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Ritual Abuse article from the Child Abuse Wiki

Ritual Abuse article from the Child Abuse Wiki

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Ritual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journal articles, web pages and criminal convictions of crimes against children and adults.
Ritual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journal articles, web pages and criminal convictions of crimes against children and adults.

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Ritual Abuse - From the Child Abuse Wikicopied with permissionhttp://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Ritual_AbuseRitual abuse exists all over the world. There have been reports, journalarticles[1][2][3], web pages[4][5][6][7][8][9] and criminal convictions of crimesagainst children and adults [10][11][12].Contents* 1 Definition* 2 Origins of the term* 3 Evidence* 4 References* 5 Bibliography* 6 External LinksDefinitionRitual abuse has been defined as:a brutal form of abuse of children, adolescents, and adults, consisting ofphysical, sexual, and psychological abuse, and involving the use of rituals.Ritual does not necessarily mean satanic. However, most survivors state that theywere ritually abused as part of satanic worship for the purpose of indoctrinatingthem into satanic beliefs and practices. Ritual abuse rarely consists of a singleepisode. It usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time. Thephysical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexualabuse is usually painful, sadistic, and humiliating, intended as means of gainingdominance over the victim. The psychological abuse is devastating and involves theuse of ritual/indoctrination, which includes mind control techniques and mindaltering drugs, and ritual/intimidation which conveys to the victim a profoundterror of the cult members and of the evil spirits they believe cult members cancommand. Both during and after the abuse, most victims are in a state of terror,mind control, and dissociation in which disclosure is exceedingly difficult.[13]and asWHAT IS RITUAL ABUSE? (BROAD DEFINITION) Ritual abuse is the abuse of a child,weaker adult, or animal in a ritual setting or manner. In a broad sense, many ofour overtly or covertly socially sanctioned actions can be seen as ritual abuse,such as military basic training, hazing, racism, spanking children, and partner-battering. Some abuse is private...some public. Public ritual abuse may be eitheropen or secret. WHAT IS RITUAL ABUSE? (NARROW DEFINITION) The term ritual abuse isgenerally used to mean prolonged, extreme, sadistic abuse, especially of children,within a group setting. The group's ideology is used to justify the abuse, andabuse is used to teach the group's ideology. The activities are kept secret fromsociety at large, as they violate norms and laws.[14]Origins of the termPazder introduced the term "ritualized abuse" in 1980, describing the experiencesof an adult survivor that was disclosing satanic abuse memories. He defined thephenomenon as "repeated physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual assaultscombined with a systematic use of symbols, ceremonies, and machinations designedand orchestrated to attain malevolent effects." Later definitions came mostly fromprofessionals addressing ritual abuse in child care settings. Finkelhor, Williams,
Burns, and Kalinowski elaborated on Pazder's definition, defining ritual abuse as"abuse that occurs in a context linked to some symbols or group activity that havea religious, magical or supernatural connotation, and where the invocation ofthese symbols or activities are repeated over time and used to frighten andintimidate the children." Kelley referred to ritual abuse as the "repetitive andsystematic sexual, physical, and psychological abuse of children by adults as partof cult or satanic worship"[15].EvidenceThere is a great deal of evidence supporting the existence of ritual abuse crimesas a worldwide phenomenon. Bottoms, Shaver and Goodman found in their 1993 studyevaluating ritual abuse claims that in 2,292 alleged ritual abuse cases, 15% ofthe perpetrators in adult cases and 30% of the perpetrators in child casesconfessed to the abuse[16]. "In a survey of 2,709 members of the AmericanPsychological Association, it was found that 30 percent of these professionals hadseen cases of ritual or religion-related abuse (Bottoms, Shaver & Goodman, 1991).Of those psychologists who have seen cases of ritual abuse, 93 percent believedthat the reported harm took place and 93 percent believed that the allegedritualism occurred....The similar research of Nancy Perry (1992) which furthersupports (the previous findings)…Perry also conducted a national survey oftherapists who work with clients with dissociative disorders and she found that 88percent of the 1,185 respondents indicated ”belief in ritual abuse, involving mindcontrol and programming”[17].Recently an online survey[18] of over one thousand people answered questions aboutritual abuse and extreme abuse crimes. In a summary of the survey [19], it wasfound that ritual abuse/mind control is a global phenomenon. Fifty-five percentstated they were abuse in a Satanic cult. Seventy-seven percent of the adultsurvivors that responded "had been threatened with death if they ever talked aboutthe abuse." Also, "257 respondents reported that secret mind control experimentswere used on them as children." Eighty-two percent reported being sexually abusedby multiple perpetrators.Anne Johnson Davis in her book Hell Minus One reported that her parents confessedto her abuse in writing and verbally to clergymen, and to the detectives from theUtah Attorney General’s Office. Her suppressed memories started when she was inher mid-30s, which were fully substantiated by her mother and stepfather[20][21].Ritual abuse and mind control crimes have also been confirmed in otherbooks[22][23].A study which identified 270 cases of sexual abuse in day care settings found thatallegations of ritual abuse occurred in thirteen percent of the cases[24].Additional evidence of ritual abuse in day care and child abuse cases has beenfound in news reports, journal articles and legaltranscripts[25][26][27][28][29][30].Ritual abuse occurrences have also been found in the Netherlands[31]andEngland[32]. Reports of ritual abuse have also been found in multiple personalitydisorder sufferers[15]. Kent believes that intergenerational satanic accounts arepossible and that rituals related to them may come from a deviant interpretationof religious texts[33][34].References1. ^ Satanic Ritual Abuse evidencehttp://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/studies/satanic-ritual-abuse-evidence-with-information-on-the-mcmartin-preschool-case/
2. ^ 2008 Publications on Ritual Abuse and Mind Controlhttp://www.endritualabuse.org/citation%202.htm3. ^ Lacter, E (2008-02-11). “Brief Synopsis of the Literature on the Existenceof Ritualistic Abuse”. http://endritualabuse.org/Brief%20Synopsis.htm4. ^ http://ritualabuse.us5. ^ http://www.ritualabusetorture.org/6. ^ http://www.ra-info.org7. ^ http://www.survivorship.org8. ^ http://theawarenesscenter.org/ritualabuse.html9. ^ http://www.endritualabuse.org/10. ^ Believe the children (1997). “Conviction List: Ritual Child Abuse”.http://www.ra-info.org/resources/ra_cases.shtml11. ^ The Satanism and Ritual Abuse Archivehttp://www.endritualabuse.org/ritualabusearchive.htm12. ^ Noblitt, PhD, J. R. - An Empirical Look at the Ritual Abuse Controversy(2007) http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/an-empirical-look-at-the-ritual-abuse-controversy-randy-noblitt-phd/13. ^ Report of the Ritual Abuse Task Force - Los Angeles County Commission forWomen http://www.geocities.com/kidhistory/ra.htm14. ^ Survivorship - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.survivorship.org/faq.html15. ^ a b Van Benschoten, Susan C. (1990). Multiple Personality Disorder andSatanic Ritual Abuse: the Issue Of Credibility Dissociation Vol. III, No. 1 "Alarge number of adult MPD patients in psychotherapy are reporting memories ofexplicitly satanic ritual abuse beginning in childhood. The authors of two limitedsurveys, conducted with a select group of MPD therapists, suggest the percentageof reported satanic ritual abuse in the MPD population to be 20% (Braun & Gray,1986) and 28% (Braun & Gray, 1987). A survey by Kaye and Klein (1987) reveals that20 of the 42 MPD patients in treatment with seven Ohio therapists describe ahistory of satanic ritual abuse. Ilopponen (1987) states that 38 of the more than70 MPD patients she has treated report memories of "satanic-type ritualized abuse" (p. 11). Two inpatient facilities specializing in the treatment of MPD reportthat approximately 50% of their patients disclose memories of satanic ritual abuse(Braun, 1989a; Ganaway, 1989). Similar accounts of satanic ritual abuse are beingreported by personally unrelated MPD patients from across the United States(Braun, 1989b; Braun & Sachs, 1988; Kahaner, 1988; Sachs & Braun, 1987). Inaddition, according to Braun (1989b), the reports of patients in this country aresimilar to data collected from adult survivors in England, Holland, Germany,France, Canada, and Mexico...Brown (1986), noting many similar allegations inchild and adult satanic ritual abuse accounts, suggests that reports are not onlycomparable across geographical and personal boundaries, but across generations aswell."http://www.empty-memories.nl/dis_90/vanbenschoten_sra.pdf16. ^ Data from Brown, Scheflin and Hammond (1998).”Memory, Trauma Treatment,And the Law” (W. W. Norton) ISBN 0-393-70254-5 (p.62) Bottoms, B. Shaver, P. &Goodman, G. (1993) Profile of ritual abuse and religion related abuse allegationsin the United States. Updated findings provided via personal communication from B.Bottoms. Cited in K.C. Faller (1994), Ritual Abuse; A Review of the research. TheAmerican Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Advisor , 7, 1, 19-2717. ^ Noblitt, J.R.; Perskin, P. (2000). Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History,Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America p. 269, GreenwoodPublishing Group. http://books.google.com/books?id=zJkTTpfyJ-8C18. ^ Extreme Abuse Survey http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/19. ^ Understanding ritual trauma: A comparison of findings from three onlinesurveys http://ritualabuse.us/mindcontrol/eas-studies/understanding-ritual-trauma-a-comparison-of-findings-from-three-online-surveys/20. ^ Johnson Davis, Anne Hell Minus One: My Story of Deliverance From SatanicRitual Abuse and My Journey to Freedom Transcript Bulletin Publishing - ISBN 978-

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