Readers’ comments on Rank by Colored Sashes


Has this guy [Keith Raniere] come up with anything on his own?

NXIVM is an MLM, the model of which he got from Amway, and its content is a pseudo mix of Scientology, New Age mumbo jumbo, and Ayn Rand’s objectivism.

Even the sashes and ranks based on color with additional stripes are ripped off from graduation ceremonies and martial arts along with the bowing and taking off of shoes prior to a class.



Purple sash- Barbara Jeske (RIP) is deceased, Sara Bronfman-Igtet ‘green’ was on sabbatical after her marriage and birth of her first child. Unknown if she has returned to the flock as an active coach. The others [high ranking green and purple sash] are assumed to all be active based on the Bouchey/Keeffe phone transcript and titles on various ESPIAN/NXIVM related websites.


Artists’s conception: If you sell enough new members into NXIVM you will have a tendency to rise higher in rankings.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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