"Will Mercy Ministries change therapy?"

This article originally appeared in the Lincoln News Messenger as a letter to the editor in response to the recent series of articles they published on Mercy Ministries.  It can be viewed here.

How will we know for sure if Mercy Ministries is who they say they are?  How will we know for sure if they are a cult? 

If Mercy Ministries responds to these and future allegations (there are more coming in the future, I firmly believe, and ones potentially even more damaging and heartbreaking) by making wholesale, transparent changes to their methods of treatment and therapy (not just minor tweaks but significant changes), then that is the sign of a healthy organization capable of making changes to better treat their patients. 

If, on the other hand, they continue with the status quo, we will know that Mercy is a cult and a destructive one at that.  A cult, by its very nature, does not change its methods in a meaningful way, no matter how damaging the allegations, how strong the evidence their wrongdoing is, no matter how much changing would benefit themselves and everyone else. 

A cult is incapable of meaningful change.  A cult will keep repeating the same lies, maintaining the status quo and this was Mercy’s undoing in Australia. 

The status quo is unacceptable, due to their use of poor therapy methods and mind control.  This is how Mercy reacted in Australia, and if Mercy continues to react the same way, the U.S. homes will ultimately meet the same fate and rightly so.

Russ Judson, Minneapolis

Written By Mercy Survivors

Support for survivors of Mercy Ministries

4 Comments on “"Will Mercy Ministries change therapy?"

  1. Anonymous

    June 12, 2012 at 12:33

    I am only writing this because anonymously because I do not want to be harassed by Russ Judson… but I think he should tell the other side of the story.

    Not only has he exploited his daughter’s story by publicly whining about being “mistreated” by Greyhound Bus and including his daughter’s struggles in his puclic complaint (just look it up with Google), but now he complains about Mercy Ministries when his daughter is finally living her life free of guilt and shame- and him. (Which I know, because I met up with her just recently!) Russ Judson also harassed multiple young women who knew his daughter from Mercy on Facebook by sending them threatening e-mails! These women were forced to block Judson, after they were very afraid of retaliation and his verbal abuse.

    Hmmm, gives you something to think about, eh?

    • Anonymous

      June 12, 2012 at 12:37

      My apologies for the typos. Guess I was thinking faster than I could type!

    • Mercy Survivors

      June 17, 2012 at 12:10

      Hi anonymous.

      Apologies for the delay in responding and in approving your comment. We get lots of spam which can take awhile to sift through.

      In order to remain impartial here, I can’t put too much stock in second or third hand information, however if your friends who have had dealings with Russ wish to come forward to express concern, they are more than welcome. Any info will be treated in strict confidence. With your permission, may I email you?

      Kind regards,

      MS Team

  2. mom

    June 30, 2012 at 6:57

    My daughter was at MM. Her graduation testimony and her online testimony differ. What she told people differed depending on whom she was speaking. Eight months after graduating from MM we learned she accused her father of the unthinkable. She accused me of abuse. NEVER happened. Now she has excised us from her life. We’re learning that is happening all too often based on our conversations with other parents of MM grads. Recovered memory therapy, Inner Healing, Prayer Therapy, Repressed Memory Therapy – no matter what you (or MM) calls it, it’s from the pit of hell.

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