about psychological coercion
Meet the authors behind Ending the Game
M.Ed., LMHC, NCC,
Steven has been involved in educating the public about mind control, controlling groups and destructive cults since 1976. As a survivor of the Moonies cult while in his early 20s, Steve knows from personal experience how overwhelmingly destructive mind control can be. Steve is founder of Freedom Of Mind Resource Center, Inc. and has written three books that have received extensive praise from former cult members, families of former members, clergy, cult experts, and psychologists including Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs (2013). As an expert on cults, cult counselor and mental health professional, Steve has been featured in media including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dateline, Oprah, and CNN Anderson Cooper.
JD/MBA, CEO of Runaway Girl, FPC (RG)
Carissa is a licensed attorney, who advocates for victims’ rights. Carissa’s memoir, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets (Viking 2012), is used by instructors in juvenile detention facilities, as well as professors of social work in graduate level courses. In her memoir, Carissa shares how the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor transformed her life and helped her to believe in her own potential. With ETG, Carissa aims to give a greater number of survivors and victims a similar opportunity.
M.Ed., Founder of Sowers Education Group
Rachel is a former high school teacher and corporate trainer with over 10 years’ experience in curriculum writing, training and teaching. Rachel’s own experience with sex trafficking, coupled with her passion for education, led her to start Sowers, an organization purposed to sow seeds of awareness and empowerment to end human trafficking. Sowers will develop a series of sexual exploitation recovery curricula, to be used by schools, churches, parents, and service providers throughout the nation. Since it’s inception in 2012, Rachel has reached over 50,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including New Day Morning Show on CNN, Inside with Chris Cuomo: Anyone’s Daughter on HLN, The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.