Cult Awareness and Information Centre

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The Cult Awareness and Information Centre is an anti-cult organization based in Brisbane, Australia that provides resources and information on groups they identify as cults. The organization was founded by Jan Groenveld, a former LDS Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses member.


Located in Brisbane, Australia, the Cult Awareness and Information Centre was founded in 1990,[1][2] and their website was launched in 1991.[3]

The organization was soon listed as a resource in secondary publications on the subject matter,[4] and in September 1993, the Centre organized a conference on "cult-busting" at Queensland University.[no citations needed here]

Listed in other works

The Cult Awareness and Information Centre continued to be listed as a resource by authors of associated works, including Evert's Answering Jehovah's Witnesses.[5] In November 2005, Australia's The Courier Mail cited the Cult Awareness and Information Centre on the subject of the group known as The Family, which was at the time under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[6] The Cult Awareness and Information Centre was also listed as an internet address in the Canadian Security Intelligence Service report: "Doomsday Religious Movements".[7]

Cease and desist from Landmark Education

In November 2006, the American company Landmark Education sent the Cult Awareness and Information Centre a Cease and desist letter, requesting that it immediately remove a copy of the French television programme entitled: Voyage to the Land of the New Gurus from the CAIC website.[8] Similar letters had been sent to Google Video, YouTube, and Internet Archive.[9][10] According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cult Awareness and Information Centre continued to host the documentary while Landmark's copyright campaign was ongoing in the United States.[11] Landmark Education later dropped its copyright subpoenas against Google and an anonymous poster of the video.[9] In 2007, the Cult Awareness and Information Centre posted a "Reply to Posting of France TV3 Program" from Landmark on their Web site, in a subsection of their page on the documentary, which included links to Landmark Education's Web site.[12]


  1. Richard Guilliatt (1996). Talk of the Devil: Repressed Memory & the Ritual Abuse Witch-hunt. Text Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-875847-29-7. 
  2. About Jan, Cult Awareness and Information Centre, 2006. Template:Self-published source
  3. What on Earth is the Cult Awareness & Information Centre??, Jan Groenveld, Cult Awareness & Information Centre.Template:Self-published source
  4. General Books LLC (May 2010). Australian Education Organisations: Cult Awareness and Information Centre, Rural Health Education Foundation, Aarnet. General Books LLC. ISBN 978-1-156-94152-2. 
  5. Jason Evert (2001). Answering Jehovah's Witnesses. Catholic Answers Incorporated. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-888992-21-2. 
  6. Thompson, Tuck (19 November 2005). "FBI investigates Coast sex cult". The Courier Mail. "[T]he Australian Cult Awareness and Information Centre continues to brand The Family as perverted. "The danger this network sees in The Family is not what they now believe but how in the past they believed the things they did believe," it said." 
  7. "Doomsday Religious Movements", PERSPECTIVES, a Canadian Security Intelligence Service publication, Report # 2000/03, December 18, 1999. available online, last updated November 1, 2000.
  8. "Cease & Desist Letter from Landmark to StudioSolutions". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jones, K.C. (December 1, 2006). "Landmark Drops Copyright Infringement Subpoenas On Google And Anonymous Critic". InformationWeek. 
  10. Eric Auchard (2006). "Google Faces Legal Challenges Over Video Service". Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  11. Staff (November 17, 2006). "Landmark Forum's Internet Censorship Campaign Goes Down Under". Electronic Frontier Foundation: pp. Landmark goes Down Under after the jump. 
  12. Landmark Education reply to France 3 documentary, In response to concerns by Landmark Education regarding the France 3 documentary "Voyage to the Land of the New Gurus", CAIC has offered Landmark Education a right of reply. The content below is from Landmark Education in response to this offer., retrieved 05-08-2007.

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