In continuing to help provide answers to some of the more commonly asked questions, this time we’re looking at a series of questions that came in concerning satanic ritual abuse. They are questions that anyone that has begin to truly dig into the truth has asked at one time or another. Sometimes even multiple times.
Again, the below excerpt from the initial email is included with permission and minimal editing.
I have a friend that ministers at a prison in Texas, and their church group is learning about spiritual warfare and the occult. One inmate in particular has sent several questions that I would love to have your input on as well.
1. What do you know about satanic ritual abuse and can you verify that it actually happens?
2. Please explain the “satanic panic” of the 1980’s, specifically in regards to the Mc Martin Preschool incident. Why do you think that the media, religious leaders, etc. try to dismiss, mock, and ridicule the victims of satanic ritual abuse?
3. Is it true that women are bred in satanic covens so that the children can be used as sacrifices?
4. Please share your experiences in ministering to individuals who have experienced satanic ritual abuse and what have you learned?
I wish that I could say that these were questions we’d never come across before. In fact, they’re asked more than you would likely suspect. So I will get right into it.
Satanic ritual abuse, by its very nature, is secretive. The reason that it’s not accepted in mainstream as a fact is twofold; religious freedom, and lack of physical evidence oftentimes due to years between the crime and the survivor stepping forward. Being a satanist in and of itself isn’t a crime in many countries throughout the world. But without the ability to acknowledge that as a motive, what you’re predominantly left with are cases that deal with claims of severe abuse so outlandish that they challenge reality. There are though, a few cases that you can find which clearly bear a label of satanic ritual abuse that have been successfully prosecuted in a court of law, both here and in the UK.
Does it happen? Absolutely. As many authors that have written extensively about the subject, and dealt with it directly for many more years than myself will state, we’re either dealing with an international conspiracy of toddlers, or we’re dealing with true, dark, satanic rituals that involve child abuse, torture, and even ritualistic murder.
It’s human nature to refuse to accept that something so horrific could be commonplace. We’ve been told for decades that people are “by nature, good,” so to even think of the idea of a group of adults abusing children in such ways, torturing and murdering either animals, children, or adults is reprehensible. Everything within our being wants to scream, “not possible!” One can do a study on how the initial reports of incest or even spousal abuse were initially received and see many similarities with the first reports of satanic ritual abuse.
In the 1980s when cases first started hitting the news, the stories were so bizarre that the words of the abusers proved true; “even if you do tell, no one will believe you.” That’s intentional! When you read more into the McMartin case, and especially the way in which the initial psychologist that was working with the kids handled things, she did an amazing job all things considered.
I believe it was one of the books by Noblitt and Perskins that addressed her initial skepticism about the claims the child was making. Understandably so. But then another child came forward, and another. She went on the record to make it clear that initially, none of the parents were aware that other children were receiving counseling or making allegations, but that the stories of the children matched. It was only after some time that the parents became aware of each other and began talking.
What does a jury of adults do when they hear a child, giving testimony in an already mind boggling case, look at the judge and say that ‘he was there’ at a ritual in which the child was either abused directly or witnessed the abuse of another? Logical, educated adults would of course want to dismiss the claim out of hand.
What about when a child alleges that they were abused by Mickey Mouse? Clearly then, the child is making things up, right? The more research is done, the more it becomes clear that when the abuse occurs, most of the survivors are under the influence of drugs. There are several reasons for this; it makes them fight less, and helps to mess with their memories so that if they should eventually remember, they remember the abuse being at the hands of Mickey instead of what anyone not under the influence would see as clearly an adult wearing a mask.
As this world is driven by money, those that acknowledge the reality of ritual abuse will often point to financial reasons for the claims of survivors, especially those that come out as a group as the McMartin case did, being summarily dismissed, downplayed, written off as lunacy, and outright derided. Sometimes people will point to property values, or tourist revenue. Other times they will point to upcoming community planning projects.
Consider, if you will, a church that is rocked by allegations that the head pastor has abused children in dark rituals late at night. The congregation is used to seeing one face presented; a man that’s been faithfully teaching the Word of God Sunday mornings for years. Maybe even playing the piano as well, for the worship. Because of what they’ve seen, and the lack of true discipleship in the churches, they cannot even begin to comprehend, let alone identify any possible signs or symptoms, that would point to the pastor being a multiple capable of such things. Gone are the days when the church understood their authority in Christ, or that strongholds and residual issues are oftentimes something that even a believer needs to deal with, or maybe even get help for. Gone are the days of discernment.
When one considers the stories that come out from the survivors, are the stories of those stepping forward saying that they were “breeders,” all that outlandish? We’re talking about ritual groups that cover all walks of life; from your stay at home moms, to your Wall Street executives. From the doctor working in the clinic, to the police officer on the corner, to the elite. The idea of having a medically trained individual available not only to help with delivery, but that could also induce an early labor isn’t nearly as outlandish as the descriptions of the rituals that people have survived.
I could go on for pages enumerating various cases that have been brought to light since the “satanic panic” of the 80s, but others far more educated and well-versed in the specifics of different cases have already covered that material in their books. I don’t know how the library system works, but if he’s able, he may wish to see if he can get any of the following books as they would be able to provide greater information still, and answer his questions in even greater detail.
Boyd, Andrew (1991) Blasphemous Rumours: Is Satanic Ritual Abuse Fact or Fantasy? An Investigation. London: Fount Paperbacks
Core, Dianne (1991) Chasing Satan: An Investigation Into Satanic Crimes Against Children. London: Gunter Books
Dizdar, Russ (2009) The Black Awakening: Rise of the Satanic Super Soldier and the Coming Chaos. Ohio: Lulu
Friesen, James G. (1992) More than Survivors: Conversations With Multiple Personality Clients. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers
Noblitt, James Randall and Pamela Sue Perskin (1995) Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America. Westport. CT: Praeger Publishers
I hope that the information I have provided here helps to answer the questions posed. If he happens to have more specific questions as a follow-up, feel free to message back.