It could be ordered by anyone. Your parents. Your grandparents. A concerned Aunt or Uncle. Even a co-worker or associate. All it requires is a misunderstanding of one's religious path or behavior, and having access to a certain type of zealot. They are typically required to sign a waiver. After that point, the brutal and dehumanizing process begins.
It's a quiet afternoon, and you're sitting at home. Suddenly, you hear the lock on your front door turn. You get up to see what's happening when the door bursts open. Suprise is often seen as a necessary element, to assist in driving away the evil spirit. This also means that the subject will have no opportunity to reason with the exorcists and defend themselves verbally before the attack begins.
In an instant, your house fills with people, some you might know, some you don't. An exorcist group will often consist of a dozen actual exorcists, and they sometimes bring wives and friends for "spiritual energy".
They surround you, all grabbing whatever part of your body they can reach. Some exorcists avoid blatant physical restraints, such as tying or handcuffing, as that would place them in an even grayer area of the law than they already stand. Instead, other methods such as the mass "laying of hands" or forcing the subject to stay in the center of a pool is employed. These may not seem as severe, until you realize that one is held in that position for over eight hours in an average exorcism.
They're shouting and yelling in some incomprehensible form. Some loudly proclaim "Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus!" While others shout out old Christian hymns at the top of their lungs. Speaking in tongues and ecstatic singing, dancing, and other actions are typical in this grueling ceremony. This at once reinforces the will of the exorcists and serve to frighten and confuse the subject, while ensuring that any form of rational conversation and attempt to explain oneself to the exorcists is impossible.
You attempt to struggle, to fight back, to understand what it the world is happening. That only strengthens their resolve. Cursing, shouting, and struggling against the exorcists is taken as a confirmation of the demonic possesion. Any attempt to dissuade the exorcists from their course of action is considered mental trickery. Greatly outnumbered and subdued, there is only one way to end the madness.
Finally, with no strength left, you vomit. The exorcists cheer when this happens, but they don't stop. You are then forced to accept Jesus Christ as your savior, and are taken to a nearby church, where you are baptized. In most exorcisms, vomiting is seen as the spirit's exit from the body. "Salvation" of the subject being the ultimate goal, though, the exorcists will rarely stop there. Unless the subject claims to accept Jesus Christ as their savior, then the torture tactics will continue.
This perverse ordeal is the punishment one may face for allowing their religion, sexual orientation, or other deviation from the mainstream become public knowledge. It is the ultimate act of community repression, and it is something that particularly targets members of my religion.
Is there a way to make this horror stop? Only with awareness. Too many people do not know that these types of attacks happen in this day and age, and they need to learn. The courts should understand the inhumane nature of this practice, and sentence those who perform it for the crimes they have committed. Police should be aware that a crime is taking place, a crime who's victims are often too afraid to come forward.
One day, if we are vigilant, then perhaps this horror can be removed from our culture, and leave only the reminder that we must be aware of those who would threaten our freedoms.