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Dangerous & Harmful Cults

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by Lily, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I agree Sunburst. I think this outfit is very scary. Maybe all cults are like this and I've just not really read about them but this is scary stuff!!! Hard to believe people get involved in them but they do.
     
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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    I just got an alert about this and wanted to share. Three links below, DailyMail has the most detailed background of this cult including an image of a branding which shows 'ownership'. :mad:


    Actress arrested in sex trafficking in ‘guru to stars’ case

    https://www.apnews.com/cd7f36489de4...ed-in-sex-trafficking-in-'guru-to-stars'-case

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebr...te-sex-cult-case/ar-AAw7clR?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    [​IMG]

    Allison Mack (seen here with Keith Raniere) has taken over his Nxivm cult since his March 25 arrest in Mexico

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...n-Mack-takes-control-branding-cult-Nxivm.html
     
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  3. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

  4. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    How can people who have so much going for them wind up like this?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebr...te-sex-cult-case/ar-AAw7clR?OCID=ansmsnnews11

    ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack cuffed in upstate sex cult case
    ANDREW KESHNER, LARRY McSHANE
    1 hr ago

    Actress Allison Mack, who played Clark Kent’s best friend on TV’s “Smallville,” was arrested Friday for her starring role in a cult that turned women into sex slaves.

    The 35-year-old Mack served as an aggressive recruiter of female candidates for a secret society known as “DOS,” led by her co-defendant and cult leader Keith Raniere, officials said.

    According to court documents, Mack — who ranked just below Raniere in the cult hierarchy — required the slaves under her control to engage in sexual activity with him at their upstate base.


    [​IMG] © Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

    Allison Mack Mack turned over naked photos of her slaves to Raniere and knew how he enjoyed sex with “multiple young women,” according to a detention letter filed by the feds.

    In a quid-pro-quo for serving as Raniere’s pimp, Mack received “financial and other benefits” from the cult leader, authorities charged....
     
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  5. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    I thought Scientology was weird. How does something like this go on for so long.

    https://www.democratandchronicle.co...for-guid=CBAF92ED-B32B-E311-8634-D067E5FDA6AA

    ...“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement.

    “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit."

    Raniere is set to be arraigned on the indictment at a later date, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office....
     
  6. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    https://www.democratandchronicle.co...-woman-battles-nxivm-keith-raniere/360847002/

    Rochester woman tells all about life with NXIVM's Keith Raniere, her ex
    Jon Campbell, @JonCampbellGAN Published 5:00 a.m. ET March 8, 2018 | Updated 3:57 p.m. ET April 20, 2018

    ALBANY - Keith Raniere's devoted followers know him as Vanguard, the hyper-intelligent inventor, philosopher, founder and face of NXIVM, an Albany-area executive coaching and self-help company whose members pay thousands of dollars for workshops.

    His many critics see him differently: They say Raniere, who grew up in Rockland County, is actually leading a dangerous cult-like organization, one with deep ties to a sorority that made international headlines last year after allegedly burning a logo bearing his initials into the flesh of its female members.

    Rochester native Toni Natalie knows him by other names.

    Her ex-boyfriend. Her legal combatant. Her antagonist....
     
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  7. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    This group and Scientology have a lot in common.
     
  8. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    They do have a lot in common.
     
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  9. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

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  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/nyregion/nxivm-women-branded-albany.html

    Google Patent
    https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2002021481A1/en?inventor=Keith+Raniere&oq=Keith+Raniere&page=3

    Frank Report
    https://frankreport.com

    Main difference, IMO, between NXIVM & Scientology seems, on the surface, one is masked as an empowerment company while the latter falls under a religious sect. Both have similar MO as well.

    Interesting reading in the links above.
     
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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh my gosh! They look so normal! And the actress would be able to influence people based on her history in the movies. Sick sick sick!
     
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  12. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    I hope someone writes a book about this from a psychological point of view.
     
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  13. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebr...in-sex-trafficking-case/ar-AAwi3qx?li=BBnb7Kz
    Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bond in Sex Trafficking Case
    Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention at her parents’ house in Los Alamitos, Calif.

    Mack was indicted on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

    The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against Nxivm founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

    Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack

    The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared in court in gray-green jail scrubs. She spoke softly in court and did not appear to make eye contact with her mother during the hearing. After standing before the judge to sign the bond, Melinda Mack turned her head to watch her daughter being led out of the courtroom.

    Mack was not handcuffed but she kept her hands clasped behind her back during the 15-minute hearing. The petite 35-year-old said few words and stayed grim-faced but nodded repeatedly. Her shoulder-length blond hair was messy.

    Later, as Melinda Mack left the courthouse, she and Allison Mack’s attorney, William McGovern, refused to comment on the case.

    Allison Mack was released on the condition she serve home detention with electronic monitoring. The conditions of her bail allow her to travel to Southern California and to the New York City area where her criminal attorneys are based. Mack’s attorneys said she intended to return to her parents home as soon as possible.

    Mack’s father, opera singer Jonathan Mack, was not in court but is obligated to co-sign her bail collateral arrangement by May 4. The judge instructed Allison Mack not to associate with anyone connected, past or present, to the Nxivm group that is the source of the sex trafficking charge she faces. According to court documents, Mack is accused of trying to destroy emails, text messages and other material connected with the case against her and Raniere.
     
  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebr...-accused-of-helping-run/ar-AAwi445?li=BBnb7Kz
    Inside Alleged Secret Society of ‘Slaves’ and ‘Masters’ That Allison Mack Is Accused of Helping Run

    The allegations are as elaborate as they are shocking.


    Actress Allison Mack, best known for her role as the wholesome Chloe Sullivan on the TV show Smallville, is charged with sex trafficking in connection with a controversial self-help group that one former member described as a “cult.”

    In a statement following Mack’s arrest and a letter opposing Mack’s bail, federal prosecutors have revealed disturbing accusations — including coercive sex, restrictive diets and blackmail — about the inner-workings of the organization, called Nxivm.

    The group’s co-founder Keith Raniere faces sex trafficking and forced labor charges along with Mack. According to a statement from prosecutors announcing Mack’s Friday arrest, Raniere operated a series of self-help workshops, all under the umbrella of the Albany, New York-based organization founded around 2003.

    Prosecutors allege Raniere ran Nxivm like a “pyramid scheme” and created a secret society within the group called “DOS” — which according to prosecutors is “an acronym standing for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions.’ ”

    Investigators allege Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard” within the group, occupied the top of the pyramid and was the DOS’s only male member. Beneath him were tiers of female “slaves,” each of whom could become a “master” by recruiting other women into the group, according to prosecutors.

    Mack and other women occupied the next tier down from Raniere, authorities believe. According to a letter prosecutors sent to the judge opposing Mack’s bail, the actress “was focused on recruiting attractive young women who could meet Raniere’s sexual preferences.”

    In her alleged role in the group, Mack made new recruits provide “collateral” — defined by prosecutors as “highly-damaging information about friends and family members, nude
     
  15. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Flippin' sick.
     
  16. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I know!
     
  17. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.newsweek.com/keith-raniere-nxivm-sex-cult-902268
    Who is Keith Raniere of Nxivm? Series Based on Alleged Sex Cult Possibly in the Works
    A TV series based on Keith Raniere’s alleged sex cult may soon be in the works. Annapurna Television recently optioned the rights to New York Times reporter Barry Meier’s 2017 report, Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded, which exposed Raniere’s secret society within his company Nxivm, according to a Wednesday report published by The Hollywood Reporter.

    The untitled hour-long series is slated to be a fictionalized project inspired by true events, and the potential storyline will reportedly follow the chain of events that take place after women are coerced into joining a group believed to be a secret sisterhood aimed at teaching female empowerment. But soon after joining the organization, they become psychologically entranced by the cult’s leader, who turns them into sex slaves, abuses them and brands their flesh with his initials.

    No network is attached to the project as of yet. However, Westworld’s Shannon Woodward is expected to produce the series, along with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg.

    Raniere, referred to as “The Vanguard” to members of Nxivm, was arrested on sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy charges in March. He was reportedly known for branding women sucked into his secret society web.
     
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  18. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Not that interested. I'd prefer a documentary on the whole thing which I assume someone will make.
     
  19. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Oh yes, a documentary would be great!

    Do you watch the series on Netflix about the girl (can't think of her name right now) that was involved quite heavily in it and has left talking out against them. She interviews other people that have left as well. Its very good!
     
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  20. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    I don't have Netflix.
     
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