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Religious immorality and violence


Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA)

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Satanic ritual abuse is a.k.a. Cult Related Abuse, Ritual Abuse, Ritualized Abuse, Sadistic Ritual Abuse, Organized Sadistic Abuse, etc.


Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) can be defined as the psychological, sexual, and/or physical assault forced on an unwilling human victim, and committed by one or more Satanists according to a prescribed ritual, the primary aim of which is to fulfill their need to worship the Christian devil, Satan.

A "Satanic Panic" swept the U.S. and Canada, starting about 1980 and continuing until the late 1990s. It included beliefs that underground and sometimes inter-generational Satanic cults were murdering as many as 60,000 people per year. The panic died after 15 years because of lack of hard evidence that it ever existed as a significant problem.

Topics covered in this section:

bulletSRA overview:
bulletHistory of SRA (Part 1): Quotations; Background; Start of the SRA movement
bulletHistory of SRA (Part 2): The start, spread, decline, & current status of SRA

bulletGlossary of SRA terms
bulletHistory of SRA and other Urban Folk Tales
bulletHow widespread is SRA?
bullet1. Common beliefs.  Does it exist?  Indicator 1
bullet2. Indicators 2 to 5
bullet3. Indicators 6 to 11
bullet4. Indicators 12 to 19
bullet5. Indicators 20 to 22; Conclusions; Future of SRA, Resources
bulletOther SRA topics:
bulletLists of Satanic "holidays"
bullet"SRA" perpetrated by psychopaths

bulletBeliefs of SRA survivors
bulletMind control and programming by Satanic cults

bulletContributions by Geraldo Rivera to SRA
bulletRecent developments mentioned in the media
bulletRebirth of SRA beliefs in England 

bulletA special request to SRA survivors

bulletBooks and other resources that:
bulletPromote belief in SRA
bulletAre skeptical of SRA

Related information on this web site:

bulletRitual abuse, mainly of children
bulletRecovered memory therapy
bulletMultiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder
bulletPsychological and other hoaxes 

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. J.G. Kennedy, delivered on 1962-JUN-11 at a Commencement Address at Yale University. Quoted by Biesterveld, Wisconsin Law Review, 2002.
  2. Mentioned in: Wendy Kaminer, "Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: the Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety," Vintage, (2000). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
  3. The definition of the word "pedophile" is in a state of flux. Throughout this web site, we try use the term "pedophile" in its historical sense to refer to any adult who is sexually attracted to pre-pubertal children. We use the term "abusive pedophile" to refer to those adults who form a very small minority of pedophiles -- those who act out their sexual attraction by sexually molesting children.
  4. Kerr Cuhulain, "Police who believe," at: This is a series of essays about police officers who believe in the widespread nature of ritual abuse. Cuhulain is a Wiccan police officer with the Vancouver Police Department, Youth Services Unit. His mundane name is Detective Constable Charles A Ennis.
  5. Professor Richard Green, letter to the editor, Independent newspaper (UK), 2000-FEB -12.
  6. The ninth in the list of "The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth." by Anton LaVey, 1967. See:

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Latest update: 2010-JUN-14
Author: B.A. Robinson

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