from glp - Saturday, February 28, 2004
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I have been involved with a former member of the family for the last 7 years. Recently some rather alarming events have developed involving allegations of sexual abuse.
First, I did not realize that he had continued to support the group long after he left. He joined in 1972 and "left" in 1990. A month ago he began to talk about the terrible experiences he had in the group. I found a "report" he had filled out writing in the comments some very angry statements. A few days later he became agitated and depressed and then paranoid. I believe he is going through a "deprogramming process" if you can call it that.
He was hospitalized for several weeks and still is not well. Leaving the family has left him in a state of constant terror. My point.... he believes that his former wife and her daughter (whom he was told to marry while in the family) are involved in a conspiracy to accuse him of child molestation. She was a prostitute when he met her and very poor. She had an 8-year-old daughter who behaved in sexually inappropriate ways toward him. He told the mother, but nothing was done about it. Eventually the mother and the daughter began to target him along with the rest of the group. Her goal I believe was to get him to bring her to the US. (They were in Chile.)
He is from a wealthy family in the US and I do believe both she and the “Family” exploited him. They were separated within 2 years of coming to the US. She now lives in a nice house with a pool rent-free, and will not let him see his own children. She continued to ostracize him with threats that if he didn't do things her way she would bring charges against him. Despite this her daughter continued to talk to him, even asking that she be adopted under his family's name. I see no signs that this man could sexually abuse a child. However, he believes (in his delusional state) that a man named "Eric the Red" (Family member or ex-Family member), in Florida has created a group of former abused children and that they are after him.
He believes that there are many in the Family and out of the Family who hate him. Frankly, I think he was treated pretty badly, but I can't imagine any of this could be true. His name while he was in the family was Michael Firstlove. His ex-wife's name was Priscilla. I have no idea what her daughter's Family name was but she was quite popular.
If any of you know him or about him, or if anyone knows if this could have any truth to it please contact me. What's happening to him right now is absolutely tragic and any support I can give him would be appreciated. On the other hand...if the allegations are true...well, I would surely like to know that too! This is all very confusing especially after reading about what some of the members have had to endure.
Thanks for letting me post. You all have remarkable courage!