Susan Dones: Stand With Fists, Not Cowardice

Susan Dones

By Susan Dones;

Not many know that Toni Natalie was trapped in her bid to file bankruptcy for eight years because of Keith Raniere. He caused her bankruptcy in the first place.

Nancy Salzman and Kristin Keeffe also came after her, one after another, filing one suit after another, and intervening in her bankruptcy. That led Toni’s parents into bankruptcy in an attempt to spend all their money to defend their daughter.  In her parents’ bankruptcy, Nancy and Kristin came after Toni’s parents.

That’s just one lawsuit, eight years, spent on one lawsuit. Finally, the bankruptcy judge threw their lawsuits and claims against Toni out of court saying it appeared to be a jealous lover {Raniere’s] attempt at revenge.

Regardless of that win, the financial and emotional damage and torture still took place.

There were/are still plots within the inner circle of NXIVM of what to do with defectors and those that are still in that are now defiant. Overall, the plans are ineffective and mostly set up to scare the weak willed.

Those that have a strong foundation cannot and will not be silenced and will stand, as Gandhi did, in the face of great danger. We are the ones who want to be the change in the world —  and see this madness stopped!

If you’re an ex-member of NXIVM, don’t let lawsuits over-worry you. Since the NXIVM playbook is now well-known, there is help. Working together, there is a refinement on how to beat NXIVM in court and expose their lies – and help lies with a team of people who will work together to help with any defense against these aggressors.


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5 years ago

Thank you Susan and Toni, for bravely paving the way for the rest of us.

5 years ago

What makes a cult? These are the definitions and, yes, Keith’s enterprises are A Cult.

• Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.

• No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.

• No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.

• Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.

• There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.

• Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.

• There are records, books, news articles, or broadcast reports that document the abuses of the group/leader.

• Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.

• The group/leader is always right.

• The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible

Christine Marie
5 years ago

Great piece

About the Author

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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