Secrets of Kenja sect in sex case
The Daily Telegraph, Australia
May 25, 2006
The secrets of a Sydney sect were exposed yesterday when the 84-year-old head of
the Kenja cult faced court charged with indecent assault on two 12-year-old
Kenneth Emmanuel Dyers is accused of molesting the girls after ordering them to
strip as part of "energy conversion" meditation.
Dyers, who formed the Kenja organisation with his partner Jan Hamilton in 1982,
claims to offer "greater spiritual understanding".
The group offers meditation sessions – known as "processing" or "energy
conversion" – in which students and meditation consultants participate in
It was during these energy conversions that Dyers allegedly molested the two
The WWII veteran yesterday faced a committal hearing in the Downing Centre Local
Court, charged with 21 counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of
sexual intercourse without consent.
The offences allegedly occurred at the cult's Surry Hills premises between
December 2001 and July 2002.
The mother of one alleged victim, who joined Kenja in 1988, told the court
yesterday she noticed changes in her daughter's behaviour after the schoolgirl
began weekly sessions with Dyers in 2001.
"She became erratic, extremely stressed," the woman, who cannot be identified,
At the time of the sessions, the 12-year-old had been made a "junior
professional" in the cult.
"(A junior professional) is a child who counsels other children within the
organisation," the woman said.
It was not until July 2002 that the girl revealed what had allegedly occurred
during the processing sessions, her mother told the court.
She recalled a conversation with her daughter, in which the child told her: "I
don't feel that what is happening in the sessions is OK."
"She said she was taken into a room where there wasn't a third person present
and (Dyer) asked to take her clothes off and there was touching involved," the
The family officially cut ties with Kenja the following day.
Under cross-examination by Dyers' lawyer Graham Turnbull, the woman admitted her
daughter was under stress for a variety of reasons.
The hearing continues.
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