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27 May 2006 @ 07:09 pm
A Small Sign of Progress  
As I mentioned recently, child abuse in ISKCON has been discussed in Chakra, an online magazine for the Hare Krishna movement. Dhanurdhara Swami was mentioned as one of the past perpetrators of abuse in relation to the suicide comitted by one of his victims.

In all fairness, here is a link to Dhanurdhara's response and his account of his own efforts to make amends.

Perhaps if others would follow his example there might be some healing for the victims.

On my forum I continue to hear accounts from current devotees or devotees who have recently left the movement that child protection in ISKCON still leaves a lot to be desired. These issues need to be discussed openly if devotee children are going to be safe in the future.

I have had interactions with the Child Protection Office of ISKCON and I believe there are good people working there. They need adequate authority and funding, however, if there efforts are to succeed.
(Anonymous) on May 29th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
The abuse of Ananda McClure
Wanna know who really abused Ananda McClure? Think it was just Dhanurdhara Swami, who Ananda openly forgave 10 years ago?

Ananda's worst abuser was George W Bush and the US war policy in Iraq. Read all about the events that lead up to Ananda's suicide in the blog of one of his close friends:


Thank you.
Tapatitapati on May 29th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: The abuse of Ananda McClure
I have no love for George Bush or his crazy war, to be sure. However, the kind of post traumatic stress disorder that vets suffer from is not that different from what child abuse survivors suffer, and having already had ptsd he was undoubtedly made more vulnerable to ptsd from any other causes. I say this having suffered from post traumatic stress disorder myself from multiple causes and having also tried to commit suicide.