Dr Joan Coleman and the RAINS Grudge List

Earlier this week, it was brought to our attention that Dr Joan Coleman, one of the co-founders of RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support), had died on 6 July. Writing on DavidIcke.com (because where else?), none other than Sycophant in Chief Robert Green eulogised Dr Coleman, and threw in a few kind words for…

Becki Percy follows a well-worn path

Yesterday’s post about false SRA claimant Becki Percy attracted a lot of very interesting comments and sparked a great deal of discussion. One thing which struck us very forcefully was that while Becki managed to incorporate certain well-known tropes which have been used by other adult SRA claimants since the early 1980s, she also managed…

Conflict of interest: Judith Dawson, Beatrix Campbell, and Broxtowe

During our recent look at the Broxtowe false SRA allegations, which generated the suppressed JET report and the response from Team 4, we had occasion to re-examine some material we’ve seen before, but hadn’t properly understood in its context. For example, who can forget the epic scene in this video, “Listen to the Children”, produced…

Satanic hysteria: Which came first, adult claimants or child victims?

We’ve been talking recently about how the noxious idea of Satanic ritual abuse gained a foothold in the UK, and how deliberate suppression of the truth by SRA enthusiasts—in those days a strange amalgamation of fundamentalist Christians and radical feminists—enabled the idea to spread more or less unimpeded until Prof Jean La Fontaine released her…

Broxtowe and Hoaxtead: Witch-hunters in action

This week we have been taking a deep dive into the Broxtowe false Satanic ritual abuse allegations, which took place in Nottingham around a case in which very real child abuse—sexual, physical, and emotional—was confirmed. The SRA overlay, while believed by some of the social workers, was roundly discredited in a suppressed 1990 report by…

Broxtowe Team 4 used medieval witch-hunter manual

This week we’ve been discussing the 1987–89 Broxtowe child abuse case, arguably the first “Satanic panic” case in the UK. (To trace how the 1980s Satanic panic made its way across the Atlantic from its genesis in the USA, we’ve found this article on the SAFF website very useful.) Following up on yesterday’s post about…