Annalise. Age: 28.
Giavanna. Age: 26.
Brainwashing and abuse: one woman reveals what it’s really like to be in a cult
The invitation sent by a vivacious actress well-known to TV audiences must have sounded tempting. In it, pretty, blonde Allison Mack — star of the Superman TV series Smallville — encouraged other celebrities to join an all-women self-help and mentoring group. Playing on the feminist values of stars including Emma Watson and singer Kelly Clarkson, year-old Mack was wildly enthusiastic about a 'human development and women's movement' that had done so much for her own personal growth. Pretty, blonde Allison Mack — star of the Superman TV series Smallville — encouraged other celebrities to join an all-women self-help and mentoring group.
Madisyn. Age: 25.
Keith Raniere Nxivm trial: Why it's so hard to stop a cult
One of the principle emotional control techniques is phobia indoctrination: the inculcation of irrational fears to question the authority or the leadership or doctrine as it will result in terrifying negative consequences. With a cult like Daesh that practices extreme acts of violence including beheadings, rapes, executions, and bombings, fear is no longer just a psychologically irrational fear. There is real potential danger.
This news has brought attention to the harsh reality that there are sex cults in America. But if you find out that a loved one might be involved in a cult similar to NXIVM, there are ways to help them. And you hope that your loved one will reach out to you and then you can get them help. But you can not get them help by forcing them to get help.