It wasn’t until December 2020 that Jessica Joan from Los Angeles, California, revealed her identity to the world, giving a face and a name to the “Jane Doe 2” listed in the NXIVM chief’s arrest warrant, Keith Raniere.
Raniere was arrested in 2018 and later sentenced on charges of racketeering conspiracy and sex trafficking. He is now six months after the start of his 120-year prison term. His organization had been presented to new members as a “self-help group,” but testimony from female members of his secret society, known as “DOS” or “The Vow,” revealed to the court that its purpose was actually attracting women. through strategic manipulation. Some ended up being marked with his initials engraved in their flesh.
Joan, in an interview with Fox News this week, confirms that she managed to escape DOS before being introduced to the company’s branding ritual. She came out, but the scars remain.
“Oh, it was essentially my worst nightmare that came to life,” recalls Los Angeles model and actress Joan of the day she learned that NXIVM was not what it was advertised. It was a “special assignment” given to her by former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack that triggered her abrupt exit, she said.
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Joan alleges to Fox News that Mack’s assignment, who she said was her “grandmaster” in DOS (she claims India Oxenberg was her “master”), gave her a purpose: “to seduce Keith”.
“It was horrible then. It was a very serious level of betrayal because I trusted Allison. We have built a friendship. The mission was to help solve all my problems related to sexual abuse in the past. She was going to put me in a situation and then create a prejudice on a prejudice that I already had at the time, ”she said.
Joan does not want to detail her departure from DOS and the NXIVM organization yet. But when Fox News asked her if she hopes Mack will one day get jail time, her hope is that justice will be served.
“You know, it’s like being in limbo,” Joan said while awaiting Mack’s conviction. “I don’t know a person who thinks being in limbo is fun. That’s the best way to describe it. I really can’t wait for that day to happen and to have another door of this closure and really be able to put it behind me. “
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Mack is currently under house arrest at her parents’ home in California. She pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of California declined to comment when asked if the ongoing pandemic was the reason Mack has not yet received a conviction date. However, the office confirmed that no date had been set.
“I think until it’s done he’s still in the air,” Joan continued. “I can’t wait for this to end.”
Raniere’s conviction was the second in the case which saw five co-defendants on trial. In addition to the disgraced NXIVM frontman and Mack, there were Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman, and her mother, Nancy Salzman. A month before Raniere’s conviction, Bronfman was sentenced to almost seven years in prison for her involvement.
Joan thanked Judge Nicholas Garaufis for overseeing the case carefully.
“He was truly amazing. I have confidence in the judge and the people involved. I believe justice will prevail.”
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On April 20, 2021, it was three years to the day that Mack was handcuffed. While the day is the one Joan says “definitely not a holiday or something that’s on my calendar”, she is often remembered by reports.
“I am really aware when these things happen. For me it is a reminder of the evils that exist in the world and the importance of not losing sight and trusting our instincts and intuition,” she declared.
While some familiar with the case have questioned whether Mack herself was a victim of Raniere, Joan acknowledges that “to some extent everyone has been.”
However, she believes Mack “must be held responsible, and she was also an abuser.”
Joan first revealed her identity in an on-camera interview with CBS News in December. She described her release as Jane Doe 2 as “a release.”
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“It was like you’re a big balloon and you’re about to jump and I just needed to grab a little pin and squeeze out some air,” she described. “I really needed it for myself and for my own feeling, to just let it out.”
Today Joan is surrounded by a support system in Los Angeles. She also strives to stay steady on the road to recovery.
“My process is just to set intentions every day to be the best version of myself, to be gentle with myself, to practice self-love and sometimes it can feel like crying, sometimes it can be. a journal, sometimes it can be spending time in nature. I’m patient with myself and just focus on kindness, ”she said.
In addition, the model describes himself as someone who has always been an “eager seeker” to improve himself. This is what attracted her to NXIVM’s appeal since its inception in 2016 when she started following the organization’s executive success programs.
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“I had a really traumatic childhood,” she shared. “I’ve always been a researcher wanting to do my own personal development and feelings to sort out these things. That was definitely the appeal, especially since it was based under the guise of a humanitarian personal development program. “
Joan expected the NXIVM program to help her reach “my highest potential”. Although she did not fully receive this, she left – literally – with lifelong friends she met during her stay.
“One of the things about NXIVM and this whole experience is that they’ve really been successful in attracting some really amazing people. I think that’s one of the most sinister and unhappy parts of it all. “They were really preying on good, generous people who wanted to help others. There are definitely friends that I made in this area who will be lifelong friends,” she said.
Joan is currently working on a book that she plans to self-publish next August. He will tackle NXIVM, but his focus will extend far beyond his experiences there.
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She is also in the midst of a redesign of her podcast, “The Untouchable Jessica Joan”. She plans to release new episodes next month.
“It will be about the trauma, how I got over it and also different tools that I will share with other people who have helped me in the hope that it will help them,” she said. about his book.
Luckily for Joan, who revealed she had received EDMR rather than cult deprogramming therapy on the advice of therapists, she uses everything she learned from her trauma to do what she always wanted to do. : face his traumas head-on, and in turn. , help others.
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“One of the things I’m really grateful for is because I had such a traumatic and chaotic childhood, having this smart street and what allowed me to overcome and persevere with this NXIVM experience. So luckily, even though it was a tragic situation, I don’t feel in a tragic space at all. “
Mack’s attorneys did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
To learn more about Joan and her story, check out the “The Untouchable Jessica Joan” podcast.
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