These watching HBO’s The Vow are getting a really completely different perspective of NXIVM than that of the intercourse slavery cult it has been portrayed as within the media since founder Keith Raniere was indicted on expenses of intercourse trafficking in 2018.
Over the course of the nine-episode documentary collection, we’re listening to from many key gamers of the highly effective group, together with documentary director Mark Vicente, his spouse Bonnie Piesse, distinguished recruiter Sarah Edmondson, and her husband, Anthony “Nippy” Ames, the pinnacle of Society of Protectors (SOP).
From our transient introduction to Nippy, he is already seeming to be a captivating character. So, the place is he at the moment, and are he and Sarah nonetheless collectively? Hold studying.
Why did Nippy depart NXIVM?
However Nippy may not even have left NXIVM if it hadn’t been for his spouse Sarah getting herself simply barely deeper into the group than she had wished to. Sarah, who Nippy met on the 2006 NXIVM V-Week and tied the knot with in 2013 (recycling the vows that Keith had written for Mark and Bonnie), was finally invited to hitch certainly one of NXIVM’s most unique women-only secret society: DOS.
DOS, which is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase “dominus obsequious sororium,” was probably the most secretive of NXIVM’s subgroups, and mockingly, maybe the one which’s finest identified at the moment. A 2017 New York Occasions exposé revealed that DOS required ladies to take a lifetime vow to the group — giving their very own extremely delicate collateral to hitch — then have been stripped bare, blindfolded, and branded with a logo that mixed the initials of founder Keith Raniere, and DOS chief Allison Mack, the Smallville actress who served as Keith’s second in command.
When Sarah informed her husband concerning the branding and the way uncomfortable she was feeling about having joined DOS, Nippy stood by her and determined to go away NXIVM and SOP endlessly.
Earlier than in the end chopping off all contact with NXIVM, he tried to confront Keith, Nancy Salzman, and her daughter Lauren Salzman, asking them to cease collaborating within the abuse of girls.