Reader: Dr. Roberts is “outside ethical boundaries” – may be “criminally negligent” for branding women

Reader: Thank you for your exceptionally well written reports on the NXIVM cult, the Jness organization, and now the DOS cult.

The Frank Report is an outstanding public service.

I am writing to offer some feedback on Part 5 (“Branded Slaves and Master Raniere”) dated June 9, 2017. You wrote: “At all times, professional medical decorum is observed. While the other women are naked, Dr. Roberts, as a licensed medical professional, remains fully dressed during the branding procedure.”

There is no such thing as “professional medical decorum” in the context of a procedure that veers dangerously outside the ethical boundaries of acceptable medical conduct. Human branding violates the Osteopathic Oath that Dr. Danielle Roberts took as a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. That oath reads in part: “I will be ever vigilant in aiding in the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession.” A cardinal principle in contemporary medical education is “do no harm.” The negative ramifications of human branding are well documented and there simply are no beneficial health outcomes to this kind of mutilation.

The fact that Dr. Danielle Roberts is allegedly a member of and participates in the DOS cult of sexual slavery is highly problematic in and of itself. Furthermore, any doctor that deliberately brands a woman who is “forcibly held down and who asked her to stop the branding procedure” is criminally negligent and bears responsibility for willful medical malpractice and misconduct. Assuming the above can be proven through evidentiary testimony, this abhorrent practice stands in direct contravention to the mission and spirit of Dr. Roberts’ medical education.

Thanks for your excellent investigative reporting.

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Hunt this woman down and brand her…. with the initials of K R – for Keith Raniere.
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Dr. Roberts did human branding.
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Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack are women who believe in female pubic branding.
This artist conception of Dr. Danielle Roberts as a ‘mad doctor’ and slave to Master Raniere. She took a lifetime vow of obedience.


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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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