‘Longing for a humanitarian, peaceful and compassionate religion or a discipline about mental transformations projected on Buddhism and all its representatives contrasts with the facts of manipulation, violence and abuse of power in various international Buddhist groups and their tendencies of destruction against individuals who are considered to be disloyal or break away‘. (Anders, 2019a).
The day after my analysis of the NKT went viral through Tenzin Peljor’s website, my workplace received an email from a ‘Dr Robert Harrison’ who claimed to be concerned for my mental state. You can view the email on NKTworld. After I shared this email on social media, my workplace then received legal threats in the style of ‘Indy Hack’, who previously attacked survivors and spread defamation propaganda about them claiming to be an independent journalist. After I shared this on social media, ‘Dr Robert Harrison’ threatened my workplace with legal action should I release the email further. I never saw these emails, but was told ‘Dr Robert Harrison’ sent pages of pages of legal threats and claims about how despicable I am, whilst still maintaining he had nothing to do with the NKT.
He then (just in time for summer festival) wrote an ENTIRE WEBSITE solely dedicated to character assassination: www.dr-michelle-haslam.com. ‘Dr Robert Harrison’ who claims he is an experimental psychologist (whilst also suggesting he is a clinical psychologist by trying to diagnose me) claims that I was fired for gross misconduct. This is a lie. He uses DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) to suggest he was caused significant distress by me.
He also claims he does not have the time or inclination to examine my report in full (he only cares about my mental health, right?) yet he has checked out the report in great detail. In order to discredit it. Why would anyone do that if they were not a senior NKT member? He states he knew nothing about it, but I referred to the fact that I was writing it in my videos, which he stated he watched. So there is no way he could not know I was writing a psychological report on the NKT.
He also managed to find out the date of my father’s death and his age. Creepy, right? The team of stalkers behind him, who have been working behind the scenes as soon as they identified me as a threat, have done well. They couldnt work out my age though, because I was 17 when my father died, not 14. He claims all my trauma must be caused by my father’s death and a relationship breakdown to suggest that the trauma caused by my involvement with the NKT must be minimal.
In regards to the claims that I am mentally unstable, this is clearly a method for discrediting my report (see page on character assassination). Anders (2019b) argues that ‘such a system of slandering, systematically humiliating women and stigmatizing people, even with terms referring to psychiatric diseases, creates distress and fear in the group and for the individual’. If he had genuine empathy like he is suggesting he does, he would not disclose personal information about my mental health online in order to try to undermine my perception of reality (gaslighting) or to humiliate me, if I was already suffering.
‘People in power and their established entourage have the opportunity to use social isolation by spreading rumors about someone, employing public slander or ordering others to do so. And such slander campaigns are not limited to group borders, but may be extended to members’ social background, key relationships or professional relationships‘. (Anders, 2019b)
Trauma of any kind does not negate my view. Claiming people who write testimonies are too traumatised to be trusted is a cult classic. He claims that I was not having therapy or taking responsibility for myself. This is a lie (how would he know about my therapy anyway?)
In regards to his claims of plaigairism. The first version was written quickly as I felt unsafe, like they could attack at any moment and I needed to get it finished. I was warned that they would attack immediately. As a result I think I didn’t adequately check I had reworded all the chunks of text I had in my notes. This has now been rectified. The use of plaigairism software indicates that ‘Dr Robert Harrison’ is a member of the NKT with an interest in attempting to ruin my reputation.
Oh NKT you just continue to make this worse. Not only is this sociopathic, it’s actually stupid. It would have been a lot more intelligent to just issue a fake apology to anyone who ‘feels’ they have been harmed. Or at least to use your real name. But they can’t, because they know that then I could sue them for defamation.
The below screenshot shows what teachers used to claim before I came along to discredit ex-members. I believe this is why they are threatened by me:
In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrator´s first line in defense. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments, from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalization. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon herself; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail (Herman, 2015).
For a further analysis please visit nktworld. I agree with the analysis given on nktworld, and would add that a real Dr of Psychology with concern for my mental state would have no interest in my document on the NKT whatsoever, and would not record everything I say in order to exaggerate and twist it. For a thoughtful article on the abuse I have received by ex-NKT Medium writer Geoffrey Bonn at ‘Leaving the sangha’ please see here.
Update 03.08.19. Today I feel very sad about how the NKT members are being deceived by this narrative created by senior NKT via the fake persona ‘Dr Robert Harrison’. In the first few days of finding it I saw it mainly as an attack on my reputation. But now, I am more aware that really their main priority is to keep people on the inside from the truth. And that is really heartbreaking. They are being deceived on so many levels. The NKT claim they don’t keep people captive, but what is this if not captivity amongst a bunch of fake personas and lies?
Anders. A. I. M. (2019a). Psychological impact of power abuse in Buddhist groups and essential aspects in psychotherapeutic interventions for the affected individuals. SFU Research Bulletin, 7/1, S. 32-50 DOI: 10.15135/2019.7.1.32-50.
Herman, J. L. (2015). Trauma and Recovery. The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books, Member of Perseus Books Group.