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Identifying a Cult

Know how to identify a cult to avoid becoming a victim.

Members of cults periodically recruit at colleges and universities. They know that there are times when college students are especially vulnerable to their recruiting techniques. Knowing how to identify a cult and its members can help you avoid becoming a victim.

  • Beware of individuals or groups who are overly friendly
  • Beware of individuals or groups you hardly know who try to give you gifts or other tokens of friendship with no strings attached
  • Beware of individuals or groups who pressure you because “everyone is doing it.”
  • Beware of individuals or groups who can’t take “no for an answer and try to make you feel guilty for rejecting them.
  • Beware of individuals or groups with magical solutions to your problems.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who make demands on the use of your personal finances.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who want to isolate you from your friends and family.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who claim to have a special relationship to God.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who want to control your way of life or way of looking at things.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who are excessively judgmental about your life or faith.
  • Beware of individuals or groups who are unwilling to give you a straight answer to your questions.

We all feel vulnerable at some time in our lives. If there is a time when you feel like your world is falling apart and you’re alone and overwhelmed by decisions you must make, turn to someone you know well and can trust (an old friend, family member, counselor, teacher, coach, adviser, residence hall director, RA, Peers Ears, the Offices of Student Life, Campus Ministries or a crisis hotline).

 

For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

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