Unfortunately, very little effort is being invested to prove which one of the alternatives is true.
Many survivors have difficulty convincing others of the reality of their abuse:
But things are never that simple. There are always other alternatives. Sometimes there is a fourth.
Survivors themselves are often presented with two possibilities:
Again, there are always other alternatives.
What are the other alternatives?
Consider a situation that is unrelated to SRA. Suppose for a minute, that there was a way in which ordinary nightmares could be converted into memories that feel real. That is, a person would start with memories of frightening events during a nightmare. They would go through some sort of process. When they came out the other side, the memories would still be present. But their source would be forgotten. The person would not recall that the frightening events were part of a nightmare; the events would be remembered as part of their real life. For example, one night, you may have a nightmare of having been chased by a car whose driver was shooting at you. Later, you go through some process, which causes the scenes in that nightmare to becomes a real memory of a scary event that happened to you. You forget that the memories were part of a nightmare; you actually remember having been chased by a man in a car who was shooting at you.
We believe that there is such a process. This process is often called "recovered memory therapy" or RMT. It generates a type of "source amnesia" in which memories of nightmares become dislodged from their origins and coalesce into real-feeling memories of events that seem as if they really happened. Similarly, memories from horror stories may become separated from their origins in a movie, novel, TV program or comic book and become associated with happenings in the person's life.
RMT is commonly experienced in one of three ways:
Clients of therapists who use RMT tend to adopt the belief systems of the therapist without either being aware of the process. So too with readers of self-help books and members of mutual support groups. So, if a RMT therapist, book author or group believes in widespread incest and child abuse, the client/reader/member will frequently develop memories of such abuse. So too with therapists, book authors or groups who believe that adult emotional problems are caused by abuse in former lifetimes or on board UFOs.
Once these free-floating horror images become memories of real events, they feel exactly like real memories.
Many, probably most, people who receive RMT develop memories of having been sexually abused during childhood. About 17% of the latter go on to develop memories of Satanic Ritual Abuse.
To sum up:
The above only applies to survivors who have recovered memories under the influence of RMT. If you have had always-present memories of childhood abuse by Satanic cults, then we would like to hear from you. Because of the unreliable nature of recovered memories, we are only interested in persons who have had SRA continuously from the time of the abuse until now. It is our hope that we detect common features among survivors that will help us identify the group that is responsible for the abuse. Please reply using the "Contact Us" button below. Your Emails will be kept in strict confidence.