I am writing this blog article in response to a blog comment / question sent to me re: the frequency of ritual / cult abuse.
I am also going to clarify what the term “organized abuse” means to me.
For the purposes of this blog response, I am going to give an answer based on my personal experience as a trauma therapist that specializes in Dissociative Disorders. Some day I will check into the official statistics for how many trauma survivors with DID have ritual / cult abuse backgrounds versus how many do not.
For today, I can more quickly pull from my 30 years of clinical experience in working with multiples from all different areas of the USA and from different countries of the world.
I met my first DID survivor in 1988.
Since then, I have worked in specialized inpatient units for trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I was the group leader for an inpatient group for Ritual Abuse for several years. I have had a busy outpatient private practice and I started working online with multiples in 2002 via AbuseConsultants. In 2005, SurvivorForum group members (from all over the world) began writing about ritualised abuses. And in 2008, DID survivor writers posting comments on this Discussing Dissociation blog have also written about their ritual abuse histories. I also have collected hundreds of “The Negative Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse” surveys from trauma survivors via AbuseConsultants where many survivors have included information about their experiences with ritualized abuses. And now, DiscussingDissociation has had well over 1 million views by dissociative survivors.
Between these various opportunities, I have had contact with hundreds of different and unique DID survivors over the past 30 years.
While individual stories and life experiences have varied greatly for these different survivors, there are a number of overlapping similarities as well. Some multiples have spoken in great detail and clarity about their ritualistic / cult-based abuses, and some multiples have had nothing of the sort happen in their background.
Yes, without a doubt, people can dissociate and split and fragment into different personalities, thus becoming DID, even without cult-type abuses. That is absolutely true. One does not “have to have” cult abuse in order to become multiple – not in any way, shape, or form.
What I mean by “organized abuse” is that the abuse was happening under the controls of an organized group of perpetrators. This could mean a ritual / cult type group. This could mean a governmental / mind control experiment group. This could mean a sex slavery / sexual exploitation group. Organized abuse means that the primary abusers are not working as isolated individuals. The abusers are part of a larger group of perpetrators that have specific plans / ideas / routines / procedures / steps / methods that fit their purposes.
There are any number of organized groups highly skilled in mind control techniques, some more heavily laden in religious beliefs, others just based on making money through selling various versions of sex. Groups such as the KKK, the Masons, and the Illuminati have been named as organized perpetrator groups, with hidden rituals centered on purposeful, planned, severe abuse of children.
The CIA has declassified documents describing various military mind control research programs from the 1950’s through the 1980’s in the USA involving the abuse of children.
For more information, read a lecture series with Dr. Colin Ross and his presentation, “The CIA and Military Mind Control Research: Building the Manchurian Candidate” . Dr. Ross presented this lecture at the 9th Annual Western Clinical Conference on Trauma and Dissociation. Some of the more known military research projects are MKULTRA, BLUEBIRD, and ARTICHOKE.
Some pornography rings — sex slavery groups selling the most extreme forms of sex — claim “ownership” of a variety of children they use, sell, and exploit through various forms of pornography and prostitution. These perpetrators can and do use specific forms of mind control techniques (which typically cause splitting and dissociation) in order to facilitate more control over their “slaves”. The more highly trained a sex-slave is, the more dissociative they are, the more different roles they can play, the more money the prostitution ring can make from selling their services.
Ritualistic abuse and satanic type abuses are an additional complicated type of abuse that is talked about by many survivors. For some people, the SRA is presented as the ultimate goal of their abusers, with the religious beliefs holding the ultimate reward. For others, the cult-like rituals are presented as busy, overwhelming, gory, but purposeful layers of abuse (or screen memories of perceived abuse) that are there to discredit the person and/or to hide the deeper mind-control and exploitation purposes hidden underneath.
In my experience, meeting dissociative trauma survivors with at least one of these types of organized abuses has been the norm, occurring more frequently than meeting clients without them.
Apparently there are a whole lot of real nasty perpetrator types living in all corners of the world. Yikes. What a yucky thought.
At least there are also some genuine, skilled trauma therapists that can help the survivors of these atrocious abuses.
Even if you were a victim of any of these kinds of horrific abuses, there is hope for you.
I wish you the very best in your healing journey.
Copyright © 2008-2018 Kathy Broady MSW and Discussing Dissociation
Not hope for all.
Conrad Klug says
Interesting read. 🙂
CANADIANS ARE SUPER TOUGH!!
New link works, thx. I will read this.
I am not sure, but it may have been on a false memory site or something that was debunking him or something. don’t remember.
Some Canadians are tough I suppose. Proly just bout the same as anyone I expect.
btw your link on this particular blog post ‘is not valid’ so it says.
Didn’t Ross get his butt kicked over that artical?
Kathy Broady says
The link doesn’t work for you? hmmmmm. It works for me, but who knows, lol. I’m not the most highly skilled at all these fancy dancy computer thingys.
I’ll make another link here, and maybe it will work better.
As far as Colin Ross getting his butt kicked over that article. … ???? What do you mean? I don’t know of him getting his butt kicked, lol, but maybe I just don’t know about it. 🙂 I’m sure that there were a large number of perpetrators that were not happy to see that Ross dared to publicize the facts about some of the governmental research and abuse that has occurred, but I think ol’ Ross is just brave enough to be willing to say it like it is, even if he got some people mad along the way.
Canadians are tough, eh?!!! 🙂
oh fyi thems are safe hugs or they can be vibes of protection against bad. Either or both.
But no badness.
So organized abuse by any group of individuals, can be ritual abuse?
I feel like I understand this all too well.
I was abused by a religious cult.
I was abused by the KKK
I was abused by a pornography/prostitution ring.
And I was abused by individual perps who were highly organized, methodical and ritualistic.
So many of my memories are still missing. And I have determined some are screens and I don’t yet know what is behind them. But, I do remember enoguh to know that htese groups are very real, and while some parts of my memories are because of a child’s understanding, intentional trickery, intense pain and the effect of drugs, enough of it is accurate to know that these perpetrators are truly evil and that the things they do no child should have to survive.
After reading the last para of Dollwises post, I have pondered it for hours. A child’s fear might be stored in memory as something much bigger, more scary, because of limited understanding. Scary faces become demons and dragons; sensations and/or other sensory input becomes something from the Twilight Zone. Is that what you meant?
Either way, it never goes away.
I wish my brain was like a hard drive and I could just go in and delete all the bad and corrupted files.
LittlestSurvivor: you got it – vomit.
With so much in the news lately with these Incest imprisoned daughters cases in Austria, Turin Italy, Poland and the Orthodox Rabbi in NYC.
Some of these cases involved including siblings – and all included impregnating their own children…
I dont know, just felt like commenting that although words like “cult” and “mind control” seem so far fetched – just look at the things told these children and how they were manipulated. I just dont understand why its not more recognized that predators just are more common than anyone wants to admit in the wider social world.
I have always sort of wondered if some “cult” memories are a childs way of transplanting something so abhorent – its being ones own parent – and transposing this on external concepts of “cults”
i had planned on reading this then eating some cookies..now all i want to do is vomit. its not your fault, i should of been careful. i have did but i don’t think i was in any ritualistic abuse, or cult. I am however a very OC kind of person, and very ritualistic in almost everything that i do. Like touching the door handle six times before i walk in or out of a room, or counting or things like that..this gives me alot more to think about because i grew up very very religious, and now i won’t even step foot into a church..thanks Kathy and welcome to the world of TWITTER.. i am following you…