Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

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The purpose of this book is to educate professionals and the public regarding the etiology of cult and ritual trauma disorder. There have been increasing numbers of reports of ritual abuse by individuals and cults that have been made to law enforcement agencies, courts of law, child protection services, mental health professionals, media, and clergy. This team of researchers bring an objective approach to a subject that has been either sensationalized or dismissed for lack of evidence. By combining patients' ...

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Overview

The purpose of this book is to educate professionals and the public regarding the etiology of cult and ritual trauma disorder. There have been increasing numbers of reports of ritual abuse by individuals and cults that have been made to law enforcement agencies, courts of law, child protection services, mental health professionals, media, and clergy. This team of researchers bring an objective approach to a subject that has been either sensationalized or dismissed for lack of evidence. By combining patients' descriptions with careful reading of the literature on cult practices, the authors have provided a much needed resource for understanding and treating trauma associated with cult and ritual experiences.

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The authors, a clinical psychologist and the executive director of The Society for the Investigation, Treatment and Prevention of Ritual and Cult Abuse, of which both are founding members, explore the primitive roots of ritual abuse and reports of its modern manifestations. They present evidence that what psychologists know as dissociative identity disorder is similar to what other cultures call possession, and that some cases of both may be a result of ritual abuse. They are mildly alarmist regarding abusive cults operating in the US today, thinking that the evidence warrants further investigation but must be separated from the illusions, superstitions, and misinformation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780275952815
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 248

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Church in Thetford Forest 1
2 On the Borderline 7
3 Entering Uncharted Territory 15
4 Multiple Personalities 23
5 Possession, Ritual Abuse, and Dissociation 41
6 Empirical Evidence of Ritual Abuse 55
7 Breaking the Code 73
8 The African Connection 89
9 Other Cultures 105
10 1990: The Year of the Awakening 119
11 Investigating Western Occultism 127
12 An Introduction to Wicca 145
13 Satanism? 153
14 The Politics of Psychotherapy 167
15 The Media 177
16 Will "The System" Protect Them? 191
17 Cult and Ritual Trauma Disorder 211
18 Nihilists and Revisionists 221
Appendix A Proposed Diagnosis in DSM Format 239
References 243
Index 265
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