the nut job world of “Satanic Ritual Abuse” conspiracy

This is a subject that I care a great deal about, as it has done so much damage, and yet responsibility for the damage has never really been publicly and clearly admitted in the past by those who furthered and perpetuated it. I am talking about the “Satanic Panics” and “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scares which were at their heights in the 1980s and 90s, but which I recently learned have not yet gone away.

That they are still with us is not a surprise; they are nothing new, in fact they evidence an archaic psychology which makes them seem surreal and oddly cinematic (having maybe been primed by fiction, film and bogus literary “accounts”). But then people are largely fairly primitive, and their moral compasses are constructed with a lot less altruism than they generally think. In that sense, it is only a matter of time before the “monster” is sighted, and the pitch forks and torches lend mission to the mob. That’s one good reason we should always beware of this kind of thing developing. Not just with “Satanism”, but with any perceived “outsider identity”. It’s a lowest common denominator behaviour of people in clans and groups towards “the other”.

There is a very good article on the WideShut blog, detailing both the history and the cultural influences feeding the modern SRA myth. The video at the start is worth the view if you prefer to sit back and just have a watch. One thing I was actually quite shocked to learn though was that one of the prime media pushers of the 90s SRA agenda in the UK was Beatrix Campbell, who actually made a Dispatches documentary whipping up the scare (in the name of “the children”, naturally). What shocked me wasn’t that a journalist would make such garbage (stories sell, it’s a job), but that Beatrix Campbell later ran as a candidate for the UK Green Party in 2010 in Hampstead and Kilburn, and from her website appears to still be a prominent member. Now maybe I have missed something, but I have never heard or read of a retraction of belief in the discredited SRA phenomenon from her, nor any taking of responsibility for contributing to a delusion that inflicted very real damage on families and children. That the Green Party shelters such a person is disturbing. Or is it just so easy to forget about the accusations and the damage, to just overlook the requirement for responsibility, even in retrospect, when you put the words “Satanic” and “child abuse” together in a sentence? After all, who could blame you? Are you a paedophile or something?

But as I said above, things haven’t gone away. Last year in Hampstead a new “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scare started developing, centring on a separated couple, their children, the mother and her new partner, and the accused father (plus whichever imaginary people also came to be accused as part of the “conspiracy”). The accusations were brought into doubt quite quickly in fact, but the children were made the subjects of a police protection order, and were subjected to medical examinations by a pediatrician. None of the police investigations confirmed the details of the stories of the children. By September the children had withdrawn their accusations, and admitted they had been bullied into it by their mother’s partner with physical violence and abuse. The mother (a Ms Draper) at this point dispensed with her legal team and chose to represent herself. At this stage, as the legal case was starting to fall apart, and a full blown, Social Services supported “Satanic Panic” was failing to materialize, the online publication of material relating to the case and the fantasized claims started to really increase.

By March 2015 Mrs Justice Pauffley found there was “no satanic cult or other cult at which babies were murdered and children sexually abused” and that “all of the material promulgated by Ms Draper published on the internet is nothing other than utter nonsense”. But it didn’t stop there. There was a response to the internet call of Ms Draper and her supporters. A local school and a Church were named by these internet crusaders as being part of the Satanic conspiracy, and names and addresses of people, families and children were published. Innocent teachers, police officers and parents were smeared. Bogus videos of children claiming satanic abuse were uploaded, shared, re-uploaded, effectively multiplying the psychological abuse of these children by the accusers. And the vigilantes followed.  Ham & High reported in March of this year:

“The families concerned have been provided with panic alarms and advised to fit fire-proof letterboxes after threats started flooding in from those believing the allegations. Police have also stood guard outside the school and church to protect parents and pupils”

Death threats, the lot. All this, after the judge had ruled the claims “nothing other than utter nonsense”, and further found that the children had been “tortured” into making the claims by their own mother (who took on her own legal defense) and her partner; punching, kicking and dousing them with water while semi-clothed*. You can actually see a lot more on the nature of the online “support” that Ms Draper and her partner got, plus the disintegration of it in recent weeks at the Hoaxtead Research blog. It’s not for the faint of heart or stomach, nor anyone who nurses an abiding faith in the sanity of the human race. What is also bizarre is the convergence of Van Helsing vampire hunting zeal, with a hodge-podge of New Age beliefs in some of the near rabid rants, all topped off with kiddie-centric pedo-killing swagger. It’s genuinely creepy. Is this the flip side of all that new age, love and white light, empathic, earth saving, bright eyed, true believing stuff? Shared psychosis?

In February of this year police attended Ms Draper’s home address, at which point she fled, allegedly overseas. She mounted a legal appeal against the above findings that her claims were false (while still absenting herself), which she lost this month. The children were in care (of Social/Child Services) in March, I’m not sure what their situation is now, but this must have been a nightmare for them.

As you will see from the Hoaxtead website, the vigilante Satan hunters are falling apart in disarray, as their pasted together belief system fails one reality test after another, and they look for people to blame. But the damage has been done. To the children they used, to the parents, teachers and police officers they smeared, the community they terrorized. And what will the come back be? Will we forget about it all, like Green Party candidates can? Will we somewhere inside say “but think of the children! They were only trying to protect the children!“. Will we really be that stupid?

This is not a problem that will go away easily or quickly, because whether it’s “Satanists” or someone else, people love to hate a scape goat. But let’s be realistic. If you do not punish false accusers, you’re pretty much giving the next nut job a free license, a relatively no-loss option, for the damage they can try to cause. Anyone should be able to report a crime, and have a crime investigated to the extent of reason, evidence and thoroughness, without come back. But clear cases of false accusation? Fabrication? Leading to vigilantism and destruction of people’s lives? It should have consequences, and I don’t mean counselling.

Failing in the attack on the innocent is not enough. There are real life consequences for the accused, even when proven innocent. There should be legal consequences for the accusers, when proven knowingly false. And if there are mental health problems involved, well if they are serious enough to ameliorate responsibility then they are serious enough to be formally diagnosed and treated, because they are putting people at risk. We’re so used to the idea of “protecting the accuser”, that we sometimes forget that the accuser is actually not always the victim, but sometimes the opposite. It’s part of what the false ones bank on, because with certain crimes, contrary to what people say, people are guilty until proven innocent, indeed guilty by accusation, by thug law.

By letting people get away with it, as if it were all understandable, excusable, just “one of those things”, we’re casting a vote for social delusion. We’re acquiescing in a world where people with pitch forks and torches are basically good sorts, and vigilantes have hearts of gold, and the truth can’t get in the way of a good story.

Ask yourself what kind of person that kind of world serves.

screen capture of mob scene from Young Frankenstein

screen capture of mob scene from Young Frankenstein

* from the same article in Ham & High

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38 Comments

  1. Well said, a good summary of the Hampstead case, and many good points. Hampstead is the first SRA case that I have looked into in great detail, and I was both horrified and angered at what has happened.

    The two main children at the heart of the Hampstead case will hopefully be returned to their father at the important court hearing on 11th August, after which I believe that a lot of legal activity will begin in order to make the witchfinders answer for their many injustices, dishonesty and injuries inflicted on their victims.

    I totally agree with you that something needs to be done to prevent the agents of SRA hoaxes from continuing to effectively spread their lies. I am unsure as to what actions Satanists can take, but with the rise of political Satanism such as the Satanic Temple, opportunities and methods could be deployed to challenge and prevent SRA hoaxes. I will have more to say on this issue on my own blog after the outcome of the 11th August court case.

    • thanks SV, I look forward to hearing more of your own views and news on the case. I do think that the more “out” and articulate Satanists there are, the more we help to defuse this kind of mass delusion, and hopefully obstruct the plain malicious to some extent. “Political Satanism” is an interesting idea, as in the USA it’s been used to reinforce separation of Church and State, and to critique religious bigotry, and the SRA myth is a kind of religious inspired hysteria, combined with base herd mentality. If we wanted to think about legitimate targets for Satanic campaigns, then SRA hoaxes, and the mentality surrounding them, would be powerful ones, if they could be reached and engaged with in a way which was appropriate and in some way “enlightening” or insightful, or somehow helped to derail these hideous witch hunts

  2. Reblogged this on satanicviews and commented:
    Another good article and summary by a fellow Satanist of the recent so-called Satanic ritual abuse claims at Hampstead. A good point is made that the agents behind the SRA hoaxes appear to move on unchallenged and without much damage to their reputations, despite inflicting terrible damage on the lives of those they accuse of SRA, and go on to repeat their activity to damage a new set of victims with SRA accusations years later.

  3. Reblogged this on In The Desert Of Seth and commented:
    This is an extremely important matter that everyone should be aware of. It isn’t just a “Satanist” problem; it’s a problem for all of us. Witch hunts are nothing new, but they’re apparently nothing old either, and they will keep continuing to happen until people are made to pay some serious consequences for perpetuating rumor panics like this. Like CredenceDawg says, no one who’s ever helped to perpetuate this kind of hysteria back in the 1980s or 1990s has even so much as offered a public apology for it.

  4. There are literally thousands of victims who have testified to the reality of SRA. It is not a “panic”, nor a “hype”, nor some made up thing designed to slander Satanists.

    There are of course numerous people who are involved in various forms of Satanism, or Witchcraft, paganism, etc., who do not practice anything close to Satanic Ritual Abuse, and find the very idea appalling. I am guessing that most of the previous commenters here would fall into that camp. When it comes to SRA though, it is very real, and typically involving covens and/or families who have Occult-bloodlines that go back a long, long ways. If you scoff at the idea that there could indeed be such a vast and centuries-old network of practicing, hidden Satanists, then of course this in itself will more or less remove the possibility of widespread SRA from your ability to imagine.

    Perhaps you don’t think things like ritualistic sacrifice are real? Perhaps you are somehow not familiar with the renowned writings and practices of Crowley? Or perhaps you simply just refuse to believe that anyone today could still be participating in such rituals?

    It’s not some ridiculous rumor that was started in the Eighties by guys like Heraldo. It’s been going on for centuries, all the way back to when the Canaanites were burning their children on the altars of Baal, and the Aztecs were removing the hearts of the victims being sacrificed in the worship of their plumed serpent god. And it does, still, go on today….

    • 30 years, major investigations, no evidence found, it speaks for itself. SRA is rationally discredited.

      I’m reasonably familiar with Crowely’s writings, at least a good deal of his major writings, and with his life story, and there is no human sacrifice there. He was careless with the well being of some of his followers, but there is nothing resembling SRA that anyone has shown.

      This is delusional, and the real victims are the people who have had their lives torn apart by mentally unbalanced or dishonest accusers. This has been the pattern over and over again, and this is what we should be working to prevent, not an imaginary conspiracy that no one is ever going to find, because it isn’t there. If it was, there would be traces to find, on a scale commensurate with the fantastical reports, and they would have been found by the law enforcement powers dedicated to the task, and not only dedicated, but primed in the past with special “seminars” specifically tailored to the SRA theory. But of course they couldn’t be found, and they can’t be found, because it has *never* been shown to be real, no matter how many lives were wrecked in the attempt.

      It is a delusion.

      • It has been found. Time and time again. And it has been covered up. Time and time again. Never heard of the Franklin cover-up? Never heard about the late FBI’s Ted Gunderson and what he found? Or any of the hundreds of testimonials you can go online and listen to for yourself??

        Of course, if you refuse to believe something can exist in the first place, then you will undoubtedly dismiss any and all evidence which speaks to the contrary.

        You also obviously don’t know that much about Crowley….

        Delusion indeed.

      • lol – that’s really convenient that the evidence all disappeared, over and over again. The evidence is either there or it isn’t, it doesn’t matter if I doubt the original proposition or not, my doubt will not make evidence disappear, especially as I am not the agencies investigating it. If it is not there, it is not there.

        I know quite a bit about Crowley, and I’m afraid you are barking up the wrong tree. Which biographies are you referencing?

      • It’s convenient for the perpetrators….

        But yes, I would agree that I most likely “barking up the wrong tree”. If you don’t believe in the reality of Satan in the first place, then it logically follows that you would have a hard time believing that people would actually do horrific things to innocent people in a ritualistic fashion, in order to gain more power.

        If you believe you know anything about figures like Crowley, and yet don’t grasp that much about the entity whom he ultimately served, then I’m afraid you understand very little…

    • In my view those who immerse themselves into the alternative media of conspiracy theory and the Illuminati quickly can drown in its irrationality. The human brain has no sense of reality, it is easily suggestible if the critical thinking part of the brain is shut down, as shown by the hypnotism. There is the danger when reading so much conspiracy material that it becomes the reality of the individual, making them more likely to believe anything they read on the internet. I am sorry to conclude you have been brainwashed by the bullshit you seem to have immersed yourself in.

      The individual in all things needs to apply critical thinking to anything they hear or read, especially when it comes to controversial issues such as SRA. What was interesting about the Hampstead SRA hoax was that police interviews with two children were illegally made available on the internet, which I viewed with an objective view. In one part of the videos the boy described himself aged four in a swimming pool disabled toilet crammed with 30 adults and some other children, filling half a large bottle with his semen whilst having glue and paper shoved up his bum. I have probably seen most of the information that is publicly available on the case, and have come to know a lot of the characters involved, and the SRA allegations fall apart under close observation. The SRA pattern, including children making bizarre allegations involving Satanists, often against their own families, friends and teachers, comes about because a dominant adult has been coaching them under intense pressure, brainwashing them. This has happened all the way back to the seventeenth century where children were encouraged to accuse family and others of witchcraft leading to many being executed.

      The empirical approach of observation, demonstration and experience is the primary vehicle by knowing truth of a thing, but most people, those that believe in SRA and those that are skeptics, were not present at the time of the SRA events the two children in the Hampstead hoax described. Everyone in this debate are left with theory and opinion, and thus it must be tested by inductive reasoning, by examining patterns, the evidence, and seeing how this all fits together. One has to ask questions, and cut away the bullshit of opinion, then one deals in probabilities, is this likely to have happened? Mostly all SRA claims fall apart under even the most basic of examinations, but what emerges is common patterns between them all that become red flags that they are a hoax, for instance the presence of a dominant adult brainwashing the child, or various discredited techniques that produce false memories or false positives in medical examinations. Most people who support SRA have an opinion, based upon a narrative they read on the internet or in the newspapers, and applied no effort to test that opinion or narrative, accepting what they read or hear as truth, but in reality they have been seduced by bullshit.

      • Of course, the whole “false memory syndrome”… And you’re accusing me of believing in bullshit.. 😉 Ironic.

        But you are right about dealing in probabilities. And that is why it is of extreme relevance to underscore the fact that those who believe in the reality of SRA, do not do so because of a few random claims or a smattering of anonymous stories found on the internet. Like I said before, there are hundreds of testimonies of SRA (as well as it’s companion, DID…).

        You are asserting that the most “probable” explanation for this, is that all of these cases were the result of false memories formed, by the conspiratorial imaginations of children and certain adults. Ironic. Surely that is the most logical conclusion…

        Or maybe it is just more logical to realize the motivation certain individuals adhering to Satanism might have, in denying an idea such as that which claims that human beings could have possibly done horrific criminal acts in the name of Satan worship…

        But of course, I keep forgetting, Satan is really is a cute, cuddly little guy, who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and just wants to Enlighten us and set us free, right…? 😉

      • I am a Satanist, I deal with and comment on many Satanic and occult groups and individuals, and I have yet to come across anything you describe. It is true that some groups, such as the Order of Nine Angles, do have an inner and outer membership, but it largely follows the essence of Satanism that every individual is their own agent rather than a slave of the collective.

        I have also studied most of the SRA cases, and all have been shown to be a hoax, the evidence of SRA falls apart under close examination. SRA is a myth.

      • “I deal with and comment on many Satanic and occult groups and individuals, and I have yet to come across anything you describe.”

        Oh well that settles it then!

        What you seem to be describing in the brands of Satanism to which you adhere, and which I would then assume the kinds of circles you are most likely involving yourself with, is more of a “philosophical Satanism”, like you said, where people are their own autonomous agent rather than a slave, etc.

        That is not the kind of Satanism in which you will find things like ritual sacrifice, ritualistic rape, torture, etc.

        The kind of Satanism which is involved in such practices is the kind where Satan is believed to be a REAL, literal being. A being who who demands sacrifice and grotesque ritual in order to grant the adherent more power. Now, if there ARE such groups involving themselves in SRA, do you honestly believe that you or anyone else could simply just stumble across them openly admitting in some internet forum? Or even in person? Do you realize the degree of secrecy individuals would have to go to in order to conceal what are very real CRIMES…?

        How many SRA cases have you studied? Three? Gimme a break. It’s all being covered up. You are a dabbler in occult ideology, but you have no clue as to how deeply embedded the REAL Satanists and Lucifierians are, in the government, law enforcement, the military, the media, etc. You scoff at “conspiracy theory”, but I’m sure you’ve never take a very deep look at things like 9/11 or Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, Project Paperclip, MK Ultra, and on and on. Our nation’s capital is itself chock full of occult symbolism! Virtually every government today, particularly those in the West, are run by Luciferians, the entire Central Banking system manipulating it all from the economic level, and it’s pretty much right in our faces, the only thing really preventing most people from seeing it, is their own predetermined inability to accept that such a thing could even be possible…

        Satan is pure EVIL, not the little cartoonifed idea that you would like him to be, which pretends to be all about defending your individualism and such. Satan hates you, hates every human on the planet, and he is a master of Deception, whose only ultimate goal is to lead as many people away from the One, True, Loving God as he possibly can….

      • The testimony of scores of abused children and adults is not lack of evidence. The “false memory syndrome” is a fabrication, which was specifically created in order to discredit the testimonies of victims of SRA, and maintain the false claim that there “is no evidence’.

        Jesus loves you. Satan does not….

      • I suppose the only evidence that you would accept as undeniable, was if you were to personally walk in on entire coven ritualistically abusing someone…?

        Somehow, I doubt that even then you would be convinced, because you have allowed your own mind to become so turned around, that those engaging is such a practice could convince you it was really something positive and necessary. This is what Satan does, after all, convinces people that Dark = Light, and that Evil = Good. He is exceptionally good at it…

  5. See this same kind of fear-mongering by the “churches” EVERY YEAR at about Samhain (err. – “Halloween”).

    So many of the “alternative media” crowd also keep slipping into the S.R.A. “fear-festival” too!

    – “Just makes one wonder if there really is any ‘hope’ for humanity.”

      • And Halloween and Walpurgisnacht have very little to do with Satanism, except that some groups “adopted” them as part of their own traditions. (Which is perfectly okay by me. As long as they are at least honest about it.)

        I must agree that much of the “dark side” of Satanism was conjured up by truly evil (and pathetic) folks on BOTH sides of the issue. The “church” needed its “boogeyman” to continue its casting of fear over its congregations, and the “so-calleds” wanted an excuse to continue that fear-factor upon everyone else. That’s generally why I became a solitary and no longer participate in activities with any of the “new-age” groups. I got tired of the Bravo-Sierra (to quote G.Gordon Liddy’s favorite expression) going on in these groups. Those of us who hunger for genuine spiritual experiences and are not getting them fulfilled within the group, tend to find it on our own terms.

        Well,

        Fear sells, and the “churches” know it!

      • I think we have to be clear though, SRA (which by the definition of the accusers is an enormous, hidden, organized conspiracy) is coming from only one side, that of the delusional, because there is no evidence for it existing whatsoever. Any unblanaced or psychopathic individual could do something attrocious and claim to be a “Satanist” or a “Christian” or anything else (and we have also had repeated examples of child abuse through “exorcism” in the UK done by “Christians” in the name of Chrisitianity), but it doesn’t make them anything other than unbalanced . They get caught and tried as the disturbed individuals they are, or in the case of exorcists, as the religiously indoctrinated Christian families/couples they are. We can actually find apparent justifications in biblical scripture for these attrocious actions, but no one consider it Christian Ritual Abuse, though given that there are Churches that encourage this kind of thing, it actually fits the type a lot better. The charges brought against supposed Satanists are in fact the very same kind of thing that has been peddled to feed persecution of the Jewish community since the Middle Ages. It’s virtually identical.

      • Conspiracy is in the eyes of the beholders.

        As for there being no evidence there of,

        More study of history then.

        Institutionalized religion IS the conspiracy! It is all about control of the human populace, right down to its basic levels such as in the thinking, perceptions of self and the world, and in get us all to adopt some arbitrary “boundaries” of thinking and believing; Boundaries set by someone else (like the priesthoods), rather than by you, for yourself.

        Now, does this not represent some sort of conspiratorial planning in your eyes?

        And of course,

        Those who have become “accultured” by the controlled societial “group-mind” thinking, have no other reference point to come up with, when it comes to “thinking outside the box”, because of the life-long indoctrination, often started by the institutionalized “religion”, of the pro-establishment “church”. – Again, it is all about control of the human population.

      • actually no – when “conspiracy” involves criminal charges, supposedly real crimes, investigated by law enforcement agencies, it’s in the evidence, the forensics, and it’s either there or it isn’t. In the case of SRA, it isn’t. That is the conspiracy that the cases refer to (not any wider ones of organized religion, or society at large, but recognizable criminal conspirary) and the evidence has reapeatedly failed to turn up, contrary to all the rules of police work.

  6. And yet.. the Cul-De-Sac cult has been busted. We have a number of busts in the UK, and more to come. ‘Satanic Views’ just happens to be pals with some of those who will soon be in the papers.

    My parents were in the cul-de-sac cult, along with a number of others I used to know. I have heard the disclosures of a child they abused. Whether it is convenient for you to believe or not, Satanism, nor occultism generally, harbours paedophiles just like all the other religions do.

    Posts like these are harmful. Whether you know it or not, they make you an enabler.

    • We’ll see the evidence when it appears, for the first time – if you have information about criminal abusers of any kind, you should contact the police. What is absolutely certain is that people *have* been harmed by witch hunts and irrational hysteria, and pointing that out is not enabling abusers. To claim so is the coercive logic of intellectual desperation.

    • I consider it essential to maintain clarity here. There many kinds of child abusers in the world sadly, and they might use whatever props or justifications they choose, “religious” or otherwise. There are also rare cases of people who have formed some kind of “cult”, whether “Christian” or otherwise, sometimes abusive, and they leave behind evidence and generally get prosecuted for any crimes. This has no relation to the inflated, hysterical claims of SRA conspiracy theorists, who posit large scale organization, committing multiple murders, child abuse, breeding programs and terrorizing on a scale which is impossible to cover up for any amount of time (even where it is not utterly fantastical in detail), with ramifications spreading out to include more and more people to justify the “cover up” which would be needed to maintain credibility in the absence of evidence. Confusing the two phenomena does not aid law enforcement, and in fact trivializes the actually abused by pressing the whole subject of abuse into the service of what prove to be delusions. That helps no one, and protects no one.

      • What can I say? I am as serious about my Magick, and remain immersed in the exploration of those realms of witchcraft known in earlier centuries of the area of East Anglia where I grew up. I’m not a Satanist in the popular American sense of the term; my practice is inspired by the study of the traditional grimoires, cunning rune craft, and the grass roots Infernal folk tradition of spiritual anarchy. At core, it is the spiritual expression of the rebellious soul. I have written about this in a number of books, which adequately explain, and prove, my disciplines.
        Perhaps, like me, your own interest in these traditions is inspired by something deeper than narcissistic desire.

        In my twenties, although many of the current supposed ‘leaders of thought’ in British occultism, my work made big waves. All you will find written of me by these people is slander, claiming I have somehow lost my senses. This is easily disproven by talking to me for long enough.

        The problem with offering evidence of the situation I have found myself in is as frustrating to me as it is to you. As has been told in the video, the Police and other authorities have not acted responsibly or appropriately. Since the situation remains legally unresolved, even writing this could prove detrimental to any investigation or future court cases.

        I hope you heed this warning, and act appropriately in reclaiming the heritage of our genuine Luciferian tradition from being so soiled as it is being by those high profile British occultists who have, and are, involved in these inferior rituals of cruelty. The Mysteries will eventually destroy those who profane them in this manner, as I am confident shall be shown with time.

  7. Abusers may be found in any institution, from the B.B.C. to government, psychiatry, the police, social services, or religion. Wherever an institution is accused, they will defend themselves to the teeth. Occult orders are no different.

    Please, ask yourself the following questions;

    Operation Yew-Tree has recognized and investigated links between Jimmy Saville and a Satanically themed sex club, and some of his victims have disclosed their abuse to have been Satanically themed and ritualistic. Nevertheless, these facts have not been widely reported, and where they have those reports have been attacked by other journalists. Why is it possible for us to believe that Jimmy Saville abused so many children, in so many settings, and betrayed so much trust.. but impossible for us to accept that he wore a black robe and chanted ‘Hail Satan’ when he did it?

    It seems any child abuser might get away with his crimes simply by employing the right paraphernalia, and ritualizing the violation- thus making the crime ‘Satanic Ritual Abuse’, which many people remain adamant does not exist, rather than mere child abuse, which is a widely recognized reality.

    If that was all it took to rob a bank, do you not think we would have gangs of black robed criminals regularly turning over Barclays with cries of “Don’t move, and nobody gets sacrificed to Satan?” Would we all be arguing that Satanic Bank Robbery does not exist, whilst all this was going on?

    Or supposing a ring of child abusers chose to dress up as something else, such as clowns or cowboys? Would we then be arguing that ‘Circus Themed Abuse’ or ‘Wild West Abuse’ does not exist? Would the disclosure of their victims be just as easily discredited? Is that really all it would take?

    Do you really believe that occultism is the only spiritual culture in the world that harbours no paedophiles? How likely is it really that abusers exist in the Church, in Buddhism, Hinduism, indeed every religion, but not within Paganism, and certainly not Satanism?

    Why? What makes occultists so different from the rest of humanity?

    For all their grandiose titles and posturing, occultists are just as human as anyone else. Of course there are abusers amongst the occult community, just as there are in other walks of life. To deny this for any reason is to allow those abusers to prosper, and to become enablers. Knowingly or not, it is to become responsible for child abuse due to having protected the perpetrators. Those who have acted to discredit or otherwise attack those making disclosures of abuse have become directly involved in the persecution of innocent people.

    It is my unhappy experience that occultism in the U.K. not only harbors paedophiles, but is thoroughly infected with them. The Pagan community will invariably rally around members against whom such allegations are made, always assuming another persecution, and rarely -if ever- considering such allegations might actually be true. What better place, then, for a paedophile to hide, and to find the support they need should they ever be discovered?

    Just as the B.B.C., the Catholic Church, and corrupted local authorities, must all take responsibility for having allowed paedophiles to prosper in their midst, so must occultism. Convictions have been made, and ritual abuse has been proved a reality. We can no longer pretend. We can no longer gloss over the failings of the community. One cannot make compromises with abusers without becoming tainted by them. Abusers must always be exposed; anything less is to protect and enable them.

    Yes, the first few of us to take a stand will find ourselves ostracized, as I have been. What value is our community if it means rubbing shoulders with child abusers and murderers? Is keeping such company really very wise? Would it not be wise to expose these people, and prevent them from prospering? Is not the quest for wisdom supposed to be the whole point in occultism?

    There are bound to be the occasional convulsions in any culture, however ancient or new, uncovering abuses of trust or power. At first, these may cause a great sensation. If the situation is favorable on the whole, such abuses can be easily concealed from the public; everything is forgotten and complacency reigns once more. Yet to the wise, such occurrences are grave omens that cannot be ignored.

    This is the only way of avoiding further tragedy.

    ______________

    Conclusion

    We cannot tell you how common ritual abuse is in the U.K., because we do not know, but we can tell you it definitely happens, and what we have seen reported so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

    We can also tell you the problem is hugely misunderstood by police and local authorities, who invariably respond with misplaced incredulity and act inappropriately. This results in danger to victims being increased, just when they most need protection.

    • Nathaniel, I agree people from any group can be abusers, and I oppose them and make my opposition to abuse clear. If abuse is serious (as all child abuse is) it is a criminal matter for the police. But to suggest that organizations with immense power both politically and socially within wide communities, such as the Catholic Church, are less immune to criminal investigation and exposure than (perceived) occultists does not add up. To suggest that members of the political establishment are less immune than (perceived) occultists does not add up. Further we have already been through several rounds of this in the 80s and 90s, leading to persecution of the innocent, damage to families and individuals, all with no basis untimately found, even when it was not just a popular subject in the media, but also something on the active radar of police and social services (it was part of my nurse training as something “on the horizon” to be aware of), with influential “training seminars” held on the subject. I honestly don’t believe that any child abuser is protected by the law because they use “Satanic” props, or employ some kind of “ritual”.

      Needless to say, if anyone in the occult, Pagan or Satanic communities personally knows of instances of criminal abuse, they should report it to the police, just as anyone in any community would. But none of this is aided by SRA conspiracy theorizing, in fact quite the opposite.

      I am not playing down the importance of reporting real child abuse, or opposing child abuse, far from it. Go to the police, work with the police, do it with my blessing if you have genuine and well founded concerns about anybody, but it is a police matter.

      I won’t be answering further comments from you here, and all I can do is wish you well.

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