An upcoming A&E series is on its way. It’s called, Cults and Extreme Belief, and in it, it features a preview of some of America’s most bizarre organizations.
It comes at a time when the nation is obsessed with the ideology of Scientology, a belief widely criticized by Hollywood, the intelligentsia, and the public, in general.
Moreover, it also comes around the same time as the charges against Allison Mack, who supposedly attempted to trick women into joining a sex cult, NXIVM.
The group’s leader, Keith Raniere, is in a lot of trouble, considerably more than Allison, as he is the supposed chief-in-command of the enterprise. However, Allison has found herself in the cross-fire, because as it was mentioned above, she played a role in the recruitment process.
One former member of the group, Elizabeth Vargas, said to reporters that it was like an “indoctrination process.” She said, “I was like, ‘wow, I’m not obedient enough.'”
Another person, Mark Vicente, claims that women had to have sex with their leader for “their growth,” and many of them even signed lifelong pledges.
The pledges stated they must sleep with him for the rest of their lives. Moreover, Raniere, as a part of the brainwashing process, would kiss them on their lips without consent.
Back in 1998, Raniere first began the organization as a “self-help course,” and made millions of dollars as he “helped” people around the world.
And this all began last March when the authorities finally nabbed him on sex trafficking charges including things like forced branding, assault, as well as blackmail. And while most are appalled by the organizations, others have wondered how people get sucked into such a situation as if they have no choice or free will to exit at any time. Either way, this is just another part of the #MeToo allegations to come out in recent months.