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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Psychology - 269 pages
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A personal but also scholarly journey into the clandestine and confusing world of ritual abuse, this book provides unique insights into the catastrophic experiences of ritual abuse survivors and their efforts to find healing through psychological treatment. This revised edition provides contemporary revelations about cults in existence today and also new therapies developed since the first edition was published in 1995. Co-authored by a clinical psychologist and the executive director of a professional organization dedicated to treating survivors of cult and ritual abuse, this edition will be of interest to both academic and professional markets. The special legal dilemmas, survival problems and day-to-day life experiences of these survivors are examined in a scholarly but sensitive manner. The book presents the idea that ritual abuse is an age-old phenomenon found in many cultures throughout the world. That ritual abuse causes a variety of specific psychiatric symptoms is noted. Special attention is given to the diagnosis dissociative identity disorder that is frequently found among ritual abuse survivors. Suggestions are offered for effectively dealing with the various social and legal problems that result from this severe form of abuse. New diagnoses--cult and ritual trauma disorder--are proposed for this newly identified problem.
  

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Does anyone know who Michael Warnke is? Use the search feature to find his name in the book and see how many times he is cited (four times - page 41, 50, 100 and 138). Then, do a google web search for the words "Michael" "Warnke" "Cornerstone". See what comes up.
Randy Noblitt and Pamela Perskin cite a known fraud in their book, with a casual comment of "Naturally, Warnke and his published opinions have attracted criticisms and controversy". No, this is not the case. Warnke's claims were found to be completely untrue (apparently he met Charles Manson in the woods, while Manson was in prison), yet Noblitt & Perskin still cite him approvingly. A second fraud cited includes the Taxil hoax. Stitching together unrelated spiritualities, unproven claims by disturbed individuals, known hoaxes and God knows what else, this book is utter, utter bunk and can't be taken seriously.
 

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This was book was one of the best books I have ever read on ritual abuse and satanic ritual abuse. It provides and accurate and unbiased view of the field of ritual abuse. In an age where many biased "researchers" are claiming that ritual abuse does not exist, it is good to find an accurate and well researched version of the concept, showing that ritual abuse does exist and is a problem in our society today.
I highly recommend that readers interested in an accurate and fair presentation of this concept read this book.
Here's a more recent article written by the author of the book:
An Empirical Look at the Ritual Abuse Controversy
http://ritualabuse.us/ritualabuse/articles/an-empirical-look-at-the-ritual-abuse-controversy-randy-noblitt-phd/
 

Contents

The Church in Thetford Forest
1
On the Borderline
7
Entering Uncharted Territory
15
Multiple Personalities
23
Possession Ritual Abuse and Dissociation
41
Empirical Evidence of Ritual Abuse
55
Breaking the Code
73
T1ne African Connection
89
An Introduction to Wicca
145
Satanism?
153
The Politics of Psychotherapy
167
The Media
177
Will The System Protect Them?
191
Cult and Ritual Trauma Disorder
211
Nihilists and Revisionists
221
A Proposed Diagnosis in DSM Format
239

Other Cultures
105
1990 The Year of the Awakening
119
Investigating Western Occultism
127

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