Ritual abuse, Satanic ritual abuse (SRA), multiple personality
recovered memory therapy (RMT), etc.
News items, from 2009-JAN to OCT
It is now about three decades since the sudden increase in interest in allegations of SRA, MPD and RMT. Very few therapists are still promoting any of the three belief systems. However, the occasional mention does surface from time to time.
2009-JAN-27: MPD - North America: New TV comedy series with MPD theme: Steven Spielberg has created a family comedy series titled "The United
States of Tara." It is broadcast on Showtime every Sunday at 10 PM ET and
PT and on other days and times.
The main character of Tara is played by Toni Collette. She is described as
"...a working mother of two who paints nursery room murals that totally rock
and sometimes doesn't feel like herself." Her alters -- so far -- consist of:
Alice who is a perfect homemaker and believes in traditional values.
Buck who loves beer and motorcycles.
"T" who is a wild, pot-smoking teen. 1
Dr. Richard Kluft is the show's medical consultant. The Showtime web site
contains links to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and
Dissociation and The Sidran Institute. Unfortunately, a lot of
North Americans will base their opinions about MPD/DID upon this comedy
series, and give this almost abandoned concept a massive boost in credibility. 2
2009-FEB: MPD - North America: "Tara" show renewed for a
second season. Robert Greenblatt, who heads up
Showtime's entertainment programs, said: "This is a perfect fit for our
premium brand and we're thrilled that critics and audiences have responded to
this groundbreaking show so well. I look forward to many more alternate
personalities emerging from this unique series." 3
2009-APR-25: SRA - CA: Ritual Abuse seminar scheduled
for Davis: Beliefs about ritual abuse live on, in spite of little or
no concrete evidence of its existence. A team headed by clinical
psychologist Randy Noblitt Ph.D. and Pamela Perskin Noblitt, will head a
conference scheduled for Davis, CA. It is titled "Ritual Abuse in the 21st
Century." "Dr. Noblitt will discuss the evidence of ritual abuse,
international research data from over 1,500 survivors, efforts to discredit
allegations made by survivors, and the psychological, behavioral and physical
devastation left by such abuse."
In reality, present-day devastation is caused by memories of past
ritual abuse. If they are memories of real events, then the perpetrators of
the abuse are responsible. If they are memories of events that never happened,
then the therapeutic techniques used on the client are the cause of the
This conference is co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and
Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University. IVAT is approved
to sponsor up to 5.5 continuing education credits by the American
Psychological Association (APA), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC),
the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, the California Board of Registered
Nurses, the State Bar of California, the California Association of Alcoholism
& Drug Abuse Counselors. 4
2009-JUL-07: SRA - Scotland: Police officer abused children: John McFadden from Bearsden was found guilty of sexually
abusing a boy between 1988 and 1992, as well as two other children between
1983 and 1990. He pretended to be a Satanist and told a boy that demons and
spirits would kill him and drag him to Hell unless he submitted to sexual
abuse. " He dressed in a black cloak and used a crucifix with a skull
and crossbones and an onyx ring, which he claimed gave him power, to terrify
the youngster into keeping the abuse a secret." Cases like this one surface
from time to time in which an adult with no special knowledge of Satanism
pretend to be a Satanist in order to manipulate their victims. 5
2009-AUG-19: Canada: CBC radio resurrects MPD
program: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has
a weekly radio program called "And the winner is..." On AUG-19, they
re-broadcasted a program titled "Voices Within: Living With Multiple
Personality Disorder" The original 1991 program received a Gabriel Award from
the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals.
It treats multiple personality disorder as a real phenomenon:
I wrote the following Email to CBC's ombudsman:
I was stunned to hear that the "And the winner is" program rebroadcast a
program on multiple personality disorder (MPD) -- now called "dissociative
identity disorder" (DID)
I don't know exactly when this program was originally broadcast because the
podcast is filled with intervals of dead air, including that date. But it was
rebroadcast on 2009-AUG-19.
What horrified me what that the commentator who introduced the program and the
program itself treated DID as a generally accepted disorder. In fact, it was
never accepted by most psychologists and psychiatrists. It was a hoax that was
popular during the 1980s and early 1990s and is now almost totally
It damaged and sometimes destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of
individuals, mostly young adult women who trusted their therapist. It
fragmented tens of thousands of families of origin.
I am not distressed that you broadcast a program about MPD/DID. I am very
distressed that your program accepted the pseudo-disorder as an established
fact and that it is often linked to child abuse. Unfortunately, there is no
way for you to reverse the damage you have caused.
I invite you to read some of the essays on MPD/DID at our website at: www.religioustolerance.org/mpd_did.htm
We received neither an acknowledgment nor a response to this Email.
2009-OCT-08: TX: Governor dissolves Texas Forensic Science
Commission: The Commission had been investigating the case of Todd
Willingham who had been charged with arson in the deaths of his children in
1991. He was found guilty and executed. There are allegations that the
investigation was botched, and that Willingham was innocent of arson -- in fact
that no arson had ever happened. At the time, the prosecution suggested that
Willingham was a Satanist. They based this conclusion on the heavy-metal rock
posters. Some have suggested that the action by the governor was an effort to
cover up "... a state-sanctioned murder." 7,8
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "United States of Tara's" home page is at: Showtime, at: http://www.sho.com
- "Q&A with Richard P. Kluft, MD," Showtime, at: http://www.sho.com/
- The article containing full information on this event is at www.icelebz.com. We received a McAfee
SiteAdvisor warning that "... this site attempted to make unauthorized changes
to our test PC by exploiting a browser security vulnerability. This is a serious
security threat which could lead to an infection of your PC."
- "Ritual Abuse in the 21st Century," Eassurvey's Weblog, 2009-APR-08, at: http://eassurvey.wordpress.com/
- " 'Black magic' child abuser jailed," BBC News, 2009-JUL-07, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/
- "Past episodes: And the Winner Is... August 19, 2009 - Voices Within: Living
With Multiple Personality Disorder," CBC, at: http://www.cbc.ca/ The 55 minute program can be heard at: http://www.cbc.ca/
- Michael R. Snedeker, "State-sanctioned murder," 2009-OCT-08, at: http://www.bobchatelle.net/
- David Grann, "Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?," New
Yorker, 2009-SEP-07, at: http://www.newyorker.com/
Copyright © 2009 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Latest update: 2011-MAR-06
Author: B.A. Robinson