by Sarah Cloutier, VIC, Australia
To the Editor – Courier Mail / News.com.au / Perth Now / News Corporation
Re: “New age ‘medicine’ of Serge Benhayon leaves trail of broken families”
As General Manager of a film and television company in Melbourne, I expect a level of commitment from my team to research and investigate new technology to ensure we have all our facts straight before proceeding with any commitment that could impact on the success of the business.
As the Editor/s, and manager/s of a team of journalists, and a member of a national news network, I am surprised that neither yourself, Josh Robertson or Liam Walsh, did any real investigation or research into Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon; and as such you call into question the true intelligence of women such as myself – and in fact, all women.
Why are you not putting on the front page the skyrocketing increases in diabetes, cancer of all types, heart disease, lung conditions, mental illness, alcohol abuse – and the most affected by this ‘story’ – domestic violence towards women??
Isn’t it time we started to arrest these alarming statistics?
According to Diabetes Australia:
- “Up to 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented. The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million.” (1)
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
- “The risk of being diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75 years is 1 in 3 for males, and 1 in 4 for females.”
- “The risk before age 85 years is higher, at 1 in 2 for males and 1 in 3 for females.” (2)
According to the Parliament of Australia:
- “Alcohol is a significant risk factor for domestic violence, particularly in indigenous communities. A longitudinal analysis of alcohol outlet density found a relationship between alcohol availability and domestic violence. Packaged liquor outlets that sell alcohol for off-premise consumption were particularly implicated.” (3)
And, from the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse:
- “Children are exposed to domestic violence by witnessing violence and abuse, intervening to protect their mother, being present in a household filled with violence and terrorising behaviours as well as being directly abused themselves.” (4)
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
- In 2007, 47,963 divorces were granted in Australia, which is one in three, and most divorce applications are submitted by women.
The costs on our public funds are immense:
- According to the Department of FaHCSIA, the cost of domestic violence on the Australian Economy is $13bn a year.
- According to Diabetes Australia, the cost to the Economy is $10.3bn
- According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment is $2bn a year.
- It is very revealing that domestic violence costs the economy more than cancer and diabetes put together.
- Divorce is costing $18bn a year – $11bn of that goes to legal costs.
Your ‘expert’, Cult Counselling Australia director Raphael Aron said of the alleged 42 marriage breakdowns, “That’s an absolutely devastating figure, catastrophic”.
The facts I found readily online easily show that this is a very small percentage compared to the national average – and as I’m sure you well know, marriage / relationship breakdowns are complicated and never attributed to one situation, but a build up of issues over time.
Most concerning for me, was your last comment – for women “to not allow their partners to touch [their breasts] without permission.”
Editor/s, may I remind you that it is 2012 – and women have the right to choose when and how their breasts are touched. Isn’t that what you want for your daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, mother – wife? Since when did women give up the right to choose who they want to spend time with, what courses they attend, who they marry or divorce, and by whom and when they allow their breasts to be touched?
I’m 44 years old and have worked all over the world in my profession, and have been listening to Serge Benhayon and attending Universal Medicine courses since 2001. He is a man of the highest integrity and has never once told me what to do – ever. I consider everything he presents and make up my own mind… yes, I have one of my own. It reveals your lack of intelligence that you, without any investigation, slander women who chose to live a life of gentleness and care for themselves as ‘followers’ – I have certainly not given up my career, education, intelligence, hopes or ambitions. I have had more true success in my work and private life since choosing to live with more tenderness towards myself.
I live an amazing life, full of wonderful friendships with women – without jealousy or comparison. My commitment to care and nurture myself now is greater than I ever imagined, changes that my mother (in Toowoomba) calls miraculous. The miracle is that, through the Universal Medicine courses, I have connected to a deeper sense of love for myself and cherish myself deeply. I have wonderful friendships with men, too; they are tender, truthful and loving – and I will only be intimate with a man when I feel that there is harmony, openness and true care.
A responsible life of getting to bed early, eating well, exercising and not drinking alcohol is pretty simple and can support a healthy life – and a healthy society. My choices have a positive impact on my team at work and my family, as they are seeing that there’s another way – to live a vital life with energy, clarity and consistency.
Educate yourselves, please – you are abusing your journalistic power when we very clearly need more truth in this world.
(1) Diabetes Australia, “Diabetes in Australia“, 2012
(2) Australian Institute of Health and Wellness, “Cancer“, 2012
(3) Parliament of Australia, “Domestic Violence in Australia“, Nov 2011
(4) Australian Bureau of Statistics, “Divorces, Australia, 2007“, Aug 2008