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Women Branded, Burned In Horrific Initiation Ceremony Into A Secret Sorority

State officials are currently in the process of reviewing several complaints that were ignored by authorities after several women told them that they were tied down and branded during an initiation ceremony. The action comes after the New York Times reported on a group affiliated with the organization NXIVM, a cult-like ‘self-help’ society that claims to “help transform, ultimately, be an expression of the noble civilization of humans.” The organization, which is based in Albany, has chapters across the country and has claimed that the negative reports are “lies.”

An anonymous woman filed a complaint with the state Department of Health over the summer, claiming that a Dr. Brandon Porter of Albany suburb Clifton Park participated in studies on behalf of NXIVM’s ‘personal development program’. The study allegedly involved connecting the woman to a brainwave monitoring device before, without warning, she was shown a number of clips depicting extreme acts of violence, including gang rape. The woman claims she is still haunted by the images she was forced to see.

A number of other women have also filed complaints with the health department, claiming that Dr. Daniellle Roberts, a family doctor in Clifton Park, used surgical tools to burn brands into the lower abdomen of women in an initiation ceremony into a secret sorority within the NXIVM organization.

According to the Times, several former NXIVM members have come forth to describe the unbearable pain they were forced to go through during their initiation into the secret ‘sisterhood’, with one woman, Sarah Edmondson, saying she was told she would get a small tattoo. Instead, she was undressed and held down by three other women before a top NXIVM official named Laura Salzman demanded that she ask, “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.” A doctor then proceeded to use a 2-inch wide cauterizing device on her, leaving a large brand seared into Ms. Edmondson’s skin. The entire procedure took twenty to thirty minutes. The brand included the initials of Keith Raniere, the founder of NXIVM. All the women involved were sworn to secrecy.

“I wept the whole time,” Ms. Edmondson confessed. “I disassociated out of my body.”

Furthermore, admission into the sorority allegedly required each woman to provide their recruiter or “master,” naked photographs or other compromising material which they were warned, would be used as “collateral” should they ever try to come forward about the cult's existence.

The NXIVM organization has denied the claims, taking to their website to call the accusations “lies” and a “criminal product of criminal minds.” An investigation led by the Albany Times Union in 2012 described the cult as a multilevel marketing business that has managed to draw more than 10,000 followers.

After the New York Times published their story, Mr. Porter resigned his position as a general practitioner at St Peter’s Hospital in Albany. At this stage, it remains unclear as to whether Ms. Roberts has done the same.

Several former members of the organization have demanded that state authorities investigate the claims made by the scared women. After the Times story was published, Mark Vincente, a former NXIVM top official has spoken up about a confrontation he had with Mr. Raniere, warning the founder that “whatever [he was] doing,” it was bound to “blow up.”

Source: Time
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