine continues to grow undiminished and moving ahead with its usual high-end delivery of service to its customers and the communities it shares its services with.
False sexual abuse claims are used to attack groups
Richardson (1999) identifies a number of allegations about children that are generally used to attack groups which Esther Rockett’s baseless and malicious claims about Universal Medicine easily fit. Esther Rockett has not (yet) attacked Universal Medicine with claims about corporal punishment or home schooling, we refer to ‘yet’ for although Universal Medicine student’s children attend public schools and are not subjected to physical violence in any way the facts have not prevented Esther Rockett from making up lies for her lines of attack, as evidenced by her wild allegations of poor diet, abuse and sexual abuse.
Low living standards has been used to target ‘cult’ families in America, in particular a focus upon poor ‘diet’, notably not a particularly successful accusation, since many American families could be charged with providing their children with inadequate nutrition and are living in poverty, so targeting particular groups, because they were ‘cults’, on this count was not particularly effective.
Likewise, Esther Rockett has made poor attempts to argue that removing sugar, gluten and dairy from a diet is harmful, but in a world that is waking up to the harm of sugar and increasing scientific evidence that gluten and dairy are of no benefit to adults or children, her claims are hollow indeed; demonstrating yet again another failure to add to the many she and Lance Martin are racking up with regard to their hate driven claims.
Practical decency and sanity would have one stop and think that when you are so wrong on one aspect there is little chance you have anything right at all. Esther Rockett is not counting her misses; her failures are mounting up and she is blind to the fact that she is on record with nothing but false stories, false accusations and a litany of failures if what you claim is shown to not be true.
Time and time again the accusations go nowhere and instead of admitting the fact, as one who is truly concerned would, Esther Rockett fabricates a more dishonest angle to approach the same lie.
A fact Lance Martin and Esther Rockett would do well to adhere:
Using children as a form of concern is cheap. No right-minded person wants any child hurt. Raising concerns about children where there are none is as abusive as any true perpetrator.
And on this grade Esther Rockett and Lance Martin score high as perpetrators of harm to children. To falsely accuse is to place a child under pressure and tension they would not otherwise be under. Martin and Rockett are guilty of this as per the antics they have fully adopted as anti-cult cultists. Indeed, like real abuse, false claims themselves are harmful and have a serious affect on children.
The ultimate weapon used by the anti-cultists in their accusations has been false claims of sexual abuse of children. This stigmatising and damaging charge has been falsely made against numerous groups in a number of countries. It is an immoral method that Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have apparently studied in their orchestrated approach to attack Universal Medicine by whatever means possible. Lance Martin, fuelled by revenge for his wife leaving him, and his apparent fury at Serge’s success and intellect, has clearly implied that he will employ whatever means he can to destroy Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. He concocted the false accusation of Universal Medicine being a ‘cult’; and in spite of having no basis for such claims he has made up whatever lies he requires to support his stories.
Lance Martin’s lies are his world, a self-induced realm that will come to a very sad end. History favours truth, not the liar.
Lance Martin has approached numerous government organisations with fabricated complaints about financial wrongdoing, fraud and exploitation, all of which have been dismissed by the authorities concerned.
For Lance Martin, it is a case of one spectacular failure after another, as lies rightly meet with their inevitable destiny. Quite simply the complaints lacked any substance or indeed any basis in reality.
It is against this background that Lance Martin has made sleazy suggestions about Serge Benhayon and sexual grooming, accusing Serge Benhayon of: paedophilia; a corrupt relationship with his wife and ex-wife; manipulating his wife into a relationship with him; sexual grooming of young girls (current and past); an indecent interest in ‘young girls’ or ‘pre-pubescent, barely out of primary school girls’; and appears to have supported Esther Rockett’s own false suggestions that Serge Benhayon had sexually abused both of his daughters. There is clear indication here of what really takes place in Lance Martin’s mind; the imagination to concoct such lies may be coming from his own requirements.
Telling lies eventually catches up with you. To keep the inevitable at bay one has to increase the levels of deceit, in affect, increase the lying, a point that reaches what we come to call a ‘pathological liar’. With moral panic as the strategy, concocted stories are spread to appeal to the shallow and or reactive thinkers. An old trick, but one too that has its bitter end.
Apparently Lance Martin developed and refined this approach through his connection with the Rick Ross Forum, a website convened by twice convicted felon Rick Ross and a distribution channel for material on all the tactics needed to build a smear campaign against a targeted group.
We at FACTS, or any person who is truly associated with Universal Medicine’s teachings, do not tolerate any form of abuse to anyone and much less to children. And therefore …
The key here is that serious claims of abuse should always be made when warranted and always heeded, but it is irresponsible to fabricate such claims and it undermines future cases where such complaints may be ignored because of irresponsible mud slinging with an agenda that has nothing to do with the welfare of children.
Children should be protected from any harm whatsoever, and harm also includes false complaints of sexual abuse – raising concerns about children where there are none places children under unwarranted scrutiny and creates an environment where they will inevitably feel shamed. It is as abusive to any child as any other perpetration of abuse. We need to arrest those who assert these false accusations, as is the case by Esther Rockett and Lance Martin.
As Serge Benhayon states:
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have made false sexual abuse claims
There is no doubt that Esther Rockett has made a study of how to cause as much damage as possible – insinuations and accusations of child abuse are guaranteed to develop animosity towards a group and it is an area where fear and concern for the welfare of children may overtake reasoning and a requirement for evidence to show harm before action is taken.
In the case of Universal Medicine, Esther Rockett has put on her ‘anti-cult activist’ hat and persuaded the Cult Information Family Support Service to come along on her ride. Never mind that Universal Medicine is not a cult, nor that there are absolutely no ‘harms’ of any kind that anyone has suffered. She seems to have managed, by using the ‘cult’ word, to get them to believe her claims and they appear to have been gullible enough to side with Esther Rockett, making a false and slanderous submission to government based on the lies Esther Rockett has concocted. One of Esther Rockett and Lance Martin’s lies are accusations of sexual abuse.
We ask is Cult Information Family Support Service genuine or just out to support any story so long as it suits their agenda?
And, lying to the Australian Government will also meet with its rightful exposé, defining the liar to be worse than those they accuse.
Esther Rockett and Lance Martin have made numerous false suggestions that Serge Benhayon has engaged in ‘grooming’ behaviour using words to suggest inappropriate behaviour with children. There is no evidence of any such conduct – it is simply another lie in their assault upon Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and a vehicle for inciting moral panic.
Such false accusations are noxious and an assault upon common decency and call into question the moral compass of those who would make such false claims.
Esther Rockett has slyly suggested on numerous occasions that Serge Benhayon’s love and care that he shows his friends, family and extended community are a ruse to gain access to minors. She repeats over and over again a story of a young female houseguest who she reports to have been instructed to leave the bathroom door open whilst showering, whilst staying at the Benhayon household. This preposterous lie has no foundation in fact, a factor that Rockett would do well to take note and question her leader, Lance Martin, and his veracity. But no, ignoring the fact that Martin’s stories have absolutely no basis and thus no proof, Esther has escalated her contention from innuendo in the earlier blogs to now asserting a witness to suggest she has some proof – but like her escalating claims about her own sessions with Serge, there is no truth to any of it, and there is no witness that she can produce – her underlying motive for her malicious attacks are to cause as much harm as possible.
Esther Rockett has taken umbrage at our suggestions that her conduct in this regard could be considered an exhibition of sociopathic and sadistic tendencies – yet who in the world makes false allegations of child sexual abuse with not a shred of evidence and escalates the story to become more and more absurd with no conscience for the consequences for a man’s close family and friends? Who takes seeming pleasure in the mischief caused?
Serge Benhayon lives a very full life and is rarely alone – he is dedicated to his work and when not with clients or students he is surrounded by family and friends. It seems obvious, but those around him would have noticed ANYTHING inappropriate going on. They have not, because there is nothing to be noticed. To counter such a defence Esther Rockett has made the preposterous suggestion that those around Serge Benhayon are oblivious to this conduct because they have been ‘groomed’ to accept the inappropriate behaviour… Really?
It seems to have escaped Esther Rockett’s reasoning that those around Serge Benhayon include social workers, child protection workers, police officers, lawyers and medical specialists who are all trained to discern illegal or criminal activity. They have not seen anything going on simply because there is nothing to see.
Ariana Ray is a Social Worker with extensive training and experience in child protection, she observes:
‘Because of my professional background I am extremely sensitive to any or hint or nuance of sexualised, or inappropriate behaviour. Being professionally trained in the processes of sexual abuse and predatory behaviour, I am in a strong position to state categorically that in the ten years I have known him, Serge Benhayon has exhibited no behaviours or characteristics whatsoever of a sexual abuser, molester or predator.
Years of research into, and studies of offenders, alongside a comprehensive professional experience in the field has given us a clear body of knowledge as to what is recognisable as grooming and abusive behaviour, I have studied in this field for the whole of my career and have extensively observed that Serge Benhayon has never behaved in any manner that fits any profile of an abuser. For example, the indicators of an abuser predicate their behaviour as being manipulative, controlling, forceful, and secretive in a way that isolates one person or a group of persons. This is accompanied by inappropriate sexualised suggestions and touching. In the ten years I have known Serge Benhayon, I have observed that he has never touched any man, woman or child inappropriately and never made inappropriate suggestions or used sexualised language with anyone. Simply put, the behaviours we identify with abusers are not present in Serge Benhayon’s behaviour in any way, shape or form.
I would go so far as to say that in my professional opinion Serge Benhayon is not, nor has he ever been a sexual predator or sexual abuser. He is in fact the antithesis of a sexual predator or abuser. There is no evidence to suggest any indicators whatsoever of an abuser with regards to Serge Benhayon, his conduct with children and adults alike is exemplary.’
Esther Rockett reached an unprecedented low, even for her, in a recent suggestion that the horrendous and despicable sexual and psychological abuse and exploitation reported by men who had been part of the Pentecostal sect Christian Assemblies International (CAI) and had been abused for years starting at a young age, was somehow ‘similar’ to activities engaged in by Universal Medicine.
There is no doubt that sexual abuse by Church elders of any religious institution is intolerable and should be subject to criminal prosecution and that full and comprehensive compensation should also be forthcoming for the victim. It is however, an insult to all real victims of abuse for Esther Rockett to cite these stories alongside her false claims of sexual abuse, which she has concocted to pursue a personal vendetta. In this misguided woman there is no shame, no morality and no rationale or decency left, evidenced by her own doing.
In what can only be described as acting with malevolent intent, Esther Rockett draws an outlandish analogy between Miranda Benhayon, who is currently happily married to Serge Benhayon, and the circumstances of Scott Williams sexually exploiting young men and keeping them under his sexual control for decades.
This analogy is deeply offensive. It should be offensive to the men, who have shared their stories so openly, that their experiences would be used (and abused) in this way to support a completely false account, and it is deeply offensive to Miranda Benhayon, who shares a loving and tender relationship with Serge Benhayon to have sordid suggestions of the relationship having begun when she was just 13.
Esther Rockett has promulgated and supported the malicious and filthy lies spread by the emotionally contorted Lance Martin and his cyber-troll ally Robert Macindoe, all three have suggested at various times that Serge Benhayon commenced a sexual relationship with Miranda when she was a teenager living with Serge Benhayon’s family, including his then wife, Deborah Benhayon, and that she was manipulated into a marriage with Serge Benhayon.
Lance Martin has added to his sordid fabrications suggesting that Miranda is a ‘captive wife’. This false image fits with his and Esther Rockett’s fabrications of an all controlling ‘cult leader’ who has manipulated and cajoled Miranda Benhayon into being his wife. It is to be noted that Lance Martin has no information on which to make such a claim.
Those who actually know the couple have said that the relationship between Miranda and Serge Benhayon is inspiring, often commenting on the equal-ness with which they hold each other and the abundant playfulness that is evident in their interactions.
One would imagine a ‘captive wife’ might not appear so happy, joyful and vibrant, yet Miranda Benhayon is obviously so.
As was considered in a previous post Esther Rockett: A women’s health care practitioner with no respect for women these lies expose Esther Rockett’s malicious and sadistic intention to humiliate the women concerned. It poses the question:
‘What could Esther Rockett, Women’s Healthcare practitioner seek to achieve by attempting to denigrate these women in such an appalling and careless way?’
It appears that Esther Rockett’s aim to create a moral panic and elicit disgust and contempt towards her target – Serge Benhayon – has given her licence, at least in her own mind, to harm others with impunity.
In this regard Esther Rockett has chosen to use the abhorrence held by all decent people to sexual abuse and particularly paedophilia to manipulate public opinion against Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. Creating a moral panic with lies appears to be easy and in this case it is an all out attempt to make it difficult to erase a false stigma. Even when there is no foundation to the lies and distortions, Esther Rockett and Lance Martin will use whatever mendacities it takes to satisfy their jealous and revengeful crusade.
Further Reading in the Esther Rockett Byron Bay Acupuncturist engineering fear: from brainwashing to false child abuse claims series:
Richardson, J.T. (1999). ‘Social Control of New Religions: From “Brainwashing” Claims to Child Sex Abuse Accusations’, in Children in New Religions, (Palmer, S.J. and Hardman, C.E. eds); Rutgers University Press.