Cult members need our help not scorn: supporter

Illawarra Mercury, Australia/November 16, 2014

By Dayle Latham

False prophet: The Little Pebble, William Kamm.

Members of The Little Pebble's Order of Saint Charbel and those still living at the Tapitallee compound should not be thought of as unintelligent or gullible, according to the president of a volunteer-based cult support group.

Local woman Ros Hodgkins, and other concerned parents whose children had become involved in cults, began the not-for-profit Cult Information and Family Support, or CIFS, in 1996.

"When they [Little Pebble followers] joined, they saw a group of people with similar interests," she said.

Ms Hodgkins has read much of William Kamm's writings and prophecies.

"The people are lovely people who have gone into it genuinely thinking they are doing the right thing."

She said it could be difficult for some people, who may have been there 20 or 30 years, to leave.

"They might not have the financial support to leave; they have put everything into this community.

"I think some people would be so bewildered they will think, 'How can I survive in the outside world?'

"But no matter how long they've been in, it is still possible to be able to move on and find freedom.

"Hopefully, there will be more education and help within government to realise the need for people to be protected when there are those taking people in through the use of dangerous psychological techniques to keep them there, without the leaders having accountability."

She said it was likely Kamm still had devoted believers who would believe he had been falsely accused.

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