Religious violence and controversial topics
Ritual Abuse (RA)
Ritual Abuse is also called: Cult Related Abuse,
Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA),
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
Children are most frequently the victims of all types of ritual abuse, largely because
of their vulnerability and lack of power.
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Copyright ' 1995 to 2007, by
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2007-DEC-11
Author: B.A. Robinson