Hi everybody...I'm new here, and am very happy to have found a place where people recognize how terrible cults are. I used to attend a so-called "Thereputic-Boarding School" named The DeSisto School. And yes- it was a cult. One of the main underlying catches of this terrible place was to receive thousands of dollars from "tricked" parents of abused children from this cult of a school. They lied to the general-public, by advertising this place to be a thereputic-environment for troubled teens....then once the child is enrolled, their contact with their parents/ families gets totally cut off, their basic needs are not met in numerous countless ways, kids were put in corners for months on end for doing things as small as picking at their fingers-not a way to abusively "discipline" a child....to say the least. Kids were molested by the staff. The kids were forced to feel unnecessary guilt, by having to write down ALL of their "guilty" feelings/ and or actions, and if they did not do so, you were forced to sit facing a wall for hours, days on end, then to loose your clothes, your food, water, dignity, sanity, etc........Well, I could go on and on but I've only started. Some of the other main cult aspects and qualities were, that we were brainwashed to believe that our parents were "bad"..(I never figured that one out), there was a "weird" slang or language there that was totally cult-like, The man that ran the place thought he was "god-like"; and had an unusual interest in little boys...he was very "separate" from society as a whole- from legal disputes, to literally controlling the staff & students into doing things that to say the least are not normal. Whenever I questioned why things were the way they were, I was cursed and yelled at by the students, as if they were afraid that they would not be "loyal" out of fear to the dominators, that something very bad would happen to them if they did not obey the "bizarre" rules & standards. Well, now I am 23 years old, and had to be literally de-programed after leaving the place of 5 years. I am in private therapy now, and suffer from flash-backs, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and severe low self-esteem. If anyone has had an experience like me, I'd love to here from you...thank-you for your time.
heres some links. I went there from 98-99, you might know me
it was a cult that employed numerous brainwashing techniques, scammed literally countless MILLIONS A YEAR (an accountant friend has their financial records), and was ultimately shut down by the state for human rights violations.