Recommended Reports and Statements
Statements by Professional Organizations
Royal College of Psychiatrists
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Medical Association
Memories of childhood abuse. International Journal of Clinical
and Experimental Hypnosis. 1995;43:114-117. (April 1995)
1984 Board Statement on Hypnosis.
The Myth of Satanic Ritual Abuse
Report by FBI Special Agent Kenneth Lanning entitled
"Child Sex Rings: A Behavioral Analysis for Criminal Justice Professionals
Handling Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation."
There are three ways to get this report:
Anyone who believes the myth of satanic ritual abuse and any law enforcement
professional investigating sexual abuse allegations should read this report.
Writing from the law enforcement perspective, Lanning notes that in the
more than 12,000 investigated cases involving allegations of satanic ritual
abuse, no evidence to support the accusations has ever been found. He provides
a clear definition of the four characteristics (or "dimensions") which
are common to cases he defines as allegations of "multidimensional child
sex rings," namely multiple young victims, multiple offenders, fear as
the controlling tactic, and bizarre or ritualistic activity. He points
out that the claims made by ritual abuse believers involve activities (human
sacrifice of large numbers of people, breeding of babies for sacrifice,
etc.) that would be impossible to keep secret if they actually occurred
on the scale and in the frequency described by believers.
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