Satanic/sadistic ritual abuse (SRA)
5: More indicators of its
Future of SRA. Other resources.
Ritual Abuse is also called SRA, Satanic Ritual Abuse,
Ritualistic Abuse, Sadistic Ritual Abuse, Cult Related Abuse, etc.
Indicator 20: The nature of recovered memories:
About 17% of adults who report memories of childhood incest recall being victims of
SRA. As mentioned above, many professionals believe that these are false memories -
memories of events that never happened.
Analyzing the recovered memories of SRA reveals internal flaws:
||In one area, a group of SRA survivors all reported human sacrifices in which the bodies
were completely destroyed by burning in a bonfire. A skeptic later mentioned that fires
are not hot enough to destroy the evidence: bones would remain behind. After a while, the
survivors' stories changed. First one of them, and later all of them remembered bodies
being destroyed in undertakers' crematorium. So the police staked out these crematoria and
found no criminal activity was going on. After a while, the survivors' stories changed
again. This time, they remembered that bodies were destroyed in mobile crematoria owned by
the Satanists. These portable machines were hidden in caves and wheeled out during
rituals. If SRA really exists, then one would expect the survivor's recovered childhood
memories to be constant.
||Survivors universally report very solemn Satanic ceremonies which are conducted without
error or distraction. Nobody ever drops a ritual tool; nobody ever cracks a joke; nobody
has problems lighting candles, etc. All rituals are perfect. If SRA really exists, then
one would expect the memories to include very human errors, just as they occur in other
||A sizable proportion of survivors report that they were being trained to take over the
role of Chief Priestess or Chief Priest of the Satanic group. However, it is commonly
reported that such groups consist of 13 members. If SRA exists, then one would expect that
fewer than 1 in 6 survivors would report this training; more than 5 out of 6 would
remain plain members.
Indicator 21: Secrecy:
If SRA existed, then every high priest, high priestess, POM (plain ordinary member),
and peripherally involved person would have sufficient information to blow the lid off of
the most important news story of the century. He/she could probably make hundreds of
thousands of dollars by selling their story to the media.
This has never happened.
Indicator 22: Lack of SRA documentation prior to 1980:
There are no known 20th century SRA books or articles prior to the publishing of Michelle
Remembers in 1980. If SRA has been practiced for many generations (or even centuries
as many promoters of SRA believe) then someone should have come forward before 1980 to
document their activities.
Back in mid 1995, when these 22 indicators were first compiled, we concluded that SRA did not exist at any
detectable level. [Yes, this website dates back to early 1995; we were about the
6,000th website to be placed online].
We concluded that ritual abuse was a very
small problem when compared to the level of conventional (non-ritual) physical and sexual
abuse of children (except of course to that rare individual who has been ritually abused).
We have found no reason to change these opinions.
What is the future of the SRA Industry?
Promoters are having an increasingly difficult task convincing people of the reality of
SRA. Almost three decades have passed since the publishing of Michelle Remembers in
1980, and there is still no hard evidence of any Satanic conspiracy. As memory researchers
and members of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation demonstrate how false memories
can be created in adults and children, we expect that the SRA scare will
continue to fade.
||an example of hard evidence can be found, or
||an adult can be found with always present memories of SRA
then the SRA industry would be given a tremendous boost in credibility.
There are two indications that belief in SRA reached its peak in the early to
mid 1990's and is currently in
An on-line copy of the FBI report on the non-existence of evil
Satanic cults by Ken Lanning, titled "Investigator's Guide to Allegations of
'Ritual' Child Abuse" is available.
G.S. Goodman et al "Characteristics & Sources of Allegations of Ritual Child
Abuse", Clearing House on Child Abuse & Neglect Information, Suite 350, 3998
Fair Ridge Dr, Fairfax VA, 22033. [Free summary available by calling (703) 385-7565]
An excellent essay "Hysteria For a New Millenium" links beliefs about
SRA to recovered memory therapy and urban folk tales. See:
John Earl, "The Dark Truth About the 'Dark Tunnels of McMartin'",
Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, Vol. 7, #2, 1995 Spring, Institute for Psychological
Therapies, 13200 Cannon City Blvd., Northfield, MN 55057. An expose on the McMartin
pre-school underground tunnel myth. $15 USF; $20 USF (foreign).
Ellen Bass & Laura Davis, "The Courage to Heal, Harper Collins, New York
NY, (1992). The book accepts all memories uncovered during recovered memory therapy as
Paul & Shirley Eberle, "The Abuse of Innocence : The McMartin Preschool
Trial", Prometheus Books (1993). ISBN: 0879748090. The authors attended the court
sessions lasting over many years, and concluded that there was no case against the
Bob & Gretchen Passantino, "The Hard Facts About Satanic Ritual Abuse"
Christian Research Journal, 1992-Winter, at:
Book search for ritual abuse:
Most of these books promote the reality of Satanic ritual abuse:
Portions of this series of documents were extracted from information sheets provided by the Wiccan
Information Network. Used by permission.
Copyright © 1995 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2016-SEP-24
Author: B.A. Robinson