"...the Satan-chasers' incredible claims are
distinguished by an utter lack of evidence, except for the rantings elicited from
'victims' by dubious psychotherapists and church counselors." Mark Sauer,
movie review of "By Satan Possessed."
There is a near consensus among mental health professionals that memories of
past existence of:
are mainly derived from false memories which, in turn, are generally
generated by suggestive Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT)
techniques, whether administered by a therapist, a mutual support group, or by
oneself. They are unrelated to real events from the past.
do not occur naturally, but are iatrogenic -- created by an interaction of
client and therapist -- without either being aware of the process,
website was started up in 1995, at a time when beliefs in RA, SRA, MPD and DID
had just started to decline after having captured the public's attention and acceptance
since the early 1980s. There were two main reasons for their decline:
The complete absence of hard evidence for their existence, and
Increasing knowledge about the nature of human memory as a result of research.
These four belief systems included:
Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA): a psychological, sexual, spiritual, and/or physical assault
forced on an unwilling victim and committed
by one or more Satanists according to a prescribed ritual, the primary aim of which is to
fulfill the need to worship the devil, a.k.a. Satan, a person with magical powers who is found in Christianity and Islam. Starting in the mid 1990s, belief in SRA went into a rapid
decline, largely because of the complete lack of hard evidence that SRA has ever
Ritual Abuse (RA): This is similar to SRA, except that the
perpetrators are not motivated by Satanic belief; they are following
another belief system. Although there is hard evidence of Christian Ritual
Abuse (CRA) in the form of exorcisms involving physical assault and
the occasional homicide, other forms of ritual abuse appear to be very rare or
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) (now generally called Dissociative
Identity Disorder (DID) ) is a belief that a single person can be the host of two
or more discrete alters or individual personalities. There is a near concensus among therapists and researchers
that MPD and DID are iatrogenic disorders -- caused by the physician or
therapist in conjunction with the client even as neither patient nor client is aware of the process of alter creation. It does not seem to exist in nature.
Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT): a form of counseling that rapidly
declined across North American in the 1990s and is very rare today. It involves suggestive forms of therapy including
hypnotism, guided imagery, dream analysis, etc. It appears to be an effective
method of transferring the beliefs of the therapist to the client without either
being aware of the process. The client often develops false memories of events
that never happened and are unrelated to real events in the past. If the therapist is a enthusiastic supporter of SRA, then
the client may well also recover memories of SRA. If the therapist believes that MPD/DID
is widespread in society, then her/his clients may also develop MPD/DID. Similar belief systems involve as abuse in former lifetimes, abuse onboard UFOs,
ritual abuse within Masonic and similar men's organizations, etc.
Current status of belief in SRA, RA, RMT, and MPD/DID:
Today, SRA, RA, RMT, and MPD/DID are generally
recognized to have been a cruel hoaxes that:
Harmed hundreds of thousands of individuals in these client's family of
Hurting many thousands of children who were subjected to incompetent
interview techniques about MVMO (multi-victim, multi-offender) abuse in day
cares, Sunday schools, etc., and
Triggering hundreds or perhaps thousands of suicides which otherwise would not
However, belief in the existence of these forms of abuse still exists. A search on 2018-AUG-31 for "satanic ritual abuse" in the books section of amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/ found 121 books on this topic still in print, including some published during 2017 and 2018. Many of these books seem to assume the existence of SRA.
It is important to study these past tragedies in order to prevent the public
from experiencing similar tragedies in the future.