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    Hi ! Below please find information on an article called, Satanic abuse no myth, say experts. Sincerely, Neil Brick This may be triggering for survivors of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2000
      Hi !

      Below please find information on an article called, "Satanic abuse no myth,
      say experts."

      Sincerely, Neil Brick

      This may be triggering for survivors of abuse.


      Satanic abuse no myth, say experts By Sophie Goodchild, Home Affairs
      Correspondent 30 April 2000

      A specially commissioned government report will this week conclude that
      satanic abuse does take place in Britain. It will say that its victims have
      suffered actual abuse and are not suffering from "false memory syndrome".

      The report, ordered by the Department of Health, focuses on the experiences
      of 50 "survivors". Compiled by Dr John Hale, director of the Portman Clinic
      in London, and psychotherapist Valerie Sinason, it will reopen the debate
      which started a decade ago with testimonies from children in Nottingham,
      Rochdale and Orkney....

      Last week, it emerged that police were investigating the alleged sexual and
      physical abuse of up to 4,000 children in care homes and council-run homes in

      Ms Sinason, who has treated 126 ritual abuse survivors, said yesterday that
      in many cases children were tortured...

      "Some children are born for the purpose of abuse and are not registered on
      birth certificates," she added....

      The report will point to the difficulty of bringing prosecutions because of
      the problems of putting abused children into the witness box. There are
      currently at least five cases involving ritual abuse in the hands of lawyers.

      Lee Moore, a barrister who founded the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers,
      and was himself a victim of ritual abuse, said it was hard to persuade people
      to give evidence, particularly after the 1994 report claiming satanic abuse
      was a myth perpetuated by social workers.

      The latest report was welcomed by Dr Joan Coleman, a Surrey psychiatrist who
      has spent 14 years treating victims. "A lot of children are born into satanic
      families who indulge in this ritual abuse," she said. "It's only now that
      child sexual abuse is being exposed that people are beginning to believe
      ritual abuse exists."
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