About Us

SpiritualAbuseResources.org (SAR) provides information and assistance to 
  • those who have been spiritually abused in religious or other settings, mainstream and nonmainstream 
  • clergy and other religious professionals
  • mental health and other helping professionals
  • families concerned about loved ones who have been spiritually abused
  • anyone interested in the subject
SAR is a program of International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals, and researchers.

SAR's unique niche within the ICSA community is to provide information and assistance to those who are most comfortable with the term spiritual abuse to describe the manipulative and exploitative relationships that may lead to:
  • damaged self-esteem
  • induced dependency
  • impaired capacity to trust 
  • emotional reactions such as anger, anxiety, and depression
  • a disturbance in one's faith in God.
SAR has a distinguished Advisory Board that helps to maintain the quality of SAR's resource and to plan and participate in SAR conferences.

Subpages (1): Advisory Board