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A note to survivors of

Satanic/Sadistic Ritual Abuse

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This essay is directed to survivors of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) - sometimes called Sadistic Ritual Abuse.

Memories of SRA are profoundly damaging. A study of adult survivors in Washington State showed that most people who recover memories of this type of abuse have extreme difficulties holding down a job, maintaining their relationships, maintaining their marriage, and avoiding hospitalization. Many are suicidal; some attempt to kill themselves; a few succeed.

As you probably know, some people believe in the reality of SRA; others are skeptics. This shows up in their predictions of the number of children killed each year in the U.S. by Satanic cults. The numbers vary from 50,0000 to 0. Satanic ritual abuse is a crime for which there are no available accurate statistics.

We feel that there are three possible beliefs about SRA:

  1. that the "believers" are correct. SRA is very widespread. There are tens of thousands of victims - perhaps more.
  2. that the "skeptics" are correct. SRA does not exist in reality. It exists only in the memories of survivors; and these memories are false. They are real-feeling memories of events that never happened.
  3. that the true scope of SRA is somewhere between the beliefs of the "believers" and the "skeptics"
bullet If (1) is true, then SRA is, by far, our most serious social problem.
bullet If (2) is true, then tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of adults are developing false memories of SRA and being partly disabled by those memories. SRA is still a massive social problem.
bullet If (3) is true, then we have many people being abused with SRA and many others being disabled by false memories of abuse that never happened. Either way, their memories are disabling them. We still have a massive social problem.

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:
bullet Some people believe survivors;
bullet Others think that the survivors are lying.

But things are never that simple. There are always other alternatives. Sometimes there is a fourth.

Survivors themselves are often presented with two possibilities:
bullet The abuse happened exactly as they remember it to be, or
bullet They are going crazy.

Again, there are always other alternatives.

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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:
bullet by reading a book on recovered memories and applying the self-hypnosis techniques contained in it. The "Courage to Heal" is perhaps the most widely read of these self-help books
bullet by going to a mutual support group where recovered memories of incest, sexual abuse or SRA are discussed.
bullet by going to a therapist (or psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, Christian therapist, etc) who uses RMT techniques to recover repressed memories.

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.
bullet A survivor is not lying when she describes these memories to others.
bullet A survivor is not going crazy, because the process of creating memories of events that never happened is a perfectly natural one. Many therapists report that 80% of their clients recover 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:
bullet Your memories feel very real.
bullet You are not lying when you relate your memories to others.
bullet RMT is an experimental, suggestive and dangerous technique.
bullet Perfectly normal people can develop memories of events that never happened.
bullet Memories that are recovered in RMT may or may not be of real events.

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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.

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