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20 Years Of Satanic Panic
Issue 1244, 1st September 2009

The believers are fighting back But there is now a growing and dangerous fight back in the form of books and conferences featuring speakers defiantly and proudly proclaiming the existence of “ritual abuse” and how to treat “survivors”. The believers are mainly therapists and survivors who have apparently belatedly recovered memories while in therapy (many of whom have become therapists). They are promoting a whole new field of “trauma” therapy in how to treat survivors of ritual abuse, who are diagnosed as suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Victims are said to develop a number of “alters” or other personalities, to whom they switch to help them bury the memories (see Eyes passim).

The latest fashionable theory in this psychobabble psychotherapy is that these survivors are victims of “mind control” exerted by the perpetrators using the “alters” to control the victim to make them suppress or disbelieve the memories of the abuse.

The treatments, which often involve counselling all these alters, necessarily involve many years of very expensive therapy. In a new book, published in the US, Ritual Abuse in the Twenty First Century, one survivor wrote of their 17-year journey in therapy. At what cost?

‘Denial, disbelief and misdiagnosis’ In the UK this year there have already been a string of conferences, seminars and training sessions; and more are planned, with delegates paying between £200 and £700 a time. Topics range around theories of trauma, dissociative disorders, attachment (which means lack of attachment to parents due to childhood abuse), ritual abuse and mind control - all related to previously forgotten extreme childhood sexual abuse.

In May about 200 people (paying up to £285 each) attended a conference in Derbyshire organised by TAG, the Trauma and Abuse Group, and RAINS, Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support (led by veteran ritual abuse campaigner and psychiatrist Joan Coleman - see Eyes passim). The conference was on the subjects of early life trauma, childhood sexual abuse and ritual abuse, and entitled Attachment, Trauma and Dissociation. It was important, the programme said, because “many survivors encounter misunderstanding, denial, disbelief and misdiagnosis”.

Speakers included Dr Alison Miller, a psychologist in private practice in British Columbia, Canada, who spoke on how to treat victims of ritual abuse and mind control. In her chapter in the book Ritual Abuse in the Twenty First Century, which is being heavily promoted in the UK, she wrote about how victims of ritual abuse and mind control survivors develop numerous “alters”. In a “typical group”, she explained, “by the age of six months the child has at minimum 18 to 20 alters”.

More top stories in the latest issue:

FROM CANDY MAN TO TAXMAN
Why questions about the tax affairs of the Candy brothers, of One Hyde Park fame, should embarrass the man who now chairs the board of HMRC.

REVOLVING FLAWS
Osborne aide Rupert Harrison lands a job with asset manager BlackRock after designing the pension reforms on which it is cashing in. Fancy!

NO-COMPENSATION CULTURE
The high court ruling that cruelly bars those jailed for crimes they did not commit from receiving compensation for their ruined lives.

HIGHLANDS AND (OFFSHORE) ISLANDS
The hundreds of thousands of Scottish acres owned in shady offshore havens giving tax breaks to their elusive lairds.

CHAOS INTO CASH
Cuts are causing havoc in west London hospitals, but there’s good money to be made by the consultants and PR companies spinning the plans through.

SATANIC PANIC
Satanic ritual abuse has been debunked, but a recent child abuse training day run by compensation chasing lawyers was still told it was a reality.

HIGH PRINCIPALS

University of Bolton edges up the rankings largely due to the success of its film production course – whose leader has been controversially sacked.

UNHEALTHY FINANCES
More evidence emerges that private health firms touting for NHS work are facing serious financial problems of their own.

LICENCE TO MAKE MONEY
How automatic court fees hit the thousands who appear in court each week for failing to make a TV licence payment disproportionately hard.

SKY’S THE LIMIT
Scottish islanders challenge the high price of flights to the mainland as the only airline covering the routes turns a healthy profit at their expense.

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