–First published on November 12, 2013
“When our in-house inquiry shows that an outside, independent investigation was warranted, we asked our attorney to hire a third-party private investigation firm to conduct the interview with you and 15 other witnesses that were related to the original time period”
– JZ Knight’s manager Mike Wright explaining RSE’s rape protocol to a woman who reported that she was raped during an RSE event, by an RSE employee.
John Michael “Mike” Wright wears many hats for JZ Knight’s business interests.
Wright is Legal Affairs Liaison for JZ Knight’s corporation, JZK Inc. He is Product Sales and Services Manager for JZK’s Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE). He was Director and Vice President of Knight’s 2007 investment scam, RSE International, Inc. He also teaches classes at RSE.
He starred in a JZK video, directed by JZ Knight herself.
Mike Wright says he has been following Knight’s teachings for over twenty years. By how he responds to reported rape, Wright appears to have learned them well.
JZ Knight teaches that there is no right or wrong, and that people “create their own reality.”
“Creating reality” means that crime victims are to blame for what happens to them—not the criminal. The victims brought it on themselves, through some kind of bizarre karmic need.
So crime victims deserve no compassion or help. Not even children.
Since he has been such a devoted student of her teachings, JZ Knight has apparently assigned Mike Wright additional duties, as well.
RSE Has Its Own Rape Policy and Procedures
Mike Wright currently administers RSE’s rape policy and procedures when an on-premise rape is reported to management.
Wright’s credentials for such a task are unclear.
According to ex-Knight followers, rape was not that unusual at RSE—particularly after wine ceremonies.
Until five years ago, this kind of managerial responsibility had been assigned to JZ Knight’s succession of live-in lovers.
It may seem unusual for a business to have an internal policy for handling violent crimes on the premise, that doesn’t include calling the police and letting them handle it.
But JZ Knight is a sovereignist, and her RSE cult is run on sovereignist beliefs—fear and hatred of the government. At RSE, she replaces the outside world’s criminal justice system with one of her own.
Her brainwashed followers accept it without question. They believe that JZ Knight is all wise and all knowing.
They move to Thurston County from all over the world, because she has convinced them that this is one of the few places where they can be safe. Her ways cannot be questioned.
The Seven Page Letter: RSE Rape Protocol under James Flick
Prior to Mike Wright, the RSE rape protocol was handled by James Flick.
Flick was an RSE manager and JZ’s live-in boyfriend until he left her five years ago for another woman.
Although James Flick left JZ Knight in 2008, the State of Washington reports that Flick still runs his own two businesses out of RSE’s address.
About a decade ago, a Knight follower sent a seven-page letter to James Flick. It was neatly handwritten on nice stationary.
The letter reported the rape of a sixteen year old girl at RSE.
The letter detailed how the writer’s (then) boyfriend had raped a sixteen year old girl at RSE, after a wine ceremony. The victim was known to be shy and quiet, and apparently had no parents or family to help her.
As far as anyone knew, she did not report the rape to the police.
This teen rape became common knowledge among Knight’s followers at the time. Soon after the letter, James Flick put the accused teen rapist’s name up on the staff board, meaning that he was no longer welcome at RSE events.
As far as anyone knew, that was the extent of JZ Knight’s concern over that particular rape report.
Past RSE students recall that this teen rape occurred about a year or two after the notorious “rape trial” by JZ Knight. The Seattle Times reported that in-house trial was the result of the rape report of a different (and younger) teenage girl, and different rapists who were also RSE students.
The Seattle Times reported that the fifteen year old victim had also written a letter to Knight about her assailants.
In this prior teen rape case, JZ Knight presided over her own in-house court proceeding, which took place at an RSE wine ceremony in front of about 800 witnesses.
The first teen rape went on to an actual trial, for real, in Lewis County. JZ Knight later said she had no recollection of her in-house trial at the RSE wine ceremony, explaining that she had been in a trance at the time.
Some of Knight’s ex-followers have speculated that JZ didn’t hold a second in-house trial for this subsequent teen rape, because of how reports of her earlier teen rape trial were distributed in the press, and ridiculed in commentaries.
Apparently, the RSE rape protocol under James Flick did not involve bringing in any outside private investigators and lawyers.
That process apparently changed when Mike Wright took over that responsibility.
RSE Rape Protocol, under Mike Wright
According to Mike Wright, the current RSE rape protocol begins with in-house investigations—which he supervises himself.
If Wright deems it necessary, his rape investigations involve JZK attorneys, third-party private investigators, and interrogation of the accuser by one of their attorneys.
Because of my research into JZ Knight and RSE, I have been interrogated three times by a JZK attorney. Then I faced a judge for JZK’s accusations of my contempt of court—with a smirking Mike Wright in attendance each time.
I have never set foot anywhere near RSE, and I felt violated enough. I couldn’t imagine how a rape victim would feel.
But “Diane,” a woman who stated that she was raped at RSE—and who was actually dragged through Wright’s bizarre procedures—described to me very well how degrading it felt. Including the interrogation by JZ’s female lawyer.
Mike Wright also states that his investigation required interviews of fifteen witnesses.
He didn’t say what happens if there are fewer than fifteen witnesses to a reported rape.
But apparently rounding up “witnesses” isn’t a problem for Mike Wright and his RSE rape protocol. He doesn’t appear to require his witnesses to have actually seen or heard the crime. They just need to have an opinion about it.
Diane told me that among Wright’s fifteen “witnesses” was an RSE student who said that, since Diane was a lesbian, she should experience sex with a man under any circumstance—even rape.
The rape had been Diane’s only such experience.
There is No Right or Wrong
For all of its grim detail, the RSE rape protocol fails to include any concern for the victim.
Because JZ Knight teaches her followers that there is no right or wrong. According to Knight’s Ramtha—The White Book, not even murder is wrong.
Knight also teaches that people create their own reality. That means if something terrible happens to you, you made it happen. You wanted it to happen; you needed it to happen.
In a past life, for instance, a rape victim must have raped someone else. Same with any victim of any crime.
According to JZ Knight, this lifetime exists to experience what you lacked in past lives. You’re simply fulfilling your core curriculum, on the road to enlightenment.
JZ Knight teaches that anyone’s life is simply an immaterial blip in the big picture. Any terrible crime against you in any one lifetime—even being murdered—is unimportant, in the long run. After all, you’ll have thousands and thousands of lifetimes to work it all out.
So criminals and their sympathizers are never to feel guilty, in JZ Knight’s world. It’s all just part of creating your reality.
She also teaches that the closest truth we have is our fantasies.
JK Knight has her followers sign secrecy oaths—her “Condition of Participation,” when they come to her school. These contracts are in place until twenty-one years after Knight’s death.
JZ Knight’s ex-followers have told me that they were afraid to report a crime while at RSE because they thought it might violate their secrecy oath.
They were afraid of getting sued by Knight. Even if they were the crime victims.
It is common sense that if someone truly believes JZ Knight’s teachings—that there is no right or wrong, and the closest truth we have is our fantasies—then at a certain point, things will start to go awry.
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