Cult Awareness Network -- R.I.P. 30 Oct 1996
On October 23, 1996 the Cult Awareness Network, Inc.'s servicemark and trademark
rights, including rights to the use of the CAN stylized logo, were sold to a
Scientology-related law firm as part of a $20,000.00 purchase of CAN assets in the
federal bankruptcy court. The purchase became final on October 30, 1996.
Do *not* contact CAN or send financial or other contributions to this organization
-- you will be contacting, from 30 Oct 1996, an arm of the Cult of Scientology.
This page is a mirror of CAN's original home page.
CAN AT A GLANCE
WHAT IS CAN? The Cult Awareness Network is a national
non-profit organization founded to educate the public about the
harmful effects of mind control as used by destructive cults.
CAN confines its concerns to unethical or illegal practices,
including coercive persuasion or mind control, and does not judge
doctrine or beliefs. Funding comes exclusively from voluntary
WHO ARE WE?
We are former cult members and the families
and friends of past and present cult members. Some of us are
mental health professionals, lawyers, physicians, legislators,
clergy, law enforcement officers and educators. We represent and
care about an estimated five million people who have been
seriously affected by the more than 2500 destructive cults.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We are dedicated to bringing to public
awareness the harmful effects of destructive cults and providing
information and support for families, as well as assistance to
former cult members. CAN recognizes the need for voluntary exit
counseling/deprogramming as a means to restore critical thinking,
and supports all legal efforts to protect individuals' freedom of
WHERE ARE WE?
The Cult Awareness Network is a coalition
of volunteer affiliate groups throughout the United States.
FOCUS is a support group for former cult members. Communication is
maintained with similar organizations throughout the world,
including Denmark, England, France, Germany, Spain, Israel,
Australia, and Canada.
WHAT IS A DESTRUCTIVE CULT?
A destructive cult is a closed system whose followers have been unethically and
deceptively recruited through the use of manipulative techniques
of thought reform or mind control. The system is imposed without
the informed consent of the recruit and is designed to alter
personality and behavior.
WHO ARE THEY?
Those groups that have engaged in some
illegal or unethical practices, including: child abuse, neglect,
and death; illegal immigration; drug dealing; fraud and deceit in
their recruiting, business, financial, and fundraising activities;
theft; harassment of critics, families, and former followers with
threats, lawsuits, and foul play; stockpiling or smuggling of
weapons and ammunition; beatings; sexual abuse and prostitution;
kidnapping; murder; attempted murder; and psychological and
ANYONE - even you - can be deceived!
You can reach CAN at:
CAN National Office
2421 W. Pratt Blvd., Suite 1173
Chicago, IL 60645. 312/267-7777
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