Satanic Ritual Abuse.
What is ritual abuse? Ritual Abuse usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time. The physical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexual abuse is usually painful, humiliating, intended as a means of gaining dominance over the victim. The psychological abuse is devastating and involves the use of ritual indoctrination. It includes mind control techniques which convey to the victim a profound terror of the cult members…most victims are in a state of terror, mind control and dissociation.
Ritual abuse is defined as a combination of severe emotional, physical, sexual and spiritual abuse used with symbols, ceremonies and/or group activities that have a religious, supernatural or magical meaning.
It is very difficult to pin down an exact definition, as all child abuse usually involves some form of ritual – either for grooming or for controlling purposes, and ritual abuse seems to have some elements in common with the activities of paedophile rings (for example: secrecy; involvement of people with “respectable” professions; excellent communication networks). However, there are enough distinguishing characteristics to treat ritual abuse as a category of abuse in its own right – and this obviously has implications for the support of survivors of ritual abuse.
Ritual abuse is highly organized abuse, which involves a group or groups of people, often in a pseudo religious context. The rituals are not always Satanic, although “evil” plays a big part in ceremonies and in the abuse. “Rituals”, “ceremonies” and “services” involve a great deal of planning and organising, and are often held in rural areas. We have been told of ritual abuse taking place in churches and graveyards, in country houses and in remote farm buildings.
Ritual abuse is very sadistic (it is designed to cause a great deal of pain for the pleasure of the observers and those participating more directly in the abuse) and misogynistic (woman hating). Infanticide (the murder of babies and children) is sometimes incorporated into the ceremonies, and animals may be included in the abuse and/or “sacrificed” too – these things are specifically designed to add to the level of terror experienced by survivors, and are particularly common images in the flashbacks they suffer later on.
There is a general level of denial/disbelief in society, that ritual abuse happens, and this also has enormous consequences for survivors.
Things Commonly Associated with Ritual Abuse
- Big church style candles
- Altars of some description
- Crosses (often upside down)
- Symbols – sometimes using existing, and well known, images like the pentangle, sometimes completely made up for the purposes of the group.
- Chanting/”masses” – sometimes using Latin, or drawing on existing religious services, but often completely made up for the purposes of the group.
- Hooded robes – the “elders” or leaders often have different coloured robes to the “congregation” in general.
- Marking of victims in some way, through tattooing or scarring.
- “Curses” and superstition – often used to create fear (of disclosure or of escaping)
DJ Jimmy Saville raped a girl of 15 during a satanic ritual
The disturbing claims of snuff films and widespread ritual abuse made by two charities came to light during a lengthy investigation by the Sunday Express.
Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught
Charity Izzy’s Promise is based in Dundee.
Project co-ordinator Joseph Lumbasi said: “Babies are aborted for sacrifices.
“There is pornography, sick films.
“Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught.”
How common is grooming
We don’t know how common grooming is because often children don’t tell anyone what is happening to them.
Children may not speak out because they are: ashamed feeling guilty unaware that they’re being abused
believe they are in a relationship with a ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’.
Secrets and intimidation to control children
Once they have established trust, groomers will exploit the relationship by isolating the child from friends or family and making the child feel dependent on them. They will use any means of power or control to make a child believe they have no choice but to do what they want.
Groomers may introduce ‘secrets’ as a way to control or frighten the child. Sometimes they will blackmail the child, or make them feel ashamed or guilty, to stop them telling anyone about the abuse.
Groomers can use social media sites, instant messaging apps including teen dating apps, or online gaming platforms to connect with a young person or child.
They can spend time learning about a young person’s interests from their online profiles and then use this knowledge to help them build up a relationship.
It’s easy for groomers to hide their identity online – they may pretend to be a child and then chat and become ‘friends’ with children they are targeting.
Groomers will exploit any vulnerability to increase the child or young person’s dependence on them, and reduce the likelihood of the child speaking out.
How grooming happens
Grooming happens both online and in person. Groomers will hide their true intentions and may spend a long time gaining a child’s trust. Groomers may try to gain the trust of a whole family to allow them to be left alone with a child and if they work with children they may use similar tactics with their colleagues.
Groomers do this by:
pretending to be someone they are not, for example saying they are the same age online offering advice or understanding buying gifts giving the child attention using their professional position or reputation taking them on trips, outings or holidays.
Child sexual abuse online
When sexual exploitation happens online, young people may be persuaded, or forced, to:
send or post sexually explicit images of themselves
take part in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone
have sexual conversations by text or online.
Abusers may threaten to send images, video or copies of conversations to the young person’s friends and family unless they take part in other sexual activity.
Images or videos may continue to be shared long after the sexual abuse has stopped.
The earlier they contact StopSO, the fewer victims are created, and the easier it is for the perpetrator to change their behaviour. Eighty-five per cent of these perpetrators referred themselves, and eight per cent were ‘non-offending paedophiles,’ who recognise that they have a sexual preference for children but are determined not to act on it, or break the law.
Every paedophile was once somebody’s little child, a member of somebody’s family. To imagine that they are somehow distinct from us, that they are ‘those monsters over there’ is a fairy-story we can no longer afford to believe.
In order to stop this perpetual cycle of abuse… we need to make it easier and more acceptable for people with paedophile tendencies to get treatment. More research also needs to be carried out to help identify the 30% of children who have been abused and who are at risk of growing up to become abusers themselves.
An unprecedented six-month operation coordinated by the NCA and involving 45 police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has led to the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles.
More than 400 children across the UK have been safeguarded.
Some of those arrested had unsupervised access to children in the course of their work. They include doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.
Of the 660, 39 people were Registered Sex Offenders but the majority of those arrested had not previously come to law enforcement’s attention.
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Reporting to the police and other agencies.