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what is Ritual Abuse.

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.

Most sexual abuse of children is ritualised. Abusers use repetition, routine and ritual to force children into the patterns of behaviour they require, to instil fear and ensure silence, thus protecting themselves. Sexual abuse of a child is seldom a random act: it usually involves the abusers in thorough planning and preparation beforehand.

Some abusers organise themselves in groups to abuse children and adults in a more formally ritualised way. Men and women in these groups can be abusers with both sexes involved in all aspects of the abuse. Some groups use complex rituals to terrify, silence and convince victims of the tremendous power of the abusers.

This type of abuse is often used within an organised crime network. For instance child trafficking, drug dealing, Paedophile rings, snuff porn. People who hold powerful positions within the society such as Law enforcement, Mental Health, Social Services, Coroners will take part in these acts of abuse and then this will be used as blackmail to ensure the actions of the abusers are covered up.


“To be repeatedly told you’re evil, you believe and see yourself as evil. You need a lot of outside support to get away from these people and open up”

Why don’t people leave these groups


The abuse is often within family and generational. The children are trained from birth (through abuse) to be involved with future abuse rituals hence the continuation.

The people who leave their groups of abusers or cults will present as victims, but more often than not they have been forced to be involved since childhood as this is often based within family generations. The children are told that they are perpetrators, and made to feel guilty and ashamed and so fearful that it is hard to leave the circles they know, and then open up to others outside.

There are others within the group who can be members of the family (a grandparent for instance) who  will not take part in the abuse directly, but instead be a reassurance and safety for the victim. They will be seen as someone to run to for safety and trust, even though by not helping the child to leave they are involved with the abusers in order to keep the child there.

Others who may be therapists, doctors, will also be used as someone for the child to build a trust with. The ‘helper’ will report back to the abusers and the child will be heavily punished, or forced to punish another for building any trust and asking someone to help them. This punishment can be psychological through punishment or death to another, or a pet.

“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, sadistic and 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 and of the evil spirits they believe cult members can command. Both during and after the abuse, most victims are in a state of terror, mind control and dissociation.”

A definition according to the 1989 report by the Ritual Abuse Task Force

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