Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Healing
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What is Ritual Abuse?
Ritual abuse is an extreme, sadistic form of abuse of children and non-consenting adults. It is methodical, systematic sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse, which often includes mind control, torture, and highly illegal and immoral activities such as murder, child pornography and prostitution.
What is ritual abuse? (Narow Definition)
The term ritual abuse is generally used to mean repeated, extreme, sadistic abuse, especially of children, within a group setting. The activities are kept secret from society at large, as they violate norms and laws.
What Ideologies are used to justify ritual abuse?
Any ideology can be twisted or adapted to abusive ends. In the United States, Canada, and Europe, people have reported being ritually abused under the banner of Satanism, Christianity, various pagan and pantheistic belief systems, white supremacy movements, Naziism, Santeria, voodoo, etc. At the present time, Satanism is either the most common ideology under which ritual abuse is practiced or it is receiving the most attention.
Who perpetrates ritual abuse?
Ritual abuse is perpetrated by men and women from all walks of life and geographical areas, both rural and urban. The percent of the population that perpetrates or that is victimized is unknown.
Perpetrators have been classified as:
- Family or Trans-generational: Adults, who were abused as children, in turn abuse and indoctrinate their own children. The tradition can go back for generations.
- Extra-familiar: Adults abuse non-related children. Children can be accessed at day care, schools, church, or through social groups.
- Ad hoc groups: Adults, who may or may not have had abusive childhoods, come together and form a new group with its own ideology and rituals. Teens are thought to comprise many such ad hoc groups.
What kinds of abuse occur?
Physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual abuse can all occur.Physical abuse can occur as beatings, electroshock, torture, confinement, or forced ingestion of drugs, blood, and feces. Emotional abuse involves trickery, deceit, and blaming the victim. Sadistic sex with children and non-consenting adults, forced sex with animals, and forced perpetration of sexual abuse are forms that sexual abuse can take. Spiritual abuse can manifest as reversal of good and evil, a destruction-based morality, and the denial of freedom of thought.
What are the main holidays when ritual abuse occurs?
Abusive groups originating in Northern and Western Europe observe the winter and summer solstice (12/21 and 6/21) and thespring and fall equinox (3/21 and 9/21). Four holidays fall between the solstices and equinoxes. They are: Candlemas (2/2), Beltane (5/1), Lammas (8/2) and Samhain, or Halloween (10/31).
The solstices and equinoxes do not always fall exactly on the 21st of the month. Some holidays, especially Beltane and Samhain, are often observed for more than one day.)
Many groups blend traditions. Satanism is a blend of pagan and Christian traditions. Neo-Nazi cults blend Nazi beliefs and traditions with Satanism. Some groups with blended traditions may celebrate two or three sets of holidays.
In addition, secular holidays, such as members’ birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Independence Day (in the United States) are often observed.
Some groups mark dates that are symbolically significant to that particular group, such as a leader’s birthday, the anniversary of some achievement, or a particular year with numerical significance to the group. There is a fair amount of variation among similar groups.
Why do so few people believe ritual abuse survivors?
First, abusive groups have a very large stake in remaining undetected, and they keep their secrets well. Second, abusive groups terrorize their victims into silence. And third, society as a whole does not want to believe that its norms and laws have been so blatantly and extremely violated, so society turns its back in denial.
What are the symptoms of ritual abuse?
Most symptoms are non-specific to ritual abuse. Trauma is trauma, and physical and sexual abuse is physical and sexual abuse. Because the abuse is so severe, however, the symptoms may be especially severe and recalcitrant.
Symptoms that are suggestive of ritual abuse are either a fascination with or a phobia of objects, events, or symbols specific to ritual abuse and not generally encountered in other types of physical and sexual abuse. Example of symbols includes crosses, crucifixes, pentagrams (stars), eyes, “magick” and “occult” symbols, certain numbers, and certain colors. Objects provoking fascination or phobia can include blood, knives, electricity, coffins, dolls, babies, and certain animals.
Events similar to abusive events may also provoke extreme reactions. These include the holidays observed by the cult, medical and dental procedures, and childbirth or abortion.
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