Stop Andrew Cohen teaching again

  • by: Former Students
  • recipient: Former Students and Associates of Andrew Cohen

WHEN SIGNING, PLEASE USE THE COMMENTS BOX TO INDICATE HOW YOU KNOW ANDREW COHEN. WE ALSO ASK YOU REFRAIN FROM USING THE COMMENTS BOX TO MAKE PERSONAL REMARKS ABOUT HIM. 

WE RESPECT EVERYONE'S RIGHT TO SIGN ANONYMOUSLY. HOWEVER, WE DO ASK THAT YOU PROVIDE SOME INDICATION OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO ANDREW COHEN AS A MEANS OF VERIFICATION. MANY THANKS.

As a group of people who have been involved with Andrew Cohen in his past role as a spiritual leader - many for 10 - 20 years or more, and some in key positions within his organisation* - we want to warn those who may come into contact with him that in our opinion, at this point in time, he is entirely unfit for any role involving responsibility for the spiritual wellbeing of others. This is due to his well-documented abusive and exploitative character. 

We do not support claims by Andrew that he has made amends for his past abuses and has "learnt from his mistakes". We also strenuously deny accusations that his students dismantled his organisation behind his back. The organisation imploded as a result of Andrew's consistent unwillingness to comply with the standards he ruthlessly applied to his own students, and due to the enormous stresses and divisions created by his incompetence, lack of integrity and absence of care.

When Andrew went on sabbatical he left a trail of destruction that his students have been attempting to clear up ever since. Andrew has had no meaningful part in this process, other than some unsatisfactory apologies to a select few students and some public statements of contrition. Because we find no evidence that Andrew has fundamentally changed, we have every reason to believe that if he acquires any students in the future, they too will be exploited to his advantage, just as we were.

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Update #24 years ago
Dear Petitioners. Update: We are waiting until after the US election to share the petition with our wider supporters. In the mean time, please continue to share the petition with others. We know our petition is unlikely to stop Andrew Cohen teaching, but it is still important that those who oppose it make their voices heard.
Update #14 years ago
** PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL REGARDING MINOR CHANGES MADE TO THE SIGNED STATEMENT
We have had feedback that a number people who want to sign our statement are not comfortable with some of the wording. As we want the statement to be as inclusive as possible of all people who do not want Andrew Cohen to teach again, we have made a few minor amendments to the text. We believe this does not change its overall meaning, but if you are concerned, please let us know and we can remove your signature.
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