An ongoing theme amongst the Hoaxtead hawkers is that we, the non-believers and sceptics, are engaged in a campaign of threats and violence to ‘shut them up’.
Since we started this blog, we’ve found the opposite to be the case: we’ve lost track of the death threats, veiled and outright, that we’ve received from Hoaxteaders. But we’ve often wondered: why are Hoaxteaders so determined to claim that they’re under constant threat? Most recently, we’ve heard that Sabine is complaining that she got a brick through her door…or possibly window….and of course, ‘the cult’ must have done it.
Not that we don’t believe you, Sabine, but let’s face it: you’re not exactly a bastion of honesty and truthfulness.
So we thought we’d look a little deeper into the idea that believers in ‘satanic ritual abuse’ are under constant threat.
Here’s an excellent article, sent to us by commenter Justin Sanity, that we think helps to clear that one up:
One of the many falsehoods from which Satanic Ritual Abuse mythology is woven, is the pervasively repeated claim that mental health patients and others who allege a history of Ritual Abuse, therapists who treat Ritual Abuse claimants, and persons who “advocate for” Ritual Abuse claimants by evangelizing belief in Ritual Abuse mythology, are all continuously being harrassed and threatened by “the cult”.
“Active cult members continue to threaten and harm adult survivors in a multitude of ways in order to force them to remain silent, most are threatened with death should they disclose their ritual abuse, and many have seen those who threaten them murder others and thus their fears are justified” – Ritual Abuse propaganda site.
Also, Ritual Abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder claimant-advocates sometimes allege that unnamed skeptical debunkers of SRA and DID have threatened them in some manner, supposedly out of desperation to “shut them up” and prevent them revealing “secrets” that could destroy the world’s ruling elites – if enough people were informed of “the truths” that only SRA-DID claimants can tell. Or some such fanciful nonsense.
Are these claims of living under constant threat of harm or even murder really valid? If they are not valid claims, why would these RA-DID claimant-advocates make up such stories?
The truth about Ritual Abuse patients and therapists experiencing threats
The Dilemma of Ritual Abuse; Cautions and Guides for Therapists edited by George Fraser is an expensive and hard to get hold of book, these days, but well worth the expensive or trouble to obtain. Published in 1997, this book contains essays on a number of RA related topics, written by some of the foremost practitioners in the treatment of DID and SRA patients – not by SRA-DID skeptics or debunkers. Written by people like Dr Richard Kluft, and George Fraser himself, these essays reveal and document some very uncomfortable truths about RA-DID patient-claimants – truths personally observed and recorded by medical practitioners who likely treated more such patients than any others (any others who didn’t get sued for generating false SRA memories in their patients). Here is some of what they reveal:
SRA-DID patient-claimants, and/or their supporter-advocates,have been the people making threats against patients and their doctors! Richard Kluft provides some illustrative examples, on page 36:
“I had the further experience of receiving repeated threats on my life.For example, on many occaisions during a two month period when I answered my phone personally, a deep voice would say that I was getting too close to cult secrets and would be killed if I did not back off. Although these phone calls were extremely disquieting, after a brief period of serious concern I sensed a pattern in them. I confronted the patient I suspected was either making or instigating the calls. Although I got no admission or confirmation, I never received another threatening call”.
“On one occaision, an inpatient reported that she was receiving telephone messages from the cult instructing her to kill one of my colleagues and/or me…I arranged for the patient to be kept away from the telephone for a few days without the patient being aware of this intent. She continued to report receiving calls from the cult“.
George Fraser reports similar experiences. One of his patients claimed she was receiving threatening postcards, with “self-desctruct” mind-control commands secretly coded onto them, mailed from various foreign countries. Fraser became suspicious, and a close examination of the postcards revealed that the foreign postal-markings were faked! The patient had been mailing the doctored postcards to herself, confessed one of her “alters”.
Ritual Abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder claimants themselves have been exposed as the real authors of the threats that they and/or their therapists received, in case after case – but other members of RA-DID “support groups” that many claimants have been involved with are also suspected of concocting and perpetrating elaborate campaigns of threatening harrassment against a range of persons in some claimants lives – including; their therapist’s or treatment facility’s other patients, friends, family members, clergy and community support services workers . Richard Kluft issued informed and insightful condemnations of these non-clinical Ritual Abuse victim claimant “support” groups and networks. From pg. 45:
“I am particularly wary of leaderless or peer-facilitated support groups for dissociative disorder patients and others who allege that they are survivors of ritualistic groups. I have tracked the course of more than a dozen of these groups over the years, and all but one were unmitigated disasters…the proclivity of these groups for overwhelming their members with one another’s traumatic material, excessive dependency, and unbridled requests for support and nurture…and the possibility that members will, under the aegis of group forces and their own vulnerabilities, come to believe that they too have experienced what others represent as their personal histories”.
“But I can share the personal observation that among those MPD (DID) patients and allegers of satanic ritual abuse whom I have treated, those who have networked extensively with fellow patients or allegers invariably take longer to treat than those who do not, and their treatment runs a stormier course. I currently refuse to treat patients who insist on participating in [such] potentially contaminating and countertherapeutic activities”.
Threats of violence, made against anyone, are a serious matter. Complaints to police agencies about receiving such threats, filed by any person, should always be investigated. It is a well documented fact, however, that threats allegedly made against Ritual Abuse victim claimants or other persons in an RA claimant’s life, frequently turn out to be hoaxes perpetrated by the RA claimant themselves or by other members of Ritual Abuse victim claimant “support” communities & networks.
Why do they perpetrate these hoaxes? The motivations in any given case could be inscrutably personal and individual to that hoax perpetrator, but it’s not hard to identify a quandry universal to all Satanic Ritual Abuse victim claimants which is likely to be a factor in most cases. Satanic Ritual Abuse mythology describes an entirely fictituous version of “satanism”, allegedly practiced by satanist cultists holding nonsensical motivations and possessing impossible characteristics. The SRA mythology’s satanic cult conspiracy does not exist, has never existed and could never exist. SRA victim claimants, therefore, cannot produce irrefutably documented SRA cult conspiracists as proof that they were involved in and victimized by this imaginary satanic cult conspiracy. To compensate for this, SRA victim claimants and victim advocates develop an obsession with generating fraudulent “evidence” for the existence of this fictitious satanic abuse cult – and one of the more common ideas they come up with, to generate such “evidence”, is to fake SRA cultist threats against themselves and/or others.