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Ritual Abuse is also called: Cult Related Abuse, Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA), Ritualized Abuse, Occult Ritual Abuse (ORA), Sadistic Ritual Abuse (SRA), etc.

What is a ritual?

A ritual is an act which is repeated according to a specific procedure. One simple superstitious example is throwing of a pinch of salt over your shoulder after you have spilled some salt. A Roman Catholic mass is an example of a majestic, complex religious ritual. Societies have many rituals related to major life passages, like birth, marriage and death.

What is ritual abuse?

Ritual Abuse has been defined as psychological, sexual, spiritual, and/or physical assault on an unwilling human victim, committed by one or more people whose primary motive is to fulfill a prescribed ritual in order to achieve a specific goal or satisfy the perceived needs of their deity.

Children are most frequently the victims of all types of ritual abuse, largely because of their vulnerability and lack of power.

Topics covered in this section:

bulletIntroduction to ritual abuse
bulletWhat kinds of ritual abuse exist
bulletHow widespread is it?
bulletIs there any evidence of its existence?
bulletWhy do people believe that it is common?

bulletHas child ritual abuse actually happened:
bulletIn day care centers, pre-schools, etc.?
bulletUnderground Tunnels at McMartin Preschool
bulletIn other locations?

bulletGovernment funded studies of ritual abuse
bulletFBI report on allegations of ritual abuse

bullet41 court cases alleging ritual abuse
 
bulletA documented case of ritual abuse in Utah

bullet"Believe the Children" list of ritual abuse convictions

bulletAnti-Ritual Abuse Laws

bulletBooks dealing with child sexual abuse
 
bulletBooks and other resources that:
bulletPromote belief in SRA
bulletAre skeptical of SRA

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