Raniere’s ‘Joyful’ Raping of 12-Year-Old Destroyed Her Childhood, But She Made a Brave Comeback

Rhiannon was 12 years old when Keith Raniere began tutoring her.

He who has the most joy wins.

In 2012, the Albany Times Union published a series of articles on Keith Alan Raniere, which help explain his teachings about joy.

In one of these [In Raniere’s Shadow], a 33-year-old woman claimed Raniere enjoyed sexual encounters with her when she was 12.

He was 30 at the time of the encounters. The legal age of consent in New York is 17.

The Times Union reported that the girl [whose first name is Rhiannon] was “a 12-year-old with feathered bangs and long blond hair …  Her mother was a saleswoman for Raniere’s members-only buying club, Consumers’ Buyline Inc…”

Photo of 12-year-old Rhiannon.

The Times Union continued: “When Raniere offered free tutoring, the girl’s mother jumped at the opportunity. At the same time…one of Raniere’s longtime girlfriends, Pamela Cafritz, hired her to walk a dog twice a day”.

Keith Raniere at the time he had joy [statutorily] raping Rhiannon.
The late Pamela Cafritz had a Cocker Spaniel named Jack. Cafritz died of renal cancer in 2016. 


Pamela Cafritz found women and girls for Keith Raniere to mentor.

The Times Union continues:

“Cafritz encouraged the girl’s visits to the townhouse she and Raniere shared with other women. And Raniere showered the girl with attention. She said he urged her to talk about her life. He gave her a necklace — a heart with a stone in it….

[Mr. Raniere] told her she hugged like a child, her arms wrapped around him but her hips pushed away.

He taught her to hug the way adults do, pelvis-to-pelvis.

He took her virginity.

The girl liked being able to hang out with Raniere and the women around him. She thought sex was just part of fitting in.

“They told me I was smart and took an interest in me; they let me spend every afternoon at their house,” she said. “… I was perfect picking… To have someone that mature and that well thought of to be interested in me, it was flattering. I was young, inexperienced, overwhelmed, out of my league.”…


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3 Flintlock Lane, the townhouse where Raniere is alleged to have raped Rhiannon

The Times Union continues:

“Raniere [had] sex with her not only in his townhouse but in empty offices, in an elevator and in a broom closet at the plaza that housed Consumers’ Buyline, she said.

But after several months and about 60 sexual encounters with Raniere, she said, her emotions had changed. She started skipping school and running away from home. He lived nearby, and as her uncertainty about the relationship grew, she didn’t feel safe at home.”

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Raniere brought Rhiannon to Consumers’ Buyline’s offices in Clifton Park where he allegedly raped her on numerous occasions.


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Consumers’ Buyline’s offices were on the second floor.  Raniere got a lift while enjoying sex with 12-year old Rhiannon in the elevator, she claimed.

Defenders of Raniere said Rhiannon was paid by the Times Union to make up the story.

However, according to a deposition Rhiannon signed in 1993, she told New York State Police that she had “sexual intercourse with a man named Keith Raniere” some 19 years before the Times Union story was published.

Rhiannon [then 15] told police the sexual intercourse “occurred when I was approximately 12-13 years old and occurred either at Keith’s townhouse at 3 Flintlock Lane, Clifton NY or his business located at Rome Plaza, Clifton Park, NY.”

The Times Union published a copy of the police report.

Here it is:

police report

The Times Union continues:

“[Rhiannon] refused to wear a wire and confront Raniere to capture incriminating statements…

The girl didn’t want to see Raniere again and didn’t think he would fall for a police plan to have her wear a wire…

“He took my innocence,” she said. “I can never get that back.”

The Times Union spoke with Rhiannon’s mother:

Her mother confirms the story….  [Rhiannon] now a mother herself, [is] raising children with her husband in the Capital Region…

A school district document also published in the Times Union provides further evidence that Rhiannon didn’t make up the story in 2012.

school report 1

The school document confirms Rhiannon ran away from home, was placed in a detention center for three years, contracted Hodgkins Disease and underwent treatment with radiation and chemotherapy. Rhiannon is one of the numerous women who contracted cancer after being enjoyed by Mr. Raniere.

The school report continues:

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Frank Report is investigating allegations that Raniere raped at least four other girls ages 12-15 between 1990-1993. One girl, who was 14 at the time, told Frank Report that Raniere – her tutor –- had sex with her. [More on this story later].

To summarize:

Raniere offered to privately tutor Rhiannon who was 12.

At the same time, Raniere’s roommate, Pam Cafritz, hired Rhiannon to walk her dog.

Rhiannon was raped some 60 times, she claims.  To enhance his joy, he sought out unique places to rape Rhiannon, such as broom closets and elevators, as well as in the comfort of his own home.  Rhiannon eventually became disturbed and frightened and ran away from home.

Raniere continued to enjoy other women and possibly other underage girls.

Rhiannon was placed in a detention center, contracted blood cancer, received chemo and radiation treatment, and returned home when she was 16. She claimed it took her 20 years for her to recover from being raped by Raniere. She was another female associated with Raniere who contracted cancer.

For his part, Raniere went on to become a teacher of ethics, and founder of Nxivm, calling himself Vanguard, and enjoying sexual encounters with female students. Some of these claim they also ran away from him in terror.

“He who has the most joy wins,” said Raniere.

For a time he seemed to have had a lot more joy than Rhiannon. When it came to joy,  Raniere was often the winner.

But his joy ran out. Karma caught up with him. Raniere was arrested for sex trafficking and other crimes on March 26, 2018, some 27 years after he raped Rhiannon.

‘Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceedingly small.’

Raniere was convicted by a jury of his peers in Brooklyn federal court after a six week trial on June 19, 2019.  He found that it is not ‘he who has the most joy wins,’ but ‘he who gives the most joy wins.’ That’s what the fool forgets and why Keith Alan Raniere is in federal custody now and likely to be there for the rest of his life.

He gave a lot of women a lot of joy on that day, which some have called Vangone Day.

He will be sentenced on Thursday, April 16, 2020.  By law, he will get at least 15 years and probably longer for the crimes he was convicted of committing.

He was never convicted for raping Rhiannon and other girls. He was not convicted of many of his worst crimes, crimes that stole the joy away from many people.  The prosecution proposed that Rhiannon testify at the trial of Raniere, as a witness to his character. His crimes against her are well beyond the statute of limitations.

Raniere’s lawyers opposed her appearance as prejudicial and the judge sided with the defense.  Rhiannon, though willing to testify to what happened to her when she was 12, never got to face the monster and reveal who he was to her.

Perhaps she will find some joy in the fact that she had the courage to go on the record with the Times Union in 2012,  along with Heidi Hutchinson and her sister, Gina’s friend, also named Gina, and expose Raniere for his pedophilia.

And again, in 2019,  she was willing to face the monster. Rhiannon was one of the brave ones.

Perhaps she will be there to make a statement when Raniere is sentenced on April 16, 2020.

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3 years ago

Sadly, Parlato supports Trump who is also a sexual predator.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago

Rhiannon (and others) can possibly bring a civil suit under the “lookback window” built into the new NY State law resetting the timeframe (statute of limitations) for statutory rape.

Camila Fernandez and other underage victims may also be entitled to file a civil complaint at this time.

Please consult a NY attorney, however, for the details.

And God Bless you all!

3 years ago

The Look Back window expires in August, 2020 so for anyone to use it TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago

Thanks for looking that up, Shadow. Good news, still time.

Must be a hungry shark or two swimming in these murky blog backwaters who would take on these high profile cases to help the truest, most innocent NX victims — since the NDNY and NYS criminal justice system apparently flatlined.

Rhiannon deserves her day in court.

Realize you’re swamped, Frank, but maybe you can play attorney/client matchmaker again?

K.R. Claviger
3 years ago

There are two pieces of pending legislation in New York State that may change the August 2020 deadline. One would extend it for another year – and the other would extend it permanently.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago
Reply to  K.R. Claviger

Thank you, Clav. IDK where you’re licensed but I do know that you would hands down be the best attorney to rep these women…gotta love the poetic justice in that scenario!

If someone wants to reach you to explore her options, how might she do so?

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

Most of them probably can’t afford a civil lawsuit.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

Tell ya what, Schlocker, how’s about you start a ‘go fund me’ for the little ladies and we’ll see if you don’t reroute the $$ the way you rerouted AMWAY “scam” tools on your competitors…oh, allegedly, I mean.

Yolanda Cortez
Yolanda Cortez
3 years ago

The point is female emplacement. She made the choice to be mentored and made the choice to Leave. Why blame Keith?

3 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda Cortez

Yolanda, aka Nicki:

Legally speaking, a person under the age of consent can not consent to sexual relations.
This law is designed to prevent adults from taking advantage of inexperienced children.
A 12-year-old child is not as experienced and mature as an 18-year-old adult.
Adults have an obligation to protect children and not exploit them.

It’s a good law and I support it.

People will have enough time to enjoy sexual relations after they attain the age of consent.

3 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda Cortez

‘Female Emplacement’ kudos for coming with your most meaningless phrase yet.
Your concepts are asinine like a Kenny G tune. You channel a mediocre svengali.

3 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda Cortez

Yolanda, she was 12. The reasoning and judgment centers of the brain do not fully mature until the mid twenties. Stop with the excuses. Your vanguard is a pedophile, a grifter and a lowlife, sleazebag word salad spewing piece of trash (with all apologies to rubbish).

If you still want to follow that piece of shit, but funds are tight, let me know. I have a 90lb dog who poops a lot, and due to his propensity to counter surf, eats all sorts of stuff. I can send you some colorful dogshit that smells just as bad as Keith at a fraction of the price of his teachings.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

Rhiannon was only brave when it didn’t count. Will she sue Raniere in civil court? Is she part of Glazer’s lawsuit?

3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

The RICO statute goes back only some twenty years.
These rapes occurred thirty years ago.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago

The new New York State law allows people to sue for a much longer time period than 20 years in the past.

3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Johnson

On behalf of civilized society, you are such a tool.

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago

I hope Keith is reading all this in jail, both the civil lawsuit that exposes all of the inner workings of the scam and this, the Frank Report. I almost feel like making copies of this article and other articles and sending them to him at his NY jail.

He needs to be sitting in jail totally confronted by his acts. It’s just still almost unbelievable one man could do all this bad in the world when he could have used the Heiress money for good.

“I just want to help people.”

Well, that greedy ship has sailed and you can’t even now help yourself. Over-turned on appeal? No, see the Heiress money bought you the top attorneys so you can’t argue a bad defense was given to you. You had the best attorneys and now you know you are too evil to even be helped by them.

Remember there are no victims and you can choose joy! Even in prison with Bubba. Hey! The Heiress money might do you some good. Fill up Bubba’s commissary account every month, don’t be late, and you might gain a little close one-on-one protection from all your haters in your new home, you worthless predator.

3 years ago

I think the cancer connection is intersecting.

Scott Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Intersecting or interesting?

Pea Onyu
Pea Onyu
3 years ago

She is clearly a mature young girl. Society has condemned this action and made Keith a villain. Even when she ran from his mentoring it was because of society. Not because she thought it was bad. Keith has everything to give her. He wanted to mentor a virgin. If she had stayed she might have been his successor.

Balls of Fire
Balls of Fire
3 years ago
Reply to  Pea Onyu

Looking for SHOCK reactions? Outraged responses? Well the article is shocking enough….and all the rage goes to the predator who this article is about.

3 years ago
Reply to  Pea Onyu

Rhiannon’s subsequent problems clearly show that she was not yet ready for sex.
Any adult realizes that a 12-year-old girl is not as mature as an 18-year-old young woman.

Pea, you should be very proud of the fact that Wikipedia has named your spouse, Allison Pimp Mack, as one of the Great American Criminals of the 21st Century. Right next to Bernie Madoff and the Mad Pooper of Colorado.

Category:21st-century American criminals

Allison Mack
The Mad Pooper
Bernie Madoff

While we’re on the subject of your spouse Allison, please tell me if the commenter Ryanne S. is Allison.
Since you clearly hate Allison there is no further need to protect her.
Pea Onyu
October 7, 2018 at 9:13 pm
Tell me, troll, are you paid to post here or are you a true believer? Is your name a tribute to Ayn Rand or to the moon Goddess Rhiannon, who well serviced our Vanguard in her youthful splendor?

Ryanne S
October 7, 2018 at 9:59 pm
I don’t know Pea because I’m not the inventor of this dumb name Alison is the one who chose it, so ask her!
Who is Rhiannon?, I’ve heard that name .mentioned before.
But Pea, you may finally be right about something! How about THAT Captain Shadow!!
Finally, Pea gets something correct!!

Ryanne S
October 7, 2018 at 11:26 pm
And Johnny B Dumb, I would ask all readers to tell you to go fuck yourself with a pointy stick dipped in hot sauce, sitting in a room filled with nude pictures of Clare.
But you may enjoy that too much!!
Two Days later Ryanne S. engaged in this conversation:

October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm
To the CREATURE CALLING THEMSELF RYANNE S. YOU LOST BITCH. I usually don’t use language like this but that’s between me and God. Whether pretending to be someone else or this is who you really are I don’t care, please write an awesome response I won’t bother to be back to read it. If you are A than your kid/kids should be removed .

Ryanne S
October 9, 2018 at 11:24 pm
Anon who needs bannin’:
What did I lose? Bitch.
As usual you were very unclear, you said I lost something, but you are either too passive aggressive too stupid to tell me what you think I lost.

“If I am A, my kids should be removed?’ I’m going to assume you meant a mother.
Its pretty strange how my posts would make you say that, cuz just think of all the vile and shitty things all these crazy fuckers have been posting here for months.
Yeah.. I’ve been reading it all. Did you ever say anything to those asshole, Miss shit-for- brains anon?
But I insulted YOU , and since you’re the most specialist person here, so now the police should take my kids away to vindicate poor insulted anon??

“If you are A, then your kid/kids should be removed .”

Pea Onyu, aka Nicki

Didn’t Allison Mack pledge her children as collateral if she ever left NXIVM?

Is “A” or “Ryanne S.” your loving spouse Allison Mack?

Pea,you no longer need to protect Allison Mack.
We know you hate her for all the nasty things she did to you.

Nicki Clyne Was Led Down a Dark Road by Allison Mack

3 years ago
Reply to  Pea Onyu

Stop justifying pedophilia. It’s obscene, and Pea, you’re just gross.

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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