ABOUT THIS BLOG

The Sharon Gans Cult was founded in San Francisco in the 70’s by the late Alex Horn and his wife Sharon Gans. For decades it has been secretly operating in New York City and Boston. It is known by several different names which are listed in a side-column blurb (“Ganscult Aliases”). Gans and her second, Robert Klein, are dangerous con-artists who claim to be "spiritual teachers." This cult is alleged to have been involved in sexual abuse,child abuse, physical and emotional abuse, arranged marriages and adoptions, slave labor, bilking of members' money and life savings.

This blog provides information for current members and others. It also provides a forum through comments and submissions. The posts are organized in reverse chronological order and can be easily located through the table of contents on the side-column as well as searched through the search tool in the side-column.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Branding

Im certain many of you -- including those still in the cult or Gans's representatives - have heard about the NXIVM case pending in Federal Court in Brooklyn. The leader of NXIVM was charged with running a "secret society" wherein he coerced his victims with the threat of releasing highly personal information and forcing them to have sex and give free labor. He also branded his victims. 

He's set to go to trial soon and its not looking too good for him. I've listened to interviews with former members. Frightening, the similarities between the psychological abuse, manipulation and power Raniere and his lieutenants possessed over otherwise highly intelligent, decent people, with other cults is scary. No branding or sex in the Gans cult, but forced labor for sure when I was there. And abuse of power and denigrating and manipulating people. Gans loved to say that all religions are the same if you look under the hood, as is the case of cults. 

We are seeing an interesting/welcoming trend -- widespread public understanding and acceptance that cults are dangerous, that victims deserve justice, and that leaders do too. I wonder what has caused this. But it is a good sign. A decade ago, the leaders of this cult would have argued that all of the victims consented to sex and to branding and all the work they did.  But that doesn't fly anymore. The public understands about psychological abuse, the dynamics, and the symptoms. When the federal government and FBI goes after cults, its an entirely new ball game. So this is all good. Lets hope the victims and leaders of NXIVM get justice. 
As for Gans, she is already serving time in the hell she has created for herself. 


Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year

Im out of the cult officially for 6 years this week
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They did a real number on me. 23 years of abuse and trauma (PTSD) does not get untangled over night but Im much much better. No more suicidal thoughts, no more anxiety, and no more hopelessness. Now, Im happy and have clarity and self-esteem. And a life.

For some time, I blamed myself for getting abused by Gans. Why did I stay? Why did I join in the first place. I've dealt with these questions many times in this blog, but I want to make one point here about why I joined: like most victims of Gans, I was (and still am) a thoughtful person who was looking for something to help me in my life. "School" offered me that. Consider that if you are still blaming yourself or are ashamed about your time in the cult. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bumpy Ride

In 2007, a cult member was asked to pay $20,000 to charter a private plane to fly Gans and Horn from NYC to Montana for their summer vacation. A week later, we were all in Montana at their home setting up the "welcome meal" where we had schlepped NYC Deli food for them. The opening remarks of Gans and Horn at the lunch were to castigate that member for trying to "murder them."  Why? Because there was a lot of turbulence and she knew the plane she chartered was too small and was therefore consequently and obviously trying to kill them. If she meant well, she would have chartered a larger more expensive plane. When the member later asked to be reimbursed for the charter (months later), Gans refused saying she wanted to have "nothing to do with it." I believe she was ultimately reimbursed by Klein or another wealthy Gans toady. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

If you never read this, I recommend it. 


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Gaslighting, Part Whatever

Additional new information on this insidious technique used by Gans.  This article has some great references for additional reading. Sadly, I dont think anyone happily in the cult will be able to understand this, but its possible.