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 rape, child abuse, physical and emotional abuse, arranged marriages and adoptions, slave labor, bilking of members' money and life savings, and money laundering.
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. Some selected foundational posts which give some background on the cult are highlighted in the side-column blurb called “Foundational Posts.” Recent favorites posts are shown in “Poopular Posts.”
Hopefully this blog, as well as the others which are listed in the side-column blurb (“Fellow Survivors”), provide current victims, as well as their friends and family, vital information to help them escape this dangerous cult. I am also hoping to one day condense these posts into a book or other publication. My name is Spencer, I am a survivor, and I can be reached directly by email.
Friday, December 2, 2016
"Grooming is the predatory act of maneuvering another individual into a position that makes them more isolated, dependent, likely to trust, and more vulnerable to abusive behavior. . . . Grooming is a[n] insidious predatory tactic, utilized by abusers. Grooming is practiced by Narcissists, Antisocial predators, con-artists and sexual aggressors, who target and manipulate vulnerable people for exploitation. . . . Grooming can feel exhilarating – at first. The predator employs attentiveness, sensitivity, (false) empathy and plenty of positive reinforcement to seduce their victim. For their part, victims can be so enthralled with, or overwhelmed by the attention they are receiving; they will often overlook or ignore red flags that might alert them that the person who is showering them with that attention is somehow “off”. Little by little, the abuser breaks through a victim’s natural defenses, gains trust, and manipulates or coerces the victim into doing his/her bidding. The victim finds themselves willingly handing over money or assets, engaging in inappropriate, illegal or morally ambiguous actives, or acting as a proxy for the abuser, fighting the abuser’s battles, and carrying out their will. The victim often feels confusion, shame, guilt, remorse and disgust at his or her own participation. Equally powerful, is the panic that comes with the threat of being exposed for engaging these activities. There may also an overwhelming fear of losing the emotional bond that has been established with an abuser. The victim becomes trapped, depressed or despondent."
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
"Like an associate, a soldier is required to pay tribute to the captain for the privilege of being able to operate. However, he does not have to kick up as much money from his criminal endeavors as an associate. He must have enough success in his schemes in order to remain in favor with his superiors and avoid becoming a liability. Some associates become soldiers because of their usefulness in strong arm work, but even they must demonstrate an ability to earn money. A soldier will be given profitable rackets to run by his superiors, but for the most part they must also generate money on their own."
Friday, November 25, 2016
Sharon deliberately played favorites in all areas according to her highly arbitrary opinions -- who was the most intelligent, funny, clever, etc. She heaped praise during meetings on her favorites. This pitted "friends" against "friends," created jealousies and rivalries, and fostered hierarchies. Through years of her manipulation and control, we lived in a fantasy world where we consented to her favorites.
Sharon famously played favorites in the looks department too. She favored plump women (for unknown reasons). Her prototypical male type was the apeman. Tall, heavy set fellas (like Alex, Fred, Greg) and those with neanderthal looks (Robert, Graves, Tim, JB). She singled out in "class" who she considered to be handsome. And she presented her views not as though they were a matter of taste or personal opinion, but as though they were the gospel and objective. Almost like saying: "This is what a handsome man looks like." And it went even further: that somehow one's good looks (again, according to her own ideals and fantasies) were not the result of someone's DNA, but were based upon one's "work on oneself" -- translation -- if you followed her orders, you would become (among many other things) attractive!
I dont fit Sharon's idealized bear or neanderthal type. Although I was overweight for many years, Im not muscular, am average height, I dont have hairy knuckles, and am bald. But I so craved Sharon's praise and approval to validate everything in my life. Her not saying that I was good looking reinforced my insecurity. When she steered me to women who I considered to be unattractive and away from women I found attractive, it made me feel even uglier and unattractive.
To make matters even worse, the cult drilled home the notion that is was superficial and wrong to care about your appearance. This was in direct conflict with Sharon's obsession with her own looks and her favorites. I was left in a very shitty predicament of feeling ugly and then feeling bad that I cared about what I looked like.
If you are spending your evenings in Sharon's classes and feeling less than average and that something aint right about that feeling, that you're supposed to feel that way, then take a bold brave step. Call your partner or sustainer. Tell them you are taking off 2 weeks from classes.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
But the real heroes are the people who leave the cult. Its extremely difficult to leave any cult, and I believe especially hard to leave Gans. There are so many emotional ties, lies, and other manipulations that keep people in against their will and desires. As Thanksgiving approaches, I remain thankful for having escaped and regaining my life and happiness and pleasure -- and freedom. Hasn't been a cake-walk. Looking back I can't believe I was in the cult at all because I just don't think in those terms anymore or live dependent or in fear or in an alternate reality. Im going to focus some posts on heroes who have left. Some folks have already talked about it. Take a look.
Monday, November 21, 2016
(to be continued.)