Steven Hassan has a quarter century history of violence, both directly and through his support of deprogrammers who kidnap and abduct individuals out of their religions.
By demonizing their beliefs through false accusations, Hassan creates a climate of fear and divisiveness within families which he then uses to his financial advantage, charging exorbitant sums to kidnap and physically abuse his targets.
One of Hassan’s deprogramming victims, AR, signed affidavits detailing the severe mental and physical abuse Hassan subjected him to during a deprogramming. AR was forcibly kidnapped, imprisoned, bound by his hands and feet, and deprived of sleep for days at a time.
He was not allowed to shave or wash and was denied all privacy, even the simple dignity of urinating in private. Until AR’s escape seven days later, Hassan subjected AR to methods which AR later described as brainwashing and mind control techniques, even threatening to inject AR with a series of shots if AR did not recant his religious beliefs.