Has ritual abuse occurred in day
care centers, preschools, etc??
Crime is a threat to everyone's well being. Sexual abuse is one of the worst crimes.
Sexual abuse directed at children can be devastating to the victims, their
families and the community. The idea that wide-spread, ritual, sadistic sexual abuse of
innocent pre-school children is horrific. Yet this was the belief of much of the
public from the early 1980's to the mid 1990's.
Fortunately, this form of Multi-Victim, Multi-Offender (MVMO) abuse happens very rarely, if at all. The
widespread belief that ritual abuse has happened in many pre-schools has turned
out to be false. Evidence of such abuse can be traced back to improper interview techniques
that inadvertently planted memories of abuse into the minds of very young
children -- memories of events that never happened. These disclosures were
reinforced during court trials with unreliable medical examinations and lab tests which incorrectly
indicated that abuse had occurred. With the modern methods of
child interviewing, medical examinations, and lab testing that are now practiced, the allegations of ritual abuse have
evaporated. Unfortunately, there remain thousands of individuals, now in their
late teens or early adulthood, who suffer from these false memories.