HBO’s The Vow takes on the chilling actions of NXIVM. Primarily often called a self-help group, NXIVM additionally operated a number of subgroups, together with the children-oriented Rainbow Cultural Backyard. Whereas NXIVM is predominantly related to the intercourse cult DOS, it has additionally been linked to the Rainbow Cultural Backyard, a studying division established by NXIVM founder Keith Raniere in 2006. Given NXIVM’s sullied popularity, Rainbow Cultural Backyard has, unsurprisingly, raised crimson flags through the years. Here is what it was and what we learn about its whereabouts.
In 2006, Raniere, regardless of having no background in training, billed Rainbow Cultural Backyard as a “revolutionary little one growth program selling youngsters’s cultural, linguistic, emotional, bodily, and problem-solving potential.” The kid-care and training group claimed that youngsters, primarily youthful ones, might be taught seven languages without delay by means of its teachings. The concept was to shortly change youngsters’s caretakers, every of whom would converse a distinct language with their assigned little one.
At its peak, the corporate had 11 places all around the globe, together with spots in Mexico and the UK. It was broadly believed to be a chance for Raniere and his coconspirators to generate profits from dad and mom in NXIVM. Its strategy obtained combined reactions from little one growth specialists. Some believed the Rainbow Cultural Backyard wasn’t essentially damaging however had objectives that have been “very troublesome” to attain. In the meantime, others, comparable to child-welfare advocate Joseph O’Hara, frightened this educating strategy would go away youngsters fluent in no language throughout a pivotal developmental time of their lives.
Journalist Frank Parlato, who’s broadly credited as a former NXIVM worker turned whistle-blower, has seemed into Rainbow Cultural Backyard, calling it a “harmful little one experiment.” On certainly one of his posts, one individual utilizing the moniker “Anya” commented about being a former nanny within the group. The individual wrote about how nannies have been instructed to not say no to youngsters and will solely permit them to play with different youngsters in this system. They stated folks working in this system have been “good and optimistic” however fairly secretive. Parlato has additionally reported that some nannies have been “intercourse slaves” for Raniere. In truth, Sara Bronfman, certainly one of NXIVM’s prime financiers, was listed on the UK web site because the chain’s CEO based mostly on reporting from the Miami New Instances.
In line with a lawsuit in opposition to NXIVM management, Rainbow Cultural Backyard was by no means licensed as a day-care supplier. In truth, the Miami college was closed down in 2018 for missing the correct credentials. The training program, as an entire, appeared to thoroughly vanish following NXIVM’s shutdown. Its former web sites are defunct, and it doesn’t have an internet presence as we speak.
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