Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Myth of Panic – Exposing Theories Used to Cover Up Ritual Abuse Crimes

From a transcript from the 2011 Ritual Abuse Conference

A variety of theories have been used to cover up and deny ritual abuse crimes. The old arguments of therapists somehow planting ideas in their clients’ minds had brought back from previous years to deny ritual abuse crimes. Ideas of social suggestion have also been brought back to deny the realities of the crimes perpetrated against children.

A new version of the denial of these crimes is called “panic.” Not surprisingly, one of the early major proponents of this theory aligned themselves with the false memory movement. Many working in the false memory movement were accused or even convicted of child abuse crimes.  Others in this movement worked to exonerate those accused of child abuse crimes.

Proponents of the theory of panic often compare modern events to the “witch hunts” of the middle ages. Of course, the major difference is that ritual abuse crimes did occur. The use of the term “witch hunt” is using propaganda to connect two different ideas, one disliked (actual witch hunts) with real child abuse crimes. This propaganda technique is called transfer.

Other propaganda techniques, like name calling, are also used by false memory proponents. False memory proponents also repeat the same ideas and phrases to get them to stick in people’s minds. The use of rhymes, like “Satanic Panic” is also used to get ideas to stick in people’s minds.

Panic theorists may state that the increased awareness of ritual crimes is only due to social exposure and social influence. However, they ignore the fact that this increased awareness may simply be the increased awareness of real crimes that have real evidence backing their existence, like ritual abuse crimes. They ignore evidence showing these crimes to have occurred, ignoring and even purposefully burying evidence that shows these crimes may have occurred.

These ritual abuse crimes had been covered up for years, but due to the increased awareness of child abuse crimes in general and the increased rights of women and children to be treated respectfully and equally, these ritual abuse crimes were being exposed and heard.

Child abuse crimes were denied by society for centuries until social movements in the 1960′s, 70s and 80s began to expose the high frequency of these crimes.  Before this era, incest was incorrectly  perceived to be a rare occurrence in our society.  Likewise, clergy abuse crimes were perceived to be nonexistent and few would believe that a priest was capable of raping children.  Now we know that not only is this possible, but that some of these crimes were covered up for years.

Certain panic theorists deny that ritual abuse crimes do not exist simply because others that may have participated in them, such as family members, deny they have occurred. Of course, people participating in these crimes may deny they occurred for a variety of reasons, including amnesia or not wanting to admit they participated in the rape, torture and even murder of others.

The theory of panic is used by some theorists to deny all ritual abuse crimes. Where a criminal may have been convicted and lost several appeals, the crime is written off by panic theorists as a “miscarriage of justice” even though the victims themselves emphatically stated when they were adults they were abused and there was physical evidence of abuse. This happened in the Amirault case.

Other cases may be overturned, yet the victims’ voices are lost in the future telling of the accounts of these cases and may be purposefully deleted from public accounts. Those working to make sure that victims accounts are heard may be harassed or banned from working in public areas where these accounts are told. One place to find the victims side of the story is at our website in the article :

Day Care and Child Abuse Cases

This page has information on the McMartin Preschool Case, Michelle Remembers, the Fells Acres – Amirault Case, the Wenatchee, Washington Case, the Dale Akiki Case, the Glendale Montessori – Toward case, the Little Rascals Day Care Center case, Fran’s Day Care case, the Baran case, the Halsey case, the West Memphis 3 case, the Friedman’s case,   the Christchurch Civic Creche sex abuse – Peter Ellis case, the Ramona case and the West Point Day Care Case.

We have a separate page for the McMartin Case, at:
McMartin Preschool Case – What Really Happened and the Coverup

There is little evidence to prove actual contagion among different parts of the population showing that ritual abuse accusations were part of a panic. This is especially true in the criminal cases. In many of these crimes there were reports of strong changes in the children’s behavior and even physical evidence of abuse. Just because there is an increased awareness of ritual abuse crimes does not in itself mean that there was any contagion or actual social influence. One would have to examine each individual criminal case and find out if the victims had heard about other cases and had not actually been abused. This has never been done.

The theory of panic has been used like a blanket to deny all ritual abuse crimes. Even with cases with conclusive evidence and convictions, the convictions themselves are attacked as being part of a panic of the 1980s and 1990.

This theory erroneously backs the idea that therapists plant ideas in their client’s minds. The idea of implantation has little evidence, yet it is repeated until believed by those promoting the theory of panic. Research has shown it is very difficult to convince most people that abuse crimes occurred in their histories. It is more likely that people will deny being abused due to social and familial pressures.

The theory of panic, like other social denial theories, ended up causing a great deal of harm in the child protection movement.  People that came forward after this, describing ritual abuse crimes, were less likely to be believed. This social denial has allowed these crimes to continue after a brief period in history where they were exposed.

What needs to happen is:

1) Making sure that the victims’ sides of the stories of ritual abuse crimes are heard in as many places as possible.

2) Exposing the incorrect techniques used by false memory proponents and panic theorists. Showing their work and ideas to be incorrect and when possible, showing their true motives for developing these theories.

3) Not allowing panic theorists to use their theory like a blanket covering all cases.

4) Forcing panic theorists to actually prove their case and show clear social influence in each case where they claim social influence actually occurred.

5) Not allowing the harassment and attacks of the panic theorists and false memory proponents to slow down our work to expose their techniques and to tell the stories of the victims of these crimes.

Let’s discuss ways we can do this.

Always Getting Stronger: Giving Survivors a Voice in the World

Transcript from the 2011 ritual abuse conference

The Child Abuse Survivor Movement has been under strong attack for the last twenty years. At the same times, it has grown stronger and developed a strong research base. Survivors that have healed are now able to help other survivors that are beginning to heal from ritual abuse. Many survivors now have blogs and web pages telling their stories and presenting the research that backs up their stories.

Many of the child abuse crimes of the past that were either ignored, seen as acceptable or covered up, are now given coverage in the media, seen as detrimental to children and society and the cover ups are now being exposed.

Child abuse is seen by most media outlets and researchers as being clearly traumatic. Most understand that the traumatic effects of child abuse cause clear symptoms that are detrimental to child abuse survivors. Those that misrepresent the fact that child abuse trauma symptoms are some sort of myth have been rebutted and answered.

Those attacking the child abuse survivor field and child abuse research have picked and chosen the less believable aspects of the field to attack, like ritual abuse and dissociation, especially dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder.)

They have misrepresented the research, literature and criminal cases in both areas, ignoring the large research base showing that both ritual abuse and dissociative identity disorder are realities. They claim that those that believe in dissociation, hurt the child abuse research field, yet most that claim this actually do little or nothing to try and stop child abuse crimes.

Some of those skeptical of certain child abuse crimes insult and harass those working in the child abuse field in an attempt to silence them. There are several documented occurrences of this on the Internet and in the literature. This harassment is meant to silence those that attempt to expose different child abuse crimes, including those in the fields of ritual abuse, dissociation and trauma.

Other skeptics have done whatever they can to make sure that accurate research on child abuse and ritual abuse crimes does not make it into the public arena. It has been difficult at times to get accurate information into the media and mainstream websites.

The problem of survivors getting a voice to speak out with all of this going on is problematic.

How do we as researchers and survivors organize and demand if necessary in large enough numbers that:

1) The media needs to cover the issue of ritual abuse and dissociation more thoroughly and fairly.

2) The misinformation about certain ritual abuse crimes and dissociative identity disorder is accurately rebutted with our own scientific research.

3) Those that insult and harass researchers in our field are accurately exposed and that the techniques they use to unfairly manipulate public opinion are also exposed.

How do we develop a common voice strong enough to withstand the attacks on our movement?

1) Organize

a) Develop a group solely dedication to research and advocacy.

One that will develop a research base that will cover all of the child abuse cases and books of the last thirty years and then make this public to rebut all of the misinformation that has been made public about these cases.

2) Speak out

a) Make sure that everyone hears our side of the story.

Everyone gets a blog and/or a web page.  They put their story on it and list all of the research in our field that backs their story.

3) Debate when necessary and when prudent.

Our voices are not heard in the public arena. Repeated attacks on the realities of the crimes committed against us are not answered. We need to answer every attack, with letters to the editor, our own articles, our own comments, our own web pages.

Where are our voices?

We need to commit a certain amount of time everyday to getting our stories out.  This is a crucial time to do this. The attacks will continue, the question is what will our answer be to these attacks.  Will we be too busy to reply?  Will we ignore requests to help? Or will we do everything we can to make sure that these crimes will not be repeated in the future by exposing them now.

The anti-clergy abuse movement has shown how this can be done.  For years, they were not believed.  Skeptics stated that priests could not do the things they have been accused of doing.  Those committing these crimes told the children and parents they would not be believed when they talked about the abuse.  And for many years, they weren’t believed.  But they are now.  Because they organized.  Because they spoke up.  Because they did not stop or block each others efforts in their own movement to expose child abuse crimes, but instead they worked together, had conferences, had press releases and fought in the courts and the media for recognition.  And now they have received it. Even certain members of the church admit these crimes occurred.

So, where are our voices?

Where are our ritual abuse conferences?

Where are our ritual abuse websites?

Where are our letters to the editor?

Where are voices in the public arena?

Are we believed when we tell our stories or is the false label of “panic” slapped on all our suffering, emotional scars and evidence.

We have a choice.  We can be silent, or we can all organize. I propose we organize. I propose we start a group today, right now, that will work on developing a research base to answer every skeptics’ response to the crimes committed against us. I propose that every one of us create their own website and conference in their own area to educate the public about ritual abuse crimes.  I propose the we have regional groups across the country linked together working to expose these crimes.

I propose that each and every one of us commit 30 minutes a day to doing this.

We can organize by e-mail. I will develop an e-mail group for this purpose. We can call it “The Ritual Abuse Survivors Research and Advocacy Group.” Our group will have two parts, one for advocacy and one for research. The advocacy group will publish the research group’s work.  We will have chapters nationwide and in as many countries as we can.

This group will work with the other groups already out there and add to the voices survivors presently have. It will coordinate research and advocacy efforts with the other groups. It will build on the research and advocacy of these groups.

This way we can all leave the conference stronger. This way we can continue getting stronger.  This way we can have give all survivors a voice in the world.  We will be heard.  Our research will be heard. Our voices will be heard.  And the crimes that were committed against us will stop.  No more children will be abused. No more children will be hurt.

We all need to decide what kind of world we want to see in twenty years. One where children are abused and not believed, or one where children aren’t abused and those that abuse them are held accountable.

No one will fight our battles for us.  We need to fight them ourselves. Let’s start now.  We can change the world and our voices will be heard.  We will no longer be silenced. Those that attack us and spread misinformation about the crimes committed against us will be answered.

Let’s start now.  Please tell me your ideas for our group and let’s move forward. In one year from now, our group will have a strong research and advocacy base. We will give all child abuse and ritual abuse trauma survivors a safe place to be heard, to get the research they need to answer those that refuse to believe them, to answer societies’ denial of our trauma and reality and to make the reality of our stories public to all.

Let’s start now. Please tell me your ideas about how we can be heard.  Please tell me your ideas about how we can make this organization successful.  Thank you.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ritual Abuse and Its Political Implications

This transcript is from a presentation by Neil Brick at the Association for Humanist Sociology Conference in Madison WI on October 12, 2002. Some of the topics discussed may be triggering. This is intended to be educational and is not intended as therapy or treatment. All accusations are alleged. Our providing the information below does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of it. The resources listed below are for educational value only.

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Ritual Abuse and Its Political Implications
As a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control, I have personally had the opportunity to examine how I was discouraged from expressing myself and forced to follow others. This eventually caused me to constantly examine my surroundings and create my own intellectual reality.

I have seen others blindly follow proscribed sex roles in terms of dress, behavior and career and blindly follow proscribed religious and political guidelines. I somehow seem to have escaped much of this, only following what was absolutely necessary to survive in the world.

Some of my discussion will quote billie rain’s ’02 conference transcript from our August ’02 ritual abuse conference. (listed as BR) It is available on the web at

1) How mind control encourages silence
from BR : “When my abusers were raping me, they had me convinced that nobody would believe me if I told, and if that didn’t deter me, they would kill me….In her book Thinking Class, Joanna Kadi writes: Child sexual abuse teaches us lessons about power- who has it and who doesn’t. These lessons, experienced on a bodily level, transfer into the deepest levels of our conscious and subconscious being, and correspond with other oppressive systems. Widespread child sexual abuse supports a racist, sexist, classist and ableist society that attempts to train citizens into docility and unthinking acceptance of whatever the government and big business deem fit to hand out (Kadi, 73).”

Being believed has been shown to help people heal. Part of the false memories emphasis on discreditation has been to slow down the healing of survivors, especially ritual abuse survivors. Several of the people in the false memory field have been tied to mind control experimentation and pro-pedophilia philosophies. It is well known in the child abuse field that ritual abuse exists. But the big lie has been promoted throughout the mainstream media that the opposite is true. This has encouraged some survivors to be silent. Others, like myself, have spoken out more.

Fear of harm would also be another proponent that could cause a survivor to be silent. If the statistics are true that child abuse is endemic and that ritual abuse is widely spread, then child abuse could be scaring people into silence.

from “Cultural and Economic Barriers to Protecting Children from Ritual Abuse and Mind Control,” Catherine Gould, Ph.D. “Among 2,709 members of the American Psychological Association who responded to a poll, 2,292 cases of ritual abuse were reported (Bottoms, Shaver, & Goodman, 1993). …Childhelp USA logged 1,741 calls pertaining to ritual abuse,… Real Active Survivors tallied nearly 3,600, Justus Unlimited of Colorado received almost 7,000, and Looking Up of Maine handled around 6,000.” “Evidence also continues to accumulate that the ritual abuse of children constitutes a child abuse problem of significant scope.” (Studies and numbers are listed.) “Finkelhor, Williams and Burns (1988)…substantiated reports of sexual abuse …involving 1,639 … child victims…” Other reports of possible ritual abuse include: Kelly (1988; 1989; 1992a; 1992b; 1993) 35 day care victims, Waterman et al.(1993) 82 children, Faller (1988; 1990) 18 children, Bybee and Mowbray(1993) 62 children, 53 children seeing others being ritually abused, Snow and Sorenson (1990) 39 children reporting ritual abuse, in Utah, and Jonker and Jonker-Bakker(1991) 48 victims of ritual abuse.” “..58% of the ritual abuse cases in the Finkelhor(1988) study that went to trial resulted in convictions. In the Kelly (1992b) study, convictions were obtained in 80% of the ritual and sexual abuse cases combined.” “convictions were obtained in 11% of all ritual child abuse cases studied by Bottoms et al. (1991; 1993).”  

Denying Ritual Abuse of Children – Catherine Gould, The Journal of Psychohistory 22 (3) 1995

Cult and Ritual Abuse (Noblitt and Perskin, Praeger, 1995), Page 170, “One of the best sources of evaluative research on ritual abuse is the article “Ritual Abuse: A Review of Research” by Kathleen Coulborn Faller (1994)….in a survey of 2,709 members of the American Psychological Association, it was found that 30 percent of these professionals had seen cases of ritual or religion- related abuse (Bottoms, Shaver & Goodman, 1991). Of those psychologists who have seen cases of ritual abuse, 93 percent believed that the reported harm took place and 93 percent believed that the alleged ritualism occurred. This is a remarkable finding. Mental health professionals are known to be divergent in their thinking and frequently do not agree with one another regarding questions of the diagnosis and etiology of psychiatric problems…this level of concurrence in a large national sample of psychologists…would be impressive….the similar research of Nancy Perry (1992) which further supports (the previous findings)…Perry also conducted a national survey of therapists who work with clients with dissociative disorders and she found that 88 percent of the 1,185 respondents indicated “belief in ritual abuse, involving mind control and programming” (p. 3).” 

Noblitt, JR; Perskin PS (2000). Cult and ritual abuse: its history, anthropology, and recent discovery in contemporary America. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-96665-8.

These numbers show us that many people are mind controlled into silence through extreme fear, and torture. Healing from abuse is one way to empower oneself and get one’s voice back. A variety of statistical studies have shown that between ten to thirty three percent of children are sexually abused before the age of 18.

The History of Childhood As the History of Child Abuse – Lloyd deMause, “The historical record points to childhood being a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken. Children have historically been killed, abandoned, terrorized, and sexually abused by their caretakers…. Rather than the incest taboo being universal, it is incest itself that is universal.”  

The History of Child Abuse – Lloyd deMause 

From BR : “I know too many people, male and female, who were sexually abused as children. Most of them were not able to comprehend what happened to them or speak out about it until they were adults. Child sexual abuse is such a crime, not because it is illegal, but because of the incredible damages it does to a young mind, body and heart.”

Ritualized forms of abuse have also occurred in institutionalized settings. Many court trails and hearings have occurred in Canada. Several of these have also concerned cultural genocide.

School abuse suits may cost $1 billion FSIN is outraged government is adding more lawyers to handle influx of lawsuits James Parker – The StarPhoenix 9/4/02 “The federal government and the churches that ran the residential schools on behalf of Ottawa are facing more than 4,500 cases involving about 11,000 individuals. About 540 cases have been settled since 1996. So far, the government has paid out $37 million to compensate plaintiffs for physical and sexual abuse and expects to spend more than a $1 billion dealing with the cases. Some suits also claim the schools perpetrated cultural genocide.”

Fear is a major component of abuse. The abuser may tell the child that something will happen to themselves or others if they tell. The political implications of this are fairly obvious. It will be much more difficult for a survivor of child abuse to speak out about world injustices due to their trained silence and disempowerment.. Many survivors have severe adjustment and addiction problems (as cited in our newsletter), making political advocacy and analysis nearly impossible for some until healing occurs.

Not only has child abuse been used to control and manipulate people, but it has also been used by the US government to control internal and foreign policy.

Mind Control – Experiments On Children – CIA Experiments With Mind Control on Children by Jon Rappoport, Source: Perceptions Magazine, September/October 1995 

“Officially spanning ten years from 1952-62, MK-ULTRA involved the use of LSD on unwitting military and civilian subjects in the United States. LSD and more powerful compounds were given under duress as brainwashing and truth serum drugs. The program’s aim was to find drugs which would irresistibly bring out deep confessions or wipe a subject’ s mind clean and program him or her as “a robot agent.” ….Dr. Louis “Jolly” West of UCLA, who tried to establish a center for “the study of violence” at the university in the 1970s. This center’s specialty would have been psychosurgery, a horrendous melting of brain connections, supposedly to curb people’s “violent tendencies.” ” 

Mind Control – The CIA, Mind Control & Children – CKLN-FM Mind Control Series – Part 10, A Talk by John Rappoport – CKLN FM 88.1 – Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Claudia Mullin spoke at the “Statement to Presidential Report on Radiation, Claudia S. Mullen, March 15, 1995. From Smart Issue #15 “Between the years of 1957 and 1984, I (allegedly) became a pawn in a government scheme, whose ultimate goal was mind control and ultimately to create the “perfect spy”. All through the use of chemicals, radiation, drugs, hypnosis, electric shock, isolation in large tubs of hot or cold water, sleep deprivation, brainwashing; and verbal, physical and emotional abuse. By the time I was 9, I was also being sexually abused and humiliated as a coercive technique.”

From Rappoport : “Claudia Mullin, the other of Dr. Wolf’s patients who testified before the President’s Committee on Radiation, said her experiences with CIA mind-control experiences began when she was seven years old: "In 1958, 1 was to be tested, they told me, by some important doctors coming from a place called the ‘Society’ [the Human Ecology Society, a CIA front]. I was told to cooperate; answer any of their questions. Then, since the test ‘might hurt,’ I would be given ‘shots, x-rays, and a few jolts of electricity.’I was instructed not to look at anyone’s face too hard and to ignore names,’ as this was ‘a very secret project’ but to be brave an all those things would help me forget…”A Dr. John Gittinger tested me and Dr. Cameron gave me the shocks and Dr. Greene the x-rays…By the time I left to go home, just like every time from then on, I would recall nothing of my tests or the different doctors. I would only remember whatever explanations Dr. Robert G. Heath [of Tulane Medical School] gave me for the odd bruises, needle marks, burns on my head and fingers and even the genital soreness. I had no reason to believe otherwise. Already, they had begun to control my mind!”The next year, I was sent to a place in Maryland called Deep Creek Cabins to learn how to ‘sexually please men.’ Also, I was taught how to coerce them into talking about themselves. It was Richard Helms (Deputy Director of the CIA), Dr. Gottlieb, Captain George White and Morse Allen, who all planned on filming as many high government and agency officials and heads of academic institutions and foundations as possible…I was to become a regular little ‘spy’ for them, after that summer, eventually entrapping many unwitting men, including themselves, all with the use of a hidden camera. I was only nine when this kind of sexual humiliation began.”

There are also two more excellent personal accounts now available on how children were ritually abused and used for political purposes.

From a book review written by Lynn Hersha, one of the authors of the book, “Secret Weapons – Two Sisters’ Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage” by Cheryl and Lynn Hersha with Dale Griffis, Ph D. and Ted Schwartz. New Horizon Press, P O Box 669 Far Hills, NJ 07931 – ISBN 0-88282-196-2.

“In the United States, the American public have had the knowledge of the CIA’s Top Secret Program, MKUltra, and its experimentation in Mind Control on adult volunteers and unwitting subjects. Now, we have a well-documented, verifiable account of not one, but two childrens’ long untold stories of being CHILD subjects of Project MKUltra. Quotes from the book: “By the time Cheryl Hersha came to the facility, knowledge of multiple personality was so complete that doctors understood how the mind separated into distinct ego states, each unaware of the other. First, the person traumatized had to be both extremely intelligent and under the age of seven, two conditions not yet understood though remaining consistent as factors. The trauma was almost always of a sexual nature…” p. 52 “The government researchers, aware of the information in the professional journals, decided to reverse the process (of healing from hysteric dissociation). They decided to use selective trauma on healthy children to create personalities capable of committing acts desired for national security and defense.” p. 53 – 54″

A Nation Betrayed: The Chilling and true story of Secret Cold War Experiments Performed on Our Children and Other Innocent People by Carol Rutz
A Nation Betrayed is the culmination of documentation obtained from over 18,000 pages of declassified documents and testimony from survivors of these experiments. Rutz’s book gives us a first hand view of a government in such fear of communism that it loses sight of the safety of it’s own people. To counter the threat of communism, the CIA conspires to build the perfect spy from our country’s innocent children. After being imported for their knowledge and expertise, some of the same Nazi scientists and doctors who performed grizzly experiments carried out in the death camps during World War II join forces with the U.S. Government in these efforts.

Her book walks us through her horrifying journey of experimentation and training by her CIA torturers beginning at the age of four as part of the government sanctioned Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA Projects. Using electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and insidious trauma, our government performs Mind Control experiments on her and other innocent children. The objective is creation of a Manchurian Candidate-a sleeper assassin-as well as instilling skills in ESP and remote viewing.” Table of Contents and Preface can be read at .  

“Deviant Scriptualism and Ritual Satanic Abuse Part Two: Possible Masonic, Mormon, Magick, and Pagan Influence,” by professor Stephen A. Kent, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada). His article was originally published by Religion (1993) 23, 355-367, c 1993 Academic press Limited. “…This study compares portions of people’s accounts (using interviews and diaries from several alleged survivors), with doctrinal precedents for satanic ritual abuse in deviant interpretations of Masonic, Mormon, Magick and Pagan traditions… Just as parts of the Bible may provide direct inspiration or justification for satanic worshipers, so too may some of these same parts provide additional sanctification of satanic worship through aberrant Freemasonry.”

LETTER FROM PROFESSOR STEPHEN KENT Ph.D., SOCIOLOGY DEPT, AT UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY. I am a sociologist of religion who has presented research findings about ritual abuse allegations at a conferences about ritual abuse. I will be pleased to snail-mail you three published articles that I have written about ritual abuse allegations, two of which contain sections on the deviant Masonic accounts that I have heard. In essence, no other philanthropic group shows up in so many accounts as does Freemasonry. Specifically in one of the articles, I discuss why this may be so–what is it about Freemasonry that could harbor paedophiles and abusers. Please know that I maintain appropriate academic detachment in my analysis, so that the lack of definitive proof for these allegations forces me to stop short of saying that they represent accurate memories. Nonetheless, I sure do hear lots of tales about very bad abuse in deviant Masonic settings, and I take them VERY seriously. Best Regards, Steve Kent

My note: Ritual abusers do not normally leave any evidence around, so personal accounts are often the only data available to researchers.

2) How mind control discourages freedom of thought
I have already begun to touch upon how freedom of thought would be limited in the previous section. Reiterating a previous quote from BR : “Joanna Kadi writes: Child sexual abuse teaches us lessons about power- who has it and who doesn’t. These lessons, experienced on a bodily level, transfer into the deepest levels of our conscious and subconscious being, and correspond with other oppressive systems. Widespread child sexual abuse supports a racist, sexist, classist and ableist society that attempts to train citizens into docility and unthinking acceptance of whatever the government and big business deem fit to hand out (Kadi, 73).”
“…ritual abuse groups may share the following characteristics with coercive cults: …dogma is more important than people, …a radical separation of good and evil,…a demand for purity,” members are watched all the time and their loyalty is tested “…the dogma is enacted through rituals,… regularly observe(d) rituals, rituals frequently invoke supernatural intervention,… staged events such as planned spontaneity… mystical manipulations, cults capitalize on members’ fear and ignorance,…a sense of separateness (is promoted) through an “us” and “them” mentality, … siege mentality with a paranoid view of the outside world, humor is forbidden, resistance of members is worn down through physical and emotional manipulations, a person’s identity is destroyed… to create a new one,” members give up their autonomy to be approved,” mind control is used to indoctrinate the victim into the group’s belief system, individuality is uniformly suppressed,… a well-defined hierarchy,” members are used to benefit leader(s), “mind control is used …to convert the victim to the group’s belief system,… to insure secrecy… and to carry out cult instructions.”(“Safe Passage to Healing” p 47 – 48) “Safe Passage to Healing – A Guide for Survivors of Ritual Abuse” Chrystine Oksana, HarperCollins, c 1994

Cult techniques have been well documented to control thought. Ritual abuse is a combination of a cult techniques and severe child abuse. A survivor’s decreased mental capacity and organic brain damage due to the abuse may inhibit a survivor’s ability to make choices and to see choices, thereby inhibiting freedom of thought. An unrecovered survivor may be even more likely than the brainwashed general populace to follow the media and its instructions in terms of day-to-day political beliefs. The recovered survivor will obviously be much more cynical of the government and therefore much more likely to analyze its lies and propaganda and find their own reality.

As mentioned previously, fear may cause a survivor’s silence, this could also cause a survivor to follow the acceptable social mores and beliefs, even if these are at times sociopathic and genocidal, thereby limiting a survivor’s freedom of thought. More research is needed on this topic, but I feel a case has been made to back up the postulation that ritual abuse has very serious political implications in our society and in the world at large.