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Women claiming they were branded by secret organization

October 20, 2017 07:25 PM

ALBANY -- For Sarah Edmondson, branding women in a secret society may look to the public like a sorority gone wrong with a group of crazy women. But that's not the case at all.

"I want to be very clear. If Lauren had asked me would you like to have Keith and Allyson's initials carved into your pubic area with a cauterizing iron as a part of a woman's group. Do you think I would have consented to that? No," She said.

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But Edmondson, who lives in Vancouver, said it was a long process that culminated into the day when she was branded with the initials of NXIVM's leader Keith Raniere as a tribute to him. The Canadian actress has worked in the film industry for two decades. She joined NXIVM in 2005, an organization that says it provides training and educational tools for corporations and people.

"The good in it is there are tools in this program that helped me tremendously," Edmondson said.

And that's how they lure you in, according to Edmondson. But she started noticing the bad after hearing rumors for many years. She said women were asked for collateral to join a sisterhood called DOS, which she said may stand for Dominant Over Submissive. She said some women gave dangerous material to be part of the exclusive group, collateral that would be released publicly if they didn't stay quiet.

"She had asked me to bring her the deed to my condo here in Vancouver with her name on it notarized by a lawyer. Which she said of course we never use that. It's to help you keep your word and stay to your path being committed to your growth," Edmondson said. "Nude photos of themselves, nude videos of themselves and damaging information that could ruin their entire lives,"

She said some women participated in a brain wave study were they were shown violent images and videos inside a building in Halfmoon. Over time, she said, all the lies and deceit culminated into a big wake up moment, she knew she had to get out.

"That's the problem. So many people said to me how could you be with this company for so long. How could you let yourself be branded and all of these things. Ultimately it comes down to a very complex mixture of good and bad," Edmondson said. "The biggest reason why I'm doing this is to help people wake up and see they are being line bent. They are frogs in a pot of water and it is boiling and it's time to jump out."

Edmondson finally left the organization in June of 2017. She's going through her healing process. She said because of the indoctrination and brainwashing for so many years, many women are still hanging on to the program.

"They think they are part of something noble and that they're building character and they're going to be strong like men and it takes branding and personal pain to overcome those things we've experienced as women, to break out of our little princess bubble," she said.

Governor Cuomo's office released this statement:

"The allegations in this article are disturbing. Counsel's Office will be reviewing this matter to determine if applicable laws, regulations, and procedures were followed by the agencies cited in this report and that review will determine if further action is warranted."

NXIVM released an official statement on its website:

"Recently a media outlet unfoundedly, and incorrectly, linked NXIVM corporation, its founder and its related companies, with a social group. The allegations relayed in the story are built upon sources, some of which are under criminal investigation or already indicted, who act as a coordinated group. This story might be a criminal product of criminal minds who, in the end, are also hurting the victims of the story.

Unfortunately, this media outlet fell prey to these coordinated, criminal efforts. NXIVM was not able to participate in this story because it painfully held true to the due process of our free world justice system.

We will explore any and all legal remedies to correct these lies.

NXIVM is a professional business providing educational tools, coaching and trainings to corporations and people from all walks of life. For nearly 20 years, the company has provided these tools to over 16,000 individuals in over 30 countries. NXIVM works with some of the world's leading companies, CEOs, and world leaders, as well as many others, with great success. Anonymous surveys suggest the satisfaction rate of NXIVM's clients is over 95%, and an extensive psychological study conducted over the past 10 years demonstrates extraordinary psychological benefits and results.

NXIVM spearheaded a three-time Emmy nominated peace ceremony in the Central American and Caribbean games, which also won ten Telly Awards. NXIVM has documented an initial case study of ten individuals suffering from Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disease known to be incurable, who were able to radically reduce, and in some cases completely eradicate, their symptoms.

In the area of child development, NXIVM has achieved a scientific innovation with hundreds of children experiencing a multicultural upbringing, many who speak between 7 and 13 distinct languages fluently. With college students, NXIVM education significantly raised moral decision capacity and had an increase in intelligence performance compared to a placebo. Also, throughout the years NXIVM has upheld the judicial system and supported victims of natural disasters, kidnapping and personal loss.

NXIVM firmly believes in human empowerment, excellence, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

NXIVM firmly opposes and condemns violence, victimhood, dishonor and abuse. And NXIVM firmly opposes any criminal products from criminal minds."

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Dan Bazile

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