McAllister Olivarius is representing one of the victims of self-proclaimed spiritual guru J. Michael Shoemaker (“Swami Chetanananda”). Our lawsuit alleges Shoemaker was groomed, repeatedly sexually exploited, trafficked, and sexually assaulted our client.
In this episode, Carol discusses how the law can help survivors of sexual assault within religious groups.
Carol Merchasin comments on allegations facing Palpung Thubten Choling monastery, formerly known as Kagyu Thubten Choling (KTC). Carol is representing plaintiffs who allege sexual assault by KTC founder Lama Norlha Rinpoche.
Carol Merchasin, Head of our Sexual Misconducts in Spiritual Communities practice, quoted in Times Union coverage of ongoing case in which McO are representing the plaintiffs.
Latest updates on McO’s live case against J. Michael Shoemaker.
Carol Merchasin talks about abuse and sexual misconduct by cultic leaders in spiritual communities as part of the Conference on Religious Trauma.
Carol Merchasin joins author and presenter Sarah Steel, host of the Let’s Talk About Sects podcast, to discuss the challenges of suing cults and religious bodies, and how human trafficking laws might offer a new path toward justice for victims.
Carol Merchasin, Head of our Sexual Misconduct in Spiritual Communities practice, joins The Cult Vault to discuss the potential for taking legal action against sexual abuse in spiritual and faith-based groups.
Carol Merchasin, Head of our Sexual Misconduct in Spiritual Communities practice, says cult victims may be able to seek civil legal reparation through federal trafficking law.
McAllister Olivarius’ live lawsuit featured in the media.
McAllister Olivarius is representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
McO client, Rachel Montgomery, tells KBLA radio how she was impregnated by a trusted spiritual teacher. Carol Merchasin, of counsel with McO, gives her thoughts on how the legal system can better protect victims.