A QUESTIONNAIRE… Take this questionnaire the results are very interesting

A QUESTIONNAIRE

Are you in any way fearful of your Teacher(s)?
YES / NO

Does your group revolve around one main charismatic personality who is the final arbiter of “truth”?
YES / NO

Does your Teacher(s) make claims of being “BLESSED,” being “CHOSEN” being “YOUR WAY TO GET BLESSINGS FROM BUDDHA,” etc?
YES / NO

Does your Guru, or the leaders in your tradition ALWAYS insist that they are right?
YES / NO

Are you allowed to freely ask questions about the background of your leader(s) and your group without being looked down upon or being considered ‘divisive’?
YES / NO

Would you be ‘rebuked’ by your leader(s) if you researched the background and history of the group and its leader(s)?
YES / NO

Do you feel to free to discuss teachings, that your groups leader(s) have stated in the past or present?
YES / NO

Do you feel comfortable asking your teacher(s) questions regarding their background in ministry, education, teaching, policies, etc.?
YES / No

Is your Teacher above reproach (without blame) in morals, ethics, teaching and financial issues?

YES / NO

Do you know if any of your Teacher(s) have a criminal record?
YES / NO

Would your Teacher(s) freely allow you to research their background in order to find out if they have any criminal record?
YES / NO

Has anyone in your group ever tried to persuade you to NOT research the personal background of the Teachers?
YES / NO

When issues are brought up about abusive situations, do your leaders say, “You just need to have more faith!”, or “You are being disloyal to leadership!”?
YES / NO

Is the Teacher or Guru of your tradition very, very hard to contact or meet with?
YES / NO

Does your Teachers avoid problematic issues?  Or, when you discuss or address a real problem, do YOU then become targeted asTHE problem, instead of the real issue that needs to be addressed?
YES / NO

Are your Teachers aloof, unapproachable, unkind or harsh in any way to any of the people in your group?
YES / NO

Are your Teachers amongst an “elite” class within your group?
YES / NO

Have your Teachers ever told you or taught you that they are the only ones that can “rightly interpret” the Scriptures (Holy Bible)?
YES / NO

Do your Teachers teach that your “tradition” or “movement” or “group” is the Only Pure tradition?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR GROUP AND ITS TEACHINGS

Do you feel that your group twists and misapplies Dharma verses?
YES / NO

Are you told what you will believe?
YES / NO

Are you guided through the scriptures and at the same time NOT ALLOWED to study the Scriptures on your own, apart from your Traditions’s own materials?
YES / NO

Do your Teachers claim “New Revelations,” or  “Words from Buddha?”
YES / NO

Is it difficult to get a straight answer from the group’s Teacher(s) on the Traditions’s teachings?
YES / NO

Is your Tradition/group ‘secretive’ about any of its teachings, practices or meetings?
YES / NO

Does your /Tradition/group take ‘oaths’ or have you commit to unrealistic expectations?
YES / NO

Are your Teachers/Guru ever “harsh” in tone with you or do you ever feel like an animal that is “driven hard”?
YES / NO

Have you been taught, told or commanded NOT to share any of your group’s teachings, doctrines or practices with any outsiders?
YES / NO

Does your group encourage you to read the scriptures on your own, apart from the group’s own interpretation of what it is teaching?
YES / NO

Have you ever been encouraged to cut all ties with the past, with relatives (spouse, children, in-laws, etc.) or with friends upon joining the group?
YES / NO

Are the Teachers in your group comprised of “yes men” who simply follow, submit to, and carry out the whims and desires of one man?

YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR TRADITIONS/GROUP’S POLICIES

Does your group have any policies (or lack thereof) that allow leaders to use threats, pressures to conform, bribes, verbal abuse, etc.?
YES / NO

Would you say that your group’s policy/response on ‘discipline’ is extreme?  If so, why and how?
YES / NO

Is, or could, your group’s policy on ‘discipline’ be dangerous, illegal, or abusive in any way?
YES / NO

Does your group restrict you from “visiting” other churches?
YES / NO

If you visit another church for a wedding, baptism, funeral or baby dedication would you get in trouble?
YES NO

If you were to ask valid, enquiring questions about your group’s policies, would this create relationship problems with the leaders?
YES / NO

Does your group have any policies that you would consider harmful to children, the family unit, or society in general?
YES / NO

Does your group employ “out-loud shaming” of individuals and/or families?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR GROUP’S LITERATURE AND MULTI-MEDIA

Do you rely completely, without question, on the literature and information that your group gives you for your spiritual growth?
YES / NO

Will you be disciplined if you ever, at any time, listen to, read or view literature and multi-media materials that are not from your group, church or organization?  Materials could include such things as books, journals, tracts, magazines, newsletters, CD’s, DVD’s, audio cassettes, videos, websites, etc.?
YES / NO

Are you only allowed to use study aids, books, etc. that are from your group or organization?
YES / NO

Do your leaders ever communicate to you that only your organizations materials or “of the real and pure tradition” –
YES / NO

Have your leaders ever told you that all study materials outside of your group considered worldly, bad, or impure?
YES / NO

If you are caught reading religious materials or assessments about your group, that are not published by your group, your group’s governing body or your organization’s headquarters, will you be disciplined?
YES / NO

If you were to visit your leaders and confront them regarding false prophecies they have made, or false teachings they have taught, do you think they would be angry, upset or frustrated that you came to show them their error?
YES / NO

Would you say that your leaders display lack of sorrow, lack of apology, and unrepentance when they are confronted with abuse issues?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT MORALS, HEALTH AND CONSCIENCE

Are you dependent upon the “approval” of your leaders for what you do (i.e. what you eat, what you wear, where you go, what you say, who you spend time with, who you marry, the music you listen to, etc.)?
YES / NO

Do you feel as though your life is being ‘micromanaged’ by others?
YES / NO

Do your leaders add unnecessary pressure to your decision making?
YES / NO

Are your leaders cruel, vindictive or overbearing?
YES / NO

Do any of your leaders justify sexual immorality by telling you something like, “Buddha told me it is OK!”

YES/NO

Have you ever been instructed, led, or forced to partake in any type of sexual activity with any of your group’s leaders?
YES / NO

Are you or have you ever been commanded, forced, coerced, extorted, or manipulated into financial giving, faith offering, etc.?
YES / NO

Are you being physically injured in any way (molested, raped, abused, whipped, beaten, tied up, slapped, heavy handed ‘intimacy’, etc.)?
YES / NO

Does your group or organization employ sleep deprivation, deprive people of a balanced diet, or utilize dehydration as a means to being more ‘spiritual’)?
YES / NO

Have you been forced, manipulated, coerced or pressured into making any moral and ethical choices against your own will and conscience?  If so, what?  If so, by whom?
YES / NO

If you address a valid issue or concern regarding problems in leadership that are clearly outside of the scriptures, do your leaders backpedal, blameshift, or insist that they are right and you are wrong?
YES / NO

When confronting a leaders(s) with a valid issue or concern, do they turn the whole thing around to the point where now YOU have become the problem, not the issue that needs to be dealt with?
YES / NO

Do your leaders or ministry helpers ever lie to you?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT MAKING PERSONAL CHOICES

Do you feel that you are manipulated against your own desires when making personal choices about diet, clothing, time commitments, service, finance, friendships, dating, spouses, purchases?
YES / NO

Are choices ever made by your leaders that go against and burden your own conscience?
YES / NO

Do authority figures within your group ever demand answers from you or use threats to get their way?
YES / NO

Do your leaders or the ‘group dynamic’ in your group make you feel as though you cannot come and go as you please (i.e. you feel as though your expected to be at all or most of the meetings)?
YES / NO

If you are experiencing abuse in any way, are you scared, afraid or nervous about leaving your group or organization?
YES / NO

Do your leaders, or the group itself, make choices to involve you in things that you don’t like or would prefer not to be a part of?
YES / NO

Are you pressured or manipulated into making decisions – any decisions at all – regarding anything?
YES / NO

Do you feel guilty or dirty after making decisions because… “That is just what our group does.”
YES / NO

Do others in your group make any decisions for you?  If so, what are they?
YES / NO

Is pressure put upon you, in any way, to avoid ‘other outside information’ about your group?
YES / NO

Are you fearful that if you make ‘a wrong choice’ your leaders will punish you?
YES / NO

Have you ever been punished or abused in any of the following ways:  Physically abused, out-loud verbal shaming in front of others, given the non-verbal silent treatment, coded non-verbal abuse (the look), financially mistreated or extorted and, as a result, suffered financial repercussions, sexually abused in any way, emotionally manipulated, purposefully betrayed, sexual inuendos, etc?
YES / NO

Are there spoken or unspoken “dress code rules” in your group, that if broken, will lead to “discipline”?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTERED SEX-OFFENDERS BEING ALLOWED AROUND CHILDREN


Does your group, or organization allow registered sex offenders to be involved in children’s or youth ministry?
YES / NO

Do your leaders break the law by allowing registered sex offenders to be anywhere in the vicinity of children?
YES / NO

If it is known by your leaders that a registered sex offender is attempting to visit (or is consistently attending) your group or church service, and is in the vicinity of children, do your leaders kindly remove the registered sex offender(s) from the premises in order to protect the children (and the offender from breaking probation)?
YES / NO

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT FINANCES

Are you allowed to enquire and ask valid questions as to how money is handled, where money is spent, and who is accountable with your church or group finances?
YES / NO

Is your group secretive about where its funds go?
YES / NO

If you were to enquire about “Who counts and handles the money?”, would your Teacher(s) show contempt towards you or look down on you with suspicion?
YES / NO

Have you ever been told by your leader(s) that no financial board is needed?
YES / NO

When money is received through offerings, collected through offering boxes, etc., do you see that there is a lack of accountability with counting, processing and depositing funds?
YES / NO

If you have ever enquired about the financial accountability procedures in your church, group or organization, have your Teachers been defensive?
YES / NO

A FEW MORE QUESTIONS

Is there a high turnover rate of people coming and then leaving your tradition/group?
YES / NO

Do you often hear stories of strife, bitterness, and controversies within your group or its leadership?
YES / NO

Does your group consistently condemn people and churches outside your group as being “un-pure” “worldly”, etc.?
YES / NO

Does your Tradition have the “We Are The Only True Tradition” mentality?
YES / NO

Do you experience cruelty or abusive attitudes from leaders in your group?
YES / NO

Are the leading men in your Tradition too busy to spend time with their own families?
YES / NO
This questionaire has been adapted from one we found on the internet…

http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/abusequestionnaire.html