It sounds like you don't understand coercive persuasion techniques in cults or cult-like groups.
There are some stark contrasts between the education and discipline of a teacher and "thought reform" or coercive persuasion.
Note the distinctions made through the above linked chart composed by a clinical psychologist.
I have seen Ph.D level professionals, lawyers, doctors and educated/free thinkers, mainpulated, by unethical leaders and groups without ever knowingly surrendering anything.
This is more about an often deceptive process of manipulation.
Blaming victims for the injuries, which were caused by a manipulative leader isn't a very reasonable or meaningful response to the situation.