‘Neither proved nor disproved’: The slippery nature of SRA claims

Yesterday we talked about the “UK godmother” of Satanic ritual abuse claims, Valerie Sinason. We noted that in February 2000, following Jean La Fontaine‚Äôs solid debunking of the notion of SRA in the UK, The Guardian reported that Ms Sinason and her colleague at the Tavistock Clinic, Dr Robert Hale, mounted a counter-offensive: Fresh controversy…

Satanic ritual abuse promotion: Hiding in plain sight

Yesterday we discussed an often-overlooked group which has been victimised by those who promote the myth of “Satanic ritual abuse”: well-meaning, intelligent folk who have been taken in by promoters of SRA. In yesterday’s post we emphasised the ubiquitous training seminars, workshops, and even institutes of higher education which ran rampant in the 1980s and…

Satanic ritual abuse believers: The next tier of SRA victims?

Here at Hoaxtead Research we’ve spent the better part of three years doing battle against various promoters of a particularly vicious and demonstrably false hoax involving allegations of Satanic ritual abuse against an entire school/church community. We’ve worked hard to research, analyse, and ultimately refute the claims of people like Abraham Christie and Ella Draper,…

Adrenochrome: Hysteria versus reality

We’ve talked before about some of Abraham Christie’s disturbing pseudo-scientific beliefs. For example, at one point he was insisting that fresh, raw, juiced hemp was an “ideal plant-based blood transfusion liquid” which could be substituted for blood transfusions in humans. He also subscribes to, and promotes, the dangerous fiction that the anal rape of very…

Neelu’s never-ending eviction saga continues

More news from the Neelu front: readers will recall that she had unwanted visitors on 9 January, when a team of police and bailiffs attended her home in order to evict her and her family. This came in the wake of last spring’s repossession order for having defaulted on the mortgage of her house. Neelu,…

What’s so special about ‘ritual abuse’?

Recently we’ve been discussing the “Fresh Start Foundation”, an organisation whose stated goal is to undermine the work of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, and whose harassment of adult sexual abuse survivors seems to indicate that they’re also keen to co-opt or oust the IICSA. It’s difficult to imagine why an organisation which is ostensibly…