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Women say they were branded, traumatized by group's doctors

October 20, 2017
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Women say they were branded and traumatized by doctors in a secretive New York group, and state officials say they'll review why authorities didn't act sooner on the women's reports.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) said Friday officials also will examine whether the women's complaints warrant an investigation now.

The action comes after The New York Times reported on complaints about a group affiliated with the self-help organization NXIVM (NEX'-ee-uhm), based in suburban Albany. NXIVM calls the women's complaints "lies."

One woman says she was held down and branded by a female doctor during an initiation ritual. Another says she was traumatized when a male doctor forced her to watch violent film clips while a machine recorded her brainwaves.

The women say state medical regulators declined to act when they complained over the summer.



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