Have you ever been approached by representatives of Family Care Foundation, a California - based charitable foundation? Or by individuals who are part of Activated Ministries? Or have you purchased religious CDs, videos, posters, or other materials from Aurora Productions AG?
If so, you have probably been interacting with members of The Family, a high demand religious group. And if you have purchased their products and services or facilitated their fund- raising, you have almost certainly helped financially support The Family, an organization with a history of promoting criminal and immoral conduct that includes the sexual abuse of children, religious prostitution, and sexual promiscuity.
Adult-child sexual relations
There's nothing in the world at all wrong with sex as long as its practiced in love, whatever it is, or whoever it's with, no matter who, or at what age or what relative or in what manner.
Berg had sexual relations with his granddaughter and other young girls. For over a decade, adult members sexually abused thousands of children. In a 1995 custody case, Lord Justice Ward of the High Court of England ruled that:
There was widespread sexual abuse of young children and teenagers by adult members of The Family, and this abuse occurred to a significantly greater extent within The Family than occurred in society outside it.
While The Family has stopped the abuse, no effort has been made to compensate the victims, nor prosecute the abusers.
Currently The Family is led by Berg's former companion, Karen "Queen Maria" Zerby and her partner, Steve "King Peter" Kelly, both of who live in hiding and demand unquestioning loyalty from their followers. They too have promoted the sexual abuse of children. In a 1992 internal Family publication, Zerby wrote:
I feel we need to somehow explain to our children and Teens that love and loving affection is not wrong. Having actual intercourse with a child wouldn't be okay, but a little fondling & sweet affection is not wrong in the eyes of God, & if they have experienced the same in the past they weren't "abused."
Due to the controversial history of The Family, as well as its current beliefs and practices, few members identify themselves as such when soliciting donations and fund- raising. Instead, they claim to be "independent missionaries" or representatives of the following organizations, which Family leaders created.
Family Care Foundation (FCF)
Aurora Productions AG
What Can You Do?
Practice responsible, informed
Ask questions and expect clear
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