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Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA)


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


Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) can be defined as psychological, sexual, spiritual, 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 the rituals 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, and exposing many tens of thousands of others -- mainly children -- to horrendous levels of abuse. The panic almost completely died after 15 years because of lack of hard evidence that it ever existed as a significant problem.

The panic was facilitated by a lack of knowledge of how human memory works. Over time, researchers greatly increased their knowledge in this area. Studies revealed the dangers of improper interviewing of children. The standard techniques then in place caused therapists to accidentally implant false memories of abuse in children's minds. These were real-feeling memories of events that never happened.

A second effect, originating from inadequate knowledge of the workings of the human mind, generated a belief in multiple personality disorder (MPR). This was perceived as one person having more than one personality, who were generally unknown to each other. A person with MPR would switch among the different personalities from time to time. This belief has died along with that of SRA.

Today, investigators have reached a concensus that Satanic Ritual Abuse was a hoax that was inadvertently perpetrated by sincere therapists, newspaper reporters, clergy, etc. It adversely affected hundreds of thousands of victims and members of the victims' families. However, there are still many people who believe that SRA was real; some believe it is still going on. Many books are still available that describe SRA as if it is real. A search for "Satanic Ritual Abuse" on at: during 2018-AUG found 121 books on the topic still available.

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An exchange of opinions posted on over SRA:

"Kindle Customer" posted a book review for "Satanic Ritual Abuse Exposed: Recovery of a Christian Survivor" by "Katie:"

"I am not an expert by any means...however, this is all too much. Perhaps the author believes this happened. I can't believe all this is factual. I can believe the author loves and trusts God. But the rest is too far fetched."

I responded with the following posting:

"Satanic Ritual Abuse was a hoax triggered by a 1980 fictional novel presented as non-fiction called "Michelle Remembers." It generated a Satanic Panic in the U.S. and Canada which lasted until the mid 1990's and convicted about 150 innocent adults with evidence based in false memories implanted in children's minds -- memories of events that never happened. By about 1995, police finally established that there was no hard evidence that any of it had happened, and the hoax collapsed. However, there are probably many tens of thousands of adults with implanted memories who are still suffering today."

"valuehunterPR" responded to my comment with:

"This kind of comments either appear as totally detached from reality, a big problem all by itself, or this kind of people are in reality practitioners and promoters of SRA. As with the Devil himself, the two best strategies for his success are either total obsession with him OR to totally deny his existence as ridiculous ancient superstitions. The vicious attacks everywhere on Christianity, which they themselves allege is 'total fantasy', REEKS of Satanism, attacking that which they say is useless and obsolete. Those things that are actually useless and obsolete FALL AND DISSAPEAR by themselves without MASSIVE attacks and propaganda in all fronts. Was there a massive campaign of brain washing, legal fascism and forced media indoctrination to make people stop using the horse and buggy and start using cars??? SRA is another heinous consequence of this well organized, demonic apocalypse which is supposedly 'not happening at all'."

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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Two books on Satanic Ritual Abuse, taking opposite positions on its reality (Prices as of 2016-JUN-02):

  • 1. A book exposing SRA as a hoax:

book cover Richard Beck, "We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s," PublicAffairs (2015). Available for $11.72 in Kindle format, or $20.68 in Hardcover. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store.

Excerpt from's review:

    "... none of it happened. It was an epic decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria – on a par with the Salem witch trials or the red scares of the 1950s.

    Using extensive archival research conducted in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and elsewhere, and drawing on dozens of interviews conducted with the hysteria’s major figures, Richard Beck shows how a group of legislators, doctors, lawyers, and parents, all working with the best of intentions, set the stage for a judicial disaster. A number of opportunistic journalists helped to carry the story from state to state, and the silence of their colleagues, who should have known better, allowed it to keep spreading long after it became clear that the story was simply unsupported by evidence."

  • 2. A book claiming that SRA is or was real:

book cover "Katie," "Satanic Ritual Abuse Exposed: Recovery of a Christian Survivor," Revelation Gateway Publications, LLC (2014). Available in Kindle format for $5.88 or in Paperback for $14.99. . Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store supplies a free app for PC and Mac computers, tablets, smart phones, etc. They also sell dedicated Kindle readers.

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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: 2016-JUN-02
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