Mercy Survivors Receive Media Attention
FMSF News Alert - May 5, 2016
In March 2014 we alerted you to a series of complaints against the Christian-based residential treatment program, Mercy Ministries (now rebranded as Mercy Multiplied) - including accusations that the program included exorcisms and recovered memory techniques.
This past weekend, Slate Magazine published an exposé detailing the various accusations against the centers through interviews with past clients, their families, and previous staff members. Among the stories highlighted is that of a young woman named "Ellen" who entered Mercy seeking treatment for depression but came to believe that "The Spirit" had revealed to her repressed memories of rape and sex trafficking by her parents:
"It’s nearly impossible to verify or disprove Ellen’s accusations, but the events described by her parents fit into a larger pattern that at least nine families of Mercy attendees have experienced: A young woman enters Mercy for issues unrelated to abuse and comes out accusing her family of horrific sexual violations. Of the nine families, seven have lost contact with their daughters.
Stories like this used to be common. In the 1990s, some psychiatrists used a treatment called recovered memory therapy, which encouraged patients to dig deep into their memories and find trauma that could explain their suffering. Instead, it led patients into their own imaginations; a wave of false memories of childhood abuse followed. Recovered memory therapy is now widely discredited."
Mercy Multiplied has US centers in the states of California, Louisiana, Missouri, and Tennessee and an operating budget of over $8.5M.
Miller, Jennifer. "These Women Went to Christian Counseling Centers for Help. That’s Not What They Found." Slate Magazine. April 24, 2016. Web. 02 May 2016.
J. Bean and Pam