About ritual abuse
Ritual Abuse Definition
Ritual abuse can be defined as organised sexual, physical, and psychological
abuse, which can be systematic and sustained over a long period of time.
It involves the use of rituals, with or without a belief system. It usually involves
more than one person as abusers. Ritual abuse usually starts in early childhood
and involves using patterns of learning and development to sustain the abuse
and silence the abused.
Evidence of Ritual Abuse
People are always demanding evidence of the existence of ritual abuse so that
they can believe more readily that it happens or deny its existence more
rigorously. Unfortunately, the abusers do not usually proof lying about for
to find. They do not want the world to know what they are doing and therefore
do their best to carefully dispose of evidence.
Beliefs, Myths and Facts about Ritual Abuse
There are a wide range of beliefs and myths regarding ritualised abuse and the
survivors of it. If people could only keep a more open mind rather than simply
believing what they read in the press or have heard on the grapevine, we might
eventually arrive at the more factual information. If we close our minds and
dismiss accounts of survivors of anything, we will never know the truth. Even
if it turns out that only one person in the world has experienced ritual abuse,
in any of its forms, we need to know about it.
Beliefs, Myths and Facts about Survivors of Ritual Abuse
One of the most important things to understand about any survivor of any kind
of abuse is that generalisation is not useful. People are individuals with
individual responses. It is better to get to know individuals rather than
swallowing the many myths that abound.
Why Don't Ritual Abuse Survivors Tell?
Ritual Abuse survivors are taught from an early age that no one will believe
them. The fact that this tends to be true re-enforces this.
What are the Rituals?
It is useful to know what people mean when they use the word ritual in the
context of ritual abuse.
Why is it so hard to accept or believe?
It is hard for ordinary people to believe that ritual abuse happens. It is easier to
deny that it doesn't. Unfortunately, that denial of it doesn't make it go away.
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