The Disturbing Secret Society That Targeted Women

The Disturbing Secret Society That Targeted Women

Chloe Seaman
November 8, 2017

Sometimes our desire to be accepted can be preyed upon by others, leaving us vulnerable to manipulation…and worse.

The New York Times recently reported on a secret society for women that masqueraded as a “bad-ass bitch boot camp.” Participants were told the group was created to empower women. Instead, it left many literally branded and psychologically scarred.

That secret sisterhood operated inside Nxivm, a self-help organization with courses they say are “designed to bring about greater self-fulfillment by eliminating psychological and emotional barriers.”

However, underneath the façade of a “self-help group” were extremely disturbing practices.

Below, we highlight some of the red flags this cult exhibited:

1. Admission Meant Blackmail

Women who wanted to join Nxivm’s secret sisterhood were told it was required to give their “master” naked photographs or other compromising material of themselves that would be released if the group’s existence were disclosed.

Tell-tale sign of a cult: A cult leader will tell you horrible things will happen to you if you leave the group.

2. The Group’s Leader Had The Characteristics Of A Cult Leader

The man known within the group as “Vanguard,” was at the middle of this exposure story.

Former members of Nxivm said he was manipulative, had sex with members and urged women to follow near-starvation diets. Also, in the mid-1990s, several state attorneys general investigated a company he was running – called Consumers’ Buyline Inc., – as a suspected pyramid scheme. He and his associates agreed to shut it down.

Further, he states that “he spoke in full sentences by age 1, mastered high school mathematics by 12 and taught himself to play ‘concert level’ piano.”

Tell-tale sign of a cult: The leader is controlling, with narcissistic personality traits.

3. It Was Operated In Secrecy

When Nxivm follower, Soukaina Mehdaoui began to catch on to the secret sorority’s inhumane practices, she contacted Raniere who told her about the branding and how his initials were used as the symbol. After that, panic spread within the group and members were ordered to destroy messages and documents.

Tell-tale sign of a cult: Isolation. Cult leaders don’t want their behavior to be questioned.

Be Careful Who You Trust

One of the most frightening aspects was that women already within the group vouched for the group. This sense of trust for new members ultimately drew them into a dangerous world.

One member of Nxivm, told how shewas recruited by a “rock star” member within the group who mentioned that she had something “really amazing” she wanted to share – something that had been form¬ed as a “force for good.”

Little did the new recruit know what was to come. She was told she would get a small tattoo as initiation into the secret sisterhood and instead was restrained to a table while a female doctor used a cauterizing device to burn a symbol into her flesh!

Let these red flags be a caution to you before becoming involved with any group or organization. While the chances one is a cult may be slim, the women victimized by the secret sorority within Nxivm likely didn’t expect to find themselves in one either.

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.