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DVD shows how easily cults can recruit young people

Posted by doctore0 on May 7, 2015

Working with lawyers and psychological experts, victims of cult groups have released a DVD to warn young people of the danger of joining religious cults and antisocial organizations.

The DVD was created by the Japan Society for Cult Prevention and Recovery (JSCPR) to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Aum Shinrikyo’s nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that left 13 people dead and thousands sickened.

The DVD is titled “Cult: Sugu Soba ni Aru Kiki” (Cult: Crisis just beside you).

“What is important is that people understand cults can exist right beside them,” said Kimiaki Nishida, a psychological professor at Rissho University who serves as chairman of the group.

Nishida added that some cult groups are currently working to enlist recruits as young as junior and senior high school students.

“I will be happy if our DVD will be used for classes and orientations at schools,” he said.

The group, formed after the March 20, 1995, attack by Aum Shinrikyo, works to develop strategies to combat groups that violate human rights and exhibit antisocial behavior. These include religious cults and groups that claim to hold self-improvement seminars, but often have other aims.
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