of ritual abuse
and Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA)
Analysis of the ritual crime
report by the state of Utah, 1995
In 1992, belief in Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) had
reached its peak and was starting to fade
in the U.S. and Canada, largely:
Because no police investigation had been able to uncover physical evidence
of such abuse, and
Because a near consensus was growing that recovered
memory therapy (RMT) -- the prime source for memories of childhood sexual
abuse and SRA, -- was extremely unreliable.
That year, Utah Governor Norm Bangerter recommended a $250,000 appropriation
to fund an investigation by the Attorney General into ritual abuse and ritual crimes in the state.
In 1995-APR, at the conclusion of a two year study, the state Attorney
General's Office issued a report by Lt. M.R. King & Lt. Marr Jacobson
titled: "Ritual Crime in the State of Utah:
Investigation, Analysis & A Look Forward." 1 It found no hard evidence of
Satanic Ritual Abuse in the state. But it found hundreds of cases in the state of people
who recovered memories of abuse via RMT -- a suggestive therapeutic technique known
for generating memories of events that never happened.
After some media concluded that the Utah study was a failure, "Rachel
Hopkins" went public with her story of a childhood filled with ritual abuse. She
had recovered memories of the abuse during RMT. Unlike the tens of thousands of
other adults who had recovered memories in therapy, her case was unique: she had
signed confessions by the perpetrators -- her parents -- and corroborating
accounts from her siblings.
Lt. M.R. King & Lt. Marr Jacobson, "Ritual Crime in the State of
Utah: Investigation, Analysis & A Look Forward", Utah Attorney General's
Office, State of Utah, (1995) at:
http://www.saferchildren.net/. This is a PDF file.