Interacting Safely With The Community Online & Offline
A) Independent “Cult”/Personal Risk Identification Resources:
“Events in the last several decades have clearly indicated just how dangerous some religious and secular groups (usually called “cults” by those opposed to them) can be to their own members as well as to anyone else whom they can influence.”
Mind Control – The BITE Model From chapter two of Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, © 2000 by Steven Hassan; published by Freedom of Mind Press, Somerville MA.
B) Internal Community Guidelines:
1) General Safety Awareness:
Real Vampire Community Personal Safety & Privacy Awareness – A sobering message to the participants of the vampire community, By Zero & Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC July 18, 2011 – This article may be redistributed or adopted by other organizations provided there are no modifications and full citation is included. (Lees in Afrikaans)
Real Vampire Community Abuse Awareness Campaign – A message to visitors, newcomers and all those on their paths of discovery. By Zero & Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC April 11, 2011 – This article may be redistributed or adopted by other organizations provided there are no modifications and full citation is included. (Lees in Afrikaans)
2) Community Guidelines:
The Black Veil The Black Veil” (v. 2.0 Plus Information, by Michelle Belanger, with additional info by Sanguinarius) http://www.sanguinarius.org/articles/black_veil_2.shtml
The Totum Lex Vampyrica (TLV) The Totum Lex Vampyrica (Whole Vampyric Law) is also known as: Lex Pro Lamia Populus (Law for the Vampyre Nation). The Totum Lex Vampyrica was written for use in House Valur, and intended to address the unique social structure of South Africa.
The Donor Bill of Rights By Belfazaar Ashantison. This Bill of Rights is to promote the continued safety of the most precious of gifts to us, their life essence. It is suggested that this be signed by both the vampire and the donor on a 30/60/90 day trial basis. (Lees in Afrikaans)
3) Community Definitions:
The Vampi(y)re Declaration of Community This document was released to the international Vampyre Community on 18 January 2011, simultaneously on numerous VC websites and forums. Drafted by Belfazaar Ashantison, Deacon Gray, Octarine Valur, Wraiths and Zerochan. (Lees in Afrikaans)
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
Some claim that being a Vampyre is a religion, or a choice, or a product that can be packaged and sold for profit. The real Vampyre Community by contrast, holds the view that Vampyres are born, and that one who is vampyric may accept or reject their vampyric nature, but that being a Vampyre is beyond our choice.
There are groups which claim to be able to “turn” ordinary people into Vampyres, whether by means of a ritual or other magickal feat. For example, the internet abounds with “rituals” and “spells” intended to transform people into Vampyres. Some offer to send the respondent a special book, a spell kit or a vial of “vampire blood” drawn on the full moon – for a fee of course – and this is supposed to turn the suc- I mean, victim into one of the “undead”. This is of course entirely fraudulent, fake, and casts a bad light on the already dodgy public image of the Vampyre Community.
Further, there are pseudo-spiritual groups run solely with the motive to generate profit from their members, preying on those desperate and gullible enough to want to believe that they really can become Vampyres – or that just subscribing to the group, buying the books and products, adopting the lifestyle or swallowing the liturgy they are spoon-fed really makes it true.
The simple fact is, anyone can claim to be a real Vampyre, but without the basic need of the Vampyre – the need to feed – these poor people are being conned out of their money – and the cults to which they flock are nothing more than an affront to our name, our culture and our nature.
If you are searching for a group to join, please take this into consideration. Real Vampyres know that they cannot turn others into Vampyres. Always make use of these common-sense references when evaluating a group you consider joining.