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SMART Newsletter Issue 73 – March 2007

October 5, 2008

S M A R T

(Stop Mind control And Ritual abuse Today)

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Issue 73 – March 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

Copyright 2007 – All rights reserved. No reproduction of any material without written permission from the editor and individual authors.

SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.

Information on next summer’s conference is available by writing us at the above address or by going to http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2007-conference.htm

Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

To:  Fellow Survivors of Extreme Abuse and Their Advocates

From: Carol Rutz

An untold number of persons who survived extreme abuse including ritual abuse, cult abuse, sexual abuse, clergy abuse, mind control, torture, etc. and as a result developed posttraumatic conditions such as DID have been ignored too long and further injured by their inability to find quality mental health providers who recognize their symptoms and have the expertise to help them. If you have been unable to find a safe way to find and use your voice, now is your opportunity to do a completely anonymous survey that may affect a change in the way we are perceived by an uniformed public as well as by some skeptical mental health professionals.

I am pleased to be part of a research team from the United States and Germany that has developed a survey designed to explore commonalities reported by survivors from around the world regarding: 1. Types of abuse/violence/tortures to which they have been subjected.

2. Aftereffects of extreme abuse which they have experienced.

3. Methods of healing that have been most effective for them.

The survey, available in both English and German, is online at http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/.

If you are a survivor, I invite you to respond to the survey titled, “An International Survey of Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse” and to make your survivor friends aware of this opportunity.  If you are a professional who works with trauma survivors, please tell them about the survey and suggest their participation.

The results of the survey will be widely disseminated on the World Wide Web, offered in press releases, and published in an edited academic book. A second survey will be available shortly for completion by therapists/counselors/clergy who work professionally with adult survivors of extreme abuse.

51st Session of the Committee on the Status of Women takes place Feb. 26 – March 9, 2007 at the United Nations. Theme of this international event is “”The Girl Child.”” Four to five thousand women from around the world are expected to attend. Under the sponsorship of anthropologist Dana Raphael, Ph.D. and The Human Lactation (Research) Center, LTD, Westport, CT., trauma therapists and adult survivors of ritual abuse and mind control will present a panel titled “When I Was A Girl.” The workshop, described below, is free and open to the public. It will be held on March 1, 2007 from 12 to 1:45 p.m. in the Church Center (1st Ave at 44th Street, NYC) on the 8th floor in the Grumman Room.

Also at the same conference : March 5, 2007 – 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM 322 Human Trafficking and Non-State Actor Torture of the Girl Child within the Context of Ritual Abuse-Torture Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Panel Church Center – Hardin Room (11th Fl.) “Participants will include a Canadian and an American woman sharing their testimonials of childhood survival; plus insights gathered by two Canadian activists and researchers into the transnational crime and human rights violation of child trafficking and non-state actor torture, involved in the co-culture of ritual abuse-torture. The question will be raised as to whether the violation of the girl child within this co-culture is a phenomenon situated within industrialized countries.” http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/dspUNcalendar.asp

Legal Information

Abuse victims get $2.9M – 117 claims paid so far; more coming every day By Jim Hannah Enquirer Staff Writer – Burlington 12/9/06 “Almost $3 million has been paid to people abused by Covington Diocese priests as part of a settlement reached last year. That’s the figure contained in a report dated Dec. 6 and filed with the Boone Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The report, the sixth that has been submitted since the settlement was reached, states that 117 claims have been decided and that 13 claims were pending. Additional claims are being processed almost every day. As many as 350 people could be eligible to submit a claim, according to previous court records.” http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061209/NEWS0103/612090369/1077/COL02

Spokane Diocese agrees to pay at least $48 million to settle clergy abuse By Janet Tu 1/4/07 “The Spokane Roman Catholic Diocese has agreed to pay at least $48 million to victims of clergy sexual abuse to settle its long-running bankruptcy case.” http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003509488_webspokane04.html

Pair Allege Sex Abuse at Boys’ Ranch By Benjamin Shors The Spokesman-Review [Washington] 1/4/07 http://www.spokesmanreview.com/ “Two former residents of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch allege they were sexually abused at the home for boys in the 1970s, according to documents filed in Spokane County Superior Court. Steven Kinard, 47, and Stephanie Miller, 37, are among 10 people who have active claims against the home, which is located just south of Spokane.” http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/01_02/2007_01_04_Shors_PairAllege.htm

Quebec to give about 1,700 abused Duplessis Orphans a total of $26 million – 12/21/06 Peter Rakobowchuk – Montreal (CP) “Saying it’s time to turn the page, the Quebec government has set aside $26 million to compensate the last group of so-called Duplessis Orphans. Many of them were the children of unwed mothers who were physically and mentally abused in Roman Catholic Church-run institutions in the 1940s and ’50s….A group of about 1,100 other orphans settled with the government in 2001 for about $25 million for wrongfully placing them in mental institutions. That offer, based on a flat $10,000 to each individual plus $1,000 for each year they were wrongfully confined, worked out to about $25,000 per orphan. Many of the orphans say they suffered beatings, sexual abuse, electroshock and even lobotomies.” http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/11_12/2006_12_21_Rakobowchuk_QuebecTo.htm

Frontline – “In recent decades, more than 10,000 children were reportedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in the United States. In “Hand of God,” film maker Joe Cultrera explores just one of those cases, that of his own brother Paul. Paul Cultrera was molested in the 1960s by Father Joseph Birmingham, who allegedly abused nearly 100 other children. “Hand of God” tells the story of faith betrayed, and how Paul and the rest of the Cultrera family fought back against a scandal that continues to afflict scores of churches across the country.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/handofgod/view/

Abuse Scandal Still Echoes Through Catholic Church by Rachel Martin  1/11/07 “Five years ago this month, The Boston Globe published a series of reports exposing widespread allegations of sex abuse by clergy in Boston and efforts by the Catholic Church hierarchy to cover it up. According to the Globe, 130 people claimed to have been sexually abused by Father John Geoghan, and church officials had known about the abuse and covered it up. The scandal triggered a chain reaction. Thousands of victims of clergy sex abuse around the country went public and filed suit, creating a scandal that rocked American Catholicism and has cost the Catholic Church more than $1 billion.” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6765175

Archdiocese outlines $75 million settlement – Sex abuse – The Portland church plans to pay more than 150 accusers as it exits bankruptcy, a filing shows 12/19/06 Ashbel S. Green “The Archdiocese of Portland late Monday revealed details of a $75 million plan to pay off more than 150 priest sex-abuse accusers and get out of bankruptcy.” http://www.oregonlive.com/

Double Murder by Sexually Abusive Priest Gives Rise to New Wrongful Death Lawsuit 12/12/06 “Young Victim’s Parents Reluctantly Take Legal Action Against Superior Catholic Diocese Confronted About Child Molestation, Cleric Shot Two Men and Years Later, Hung Himself – Church Officials Knew of His Crimes & Bizarre Behavior But Didn’t Act, Suit Says Victim’s Family Sets Up Non-profit Child Protection Foundation St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ — A Wisconsin couple whose son was murdered by a bizarre and sexually abusive Catholic priest is “reluctantly” filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Superior Diocese that ordained and hired the cleric. Carsten and Sally Ellison of Barron, Wisconsin, filed a civil lawsuit today in St. Croix County Court, Wisconsin, Court File No. 06CV938 assigned to Judge Lundell seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their 22-year-old son, James Ellison. He and Daniel O’Connell were shot and killed at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson by Fr. Ryan Erickson in February 2002. Days earlier, O’Connell had apparently confronted Erickson, his parish priest, about allegations that Erickson was molesting local children.” http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061212/cgtu045.html?.v=79

Girl, 6, embodies Cambodia’s sex industry 1/26/07 “More than 1 million children in global sex trade each year, U.S. State Dept. says – 50,000 to 100,000 women and children involved in Cambodia’s sex industry – Gang rape, AIDS, torture afflict the women and children in this field By Dan Rivers CNN ….Phnom Penh, Cambodiahttp://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/01/23/sex.workers/index.html

Sex Abuse Settlement Reached – Washington Archdiocese Will Split $1.3 Million Among 16 Men By Alan Cooperman Washington Post Staff Writer 12/16/06 “The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said yesterday it has reached a $1.3 million settlement with 16 men who were sexually abused by priests between 1962 and 1982.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/15/AR2006121502136.html

Serial Molester Gets Life in Prison 1/29/07 By Jordan Robertson San Jose, Calif. (AP) – A man prosecutors said was one of the nation’s most prolific child molesters was sentenced Monday to 150 years in prison for abusing two 12-year-old boys. Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller, 64, who also had been convicted of sexual assaults in several states over three decades, was sentenced to the maximum term on 11 felony counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor charge of child pornography possession…..During the nearly three-week trial, prosecutor Steve Fein showed jurors a map of the “places and decades where the defendant has molested young boys.” It included an estimated 100 accusers dating to 1969 in eight U.S. states, Mexico and Brazil.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6379053,00.html

Judges approve residential school deal 12/15/06 “Judges across Canada are giving their approval to a settlement plan worth up to $5 billion with former students of Indian residential schools….Over the past two decades, there have been more than 12,000 lawsuits launched against the federal government and churches alleging sexual, physical and other kinds of abuse.” http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/12/15/residential-schools.html

Mind Control and Experimentation

This may be heavy for survivors Part III – Mithraism: Freemasonry and the Ancient Mysteries http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/jan04/chapters_of_masonic_history2.htm

from LMS Robinson abuse suit’s dismissal to be appealed – Ritual rape, torture alleged in civil action By Mark Reiter Blade Staff Writer 1/19/07 “A Lucas County Common Pleas Court ruling throwing out the civil lawsuit of a woman who accused Gerald Robinson of torturing and raping her in a satanic ritual when she was a child will be appealed, an attorney in the case said yesterday. Mark Davis, the attorney for the plaintiff who filed the suit anonymously with her husband as Survivor Doe and Spouse Doe, said the decision of Judge Ruth Ann Franks will be appealed to the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals within the next 30 days.” http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20070119&Category=NEWS02&ArtNo=701190389&SectionCat=NEWS&Template=printart

Abuse lawsuit dismissed against priest convicted of killing nun 1/17/07 AP Toledo “A judge on Wednesday dismissed a civil lawsuit accusing a Roman Catholic priest — who was convicted last year of killing a nun — of taking part in ritual abuse ceremonies. Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Ruth Ann Franks granted a motion to dismiss the case filed on behalf of the Rev. Gerald Robinson, the Catholic Diocese of Toledo and others named in the suit, WNWO-TV reported on its Web site. Robinson’s attorney John Thebes told the station that the motion to dismiss was based on the lawsuit being filed decades after the abuse was alleged to have taken place, in violation of a statue of limitations that puts a deadline on when such suits must be filed. At the time the suit was filed in 2005, the statute of limitations was two years after an alleged victim turned 18. The Legislature has since extended the statute to 12 years after the victim turns 18. The woman was not identified in the lawsuit. She claimed in the suit that Robinson and other clergy members tortured and raped her as a young girl in a church basement. Robinson’s attorneys have denied the woman’s claims. Robinson, 68, was found guilty on May 11 of choking and stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison.” http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=13&ID=330722&subCategoryID=0

describes crimes from LMS Civil suit against Robinson dismissed – Ritual abuse alleged about 40 years ago By Meghan Gilbert and Mark Zaborney Blade Staff Writers 1/18/07 “The civil lawsuit filed against Gerald Robinson that accused him and others of repeatedly torturing and raping a young girl in ritual abuse ceremonies at a North Toledo church was dismissed yesterday. Judge Ruth Ann Franks of Lucas County Common Pleas Court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit and ordered the plaintiffs, listed as Survivor Doe and Spouse Doe, to pay court costs, according to court records. The defendants listed in the suit, which was filed in April, 2005, included Robinson, a Toledo priest who was convicted last year of murdering a Roman Catholic nun on April 5, 1980; Gerald Mazuchowski, a former lay minister; the Catholic Diocese of Toledo; St. Adalbert Parish; the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Inc., and 15 “John Does.” The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was written by Tom Pletz, attorney for the diocese, and was based on an Ohio Supreme Court decision that said “these types of cases are just too old, essentially,” said John Thebes, who represented Robinson in the civil case…..The unidentified woman said she was the victim of bizarre demonizing ceremonies conducted by Robinson and other clergy nearly 40 years ago in the basement of St. Adalbert on Warsaw Street. The couple who filed the suit sought in excess of $25,000 in compensatory damages. The woman said she recognized Robinson following his arrest in April, 2004, for the murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl as being among the men whom Survivor Doe accused of molesting her from 1968 to 1975. The woman said the abuse included chanting of Satanic verses, cutting her with a knife as a sacrifice to Satan, drawing an upside-down cross on her abdomen, and forcing her to drink the blood of sacrificed animals, such as a rabbit. She said the men dressed in nun’s clothing and performed the rituals while she was on a table. They restrained her if she tried to leave, she said. In addition to being allegedly raped and molested, the woman contended she was forced to perform sexual acts on the men. She said the abuse took place in the church’s basement until 1972, when it was moved to an undisclosed wooded area. The lawsuit contended that Father Robinson and Mr. Mazuchowski “had a close relationship with Survivor Doe’s mother, who also participated in the ceremonies in the woods and was becoming high priestess of Satan.” Contact Meghan Gilbert at: mgilbert@theblade.com or 419-724-6050. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20070118&Category=NEWS02&ArtNo=701180429&SectionCat=NEWS&Template=printart

Denying Ritual Abuse of Children – Catherine Gould – The Journal of Psychohistory 22 (3) 1995 “The evidence is rapidly accumulating that the problem of ritual abuse is considerable in scope and extremely grave in its consequences Among 2,709 members of the American Psychological Association who responded to a poll, 2,292 cases of ritual abuse were reported (Bottoms, Shaver, & Goodman, 1993). In 1992 alone, Childhelp USA logged 1,741 calls pertaining to ritual abuse, Monarch Resources of Los Angeles logged approximately 5,000, Real Active Survivors tallied near-ly 3,600, Justus Unlimited of Colorado received almost 7,000, and Looking Up of Maine handled around 6,000. Even allowing for some of these calls to have been made by people who assist survivors but arc not themselves survivors, and for some survivors to have called more that one helpline or made multiple calls to the same helpline, these numbers suggest that at a minimum there must be tens of thousands of survivors of ritual abuse in the United States. Evidence also continues to accumulate that the ritual abuse of children constitutes a child abuse problem of significant scope. In 1988, Finkelhor, Williams and Burns published the results of a nationwide study of substantiated reports of sexual abuse in day care involving 1,639 young child victims. Thirteen percent of these cases were found to involve ritual abuse. Other studies of ritually abused children have been relatively small. Kelly (1988; 1989; 1992a; 1992b; 1993) report-ed on 35 day care victims of ritual abuse, Waterman et al. (1993) reported on 82 children complaining of ritual abuse in preschool, Faller (1988; 1990) studied 18 children who had disclosed ritual abuse in their preschool, and Bybee and Mowbray (1993) from the Michigan State Department of Mental Health identified 62 children alleging ritual abuse in their preschool and 53 children who reported seeing others be ritually abused. Snow and Sorenson (1990) studied 39 children reporting ritual abuse in five neighborhoods in Utah, and Jonker and Jonker-Bakker (1991) reported on a total group of 98 children, at least 48 of whom were believed to be victims of ritual abuse. The latter case is the only one cited here which was conducted outside of the United States.” http://www.geocities.com/kidhistory/denyra.htm?200714

from LMS CIA thought Cameron’s techniques could be useful in the Cold War Compiled by Liz Ferguson, The Gazette 1/11/07 “Ewen Cameron, the man behind the brainwashing experiments, was a Scottish-born psychiatrist who worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill’s Allan Memorial Institute. From 1950 to 1965 he subjected hundreds of patients at the Allan Memorial to unorthodox treatment involving LSD, huge doses of electroshock, drug-induced comas and tapes that they sometimes listened to for weeks at time. One woman received the treatment through most of her pregnancy. Funding came from the Canadian government and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency as part of a project called MK-ULTRA. In that Cold War era, the spy agency thought these techniques might be useful against the Soviet Union – perhaps LSD could be used as a truth serum, brainwashing drug or incapacitating agent, given to prisoners or foreign leaders like Cuba’s Fidel Castro.” http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=76d8f185-58cd-4f7a-9ef5-04c58a38bd97&k=22098

Woman wants to launch lawsuit over ‘brainwashing’ 1/7/07 Montreal “Janine Huard says she was a young mother of four with mild post-partum depression when she checked herself in for psychiatric treatment at a Montreal hospital more than five decades ago. Huard says what happened after that still haunts her today and she will be in a federal courtroom this week seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government for Cold War-era brainwashing experiments carried out on her and hundreds of other patients. “I was a guinea pig,” Huard told The Canadian Press. On and off over more than a decade at McGill University’s renowned Allan Memorial Institute, Huard says she received massive electroshocks and was fed more than 40 experimental pills a day. Huard, who will be 79 at the end of the month, says she was drugged and subjected to so-called “depatterning,” during which repetitive recordings were played in her ear for weeks on end, one of them telling her she the memories of patients and rebuild their psyches without psychiatric defect. The idea intrigued was of no use to her family….The ordeal came at the hands of Dr. Ewen Cameron, an Edinburgh-educated, New York-based doctor who pioneered “psychic driving,” by which he believed he could erase the CIA, which recruited Cameron to experiment with mind control techniques beginning in 1950. The McGill experiments were jointly funded by the CIA and the Canadian government. As director of the institute until 1964, Cameron conducted a range of experiments, often without the knowledge or permission of patients. Cameron gave patients LSD and subjected them to massive and multiple electroshock treatments. Some underwent sleep deprivation or total sensory deprivation. Others were kept in drug-induced comas for months on end while speakers under their pillows broadcasts messages for up to 16 hours a day. The experiments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which also saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge, according to testimony before a 1977 U.S. Senate committee. The CIA eventually settled a class-action lawsuit by test subjects, including Huard, and the Canadian government ordered a judicial report into Cameron’s experiments.” http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/print/CTVNews/20070107/brainwashing_lawsuit_070107/20070107/?hub=Canada&subhub=PrintStory

from LMS Brainwashed ‘guinea pig’ seeks more damages TheStar.com – News – Brainwashed ‘guinea pig’ seeks more damages – Canadian victim of CIA experiment in ’50s tries to launch class-action suit against Ottawa – Dene Moore – Toronto Star Montreal “Janine Huard says she was a young mother of four with mild post-partum depression when she checked herself in for psychiatric treatment at a Montreal hospital more than five decades ago. Huard says what happened after that still haunts her today and she will be in a federal courtroom this week seeking to launch a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government for Cold War-era brainwashing experiments carried out on her and hundreds of other patients. I was a guinea pig,” she said. On and off for more than a decade at McGill University’s renowned Allan Memorial Institute, Huard says she received massive electroshocks and was fed more than 40 experimental pills a day. Huard, who will be 79 at the end of the month, says she was drugged and subjected to so-called “depatterning,” during which repetitive recordings were played in her ear for weeks on end, one of them telling her she was of no use to her family. “I came out of there so sick that my mother had to live with me for 10 years,” Huard says. She says she lost memories and suffered from migraines. The ordeal came at the hands of Dr. Ewen Cameron, an Edinburgh-educated, New York-based doctor who pioneered “psychic driving,” by which he believed he could erase the memories of patients and rebuild their psyches without psychiatric defect. The idea intrigued the CIA, which recruited Cameron to experiment with mind control techniques beginning in 1950. The McGill experiments were jointly funded by the CIA and the Canadian government. Cameron gave patients LSD and subjected them to the massive and multiple electroshock treatments. Some underwent sleep deprivation or total sensory deprivation. Others were kept in drug-induced comas for months while speakers under their pillows broadcast messages for up to 16 hours a day. The CIA eventually settled a class-action lawsuit by test subjects, including Huard. The allegations have not been proven in court. A federal court hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday to decide whether to approve a class-action suit. In 1994, 77 of the mostly unwitting Canadian patients were awarded $100,000 each from the federal government, but only those who suffered “total depatterning,” meaning they were rendered to a childlike state. More than 250 others were denied compensation. In 2004, a federal appeal court overruled that decision and awarded a former patient the $100,000.” http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/168792

Skull and Bones 6/13/04 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/02/60minutes/main576332.shtml

Ritual Abuse-Torture: Understanding the Co-Culture ~ Exiting and Healing Strategies – April 26 & 27, 2007 – (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Room 303, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University, 6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS (Presenters: Jeanne Sarson, MEd, BScN, RN & Linda MacDonald, med, BN, RN “The two-day workshop is focused on making sense of RAT from a human rights perspective, examining how such a co-culture organizes its violence through the use and misuse of ritualism. The perpetrator’s acts of violence will be understood from the perspective of abuse and ‘non-state actor’ torture, meaning torture perpetrated by family and like-minded connected groups. They will share their work, which includes the first ever attempt to map RAT transnational connections.” http://continuingeducation.socialwork.dal.ca/rstrategies.html

Journal Articles

Many of the journal abstract excerpts and quotes in this section of the newsletter came from the backlash_ology@yahoogroups.com listed as BO For info. write backlash_ology-owner@yahoogroups.com

Calif. High Court Weighs Whether Trickery OK in Research – Mike McKee – The Recorder 12/11/06 “The California Supreme Court appeared to dance a fine line Tuesday in a defamation suit against two academics who allegedly tricked the former foster mother of a research subject into revealing secrets about her….Loftus and Guyer questioned Corwin’s conclusions and began digging into Taus’ past for contradictory information. They even hired a private investigator and eventually contacted Taus’ foster mother, allegedly with Loftus posing as Corwin’s supervisor. Taus went public about her identity in 2003 when she filed suit against Loftus and Guyer in Solano County Superior Court. She was upset that the professors hadn’t obtained her consent before proceeding with their research, and was angry that their report — while not naming her — contained allegations by her foster mother that Taus had been a troubled teenager who slept around and used drugs. Loftus and Guyer tried to have the case dismissed as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, but were rejected last year by the 1st District Court of Appeal. The appeal court said Taus had presented evidence that Loftus and Guyer “used deception and trickery to penetrate a zone of privacy surrounding Taus’ close family members in order to obtain private information … that would not have been disclosed in a truthful encounter.” http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1165501513364

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk on PTSD http://www.mountsinai.org/msh/clinical_services/AHCvanderkolk.pdf

Interventions Needed For Abused And Violence-Exposed Children – Effective And Cost-Efficient Treatments Exist 12/22/06 “Sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of children as well as neglect and exposure to violence may result in long-lasting psychological difficulties. A recent article in Journal of Social Issues reviews randomized, controlled studies that have assessed child mental health outcomes for maltreated and violence-exposed children.” http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=59077&nfid=nl

Synthesizing Psychoanalytic and Biological Approaches to Trauma: Some Theoretical Proposals – José Saporta “This paper offers some theoretical possibilities for synthesizing psychoanalytic and neurobiological approaches to understanding the effects of severe psychic trauma.” (On page 12) “Affect regulation and self-regulation more generally, plus the ability to relate, are promoted by empathic, affect-regulating interactions in therapy and by other biological interventions such as medication.” http://www.bostonneuropsa.org/PDF%20Files/Saporta/Neuro-Psy__5(1)_Saporta.pdf

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SMART Newsletter Issue 74 – May 2007

October 5, 2008

S M A R T

(Stop Mind control And Ritual abuse Today)

P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 USA E-mail: SMARTNEWS@aol.com

Home page: http://members.aol.com/SMARTNEWS/index2.html

https://ritualabusearticles.wordpress.com

Issue 74 – May 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

Copyright 2007 – All rights reserved. No reproduction of any material without written permission from the editor and individual authors.

SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.

Information on next summer’s conference is available by writing us at the above address or by going to http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2007-conference.htm
Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture are conducting a research project on reproductive harms related to ritual abuse-torture. If you are a woman who has survived ritual abuse-torture and would like to participate please click on the link below to answer our 10 questions. Take care in answering as the questions can be upsetting. This important research data will be used to build a case at the United Nations that ritual abuse-torture is an emerging human rights violation and form of non-state actor torture. http://pub25.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=2120596064&cpv=2 We thank-you in advance. Linda & Jeanne http://www.ritualabusetorture.org

Legal Information

The Duplessis Orphans – “During the reign of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis in the 1940s and 1950s, an alarming number of healthy children living in sanctuaries were hastily diagnosed as mentally incompetent, psychotic patients. The diagnoses were always swift — the children went to bed orphans and woke up psychiatric patients. The reason? Shrewd fiscal planning; federal subsidies paid out more to hospitals than to orphanages. Some children allegedly endured lobotomies, electroshock, straitjackets and abuse. For the rest of their lives they would struggle to bring attention to their story and demand compensation. They called themselves the Duplessis Orphans.” http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-70-1633/disasters_tragedies/duplessis_orphans/

Mexico tightens jail terms for child abuse 2/21/07 “Mexico City – Mexico, one of many developing countries tarnished by a clandestine but thriving child sex industry, moved on Tuesday to tighten jail sentences for abusers of minors to up to 30 years. The law, approved by the Senate on Tuesday after passing through the lower house last year, will lengthen prison terms and end the classing of sexual exploitation of children as a minor offence where convicts often get early release. Priests, offenders charged with abusing underage family members and public sector employees like teachers or doctors who used their position to access children will automatically be given a double sentence, meaning up to 30 years. Clergy convicted of abuse of minors will be defrocked…..Some 20 000 children in Mexico, aged mainly from 12 to 17, are believed to be victims of some kind of exploitation, from pornography to physical abuse, according to a Congress report.” http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=122&art_id=nw20070221075301652C453764

Investigation finds many teachers keep jobs despite misconduct AP 3/19/07 Sarasota, Fla. “State education officials charged with policing misconduct often send teachers they believe committed serious sexual or physical infractions against students back to the classroom with little or no supervision, a newspaper reported Sunday. A Sarasota Herald-Tribune analysis of thousands of Florida teacher investigations found more than half of the roughly 750 teachers punished since 1997 for sexual misconduct or physical and verbal assaults on students were able to keep their license to teach. About 150 of those teachers are still teaching in Florida classrooms, the paper found. Often the principals who hire them do not know of the prior misconduct allegations.” http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/Mar/19/investigation_finds_many_teachers_keep_jobs_despit/

Calif. diocese offers $95M settlement 3/29/07 by Allison Hoffman – San Diego (AP) “The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is offering $95 million to settle more than 140 claims of sexual abuse by priests, according to financial documents. The diocese would offer 143 individuals anywhere from $10,000 to $800,000, depending on the degree of abuse and other factors, according to documents filed Wednesday in the church’s bankruptcy proceedings.” http://www.al.com/newsflash/national/index.ssf?/base/national-82/117522179393210.xml&storylist=national

The world of modern child slavery By Rageh Omaar Presenter of BBC Two documentary Slave Children 3/18/07 “It is believed there are nearly nine million children around the world today who are enslaved. estimated 1.2 million children that the International Labour Organisation believes are trafficked every year.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/6458377.stm

5,000 child sex slaves in UK – IoS special investigation: Young children sold into prostitution by criminal gangs in Britain By Sophie Goodchild and Jonathan Thompson 2/25/07 “More than 5,000 children are being forced to work as sex slaves in the UK, including thousands trafficked to this country by criminal gangs, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. An important study of global slavery exposes Britain as a major transit point for the movement of child slaves around the world. Commissioned by social research charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the report paints a shocking picture of an international web of gangmasters exploiting children as young as five, as well as vulnerable women. Many are threatened with violence, then sold into the sex trade or forced to become domestic servants, says the report, to be published tomorrow. The human trafficking trade now generates an estimated £5bn a year worldwide, making it the second biggest international criminal industry after the drugs trade. Children’s charities in Britain say there has been a “dramatic” rise in referrals of trafficked children to sexual exploitation services.” http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2303019.ece

From Sex Workers to Restaurant Workers, the Global Slave Trade Is Growing By David Batsone –  Sojourners 3/15/07 “Twenty-seven million slaves exist in our world today. Girls and boys, women and men of all ages are forced to toil in the rug loom sheds of Nepal, sell their bodies in the brothels of Rome, break rocks in the quarries of Pakistan, and fight wars in the jungles of Africa.” http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031507LB.shtml

Most child refugees in Great Lakes sexually abused by Vincent Mayanja 2/26/07 Kampala AFP – More than 50 percent of children in refugee camps around Africa’s volatile Great Lakes area have experienced some form of sexual abuse, a humanitarian group said in report Monday. World Vision said more than half of about 1.4 million children displaced by a string of wars in one of the world’s most violent regions were victims of sexual exploitation and needed urgent help. “The forms of abuse experienced include rape, attempted rape and threat to be raped,” according to the report, titled: “The future in our hands: Children displaced by conflicts in Africas Great Lakes Region.” http://media.www.dailycollegian.com/media/storage/paper874/news/2007/02/27/News/Most-Child.Refugees.In.Africa.Region.Abused-2744104.shtml

Spain smashes paedophile internet ring 3/9/07 “Spanish police said Friday they arrested 15 people after smashing a huge Internet ring of paedophiles who downloaded large quantities of child pornography. Fourteen other people were detained and then released pending further investigation, police added in a statement. Some 100 hard discs and more than 480,000 photographs and videos were seized in the raids.” http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Spain_smashes_paedophile_internet_r_03092007.html

Austria smashes global child porn operation By Mark Heinrich 2/7/07 Vienna (Reuters) “Austria has smashed a child pornography ring involving 2,361 suspects in 77 countries who paid for Internet videos showing children subjected to “the worst kind of sexual abuse”. Officials said on Wednesday 607 of the suspects were in the United States, 466 in Germany, 114 in France and 23 in Austria. Hits on a Russian Web page that offered the videos were also recorded in Algeria, Iceland and Venezuela.” http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=203202007

Mind Control and Experimentation

describes crimes from LMS Robinson’s accuser appeals dismissal of her civil lawsuit 3/13/07 “A Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge’s ruling to dismiss the civil lawsuit filed against Gerald Robinson accusing him and others of repeatedly torturing and raping a young girl in ritual abuse ceremonies was appealed yesterday. Mark Davis, the attorney representing the woman who filed the suit anonymously with her husband as Survivor Doe and Spouse Doe, filed an appeal in the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals, saying that Judge Ruth Ann Franks erred when she dismissed the case Jan. 18. Judge Franks dismissed the case because she claimed it was filed after the five-year statute of limitations. Specifically, he said that the judge failed to consider that his client was not able to identify her alleged abusers at the time of the assaults, but was able to identify them years later. “Our case, Survivor Doe’s case, is fundamentally different than any other because our client didn’t know who the abusers were,” he said yesterday. “She recognized the eyes of Father Robinson when he was arrested,” he added. “For that reason, she filed within a year of the incident that triggered memory of the event.” In the original civil complaint filed in April, 2005, the woman alleged that she was the victim of sexual abuse and torture during ritualistic ceremonies in the basement of a North Toledo Catholic church in the 1960s and 1970s. She said she recognized Robinson as one of the abusers after he was arrested in March, 2004, for the 1980 slaying of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a chapel at the former Mercy Hospital. Robinson, 68, was convicted of murder May 11 in Common Pleas Court and is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence in the Hocking Correctional Institution in southeast Ohio. The woman, who is in her 40s, also claimed in the civil suit that Robinson, Gerald Mazuchowski, and other adults wearing nun’s clothing cut her with a knife, drew an upside-down cross on her stomach, and forced her to drink the blood of a rabbit they had killed. Her suit claimed the abuse began in 1968, when she was 5 years old, and continued until 1975, and that her own mother was close with Robinson and Mr. Mazuchowski, participated in the rituals, and was becoming a “high priestess of Satan.”” http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20070313&Category=NEWS02&ArtNo=703130386&SectionCat=NEWS&Template=printart

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence – Editor(s) – Nicky Ali Jackson – List Price: £95.00 ISBN: 9780415969680 Publisher: Routledge Pages: 704 Has a Chapter by Linda MacDonald & Jeanne Sarson (RAT) “Ritual Abuse-Torture within Families.” http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=&isbn=9780415969680&parent_id=&pc=/shopping_cart/search/search.asp?search%3Dencyclopedia%2520on%2520Domestic%2520Violence

The brain scan that can read people’s intentions Call for ethical debate over possible use of new technology in interrogation Ian Sample, science correspondent 2/9/07 The Guardian “A team of world-leading neuroscientists has developed a powerful technique that allows them to look deep inside a person’s brain and read their intentions before they act.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2009217,00.html

Weber County town – Police say LDS bishop used trust to molest sisters – Chief says man knew when parents were away and would visit kids then By Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune 03/28/2007 “As the one-time bishop of the local LDS ward, many people in Harrisville know Timothy O’Sean McCleve. Residents of the small Weber County community turned to him for guidance and counseling and advice. Police say he used that trust to gain access to three sisters he is accused of molesting. McCleve was charged Monday – his 51st birthday – with three counts of forcible sex abuse. The charges, filed in 2nd District Court in Ogden, carry a possible sentence of life in prison. And more charges could follow. Harrisville Police Chief Max Jackson said Ogden police also have opened a case on McCleve.” http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_5537513

Judge to review lawsuit from brainwashing victim By CP 2/23/07 “Montreal – A federal court judge will review the case of a Montreal woman unwittingly subjected to CIA brainwashing experiments, refusing a federal government application to dismiss her lawsuit. Janine Huard is seeking approval from the court for a class-action lawsuit on behalf of potentially hundreds of patients who were subjected to the Cold War-era experiments funded jointly by the U.S. spy agency and the Canadian government. “First off, I note that the plaintiff showed courage and determination in tackling the United States government and the CIA,” Judge Luc Martineau wrote in a judgment released this week. Huard, 79, was a young mother of four in 1950 when she sought treatment for weight loss and mild depression from Dr. Ewen Cameron at McGill’s renowned Allan Memorial Institute. On and off over the next 15 years, Huard was subjected to treatments that included massive electroshock therapy, experimental pills and repetitive recorded messages she was forced to listen to for days on end.” According to her affidavit, Huard was left unable to care for her children and had to have her mother move in with her. Huard said she suffered memory loss and migraines for years. Huard was one of nine Canadian victims who received nearly $67,000 US each from the CIA in 1988.” http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/23/3657755-sun.html
from LMS Exhibit Considers Nazis’ Deadly Medicine By AP 3/11/07 Pittsburgh (AP) “Adolf Hitler used the theory of eugenics in his quest to create a master race, legitimizing the murder of thousands deemed unfit for the German race and culminating in the genocide of 6 million Jews. But the idea behind eugenics — improving a population’s health through genetics — was hardly unique to Germany, as shown by a traveling exhibit developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and on display at The Andy Warhol Museum. “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” uses 200 photographs, videotaped survivor stories and several dozen artifacts to trace eugenics’ development as a perversion of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to its Nazi justification for genocide. The exhibit also looks at eugenics in other countries, including Norway, Spain, Brazil, Japan and the United States, where nearly 300 “eugenic sterilizations” were done at Mendocino State Hospital between 1909 and 1935.”
http://www.examiner.com/a-612544~Exhibit_Considers_Nazis__Deadly_Medicine.html

from LMS U.S. torture goes on trial – Yank arrested under terror laws exposes dirty strategy to drive detainees mad By Naomi Klein “Something remarkable is going on in a Miami courtroom. The cruel methods U.S. interrogators have used since September 11 to “break” prisoners are finally being put on trial. This was not supposed to happen. The Bush administration’s plan was to put José Padilla on trial for allegedly being part of a network linked to international terrorists. But Padilla’s lawyers are arguing that he is not fit to stand trial because he has been driven insane by the government. Arrested in May 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Padilla, a Brooklyn-born former gang member, was classified a month later as an “enemy combatant” and taken to a Navy prison in Charleston, South Carolina. He was kept in a 2.7-by-2.1-metre cell with no natural light, no clock and no calendar. Whenever Padilla left the cell, he was shackled and suited in heavy goggles and headphones. He was kept under these conditions for 1,307 days. He was forbidden contact with anyone but his interrogators, who punctured this extreme sensory deprivation with sensory overload, blasting him with harsh lights and pounding sounds. Padilla also says he was injected with a “truth serum,” a substance his lawyers believe was LSD or PCP…..Now that his mental state is the central issue in the case, the government prosecutors have a problem. The CIA and the military have known since the early 1960s that extreme sensory deprivation and sensory overload cause personality disintegration that’s the whole point. Kubark Counterintelligence Interrogation, a declassified 1963 CIA manual for interrogating “resistant sources” was based on the findings of the agency’s notorious MK-Ultra program. In the 1950s, it funnelled about $25 million to scientists to research “unusual techniques of interrogation.” One of the psychiatrists who received CIA funding was the infamous Ewen Cameron of Montreal’s McGill University. Cameron subjected hundreds of psychiatric patients to large doses of electroshock and total sensory isolation and drugged them with LSD and PCP. In 1960, Cameron gave a lecture at the Brooks Air Force Base in Texas in which he stated that sensory deprivation “produces the primary symptoms of schizophrenia.”” http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-03-01/news_story5_p.html

Italian priests join task force to counter Satanic cults Milan, Mar. 5, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Italian priests have joined with police detectives and psychologists in a task force created to respond to the activities of Satanic cults….The task force was put together to respond to a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent in Italy. There are now an estimated 8,000 Satanic sects in the country, with more than 600,000 adherents.” http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=49656

Man Pleads Guilty In Naked Snowmobiling Case 2/15/07 – Logan “A 62-year-old man accused of taking teenage boys on nude snowmobile rides has pleaded guilty to lewdness, a misdemeanor….The two counts of lewdness could be erased if he meets the conditions. Lamb was a bishop of a Mormon church ward in Hyde Park from 1991 to 1997.” http://kutv.com/local/local_story_046163444.html

describes crimes – West Virginia Man Accused of Decapitating Cat as Part of Satanic Ritual 3/16/07 Spencer, West Virginia “A West Virginia man is in jail, accused of decapitating a black cat in a public park in December as part of a satanic ritual. Kenneth Leroy McCoy, 22, was arrested last week after a witness linked him to the crime, Roane County Chief Deputy J.S. Smith said Friday. Two women walking around Charles Fork Lake near Spencer in early December found the cat’s body in the middle of a pentagram painted on the floor of a picnic shelter, Smith said….Nearby bathroom walls also were spray-painted with skulls, inverted crosses and other strange symbols.” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259220,00.html

JW Child Custody “Statistics show that over 1,000 custody cases are fought each year involving Jehovah’s Witness children.  Of those cases over 90% will be lost…” http://www.jwchildcustody.com

Cult leader faces child sex charges 2/14/07 “The creator of a south coast religious community claimed to receive messages from the Virgin Mary and believed a new race of people would be created through him, a Sydney court has heard. William Kamm, 56, also known as the Little Pebble, is facing trial on five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16 under his authority and one count of committing an act of indecency. The alleged offences occurred between 1994 and 1995 when the alleged victim was 14 and 15, the New South Wales District Court heard today. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21225324-1702,00.html

Journal Articles

Many of the journal abstract excerpts and quotes in this section of the newsletter came from the backlash_ology@yahoogroups.com listed as BO For info. write backlash_ology-owner@yahoogroups.com

from BO Recovered memory and the Daubert criteria: Recovered memory as professionally tested, peer reviewed, and accepted in the relevant scientific community. Dalenberg, C Trauma Violence Abuse 7(4):274-310, 2006 “Research during the past two decades has firmly established the reliability of the phenomenon of recovered memory. This review first highlights the strongest evidence for the phenomenon itself and discusses the survey, experimental, and biological evidence for the varying mechanisms that may underlie the phenomenon. Routes to traumatic amnesia from dissociative detachment (loss of emotional content leading to loss of factual content) and from dissociative compartmentalization (failure in integration) are discussed. Next, an argument is made that false memory is a largely orthogonal concept to recovered memory; the possibility of one phenomena is largely irrelevant to the potential for the other. Furthermore, some aspects of the false memory research offer supportive data for the recovered memory researcher. Finally, the issue of error rates in making the Daubert case is explored. It is concluded that the weight of the evidence should allow the recovered memory victim to come before the court.” Mount Sinai Press Office newsmedia@mssm.org 212-241-9200 The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Supreme Court OKs privacy suit against a UC psychologist *Research subject says she was duped *By David Kravets AP 2/27/07 San Francisco “Researchers could be liable for damages if they obtain private information through false pretenses, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The case, which attracted widespread attention from media groups, which urged the court to dismiss it, concerns a University of California Irvine psychologist who published an article about a Solano County girl, who at 17 allegedly remembered she was sexually abused by her mother as a child. The psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus, set out to investigate an article written by another scholar who suggested the girl, who wasn’t identified, had repressed memory. Through court records, Loftus learned the girl’s identity and interviewed her foster mother in 1997. That interview was the main topic of the 101-page, 5-2 decision by the state’s high court allowing Loftus’ subject to sue her for invasion of privacy….”

Justices OK lawsuit against researcher accused of privacy breach by David Kravets, AP 2/26/07 San Francisco “Researchers could be liable for damages if they obtain private information through false pretenses, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. The case, which attracted widespread attention by media groups who urged the court to dismiss it, concerns a University of California, Irvine, psychologist who published an article about a Solano County girl, who at 17 allegedly remembered she was sexually abused by her mother as a child. The psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus, set out to investigate an article written by another scholar who suggested the anonymous girl had repressed memory. Through court records, Loftus learned the girl’s identity and interviewed her foster mother in 1997.” http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/16789883.htm

Ethical guides are already in place March 5, 2007 Re “Ruling may constrain researchers,” Feb. 27 “This article misses the point. Thankfully, researchers are already constrained by ethical guidelines, institutional review boards and the scientific method. The California Supreme Court sensibly ruled that the constraints of the law also apply to zealous researchers who may be eager to prove their theories with unethical or unlawful means. Elizabeth Loftus is accused of misrepresenting herself to gain confidential information from the family member of a research subject. No institutional review board would approve such a method. No peer-reviewed scientific journal would publish an article whose data are derived from such a method. Now the Supreme Court of California adds that such a method is not lawful. It is a victory for those who value ethics in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. We are pleased that our viewpoint on this case, as expressed in our amicus curae to the Supreme Court, has been upheld.” Joyanna Silberg Executive vice president Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence Baltimore http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-monday5.7mar05,0,613106.story

Spring 2006 Children and the Law Symposium from Hamline University School of Law

http://www.hamline.edu/law/journals/law_policy/current_issue.html

Mental abuse as traumatic as physical torture, study says Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times 3/6/07 “Degrading treatment and psychological manipulation cause as much emotional suffering and long-term mental damage as physical torture, researchers reported Monday. Psychiatric evaluations of 279 victims of torture and other abuses from the Balkan wars of the 1990s showed that both types of ill-treatment led to similarly high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The victims themselves rated the psychological tactics on par with the physical abuses they suffered….What mattered most, Basoglu said, was the degree to which the victim felt a loss of control.” http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/06/MNGT9OG3901.DTL

A Summary of “Abandoning the Body: Trauma, Eating Disorders and Dissociation” Presented by Laura Weisberg, Ph.D. October 1, 2005 By Dr. Joan Fox “….In this workshop, Weisberg, an expert in eating disorders, provided research, theory and clinical application showing the role that trauma plays as a risk factor in eating disorders. Citing the research, Weisberg pointed out that 30-61 percent of eating disordered clients report a history of some form of sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse is associated with greater comorbidity (depression, anxiety, OCD) and tends to be associated with other self-destructive behaviors (substance abuse, mutilating). While a history of abuse doesn’t indicate the actual severity of eating disorders, a history of trauma usually does suggest more disturbed eating attitudes. The variables that mediate symptom severity include interfamilial abuse, younger age at onset of the abuse, multiple episodes of the abuse, use of force and/or fear, poor maternal relationship, lack of parental reliability, and cognitive interpretation of the abuse.” http://www.nesttd.org/Weisberg%20summary.htm

Cromer, L.D. & Freyd, J.J. (2007) What influences believing abuse reports? The roles of depicted memory persistence, participant gender, trauma history, and sexism. Psychology of Women’s Quarterly, 3, 13-22. “This vignette study investigated factors that influence believing child sexual abuse disclosures. College student participants (N = 318) in a university human subject pool completed measures about their own trauma history and responded to questions about sexist attitudes. Participants then read vignettes in which an adult disclosed a history of child sexual abuse, rated disclosures for accuracy and believability, and judged the level of abusiveness. Continuous memories were believed more than recovered memories. Men believed abuse reports less than did women, and people who had not experienced trauma were less likely to believe trauma reports.” http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/traumapapers.html article at http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/articles/cf07.pdf

Treating Abuse Today “From its inception, Treating Abuse Today (TAT) was unique in its approach to addressing treatment issues, concerns, strategies, techniques, and goals of the community of survivors of child abuse who began emerging in the 1980s. It was a platform for discussion between disciplines and across philosophical lines. Under pressure exerted by the backlash resulting in a distraction from its original mission, TAT was effectively silenced. However, its name and history remain respected and emblematic of the concerns of the professional therapy community. TAT now marks its return to its original concept as a forum for professional mental health providers, educators, journalists, attorneys, and others to address the concerns generated by survivors of extreme abuse including child abuse, child sexual abuse, ritual abuse, and others that may result in a constellation of unique and debilitating psychological and other symptoms and that demand creative and informed responses in therapy.” http://www.treatingabusetoday.org/

A Case Study Investigation of the Development and Treatment of Alter Personalities in Dissociative Identity Disorder Author Brown, Ian – Institution Edith Cowan University- Date 2006 “Abstract – Progress in the study and treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has been hampered by ideological debate regarding its validity. This is particularly the case when patient’s suffering from DID also report ritualistic abuse. Part of the difficulty has been that past studies have not established independent checks to assess whether alters are artefacts introduced by therapeutic bias. This study addressed this issue by using independent judges to test the validity of a patient being treated for DID who claimed ritualistic abuse.” http://portal.ecu.edu.au/adt-public/adt-ECU2006.0027.html

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study “Recognizing that many of the people who could benefit from the findings of the ACE Study are lay people who do not have easy access to scientific, peer-reviewed medical articles, Editor Carol A. Redding first conceptualized ACE Reporter, in October of 2002. As a result of collaboration with Vincent J. Felitti, MD, the first edition was published in April, 2003.http://www.acestudy.org/pub-acereporter.php

18% of Young Women Experience Sexual Victimization 3/13/07 “Buffalo, N.Y. – Sexual victimization can mean several things – verbal coercion to have sex with an intimate partner, rape by a stranger, a woman fondled in a bar or forced intercourse when a woman is too intoxicated to consent or object. Researchers at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions report that 18 percent of young women recruited into a study experienced sexual victimization in a two-year period. Victimization was defined as unwanted sexual contact, verbally coerced sex, rape or attempted rape. Among this group, the majority (approximately 66 percent) stated that their victimization was perpetrated by an intimate partner.” http://www.buffalo.edu/news/fast-execute.cgi/article-page.html?article=84990009

Towards a rational diagnosis for children with complex trauma histories. Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD “Developmental trauma disorder: Childhood trauma, including abuse and neglect, is probably our nation’s single most important public health challenge, a challenge that has the potential to be largely resolved by appropriate prevention and intervention. Each year over 3,000,000 children are reported to the authorities for abuse and/or neglect in the United States of which about one million are substantiated1. Many thousands more undergo traumatic medical and surgical procedures, and are victims of accidents and of community violence (see Spinazzola et al, this issue). However, most trauma begins at home: the vast majority of people (about 80 %) responsible for child maltreatment are children’s own parents.“….“In the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control 2 , 17,337 adult HMO members responded to a questionnaire about adverse childhood experiences, including childhood abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. 11.0% reported having been emotionally abused as a child, 30.1% reported physical abuse, 19.9% sexual abuse; 23.5% reported being exposed to family alcohol abuse, 18.8% to mental illness, 12.5% witnessed their mothers being battered and 4.9% reported family drug abuse.” http://www.traumacenter.org/Psych%20Annals%20Preprint-Developmental%20Trauma%20Disorder.pdf

A new diagnosis for childhood trauma? Some push for a new DSM category for children who undergo multiple, complex traumas. By Tori DeAngelis “Many children traverse the terrain of childhood with few major upsets. But an unfortunate number face the opposite fate, suffering repeated and often serious traumas–everything from abuse and neglect to persistent community violence to caregivers impaired by illness, alcohol or depression. No one knows how many children are affected, but one gauge is the number of children reported annually to child protection services for abuse and neglect–3 million. About 1 million of those cases are substantiated, according to a 2003 report by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families….the group is proposing a diagnosis called “developmental trauma disorder” or DTD, to capture what members see as central realities of life for these children: exposure to multiple, chronic traumas, usually of an interpersonal nature; a unique set of symptoms that differs from those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a variety of other labels often applied to such children.” http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar07/diagnosis.html

Low birth weight and childhood abuse linked to psychological problems later in life “New York, New York – A recent study by Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) finds children born with low birth weight (LBW) who suffered child abuse are substantially more likely to develop psychological problems such as depression and social dysfunction in adolescence and adulthood. The study, appearing in the February 5, 2007, issue of The Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, is the first to investigate the possible interaction between LBW and later adversity.” http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-02/tmsh-lbw_1013107.php

SMART Newsletter Issue 75 – July 2007

October 5, 2008

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Issue 75 – July 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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Announcement of Survey for Therapists, Counselors, Clergy, and Other Persons Who Have Worked Professionally With at Least One Adult Survivor of Extreme Abuse. http://extreme-abuse-survey.net (April 1 –June 30, 2007)  The Professional Extreme Abuse Survey (P-EAS) is the second in a series of online surveys* designed to explore commonalities reported by survivors of Extreme Abuse including, but not limited to, Ritual Abuse and/or Mind Control (RA/MC).  This anonymous survey is conducted privately by Thorsten Becker, Bettina Overkamp, Wanda Karriker and Carol Rutz. *Preliminary data indicate that at least 1450 individuals from 32 countries representing 6 continents responded to the first survey titled “An International Survey for Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse (EAS).”  We will be posting other preliminary EAS data (percentages of responses to each question) on the website as soon as it is calculated, hopefully by April 15.  When the EAS statistical analyses is finished the results will also be posted on the website.  In addition Carol Rutz will be presenting  the results in August at the S.M.A.R.T. conference http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2007-conference.htm.

Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Legal Information

Memories called key in abuse suits – Delaware men say they repressed recollection of priests’ molestation By Beth Miller, The News Journal 4/3/07 The debate over how humans remember, repress and recover memories may soon reach state courtrooms, as two men who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests in Delaware pursue civil suits. If not for the recovery of long-lost memories, the lawsuits — both alleging abuses that occurred more than 20 years ago — would be prohibited by Delaware’s civil statute of limitations, a law that sets a two-year deadline for filing such claims. Both plaintiffs, Eric Eden and Douglas J. McClure, say they buried the memories of the abuses for years, making them “inherently unknowable,” a claim that can prevail over the legal time limit. To win, the men must persuade a jury that it is possible for such memories to be inaccessible and that, once recovered, their memories are valid.” “Children do what they must to survive the abuse, they say, even if it means putting it out of their minds for decades, or forever. “I see that in my young patients every day — 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds who have just been abused, and the abuse is validated,” said Dr. Joy Silberg, coordinator of Trauma Disorders Services for Children at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. “If I ask them to try to remember that, they may say, ‘Don’t ask me. It hurts my brain.’ … They’re working at getting it out of their head. A few weeks later, they won’t tell you. … Your mind pushes it away until you can’t access it when you try.” “But proving that memories can be false does not prove that valid memories cannot be recovered. “There is not a single clinician who treats torture victims, veterans, car accident victims, rape victims, child abuse victims who has the notion that trauma does not wreak havoc with memory,” said Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk, a psychiatrist who is the medical director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass. http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070403/NEWS/704030349/-1/NEWS01

Pope ‘did not help girls abused by Florence priest’ By Peter Popham in Rome 4/9/07 “But there was no space in his list for the abused women of the parish of Regina della Pace (“Queen of Peace”) on the outskirts of Florence. For more than three years, these women have been trying to persuade the Church to take vigorous action against a parish priest whom they say persuaded them to have sex with him when they were minors, and continued to do so regularly for years. Confronted by their testimony, the church authorities first transferred the priest to another parish, and then out of the diocese. But he remains a priest, and has received only token punishment.” http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2434945.ece

Italy row over Church abuse film – Pope Benedict says sexual abuse by priests has created deep wounds 5/21/07 “An Italian politician has sparked a furore by urging state broadcaster Rai to block the transmission of a controversial BBC documentary. The programme, aired in the UK in October, investigates the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. Italian journalist Michele Santoro has asked to purchase the rights to the film to broadcast it on his talk show. But Mario Landolfi, who heads Rai’s parliamentary oversight committee, has asked Rai to prevent its transmission. The Panorama programme, Sex Crimes and the Vatican, has been Google Italia’s most popular online video choice since a version with translated subtitles was put online. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6678753.stm

Committee OKs bill for sex crime lawsuits – Plan seeks to open window for civil cases against perpetrators by Ken Lewis Juneau Empire A bill that would create a one-year window for lawsuits against perpetrators of decades-old childhood sex crimes passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, despite concerns voiced by an attorney representing Alaska Jesuits. Senators gave greater weight to the victims’ accounts of their suffering than to the assertion from Anchorage attorney Jim Gorski that the proposal is “a matter best left to the law as it currently exists in the state.” “The goal of this bill is to get access to the truth for the victims,” said Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage. http://www.snapnetwork.org/legislation/alaska_committee_oks.htm

Del. Senate Passes Bill Extending Time for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits 04/05/2007 Dover (AP) “The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill allowing victims of child sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers. Senators approved the bill on a 19-0 vote after 3 1/2 hours of testimony from victims of child sexual abuse and legal experts. The bill repeals the statute of limitations in civil suits relating to child sexual abuse cases and provides a two-year window in which victims of past abuse can bring lawsuits previously barred by the current statute. “ http://www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=6329489&nav=MXEF

Deployment raises abuse risk in military families 5/14/07 New York (Reuters Health) “Children in military families are at greater risk of maltreatment after a parent is deployed to conflict areas — and after the parent returns, a new study suggests. The rate of child maltreatment doubled among Texas military families in the nine months after October 2002, when Congress gave President George Bush the go-ahead to send troops to Iraq, the researchers found. “Both departures to and returns from operational deployment impose stresses on military families and likely increase the rate of child maltreatment,” Dr. E. Danielle Rentz of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her colleagues write in the American Journal of Epidemiology. “Such increases in child maltreatment may also extend to families at risk of being deployed.” http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2007/05/14/eline/links/20070514elin002.html

Sudan’s young endure “unspeakable” abuse: report By Evelyn Leopold 4/19/07 United Nations (Reuters) “Children in Sudan are press-ganged, coerced to join armed groups, raped and used as forced labor or sex slaves, according to a new report by humanitarian groups. The report, Sudan’s Children at a Crossroads, concentrates mainly on Darfur, where a conflict has been raging for four years, and southern Sudan, emerging from 20 years of war. “Children in Sudan continue to endure some of the most inhumane treatment found anywhere in the world,” said Kathleen Hunt, chair of the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, on Wednesday. “Despite the end of the war in the south and recent signs of hope for a strengthened peacekeeping force in Darfur, many Sudanese children are not faring any better than they were four years ago,” Hunt told a news conference on the report, compiled by six humanitarian organizations. While Sudan’s military continues to deny the presence of children in its ranks, the report said its representatives have acknowledged that youth from other armed groups have recently been incorporated into the government armed forces. In Darfur, most rebel and militia groups recruit children, including the pro-government Arab militias known as the Janjaweed, the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Army. While reports of rape and maiming are prevalent in Darfur, Sudanese girls from other areas have been forced into prostitution or into domestic service in and out of Sudan.” http:// http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article21456

Abuse of Indian children ‘common’ By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi “Two out of every three children in India are physically abused, according to a landmark government study. Commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the study says 53% of the surveyed children reported one or more forms of sexual abuse.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6539027.stm

Watchdog: Online Child Porn More Brutal By Yuxing Zheng AP 4/16/07 London “Child pornography on the Internet is becoming more brutal and graphic, and the number of images depicting violent abuse has risen fourfold since 2003, according to an Internet watchdog report published Tuesday. The British-based Internet Watch Foundation said in its annual review that it received nearly 32,000 reports of potentially illegal content on its hot line last year, marking a 34 percent increase from the previous year. “Although there is a volume issue, the worrying issue is the severity and the gravity of the images is increasing,” said the foundation’s chief executive, Peter Robbins. “We’re talking about prepubescent children being raped.” The foundation identified about 10,700 individual Internet addresses on 3,000 sites containing child pornography content. About 80 percent of the children in the abusive images are female, and 91 percent appear to be children under the age of 12, it said. More than three in five child pornography Web sites were hosted in the U.S., while nearly a third were based in Russia.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/16/AR2007041601372_pf.html

Choirmaster jailed for abusing children Steven Morris 4/26/07 Guardian Unlimited “The Church of England was today criticised for failing to report a self-confessed child abuser to police, enabling him to continue to work closely with children. Instead of contacting officers after choirmaster Peter Halliday admitted sexually abusing a boy, the church forced him to leave. The 61-year-old was then able to gain positions of trust within a prestigious church music school, where he worked alongside children and became a governor. He was today jailed for two and a half years for abusing three boys. Sentencing him at Winchester crown court, Judge Ian Pearson said it was “unfortunate” that the church had not contacted police.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2066144,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

Diocese Liable For Sexual Abuse by Mo Ibrahim 05/18/07 “A Nassau jury found the Diocese of Rockville Center liable for sexual abuse Friday afternoon. The victims – a man and woman who were raped by their youth minister when they were teenagers – were awarded $11.4 million dollars in damages after the jury deliberated over the decision for eight days.” http://www.longislandpress.com/?cp=162&show=article&a_id=11958

Natives died in droves as Ottawa ignored warnings – Tuberculosis took the lives of students at residential schools for at least 40 Years Bill Curry and Karen Howlett – from Tuesday’s Globe and Mail 4/24/07 Ottawa “As many as half of the aboriginal children who attended the early years of residential schools died of tuberculosis, despite repeated warnings to the federal government that overcrowding, poor sanitation and a lack of medical care were creating a toxic breeding ground for the rapid spread of the disease, documents show. A Globe and Mail examination of documents in the National Archives reveals that children continued to die from tuberculosis at alarming rates for at least four decades after a senior official at the Department of Indian Affairs initially warned in 1907 that schools were making no effort to separate healthy children from those sick with the highly contagious disease.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070424.wschools24/BNStory/National/home

describes violent acts – Violence against women and the rise of ‘torture porn‘ By Kira Cochrane Standfirst- Mainstream movies are getting darker and more violent. And as Quentin Tarantino’s latest project, Grindhouse, demonstrates, the worst of the violence is often directed at women. http://www.womenone.org/faces_02052007.htm

French paedophilia appeals heard – The original trial shocked France 4/21/07 “A French appeal court has upheld the convictions of 11 people in an infamous paedophilia case but acquitted one of those convicted. Sixty-one people had been found guilty in July 2005 of abuse in the town of Angers in one of France’s biggest child sex trials. The appeal court confirmed the two ringleaders must serve 28 and 26 years. The group raped, prostituted and abused up to 45 children, some as young as six months old, over a number of years.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6580137.stm

Military sexual trauma — the new face of PTSD – Military sexual assaults — and requests for help — are on the rise By Dawn Fratangelo 5/7/07Military sexual trauma statistics – 14.5 percent of female and 0.6 percent of male OEF/OIF* veterans visiting the Department of Veterans reported military sexual trauma. — The female veterans are at four times the risk for PTSD than those with no military sexual trauma — The male veterans are at almost 3 times the risk for PTSD than male veterans with no military sexual trauma. *Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom – Source: VA Military sexual trauma support team monitering datahttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18494197/

Church fights effort to extend limits on child abuse charges By Zach Lowe 4/5/07 Hartford “The Roman Catholic Church is fighting a proposal that would give alleged victims of sexual abuse 10 more years to come forward to prosecute or sue offenders. The bill would increase the statute of limitations for child sex crimes to 40 years after a victim turns 18, up from 30 years under current law.” http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-abuse6apr05,0,1286626.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines
Mind Control and Experimentation

from LMS Member of church demands an apology – Police were called over man handing out cards By David Yonke “A member of a North Toledo parish is demanding an apology from his pastor and the bishop after police were called to stop him from handing out cards honoring slain Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. “I feel I was being harassed, and the diocese owes me an apology,” Mike Drabik, a parishioner since 1993, said yesterday. “I wasn’t doing anything evil.” Mr. Drabik said he began handing out the cards “peacefully” in front of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church on Lagrange Street about 15 minutes before the start of the 7 p.m. Mass on Maundy Thursday, the 27th anniversary of Sister Margaret Ann’s death. The pastor, the Rev. Marek Ciesla, came out and asked him to stop. Father Ciesla said yesterday that he confronted Mr. Drabik because the parishioner was passing out literature without permission. He said several people had complained to him about Mr. Drabik’s actions. “I told him it’s private property and this is not an appropriate time to bring anything like this,” Father Ciesla said. “My business is to protect the parishioners. I didn’t know what he was passing out, but I didn’t care. The first step was not taken – he did not ask for permission.””The homemade flyers, about the size of a business card, feature a black and white photo of Sister Margaret Ann, who was strangled and stabbed to death in the sacristy of the former Mercy Hospital on April 5, 1980 – Holy Saturday that year – a day before her 72nd birthday. Toledo priest Gerald Robinson was arrested and charged with her murder in April, 2004, and convicted in Lucas County Common Pleas Court in May, 2006. The 68-year-old priest, who lived in the St. Hedwig rectory from 1989-90, is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence at Hocking Correctional Facility in southern Ohio. In addition to the photo of the slain nun, Mr. Drabik’s cards carried a caption: “Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, April 5, 1980. Ritual Abuse Victim.”” http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070407/NEWS03/704070385

from LMS – Signs honoring priest stir criticism – 5/12/07 – Schmit interfered with 1980 probe of nun’s murder, group claims By David Yonke Blade Religion Editor – On the one-year anniversary of Toledo priest Gerald Robinson’s murder conviction, a victim’s advocacy group yesterday asked the City of Toledo to remove honorary street signs that pay tribute to a deceased church leader who allegedly interfered with the original 1980 murder investigation. Claudia Vercellotti, co-coordinator of the Toledo chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, asked that Mayor Carty Finkbeiner take down the signs designating a stretch of St. Clair Street “Monsignor Jerome Schmit Way.….SNAP officials said in a letter to Mayor Finkbeiner that the monsignor’s good works in the community do not outweigh court testimony that he obstructed the Robinson murder investigation. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070512/NEWS16/705120404/-1/NEWS

from LMS Indiana Apologizes for Role in Eugenics by Ken Kusmer, AP Writer 4/13/07 Indianapolis (AP) -“An Indiana official publicly apologized for the state’s role 100 years ago in pioneering state-authorized sterilization of “imbeciles,” paupers and others it deemed undesirable. Health Commissioner Dr. Judith Monroe expressed regret on behalf of the state Thursday for its passing of the first such eugenics law. She also unveiled a historic marker that will stand across from the Statehouse. “It is one (law) that we do regret but we should not forget,” she said. In 1907, then-Gov. J. Frank Hanly signed a state law widely regarded as the first in the world to permit sterilization in a misguided effort to improve the quality of the human race. The practice was not ended until 1974. By then, Indiana had sterilized about 2,500 people; nationally, 65,000 people in 30 states were given state-authorized vasectomies, tubal ligations and other operations.” http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/04/13/national/a011006D33.DTL

Ritual Abuse & Torture in Australia – April 2006 Brochure http://www.freefilehosting.org/public/12651/brochure_ritualabuse_2006_1.pdf

Non-Lethal Weapons: Terms and References – INSS Occasional Paper 15 – USAF Institute for National Security Studies – USAF Academy, Colorado “Acoustic, Infrasound. Very low-frequency sound which can travel long distances and easily penetrate most buildings and vehicles. Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur. Superior to ultrasound because it is “in band” meaning that its does not lose its properties when it changes mediums such as from air to tissue. By 1972 an infrasound generator had been built in France which generated waves at 7 hertz. When activated it made the people in range sick for hours [23,302,546].” http://www.zarc.com/english/non-lethal_weapons/nlt-usaf.html

Jehovah’s Witnesses Settle Abuse Cases By Rose French – AP Writer 5/10/07 Nashville, Tenn. “A victims’ rights group released documents Thursday that showed the Jehovah’s Witnesses recently settled civil suits with 16 people who claimed they were sexually abused by church elders or that church officials failed to act on abuse allegations. The group, called silentlambs, held a news conference in Nashville to demand that the denomination change its policy for responding to sex abuse reports. Settlements were reached in late February and early March, according to court records obtained by silentlambs and posted to the group’s Web site. Fourteen of the cases were filed in California; the other two were in Oregon and Texas…..There are about 1 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States, and followers are known for distributing Awake! and Watchtower magazines door-to-door. Bowen also said Jehovah’s Witnesses have a long-standing policy of not reporting molesters to police. He claims that the denomination has a secret database of accused abusers that they have not shared with law enforcement officials. “They keep putting innocent kids and unsuspecting families at risk of horrible crimes because they value their secrecy and reputations more than they value children’s safety,” Bowen said. Since establishing silentlambs in 2001, Bowen says about 7,000 people who claim they were abused have contacted his group.” http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/05/10/jehovahs_witnesses_settle_abuse_cases/

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of building ‘paedophile paradisehttp://www.sundayherald.com/ By Torcuil Crichton – Sunday Herald “Scottish branch of world church alleged to have sheltered abusers and kept information from police – The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Scotland stands accused of sheltering child abusers and keeping secret files of known paedophiles within the organisation which it refuses to share with police. After a successful prosecution over child abuse within a Jehovah’s Witnesses family in Ayrshire, Scottish police are understood to be preparing to bring a further case to court in the northeast. The Jehovah’s Witnesses church, which has six million members around the world, has been convulsed by revelations that its elders have protected sex offenders, failed to report accusations to the police and even punished children and families making accusations.” http://www.silentlambs.org/education/jwaccused.cfm

Grandmothers arrested over ‘satanic sex abuse’ Richard Owen, Rome 4/25/07 “Three women teachers were among six people arrested today accused of sedating and sexually abusing children as young as 3 at a school near Rome. The teachers — two of whom are grandmothers who had taught at the school and at Sunday school for decades — are said to have taken part in the repeated abuse of 15 children aged 3 and 5 for a year, filming them in sexual acts with satanic overtones at the teachers’ homes and in a wood. The others arrested were a woman caretaker, a former producer of children’s programmes for the state television station RAI, and a local petrol pump attendant. The television producer is married to one of the arrested teachers. The alleged abuse — in the town of Rignano Flaminio, 25 miles (40km) north of Rome — came to light when some of the children began describing their “games” to their parents. They drew pictures of a “man in black” who wore a hood and drank his own blood, and said they had played a game in which “a wolf chases a squirrel and eats it”. They were warned that if they told their parents about the “games”, they would be “taken away from their mothers by devils”. If the truth were to come out and they were asked who had taught them to perform sexual acts, they were to say “my father”. The parents also reported bruising and swelling around their children’s genital areas and that they had returned home from school in a confused state. Police say that the children were given tranquillisers and told they were sweets. The six face charges including kidnapping, indecently assaulting minors, obscene acts and group sexual assault.” http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article1706265.ece

describes crimes – Italy rocked by satanic, drug-induced sexual abuse in kindergarten – Children say they were forced in satanic sexual abuse and forced to drink blood in rituals Sara Macchitella 4/26/07 “Six persons were arrested in Rome on Wednesday accused of sexually abusing 15 children from the age of three to the age of six at the nursery school “Olga Rovere” of Rignano Flaminio, in the vicinities of Rome. They are expected to be subjected to intense interrogations on Friday. The accused persons were arrested and passed their first night in isolation in a jail in Rebibbia, close to Rome. All six were arrested and accused of a number of offences which included the abduction of minors, sexual violence within a group, sexual violence on minors under the age of 10 and obscene actions in public places.” “The little victims described the dreadful scenes saying: “In the villa where they took us, a man cut his arm and coerced us to drink his own blood which he poured in a glass, with other substances. Then they made us do a series of strange games, sort of performances with masked adults and massages to female teachers with oil”. The parents were reportedly alarmed by signs of bruising and red swelling around their children’s genital areas, as well as by the dazed and confused state in which some of them returned home from school.” http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msfullart.asp?an=11655

describes crimes – Dog’s head ‘part of ritual’ 04/18/07 Pretoria – An 18-year-old youth was arrested on Wednesday for sending a package containing the severed head of a Chihuahua dog through the post, said Pretoria police. “It apparently was related to satanic belief,” said inspector Paul Ramaloko. The Pretoria youth was handed to police by his parents on Wednesday afternoon. A urine test had revealed that the boy had drugs in his system, said Marizda Kruger, chief inspector for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Tshwane. ‘A disturbed young man’ She said he had initially told her that he sent the dog’s head as a scare tactic to someone he had met in a chat-room on the internet. The person had apparently angered him. He later told police it was related to satanic belief.” http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2100791,00.html

describes crimes – Boy Held in ‘Satan’ Murder 4/12/07 “A One-eared teenager suspected of butchering a girl in a Satanic attack has been arrested while on the run in Spain. Jan Hertframpf, 19, a fan of ghoulish rocker Marilyn Manson, vanished after the bloodsoaked body of Carolina Bertnath, 21, was found in the bath of her student flat. She had suffered 27 stab wounds. Before her murder, Carolina went to a Satanic-themed party with Hertframpf and his friend and fellow-suspect Andreas Stranninger, 30.” http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_headline=boy-held-in–satan–murder–&method=full&objectid=18892194&siteid=66633-name_page.html

Exclusive: Did ‘Son Of Sam’ Have Help? Part I: ‘Son Of Sam’ Speaks Out 5/9/07 “”Recently, after 30 years, I received a letter from a person I remember from the past,” Berkowitz said. During our exclusive sit-down, Berkowitz revealed that letter was from a person who practiced satanic rituals with him during the time the “Son of Sam” turned his demonic beliefs into murder. When asked what the letter said, Berkowitz said, “He just asked how I was doing. It was just a very peculiar letter. It had some sayings on it that were just troublesome. I read between the lines.” When asked if it was possible this person may have been involved during the late 1970s killing spree, Berkowitz didn’t rule it out.” http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/topstories_story_129022849.html

Researcher to speak on link between CIA and multiple personality disorder By: Jennifer Heshion, Collegian Staff 4/30/07 Section: News “According to a press release on April 25, 2007 Ross will discuss “CIA and military mind control experimentation by American psychologists and psychiatrists, including the use of hypnosis, LSD, sensory deprivation and isolation and brain electrode implants and the creation of Manchurian Candidate super spies.” In “Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists,” Ross defines the Manchurian Candidate as an unwitting patient with a new identity created deliberately and implanted in the individual by the CIA. In addition, amnesia barriers are created to ensure no memory of the unethical experiments has occurred, and this person is used in simulated or actual operations. Included in Ross’ lecture will be accounts of how some experiments are used on unwitting civilians, even pregnant women and children. Ross’ research includes discovery of experimentation on terminal cancer patients, imprisoned drug addicts and sex offenders, psychiatric patients and military personnel. Ross’ lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall at UMass and will include undergraduate research poster presentations on May 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Tobin-Bartlett breezeway. The lecture is sponsored by UMass’s department of psychology and the Psi Chi Honor Society’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Psychology Conference on May 2 to May 3.” http://media.www.dailycollegian.com/media/storage/paper874/news/2007/04/30/News/Researcher.To.Speak.On.Link.Between.Cia.And.Multiple.Personality.Disorder-2887107.shtml

False Shepherds: how to avoid con artists and other human wolves in shepherds’ clothing “One of the biggest and most painful problems that ritual abuse and mind control survivors encounter as they begin to recover, is that they were so brutally conditioned to obey their human controllers that they often have great difficulty relying on their own judgment.  It’s easier to rely on others to tell them what to think, do, and believe than to rely on their own judgment and gut instincts. Survivors may also feel insecure and may have alter-states that have polarized opinions, judgment, needs and mental/emotional triggers and conditioning. This web page was written by two survivors who were dangerously victimized and retraumatized by such con artists. The writers hope that this page will help fellow survivors and pro-survivors to avoid making similar mistakes in judgment.” http://naffoundation.org/False%20Shepherds.htm
Journal Articles

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International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference – July 8 – 10, 2007 – Sheraton Harborside Hotel – Portsmouth, NH For more info. http://www.unh.edu/frl/conferences/2007/ , 603-862-0767

MaleSurvivor Conferences – October 25-28, 2007 – John Jay College, New York City, New York / US “This international conference provides a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking, and the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of sexually traumatized boys and men. This four-day event will feature numerous workshops for male survivors of sexual abuse, their loved ones/partners, and professionals who work with them.” http://www.malesurvivor.org/conferences.html

Social Justice: Gender and Community Resiliency – 32nd Conference on Men and Masculinity (M&M32) 19th Annual Men’s Studies Association Meeting – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – July 5-8, 2007 – presented by Indiana University School of Social Work – NOMAS: The National Organization for Men Against Sexism – Join NOMAS at IUPUI for a day of institutes (Friday 7/6/07), and two full days of, workshops, keynotes, cultural events and general discussion (Saturday and Sunday, 7/7 & 7/8/07) on the issues surrounding men and masculinity, social justice, gender, and community resilience in the 21st century. Contact NOMAS at info@nomas.org or visit www.nomas.org, for more information

Male Abuse Survivor Support Initiative – M.A.S.S.I. For men 18 and over who are or have been victims of childhood sexual abuse and/or sexual assault. http://www.malesurvivorlondon.com/default.php

National Organization for Women Admonishes Media for Giving Alec Baldwin a Platform for Misinformed Theories 5/3/07 “NOW is not surprised by the media giving Alec Baldwin a platform to defend his outrageous behavior toward his 11-year-old daughter, but we are concerned that he is being allowed to promote, without challenge, a discredited legal theory that could harm many women and children. The public deserves to know the truth about so-called Parental Alienation Syndrome, and responsible journalism dictates that celebrity opinion offered in self-defense be balanced by actual data and professional expert opinion. The truth is that Parental Alienation really is a dangerous and cleverly marketed legal strategy that has caused much harm to victims of abuse, especially women and children during and post divorce. This strategy, promoted actively by several “father’s rights” groups, has convinced many people, including some in the judicial system and the media, that the actions of a protective parent (usually the mother) are more harmful than the actual mistreatment inflicted by an abusive parent. The end result is public support (and an excuse) for the teary-eyed abusive parent, plus a willingness to believe that so-called parental alienation, and not the parent’s own behavior, led to the child’s anger toward that parent. Parental Alienation Syndrome (sometimes called simply Parental Alienation) is not recognized by any professional body. It is simply a legal defense (disguised as psychological phenomenon) designed by Dr. Richard Gardner in the late 1980s to protect fathers from consequences of their abuse.” http://www.now.org/issues/family/050307pas.html

Traumatic Stress Induces Brain Change in Children Michael Smith – Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco – Stanford, Calif., March 5 – Children with post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to adults, show physical changes in the brain, according to researchers here. In a pilot study of 15 children, higher PTSD scores and higher cortisol levels were significantly (P<0.05) correlated with relative decreases over time in the volume of the right hippocampus, reported Victor Carrion, M.D., of Stanford, and colleagues, reported in the March issue of Pediatrics. On the other hand, there was no correlation with changes in the left hippocampal volume, Dr. Carrion and colleagues found…..Primary source: Pediatrics Source reference: Carrion VG et al. “Stress Predicts Brain Changes in Children: A Pilot Longitudinal Study on Youth Stress, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and the Hippocampus.” Pediatrics 2007; doi:10.1542/peds.2006-2028 http://psychiatrictimes.com/psychiatryNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197800148&cid=PT-news-extra-041207

Study: Kids less prone to false memories Ithaca, N.Y., 5/2/07 (UPI) “A U.S. psychological study suggests children are less prone to experiencing false memories than are adults. The finding by Cornell University psychologists Charles Brainerd and Valerie Reyna has implications for court testimony. Previous studies have indicated false memories of events were found to decrease with age throughout childhood and adolescence. In other words, as people grow into adulthood, their memory accuracy improves. But in the new research, Brainerd and Reyna discovered the incidence of false memory actually increases with age under certain circumstances. That suggests adults have less accurate memories than do children. Brainerd and Reyna said the reasoning behind the phenomenon is straightforward: Because children lack a sophisticated ability to connect the meanings of words or events, as compared with adolescents and adults, they are buffered from making the semantic relation memory mistake. The researchers said their finding might have significant implications for the credibility of child testimony. The research is detailed in the May issue of Psychological Science.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20070502-13490000-bc-us-falsememories.xml

Mothers File International Complaint Against the United States – On May 11, just before Mother’s Day weekend, ten mothers, one victimized child, now an adult,  leading national and state organizations filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Their petition claims that U.S. courts, by frequently awarding child custody to abusers and child molesters, has failed to protect the life, liberties, security and other human rights of abused mothers and their children. http://www.stopfamilyviolence.org/ocean/host.php?page=468

Socio-political issues pertaining to collective and individual memory.…and related topics are invited to present their papers and research at: The 2008 Pacific Sociological Association’s 79th Annual Meeting, to be held at the Portland Marriott on April 10-13 2008. Please send abstracts and contact information, or address questions to: Noel Packard at packardn@prodigy.net and visit the Pacific Sociological Association website at http://www.pacificsoc.org for more information. Deadline: September, 1, 2007

Court says Loftus actions “beyond the pale” By John Thomas – Editor Emeritus The National Psychologist – Vol. 16, No. 3 May/June 2007 Pages 1 & 5. “The California Supreme Court said that actions Elizabeth Loftus, PhD,. Took to discredit a case study article describing repressed memories may be ” considered beyond the pale” and ordered a trial to consider whether those actions constitute an invasion of privacy. The court held that there is sufficient evidence that Loftus misrepresented herself to a young woman’s foster mother in order to obtain confidential and intimate details about repressed memories of alleged sexual abuse to warrant a trial on privacy invasion issues. “We believe it is important to recognize that there are at lease some types of misrepresentations that are of such an especially egregious and offensive nature – and are quite distinguishable from the types of ruses that ordinarily may be employed in gathering news – that they properly may be considered ‘beyond the pale’ . . . even when the misrepresentation is made to friends or relatives of the subject of an inquiry who are under no legal obligation not to reveal private information,” the court found in a 5 – 2 ruling. Loftus, a University of California at Irvine professor of psychology and one of the world’s leading researchers in repressed memories, has denied that she misrepresented herself during an hours-long meeting with the former foster mother….The former foster mother said that she became suspicious during the interview with Loftus and later testified that she would never have told them some of the intimate details of her foster daughter’s life if she had known Loftus misrepresented her relationship with Corwin, with whom both she and Taus had a trusting relationship. “In our view,” the court wrote, “intentionally misrepresenting oneself as an associate or colleague of a mental health professional who has a close relationship with the person about whom one is seeking information would be a particularly serious type of misrepresentation, and one significantly different from the more familiar practice of a news reporter or investigator in shading or withholding information regarding his or her motives when interviewing a potential news source.” Further, the court added, “We believe that if a trier of fact were to find Loftus engaged in the particular type of misrepresentations alleged by (the former foster mother) the conduct properly could be found ‘highly offensive’ for purposes of the intrusion-into-private-matters tort and liability could be imposed upon Loftus.” Loftus told The National Psychologist that she is pleased that the court held all but one of the allegations lodged against her by Taus have been dismissed at the trial court level under California’s 1992 Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) statute, which protects actions that fall within the constitutional rights of petition and free speech. Under that statute, Loftus is entitled to be reimbursed for the costs of appealing the case to the court of appeals and the state supreme court. “I’m gratified that the vast majority of claims were dismissed and the costs of defending those claims are to be reimbursed,” she said. Loftus added that if the invasion of privacy claim goes to trial she is confident she will be able to prove the allegations made by the former foster mother are untrue.” “Ot is too bad that scholars and scientists and journalists in the future may be forced to go to trial when someone falsely claims there was a misrepresentation,” Loftus said. “Journalists have long known about the dangers of ‘source remorse,’ which is why the major media filed an amicus brief on our behalf.”….Joyanna Silberg, PhD., of Baltimore, executive vice president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence, said the ruling “supports the discipline of psychology by bolstering ethical and scientific research guidelines with the added authority of law.” The Leadership Council has filed an amicus brief supporting Taus. Silberg said the behavior Loftus is accused of is outside the boundaries of any acceptable research protocol. “There are ways to do scientifically acceptable research even on case studies, but not by defrauding people to gain confidential information surreptitiously,” she added.”

from BO Memory of childhood trauma before and after long-term psychological treatment of borderline personality disorder. Kremers IP, Van Giezen AE, Van der Does AJ, Van Dyck R, Spinhoven P J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 38:(1):1-10, 2007 “The present study investigated the consistency of self-reports of childhood
traumatic events in a sample of 50 patients with a borderline personality disorder (BPD) before and after 27 months of intensive treatment with schema focused therapy or transference focused psychotherapy. The mean number of reported sexual, physical and emotional traumatic events did not change following treatment. Test-retest correlations of the trauma-interview also indicated high stability of the total number of sexual, physical and emotional events reported.”

SMART Newsletter Issue 76 – September 2007

October 5, 2008

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Issue 76 – September 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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Child — Extreme Abuse Survey (C-EAS)- An International Online Survey for Caregivers of Child Survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control – July 8, 2007 – October 8, 2007 – The C-EAS, in both English and German, is the third (and final) in a series of online surveys designed to explore commonalities reported by survivors of extreme abuse. The first survey was for adult survivors of all types of extreme abuse; the second, for persons who have worked professionally with extreme abuse survivors. Provided by S.P.ORG, a non-governmental organization in Germany, this trilogy of anonymous surveys was developed privately by Carol Rutz, Thorsten Becker, Bettina Overkamp, Ph.D. and Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. The C-EAS is for persons who have served as caregivers for children who have made disclosures consistent with ritual abuse and associated traumatic mind control procedures designed to ensure victims’ loyalty to the perpetrator(s) or perpetrator groups. http://extreme-abuse-survey.net/

Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Legal Information

LA Church to Pay $600M for Clergy Abuse 7/14/07 – By Gillian Flaccus – Los Angeles (AP) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will settle its clergy abuse cases for at least $600 million, by far the largest payout in the church’s sexual abuse scandal, The Associated Press learned Saturday. Attorneys for the archdiocese and alleged victims are expected to announce the deal Monday, the day the first of more than 500 clergy abuse cases was scheduled for jury selection, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement had not been made public. The archdiocese and its insurers will pay between $600 million and $650 million to about 500 plaintiffs – an average of $1.2 million to $1.3 million per person. The settlement also calls for the release of confidential priest personnel files after review by a judge assigned to oversee the litigation, the sources said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6779906,00.html

Man sues St. Stanislaus, claims he was sexually abused as youth By J.R. Welsh (baybureau@aol.com) 7/19/07 Bay St. Louis – Following the alleged abuse, Stevenson developed a repressed memory of the events and his family spent hundreds of thousands on medical treatments and therapy. It was only after many years that his memory was revived through therapy in 2006, the suit claims. The U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office confirmed Monday that the lawsuit had been filed by the Biloxi law firm of Lumpkin & Reeves. In a written statement released by his office, lawyer James Reeves said his investigation “indicates that this case falls into the same sad pattern of child abuse followed by a cover-up of which we are all too familiar.” In the lawsuit itself, Reeves said school officials were aware of the brother’s actions, but kept quiet and failed to take action: “Rather than report these to the minor’s parents or appropriate law enforcement authorities, the defendants actively concealed the crimes and continued to expose vulnerable children to a known pedophile.” http://www.sunherald.com/201/story/101209-p2.html

from LMS Ottawa settles brainwashing class action – Allan Memorial Institute. CIA-funded treatments included electroshock, experimental medication Max Harrold – The GazettePublished: 7/5/07 Decades after she was unknowingly brainwashed in a program funded by the federal government and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Janine Huard has found some peace of mind in a cash settlement. Exactly how much, she can’t say, because she agreed to keep the amount secret as part of her deal to drop her class-action lawsuit against the federal government….On and off for 15 years, Huard received massive electroshock therapy, experimental pills and was forced to listen to repetitive recorded messages for days on end. Huard’s lawyer, Alan Stein, said the amount she received Tuesday does not exceed the $100,000 the federal government paid to each of 77 other victims of the brainwashing techniques in 1994. Huard also received some interest on the money, he said. She and about 200 other victims of the treatments were denied the 1994 offer because they were deemed to have suffered less than those who were paid. In 1989, Huard was one of nine plaintiffs awarded $67,000 U.S. from the CIA. Stein plans to seek permission to launch a new class-action lawsuit in Federal Court “within weeks” with another former brainwashing patient as the central plaintiff. He knows of about 10 former patients and 20 relatives of former patients who may be part of the new lawsuit, he said. They could have access to $100,000, plus as much as $50,000 in interest, he said….Until 1964, the Allan’s ex-director, Ewen Cameron, conducted experiments at the institute, often without the knowledge or permission of patients. Some patients were kept in drug-induced comas for months. The experiments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge, according to testimony before a 1977 U.S. Senate committee. Huard entered the Allan in 1957 after suffering postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. Her newborn had become ill and Huard was having trouble sleeping. Cameron used his experimental techniques on her, mistakenly believing they could treat depression. http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=549f3d3d-65d4-4f75-b389-22b5964c2873&k=2732

all accusations are alleged – Background Information – Updated Background Information on Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz – Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD, is a convicted sex offender who is also an ordained Orthodox rabbi. As a psychiatrist, Horowitz specialized in working with adolescents. His resume also includes volunteering time as a Boy Scout leader and being a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) publications. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University; and received his Ph.D. and medical degree from Duke University.” http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/horowitz_alan.html

$41 Million Award in Priest Abuse Suit By Randall Chase, AP Writer 3/30/07 A jury awarded $41 million Friday to a Navy officer who said a Roman Catholic priest sexually abused him hundreds of times as a teen. Jurors awarded Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell $6 million in compensatory damages and $35 m illion in punitive damages. Whitwell, 39, claimed the Rev. Edward J. Smith raped and sodomized him more than 230 times over several years at Archmere Academy, and that church officials did nothing to stop it. The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Bishop Michael Saltarelli and the high school were dismissed from the lawsuit last year….Whitwell, an optometrist stationed at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., said he repressed any memory of his sexual abuse until 2000, when it surfaced unexpectedly during a heated argument with his wife. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/03/30/national/a173051D72.DTL

House passes landmark child abuse bill, 41-0 – Minor amendment sends S.B. 29 back to Senate; easy confirmation expected By Beth Miller, The News Journal Posted Wednesday, 6/20/07 Dover — Delaware’s House of Representatives passed what one law professor called “the strongest bill for child sexual abuse victims in the country” by a 41-0 vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 29 eliminates the two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. It also provides a two-year window during which claims previously barred by statute could be filed — opening the courthouse door to victims unable to seek justice because the statute of limitations had expired. Institutions that allowed the abuse to occur through gross negligence also could be sued.

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070620/NEWS/706200394/1006/NEWS

describes crimesSatanic stabbing links to bank standoff? AP 6/22/07 A gruesome Chicago stabbing scene littered with Satanic symbols could be linked to the ambush of a sheriff’s deputy and standoff in a rural bank in central Illinois, Chicago police said Friday. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisnews/story/83B2496A2E0132F586257302007056C3?OpenDocument

from LMS Witness says he ferried men to homes of alleged abusers; But at least one says the allegations are ‘crazy‘ Terri Saunders 6/21/07 Local News – A number of prominent Cornwall men spent time at homes owned by a probation officer fingered as a child molester and a Crown attorney charged with sexual assault in the 1990s, a witness told the Cornwall Public Inquiry Wednesday. Gerald Renshaw said he personally observed priests, businessmen and police officers at the home of Ken Seguin in Summerstown and at Malcolm MacDonald’s cottage on Stanley Island in the 1980s and 1990s. Seguin was a probation officer at the time who has been identified by a number of witnesses at the inquiry as a perpetrator of sexual abuse against young boys. MacDonald was charged with a number of sex-related offences in March 1999 by officers with Project Truth, an OPP investigation into child sexual abuse in the Cornwall area. MacDonald died in Florida in December 1999 before his matter could go to trial and Seguin committed suicide in 1994 before he was charged with any crime. On Wednesday, Renshaw testified he ferried people to and from Seguin’s house and MacDonald’s cottage and named several people he observed either at one or both locations, including current Crown attorney Murray MacDonald, Rev. Charles MacDonald, former Cornwall Police Chief Claude Shaver and city businessman Andre Pommier. “How often did you see Charles MacDonald there?” asked Peter Engelmann, lead commission counsel. “Once a week, twice a week,” said Renshaw. “And Malcolm MacDonald?” asked Engelmann.”At least that often,” said Renshaw. “Charles MacDonald and Ken Seguin had known each other for quite a few years. They were very good friends.” ….During cross-examination Wednesday, an attorney for the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese questioned Renshaw about the fact he had no proof any of the people he says he saw at either location were doing anything wrong. “You don’t have any first-hand personal knowledge of any wrongdoing by anyone at Ken Seguin’s house or Malcolm MacDonald’s cottage other than Ken Seguin,” said David Sherriff-Scott. “Correct,” said Renshaw. http://www.theinquiry.ca/Gerry_210607.hide.php

Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring By D’arcy Doran AP 6/18/07 London – A team of international investigators infiltrated an Internet chat room used by pedophiles who streamed live videos of children being raped, rescuing 31 children and identifying more than 700 suspects worldwide. Undercover officers in Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia busted up the pedophile ring using surveillance techniques more commonly associated with fighting terrorism and organized crime. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061800358.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Mind Control and Experimentation

sescribe crimes Satanism and Ritual Abuse – Case-by-Case Documentation – Entire families have been implicated in the ritual abuse of children which proves the fact that generational Satanism exists. See Parker (1995) Figured/Hill (1994) and Gallup (1991) Perpetrators have been found to be professionals who work in law enforcement, the military or daycare, and Christian fronts have been used in some instances as a means of hiding the satanic motivation of the perpetrators. See Cannaday (1994) Wright (1992) Gallup (1991) and Orr (1984). In several cases the perpetrators have confessed to the satanic element of the crime or participation in prior satanic offenses. – See Helms (2006) Cala (2003) Smith (2003) Delaney (2002) Morris (2001) South (2000) Page (2000) T. Kokoraleis (1999) Bonacci (1999) Brooks (1996) Hughes (1996) Penick (1995) Alvarado (1995) Ingram (1992) Rogers (1992) and Fryman (1988) http://alexconstantine.blogspot.com/2007/07/satanism-and-ritual-abuse-case-by-case.html

Conviction List: Ritual Child Abuse – Copyright © 1997. Believe The Children – Many ritual child abuse cases never are prosecuted due to the disbelief of authorities or the unlikelihood that young, severely traumatized children will be able to withstand cross-examination. A 1993 survey by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and Family Law determined that 26 percent of prosecutors nationwide have handled cases involving “ritualistic or sexual abuse.” (Ross, 1994). The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims’ accounts. http://www.ra-info.org/resources/ra_cases.shtml

from LMS CIA brainwashing to medical breakthroughs: study to look at Cold War research 7/15/07 Dene Moore – Montreal (CP) ….Suddenly, the human psyche was the new frontier and, thanks to a now-notorious CIA-funded experiment, Montreal found itself an unlikely hub of activity. At McGill’s Allen Memorial Institute, Dr. Ewen Cameron believed he could “depattern” patients – an idea that cost the federal government an undisclosed amount of money this month in an out-of-court settlement with one former patient. Her lawyer said lawsuits involving other people are in the works. While Cameron’s work was the most notorious, he was hardly alone. Over the next few years, Andrea Tome, a medical historian at McGill University, will try to document Canada’s dubious Cold War psychiatric history. “It was happening all over,” Tome said in a recent interview. “It’s a race; not an arms race but a race for science, for technological improvement.” Montreal became a “medical mecca” of sorts, due in no small part to Cameron’s work and the research training program he established at McGill. Cameron served at various times as president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association. His patients were put into drug-induced comas, given LSD and exposed for days or weeks at a time to recorded messages. Cameron thought he could “program” the patients without flaw, an idea that intrigued the CIA enough to provide funding, along with the Canadian federal government. Patients like Janine Huard, who picked up her settlement cheque from the Canadian government a few weeks ago, suffered lifetime effects. “I was a guinea pig,” Huard told The Canadian Press in an earlier interview. The CIA previously settled lawsuits with several of Cameron’s former patients, including Huard. It was unusual, even in the context of the times but it’s important to understand that it was the 1950s,” said Dr. Frederick Lowy, who was a junior colleague of Cameron at the institute. There was a lot of research and not a lot of rules. “Doctors who thought they could help a patient by doing something different and new, just did it,” said Lowy, who went on to become head of psychiatry and dean of medicine at the University of Toronto…. With the CIA financing, Cameron’s work became part of a project code-named MK-Ultra, which oversaw 149 similar experiments. More details about the project surfaced last month in declassified CIA documents. Among the 700-plus pages was a memo to the CIA Management Committee acknowledging that the agency accepted experimental drugs that were rejected by commercial manufacturers because of “unfavourable side-effects.” The drugs were tested on monkeys and mice and, eventually, armed forces volunteers. “CIA projects weren’t just being carried out in Montreal,” Tome said. “Clearly there was something larger going on than just one lunatic fringe doctor at work.” Indeed, the CIA and Cameron were not alone. In 1961, 23 inmates at the Kingston Prison for Women were given LSD, one of many studies across the country of the drug which was not yet outlawed. Not all the prisoners consented. Tome said prisons were, at the time, “the No. 1 source of clinical trial research.” While Cameron was conducting his experiments, Dr. Heinz Lehmann was pioneering the use of anti-psychotic drugs at the Verdun Protestant Hospital in Montreal. Like Cameron, he was doing it without supervision and without informed patient consent. Unlike Cameron, his experiments worked. Lehmann had read about a sedative he thought would be effective for psychiatric patients. “He thought he would give it a try on some of his schizophrenic patients,” Tome said. “Within weeks, he had these incredible remission rates.” The drug was thorazine, the first anti-psychotic drug to offer any hope for psychiatric patients. While Cameron’s experiments were partially funded by the CIA, Lowy said they were not performed at the behest of the U.S. spy agency. http://www.cbc.ca/cp/health/070715/x071504A.html

The CIA, Mind Control & Children – Source: CKLN-FM Mind Control Series – Part 10 A Talk by John Rappoport CKLN FM 88.1 Ryerson Polytechnic University Toronto, Ontario, Canada – International Connection http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6583/project121.html

CIA Experiments with Mind Control on Children by Jon Rappoport “The CIA mind-control apparatus has been well known since 1975, when 10 large boxes of documents were released pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests….None of this prepared people for the explosive testimony made on March 15, 1995, in Washington, D.C., before the President’s Committee on Radiation, however. In unpublicized sessions, New Orleans therapist Valerie Wolf introduced two of her patients who had uncovered memories of being part of extensive CIA brainwashing programs as young children (in one case, starting at age seven). Their brainwashing included torture, rape, electroshock, powerful drugs, hypnosis and death threats. According to their testimony, the CIA then induced amnesia to prevent their recalling these terrifying sessions. Both Wolf and her patients stated that they recovered the memories of this CIA program without regression or hypnosis techniques. In other words, these patients spontaneously discovered this information about themselves and their pasts.”….This article appeared in Perceptions Magazine September/October 1995 10734 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 502 Culver City, CA 90230 (310) 313-5185 http://www.netti.fi/~makako/mind/child.txt

Family Jewels’ reveal CIA altered mind of four-year-old girl By Robert Lusetich in Los Angeles 6/28/07 EASILY lost, on page 425, in the mass of the CIA’s notorious “Family Jewels” files is a short paragraph outlining “potentially embarrassing Agency activities”. “Experiments in influencing human behaviour through the administration of mind- or personality-altering drugs to unwitting subjects.” Of all the heinous acts committed by the CIA in the name of national security, these experiments, done on the agency’s behalf by prominent psychiatrists on innocent victims – including children as young as four – may be the darkest….In 1953, MKULTRA was given six per cent of the total CIA budget without any oversight. Only the tip of a large iceberg had been previously released by the CIA under Freedom of Information Act provisions. Yesterday’s acknowledgments will comfort those who have long campaigned for truth and restitution. The nature of the experiments, gathered from government documents and testimony in numerous lawsuits brought against the CIA, is shocking, from testing LSD on children to implanting electrodes in victims’ brains to deliberately poisoning people with uranium. “The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four,” wrote Carol Rutz of her experiences. “Over the next 12 years, I was tested, trained, and used in various ways. “Electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other types of trauma were used to make me complain and split my personality (to create multiple personalities for specific tasks). “Each alter or personality was created to respond to a post-hypnotic trigger, then perform an act and (I would) not remember it later. “This Manchurian Candidate program was just one of the operational uses of the mind-control scenario by the CIA. “Your hard-earned tax dollars supported this.” The US began these experiments after World War II when it made a grab for hundreds of Nazi scientists and doctors who had been researching mind control in concentration camps, fearing they would fall into Soviet hands. US military intelligence leaders were paranoid that they were falling behind the communist bloc in the brain-washing race. The programs, though carefully hidden, continued into the 1970s – when Helms ordered much of the documentation to be destroyed. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21978876-2,00.html

“THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND by Dick Sutphen — 22.2 KB Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today SUMMARY OF CONTENTS The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735. The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases. Born-again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological results. The “voice roll” technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists. New trance-inducing churches. The 6 steps to conversion. The decognition process. Thought- stopping techniques. The “sell it by zealot” technique. True believers and mass movements. Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,” “Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal Technique.” Subliminals. Vibrato and ELF waves. Inducing trance with vibrational sound. Even professional observers will be “possessed” at charismatic gatherings. The “only hope” technique to attend and not be converted. Non-detectable Neurophone programming through the skin. The medium for mass take-over.” http://www.freedomdomain.com/mindcontrol/mindbattle.html

Bio-electromagnetic Weapons: The ultimate weapon by Institute of Science in Society Global Research, May 29, 2007 ISIS Press Release – A weapon system that operates at the speed of light, that can kill, torture, enslave and escape detection, Harlan Girard….The ultimate weapon – Electromagnetic weapons operate at the speed of light; they can kill, torture and enslave; but the public are largely unaware that they exist, because these weapons operate by stealth and leave no physical evidence. Electromagnetic weapons have been tested on human beings since 1976. By widely dispersing the involuntary human test-subjects, and vehemently attacking their credibility, it has been possible for the United States to proceed with these human experiments unhindered by discussions or criticisms, let alone opposition. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5797

Ann Diamond’s MY COLD WAR is a journey into their nightmare, and beyond. It also takes readers into the wold of “remote viewing”, a technique of psychic espionage which the military developed for use in warfare. If governments are still funding research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the mind in order to use them to enslave human beings, Diamond suggests ordinary people can defeat the frightening scenario. MY COLD WAR is a step toward remembering the darker side of the 1950’s, the Cold War decade which, even today, remains shrouded in secrecy. http://lulu.com/diamondback

Mengele on Mount Royal by Kristian Gravenor….Diamond believes that Mengele was involved with the Allan experiments. Cameron and Mengele’s timelines dovetail: Both were in Bavaria in 1945 (Mengele was hiding, Cameron was at the Nuremberg Trials). Cameron was keen on some controversial ideas. For example, he supported an application in 1956 to explore links between schizophrenia and eye colour, Mengele’s pet obsession. Diamond has integrated her research into an unpublished 310-page manuscript called My Cold War. You can download it for a few bucks from http://www.lulu.com, it’s in novel form, and since it’s not printed on paper, she can change it at any time. http://www.montrealmirror.com/2005/112405/kristian.html

describe crimes – Authors: Some assaults bad enough to be called torture – Truro nurses say law must recognize severity of some Domestic Abuse 5/3/07 by Cathy von Kintzel….the Truro nurses and educators have had their own chapter added to a new Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. The thick, 704-page volume was published in February by Routledge…. In life and in their chapter, Ms. Mac-Donald and Ms. Sarson strive to show how society and the law lump so many violent acts under one word – assault….The authors also brought together other stories they’ve read and those they’ve heard first-hand from victims whom they meet through word of mouth and through their website, http://www.ritualabusetorture.org. http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/external/rat/index2.html

may be heavy for survivors – Reflections in the Night: A Survivor’s Story of Total Mind Controlled Slavery and Torture – A 320 Page Paperback Book is available by going to http://www.reflectionsinthenight.com

God’s banker’ murder suspects acquitted By Tony Barber in Rome 6/6/07 All five defendants in one of modern Europe’s most mysterious murder cases were acquitted on Wednesday of killing Roberto Calvi, the Italian financier known as “God’s banker” on account of his illicit work on behalf of the Vatican’s bank. The Rome court where the case had been heard since October 2005 acquitted four defendants on the grounds that there was “insufficient proof” that they had murdered Calvi. The court fully acquitted the fifth. The verdict was delivered almost exactly 25 years after Calvi’s body was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London, his clothes stuffed with bricks, stones and large amounts of cash in international currencies….Although British police in 1982 treated Calvi’s death as a suicide, the authorities in Rome were convinced that it was linked to his connections with the Vatican’s bank, the secret Propaganda Due (P2) masonic lodge and Italian political parties. Calvi, who was chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, a private bank, laundered money through the Vatican’s bank, financed clandestine arms deals and channelled funds illegally to Italy’s political parties. Banco Ambrosiano collapsed soon after his death. Prosecutors alleged at the trial that Mr Calò and the three other male defendants killed Calvi because they wanted to punish him for embezzling mafia funds, protect the profits from Banco Ambrosiano’s illegal activities, and prevent Calvi from revealing everything he knew about the Vatican’s bank, P2 and other sensitive matters. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/762db34c-1442-11dc-88cb-000b5df10621.html

Calvi murder: The mystery of God’s banker – It was a trial which promised to solve the 25-year old case of Roberto Calvi, who was found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge. But yesterday a judge acquitted all five defendants By Peter Popham and Philip Willan in Rome and Robert Verkaik 6/7/07 Twenty-five years after the event, the trial of the alleged killers of Roberto Calvi has ended with the sensational acquittal of all five defendants: a Sardinian property dealer and his mistress, a Mafia accountant already serving life for other offences, a Roman loan shark and the banker’s one-time bodyguard, all are absolved. Yet it would be a mistake to say we are back at square one. In the snail-like progress of this case since that day in June 1982 when the Italian banker was found at the end of a rope under Blackfriars Bridge, there has been a major step forward. Evidence strong enough to convict the five was missing, decided Judge Mario Lucio d’Andria. But there is no longer much room for doubt that Roberto Calvi was murdered. http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2621811.ece

describes crimes – Chance discovery of abused child reveals bizarre Czech grail cult By Daniel McLaughlin in Budapest 6/2/07….When police searched the area on 10 May, sisters Klara and Katerina Mauerova allegedly refused to open a locked door in their home. When firemen broke it down, they found Klara’s eight-year-old son Ondrej inside, bound with duct tape, badly dehydrated and watched over by a video camera. Investigators believed Ondrej had been maltreated for six months, and he was taken into care with his brother Jakub and a girl called Anna, whom a court had allowed Klara Mauerova to adopt in March. What was just a case of child abuse seized the nation’s attention, however, when Anna disappeared from a children’s home, sparking a search for her in nearby woods and villages. Then came the bizarre revelation that “Anna” was not a 13-year-old girl, but a 34-year-old woman in disguise. Police believe “Anna” was actually Barbara Skrlova, a friend of the Mauerova sisters who, like them, belongs to a breakaway faction of an organisation called the Grail Movement. The Grail Movement follows the teachings of Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, a German also known as Abd-ru-shin, who from 1923-38 wrote the Grail Message, which depicts man as a being whose spirit can return to its source in heaven by performing good deeds on Earth. It claims to have at least 10,000 followers worldwide, including several hundred in Britain. “We broke with the people involved in this 11 years ago, after they added to the Grail Message with their own imaginings and fantasies,” said Artur Zaplukal, spokesman of the Grail Movement in the Czech Republic, where it has about 1,500 followers. “I sent them a letter telling them they were no longer part of the Grail Movement.” http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2606405.ece

has possibly disturbing graphic – Cults, the Occult and Secret Societies Conference 2007 – September 14-15, 2007 – Twin Rivers Worship Center, St. Louis MO – We are pleased to announce this informative two-day conference on Cults, the occult and secret societies at the Twin Rivers Worship Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference serves as a specialized forum for networking and education for counselors, educators and ministers working with members of these groups. We have gathered a variety of speakers throughout the United States that will focus on the proliferation of cults and fringe sects in our society. Featured speakers from a variety of disciplines will provide insight into these groups from a Christian world view. Day two of the conference will give attendees a choice of specialized workshops to choose from. Our focus is to provide a balanced approach to this phenomena. http://anthro4law.googlepages.com/home

Strength To Heal.com! My goal for this website is to give ritual abuse survivors hope, inspiration and courage to walk “the many dark nights of the soul” on their journey towards healing and wholeness. It is also to provide informative articles and links which will lessen the feelings of isolation as one heals from ritual abuse . I trust that caregivers to ritual abuse survivors will get a sense of knowing they are not alone in giving support and encouragement to survivors. Finally, I hope that the healing community will gain a better understanding and knowledge of working with ritual abuse survivors who are courageous people who have been horrifically assaulted physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychically. http://www.strengthtoheal.com/

The world’s smallest and thinnest RFID tags were introduced yesterday by Hitachi. Tiny miracles of miniaturization, these RFID chips (Radio Frequency IDentification chips) measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=939

Journal Articles

Many of the journal abstract excerpts and quotes in this section of the newsletter came from the backlash_ology@yahoogroups.com listed as BO For info. write backlash_ology-owner@yahoogroups.com

Taus v. Loftus et al. Why is this case important?….Although this has been framed by the defendants as a lawsuit about scientific freedom and “repressed memories”, it is actually a suit about the conduct of researchers toward an abuse victim and the rights of human subjects. http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/lg/taus.html

Ritual Abuse and Counseling: A Survey – Author: Zoslocki, Linda….”Ritual abuse consists of mental, physical, sexual, and psychological abuse motivated by religious reasons, out of anger and stress, or inflicted on victims for reasons unknown. Little is now being done to educate and train school counselors on ritual abuse and its signs. This paper offers a literature review of ritual abuse and the results of a survey of school counselors conducted in order to assess whether they had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse among school-age children. A 45-item questionnaire was developed and sent to 200 randomly selected counselors–119 were returned. Since the study was conducted as a blind review, it focused on whether counselors had encountered the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse at least one time within the last two years, as opposed to the number of times counselors observed these signs and symptoms in their students during the counseling session. Results indicated that, although counselors may not be aware of the signs and symptoms of ritual abuse, they did encounter such abuses in the counseling process. …Approximately half of the respondents stated that their students were either self-mutilating or accident prone and fearful or preoccupied with death.” http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED380736&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=eric_accno&accno=ED380736

Bad memories can be suppressed – People are able to make themselves forget disturbing images. Kerri Smith 7/12/07 People can will themselves to forget traumatic or emotional scenes, researchers have found. When the brain conducts such deletions, brain regions that process vision and emotion go quiet. Knowing that memories can be consciously suppressed, and the brain areas involved, could point to therapies for people who struggle to forget traumatic experiences, such as those with post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroscientist Brendan Depue, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, wanted to find out what goes wrong in the brains of sufferers of such conditions. Previous studies have shown that people can suppress memories of words. But to make the test relevant to traumatic memories, Depue’s team included an emotional component. They showed volunteers pairs of pictures: one of a face, and one to evoke an emotional response — a car crash, or a wounded person….Depue, B. et al. Science 317, 215-219 (2007). http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=3450

Research reveals anatomy of suppressed memories: study 7/12/07 US researchers have identified the parts of the brain that are involved with suppressing unpleasant memories, a finding that could have implications for treating depression or post traumatic stress disorder, according to a study released Thursday….The concept of memory suppression has been a controversial one among psychologists for a century, but in this study neuroscientists used brain scans to show that volunteers who have been asked to banish disturbing memories show very specific patterns of brain activity. The scans showed that two specific regions of the prefrontal cortex — what neuroscientists call the seat of cognitive control — appear to work in tandem to modulate posterior brain regions like the visual cortex, the hippocampus and amygdala. These areas are involved in tasks such as visual recall, memory encoding and retrieval and emotional expression. “These results indicate memory suppression does occur, and, at least in nonpsychiatric populations, is under the control of the prefrontal cortex,” the investigators reported in the journal Science. For the purpose of the experiment, the 16 volunteers were given 40 pairs of photographs to study. In each case, an image of a neutral human face was paired with an emotionally disturbing image such as a car crash, a wounded soldier, an electric chair or a violent crime scene. After memorizing each pair, the volunteers were placed in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner. Once inside the machine, they were shown only the neutral face images and instructed to either actively recall the associated image or to actively suppress it. The results of the scans or fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) indicated that the volunteers were able to “exert some control over their emotional memories,” said Brendan Depue, a doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and lead author of the study. “By essentially shutting down specific portions of the brain, they were able to stop the retrieval process of particular memories,” Depue said. http://www.physorg.com/news103471796.html

Trusting Memories – Newsweek – July 30, 2007 issue – Recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) may be as trustworthy as memories that persist from the time of abuse, reports the journal Psychological Science. In a first-of-its-kind study, investigators checked out CSA memories of 128 individuals by interviewing others abused by the same perpetrator, or people who learned about the victim’s abuse shortly after it occurred or when the abuser confessed. Over a six-month period, they found corroborating evidence for 37 percent of memories that had been recovered outside of therapy, nearly matching the 45 percent corroboration rate for continuous memories….–William Lee Adams http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19886684/site/newsweek/

Traumatic Stress Induces Brain Change in Children 3/5/07 Michael Smith Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Stanford, Calif., March 5 — Children with post-traumatic stress disorder, similar to adults, show physical changes in the brain, according to researchers here. In a pilot study of 15 children, higher PTSD scores and higher cortisol levels were significantly (P<0.05) correlated with relative decreases over time in the volume of the right hippocampus, reported Victor Carrion, M.D., of Stanford, and colleagues, reported in the March issue of Pediatrics. On the other hand, there was no correlation with changes in the left hippocampal volume, Dr. Carrion and colleagues found. In adults, PTSD is associated with lower hippocampal volumes compared with adults who do not have stress disorder, Dr. Carrion and colleagues noted, but such a relation hasn’t been shown in children. http://psychiatrictimes.com/psychiatryNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197800148&cid=PT-news-toc-071207

Science 13 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5835, pp. 215 – 219 DOI: 10.1126/science.1139560 Research Articles – Prefrontal Regions Orchestrate Suppression of Emotional Memories via a Two-Phase Process Brendan E. Depue,1,2* Tim Curran,1,2,3 Marie T. Banich1,2,3,4 Whether memories can be suppressed has been a controversial issue in psychology and cognitive neuroscience for decades. We found evidence that emotional memories are suppressed via two time-differentiated neural mechanisms: (i) an initial suppression by the right inferior frontal gyrus over regions supporting sensory components of the memory representation (visual cortex, thalamus), followed by (ii) right medial frontal gyrus control over regions supporting multimodal and emotional components of the memory representation (hippocampus, amygdala), both of which are influenced by fronto-polar regions. These results indicate that memory suppression does occur and, at least in nonpsychiatric populations, is under the control of prefrontal regions. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/317/5835/215

WANTED: Information pertaining to alleged pedophile Catholic priest, Fr. Brendan Smyth, aka John Gerard Smyth, who worked at Our Lady of Mercy School (“OLM”) and its Parish in East Greenwich, Rhode Island within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Archdiocese of Hartford. Smyth was convicted in Ireland on a total of 96 counts of child molestation spanning 40 years. If you believe you were abused by Smyth or a priest affiliated with OLM, know, or are related to someone who believes they were sexually abused by Smyth or a priest at OLM, or are interested in the subject, mail P.O. Box 540, Brookfield, CT 06804 e-mail : OLMVictims@hotmail.com.

MaleSurvivor Conferences – October 25-28, 2007 – John Jay College, New York City, New York / US “This international conference provides a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking, and the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of sexually traumatized boys and men. This four-day event will feature numerous workshops for male survivors of sexual abuse, their loved ones/partners, and professionals who work with them.” http://www.malesurvivor.org/conferences.html Morrison threatens to sue witness – Expert witness Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist, could face disciplinary action for revealing information in Wichita abortion records. By Dion Leflert 6/13/07 – Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison on Tuesday threatened to sue a psychiatric expert hired by his predecessor if he doesn’t stop making public statements about medical records from an investigation of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller. In a letter, Morrison told psychiatrist Paul McHugh that if he persists, the attorney general’s office will “pursue all available remedies.” That could include legal action to get a refund of $5,000 the state has paid McHugh and possible disciplinary action against him in his home state of Maryland. http://www.mywire.com/pubs/WichitaEagle/2007/06/13/3733521?extID=10037&oliID=229

Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy – State Politics & Policy | Kansas AG Morrison Threatens Legal Action Against Psychiatrist if He Publicly Discloses Comments on Records in Tiller Case [Jun 14, 2007]…. McHugh told the forum, adding that he did not believe he was violating medical confidentiality because identifying information was removed from the files he reviewed (Wichita Eagle, 6/13). http://www.kaisernetwork.org/Daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=45573

ISSTD Certification Needs Assessment Survey – This survey seeks feedback on the question of whether ISSTD should develop a professional certification program for mental health practitioners in the treatment of complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders…..The approach being considered by the ISSTD would assess a candidate’s knowledge regarding complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders. It would not stipulate which specific methods of treatment should be used. The goal of certification would be to enable practitioners from diverse backgrounds to become certified and thereby demonstrate their knowledge in this field. Please complete this survey if you work in a field related to mental health. One person wrote me with the following critique of the survey: “I believe that certification would not be a good thing. I believe it would reflect the most conventional and conservative approaches to diagnosis and treatment, and would eschew the relevance of ritual abuse and mind control in the etiology of dissociative disorders. I believe it would create new liability for therapists who choose not to elect certification, and that certification is just another way of marginalizing those who evaluate and treat ritual abuse survivors. I am also concerned because the majority of therapists I know who are competent, compassionate, and ethical providers of mental health services to individuals with DID, RA, MC, are already stretched to the limit with the legitimate demands of practice including licensure, required continuing education, professional liability insurance, etc., and will simply not have the time or financial resources to pay for the required training and certification fees (estimated to be between $500 and $1,000 annually).” http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB226HC3Z8XL6

SMART Newsletter Issue 77- November 2007

October 5, 2008

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Issue 77 – November 2007

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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SMART wants to thank all those that have contributed resource information to the newsletter.

Information on next summer’s conference is available by writing us at the above address or by going to http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2008-conference.htm

Information on this summer’s conference tapes is available by writing us at the above address or by going to http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2007-conference.htm

Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

2007 Conference Transcripts on the Web

2007 Neil Brick – Stopping Ritual Abuse – What can we do today http://members.aol.com/smartnews/nb07.htm

2007 Carol Rutz – The World Will Know: Results of the 2007 International Survey For Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse Http://members.aol.com/smartnews/cr07.htm

Samantha Cooper – Building Bridges – http://members.aol.com/smartnews/sc07.htm

Joanne – Healing a Family Fractured by Harm – http://members.aol.com/smartnews/jo07.htm
Legal Information

New Book on Cult Leader Details What Prosecutor Calls His ‘Most Significant’ Case – R. Robin McDonald – Fulton County Daily Report 7/30/07 “Dwight “Malachi” York was a false prophet…and a sexual predator who headquartered his religious cult in rural Georgia, then used his position as a religious leader to deflect scrutiny from his criminal activities, a newly published book asserts. York’s brazen willingness to attack his skeptics as racist, while portraying himself as a victim of racial and religious persecution, enabled him to con politicians, law enforcement authorities, civil rights organizations, academics and journalists, according to Bill Osinski, the author of “Ungodly: A True Story of Unprecedented Evil.”…”Ungodly” is the story of York’s rise and fall and the sordid secret behind his professed dreams to build a black Utopia in Putnam County, Ga., and take global a new religion with him as its self-styled savior. Inside Tama-Re, the faux Egyptian compound he had built on a 440-acre farm in Putnam County, York turned his female followers into concubines and their children into sex slaves. Today, the man who set himself up as The Master Teacher of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors and the Pharaoh of Tama-Re is in federal prison, serving a 135-year term for racketeering and transporting minors in interstate commerce for unlawful sexual activity. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1185527208760

National survey highlights child abuse shame 8/8/07 By Martin Johnston  One in every ten children has been sexually abused, according to national survey which confirms New Zealand’s high levels of violence. Six in ten had experienced physical violence and eight in ten emotional violence, the survey of more than 2000 children aged 9 to 13 found. Massey University eduction lecturer Dr Janis Carroll-Lind publicised her PhD findings….http://www.nzherald.co.nz/author/story.cfm?a_id=110&objectid=10456409

Church Abuse Trial Ordered in San Diego By Allison Hoffman, AP San Diego (AP) 8/24/07 – A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday ordered immediate jury trials in more than 40 sex-abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Trials scheduled in San Diego for five cases had been suspended in February when the diocese abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection, the night before the first trial was slated to begin. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler’s ruling on the 42 lawsuits is a victory for about 150 people who claim they were sexually abused by priests as children. http://www.redorbit.com/news/general/1044655/church_abuse_trial_ordered_in_san_diego/index.html

San Diego priest abuse claims settled By Angelica Martinez and Karen Kucher Union-tribune 9/7/07 San Diego – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego reached a $198.1 million agreement with 144 childhood sexual abuse victims Friday morning. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070907-1449-bn07diocese3.html

CBS: 5,100 Boy Scout leaders removed for abuse David Edwards and Muriel Kane 8/29/07 CBS News reported Tuesday on “disturbing revelations” regarding the Boy Scouts, saying that “over the last 60 years, at least 5,100 adult leaders were kicked out of the Scouts because of allegations of sexual abuse.” http://rawstory.com/news/2007/CBS_5100_Boy_Scout_leaders_removed_0829.html

from LMS Helping girls flee brothels TheStar.com – News – Helping girls flee brothels 6/4/07 Craig and Marc Kielburger – For 40 years Father Shay Cullen decried the treatment of neglected and forgotten children in the Philippines, but it wasn’t until he helped smuggle a television camera inside a jail that the world started paying attention. The tape showed hundreds of children as young as 5 locked in cages stacked a half-dozen high. Most were child prostitutes, caught in that country’s rampant sex tourism trade. Broadcast on CNN, it highlighted an issue the world couldn’t ignore, and hit hardest in North America, where many of the children’s regular customers live….More than 60,000 Filipino girls work as child prostitutes. They are recruited by pimps in rural areas of the country from unsuspecting, desperately poor families who send their daughters to the city to earn extra money. http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/221184

Cornwall couple lauded for battling child abuse 5/4/99 A police officer and his wife from Cornwall have been formally recognized for their courage in trying to bring pedophiles to justice in their southeastern Ontario community. Perry and Helen Dunlop were given medals of honour Monday by a human rights group in Victoria, B.C. The Dunlops long pushed for an investigation into abuse against children. Despite their efforts, and the positive attention, the case is far from over — and the pressure on the Dunlops continues. Perry Dunlop has been ostracized by his colleagues, charged with offences under the Police Act (he was later cleared) and took stress leave from work — all because he reported a suspected case of child sex abuse to child welfare authorities, even though the police had dropped the matter, even though he’d been told by senior officers to stay out of it. Helen Dunlop says for all the trauma she and her husband have suffered, the award shows people across the country are paying attention. Perry Dunlop’s action has turned into a huge investigation. So far, 12 men have been charged and at least 50 people have come forward with claims of abuse. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/1999/05/04/pedofile990504.html#skip300x250

Abuse victims complain about grilling at Cornwall inquiry Accused need equal treatment, lawyer says 2/20/07 Sexual abuse victims have complained about harsh treatment by lawyers at the Cornwall public inquiry, prompting the commissioner to intervene. Commissioner Normand Glaude was to tell lawyers Tuesday how far they should go when questioning the victims at the inquiry, after least one victim stormed off the stand in the middle of his testimony and another made a written complaint about how lawyers treated him….The inquiry is examining how public and private institutions responded after dozens of people alleged they were sexually abused by prominent men in the eastern Ontario community over several decades.But Lee, who represents the victims, countered that the victims’ names aren’t important because they have no connection to each other. Meanwhile, he said, it is important to name both alleged and convicted abusers because of rumours that they were connected through an organized pedophile ring. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/02/20/cornwall.html

Key witness stonewalls again at Cornwall sex-abuse inquiry Ottawa (CBC) 9/18/07 – A former Cornwall police officer whose whistle-blowing sparked a controversial sexual-abuse investigation in the eastern Ontario community has refused for the second time in as many days to testify at the inquiry into the scandal. Perry Dunlop was forced by a subpoena to come from his home in British Columbia to appear at the inquiry, but both Monday and Tuesday he refused to answer questions from the witness stand, even when he was offered independent legal advice. “I lost my first house through legal advice. I don’t want legal advice,” he responded. “I have nothing to say. The inquiry, which opened in February 2006, has been examining the response of authorities in the 1990s to complaints that prominent members of the Cornwall community sexually abused dozens of children over decades starting in the 1950s….Dunlop’s wife, Helen Dunlop, who answered a number of questions at the hearing on Tuesday morning before her husband was called to the stand, agreed to testify that afternoon. She described her husband as a man who loved his job, his community and his friendships with colleagues, but lost it all after he began his key role in the sexual-abuse investigation in 1993. That September, Dunlop walked in on two police sergeants while they were discussing the Catholic Church’s agreement to pay a former altar boy $32,000. In exchange, the victim was dropping an abuse complaint. Against orders, Dunlop handed the original complaint to the Children’s Aid Society, which pursued the case. He was disciplined for speaking out, but his continued work eventually led to four police investigations and charges against 15 people. Helen Dunlop broke down several times when she described the stress on her husband, his problems in collecting disability payments and the friends who encouraged him to drop the case. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/18092007/3/canada-key-witness-stonewalls-cornwall-sex-abuse-inquiry.html

Captured: ‘King of the Child Exploitation Suspects’ – Ex-Deputy who Allegedly Raped His Daughter and Posted the Video Online Finally Caught in Hong Kong By Pierre Thomas, Jack Date and Theresa Cook 5/2/07 The U.S. Marshals Service said a law enforcement team had hunted down Kenneth John Freeman — the man the director of the Marshals Service called the “king of the child exploitation suspects,” tracking him to Hong Kong where he was arrested Monday….Authorities charge that Freeman raped his daughter over a two-year period, starting when she was 10 years old. He videotaped the scenes and posted them online in what, they said, became “one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos” in recent history, seen by millions….Billion-Dollar Black Market Industry – Child porn has emerged as a multibillion dollar black market industry, though “average people don’t believe it,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The reality is, with the advent of the Internet, the problem of child pornography has exploded,” said Allen. “There are more victims, the victims are younger, there are millions of people who are consuming, who are watching these images.” U.S. Marshals Director Clark noted that with technology’s advances comes the downside that children like Kylie Freeman can be victimized repeatedly. “Individuals like Mr. Freeman post pictures globally that are downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. [This] means that this image of this innocent child gets replicated and viewed over and over and over again,” he said….”There’s a myth here,” he said, “and that is the myth of the stranger.” Allen pointed to NCMEC’s data, which show that most child sexual exploitation victims know the perpetrator of the crime — at least 35 percent of them are the victim’s own parents and 70 percent are other family members or someone close to the child. http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3132195&page=1_ and http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Story?id=3132195&page=2

Delaware leads the way on sex abuse 7/31/07 by Maureen Paul Turlish – On July 10, a history-making event took place in Delaware when Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed into law what is believed to be the most comprehensive civil legislation concerning the sexual abuse of minors. Delaware residents, over a period of two years, worked very hard to make the Child Victims Act (Senate Bill 29) a law. It provides for a two-year moratorium on the statute of limitations on lawsuits for sexual abuse. Victims have until July 10, 2009, to seek damages regardless of when the assaults occurred. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/pa/8821237.html
Mind Control and Experimentation

Conference Gives Comfort to Victims of Abuse – August 13, 2007 12:00 pm – Windsor Locks, Connecticut (WWLP) – A conference meant to give hope and inspiration to survivors of severe child abuse was underway at the Doubletree Hotel in Windsor Locks, Connecticut Sunday.  Many of the conference organizers and speakers are survivors of child abuse and they hoped the event would educate the public.  Advocating for stricter child welfare policies, therapist Jeanette Westbrook spoke to conference attendees about her personal story of coping with abuse.  Motivational speaker Kim Kubal, came from Australia to give encouragement and comfort to those struggling with the memories of abuse. Organizers plan to raise awareness of issues facing children by initiating community projects and agencies to help adult and child victims of abuse. http://www.wwlp.com/Global/story.asp?S=6923795

The CIA and Nazi War Criminals – National Security Archive Posts Secret CIA History Released Under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act – National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 146 – Edited by Tamara Feinstein – 2/4/05 Washington D.C., February 4, 2005 – Today the National Security Archive posted the CIA’s secret documentary history of the U.S government’s relationship with General Reinhard Gehlen, the German army’s intelligence chief for the Eastern Front during World War II. At the end of the war, Gehlen established a close relationship with the U.S. and successfully maintained his intelligence network (it ultimately became the West German BND) even though he employed numerous former Nazis and known war criminals. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB146/index.htm

from LMS Medical experimentation – The Duplessis Orphans – Disasters and Tragedies – CBC Archives http://archives.cbc.ca/IDCC-1-70-1633-11300/disasters_tragedies/duplessis_orphans/

The Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE), was created by President Clinton on January 15, 1994 to investigate and report on the use of human beings as subjects of federally funded research using ionizing radiation. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/radiation/

For Immediate Release – EXTREME ABUSE SURVIVORS BREAK THE SILENCE – Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Exposed as “Hidden Holocaust” Almost 1500 extreme abuse survivors from more than 30 countries recently participated in an online survey (in English and German) designed to explore commonalities regarding the nature and extent of the horrible crimes committed against them. Results of this and other surveys in the series — one for professionals who have worked with adult survivors and one (currently online) for caregivers of child victims — show the interplay between ritual abuse, traumatic mind control, child pornography, clergy abuse, sex trafficking and other forms of torture. (http://extreme-abuse-survey.net) Presenting some of the preliminary results of the adult survey to a large group of her fellow survivors and their advocates at SMART’s “Tenth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference” in Windsor Locks, CT on August 11, 2007, Carol Rutz challenged the audience: “Imagine for a moment that you are among this group of respondents and endured only one of these things, let alone the gamut of them. (1) Incest; ( 2) Child pornography and prostitution; (3) Sexual abuse by multiple perpetrators: (4) Being caged; (5) Starvation; (6) Bestiality; (7) Buried alive; (8) Electroshock; (9) Sensory deprivation; (10) Sleep deprivation; (11) Forced cannibalism, (12) Secret government-sponsored mind control experiments performed on you as a child.” Rutz continued: “Now imagine that no one believes you! This is what it feels like to be an Extreme Abuse Survivor.” Survey questions reflect some of the most contentious issues to ever engage the mental health field and spill over into the public arena: the reality of ritual abuse and government-sponsored mind control experiments, the credibility of repressed memories, and claims that therapists implant false memories of incest and ritual abuse in their clients’ minds. Relative to these controversies, of those who responded to the related questions, 55% reported ritual abuse in a satanic cult. 26% reported that secret government mind control experiments had been performed on them as children. 64% reported having memories of incest before they sought therapy. 48% reported having memories of ritual abuse before they sought therapy. Of 257 who reported secret mind control experiments used on them as children, 67% also reported having been ritually abused in a satanic cult. Of 53 different healing methods, respondents overwhelmingly chose individual psychotherapy/counseling as the most effective method for helping them overcome the aftereffects of extreme abuse. “The results of this survey will challenge many to step out of their comfort zones and change their world views,” Rutz said in her closing remarks. “Will we allow these heinous types of abuse to lie in the shadows or do we have the courage to bring them into the light and face them?” Interview Contact: Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. easurvey@twave.net Interview Contact: Carol Rutz casey@dmci.net

Violent sexual abuse, brainwashing and neglect: What it’s like to grow up in a religious sect By Lynne Wallace 9/2/07 Sisters Kristina and Celeste Jones and and their half-sister Juliana Buhring are at Kristina’s house in Nottingham, getting ready to go out. Kristina makes up her eyes, Celeste decides she looks all right as she is and Juliana does her hair. They could be any three carefree young women getting ready for a night out – but up until now their lives have been anything but carefree. They are going to the signing of their new book Not Without My Sister about their experiences growing up in the abusive Children of God (CoG) cult; the book, to their astonishment, has become a best-seller. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2912592.ece

Defense: witnesses in church rape cases now deny abuse 8/15/07 – AP Amite – Lawyers for church members accused of raping children say one alleged abuse victim now says he was never abused and his brother, an alleged witness, backs him up, a Baton Rouge newspaper reported Wednesday. Statements by two boys and a girl were the center of allegations that the minister of Hosanna Church, his wife and five members of their now defunct congregation sexually abused children from 1999 to 2003. But the boys, now 21 and 17 years old, now say there was no abuse and they were coerced into statements against the adults in the spring of 2005, attorneys for the minister, Louis Lamonica, and for the only defendant whose trial has been scheduled told The Advocate Tuesday…..The girl, now 7 years old, still maintains she was sexually abused, prosecutors and her mother told The Advocate outside court on Tuesday, when a pretrial hearing was held for Bernard. His trial is scheduled Nov. 26. Because of her age during the alleged abuse — infancy until she was 3 years old — she is not expected to testify, Assistant District Attorney Don Wall said….Nine church members were arrested and seven indicted….Wall said Bernard admitted abusing children, and one of those statements was videotaped. His statements mirrored the children’s, the prosecutor said.” http://www.wwltv.com/local/northshore/stories/wwl081507khchurchabuse.37ae5b4f.html

In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians – A timeline of residential schools CBC News Online | Sept. 19, 2007 http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/aboriginals/timeline_residentialschools.html

may be heavy for survivors – Non-State Actor Torture in Canada : A Shadow Report 8/17/07 has information on ritual abuse torture http://www.ritualabusetorture.org/shadowreport.pdf

article describes crimes – from LMS – Bishop may convene rare ecclesiastical court Michael Valpy – From Saturday’s Globe and Mail 9/15/07 The Anglican priest alleged to have abused students through cult practices at an Eastern Ontario elite private school may face a rare ecclesiastical court convened by the bishop who is investigating his behaviour. The judicial procedure – almost never used in the Anglican Church of Canada – would be triggered by Rev. Charles Farnsworth’s refusal to accept either a finding by the bishop that the allegations are substantive or a sentence of punishment that the bishop might impose. It has been used perhaps half a dozen times over the past 170 years. Mr. Farnsworth, in a Globe and Mail interview, has denied any knowledge of students being abused sexually, psychologically or physically during the two decades ending in 1997 when he was headmaster of Grenville Christian College near Brockville, Ont. He also has denied the specific allegations against him. Bishop George Bruce, who heads the diocese in which the now-closed school is located, has interviewed or scheduled interviews so far with nearly 20 former students and will continue his investigation at least until the end of this month. He has told former students he is taking their allegations “very seriously” and that he will keep his investigation open until everyone who wants to be heard is heard….Former teachers have said all but one or two of the school’s staff until at least 1997 were “oblates” of the Community of Jesus, an organization in Massachusetts that has been identified in the U.S. media as a cult. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070915.grenville15/BNStory/National/home

from LMS Class-action suit being prepared against GCC (Brockville Recorder & Times) 9/13/07 By Kim Lunman – A lawyer based in Burlington is drafting a class-action lawsuit for hundreds of former Grenville Christian College students alleging decades of psychological and physical abuse at the now-closed private school east of Brockville. Personal injury lawyer Christopher Haber – who has been soliciting former pupils of the boarding school on an Internet message board where the allegations have surfaced – said “over 1,000” potential plaintiffs across North America have contacted him over the past several days. “We’re currently reviewing and investigating the entire matter with the view to filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the victims,” he said in a telephone interview. “We’ve had probably over 1,000 inquiries,” said Haber. “The magnitude of the response did take us aback. …There’s all kinds of allegations of cruel and unusual punishment at the school.” http://www.caica.org/Greenville_Christian_College_class-action_lawsuit_against_GCC.htm

from LMS describes crimes Grenville probe widens to include ex-teachers Michael Valpy – From Saturday’s Globe and Mail 9/8/07 The investigation into Grenville Christian College has widened with allegations of abuse involving former teachers – allegations that will be heard firsthand Saturday at an inquiry established by an Anglican bishop of Eastern Ontario. Bishop George Bruce, in whose diocese the now-closed school is located, will hear from former student Richard Van Dusen how one teacher held him down while a second teacher beat him with a heavy wooden object until his underpants were soaked with blood. Mr. Van Dusen, managing director of Toronto’s contemporary dance company, Dancelands, said he sent the bishop a letter on Thursday recounting his experiences and received an e-mail back saying Bishop Bruce was treating it as a “formal complaint” – which in church language means a cause for a disciplinary inquiry where a bishop decides he has jurisdiction….The Globe and Mail for the past week has published accounts from former students alleging cult practices at the school and physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Joan Childs, a former senior administrator at the school, has called it an emotionally, spiritually and physically abusive place and apologized for the “hurt and pain” caused to people. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/09_10/2007_09_08_Valpy_GrenvilleProbe.htm from LMS Brockville’s local paper was advised not to publish abuse allegations Michael Valpy from Saturday’s Globe and Mail 9/1/07 The staff of Brockville’s newspaper knew nearly 20 years ago of allegations of religious cult practices at Grenville Christian College but backed off from publishing an article because of legal threats and sources who changed their minds about allowing their names to be used….But just before the newspaper was about to publish its findings, members of the school community who previously had agreed to be quoted began telephoning the paper to say their names could not be used. The newspaper’s lawyers said that without the names they should not risk publication. “We had thought that finally the place would become known for what it is . . . [but] virtually every person we interviewed got cold feet, terrified of repercussions against either the kids or the parents, which meant we had no quoted sources to support and verify our claims.” And at the same time, Mr. Grant said, the paper received a letter from a major Toronto law firm threatening libel action on behalf of school authorities if any article saw print.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070901.grenville-side01/BNStory/Front

Polygamist leader convicted of sex charges in arranged marriage By Jennifer Dobner – AP 9/25/07 ST. George, Utah – The leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group was convicted today of being an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her 19-year-old cousin. Warren Jeffs, 51, could get life in prison after a trial that threw a spotlight on a renegade community along the Arizona-Utah line where as many as 10,000 of Jeffs’ followers practice plural marriage and revere him as a mighty prophet with dominion over their salvation….The mainstream Mormon Church, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, renounced polygamy more than a century ago, excommunicates members who engage in the practice, and disavows any connection to the FLDS church. Jeffs is also charged in Arizona with being an accomplice to both incest and sexual misconduct with a minor for arranging marriages between two underage girls and relatives of theirs. In addition, Jeffs is under federal indictment in Utah on charges of fleeing to avoid prosecution. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-jeffs0925,0,301115.story
describes crimes in detail Former Satanist Convicted of Human Sacrifice – Defendant Represented Himself During Trial 8/16/07 Miami – The Miami man accused of killing another man in what prosecutors call a satanic human sacrifice has been found guilty of second degree murder. http://www.local10.com/news/13909541/detail.html?rss=mia&psp=news

Journal Articles

Many of the journal abstract excerpts and quotes in this section of the newsletter came from the backlash_ology@yahoogroups.com listed as BO For info. write backlash_ology-owner@yahoogroups.com

An Empirical Look at the Ritual Abuse Controversy by Randy Noblitt, PhD is at http://members.aol.com/ritualabuselinks/RA_evidence.htm

Research on the Effect of Trauma on Memory – Research has shown that traumatized individuals respond by using a variety of psychological mechanisms. One of the most common means of dealing with the pain is to try and push it out of awareness. Some label the phenomenon of the process whereby the mind avoids conscious acknowledgment of traumatic experiences as dissociative amnesia. Others use terms such as repression , dissociative state , traumatic amnesia, psychogenic shock, or motivated forgetting. Semantics aside, there is near-universal scientific acceptance of the fact that the mind is capable of avoiding conscious recall of traumatic experiences. http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/tm/tm.html

Summary of Research Examining the Prevalence of Full or Partial Dissociative Amnesia for Traumatic Events – The most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on dissociative amnesia has been conducted by Brown, Scheflin and Hammond in their book, Memory, Trauma Treatment, and the Law . (New York: Norton, 1998). This book is viewed as setting the standard in the field after receiving the American Psychiatric Association’s 1999 prestigious Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for best book in law and forensic psychiatry. Brown, Scheflin and Hammond reviewed 43 studies relevant to the subject of traumatic memory and found that every study that examined the question of dissociative amnesia in traumatized populations demonstrated that a substantial minority partially or completely forget the traumatic event experienced, and later recover memories of the event. Dissociative amnesia can occur after any type of traumatic event. http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/tm/prev.html

Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Professionals: Lessons from Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – Our mission is to help the people of Canada maintain and improve their health – Health Canada….(II)B. What is ritual abuse? Ritual or ritualistic abuse refers to abuse at the “extreme end of the spectrum of child sexual abuse.” Individuals who have experienced ritual abuse often identify both as survivors of childhood sexual abuse and ritual abuse. Ritual abuse usually involves a combination of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and frequently refers to abuse suffered by individuals as part of a group, and in the context of a powerful belief system. Finkelhor, Williams and Burns describe three subtypes: 1) true cult-based in which sexual abuse is only one element of the child’s involvement in cult rituals and beliefs, 2) pseudo-ritualistic, in which sexual abuse is the principal activity and cult rituals are secondly….http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/familyviolence/html/nfntsxsensi_e.html

A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE  The Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women – The process: In August 1991 the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women announced the appointed members of The Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women.  The Panel travelled to all parts of Canada, consulted with 4,000 people, in 139 communities, of which eighty-four per cent were women, 16 per cent were men. Status and non-status Aboriginal women, Inuit, and Métis women were also included. Individuals and organizations submitted nearly 700 personal testimonies, discussion papers, research, and reports to the Panel. The Panel partially funded a Toronto-based study, The Women’s Safety Project, which involved 420 in-depth interviews about violence against women, with women between the ages of 18 to 64.  Additionally, The Panel distributed a survey through members of Parliament, for their constituents that provided another means for Canadians to share their experiences of violence with The Panel and offer opinions about solutions….The prevalence: “The Panel … [heard] from many women from all regions of Canada who named themselves as survivors of ritual abuse. … There are no statistics on ritual abuse in Canada.” (p. 45). http://www.ritualabusetorture.org/prevalence.htm

What Can Happen to Abused Children When They Grow Up – If No One Notices, Listens or Helps? Some Statistics from the Research – For purposes of this document, abuse, and ,trauma, are defined as: interpersonal violence in the form of sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, and /or the witnessing of violence….The mental health system is filled with survivors of prolonged, repeated childhood trauma. – 50 to 70% of all women and a substantial number of men treated in psychiatric settings have histories of sexual or physical abuse, or both. (Carmen et al, 1984; Bryer et al., 1987; Craine et al., 1988) – As high as 81% of men and women in psychiatric hospitals with a variety of major mental illness diagnoses, have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. 67% of these men and women were abused as children. (Jacobson & Richardson, 1987) – 74% of Maine’s Augusta Mental Health Institute patients, interviewed as class members, report histories of sexual and physical abuse. (Maine BDS, 1998) – The majority of adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (81%) or Dissociative Identity Disorder (90%) were sexually and/or physically abused as children. (Herman et al, 1989; Ross et al, 1990) http://www.theannainstitute.org/wchac-stats.html

[Pseudo-dementia conversion and post-traumatic stress disorder.] Montefiore, D, Mallet, L, Levy, R, Allilaire, JF and Pelissolo, A Encephale 33(3):352-5, 2007. BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often associated with other psychiatric syndromes. However, studies exploring conversion and PTSD comorbidity are scarce….a 45-year-old patient without medical or psychiatric history . . . suddenly started suffering from amnesia and symptoms of delirium . . . One year later, the symptoms were unchanged until the patient watched a movie (³Mystic River²) that described the story of a man with sexual abuse in childhood. He suddenly remembered that he lived the same experience when he was 8 years old. At the end of the movie, his wife surprisingly noticed that he was walking and speaking normally. All the neurological symptoms disappeared. Unfortunately, symptoms of a severe PTSD appeared, as well as a major depressive disorder. . . . the administration of clomipramine (200 mg/d) and a combined therapy with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) led to a significant improvement of PTSD and depression symptoms. ….Service de Psychiatrie Adulte et CNRS UMR 7593, Hopital de la Pitie-Salpetriere (AP-HP), 47-83, boulevard de l¹Hopital, 75013 Paris, France.

Stanford University Medical Center – 7/30/07 – Severe Trauma Affects Kids’ Brain Function, Say Researchers – Science Daily — The first study to examine brain activity patterns in severely traumatized children showed their brains function differently than those of healthy children, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The study hints at the biological underpinnings of the disorder called PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also provides a valuable benchmark with which to assess the effectiveness of potential therapies. “Now we can see some real neurological reasons for the impulsivity, agitation, hyper-vigilance and avoidance behaviors that children with untreated PTSD often exhibit,” said Victor Carrion, MD, child psychiatrist at Packard Children’s. “The fact that their brains appear to be working differently may indicate a deficit for which other areas of the brain are trying to compensate.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070726184910.htm

SMART Newsletter Issue 78- January 2008

October 5, 2008

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Issue 78 – January 2008

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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Information on next summer’s conference is available by writing us at the above address or by going to http://members.aol.com/smartnews/smart-2008-conference.htm

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Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Legal Information

The Darkest Secret – By revealing the painful story of her sexual abuse as a child, actress Teri Hatcher hopes to help other victims. By Teri Hatcher – Newsweek Oct. 8, 2007 issue ….I tell you this story with trepidation. But my fear is far outweighed by what I know is my obligation to help other victims of sexual abuse to not feel alone. To inspire other victims to realize that their lives do not have to be paralyzed by guilt and shame; they do not have to be defined by victimhood. And to convey to each and every damaged girl or woman that it is not her fault. Unfortunately, many, many girls are victims of sexual abuse. So even as we fight evil abroad, the evil of this abuse lives on in our neighborhoods. http://www.newsweek.com/id/41876

International Digest: Mexico cardinal knew about child abuse, group claims Posted on Oct 12, 2007 | by Mark Kelly Mexico City (BP)–Mexico’s leading Roman Catholic cardinal knew a Mexican priest might be molesting children when he transferred him to the United States, a victim’s rights group has alleged. To support their claim, the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests released letters written in 1987 between Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, as well as 1986 police report in which Nicolas Aguilar, a priest in Mexico’s Puebla state, was accused of molesting boys during overnight stays. The documents had been filed by attorneys defending Rivera against charges in Los Angeles that he and Mahoney conspired to protect Aguilar, according to the Associated Press. http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=26602

New R.I. report raises questions on clergy abuse – Diocese says vague cases behind rise; AG concerned By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff  |  October 20, 2007 “Between 1971 and 2007, 125 priests in Rhode Island were accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, including 95 accused of child molestation or sexual assault of a minor, according to a court document filed by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. That number is higher than the 56 priests that Tobin’s predecessor, Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, reported in 2004 as having been accused of sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002. The diocese said yesterday that the discrepancy is because the number reported three years ago included only credible allegations, while the number in the more recent court filing included an unspecified number of allegations that were “vague, anonymous, withdrawn, or ultimately found to be false.” The diocese also said the higher number, which it said was adjusted to 85 after a careful document review, also includes allegations made after 2002, when a large number of alleged victims came forward as the clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted nationally.” http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/20/new_ri_report_raises_questions_on_clergy_abuse/

3rd Circuit Rejects RICO Claim Against Archdiocese Shannon P. Duffy The Legal Intelligencer 11/7/07 Fourteen alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have lost their bid to revive a civil anti-racketeering suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its alleged cover-up of the scandal. In its 14-page opinion in Magnum v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs cannot show they suffered a RICO-style injury that was caused by the cover-up. The ruling affirms a November 2006 decision by U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis who found that the RICO claims suffered from numerous fatal flaws. Davis ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because their alleged damages stemmed from personal injury claims, which are not cognizable under RICO. He also found the plaintiffs could not plead proximate cause and could not plead a RICO “enterprise” or “pattern of racketeering activity.” Now the 3rd Circuit has rejected the plaintiffs’ appeal, finding that the entire theory of the suit was flawed because it was premised solely on the plaintiffs’ alleged loss of the opportunity to bring personal injury claims within the statute of limitations. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1194343446106

Sexual misconduct plagues US schools: Study finds more than 2,500 teachers punished in 5 years By Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner The Associated Press “The seven-month investigation found 2,570 educators whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, voluntarily surrendered or limited from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misconduct. Young people were the victims in at least 1,801 of the cases, and more than 80 percent of those were students. More than half the educators who were punished by their states also were convicted of crimes related to the misconduct.” http://origin.sltrib.com/news/ci_7227621

Snatched by Fagin 10/19/07 The United Nations estimates 1.2m children are trafficked across the world each year. http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/leader/display.var.1772020.0.snatched_by_fagin.php

Dutch smash ‘voodoo’ child trade – 10/25/07 – Police in the Netherlands say they have cracked a crime ring which allegedly trafficked Nigerian children into the West to work as sex slaves. At least 19 people were arrested in the Netherlands and five other countries including the US and Britain. Traffickers used voodoo to gain a hold over children before smuggling them abroad in a racket which exploited the asylum system, police say. Scores of underage Nigerians, mainly girls, may have been trafficked. Dutch authorities had been investigating the disappearance of 140 Nigerian children from asylum-seeker holding centres since January 2006. Several of the children were later found working as prostitutes in France, Italy and Spain, according to Dutch police. http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7061145.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/7061145.stm

Clergy Abuse: Rabbis, Cantors & Other Trusted Officials http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/clergyabuse.html#Clergy%20Abuse

No Religious Haven From Abuse – New study finds Orthodox women are sexually victimized as much as other American women are. by Debra Nussbaum Cohen Staff Writer 10/27/07 “Despite the widespread impression in the Orthodox world that sexual abuse doesn’t happen within its precincts, or happens less than in the “outside world,” a report in the November issue of the journal of the American Psychiatric Association says that Orthodox Jewish women suffer as much of it as other American women do. Twenty-six percent of respondents in a study about the sexual lives and attitudes of married Orthodox Jewish women — 55 percent identifying as Modern Orthodox and about 45 percent as fervently Orthodox — indicated that they had at some point suffered sexual abuse. That figure is on par with the 25 percent to 27 percent of American women in general, without regard to their marital status or religion, who have reported in numerous studies that they had been sexually abused. The new article also says that fervently Orthodox women are more likely than Modern Orthodox women to have experienced sexual abuse, to have experienced it multiple times and to have experienced it the first time before age 13. Fifty-eight percent of fervently Orthodox women who participated in the study reported experiencing sexual abuse multiple times, according to the article, compared to 39 percent of Modern Orthodox women. Overall, 16 percent of respondents said they experienced their first sexual abuse at or before they were 13 years old, which is less than the approximately 22 percent of American women who have reported in other studies that they were sexually abused at that age. http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a672/News/New_York.html

20 suspected pedophiles arrested in France Paris, Oct. 31, 2007 (Xinhua) – A total of 20 people have been arrested in France as suspected pedophiles after the European Union (EU) launched a massive crackdown on the criminal group Monday, French police said Wednesday. Among the arrestees, three allegedly molested children during trips abroad, and another three were believed to have filmed children porno scenes abroad. Police also seized about 1.5 million illegal images from one suspect’s computer. The European-wide raid, codenamed “Koala”, followed traces discovered in an operation on suspected child molesters in Australia in 2006, during which police found some 3,000 suspicious e-mail addresses. The operation was supervised by Europe’s police agency Europol and Eurojust, the EU agency in charge of coordinating judicial affairs. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/01/content_6988532.htm

100 arrests hit world paedophile ring – David Batty and agencies 11/5/07 Guardian Unlimited “More than 100 people in 19 countries have been arrested in an operation to dismantle a major international paedophile network, police said today.The arrests follow an investigation into an Italian-based website that produced “tailor-made” child abuse images for 2,500 customers, according to the European police agency Europol. In the past five months 46 people in the UK have been arrested in the operation, codenamed Koala, according to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop). There have also been 21 arrests in France, 11 in Spain and eight in Sweden. http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2205718,00.html

Jesuits to pay $50M in sex abuse case, plaintiffs’ lawyer says 11/18/07 Anchorage, Alaska (AP) – A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to more than 100 Alaskans who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, a lawyer for the accusers said Sunday. The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order, said Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa, who called it “a great day” for the 110 victims….The sexual abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics and spanned nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1987, Roosa said. The children’s ages ranged from 5 years to teenage. http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/11/18/church.abuse.alaska.ap/?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail

from LMS The Cornwall Public Inquiry – Transcripts 709 Cotton Mill Street, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 7K7 Phone: 613-938-2461 Fax.: 613-938-7463 Email: info@cornwallinquiry.ca http://www.cornwallinquiry.ca/en/hearings/transcripts/index.html

Cornwall Public Inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse http://www.theinquiry.ca/

Iowa diocese in bankruptcy reaches $37M settlement with Catholic abuse victims by Henry C. Jackson 12/3/07 Des Moines, Iowa – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport agreed to pay out $37 million (euro25.23 million) to more than 150 accusers under a settlement that requires the bishop to personally apologize to any victims or relatives who ask. The deal, hammered out over four days of negotiations in Chicago, will address the claims of 156 victims of abuse who have come forward, with a portion of the money set aside in the event that more victims come forward….Also on Monday, the Los Angeles Archdiocese wired $500 million (euro340.92 million) to plaintiffs as part of the $660 million (euro450.02 million) it has agreed to settle cases with more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse, and a former Catholic priest pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to sexually abusing two boys. Michael Stephen Baker, 60, was sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Authorities say Baker molested the boys on multiple occasions between 1994 and 1998, when he was a priest in the Los Angeles area. He was removed from the ministry in 2000. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22088291/

from LMS ‘Hell on earth for me’ In his autobiography, Julian Fantino, Ontario’s top cop and a former London police chief, fiercely defends Project Guardian, which he insists was about ‘the sexual exploitation of children,’ not merely child pornography. ‘It was also about child sexual abuse and that’s a big difference,’ he writes in this excerpt from Duty: The Life of a Cop. By Patrick Maloney (11/10/07)….The London police became the lead agency and the investigation was renamed Project Guardian. It began in May 1994. In a nutshell, Project Guardian was a joint investigative task force designed to, first, identify and disrupt the illegal activities of anyone who was involved in the sexual exploitation of children and youths, and second, to rescue those children and youths. The children involved in this investigation were as young as seven and eight, and they were being exploited by adult males in return for money, alcohol, drugs, clothing, lodging and shelter. As for the offenders, they were everything from Boy Scout leaders to soccer coaches. These offenders included a teacher, a school principal, an Anglican priest and a real estate agent. Project Guardian eventually involved 62 complainants and 61 suspects. If that’s not a “ring,” I don’t know what is. The ages of the complainants ranged from seven to 17 years with 50 per cent of them being 13 years of age or younger, while the average age of the suspects was 40. When it was all done, 535 criminal charges were laid against 61 suspects. The conviction rate for Project Guardian was 86 per cent. This is an astounding figure, which is almost unheard of in the criminal justice system. Compare that to Canada’s national conviction rate of just under 21 per cent. The average sentence handed down was four years. http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2007/11/10/pf-4644799.html

Mind Control and Experimentation

Ritual Abuse and Mind Control : Research and Advocacy – presentation at the Male Survivor Conference – John Jay College, New York, NY – 10/27/07 – Includes data on recovered memory, dissociative identity disorder(multiple personality disorder), child pornography, mk-ultra, operation paperclip and dissociation symptomology http://members.aol.com/smartnews/ra_proof.htm

EMPIRICAL STUDIES RELATED TO RITUAL ABUSE JUNE, 2007 http://members.aol.com/smartnews/empirical_ra.htm

describes crimes – Multiple Personality Disorder and Satanic Ritual Abuse: the Issue Of Credibility Susan C. Van Benschoten, R.N., M.Ed., M.A. “Day care ritual abuse accounts usually implicate multiple non-familial perpetrators and multiple victims. Female perpetrators are nearly always reported. Characteristically, very young children and children of both sexes are said to be involved. Extreme forms of coercion and intimidation are typically reported, including threats of death and demonstrations that perpetrators possess magical powers. Extended, severe, and bizarre types of sexual abuse are frequently described, including penetration with objects, and forced sex between children and between children and adults. Physical and emotional abuse are reported as well, for example threats with weapons and the use of various forms of bondage. Children ‘ s disclosures often cite pornography and drug use as components of the abuse. Many reports allege cruelly to animals, or the mutilation and sacrifice of animals or human beings. Practices linked to satanism are often reported. Children frequently describe chanting or singing, the presence of symbols, costumes, masks, candles, and the ceremonial use of blood, urine, and feces. Finkelhor- et al. (1988) found the ritualistic cases in their national study of substantiated day care sexual abuse to he the ones “whose allegations seemed to most strain public and professional credulity. . (and) in which the children appeared to have suffered the most serious and lasting kind of damage ” (p. 32). This impression is supported by the work of Kelley (in press).” http://www.empty-memories.nl/dis_90/vanbenschoten_sra.pdf

Sociological Views on the Controversial Issue of Satanic Ritual Abuse: Three Faces of the Devil – Mary deYoung, Ph.D. “It is estimated that 185 people were criminally charged in cases alleging satanic ritual abuse between 1983 and 1995 in this country; 113 of them were convicted, and over fifty of those people remain in prison today (Nathan & Snedeker, 1995). Similar cases were discovered in Canada, England, Scotland, Holland, and New Zealand, generating as much controversy as those in this country….empirical study by Goodman, Qin, Bottoms and Shaver (1994), funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. The researchers surveyed 6,910 clinical psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, and 4,655 agencies, including departments of social services, county district attorneys offices, and municipal law enforcement agencies. Respondents reported 12,264 cases of suspected or alleged satanic ritual abuse involving children and adults.” http://www.aaets.org/arts/art26.htm

Profile of Ritualistic and Religion-Related Abuse Allegations Reported to Clinical Psychologists in the United States – Bette L. Bottoms, Phillip R. Shaver, and Gail S. Goodman – State University of New York at Buffalo – Presented at the Ninety-Ninth annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, CA August 19, 1991 http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/23/e9/e3.pdf

An Empirical Look at the Ritual Abuse Controversy – Randy Noblitt, PhD Adapted in 2007 from a paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Fort Worth, Texas, March 18, 1998. “Some authors argue that there is no substantial legal evidence that the ritual abuse of children actually occurs, and that most cases of ritual abuse convictions are reversed on appeal. Michael Newton (cited in Noblitt, 1998a) accumulated data on criminal convictions in the U.S. where allegations of ritual abuse of children were made. He found cases of 145 defendants who were sentenced. Seventeen (11.7%) were reversed on appeal. Newton argues that these reversals do not necessarily indicate that the defendants were innocent of the accusations. In some instances the decisions were reversed based on legal technicalities rather than factual matters as to whether the abuse occurred or not.” http://www.ra-info.org/library/programming/noblitt.shtml

Ritual Abuse Statistics & Research – Numbers of Survivors – A single survivor advocate reports direct contact with more than 3,000 survivors. [ StarDancer as quoted by David McCulley, Satanic Ritual Abuse: A Question of Memory, 1993] CORRECTION: During Personal conversation with StarDancer for update and verification, she stated, “I would feel comfortable saying I’ve met or spoken with more than 1,000 people who identify themselves as survivors…Our estimate of the people who have read and used Survivorship is 3,000.” I talked to one of the leaders in the Los Angeles County Task Force on Ritual Abuse, who estimate that there have been more than a hundred California preschools implicated in ritual abuse. [James Friesen, Uncovering the Mystery of MPD, 1991] ….At a 1991 Utah workshop, thirty-two mental health therapists reported treating 360 separate survivors of ritual abuse. By early 1992 the following statement had been signed by sixty-six Utah therapists: “We, the undersigned mental health professional, have each heard memories of ritual abuse recounted by some patients, as have therapists across the nation. We believe these patients” allegations to have basis in fact. We are dismayed by accusations that therapists brainwash their patients or collude to create a mental health problem where none existed. We urge our public officials to take appropriate actions to counter ritual crimes.” The names on the signed petition, affirming the above statement, are given in the 1992 report of the Utah Governor”s Task Force on Ritual Abuse. [A. Horton, B. Harrison & B. Johnson, editors, Confronting Abuse, 1993] http://home.mchsi.com/~ftio/ra-stats.htm

Satanic Ritual Abuse: The Evidence Surfaces By Daniel Ryder, CCDC, LSW http://home.mchsi.com/~ftio/ra-evidence-surfaces.htm

may be very heavy for survivors – lecture by D.C.Hammond, originally entitled “Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse,” but now usually known as the “Greenbaum Speech,” delivered at the Fourth Annual Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality, Thursday June 25, 1992, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by the Center for Abuse Recovery & Empowerment, The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. Both a tape and a transcript were at one time available from Audio Transcripts of Alexandria, Virginia (800-338-2111). http://www.cassiopaea.org/cass/greenbaum.htm Please note: SMART urges caution anytime survivors visit websites on the web.

Carol Rutz’s Lecture at Indiana University in November 2003 on the CIA, experimentation and mind control has graphic pictures and descriptions http://my.dmci.net/~casey/Indiana%20University%20Lecture%202003.html

Report of Utah State Task Force on Ritual Abuse May 1992 poll indicates that as of 1992, 90% of the Utah citizenry do believe that “ritualistic child sexual abuse is occurring”…(Poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, reported in Deseret News, January 1, 1992, pp. A1 – A2.) Website may be heavy for survivors http://www.saferchildren.net/

US polygamy sect leader sentenced – 11/20/07 A US polygamist sect leader has been sentenced to 10 years to life in jail as an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin. A Utah court said the state board of pardons would ultimately determine how much time Warren Jeffs would serve. The 51-year-old was jailed for at least five years on two counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively. The self-proclaimed prophet was found guilty in September of encouraging the girl to have sex against her will….Jeffs was the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). The sect split from the Mormon Church after it renounced polygamy. He went into hiding after being charged in Arizona with being an accomplice to incest and sexual misconduct for allegedly arranging marriages between minors and older men…. An estimated 40,000 people in the US still believe in polygamy. The 10,000-strong sect dominates the towns of Colorado City, in Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, less than a mile away. A compound in Eldorado, Texas, is also home to a growing community. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7104832.stm

State of Utah vs. Warren Steed Jeffs – Court Filings http://www.utcourts.gov/media/hpcases/index.cgi?mode=displayentries&parent_id=334&category_id=337

describe violent crimesCourt Reinstates Lawsuit Involving Priests’ Satanic Rituals 10/27/07 Lucas County, Ohio — In a decision which will have far reaching effects in clergy abuse cases and eerily issued just days before Halloween, the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Ohio has reinstated a 2005 lawsuit involving alleged satanic rituals against a Toledo priest who was convicted last year in the 1980 murder of a nun. Roman Catholic Gerald Robinson, now 69, was convicted in May, 2006, of the murder of a 71-year-old nun and was sentenced to 15 years to life. His request to remain free pending appeal was denied. Now his attorneys have filed a new motion, asking the appellate court for the convicted murderer to be released on a $250,000 property bond with electronic monitoring while his appeal is pending, saying that the appeal has languished for 19 months. A Toledo woman had brought the civil litigation against Robinson anonymously, suing as Survivor Doe with her husband, Spouse Doe, claiming that Robinson was part of a group that had repeatedly raped her and tortured her in satanic rituals when she was a child.  The woman is now in her 40’s.  In addition to Robinson, defendants are Gerald Mazuchowski, a former lay minister; the Toledo Catholic Diocese; St. Adalbert Parish where she alleges the abuse occurred and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. She alleges that Robinson, Mazuchowski and other men dressed in nuns’ habits, used women’s names and engaged in bizarre rituals, victimizing her. A lower court had dismissed her claim, saying it was barred under the statute of limitations. The Appellate Court has reversed that decision and reinstated the woman’s claim, saying that her claim isn’t time barred because she couldn’t identify her alleged abusers due to repressed memory “until she saw their faces/names from the television and newspaper reports about them” in 2004 and 2005 at the time Robinson was arrested and charged with the nun’s murder. http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/Appeals/DecisionsPDF/3400.pdf…In December 2003, a woman reported to police that she had been sexually abused by a group of priests who performed Satanic rituals and held sadomasochistic orgies. Following the woman’s allegations in 2003, a cold-case squad began reviewing the nun’s murder case again. Three other women also came forward and claimed they had been sexually abused in cult-like ceremonies involving altars and men dressed in robes between the late 1960s and 1986. There have been allegations that church officials have tried to cover-up a crime. One of the women who came forward reached a monetary settlement with the church. The civil case reinstated against Robinson is being brought by the woman who originally made the allegations against him. In a letter to the Toledo diocese in 2003, the alleged victim detailed her allegations, describing being subjected to Satanic ceremonies in which priests placed her in a coffin filled with cockroaches, forced her to eat what she thought was a human eyeball and penetrated her with a snake “to consecrate these orifices to Satan”.She also reportedly alleged in the letter to the diocese that the group of priests killed an infant and a 3-year-old child, performed an abortion on her and chopped up dogs during the rituals. The lawsuit alleges that Survivor Doe had been the victim of “clerical ritual and sexual abuse” as a child beginning when she was a student at St. Adalbert School by persons she later discovered to be Robinson and Mazuchowski and that the Diocese and others involved aided and abetted or covered up the actions of these priests and protected the priests while dissuading all such victims and their families from seeking action against them. Survivor Doe specifically alleges that the crimes began to occur while she was attending St. Adalbert from 1968 through 1972. She alleges she was kidnapped against her will and “held either against her will or by beguilement in the basement of St. Adalbert’s.” While being held there, she was used in elaborate, ritualistic ceremonies. The people perpetrating the crimes were dressed in nun habits and referred to themselves with the first name of a woman and then their own name. Robinson allegedly called himself “Mary Jerry” and Mazuchowski called himself “Carrie Jerry.” She has recalled suppressed memories of another yet unknown man who was referred to as Sue. After the woman left St. Adalbert school, she alleges the abuse continued in a wooded area. Her mother, who also allegedly participated in the ceremonies, took her to them. The plaintiff says she was intimidated from disclosing the events of all of the satanic ceremonies at the time they occurred because the perpetrators threatened to kill her if she told, caused her to believe that she was Satan’s child, and demoralized her. She also alleges that her early indoctrination in the Roman Catholic Church prevented her from realizing that these were crimes that had been committed against her. She further relied upon the indoctrination of the Roman Catholic Church and the representations of these appellants that these priests were “in good standing” and that defendants would protect children in the parish from any criminal misconduct. She alleged that she never could have thought that a priest could commit such crimes. Even after she realized that these acts were wrongful, she assumed that she was at fault. She further alleged that “even after [she] became aware of the criminal nature of [the] conduct, that knowledge alone was not sufficient to apprise her or put her on notice of [appellees] Diocese, Oblates, and St. Adalbert’s possible negligence in failing to protect her or of their possible involvement in a conspiracy to conceal that criminal conduct from herself and others.” Survivor Doe alleges that she first recognized Robinson as “Mary Jerry” after seeing news coverage of his arrest or investigation reported on April 23, 2004. She says she recognized Mazukowski as “Carrie Jerry” after learning of his involvement in the satanic rituals through an investigative news story appearing in The Toledo Blade on Feb. 20, 2005. http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/Appeals/DecisionsPDF/3400.pdf  http://www.northcountrygazette.org/news/2007/10/27/satanic_rituals/

Lawsuit against Robinson reinstated; local woman accuses priest of rape, torture By David Yonke – Blade Religion Editor 10/27/2007 An Ohio appellate court yesterday reinstated a 2005 lawsuit filed by a Toledo woman alleging that Gerald Robinson, the Toledo priest convicted last year in the 1980 murder of a nun, was part of a group that repeatedly tortured and raped her in satanic rituals when she was a child. The 6th District Court of Appeals said the statute of limitations does not bar the woman’s claims because she did could not identify her alleged abusers “until she saw their faces/names from the television and newspaper reports about them” in 2004 and 2005. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20071027&Category=NEWS02&ArtNo=710270400&SectionCat=&Template=printart

describes crimes – 13abc is learning disturbing details of a letter, which set the Father Robinson case into motion – Father Robinson trial WTVG–October 29, 2007 – While Father Robinson’s attorney works on his appeal, for the first time we are learning disturbing details of a letter, which set the cold case into motion. Last year, a jury found Gerald Robinson guilty of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980. It was a letter to the Toledo Diocesan review board from June 2003 that sparked investigators to re-open the case. It is a letter filled with bizarre accounts of ritualistic sexual abuse at the hands of members of the Catholic Church, including priests. Mark Davis is an attorney representing another unknown client who alleges similar abuse by other priests and is suing the Toledo Catholic Diocese. Mark Davis says, “The group purposely makes it so bizarre that a child is not believable and they can escape and get away with these activities.” In one case, a woman says when she was five she was taken to the Calvary Cemetery and put into a coffin-like pine box with cockroaches. Another time, she describes being taken to an abandoned house on Raab Road to take part in satanic activities. The letter also claims much of the sexual abuse took part at St. Pius and the rituals were horrifying and sadistic. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=local&id=5732335

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO Survivor Doe ) Case No. a protected identity ) c/o Mark A. Davis ) [Honorable ] The Davis Law Office, LLC ) 500 Madison Avenue, Ste 525 ) Toledo, Ohio 43604 ) COMPLAINT; JURY DEMAND; ) MILITARY AFFIDAVIT; AND and ) PRAECIPE ) Spouse Doe ) a protected identity ) c/o Mark A. Davis ) The Davis Law Office, LLC ) 500 Madison Avenue, Ste 525 ) Toledo, Ohio 43604 ) ) Plaintiffs )) v. )) Gerald Robinson ) 2401 Nebraska ) Toledo, Ohio 43607 ) and ) ) Mark A. Davis (0070983) ) The Davis Law Office, LLC Gerald “Jerry” Mazuchowski ) 500 Madison Avenue, Ste 525 2812 Chestnut ) Toledo, Ohio 43604 Toledo, Ohio 43608-2462 ) Telephone: (419) 297-5088 ) Facsimile: (419) 710-0008 and ) Email: pirecove@yahoo.com ) Attorney for Plaintiffs 2 Diocese of Toledo ) 1933 Spielbusch Avenue ) Toledo, Ohio 43620-1616 )) and ) ) St. Adalbert Parish and School ) 3248 Warsaw St. ) Toledo, OH 43608 ) ) and ) ) Oblates of St Francis ) De Sales Inc ) c/o statutory agent James Cryan ) 2056 Parkwood Avenue ) Toledo , Oh 43620-1616 ) ) and ) ) John and Jane Does 1-15 ) ) and ) ) Catholic Entity Does 1-5 ) Now comes Plaintiff, by and through counsel, and for their complaint, states and avers as follows: Parties, Jurisdiction and Venue 1. At all times material, Plaintiffs Survivor Doe and Spouse Doe are husband and wife living and residing in Lucas County, Ohio. Survivor Doe is the victim of clerical ritual and sexual abuse which occurred during her years as a minor…. http://www.renewamerica.us/images/columns/071030abbott.pdf

from LMS describes crimes Bernard convicted in Hosanna abuse case – Austin ‘Trey’ Bernard III was convicted Monday on three counts of aggravated rape involving children. By Debra Lemoine Advocate Florida Parishes Bureau Published: Dec 4, 2007 – Page: 1a Amite — A Tangipahoa Parish jury on Monday evening convicted Austin “Trey” Bernard III of three counts of aggravated rape for his role in the Hosanna Church sex abuse case. The jurors voted unanimously to convict Bernard in the rape of his 2-year-old daughter. All but one found him guilty in the rape of a 12-year-old boy, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said….Bernard, 39, of Hammond, is the first of the seven members of the now-defunct Ponchatoula church to go to trial after being indicted in 2005 in the rapes of children. No trial date has been set for the remaining six suspects. Perrilloux said he anticipates bringing Louis Lamonica to trial in early 2008….In his closing arguments earlier Monday, prosecutor Don Wall described Trey Bernard as a situational abuser, a man who has the desire to molest children and will do so if given the opportunity. Bernard had a sexual relationship with Lamonica, the 49-year-old Hosanna pastor, Wall said. Through that relationship, the men raped each other’s children, he said. The rapes stopped in 2003, after Lamonica’s and Bernard’s wives threw them out of their houses and the men moved into the church, Wall told jurors. It wasn’t until the Bernards attempted to reconcile in late 2004 that their daughter began to speak of the abuse, Wall said. In the meantime, Trey Bernard and others began writing how they abused the children in spiral notebooks. Two of Bernard’s victims also began writing about the abuse at the request of their mother….Throughout the five days of testimony, Wall showed the jury Bernard’s writings, the two victims’ writings, videotaped statements from three children and statements from investigators outlining the three times Bernard confessed the abuse to authorities. Two young men, one of whom Bernard was charged with raping, testified that Bernard never touched them. However, Wall got them to admit on the stand that their recantations began after both their parents were arrested. The boys also admitted that they had to say that Bernard never touched them in order to be consistent when they testify at their parents’ trials. In his closing argument, Wall read excerpts of a 211-page journal Bernard kept in which he outlined how he went from touching his daughter in the bathtub to raping her….When Bernard testified Monday, he maintained that his ex-wife concocted the rape stories in order to get sole custody of their daughter. After voluntarily leaving the house, Bernard testified, he moved into the church, but never had sex with Lamonica. However, over time, women at the church, including his wife, forced him to write that he raped his own daughter and Lamonica’s two sons, Bernard testified. http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/12107326.html?showAll=y&c=y

from LMS describes crimes – Member of Defunct Church Guilty of Rapes By Mary Foster 12/4/07 New Orleans (AP) – The first of seven members of a now-defunct church accused of raping children as part of a devil-worshipping ritual was found guilty of molesting his 2-year-old daughter and a boy. A state district court jury in Amite on Monday convicted Austin “Trey” Bernard III in the rape of his daughter as well as the rape of a 12-year-old boy, prosecutor Scott Perrilloux said. Bernard, 39, denied the charges, but three earlier confessions and a journal that seemed to detail the practices of the group were too much to overcome, said Al Bensabat, the public defender who represented him….No trial date has been set for the remaining six defendants. Perrilloux said he anticipates bringing the former minister of Hosanna Church, Louis Lamonica, to trial in early 2008. Lamonica has pleaded not guilty. The allegations have rocked the small town of Ponchatoula, about 40 miles northwest of New Orleans. The activities at the church became known when Lamonica walked into the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Department and asked to speak with a detective in 2005, Chief of Detectives Stan Carpenter said. For almost two hours, Lamonica, 49, told investigators how he and other church members had molested children, and taught them to have sex with each other, as well as with a dog, authorities said. Lamonica told the detectives that he drank cat blood and poured it on the bodies of his young victims. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/12/04/national/a192335S75.DTL

from LMS Court hears about Sirois’ mental state TheRecord.com – Local – Court hears about Sirois’ mental state Dianne Wood – Record Staff – Kitchener The Kitchener man who admitted killing an elderly woman and her longtime boarder in 2004 practised Satanic rituals and saw demons, a hearing into his mental state at the time of the crime heard yesterday. Michael Sirois, 29, pleaded guilty last April to two counts of second-degree murder in the vicious stabbings of Verna Bast, 87, and Randy Penner, 47. The pair was killed on Feb. 20, 2004 in the Glasgow Street home that Bast, a devout Christian, had shared with Penner and another boarder, John Routley, for many years. Although Sirois has admitted to the murder, he hasn’t yet been convicted. A hearing has begun in Superior Court to determine whether he should be held criminally responsible.There will be testimony about a satanic bible found among Sirois’ possessions, satanic writings found in his room and satanic rituals and ceremonies he performed, Gehl said. “You will hear a lot about Mr. Sirois’ adherence to satanic beliefs,” Gehl said. http://news.therecord.com/printArticle/246604

Beyond the Dutroux Affair – The reality of protected child abuse and snuff networks http://www.pehi.eu/dutroux/Belgian_X_dossiers_of_the_Dutroux_affair.htm

In their 1993 study to evaluate ritual abuse claims Bottoms, Shaver and Goodman found that in 2,292 alleged ritual abuse cases, 30% of the perpetrators in child cases and 15% of the perpetrators in adult cases confessed to the abuse. Brown, Scheflin and Hammond (1998) Memory, Trauma Treatment, And the Law – W. W. Norton – ISBN 0-393-70254-5

describes rituals – Reproductive Harms Survey http://groups.yahoo.com/group/psnews/message/2097

may be heavy for survivors – Mayor Resigns, Claims Abduction By Satan Worshippers 11/21/07 Centerton, Ark. – The mayor of an Arkansas town resigned on Wednesday, claiming he was abducted and brainwashed by Satan worshippers nearly three decades ago. Centerton Mayor Ken Williams said he has been living under an assumed name for nearly 30 years. He had been mayor since 2001. Williams told authorities he was born Don LaRose and that in the mid-1970s, he was a preacher in Indiana. He said he was abducted and brainwashed into forgetting all about his life as Don LaRose. http://www.4029tv.com/news/14664847/detail.html

from LMS – article has graphic descriptions of research – Annette John-Hall | Human research: Anger, no apologies By Annette John-Hall Inquirer Columnist 10/26/07 Anthony tells his story of horrific medical subjugation in Temple professor Allen M. Hornblum’s new book, Sentenced to Science….And most haunting, his life as a lab rat while at Holmesburg, from 1964 to 1966. The period when Penn, like other institutions elsewhere, experimented on prisoners….Like Anthony, many of the inmates at Holmesburg were functional illiterates. He thought he was getting an easy test. After all, he knew guys who agreed to be injected with cancer cells, radiation, and mind-altering drugs. All he had to do was provide skin. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/annette_john-hall/20071026_Annette_John-Hall___Human_research__Anger__no_apologies.html

THE WORLD WILL KNOW!! Wanda Karriker’s Amazon Review of “Switching Time.” With the publication of this book, the WORLD WILL KNOW more about the aftereffects of extreme abuse and the resiliency of the human spirit. Dr. Baer stands brave and tall and articulate in a field of controversy surrounding the reality of satanic ritual abuse, the credibility of repressed memories, and claims that therapists plant false memories of abuse in their patients. Although some of his peers may disagree with his observation that Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is rare, or criticize his way of directing therapy, in the end it is his patient, Karen, (a survivor of extreme abuse including child pornography, child prostitution, and satanic ritual abuse suffered at the hands of her father and his buddies), who should judge the effectiveness of her therapy and she does when she writes: “‘Switching Time’ is an accurate description of what I suffered and experienced”(p.342). In the throws of an apparently organized effort by accused perpetrators and their supporters in academia and the media to destroy therapists who work with the Karens of the world, (which in turn demeans survivors and their truths) Dr. Baer presents exactly what the book’s subtitle promises. Perhaps the publication of this book will trigger “Switching Time” in responsible journalists and motivate them to write stories and conduct interviews with persons who will expose the truth about what has come to be called “false memory syndrome.” Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. Author: Morning, Come Quickly. A novel about horror, hard-struggling, hope, and healing for survivors of extreme abuse. ASIN:0615136699 Morning, Come Quickly http://www.amazon.com/Switching-Time-Harrowing-Treating-Personalities/dp/0307382664/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-7271787-7160618?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193433464&sr=1-1

Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. will be presenting results of the “Healing Methods” section of the “International Survey for Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse (EAS)” at the 24th International Fall Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in Philadelphia on November 12, 2007. She will report/display/compare how approximately 900 survivors of ritual abuse, mind control, and/or other forms of extreme abuse from 30+ countries rated the effectiveness of 53 healing methods. This paper as well as other papers generated by the EAS will soon be available at http://extreme-abuse-survey.net

Karriker, Wanda. (2007, November). Helpful healing methods: As rated by approximately 900 respondents to the “International Survey for Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse (EAS).” Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Philadelphia, PA. For this paper, responses from 6 groups were analyzed: 1) those who selected “ritual abuse (RA)” as their primary category of abuse (N= 191); 2) those who selected “mind control (MC) ” (N = 69); 3) those who selected “ritual abuse and mind control” (N= 513); 4) those who selected “other extreme abuse” (N =214); 5) those with DID (N=655); 6) therapists/counselors/clergy who have RA/MC in their own backgrounds who work with RA/MC survivors (N= 95).  Out of 53 healing methods, the five top-ranked methods by the total sample were 1) Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling; 2) Supportive Friends; 3) Creative Writing; 4) Personal Prayer/Meditation; 5) Journaling. The lowest ranked healing method for all groups under study was Electroshock Therapy. Complete paper and preliminary results of this section of the EAS is posted at website may be heavy for survivors http://www.endritualabuse.org/Karriker%20ISSTD%20Paper%20November%2012,%202007.pdf

Strength To Heal.com An offer of inspiration and recovery to survivors of ritual abuse – My goal for this website is to give ritual abuse survivors hope, inspiration and courage to walk “the many dark nights of the soul” on their journey towards healing and wholeness. It is also to provide informative articles and links which will lessen the feelings of isolation as one heals from ritual abuse. http://www.strengthtoheal.com

Journal Articles

Many of the journal abstract excerpts and quotes in this section of the newsletter came from the backlash_ology@yahoogroups.com listed as BO For info. write backlash_ology-owner@yahoogroups.com

Science 13 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5835, pp. 215 – 219 DOI: 10.1126/science.1139560 Research Articles – Prefrontal Regions Orchestrate Suppression of Emotional Memories via a Two-Phase Process – Brendan E. Depue, Tim Curran, Marie T. Banich – Whether memories can be suppressed has been a controversial issue in psychology and cognitive neuroscience for decades. We found evidence that emotional memories are suppressed via two time-differentiated neural mechanisms: (i) an initial suppression by the right inferior frontal gyrus over regions supporting sensory components of the memory representation (visual cortex, thalamus), followed by (ii) right medial frontal gyrus control over regions supporting multimodal and emotional components of the memory representation (hippocampus, amygdala), both of which are influenced by fronto-polar regions. These results indicate that memory suppression does occur and, at least in nonpsychiatric populations, is under the control of prefrontal regions…..E-mail: depue{at}colorado.edu http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/317/5835/215

Trauma Induced-Dissociation – Anne P DePrince and Jennifer J. Freyd in “Handbook of PTSD – Science and Practice” edited by Friedman, Keane and Resick http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/articles/dpf07.pdf

Adaptive dissociation: Information processing and response to betrayal by M. Rose Barlow and Jennifer J. Freyd – University of Oregon “This Critical Issues column is adapted from a chapter to appear in Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders: DSM-V and Beyond, to be published by Routledge. It appears here with the kind permission of the book’s editors, Paul F.Dell and J. A. McNeil. This column proposes a view of dissociation as a set of characteristics, including information-processing tendencies, that can be organized into two branches of symptoms. A dissociative information processing style is developed as an adaptation to trauma, and is a way to remain unaware of information that threatens a necessary attachment relationship. ISSTD NEWS 8201 Greensboro Drive, 3rd Floor McLean, VA 22102 Phone: (703)610-9000 Vol. 25 No3 may 2007 5 E-mail: info@isst-d.org http://www.isst-d.org http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/articles/bfshort07.pdf

It’s Enough To Make A Pedophile Smile – By Karen Brandel 9/7/95 – 9/13/95 ….THE IDEA FOR the backlash may have germinated in the summer of 1993, when the National Trial Lawyers Association met at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. A hot topic was “Defending Sex Offenders in the ’90s.” Some defense lawyers proposed the most effective strategy would be to file ethical complaints against the prosecution experts. Tie up their time, their money, and threaten them with the loss of their license to practice. Camille Bibles, chief deputy county attorney for Coconino County, attended the Las Vegas convention. “There was definitely a faction that believes child molestation is not wrong. One speaker went so far as to say you must remember that pedophiles love children, even if in a strange way. There were also psychologists who have that leaning. The well-known Dr. Ralph Underwager, who reportedly receives $15,000 daily when testifying for the defense, and Dr. Hollida Wakefield, spoke like advocates for pedophiles. They do work for a frightening group called VOCAL, or Victims of Child Abuse Legislation.” The VOCAL Opposition By Karen Brandel George Wimberly, Who founded VOCAL, or Victims of Child Abuse Legislation, 11 years ago, just moved to Tucson and brought with him the VOCAL headquarters. The organization, with roughly 57,000 members nationwide, has a nine-member board of directors, and Wimberly admits that even some directors have had hidden agendas. He had to ask one board member to step down when rumors about him were confirmed–the man had plea-bargained to a misdemeanor after he locked his child in a dog cage. Now Wimberly does background checks. “Our members have to be clean,” he says. He knows his work is controversial–he specializes in doing research for attorneys with clients accused of child-related sex offenses. VOCAL, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, provides free referrals to expert witnesses, attorneys, investigators and mental health professionals. http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/09-07-95/cover.htm

Monitor on Psychology – Volume 38, No. 3 March 2007 – A new diagnosis for childhood trauma? Some push for a new DSM category for children who undergo multiple, complex traumas. By Tori DeAngelis Print version: page 32 No one knows how many children are affected, but one gauge is the number of children reported annually to child protection services for abuse and neglect–3 million. About 1 million of those cases are substantiated, according to a 2003 report by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Yet no one diagnosis adequately captures the plight of these youngsters, and that’s why a new diagnosis is needed for them, asserts a working group of child psychiatrists and psychologists developing such a diagnosis for possible inclusion in the 2011 iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association. As it stands now, these children are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated, working group members argue. The team is an interest group of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a consortium of 70 child mental health centers founded and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that brings together clinicians who work with children who have complex trauma histories. To fill the gap, the group is proposing a diagnosis called “developmental trauma disorder” or DTD, to capture what members see as central realities of life for these children: exposure to multiple, chronic traumas, usually of an interpersonal nature; a unique set of symptoms that differs from those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a variety of other labels often applied to such children…. http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar07/diagnosis.html

What is “Parental Alienation Syndrome” and Why Is It So Often Used Against Mothers? by John E. B. Myers, Professor of Law – University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Sacramento, California. – The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming book titled A Mother’s Nightmare: A Practical Legal Guide For Parents And Professionals. Psychological and medical syndromes play an important role in understanding behavior and providing treatment to victims of abuse.  Unfortunately, there is one so-called syndrome that, in my opinion, does tremendous harm to many children and their parents, particularly mothers seeking custody in family court. I speak of psychiatrist Richard Gardner’s Parental Alienation Syndrome (1987.) http://www.argate.net/~liz/fathers/pas.htm

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome – http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/pas/faq.htm

The Evidentiary Admissibility of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Science, Law, and Policy – Jennifer Hoult, J.D. http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/docs/Hoult.pdf

Net sex abuse watchdog visit 11/9/07 By Emily Moulton Around one in 20 adults in the UK stumble across images of children being sexually abused while surfing the net. And nearly one in three children depicted in those images appear to be under the age of six, with one in 20 under two. These shock figures are just some of the stark statistics set to be revealed in Belfast today by the Internet Watch Foundation, an independent organisation which specialises in shutting down child pornography sites….IWF chief executive Peter Robbins said, since the beginning of this year, IWF has helped in the eradication of 2,092 child sexual abuse websites, 80% of which were commercial operations, by passing on website details from their hotlines to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Interpol. “Our analysts witness the results of terrible sexual abuse being inflicted on very young children around the world and then circulated online, ” he said….Since the IWF started 10 years ago, child sexual abuse content hosted in the UK has dropped from 18% in 1997 to less than 1% since 2003. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article3144053.ece

Nebraska Case Illustrates Patterns in Teacher Sex Abuse Cases, This One Involving Boy, 13 – 11-11-2007 by OSKAR GARCIA, AP Writer LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP)…. The case comes at a time when lawmakers and governors in seven states and Congress are expressing renewed interest in the issue of sexual misconduct by teachers following an investigation by the AP that concluded last month. The AP found that states took action against the licenses of 2,570 educators from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misbehavior, and that investigators and academics who study the problem believe it is badly underreported. There are about 3 million public school teachers nationwide. http://rhodeisland.cox.net/

The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute (JR1), a large nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice by offering hope and promise of fulfillment to children, adults, and families who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival. The Executive Director of the Trauma Center is Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., and the Medical Director and Founder of the Trauma Center is Bessel van der Kolk, MD, who is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma. http://www.traumacenter.org/

Robert F.Anda – Vincent J. Felitti – J. Douglas Bremner – John D.Walker – Charles Whitfield – Bruce D. Perry – Shanta R.Dube – Wayne H. Giles – The enduring effects of abuse and related adverse experiences in childhood – A convergence of evidence from neurobiology and epidemiology…. – Published online: 29 November 2005 Abstract – Background Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems. Epidemiological studies have documented the impact of childhood maltreatment on health and emotional well-being. Methods – After a brief review of the neurobiology of childhood trauma, we use the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study as an epidemiological case example of the convergence between epidemiologic and neurobiological evidence of the effects of childhood trauma. The ACE Study included 17,337 adult HMO members and assessed 8 adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) including abuse,witnessing domestic violence, and serious household dysfunction….Results Based upon logistic regression analysis, the risk of every outcome in the affective, somatic, substance abuse,memory,sexual,and aggressionrelated domains increased in a graded fashion as the ACE score increased (P<0.001). The mean number of comorbid outcomes tripled across the range of the ACE score. Conclusions – The graded relationship of the ACE score to 18 different outcomes in multiple domains theoretically parallels the cumulative exposure of the developing brain to the stress response with resulting impairment in multiple brain structures and functions. http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jdbremn/papers/anda_abuse.pdf

Mysteries of the mind unfold at program 10-06-2006 “Eve,” whose real name is Chris Costner Sizemore, and her son, Bobby, spoke to Stetson University students recently at a special program that included a lecture, slide show of Chris’ artwork, a frank question-and-answer session, and a reception. Chris talked openly of her struggles with Multiple Personality Disorder, which in her case had manifested itself in more than 20 personas over several decades. She has been healed for 30 years….Chris was the subject of the 1957 book by Drs. Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, “The Three Faces of Eve” (Kingsport Press), and of the subsequent movie of the same name. Actor Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for her portrayal of Chris, who is depicted in the book and movie as having three personalities and eventually as being cured….One student asked how Chris deals with people who challenge that MPD isn’t a real disorder. “That’s their problem,” she joked, before saying that Duke University researchers analyzed the brushstrokes of paintings created by her seven artist personalities. Each had a distinct brushstroke. Chris said her many personalities arose in response to “hurtful events” during childhood. Today, “I don’t need them,” she said of the personalities. “As a whole person, I can face my realities and deal with them.” http://www.stetson.edu/marcom/articles/view.php?type=stories&id=198

PSYCHOLOGY – Identity Crisis – What is it like to live with 17 alternate selves? A survivor of multiple personality disorder discusses the disease and the painful integration process that made her whole. By Anne Underwood | Newsweek Web Exclusive Oct 22, 2007 Multiple personality disorder is a perplexing phenomenon to outside observers, believed to be brought on by persistent childhood abuse. What is it like living with MPD? And how does a sufferer function, with so many alternate personalities–or “alters”–some of them adults and some children? NEWSWEEK’s Anne Underwood spoke with Karen Overhill–a former sufferer and the subject of a new book, “Switching Time,” by Dr. Richard Baer. Excerpts: http://www.newsweek.com/id/57861

Severe Trauma Affects Kids’ Brain Function, Say Researchers 7/30/07 Science Daily — The first study to examine brain activity patterns in severely traumatized children showed their brains function differently than those of healthy children, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070726184910.htm

A case of recovered memory : In the Superior Court of the State of Washington In and for the County of Benton LYNN CROOK, Plaintiff, vs. BRUCE MURPHY and LUCILLE MURPHY, and the marital community composed thereof, Defendants No. 91-2-0011-2-5 VERBATIM REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS Proceedings had before the HONORABLE DENNIS D. YULE, Superior Court Judge, in and for the County of Benton, on the 4th day of March, 1994, at Kennewick, Washington. “My consideration of all of the evidence in this case as I have reviewed it with you this afternoon leads me to conclude that it is more probably than not that the plaintiff was sexually abused by her father and her mother while she was a child. I find further that as a proximate consequence of such abuse, the plaintiff has suffered injuries reflected in symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, including specifically episodic anxiety, recurrent depression, poor self image, sexual dysfunction, limited range of emotional affect, and hypervigilance. The Court also finds that the other circumstances of stress in the plaintiff’s life about which there has been evidence in this trial as to moves, as to job changes, as to two miscarriages, as to other experience in her life do not adequately account for such symptoms. As a proximate result of such injuries I find that the plaintiff has suffered past economic losses in the amount of $12,080, future economic losses of $17,500, past non-economic damages for pain and suffering of $90,000, and future non-economic damages for pain and suffering of $30,000. Accordingly, in this case the plaintiff is granted judgment in the amount of $149,580. That is the Court’s decision, Counsel. I will sign the appropriate judgment upon presentation. Court will be in recess.” http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Taubman_Center/Recovmem/arch_legal_crook1.html

Ethics Complaints Filed Against Elizabeth Loftus – Journal article by Treating Abuse Today – The following article appears in TREATING ABUSE TODAY magazine, November-December 1995/January-February 1996 ….NOTES FROM THE CONTROVERSY – ETHICS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST PROMINENT FMSF BOARD MEMBER – APA DECLINES TO INVESTIGATE In December 1995, two women filed ethics complaints with the American Psychological Association (APA) against Elizabeth Loftus, PhD, regarding her published statements about two legal cases involving delayed memories of sexual abuse. Citing procedural considerations, however, the APA has declined to investigate the women’s ethics complaints. Jennifer Hoult (a concert harpist living in New York) and Lynn Crook (a Washington State consultant) each filed separate complaints with the APA, alleging that Loftus mischaracterized the facts of their legal cases in published articles. Both women brought successful civil suits because of the sexual abuse that the fathers (and the mother, in Crook’s case) perpetrated against them during their childhoods. At their trials, they presented corroborative evidence that met the requirements for judicial proof of their allegations. http://www.astraeasweb.net/politics/loftus.html

Superior Court of the State of California – County of Solano….Case No. FCS021577….IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff NICOLE TAUS have and recover judgement on her complaint against defendant ELIZABETH LOFTUS in the sum of $7500 Date Aug 28 2007 Scott L. Kays Judge of the Superior Court http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/docs/LOFTUS%20JUDGMENT%202007.PDF

The Alleged Ethical Violations of Elizabeth Loftus in the Case of Jane Doe http://members.aol.com/smartnews/Loftus_Ethics.htm

SMART newsletter Issue 82 – September 2008

October 5, 2008

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Issue 82 – September 2008

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Legal Information

FLDS promises to stop marrying underage girls – Houston Chronicle 6/3/08 The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made the startling announcement Monday that it will no longer allow underage girls to marry adults within their sect. The decision came on a day when 19 children at two Houston-area group homes were reunited with their parents, ending a two-month impasse between members of the polygamist church and Texas Child Protective Services over the future of more than 400 children. An investigation, meanwhile, continues into child abuse allegations at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. http://www.redorbit.com/news/general/1414178/flds_promises_to_stop_marrying_underage_girls/index.html

Lawyer accuses sect leader of intimidating teen 6/20/08 (CNN) – A lawyer for a teen member of a polygamist sect has accused a sect leader of harassing and intimidating them both in a request for a restraining order filed Friday. Natalie Malonis filed the request for the restraining order against Willie Jessop in District Court in San Angelo, Texas. She is an attorney ad litem on behalf of the 16-year-old girl, who has been named in court documents as the daughter Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the documents, Malonis suggested that Jessop may be trying to prevent the girl’s testimony before a grand jury. Jessop’s conduct, “if allowed to continue, will impede the investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect,” she said. There was no immediate response from Jessop to the court filing. The girl was among more than 400 children that state child welfare workers seized from the FLDS’s Yearning for Zion Ranch in April. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/06/20/texas.polygamists/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Cult expert: Texas shouldn’t have released FLDS kids By Thomas Burr The Salt Lake Tribune 06/28/08 Philadelphia – By sending the children in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints back home, Texas has opened up the doors to groups who want religious protection for abusing children, a leading church/state scholar said Saturday. Marci Hamilton, a professor at Princeton and Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School, told a conference of the International Cultic Studies Association that the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to release the FLDS children from foster care paired with a ruling Friday that tossed out an award for injuries a teenager suffered during an exorcism made a dangerous statement. “When you add yesterday’s decision to FLDS, the state of the Texas has just sent out an engraved invitation to any group who wants to abuse children,” Hamilton said. The two decisions make “Texas a very dangerous place for children.” Hamilton, the author of “God vs. the Gavel” and a lawyer who has taken up several cases of child sexual abuse, addressed a packed house at the conference at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference of social workers, sociologists, psychiatrists and scholars is focused on studying cultic groups, and several forums this weekend plan to look at the FLDS situation. http://www.sltrib.com/

The United States Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearings on Polygamy Crimes: What Needs to Be Done at the Federal Level to Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect by Marci Hamilton 7/24/08 The tide is turning in favor of protecting children in polygamous communities – as several new developments evidence. First, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the crimes that occur in polygamous communities today….Second, Texas authorities now have indicted six of the men from the FLDS compound on a variety of counts, including child sex abuse, bigamy, and failing to report child sex abuse to the authorities. These indictments alone confirm the high level of risk faced by the children in the self-isolated FLDS, and should give fresh ammunition to Texas CPS authorities to protect the children from future abuse. To put the numbers in perspective, there were approximately 420 children rescued from the compound, a group the size of an entire small elementary school. Imagine if there were six teachers in your child’s elementary school who sexually abused their students or failed to report abuse. That is the situation in which these FLDS children live daily, except that the children live at home with their abusers, and do not just see them at school. Third, Sen. Harry Reid will be introducing a bill today that would establish a Task Force to investigate crimes in polygamous communities. While a Task Force is a great idea, there is a risk that the issue will be studied to death, without action ultimately being taken. In my testimony, reproduced below, I therefore ask the Judiciary Committee to charge the Task Force with consideration of three avenues of legal reform that would provide ways to punish and deter child abuse and neglect in polygamous (and other) communities: (1) amend the civil and criminal RICO laws to encompass child abuse and neglect; (2) incentivize the states to eliminate the statutes of limitations on child abuse and neglect; and (3) amend the tax laws to revoke the tax-exempt status of any organization that fosters or furthers child abuse or neglect…More specifically, the substance of my testimony submitted to the Committee is as follows: My testimony will focus on the child abuse and neglect crimes that arise out of polygamous communities and suggest legislative solutions to these serious problems. As is well known, religious polygamous communities have exhibited a disregard for the laws of marriage, child sex abuse, statutory rape, and criminal child neglect. The problems for children in these groups arise directly from the desired proportion of men to women in the groups. At the base line, girls and boys are usually born in about equal proportions. In order to have as many women to choose from as possible, girls are married to men as soon as they are of childbearing age and forced to have as many children as possible. To keep the number of men low vis-à-vis the women, select boys are discarded. http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20080724.html

describes crimes – Blind Eye to Culture of Abuse – Children of a polygamist sect have been exploited, molested for years. By David Kelly and Gary Cohn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers 5/12/06 Colorado City, Ariz. – For half a century, while polygamous members of this remote enclave engaged in widespread sexual abuse and child exploitation, government authorities on all levels did little to intervene or protect generations of victims. Here in the sparsely populated canyon lands straddling Arizona and Utah, members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or FLDS — an offshoot of Mormonism — live by their own rules. The religious sect of about 10,000 portrays itself as an industrious commune of the faithful, choosing to live apart from a hostile world. But their simple lifestyle and self-imposed isolation have concealed troubling secrets that are only beginning to emerge. Court records, undisclosed investigative reports and interviews by The Times over the last year show that church authorities flout state and federal laws and systematically deny rights and freedoms, especially to women and children. “The fact that this has been going on all these years, and the fact that justice has not been there to protect women and children … from amazing civil rights violations – it is an embarrassment,” said Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff….Among sect members, girls as young as 13 are forced into marriage, sexual abuse is rampant, rape is covered up and child molesters are shielded by religious authorities and law enforcement. Boys are thrown out of town, abandoned like unwanted pets by the side of the road and forcibly ostracized from their families to reduce competition among the men for multiple wives….Wives are threatened with mental institutions if they fail to “keep sweet,” or obedient, for their husbands. Warren Jeffs, a wiry third-generation church member, is the sect leader — a post that carries the title “prophet” and gives him virtually absolute control over the most intimate conduct. Jeffs orders marriages, splits up families, evicts residents and exiles whomever he wants with no regard for legal processes. He even tells couples when they can and can’t have sex….Some who fled the community in recent years are coming forward to tell investigators harrowing tales of repression and abuse inflicted behind a facade of pious devotion to faith and family: * Brent Jeffs reported being sodomized repeatedly at age 5 by the principal of his school – an uncle who would later become religious leader of the community – current fugitive Warren Jeffs. * Sara Hammon said her father, a prominent religious leader with 19 wives, routinely molested her, even sliding his hand up her dress while on his deathbed. * More than 400 boys, some as young as 13, have been thrown out of town for church infractions such as wearing short-sleeved shirts or talking to girls. Some, referred to locally as “Lost Boys,” were dumped along the road with only the clothes they were wearing, and banned from contact with their families. Many of the displaced boys recently filed suit in state court against the church. Despite years of such stories and allegations, public agencies on both sides of the state line have failed to act or been slow to intervene. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-polygamyenclave-12may1206,0,5615729.story

all allegations are alleged – Polygamy refugee steps into storm over church – Henderson woman tells of abuse, becomes vocal critic of the sect Kathleen Mackert, who in 1986 left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hopes telling her story will help in an effort to create a federal task force to investigate polygamy-related crime. By Abigail Goldman 7/13/08….Clyde Mackert and his wives must have put on their best faces for the flashbulb. This was Life magazine, after all, coming to photograph them canning corn, and singing hymns, and scrambling eggs for breakfast, and all they had to do was show the world polygamy isn’t bad. Show the world, in five thin pages of the September 1953 magazine, that Arizona Gov. Howard Pyle was wrong to raid the homes of FLDS faithful in Short Creek, Ariz., wrong to take women and children by the busload, wrong to say the polygamist sect was “dedicated to the wicked theory that every maturing girl child … should be forced into multiple wifehood with men of all ages.” For this small act of public relations, for baring his family’s fundamentalist teeth to the magazine-reading world some 55 years ago, the husband to three and father of 27 was knighted a hero, one of Clyde Mackert’s daughters says. Two months ago, that hero’s sacrifice came full circle and collapsed. That same daughter, Kathleen Mackert, not even born when Life magazine photographed her family, suddenly found herself on the national news, a bobbing head in box, talking about how polygamy and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were everything Pyle alleged and more….So, she’s hiding no more. After years of silence, she’s talking. “It’s almost like I can’t get rid of (Jeffs) until it gets set right,” she said, “and its not going to get set right until somebody does something, not just about him, but something to help the kids.” So another raid, this one of the FLDS compound in Texas, Jeffs’ return to Vegas, and another Mackert in the spotlight with a story to sell. Though far from canning corn with a smile, this Mackert is pitching a message about her childhood and church: “I spent most of my life as a sex slave.” Although her father’s magazine debut made it seem the children of Short Creek should stay with their parents, Mackert’s media appearances after the April raid of Yearning for Zion Ranch came with a different message: Get those girls out of Texas. She should know. She was one once — an FLDS teenager with plaited hair and prairie dresses — helpless then as she feels now. Hundreds of children were taken from the Texas FLDS compound in April only to be returned to their parents in June, after the Texas courts ruled they faced no imminent threat at the ranch. Mackert says the courts got it wrong. “I believe (FLDS) children are being abused. I have no doubt of it. And I do believe there are women who don’t want to be forced to marry someone they don’t know or love. And I do believe there are children who want to be rescued,” Mackert said, sitting in a clean and well-chilled Henderson apartment that is hers alone….In the weeks after the April 3 raid on the Texas ranch, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted authorities in Arizona and Utah for being afraid to do anything about FLDS crimes in their states. At least, afraid to do anything since Short Creek, which was seen at the time as a wild assault on religious freedom. “To have what goes on in Arizona and in Utah go on year after year and people turn a blind eye to it,” Reid said during a radio interview, “I think it is a travesty.” Reid was quickly scolded by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who told him to get educated before he “opens his trap.” Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard called it “ignorant posturing.” Mackert called it dead accurate and was thrilled to learn Reid had phoned U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to say something he has said before: We need a federal task force to investigate polygamy-related crime. Mackert remembers her home as very different from what the frozen photos in Life suggest. The house churned with constant panic. Her father, she says, would slip into the sisters’ shared bedroom and (allegedly) molest them. Her mothers — first there were just three, and then a fourth joined — would wage polite war over petty jealousies. From the pulpit, church leaders preached beating children “nye unto death for direct disobedience,” she recalls. Then there was the fear being “poofed.” That’s what the Mackert girls called it, after an older man who married one teenage sister and — poof — took her away without warning. That disappearance, paired with the constant talk of a woman’s duty to reproduce and the sexual abuse, hovered over Mackert like a monster. “I used to have nightmares of being in heaven and being strapped to a breeding stall … and just repeatedly being impregnated and having babies,” she said. “I would wake up in a cold, horrified sweat.” Mackert resolved to make it out alive, which she accomplished by becoming emotionally dead. This went on until just before her 18th birthday, in 1975, when she was called to her father’s den in the middle of the night. Waiting there were all four wives and her father, with a revelation from then-prophet Leroy Johnson: Mackert had to marry her stepbrother. She was happy — she knew who he was. The couple was given special permission to live away from the rest of the FLDS faithful so Mackert’s husband could work….The question of a federal polygamy task force came up again in June, when Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto discussed the issue with her counterparts from Utah and Arizona. But Reid wasn’t there, and the meeting ended where it started: With no plans to launch a task force. Shortly thereafter, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Salt Lake Tribune he wasn’t sure a task force was necessary. Mackert hasn’t given up hope. She’s trying to rally Reid. She called his office to share her support, and was told to write a letter instead. So she wrote an e-mail, praising him for chastising politicians she feels have ignored decades of sex crimes and child abuse in the FLDS communities. She got a reply, too: a form letter, addressing the issue of immigration. A mistake. Reid’s representatives assure that the majority leader is still an advocate of the task force, but to any outsider looking in, the issue seems dead. In Texas, child welfare authorities almost have egg on their faces, though they insist they uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse and forced marriages. Meanwhile, the state is figuring out how to pay for the fiasco, which cost millions, and is far from over. Mackert now feels the responsibility falls on her, and her siblings, almost all of whom have left the FLDS. Two of her sisters, Rena and Mary, are also speaking about their childhoods. Together, the three are part of a shrill chorus — former FLDS members who detail the ills of the church to whoever will listen, hoping they can get somebody to care. Or at least see beyond the titillating stories of sex with children and a “prophet” who went from church-supported fugitive to ailing jailbird. Trying to help comes at a cost, however. Some of the sisters have gotten death threats, Mackert says. Still, Mackert hopes, maybe this latest development, a sick prophet, convicted of being an accomplice to rape, and facing additional charges related to arranging marriages between girls and men, will stay in the news for a while. And maybe Mackert, a grandmother now, will be called onto the airwaves again, to continue what’s become a sort of family tradition: Talking about the FLDS church, no matter how much the Mackert message has changed in the past 50 years. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/jul/13/polygamy-refugee-steps-storm-over-church/

Documents could play role in criminal probe of FLDS sect By Terri Langford 7/18/08 Warren Jeffs, the jailed leader of the nation’s largest polygamist sect under investigation for sex with underage girls, married off his 15-year-old daughter to the 34-year-old son of his chief deputy, according to pictures, diaries and a marriage record obtained Friday by the Houston Chronicle. In May, a series of similar scrapbook photos of young girls surfaced in court, showing very young girls in romantic kissing embraces with Jeffs, including a girl he married, who documents now indicate was 11 years old at the time. But the documents involving Jeffs’ underage daughter show that marriages of teen girls were not customs practiced only by some, but included the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ leader, who sect members believe takes his orders directly from God. Last year, Jeffs was convicted in Utah on two counts of accomplice to rape for his role in forcing a 14-year-old to marry her 19-year-old cousin. The documents were attached to a report filed Friday by Court-Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA, in San Angelo. “It is CASA’s determination that if (Jeffs’ daughter’s) preferences were followed, it would place her in a dangerous environment and subject her to sexual abuse,” the report stated….The CASA report details how Jeffs encouraged what officials deem to be sexual abuse. It cites copies of diary entries written by both the girl and her father, plus pictures that appear to be pulled from the teen’s own photo scrapbook that include a picture of her embracing and kissing her husband, Raymond Jessop. “I was shown that I should perform three marriage sealings tonight,” according to a journal dictated by Warren Jeffs in which he describes marrying his daughter and two others, including the marriage of an 11-year-old girl to himself, on Thursday, July 27, 2006.

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Polygamist sect leader Jeffs, 5 others indicted By Michelle Roberts 7/22/08 Eldorado, Texas (AP) – A Texas grand jury Tuesday indicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs on a charge of felony sexual assault of a child. Five of his followers have been indicted as well. Attorney General Greg Abbott said four of Jeffs’ followers are charged with one count of sexually assaulting girls under the age of 17. One of the four faces an additional charge of bigamy….Grand jury proceedings are supposed to be secret, but documents released as part of the separate child custody case involving the FLDS children have revealed some of the evidence collected by law enforcement during the week long raid that began April 3. Among the hundreds of boxes of photos, documents and family Bibles, investigators found photos of Jeffs in intimate embraces and kissing several apparently underage girls. A journal entry purportedly from Jeffs attached to a report by a child advocate indicates he married his daughter to a 34-year-old man the day after she turned 15. The girl turns 17 on Saturday and has denied being married, though the child advocate report indicates intimate notes between the girl and man were also found in the raid. The girl, who playfully climbed a giant oak tree while waiting to be called to testify last month, left the community building frowning as she talked to her lawyer. The Associated Press is not identifying her because authorities believe she may be a sexual abuse victim.

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Senate hearing set to talk about FLDS, polygamy crimes By Ben Winslow Deseret News 7/17/08 The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has formally scheduled a hearing next week on crimes within polygamous sects. The July 24 hearing in Washington has been formally titled: “Crimes associated with polygamy: The need for a coordinated state and federal response.” The committee announced the hearing on Wednesday, but did not include a witness list. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, sits on the committee. The main target of the committee hearing appears to be the Fundamentalist LDS Church, whose ranch in Eldorado, Texas, was raided by child welfare authorities and law enforcement in April on allegations of abuse. Hundreds of children were removed from the YFZ Ranch, but ultimately returned after two Texas courts ruled the state acted improperly. http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700243855,00.html

Why The Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling Regarding the FLDS Mothers Is Significantly More Protective of the Children Involved than the Media Have Painted It To Be by Marci Hamilton 6/3/08 Recently, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the state’s Third Circuit appellate court’s ruling that Child Protective Services (CPS) lacked adequate evidence to justify taking all of the children from the FLDS’s Yearning for Zion compound. However, as I will explain, there are significant differences between the two rulings, which bode well for the endangered children of the FLDS. The Texas Supreme Court Affirms that CPS Has Ongoing Jurisdiction….The Texas Supreme Court made it clear that CPS’s investigation of abuse was far from over. Indeed, it made a point of listing the means by which the district court could further protect the children, even as they were permitted to return to the compound….The Texas Supreme Court Did Not Clear the Adults at the FLDS Compound of Abuse Claims, Nor Did It Vindicate Any “Rights” on Their Part It is extremely important for people to understand this point: The Texas Supreme Court did not say that there was no abuse and did not place its imprimatur on the notion that the FLDS to could return to abuse as usual….An Admirable Dissent Penned By the Court’s Only Female Justice A three-judge dissent to the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion was written by Justice O’Neill. The only woman on the court, Justice O’Neill made the compelling argument that at least the class of pubescent girls should have remained in state custody. It is a sad commentary on the plight of children in our society that her view did not obtain a majority. http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20080603.html

from LMS Forced, under-age marriage claims – Five indicted men in polygamous sect surrender in Texas By Jay Root AP 07/29/08 Austin, Texas – Five indicted members of a West Texas polygamist sect turned themselves in to authorities Monday to face charges related to allegations of child sexual abuse. The five men were indicted last week with Warren Jeffs, the already-jailed leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The charges stem from a state investigation into allegations that the sect forced underage girls into marriage and motherhood with much older men. State authorities raided the FLDS’s Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado on April 3, eventually sweeping more than 400 children into foster care until the state Supreme Court said officials had overreached and sent the children home. http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10023658

Child Protective Services (CPS) is asking a judge to place eight children into foster care because their mothers have refused to limit the children’s contact with men involved in underage marriages. The action comes as CPS completes the first investigations involving children removed in April from the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch in Eldorado…CPS is asking the mothers of girls ages 10-17 to sign safety plans to protect their children from sexual abuse. For children who lived in a home with a man who married underage girls or agreed to an arranged marriage of an underage daughter, the safety plans include a requirement to keep the children away from that man. In the cases of the eight children listed in today’s court filing, the mothers have refused to sign the safety plans. The children in these cases include six girls and two boys who range in age from 5 to 17 years old. CPS is asking 51st District Judge Barbara Walther to set hearings on the removals. http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About/News/2008/eldorado/2008-08-05_hearings.asp

warning : graphically describes alleged crimes – Boy ‘skinned and eaten’ by his cannibal cult family after being held captive in a cellar By Daily Mail Reporter 6/21/08 An eight year-old boy was skinned and his flesh fed to cannibal relatives after his mother kept him locked in a cellar, a court has heard. Evil Klara Mauerova – a member of a sinister religious cult – wept in court as she admitted torturing her son Ondrej and his ten year-old brother Jakub….Mauerova has admitted abusing her children but she said she had been manipulated by her sister Katerina and Skrlova. All three of them had been part of a cult called the Grail Movement which claims to have hundreds of followers in Britain as well as tens of thousands of others worldwide. Katerina Mauerova and Skrlova and another relative are all accused of involvement in the abuse of the boys. The court has also heard claims that the abuse of the boys was co-ordinated by a man known only as the “Doctor” who sent mobile phone text messages to the Mauerova sisters telling them how to abuse the two boys. Local media have said that the sinister figure could be one of the leaders of the Grail Movement the women were involved with. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1027962/Boy-skinned-eaten-cannibal-cult-family-held-captive-cellar.html

Trial delayed in Texas sex club involving children By Paul J. Weber AP Writer 6/23/08 Dallas – The third trial of an alleged member of a swingers club accused of forcing children into sex shows was postponed Monday amid allegations that the foster father to the young victims molested other children. prosecutors said the California child sex charges against John Cantrell, who has custody of three siblings who allegedly performed inside the club, has nothing to do with their case in Texas. Cantrell, 64, was charged last week with sexually assaulting two of his foster children in 1990. His wife has denied the allegations. Margie Cantrell first told authorities in 2005 about what the children – now ages 12, 10, and 7 – revealed to her about having being forced into sex at the former daycare….Kelly, 41, is the third alleged member of the so-called “Mineola Swingers Club” to stand trial. He and five others are accused of teaching children as young as 5 to have sex with each other and dance provocatively for crowds as large as 100 people. Jurors this year deliberated less than five minutes before returning guilty verdicts against the first two defendants. Thad Davidson, Kelly’s lawyer, says his client passed a lie-detector test and is innocent. http://www.chicagotribune.com/

describes crimes – Third trial begins Monday in Mineola swingers club, child-sex ring case 8/4/08 By Lee Hancock / The Dallas Morning News lhancock@dallasnews.com Tyler – It’s a tale made for tabloids – an East Texas swingers club at a former day-care center….But what makes the state criminal trial starting today horrific are its star witnesses. Four girls and a boy, now ages 7 to 15, say their parents, grandparents and family friends – seven defendants in all – made them take “silly pills” and learn sex acts in what the adults dubbed “kindergarten.” When they got good enough, the children say, they were forced to strip-dance for strangers at a Mineola sex club. Two of the defendants – including three of the children’s cocaine- and meth-using mother – were convicted of sexual abuse last spring and sentenced to life in prison. In each case, the jury took less than five minutes to convict. The third defendant, a 41-year-old auto-body worker named Patrick “Booger Red” Kelly, goes on trial today at the Smith County Courthouse. All the defendants deny wrongdoing….Mr. Kelly’s attorney, Thad Davidson of Tyler, contends in court filings that the kids fabricated stories, prompted by foster parents who face their own abuse allegations.

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describes crimes – 3rd trial in Tyler children’s swinger’s club gets under way – 11-year-old girl testifies about being drugged and forced to perform sex acts By Paul J. Weber AP 8/6/08 TYLER – An East Texas man took part in “pure evil” when he allegedly helped run swinger parties that forced children young as 5 to have sex, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday. An 11-year-old girl then testified about taking “silly pills” and playing “doctor” with her younger brother at the so-called Mineola Swinger’s Club, where prosecutors say the siblings performed for paying audiences. “They were forced to do indescribable acts,” Smith County Assistant District Attorney Joe Murphy said. “These acts were their life.”Patrick “Booger Red” Kelly, an alleged member of the club, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated sexual assault of a child. He pleaded not guilty….Kelly is accused of helping start a “kindergarten,” where the children learned to have sex with each other and dance provocatively. From there, the children graduated to the sex club, which was a rented-out former day care and hospital in the tiny railroad town of Mineola….John Cantrell, who was given custody of the girl and her siblings, is charged in California with sexually assaulting two of his foster children in 1990. Anthony Finkas, his attorney, has said Cantrell is innocent. Margie Cantrell, John’s wife, first told authorities in 2005 about what the children revealed to her about having being forced into sex inside the windowless rooms of the former day care. Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo were sentenced to life in prison after jurors deliberated less than five minutes in both trials. Four other defendants in the case are awaiting trial. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5926805.html

describes violence and crimes – Testimony Continues In Mineola Swingers’ Club Trial By Casey Knaupp 8/7/08 Child Protective Services workers testified Wednesday that the sexual abuse three siblings and their young aunt endured in the “Mineola Swingers’ Club” case was the “worst of the worst.” Patrick “Booger Red” Kelly, 41, Tyler, is on trial for engaging in organized criminal activity – forcing two of the siblings to have sex with each other for his financial gain – on Aug. 1, 2004. He could face five years to life in prison if convicted by the seven-woman, five-man Smith County jury in 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.’s court. The oldest of the three sibling victims, who is now 11, testified for another three hours on Wednesday. She answered questions, mostly posed by defense attorneys, for nearly six hours on Tuesday. Two foster parents and two CPS workers involved with the children also testified. The 11-year-old girl said Kelly, whom she knows as “Booger Red,” was part of a group, which included her mother, who taught her and other children how to dance and perform sex acts in “kindergarten,” beginning at age 5, at Kelly’s house. The children then were allegedly forced to perform sex acts at the club in Mineola for an audience and the adults made money while they children “wouldn’t get fed” if they didn’t perform, she said. The children were also given “silly pills” before they danced and were threatened not to tell, she said….She was asked by defense about acts the kids allegedly performed at the club, including her and her brother playing “doctor” and having sex with each other, an act where Jamie Pittman shot and killed her brother’s dog and an act where Pittman hanged chickens. She circled the rooms of the club where the acts and dancing took place on a diagram she drew earlier for Ranger Kemp. She said there were pictures of the children, sometimes in their costumes and sometimes nude, hanging on the walls of the club. The victim said Kelly told her he would hang her by the tree next to his house if she ever told anyone anything. She said Kelly told her little sister he would put her in a cave if she told….She said they burned videos of the children and their costumes at Kelly’s house because “they didn’t want to get caught.” The sexual abuse occurred four or five years ago, when the girl was 5, 6 and 7 years old, she said, adding that some things she doesn’t remember. She said she wasn’t making up the story and she wasn’t lying; she was telling “exactly what happened.”….The victims in the case are the 11-year-old girl, her 9-year-old brother and her 7-year-old sister, as well as their 10-year-old aunt. A 15-year-old daughter of one of the co-defendants was also allegedly sexually abused. Although the club is in Wood County, the defendants were charged in Smith County because they lived here and reportedly held “kindergarten” at their houses. Prosecutors claim the offenses began and ended in Smith County when the children left and returned to the homes. Ms. Mayo and Jamie Pittman have been convicted and sentenced to life in prison and face additional charges. Dennis Boyd Pittman, Rebecca Pittman, Shelia Darlene Sones and Jimmy Dale Sones, await trials. http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20080807/NEWS08/808070339

345 arrested, kids rescued in prostitution busts by Lara Jakes Jordan – Washington (AP) — Hundreds of people have been arrested and 21 children rescued in what the FBI is calling a five-day roundup of networks of pimps who force children into prostitution. The Justice Department says it targeted 16 cities as part of its “Operation Cross Country” that caps off five years of similar stings nationwide. Many of the children forced into prostitution are either runaways or what authorities call “thrown-aways” – kids whose families have shunned them. Officials say they are preyed upon by organized networks of pimps who lure them in with shelter or drugs, then often beat, starve or otherwise abuse them until the children agree to work the streets. “We together have no higher calling than to protect our children and to safeguard their innocence,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday. “Yet the sex trafficking of children remains one of the most violent and unforgivable crimes in this country.” In all, authorities arrested 345 people – including 290 adult prostitutes – during the operation that ended this week. Since 2003, 308 pimps and hookers have been convicted in state and federal courts of forcing youngsters into prostitution, and 433 child victims have been rescued, Mueller said….A University of Pennsylvania study estimates nearly 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of being sexually exploited for commercial uses – “most of them runaways or thrown-aways,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=116&sid=1428624

describes crimes – Vatican accused over girl’s murder By Malcolm Moore in Rome 6/23/08 – The Vatican has been accused of ordering the assassination of a teenage girl who went missing 25 years ago. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was 15 years old when she disappeared after a flute lesson in central Rome. She was last seen at a bus stop on her way home on June 22, 1983. The investigation into her disappearance was reopened this week following new evidence from the former girlfriend of Enrico De Pedis, a Roman mobster. Sabrina Minardi, a recovering drug addict, alleged in a statement to Italian police that De Pedis had kidnapped Miss Orlandi…Ms Minardi also alleged that Miss Orlandi had been seized and killed on the orders of Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the then head of the Vatican bank. Monsignor Marcinkus died in 2006 in Sun City, Arizona, after being disgraced during his spell in Rome. The archbishop was investigated by the Organised Crime office of the US Justice Department after they found a request for $950 million of counterfeit bonds made on Vatican notepaper. In 1982, Mgr Marcinkus was implicated in the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano and the murder of Roberto Calvi, the head of the bank whose body was found swinging from Blackfriars Bridge in London. The archbishop is alleged to have had ties with Michele Sindona, a mafioso, and was forced to stand aside as head of the Vatican Bank in 1989. Miss Orlandi was killed on Mgr Marcinkus’ orders “to send a message to someone”, said Ms Minardi, without revealing more….She added: “This was not a kidnapping for money, it was a symbolic kidnapping. They seized Emanuela to give someone a message.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/2182506/Vatican-accused-over-girl’s-murder.html

Careworker jailed for 29 years for sexually abusing 29 children By JPOST.COM staff 7/10/08 Yitzhak Borovski, who was employed as a careworker in a kindergarten and schools in his haredi neighborhood, was jailed for 29 years on Thursday for committing sodomy and other forms of sexual abuse against 29 children over a period of six months….Borovski, 30, from a haredi neighborhood in central Israel, committed the offenses on kids aged between three and 12. The court said that he exploited his position, convincing the children to let him abuse them by offering them presents and using threats when he deemed it necessary. He warned several of his victims that he would harm them further if they told anyone of the abuse. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1215330929280&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

from LMS The Prescott Case – Key Dates and Events (and information about the case) – The revelations that sparked the largest, most complex sexual abuse investigation in Canadian history were shocking in their brutality. They opened the door to an unprecedented number of cases of child sexual abuse, which while less bizarre, were no less repugnant. By December 1989, it had become clear that the victimization of children went well beyond the original family system investigated by the joint police and child protection team. There were also individuals outside this family who were preying on these children as well as others….October 1994   The total number of child victims had increased to 162 and the number of perpetrators to 119. Sixty-five persons had been charged with 376 offences. After 45 completed trials the conviction rate was 91%. Nineteen cases were still before the courts….Part of the reason the Ministry reacted as quickly as it did may have had to do with what appeared to be an upsurge of apparent ritual abuse cases in Ontario, and a desire to get a better handle on them. Although the first disclosures seemed to point in this direction, Gummer stresses that the investigators “never labelled the case ritual abuse per se, because the term is so ambiguous.” http://www.healthunit.org/carekids/jericho/STORY.htm

Jersey abuse case: ‘Old boy network’ is obstructing police investigation – An “old boy network” of officials is deliberately obstructing police investigating decades of alleged abuse at care homes in Jersey, according to the police officer who spearheaded the inquiry. By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter 8/9/08 Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper angrily hit out at the figures who he says have engaged in a “day by day attack” on the inquiry team and the alleged victims of abuse at Haut de la Garenne and other island institutions. In his most outspoken criticism of the Jersey authorities, Mr Harper told the Telegraph: “I can quite clearly say that the investigation is being held up. There are people on the island who just don’t want us going down the route of this inquiry.”….Police currently have 80 names of people suspected of physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, three of whom have been charged and are awaiting trial. More suspects would have been charged by now, said Mr Harper, if it hadn’t been for delays in the island’s legal system.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2522898/Jersey-abuse-case-Old-boy-network-is-obstructing-police-investigation.html

Up to Half a Million Kids Exploited for Prostitution in Brazil – Written by Newsroom 6/5/08 ….The annual report reviews human trafficking laws in close to 200 countries covering the period from March 2007 to March 2008. It’s believed that about 2.5 million people the world over are victims of human trafficking, 80% of them being women, and half of them minors….The Brazilian Federal Police estimate that 250,000 children are exploited for prostitution, although NGOs put the number as high as 500,000. http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/9398/1/
Mind Control and Experimentation

RITUAL ABUSE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Psychological, Forensic, Social and Political Considerations by Randy Noblitt and Pam Perskin Noblitt Allegations of ritual abuse are universal and mental health professionals, theologians, law enforcers, scholars, victim advocates, and others struggle to comprehend the enormity of the devastation left in the wake of these heinous acts. Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-first Century addresses the concerns that naturally evolve from any discussion of this phenomenon from the perspectives of professionals, advocates, and survivors from around the world….How valid are the survivors’ stories? Is there evidence? What are the consequences of these acts to the individual and society? Why have these allegations been ignored or discredited whenever they have surfaced? The authors of these chapters respond to these and other questions in an effort to illustrate the constellation of psychological, health, legal, criminal, societal, and spiritual ramifications of ritual abuse. Chapters address current issues including ritually based crime, civil suits involving allegations of ritual abuse, that are universal. The value of understanding ritual trauma for diagnostic and treatment applications is discussed. ISBN:  978-1-934759-12-7 ISBN 10:  1-934759-12-0 Soft cover, 6 x 9, 552 pages, $39.95 US Robert D. Reed Publishers, POB 1992, Bandon, OR  97411 Phone 541 347-9882  Fax: -9883 http://www.amazon.com/Ritual-Abuse-Twenty-First-Century-Considerations/dp/1934759120/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218647139&sr=1-2

Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder – Author:Sachs, Adah & Galton, Graeme (Eds). Publisher : Karnac Books, 2008 ISBN 1855755963….book examines the role of crime in the lives of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder http://www.karnacbooks.com/product.php?PID=25876

In this book there is a chapter on The extreme abuse surveys: Preliminary findings regarding dissociative identity disorder authors: Becker, T.; Karriker, W.; Overkamp, B.; Rutz, C. p. 32-49 Data on the study is included in the chapter. Eighty-four percent of those saying they had been diagnosed with DID/MPD also stated that they were survivors of RA/MC. 543 stated they had been ritually abused in a satanic cult.

Website describes crimes – MEDIA PACKET – Torture-based, Government-sponsored Mind Control Experimentation on Children – Documentation that torture-based, government-sponsored mind control (GMC) experimentation was conducted on children during the Cold War. Data from two international surveys that give voice, visibility, and validation to survivors of these crimes against humanity….SURVEYS – EAS: Extreme Abuse Survey for Adult Survivors (An International Online Survey for Adult Survivors of Extreme Abuse) January 1 – March 30, 2007 with 1471 respondents from 31 named countries. P-EAS: Professional – Extreme Abuse Survey (An International Online Survey for Therapists, Counselors, Clergy, and Other Persons Who Have Worked Professionally with at Least One Adult Survivor of Extreme Abuse) April 1 – June 30 2007 with 451 respondents from 20 named countries. Contact: Wanda Karriker, PhD sandime@twave.net http://my.dmci.net/~casey/GovernmentSponsoredMindControlExperiments-MediaPacket.pdf

The Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University Presents: Promoting Peace; Integrating Practice, Research, and Policy – Affiliated Institutes (all day trainings by collaborating organizations) Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, 2008 Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference, and Post-Conference Workshops Sunday through Wednesday, September 14-17, 2008 For information Call: (858) 527-1860 x4270 or write IVATconf@alliant.edu One workshop at this conference will be : P2 Torture-Based Mind Control: Empirical Research, Programmer Methods, Effects & Treatment – Ellen Lacter, Randy Noblitt, Wanda Karriker, Eileen Schrader – Advanced: This workshop provides current knowledge about mind control programming, its effects on its victims, challenges in the recovery process, and effective treatment strategies and healing methods. Clinical observations made by the presenters from their extensive work with mind control survivors are supported by preliminary data obtained from the 2007 series of International Extreme Abuse. http://www.ivatcenters.org/Conferences/13th-InternationalBooklet.pdf

Torture of Canadian Women by Non-State Actors in the Private Sphere: A Shadow Report – Members of the Nova Scotia ‘torture free zone’ circle of the NGO Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, have submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The report is entitled Torture of Canadian Women by Non-State Actors in the Private Sphere: A Shadow Report. The report includes Canadian women’s oral testimonies of various forms of torture they report enduring. It also presents survey findings of Canadian and non-Canadian women’s reproductive tortures. Recommendations include amendments to the Canadian Criminal Code to specifically name and criminalize acts of non-state torture; that statistical data then be kept on acts of non-state torture; that victimized persons be provided with appropriate support and resources, and research and educative interventions be implemented. The report is timely considering, for example, the UN Press Release of June 26, 2008. In this Joint Statement on the Occasion of the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, it is stated that certain forms of gender-specific violence perpetrated by State and non-state actors is now recognized as falling within the definition of torture. (See http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/64FB1409323506EAC1257473002F6E42?opendocument)  The Shadow Report can be accessed via the OHCHR website: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws42.htm listed under Canada then Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) or at Torture of Canadian Women by Non-state Actors in the Private Sphere: a Shadow Report March, 2008….Submitted by Jeanne Sarson, MEd, BScN, RN & Linda MacDonald, MEd, BN, RN 2008

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/ngos/VOWCanada42.pdf

Couple face more sex charges – More details of alleged satanic activity emerge – Anne Blythe, Staff Writer – Durham – 7/2/08 A husband and wife face more charges in a case that contains allegations of sexual assault and satanic rituals that include shackling, caging and depriving a man of food and water. Joseph Scott Craig, 25, and Joy Suzanne Johnson, 30, both of 2305 Albany St., are scheduled to appear in Durham County court this morning on the new charges in a case that has shocked acquaintances and former co-workers of the couple. Johnson resigned this week as third vice chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice chairwoman of the Young Democrats. The charges stem from accusations of sexual assault and kidnapping by a woman who listed the couple’s home as her address. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1127587.html

Third person charged in satanic rituals case By Anne Blythe and Stanley B. Chambers Jr., Staff Writers 7/2/08 Durham – Another local Democratic official has been charged in a criminal case that includes allegations of sexual assault and satanic rituals. Diana Palmer, first vice chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party, turned herself in to Durham police this afternoon .Palmer, 44, of Cottage Woods Court, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury….”Ms. Palmer vehemently denies any association whatsoever with a satanic cult,” Thomas said this afternoon while his client was being processed at the jail. “She further denies any knowledge of a crime being perpetrated by the persons previously arrested.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1127964.html

describes crimes – Video: Satanic Sex Crime Leads To Arrest Of Democratic Activist – Channel 5 News – Durham 7/1/08

http://www.thehotjoints.com/2008/07/01/video-satanic-sex-crime-leads-to-arrest-of-democratic-activist/
Journal Articles

Do children lie about sexual abuse? Not usually 6/21/2008 By John Weiss – Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN Children do lie, but seldom about being abused, an expert said. “All human beings can and do lie, but it’s hard for kids to do it about sex,” said Victor Vieth, director of the National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University. “They can’t lie about something they have no knowledge of,” he said, and children don’t learn about oral sex on Sesame Street. Young children might try to trick parents with other things, such as if they cleaned their rooms, but they aren’t very good at it, he said. “It has to be that way or us parents wouldn’t have a chance,” he said. Older children can lie about sex abuse, but that’s hard, for other reasons, he said. It’s no fun to make an accusation of sexual abuse,” Vieth said. They know others will know they made the accusations and they could be teased about it, he said. They also know they might have to be examined in a hospital and testify in court in front of others, including the media. “When exactly does it start being fun for those kids?” he said. Children also come under heavy pressure to recant, he said. Most find living with a lie if they recant is easier than living with abuse if they do testify. In fact, say those working with children, the opposite is closer to the truth — children tend to underreport abuse. Lying is rare, said Nancy Reuvers, supervisor of child/family services for Dodge County. “If anything, they will protect their parents,” she said. http://dannimoss.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/do-children-lie-about-sex-abuse/

Abuse cases difficult to prosecute 6/21/2008 By John Weiss Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN  The legal system often has a hard time dealing with child abuse because many victims aren’t old enough to speak or don’t have words to describe the abuse. If the cases go to trial, children have to sit in a courtroom and face the people accused of abusing them, said Jim Martinson, chief deputy with the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office. They often don’t want to recall terrible memories. Children are often the “silent victims,” he said. When children do testify, they often have trouble recalling facts, or their understanding of time is limited. “That level of detail is often just not there,” he said. “It’s exceedingly frustrating.”

http://www.abolishsexabuse.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160:abuse-cases-difficult-to-prosecute&catid=66:child-abuse-special-report&Itemid=157

Child Maltreatment Victims Lose 2 Years Of Quality Of Life – ScienceDaily (May 29, 2008) — Child maltreatment is associated with reductions in quality of life even decades later, according to a new University of Georgia study that finds that–on average–victims lose at least two years of quality of life. UGA College of Public Health associate professor Phaedra Corso and her colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed surveys of more than 6,000 people to assess the deficits in quality of life that victims suffer. Their results appear in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. “We found, with rigorous statistical methods, that there are significant differences in health-related quality of life between people who were maltreated as children and those who were not,” Corso said, “and that holds across all age groups.” Childhood maltreatment–which includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect–has been linked to an increased risk for ailments ranging from heart disease, obesity and diabetes to depression and anxiety. Corso said there are two reasons why. First, childhood maltreatment increases the likelihood of unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, substance abuse and sexual promiscuity. And recent studies suggest that repeated exposure to the stress caused by maltreatment alters brain circuits and hormonal systems, which puts victims at greater risk of chronic health problems. The researchers found that 46 percent of respondents reported some form of maltreatment during childhood. Of those, 26 percent reported physical abuse; 21 percent reported sexual abuse; 10 percent reported emotional abuse; 14 percent reported emotional neglect; and nine percent reported physical neglect. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080528152124.htm

Company targets child abuse in Allegheny County By Regis Behe and Justin Vellucci TRIBUNE-REVIEW 6/26/08 – the statistics are daunting. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry estimates there are 80,000 cases of child sexual abuse a year, with many thousands more going unreported. Kenneth Wooden, the founder and CEO of Child Lures Prevention, a self-sustained family business that aims to prevent child abuse, hopes to reach a wide audience in Allegheny County. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_574601.html

A Review of Marci Hamilton’s Justice Denied: What America Must Do To Protect Its Children by Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C. 6/24/08 The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed a remarkable surge of concern for the rights and welfare of children. Parallel to this concern there has been unprecedented scholarly activity into the history of this subject. Though not as extensive as one would expect, the scholarship has revealed that children’s rights and the very comprehension of the emotional, psychological and moral development of the child has been severely limited. The innocence of children and young adolescents was not presumed, in fact there is evidence that the canonists, perhaps the most significant group of lawyers in the middle ages, presumed that children and minors were always prone to do wrong. Western society looks with pride on the many sources of proof that we are indeed enlightened about children and do, in fact, put into practice the often heard saying that “Children are our most important resource because they are our future.”….Justice Denied explores the most effective roadblock to justice for victims and a surprising enabler for perpetrators: the Statute of Limitations. Envisioned as a needed source of protection for the rights of the accused and an assurance against judgments based on little or no evidence, the Statute of Limitations has a distinctly opposite effect in the area of sexual abuse of children. In most States it ignores the complex effects rape and abuse on children and minors and the solid body of scientific evidence that tells us that the majority of victims never publicly disclose (70 percent) and those who do are often prevented, by their own fears, shame and guilt from coming forward for years if not decades….Now comes the book’s shocking revelation: one of the two most vociferous and determined adversaries to any legislative reform that would protect children and strike fear into the hearts of predators is the Roman Catholic Church. The other surprises no one – the insurance industry. http://writ.news.findlaw.com/books/reviews/20080625_doyle.html

Inspired by real-life case, prosecutor writes book to help parents discuss sex abuse with kids By Colleen Long | AP 7/26/08 New York (AP) Prosecutor Jill Starishevsky was working on the case of a little girl who had been consistently raped by her stepfather when she got an idea of how she could help families prevent such horrific acts. The girl, from a middle-class home in the Bronx, was molested starting at age 6, and like most children she didn’t tell anyone. Then she saw an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that happened to be on children who were beaten. The message at the end of the show was simple: If you’re being abused, tell a parent or a teacher. The girl, who by then was 9 years old, told her teacher the next day….Child sex abuse is a bigger problem than most parents would like to think. At least 60 million people claim they were molested as children, but only one in 10 children ever reports the crime, according to national statistics compiled by the advocacy group Stop the Silence. http://www.newser.com/article/d925n6a00/inspired-by-real-life-case-prosecutor-writes-book-to-help-parents-discuss-sex-abuse-with-kids.html

The New York Times – Editorial – Prostitution and Prevention 7/29/08 Child prostitution, a large and growing problem across the United States, is especially severe in tourist and convention cities. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/opinion/29tue2.html?ex=1217995200&en=d1c212125a84473c&ei=5070&emc=eta1

5/5/08 – Academy Award Winner Jessica Lange, Emmy Award Winner Tammy Blanchard and Emmy and Golden Globe Award Nominee Jobeth Williams to Star in “Sybil,” a New Movie to Be Broadcast Saturday, June 7 on the CBS Television Network – SYBIL, a new television movie starring Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (“Tootsie”), Emmy Award nominee Tammy Blanchard (“Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”) and Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee JoBeth Williams (“The Big Chill”) to be broadcast Saturday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. SYBIL is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Flora Rheta Schreiber. It is the true story of a young woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), a psychological condition where two or more distinct personalities exist within the same person as the result of severe trauma and abuse inflicted during childhood. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20080505cbs01

SMART newsletter Issue 79 – March 2008

October 5, 2008

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The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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Resources and Information

Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. LMS: article from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6, lsharman@shaw.ca

Legal Information

article describe crimes – Common vs. Amirault – 424 Mass. 618 – Commonwealth vs. Violet Amirault (and eleven companion cases). Commonwealth vs. Gerald Amirault. – October 9, 1996 – March 24, 1997 “All nine children testified in a broadly consistent way…The children testified to numerous instances of sexual abuse. Some of the children testified that they were photographed during this abuse, describing a big camera with wires, a red button, and pictures which came out of the camera. The children testified that the defendant threatened them and told them that their families would be harmed if they told anyone about the abuse….The Commonwealth also presented a pediatric gynecologist and pediatrician who examined five of the girls who testified…She made findings consistent with abuse in four of the girls.”

http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/common-vs-amirault-424-mass-618-page-618.jpg to http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/common-vs-amirault-424-mass-618-page-626.jpg

or http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/commonwealth-vs-amirault/

Crackdown on Child Pornography – Federal Action, Focused on Internet, Sets Off a Debate By Jerry Markon – Washington Post Staff Writer 12/15/07 Page A01 But an increase of Internet-fueled child pornography has triggered a new federal crackdown. Cybercrime, the majority of which involves child pornography, is now the FBI’s third-highest priority, behind counterterrorism and counterintelligence. In the past 11 months, federal prosecutors in Virginia and Maryland have helped convict or send to prison on child pornography charges the former head of the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union, an Ivy League professor, a sheriff’s deputy, a Transportation Security Administration employee, an Army sergeant, a former Navy cryptologist, a contractor working at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a National Institutes of Health researcher and a U.S. Capitol Police officer. “The problem is as bad as it appears,” said Arnold E. Bell, unit chief of the FBI’s Calverton-based Innocent Images National Initiative. “There are not enough badges out there to cover all the people to be had in terms of offenders.”….Many defendants obsessively collect huge numbers of images — the FBI recently seized a computer with 1.5 million images suspected to be child pornography — and many have molested children, officials say. People who download the images once or twice, possibly by accident, are unlikely to be prosecuted, officials said….Michael Seto, a Canadian researcher, said he thinks that an “invisible population of pedophiles” has lived in society all along but remained mostly hidden until the Internet offered relative anonymity and a community of like-minded people….The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline received about 4,500 reports of children being victimized it its first year, 1998. This year the center, which works closely with law enforcement officials, has collected nearly 100,000 reports, more than 75 percent for online child pornography. But an increase in federal cases — a 28 percent spike in fiscal 2007 compared with the year before — could partly be due to a rise in the number of agents attacking the problem….The frequency at which people who view child pornography also molest children is a highly controversial issue and has been the subject of little research. The only federal agency that tries to track the correlation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, says that about one-third of the 2,713 people it has arrested since 1997 on child exploitation charges, primarily for trafficking in child pornography, also committed “contact offenses” against children. A recent study of 155 federal inmates in North Carolina convicted on child pornography charges suggests that the number is higher. It found that 85 percent admitted molesting children. The study’s co-author, Andres Hernandez, told Congress last year that “these Internet child pornographers are far more dangerous to society than we previously thought.” But some people who treat sex offenders say the risk is often minimal. “There are a large group of individuals whose lives and families are absolutely being devastated because they looked at these images,” said Fred Berlin, a psychiatrist who runs the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. “They had absolutely no idea how severe the consequences would be and had no interest in doing anything other than viewing images.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121402257.html

from LMS Two Winnipeggers arrested in sex abuse sting By Chris Kitching, Sun Media 1/15/08 Two males from Winnipeg have been arrested in an international child sexual abuse investigation involving a European website that allowed its customers to meet the victims or request tailor-made videos…..Police know there are about 90 other suspects in Canada. Some of them have not been identified…..Last November, Europol and police agencies across Europe announced 100 people in 19 countries had been arrested in connection with the child-porn network, which centred around an Italian website that had 2,500 paying customers. http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2008/01/15/4773915.html

may be triggering – 9 Canadians arrested in international child porn probe Suspects include men from Victoria, Edmonton, the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal 1/15/08 Nine Canadians have been arrested as part of an ongoing international child abuse and internet child pornography investigation, the RCMP said on Tuesday, adding that they are looking at another 50 cases. The probe, code-named “Operation Koala,” involved videos of children being abused that were filmed mainly in a Ukraine studio and purchased by customers around the world, including Canada, said RCMP Supt. Earla-Kim McColl, head of the National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre, at a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday….More than 92 people have been arrested in Europe as part of the investigation….The investigation began when a video depicting the rape of two young girls was found on July 12, 2006. That eventually led to the arrest of an Italian man, Sergio Marzola, who allegedly produced more than 150 child abuse and pornography videos — including some that could be custom-filmed for a price — that he sold via the internet. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/01/15/ot-koala-080115.html

Thousands sought over child porn – 12/24/07 – German prosecutors are investigating 12,000 suspected members of a child sex abuse network on the internet – the biggest in the country’s history. A senior public prosecutor said the suspects were accused of downloading or possessing illegal images of children. The investigation, which has been going on for several months, also points to suspects in about 70 other countries. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7159331.stm

from LMS – Jesuits agree to settlement in abuse case By Janet I. Tu Seattle Times religion reporter 1/4/08 The Jesuit order in the Northwest has agreed to pay $4.8 million to 16 Native Americans who were sexually and physically abused years ago when they were students at a boarding school near Omak. The Roman Catholic order – formally named the Society of Jesus – and attorneys for the 15 women and one man announced the settlement Thursday. It comes two months after the Jesuits agreed to a record $50 million settlement stemming from abuses in Alaska. The victims in Thursday’s settlement had all boarded at the St. Mary’s Mission and School on the Colville Indian Reservation. They say they were abused in the late 1960s and early 1970s by a Jesuit priest and a Jesuit brother….In November, the province agreed to pay $50 million to 110 Alaska Natives – believed to be the largest settlement by a religious order in the Catholic Church abuse cases. Insurance is paying $45 million of that amount. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004106962_jesuit04m.html

Statutes of Limitations of Sex Offenses by State – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network http://www.rainn.org/public-policy/legal-resources/statute-of-limitations.html?PHPSESSID=80ba43972144329f81e8af12fb3c9363

Articles on Wenatchee Doctor confirms abuse in sex-ring case – Associated Press – 12/5/96 One girl showed definite medical signs of sexual abuse and it could not be ruled out for two others, a defense witness testified (Dr Deborah Harper)…in the child rape and molestation trial of a Pentacostal preacher and his wife … Prosecutors allege unordained pastor Robert “Roby” Roberson and his wife, Connie, has sex with children at the East Wenatchee Pentacostal Church of God House and Prayer and at their home. http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/doctor-confirms-abuse.jpg also see http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/

Consultant finds no fault in sex ring probe – 2/22/96 – Tri-City Herald – AP – “A consultant hired by the city’s insurer to look into the way Wenatchee police conducted child sex-abuse investigations said…the cases were properly handled….A Justice Department Investigation…found no evidence of civil rights violations.” http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/consultant-finds-no-fault.jpg also see http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/

describes graphic crimes – from LMS – Despicable’ child predator being released from jail today – Susan Clairmont – The Hamilton Spectator 1/3/08 He was among the country’s worst pedophiles. He preyed upon the children living under his own roof. He beat them with his fists. Struck them with a bull whip. A cow halter. Sticks. Wet towels. Cat-o-nine-tails. Wooden spoons. Belts. Cattle prods. He held one upside down by her ankles to beat her. Tied another down. And he raped them. Frequently. In the barn. At his antique shop. In their own beds while their mother was elsewhere in their Waterdown house. The child molester’s name is James Alfred Cooper….They wanted you to know that when he was sentenced in a Hamilton courtroom 14 years ago for 16 counts of sexually and physically abusing five former stepchildren and a neighbour’s daughter aged between seven and 14, even Justice Nick Borkovich couldn’t conceal his revulsion. “You are a low-down, mean, despicable, evil manifestation of a human being that preys on little children,” the judge said. Borkovich sent Cooper away for 30 years. One of the heaviest sentences ever meted out in Canada at the time to a child abuser and first-time offender. Alas, the 30 years did not stick. There was an appeal. The sentence was reduced to 21 years. The 21 years carried a statutory release date after two-thirds of the sentence was served….James Alfred Cooper gets out today….”I believe this man is a sexual predator. I believe he is a pedophile. He will reoffend. He is dangerous,” says one of the children he harmed. She was 10 when the abuse began. She and her younger brother and sister tried, over the years, to tell someone. A guidance counsellor. Children’s Aid. But nobody believed the horrible stories were true. Even when the brother was taken to hospital with whip marks on his body. The siblings were teens when someone finally believed. When police investigated and charges were laid. http://www.thespec.com/printArticle/304254

Vast archive on abuse aids victims, scholars – Database lists 3,000 accused priests By Michael Paulson Globe Staff – 1/29/2008 Waltham – In a drab office building on Main Street, Terry McKiernan and Anne Barrett Doyle are quietly amassing a vast archive of abuse: thousands and thousands of documents chronicling the sprawling crisis that has confronted the Catholic Church….A closet-sized room is lined with file cabinets, filled with 100 boxfuls of papers donated by a Texas lawyer who painstakingly amassed a database of 3,000 Catholic priests nationwide accused of abuse….This is the headquarters of bishopaccountability.org, a fast-growing website that is fashioning itself as a kind of cross between The Smoking Gun and an academic archive, aiming to be the first place to post the most sought-after new documents, as well as a repository of records for historical purposes. The site now has 93,000 files on the Internet and 647,000 paper files, and the collection is growing. The site has become a resource for journalists, academics, and filmmakers interested in the abuse crisis and a key source of information for abuse victims and their families who are seeking more information about their abusers and church officials. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/01/29/vast_archive_on_abuse_aids_victims_scholars/?page=1

Witnesses complain about grilling at Cornwall inquiry Accused need equal treatment, lawyer says 2/20/07 CBC News Witnesses who say they were sexually abused have complained about harsh treatment by lawyers at the Cornwall public inquiry, prompting the commissioner to intervene. Commissioner Normand Glaude was to tell lawyers Tuesday how far they should go when questioning inquiry witnesses who say they were abused, after a witness stormed off the stand in the middle of his testimony and another made a written complaint about how lawyers treated him….Lawyer Dallas Lee, who represents 50 people who say they were abused, said several men decided not to testify after David Silmser stormed off the stand on Feb. 1 in the midst of aggressive questioning by Dominic Lamb, the lawyer representing the priest who allegedly abused Silmser, Rev. Charles MacDonald. Witnesses who say they were sexually abused have complained about harsh treatment by lawyers at the Cornwall public inquiry, prompting the commissioner to intervene….Witnesses quit – Lawyer Dallas Lee, who represents 50 people who say they were abused, said several men decided not to testify after David Silmser stormed off the stand on Feb. 1 in the midst of aggressive questioning by Dominic Lamb, the lawyer representing the priest who allegedly abused Silmser, Rev. Charles MacDonald. Silmser earlier received $32,000 from the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese in relation to his allegations, but MacDonald was never criminally convicted….it is important to name both alleged and convicted abusers because of rumours that they were connected through an organized pedophile ring….In 1997, a provincial police investigation called Project Truth resulted in 114 charges being laid against 15 men, including a doctor, lawyers and three Roman Catholic priests, but only one person was ever convicted. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/02/20/cornwall.html?ref=rss

Ex-cop who alleged Cornwall pedophile ring refuses to testify at inquiry 1/9/08 DUNCAN, B.C. – A former police officer credited with bringing to light explosive allegations of widespread child sexual abuse in eastern Ontario says he’s convinced the dark stories that have divided the community are true – but he says he won’t testify before a public inquiry because he says the justice system hasn’t listened to him for 15 years. Perry Dunlop, a decorated former officer from Cornwall, Ont., has been scheduled to testify but he told The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview he won’t be there because he’s lost faith in the justice system. He said he’s prepared to face the consequences if he’s arrested. Dunlop, 46, was convicted of contempt of court last September for his earlier refusal to testify at the inquiry….”I have a lot of reasons, but I’m not going to testify,” he said. “I’m saying our judicial system is broken and they haven’t listened to me for 15 years, and I have no faith. Absolutely no faith, none.” The Ontario government inquiry was launched in February 2006 and is scheduled to conduct hearings until August 2008. The inquiry is looking into how authorities responded to dozens of accusations that men in eastern Ontario had sexually abused children over decades….Dunlop has rarely spoken publicly since he first made the allegations in 1993. Prominent members of the Cornwall region’s Roman Catholic clergy were among those accused of being part of a pedophile ring that some alleged had existed in Cornwall since the early 1960s. In August 2001, Ontario Provincial Police ended a four-year probe of the alleged ring, dubbed Project Truth, concluding the allegations were baseless. Project Truth ended after 672 people were interviewed and 69 complainants were identified. Some of the allegations stemmed back to the 1960s. As a result of the probe, 15 people were charged with a total of 115 offences ranging from gross indecency to indecent assault on a male and sexual assault on a male. Many individuals were later found guilty of paying underage boys for sex; two were found guilty of possessing child pornography. But when all was said and done, courts and the police could find no evidence the large group of accused men worked together as a group. Dunlop raised the child sexual abuse allegations in 1993 after discovering what he believed was a cover-up of an abuse case involving a young boy and a church official. He said he was told not to pursue the matter, but he couldn’t let it go and it eventually cost him his job. Dunlop was once named officer of the year in Cornwall. “Absolutely there was a pedophile ring in Cornwall,” he said in the interview this week. http://www.eastottawa.ca/article-cp33579021-ExCornwall-cop-who-alleged-Cornwall-pedophile-ring-refuses-to-testify-at-inquiry.html

from LMS City cops drove probationers to Ken Seguin’s place: van Diepen 1/23/08 Some city cops used to drop probationers off at the home of a probation officer who would later be accused of sexual abuse, a recently retired probation officer maintained during his cross-examination at the Cornwall Public Inquiry Tuesday. During Jos van Diepen’s testimony, he briefly mentioned that he remembered hearing his colleague Ken Seguin tell him members of the Cornwall police used to drop probationers off at his home sometime in the 1970s. Peter Manderville, a lawyer for the city police, asked van Diepen if he could recall anything more about this practice – like who the cops were that would drop probationers off at Seguin’s home. The probation officer said it was a well-known fact in the Cornwall probation office, and that Seguin would have talked about it before his suicide in 1993. Seguin was never charged with any abuse, but was accused of sexually abusing probationers in his charge. (from the Cornwall Standard Freeholder) http://www.standard-freeholder.com/PrintArticle.aspx?e=870172

The Island Paradise With a Dark History By Martin Croucher Epoch Times UK Staff 1/16/08 But hidden beneath the friendly smiles of the 47 inhabitants is a dark secret. In 2004, six men–a third of the island’s adult male population, including Pitcairn mayor Steve Christian, a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian’s–were been convicted under English law of 33 sexual offences, some dating back 40 years. The trials revealed that for generations the islanders have had a culture of rape, adultery and child-abuse involving children as young as five. As Pitcairn is one of the last remaining British colonies, detectives from Kent launched an 18-month investigation that would prove to be one of the most complex, and costly, in British legal history. Detectives Rob Vinson and Peter George were recently accorded in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list. The detectives found every woman, born and bred on Pitcairn had experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lives. Many said that it would be impossible to find a girl over the age of 12 on the island who had not been the victim of sexual abuse. But during the police investigation, eyewitnesses on the island said that locals did not believe what they were doing was wrong and claimed it was a part of their culture….However, more than 200 years on and with little contact with the outside world, the islanders had developed a degenerate sexual culture where rape, adultery and child abuse were pervasive. That culture began to unravel in 1996 when Dennis McGookin and Peter George, two detectives from Kent police, visited the island on the allegation that Shawn Christian, one of the children of Pitcairn governor Steve Christian, raped an 11-year-old. The case collapsed after Shawn claimed consensual sex and provided love letters to prove it. The detectives, who were the first British officers ever to set foot on the colony, raised concerns that the legal system there was at best rudimentary, and not fit to deal with serious crime. At the time Pitcairn barely saw itself as under British law, having never seen an attorney or judge….One her second visit, in 1999, Ms Cox was confronted with allegations that Shawn and brother, Randy Christian, had raped an 11-year-old girl. The message went out to London and the detectives were back, although this time Rob Vinson accompanied Peter George. However the investigation was initially frustrated when the brothers denied the allegations and they were not able to find any leads. Just as they were about to leave they decided to interview a friend of the accused who was living in Auckland, New Zealand. She said she knew nothing about the case but as the detectives turned to leave she mentioned almost in passing that she had been raped when she was 10. She later became the main whistleblower of the case and provided the detectives with an almost endless ream of leads. It was then that the culture of abuse unravelled. DCI Vinson said: “She told us that you wouldn’t find any girl on the island of the age of 12 who hadn’t gone through that experience. Every Pitcairn girl that we spoke to who was born and bred on the island described some kind of abuse. “As we were questioning witnesses they were giving us more and more leads, and it got bigger and bigger. It just snowballed.” Aided by a New Zealand policewoman, the Kent detectives hunted down every woman who had come of age on Pitcairn in the past 40 years and 24 agreed to make statements. The officials uncovered more than 100 allegations of sexual abuse against 31 men, four of who had since died. More than 30 of the complaints could be defined as rape under English law, all against girls who were under-age at the time. A British social worker who visited the island at the time in 2000 described a community deeply shaken by the inquiry. She dug deep into the culture on the island and revealed a way of life where sex permeated everything. She told of a society where childhood sex games and abuse were commonplace, as were teenage pregnancies and abortions. http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-1-16/64145.html

from LMS Subject of ‘Friedman’ Film Loses Appeal 1/13/08 Central Islip, N.Y. (AP) – A federal judge has rejected a man’s bid for exoneration in a child-molestation case explored in a noted documentary film, saying he filed his appeal too late. Jesse Friedman’s appeal stemmed from the Oscar-nominated 2003 film, “Capturing the Friedmans.” His lawyers said the documentary revealed evidence that prosecutors had wrongfully withheld — that at least one of the children who accused Friedman did so under hypnosis arranged by police. A teenage Friedman and his father, Arnold, pleaded guilty in 1988 to molesting children during computer classes in the basement of their home in Great Neck, on Long Island. Jesse Friedman, now 38, was paroled in 2001; his father committed suicide in prison in 1995. The son has tried for years to reverse his guilty plea. U.S. District Court Judge Joanna Seybert agreed last year to consider whether his latest appeal was filed within legal time limits, as a first step toward a potential hearing on questions about the hypnosis. She ruled Jan. 4 that the June 2006 appeal was “untimely,” saying Friedman’s lawyers knew in 1988 that a therapist had worked with the children in eliciting details of the alleged sex abuse…. Under federal law, the appeal had to be filed within a year after its factual basis “could have been discovered through the exercise of due diligence.”….A prosecutor said Friedman’s appeal was meritless, adding that the therapist has given sworn testimony denying having hypnotized any of Friedman’s accusers. “Further review of this issue is simply not warranted,” assistant Nassau County district attorney Judith Sternberg said Friday. Pressman said his disappointed client — who is still barred from parks and other places children frequent because he is classified as a violent sexual predator — would appeal further. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/01/13/national/a013246S03.DTL

links about the movie and case:

http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/ctf/bib.html Capturing the Friedmans: annotated Bibliography from the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

http://members.aol.com/FriedmansMovie/ Additional information on Capturing the Friedmans

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/arnoldandjessefriedman.html Case of Arnold Friedman and Jessie Friedman

http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/ctf/geraldo.html Geraldo Rivera’s interview with Jesse Friedman

Mind Control and Experimentation

may be heavy for survivors – The Child Abuse Survivor Monument – Ritual abuse involves abusive physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or sexual activity done in a repetitive pattern often incorporating violence, ceremony and/or religious rites. http://www.irvingstudios.com/child_abuse_survivor_monument/RitualAbuse.htm

Research on ritual abuse-torture and military connections – may be very heavy for survivors -http://pub25.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=2120596064&amp;cpv=2

from LMS – article describes crimes – Minister faces sex assault charges TheStar.com – Crime – Minister faces sex assault charges December 11, 2007 THE CANADIAN PRESS A Toronto minister is charged with two counts of sexual assault linked to alleged incidents at his small north-end Toronto church. Two women allege they were forced to have sex against their will and had babies fathered by 59-year-old Frank Lawrence, pastor at Toronto Mount Zion Revival Church of the Apostles. One woman told police that under the guise of spiritual healing, she had the blood of a sacrificed pigeon poured over her head and ointment rubbed over her body after a ritual bath in 1995. The identities of both women are shielded by a publication ban. Lawrence, an ordained minister for more than 30 years, pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, four counts of threatening and an assault charge. http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/284484

describes crimes from LMS Prosecutors file brief against overturning conviction of priest By David Yonke Blade Religion Editor 12/15/07 The Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office filed an 80-page brief yesterday detailing its reasons why Toledo priest Gerald Robinson’s murder conviction should not be overturned. The document, filed with Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals, makes point-by-point rebuttals to arguments Robinson’s attorneys made in August claiming the 69-year-old Catholic cleric did not receive a fair trial. Robinson was convicted in May, 2006, for the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, a 71-year-old Catholic nun who was strangled nearly to death, then stabbed 31 times. Her body was found in the sacristy, the room next to the chapel, in the former Mercy Hospital early on the morning of April 5, 1980 – Holy Saturday. Robinson was a chaplain at Mercy and lived in an apartment at the hospital at the time. He was arrested by cold-case detectives April 23, 2004, more than 24 years after the murder. After a three-week trial in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, the priest was convicted of murder May 11, 2006. He is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence at Hocking Correctional Facility in southern Ohio….The prosecutor’s office said Robinson’s appeals attorneys made numerous errors that were either “factually untrue,” “misleading,” “totally unsupported by the record,” “fantastical,” or “fiction.”….The prosecutor said though some witnesses have died since the 1980 murder and were therefore unavailable to testify, Robinson “had every opportunity to take the witness stand and tell the jurors anything that he felt was relevant to, contradictory of, or explanatory of any false accusations,” the prosecutor’s office said. The priest did not testify. The state never closed its investigation of Sister Margaret Ann’s death, the prosecutor’s office said, but the case gained new interest in 2003 after a Toledo Catholic nun accused Robinson “of sadomasochistic sexual abuse.” http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071215/NEWS10/712150408/-1/NEWS

describes crimes – from LMS – Attorneys file to free priest charged with nun’s murder – Petition hints deceased cleric had role in her killing 1/16/08 By David Yonke – Blade Staff Writer Attorneys for Gerald Robinson have filed a court petition seeking to overturn the Toledo priest’s 2006 murder conviction and raising suspicions about another Catholic cleric, now deceased, who worked with Robinson as a chaplain at the hospital where the crime occurred in 1980. The petition, filed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, quotes Sister Dorothy Marie Balabuch, a Sylvania Franciscan nun, as saying she worked as a housekeeper for the Rev. Jerome Swiatecki and described the priest as an “immoral man” with “a very bad temper” and a fondness for knives and “hard-core pornography.” The court document also quotes a security guard, hired two days after the murder at the former Mercy Hospital, saying that “in my youthful zeal and my desire to catch the perpetrator, I accused Father Swiatecki” of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl…..Father Swiatecki, a Toledo native whose hobby was wood carving, was ordained a priest in 1941 and died in 1996 at age 83….Retired Deputy Chief Ray Vetter said he recalls Father Swiatecki as having had “an airtight alibi.” Police reports from 1980 said Father Swiatecki was eating breakfast with several nuns in the hospital’s dining room at the time of the murder. Robinson, now 69, was found guilty May 11, 2006, and is serving a 15-years-to-life sentence at Hocking Correctional Facility in southern Ohio. Sister Margaret Ann, 71, had been strangled to the verge of death, then stabbed 31 times in the sacristy of the Catholic hospital on Holy Saturday, 1980. http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080116/NEWS02/801160393/-1/NEWS

describes crimes – from LMS – Trial told of a rape on grave – Pastor on sex charges By Sam Pazzano, Courts Bureau – 12/20/07 – A second woman has taken the stand and told of being raped five times by Rev. Frank Lawrence, who she claimed impregnated her in an assault on a fresh grave site during a ritual to cleanse her of evil spirits. The mother of three, including a 5-year-old son by Lawrence, told the jury yesterday the first three times the Toronto pastor raped her was at his home during spiritual baths to purge evil spirits. Lawrence later took her to a fresh grave site for another ritual in the spring of 2001 and raped her again, she testified. The woman, 45, admitted she forgot about a fifth rape for several years and recalled it while testifying at the preliminary hearing last summer….Robbins maintained that she and Lawrence had a consensual sexual relationship that soured after she sought child support. Lawrence, 59, the founder of the Toronto Mount Zion Revival Church of the Apostles, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the two women in 2001 and 2003. http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2007/12/20/pf-4733359.html

describes graphic crimes of abuse – Agents graphically describe abuse By Don Ellzey 11/30/07 In an interview with Bernard at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Substation on June 10, 2005, Edwards said he was told by Bernard that during the diaper changes he began touching his infant daughter. The touching became oral sex and eventually penetration. Edwards said Bernard claimed to have been molested as a child, which led him to molest children. Federal prosecutor Lisa Marie Freitas, now with the Child Exploitation Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, was a special agent assigned to the FBI’s New Orleans office in 2005. Freitas testified that she, too, interviewed Bernard, who told her that he had done with his daughter everything a human could do to the body of another human. Much of the abuse occurred while his wife, Nicole Bernard, was working. She said Bernard told her that he was the first to penetrate his daughter and Louis Lamonica was the second. She said Bernard described the rituals at the church, although the rituals were not the point of the FBI investigation. Freitas said he volunteered the information. According to Bernard, the rituals took place in what was called “the room,” which was the church’s youth room. He described how six adults would line up shoulder to shoulder and perform sex acts on his daughter or other children, who were passed down the line. The rule was that there would be no penetration or injury. The rituals had a Satanic theme, including a Pentagram, the use of animals and animal parts such as chicken feet and the use of animal blood. Freitas said that according to Bernard, Patricia Pierson and Robin Lamonica, two defendants in the case, put animal blood on his daughter during one of the rites. She said Bernard claimed Pierson and Lamonica also sexually abused his daughter. He said animal blood was also put on other children, Freitas said. http://www.hammondstar.com/articles/2007/12/03/top_stories/9453.txt

Questionnaires on the difference between torture and abuse – Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson from Persons Against Ritual Abuse -Torture have developed two questionnaires (one general and one for persons who Self-identify that they have endured non-state torture — torture committed by parents, spouses, other kin, guardians, neighbors, trusted adults, or strangers, for example. It is generally referred to as torture that happens in the private sphere. With a goal of developing participatory research to show the difference between torture and abuse this vital information can be used to lobby for structural transformation including better laws and services for persons who have endured non-state actor torture. To include your voice in this goal contact Linda and Jeanne at flight@ns.sympatico.ca http://www.ritualabusetorture.org This questionnaire graphically describes crimes

Family Trauma Survivors’ Network Annual Leadership Training Conference in Haines City, Florida (near Disney World) April 3 – 6, 2008 – A leadership conference for Survivors interested in developing their leadership abilities, those interested in Survivor-run programs, and those interested in helping to develop a Trauma Support Group in their area – For information: Anita Cape at familyptsdnet@aol.com or http://www.traumasurvivorssupport.com/

articles describe crimes – Tamarkin, Civia. “Investigative issues in ritual abuse cases. Part I.” Treating Abuse Today 4(4) 1994 pp. 14-23 Tamarkin, Civia. “Investigative issues in ritual abuse cases. Part II” Treating Abuse Today 4(5) 1994 pp. 5-9

http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/investigat ive-issues-in-ritual-abuse-cases-part-1-and-2-1994/ “In August 1982, a mother claimed she noticed blood in her son’s diaper and an irritation around his rectum. A hospital exam confirmed her worst fears her son has been sodomized. Asked who was responsible, the toddler said, “Mr. Ray.” “Mr. Ray” was…a teacher at the McMartin preschool, which the boy had been attending. Later, when the boy was questioned by local police, he named other children whom he claimed also were present during the sexual abuse.”

Journal Articles

Mental Health Links & Suicide Resources Australia (may be heavy for survivors) http://www.paulpizzolo.org/mental_health_resources.shtml

TORONTO CONFERENCE – The Men’s Project, with the assistance of a grant from the Ministry of the Attorney General, will be hosting a conference in Toronto in March 2008. MEN OF COURAGE: The First Provincial Conference on Male Sexual Victimization Monday, March 17th and Tuesday, March 18th 2008 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario http://themensproject.ca/section.php?ID=15&Lang=En&Nav=Section

Commentary: Response to 17 February 2003 Media Reports on Loftus’ Bugs Bunny Study Jennifer J. Freyd, University of Oregon http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/bugs.html

Consider This, Skeptics of Recovered Memory – Ross E. Cheit – ETHICS & BEHAVIOR, 8(2). 141-160 – Some self-proclaimed skeptics of recovered memory claim that traumatic childhood events simply cannot be forgotten at the time only to be remembered later in life. This claim has been made repeatedly by the Advisory Board members of a prominent advocacy group for parents accused of sexual abuse, the so-called False Memory Syndrome Foundation. The research project described in this article identifies and documents the growing number of cases that have been ignored or distorted by such skeptics. To date, this project has documented 35 cases in which recovered memories of traumatic childhood events were corroborated by clear and convincing evidence. This article concludes with some observations about the politics of the false memory movement, particularly the tendency to conceal or omit evidence of corroboration. Several instances of this vanishing facts syndrome are documented and analyzed. Abstract is at http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15327019eb0802_4?journalCode=eb

Rebuttal to Brain stains article : November 30, 2007 – Scientific American, Inc. Attn: Editor and Chief 415 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10017 Dear Editor: Regrettably the authors of the article “Brain stains: Traumatic therapies can have longlasting effects on mental health,” Kelly Lambert and Scott O. Lilienfeld chose to provide a onesided, misleading and unscientific account of the dissociative disorders (DD), including dissociative identity disorder (DID). Although we will not comment on the specific case they present, we would like to correct some of their misleading statements and assumptions, and thereby give the reader a more accurate view of this field and of the overt and/or hidden family problems that most often contribute to the development of this kind of psychopathology. Readers may get the impression from the article that there is no research supporting the validity and reliability of DID when, in fact, various studies show that: – DID fulfills the same requirements for diagnostic validity as other psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., 1). – The validity of the DID diagnosis is further supported by cognitive (e.g., 2) and brainimaging research (e.g., 3-6). – Epidemiological studies have found DID in both Western and non-Western cultures, thus the suggestion that it is a Western “culture bound” syndrome contradicts the evidence (e.g., 7-8). – Dozens of studies using various methodologies, retrospective and prospective, support the reality of people forgetting and later recovering traumatic memories (e.g., e.g. 9-10). – Various studies (e.g. 11) have shown independent corroboration (e. g., through longterm scars, medical archives, etc.) of many DID patient accounts of earlier trauma. – Epidemiological studies show that the dissociative disorders, including DID, are not uncommon in both clinical and community samples from various cultures (e.g., 12-13).- Many individuals with DID were diagnosed by therapists who did not use hypnosis or initially believe in the diagnosis (e.g., 14-15). – The authors repeatedly talk about a “recovered memory therapy,” yet provide no evidence that such a therapy modality exists. We are not aware of any colleagues who have ever been trained in such a therapy, nor can we find evidence for that label in any of the training programs of which we are aware. The authors appear to be engaging in a straw-man argument here. The preceding is by no means an exhaustive list of the myriad ways in which the article ignores relevant literature. Although it may be true that a clinician could shape or exacerbate an individual’s symptoms, iatrogenic effects can occur in the treatment of any kind of condition, medical or psychological. Such a proposition does not invalidate the existence of patients suffering from true DID. The finding that many more patients are diagnosed with DID now than were decades ago may be consistent with an iatrogenic hypothesis, but an alternative — and perhaps more compelling — hypothesis would be that valid and reliable measures of DID have only recently been developed, available, and employed in this and other cultures. The fact that one of the authors of this article is an Associate Editor of Scientific American Mind makes these scholarship-related infractions especially problematic. The readership deserves much better than partisan, biased tracts. – from the President and Executive Council, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation http://www.isst-d.org/education/sciamerican-ltr.pdf

Information on Retractors of Child Sexual Abuse – Some researchers believe “while some of the retractions are likely to be accurate, they are small in number compared with the vast number of actual case of child sexual abuse, and it is likely that some of the retractors were actually sexually abused and that many were abused in other ways and have re-activated their traumatic forgetting.” Whitfield M.D., Charles L. “Memory and Abuse – Remembering and Healing the Effects of Trauma.” Some have suggested that a child may retract their story of abuse due to guilt and a feeling of obligation to protect their family. Some people believe that those who retract previous allegations of incest made against family members may be reacting to the familial stress brought on by their allegations. “Whatever a child says about sexual abuse, she is likely to reverse it. Beneath the anger of impulsive disclosure remains the ambivalence of guilt and the martyred obligation to preserve the family.” Summit, R. The child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome. Child Abuse & Neglect (1983) 7 p177-193

Iatrogenic DID-An Evaluation of the Scientific Evidence: D. Brown, E. Frischholz & A. Scheflin” from The fall-winter 1999 issue of “The Journal of Psychiatry & Law – After going through a variety of research studies on the subject, they conclude: “At present the scientific evidence is insufficient and inadequate to support plaintiffs’ complaints that suggestive influences allegedly operative in psychotherapy can create a major psychiatric disorder like MPD per se…there is virtually no scientific support for the unique contribution of hypnosis to the alleged iatrogenic creation of MPD in appropriately controlled research…..alter shaping is not to be confused with alter creation.” p. 624

Child Abuse Negl. 1985;9(4):457-67. Child sexual abuse: a study of prevalence in Great Britain. Baker AW, Duncan SP. Of 2019 men and women (aged 15 years and over) interviewed as part of a MORI Survey of a nationally representative sample of Great Britain, 10% reported that they had been sexually abused before the age of 16 (12% of females; 8% of males). There was no increased risk associated with specific social class categories or area of residence. For all types of sexual abuse, the mean age of victims when first abused was significantly lower for females. Subjective reports of the effects of sexual abuse indicated that the majority (51%) felt harmed by the experience, while only 4% reported that it had improved the quality of their life. We estimate that there are over 4.5 million adults in Great Britain who were sexually abused as children, and that a potential 1,117,000 children will be sexually abused before they are 15 years of age. At least 143,000 of these will be abused within the family….PMID: 4084825 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=4084825&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

Child Maltreatment, Vol. 2, No. 2, 91-112 (1997) DOI: 10.1177/1077559597002002001 Videotaped Discovery of a Reportedly Unrecallable Memory of Child Sexual Abuse: Comparison with a Childhood Interview Videotaped 11 Years Before – David L. Corwin…Erna Olafson…This article presents the history, verbatim transcripts, and behavioral observations of a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse to Dr. David Corwin in 1984 and the spontaneous return of that reportedly unrecallable memory during an interview between the same individual, now a young adult, and Dr. Corwin 11 years later. Both interviews were videotape recorded. The significance, limitations, and clinical implications of this unique case study are discussed. Five commentaries by researchers from differing empirical perspectives who have reviewed these videotape-recorded interviews follow this article. http://cmx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/2/91

Opinion – Take action against childhood sexual abuse – DL-Online – 1/2/08 Recent news stories about sexual abuse of children in Alexandria and elsewhere should do more than make us disgusted and angry. It should make us act. Consider something that happened in Duluth about a year ago: A 70-year-old man was arrested for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl who was being cared for at a child care business run by the man and his wife. When an investigator asked the man, “Why a child?” The man replied, “Because it’s easy. Sadly, statistics indicate just how “easy” it is: More than 39,000 sexual assaults are estimated to be committed each year in Minnesota — the majority against children. One in four girls and one in six boys will have been abused by the age of 18. Some estimates put the number of childhood sexual abuse survivors in America at 39 million.

http://www.dl-online.com/articles/index.cfm?id=33117&freebie_check&CFID=80444300&CFTOKEN=62213239&jsessionid=88306cabd6ee19472776

The Most Dangerous Book You May Already Be Reading By:Elizabeth Loftus Ph.D. Dr. Marlene Steinberg Respond…Elizabeth Loftus’ commentary on Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation: The Hidden Epidemic illustrates the elaborate mythology and misrepresentations surrounding the field of dissociation. As many people are aware, Loftus is not a licensed clinical psychologist and has never diagnosed or treated a single person through psychotherapy. In addition, respected professionals have documented misrepresentations, scientific errors, erroneous conclusions and ethical breaches in regard to her research. Like all myths, however, Loftus’ assertions fall to stand up when compared to the facts. Indeed, there are hundreds of scientific publications documenting advances in the field of dissociation….Unfortunately, myths about dissociation that ignore scientific evidence to the contrary are still being perpetuated, delaying accurate diagnosis and treatment for survivors of abuse or trauma. One such myth suggests that treatment of dissociative disorders is focused on eliciting memories of abuse from the patient, regardless of whether such memories exist. Another myth suggests that a dissociative disorder can be magically created after reading an informative book….Marlene Steinberg, M.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and has private practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. http://www.strangerinthemirror.com/psytodayresponse.html and http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-20001101-000031&page=4

EDITORIAL – Archiving Dissociation as a Precaution Against Dissociating Dissociation Judith Herman (1992) famously observed, “The knowledge of horrible events periodically intrudes into public awareness but is rarely retained for long. Denial, repression, and dissociation operate on a social as well as an individual level” (p. 2)….Herman (1992) goes on to note: “Like traumatized people, we have been cut off from the knowledge of our past. Like traumatized people, we need to understand the past in order to reclaim the present and the future. Therefore, an understanding of psychological trauma begins with rediscovering history” (p. 2). We are at risk of forgetting the hard work and lessons learned by our predecessors. Thus, in addition to preserving our current knowledge, it is important to learn and preserve Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Vol. 8(3) 2007 Available online at http://jtd.haworthpress.com by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved. doi:10.1300/J229v08n03_01 1 http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/articles/freyd2007.pdf

Duggal, S., & Sroufe, L. A. (1998). Recovered memory of childhood sexual trauma: A documented case from a longitudinal study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 11(2), 301-321. This account contains a prospective report of memory loss in a case in which there is both documented evidence of trauma and evidence of recovery of memory. http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/lg/taus_cr.html

Memory, Abuse, and Science: Questioning Claims about the False Memory Syndrome Epidemic – Kenneth S. Pope ABSTRACT: Careful assessment of purported scientific discoveries and the resulting interpretations is a responsibility of every scientist. The area of memory, particularly memory for abuse, has recently seen new, highly publicized claims. These include the proposal of a new diagnostic category, the false memory syndrome; claims about the ease with which extensive autobiographical memories can be implanted; and estimates of the extent therapists use risky practices likely to cause false memory syndrome. This article suggests questions to evaluate these claims and the methods used to promote them. Implications for clinical standards and malpractice are discussed….Memory, Abuse, & Science: Questioning Claims about the False Memory Syndrome Epidemic–is the award address for the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service. It was published in American Psychologist, vol. 51, no. 9, pages 957-974. http://www.kspope.com/memory/memory.php

Idaho Releases Yearly Report on Sexual Abuse 1/24/2008 The Idaho Attorney General’s yearly report on sexual abuse cases is out. It shows one disturbing fact that has not changed in all these years. It’s that the abuser is almost always a person known and trusted by the victim and the victim’s family, as with the Bonneville County case of Scott Wolfley, now admitting to molesting a young relative. Of all 430 criminal cases filed in Idaho between July 2006 and June 2007 against adult and juvenile defendants, there were just three cases in which the defendant was a stranger to the victim. Seventy-two percent were acquaintances, 8% were natural parents, 6% were step-parents and 9% were other relatives. The full report : http://www2.state.id.us/ag/sexual_prosecution_reports/2007IdahoProsecutionOfChildSexualAbuseReport.pdf http://www.kpvi.com/Global/story.asp?S=7770431

The official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), published between 1988 and 1997. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/handle/1794/1129

Memories of childhood abuse: dissociation, amnesia, and corroboration. Chu JA, Frey LM, Ganzel BL, Matthews JA Am J Psychiatry. 1999 May;156(5):749-55….Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 02478, USA….Participants were 90 female patients admitted to a unit specializing in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. Participants completed instruments that measured dissociative symptoms and elicited details concerning childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, and witnessing abuse. Participants also underwent a structured interview that asked about amnesia for traumatic experiences, the circumstances of recovered memory, the role of suggestion in recovered memories, and independent corroboration of the memories. RESULTS: Participants reporting any type of childhood abuse demonstrated elevated levels of dissociative symptoms that were significantly higher than those in subjects not reporting abuse. Higher dissociative symptoms were correlated with early age at onset of physical and sexual abuse and more frequent sexual abuse. A substantial proportion of participants with all types of abuse reported partial or complete amnesia for abuse memories. For physical and sexual abuse, early age at onset was correlated with greater levels of amnesia. Participants who reported recovering memories of abuse generally recalled these experiences while at home, alone, or with family or friends. Although some participants were in treatment at the time, very few were in therapy sessions during their first memory recovery. Suggestion was generally denied as a factor in memory recovery. A majority of participants were able to find strong corroboration of their recovered memories. CONCLUSIONS: Childhood abuse, particularly chronic abuse beginning at early ages, is related to the development of high levels of dissociative symptoms including amnesia for abuse memories. This study strongly suggests that psychotherapy usually is not associated with memory recovery and that independent corroboration of recovered memories of abuse is often present. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10327909?dopt=abstractplus

Childhood trauma and perceived parental dysfunction in the etiology of dissociative symptoms in psychiatric inpatients. Draijer N, Langeland W. Department of Psychiatry, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Am J Psychiatry. 1999 Mar;156(3):379-85…..One hundred sixty inpatients consecutively admitted to a general psychiatric hospital were administered the Dissociative Experiences Scale and the Structured Trauma Interview…..The level of dissociation was primarily related to reported overwhelming childhood experiences (sexual and physical abuse). When sexual abuse was severe (involving penetration, several perpetrators, lasting more than 1 year), dissociative symptoms were even more prominent. Highest dissociation levels were found in patients reporting cumulative sexual trauma (intrafamilial and extrafamilial) or both sexual and physical abuse. In particular, maternal dysfunction was related to the level of dissociation. With control for gender and age, stepwise multiple regression analysis indicated that the severity of dissociative symptoms was best predicted by reported sexual abuse, physical abuse, and maternal dysfunction.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10080552?dopt=abstractplus

from LMS article has graphic depictions of abuse Mayans’ sacrifices were boys Reuters 1/23/08 MEXICO CITY — The victims of human sacrifice by Mexico’s ancient Mayans, who threw children into water-filled caverns, were likely boys and young men not virgin girls as previously believed, archeologists said on Tuesday. The Maya built soaring temples and elaborate palaces in the jungles of Central America and southern Mexico before the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s. Maya priests in the city of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula sacrificed children to petition the gods for rain and fertile fields by throwing them into sacred sinkhole caves, known as “cenotes.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080123.wmayans0123/BNStory/Science/home

Ex-NFL star Herschel Walker reveals in upcoming book he has multiple personalities – Ex-NFL star Herschel Walker reveals in upcoming book he has multiple personalities 1/18/2008 Atlanta (AP) — Georgia football great Herschel Walker has multiple personalities — a revelation in an upcoming book that surprises the man who coached the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner….”Breaking Free” will chronicle Walker’s life with multiple personality disorder,

according to Shida Carr, a publicist at Simon & Schuster. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news?slug=ap-walker-multiplepersonalities&prov=ap&type=lgns

describes abuse – from LMS Packaging abuse of women as entertainment for adults TheStar.com – Packaging abuse of women as entertainment for adults – Cruel, degrading scenes `normalized’ for generation brought up in dot-com world 1/26/08 Antonia Zerbisias Living Columnist….According to the Internet Filter Review, worldwide porn revenues, including in-room movies at hotels, sex clubs and the ever-expanding E-sex world, topped $97 billion in 2006. That’s more than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink….Every second, 28,258 Internet users are viewing pornography….That’s a lot of women who, for whatever their reasons, and most likely they are economic, are being tortured….There’s a huge market for the domination of women….Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has been tracking the trend for years. In his new book Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, he writes with alarm about how the “cruelty line” in mass-market pornography is driving up. At the same time, the “normalization” line – “the measure of the acceptance of pornography in the mainstream of contemporary culture” – is also up, sharply. “If pornography is increasingly cruel and degrading, why is it increasingly commonplace instead of more marginalized?” he writes. “In a society that purports to be civilized, wouldn’t we expect most people to reject sexual material that becomes evermore (sic) dismissive of the humanity of women? How do we explain the simultaneous appearance of more, and increasingly more intense, ways to humiliate women sexually and the rising popularity of the films that present those activities?” http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/296391

Recall of Childhood Trauma: A Prospective Study of Women’s Memories of Child Sexual Abuse – Linda Meyer Williams – Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1994, Vol. 62, No. 6, 1167-1176 Copyright 1994 by the American Psychological Association, Inc. 0022-006X/94/S3.00 SPECIAL FEATURE One hundred twenty-nine women with previously documented histories of sexual victimization in childhood were interviewed and asked detailed questions about their abuse histories to answer the question “Do people actually forget traumatic events such as child sexual abuse, and if so, how common is such forgetting?” A large proportion of the women (38%) did not recall the abuse that had been reported 17 years earlier. Women who were younger at the time of the abuse and those who were molested by someone they knew were more likely to have no recall of the abuse. The implications for research and practice are discussed. Long periods with no memory of abuse should not be regarded as evidence that the abuse did not occur…In the past decade, however, several major retrospective studies have independently documented the extent of child sexual abuse and suggest that our early assessments of its prevalence were gross underestimates. The best research indicates that between one fifth to one third of all women have experienced sexual abuse in childhood (Finkelhor, in press; Finkelhor, Hotaling, Lewis, & Smith, 1990; Kilpatrick, Edmunds, & Seymour, 1992; Peters, Wyatt, & Finkelhor, 1986; Russell, 1984, 1988; Saunders, 1992). http://www.hss.caltech.edu/courses/2004-05/winter/psy130/Debate2Williams1.pdf

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October 5, 2008

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Body found amid fears of child abuse ring on Jersey – Police have more than 40 suspects as 140 claim they were victims By Sadie Gray 2/24/08 Police were searching the grounds of a former children’s home in Jersey yesterday after a child’s remains were found in the building. Detectives said they expected to discover more bodies at the former Haut de la Garenne home in St Martin. The three-month investigation into child abuse at several government institutions on the island took a harrowing turn with the discovery yesterday morning of the partial remains, believed to date from the 1980s. Police were unable to say how long the body had been there, how old the child was or whether the skeleton was male or female. The inquiry into allegations of abuse over a 40-year period on the Channel Island officially began in November after a year in which police covertly gathered statements. More than 100 people have contacted a helpline on the island with allegations of abuse since the inquiries began. So far, officers have spoken to 140 alleged victims and have 40 suspects….In January, police charged Jersey resident Gordon Claude Wateridge, 76, in with the abuse of three girls aged under 16 between 1969 and 1979. He was also charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm. Police stressed they were not linking him with yesterday’s discovery “at this moment in time”. They added that further arrests are expected. The allegations span a period from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Police following up a series of convictions for sexual offences involving officers of Jersey Sea Cadets began noticing links between the victims in those cases and other institutions on the island, including Haut de la Garenne. Mr Harper has said previously that the allegations range from “pretty severe physical and mental abuse, right through to the most serious sexual crimes that you can imagine.” In the course of the inquiry, police would examine whether there were “criminal implications” behind the fact that the allegations had never been brought before the courts, he said. Officers dealing with callers to Jersey police’s historic abuse helpline have said that many were furious that their complaints had not been taken seriously at the time. …Haut de la Garenne opened in 1867 as the Industrial School, for “young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children”. It was used during the Nazi occupation as a signalling station, reverting to a children’s home after the war. It closed as a children’s home in 1987, when it catered for some 60 young people from Jersey with special needs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/body-found-amid-fears-of-child-abuse-ring-on-jersey-786542.html

Six more bodies feared buried in Jersey home 2/25/08 Six more bodies may be buried at a former children’s home in Jersey where a youngster’s remains were found by detectives investigating allegations of widespread child abuse on the island, police said yesterday. The remains were found under a thick concrete floor inside the Victorian mansion, beside scraps of fabric, a button and what appeared to be a hair clip. It is believed the child’s skull was among the remains found. Yesterday Lenny Harper, the senior investigating officer, said a sniffer dog that found the first remains had identified six other potential burial sites in and around the home. Radar equipment had confirmed areas of interest and Harper said he could not rule out the possibility that “half a dozen” bodies might be found….Since then the police have taken statements from around 140 alleged victims who claim to have been abused while at Haut de la Garenne, as well as 40 suspects. Most of these suspects were “respected figures of the establishment” who worked at the home in “positions of responsibility”, Harper said. When the NSPCC joined the investigation, the children’s charity received four times more calls in the first week than it had ever had when working on other British operations of this type. Calls came from as far away as Thailand, Germany and Australia, as well as the UK, Guernsey and Jersey itself. Two Jersey police officers are currently in Australia interviewing alleged victims. The allegations date back to the 1940s and up to 1986, when the home was closed, but the bulk of complainants claim they were abused in the 1960s, said Harper. “Allegations range from physical assaults right through to rape. It is difficult to envisage more horrific crimes than some of those that are alleged to have been carried out here,” he said. So far one man has been charged with three indecent assaults on girls under the age of 16, allegedly committed while he worked at Haut de la Garenne, which featured as a police station in the television detective series Bergerac. However the police yesterday stressed that the man was not suspected of any other crimes, and was not linked to the remains discovered at the weekend. Jersey senator Stuart Syvret, 42, told the Guardian he had spoken to two men, now in their 50s and 60s, who claim to have been savagely physically abused at the home. “They said it was standard practice for staff to punch children in their heads if they walked with their shoulders slumped, and children were routinely beaten with birch canes,” he said. Syvret, a former health and social services minister on Jersey, claims there was a “culture of cover-up and concealment” within the island’s government, the States of Jersey. He said: “There has been a long-running systematic failure of child protection on the island.” He said since the police investigation began he had heard of abuse dating back to the end of the second world war and right up to the 1990s at Haut de la Garenne and other homes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/25/jersey.child.bodies

Jersey ‘cover-up faces exposure’ – An ex-minister on Jersey says he will expose a “cover-up culture” as searches continue at a former children’s home on the island where remains were found. Police investigators at the Haut de la Garenne home in St Martin are focusing their attention on a bricked-up cellar. Former health minister Stuart Syvret told BBC News he will publish evidence to show the authorities failed to act on child abuse claims at another site. A statement from Jersey’s chief minister is also expected. The BBC’s Sanchia Berg said Mr Syvret’s allegations will relate to a school and a secure unit on the island. It is understood the police inquiry into allegations of historic abuse in Jersey pre-date these claims. The senator’s allegations that island authorities ignored evidence of abuse of children in its care have been vehemently denied by Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Frank Walker, who is due to address the island’s Assembly later. He has described Mr Syvet’s allegations as “deplorable” and said the ex-minister, who was dismissed from his post last year over the way he is alleged to have treated staff and colleagues in his ministry, was seeking to “politicise” the situation. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/7264169.stm

describes abuse – Police excavate bricked-up ‘Colditz’ cellar at ex-children’s home in Jersey amid fears it hides a mass grave 2/27/08 The bricked-up cellar of the Haut de la Garenne children’s home was being excavated last night amid fears it could be a mass grave. The basement where youngsters were once held in solitary confinement as punishment may hold the bodies of six children, police believe. Specialist teams using sniffer dogs and ground radar equipment have identified a number of suspicious sites around the cellar. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23441090-details/Suspected%20body%20count%20hits%20seven%20as%20police%20focus%20on%20bricked-up%20cellar/article.do?expand=true#StartComments

from LMS Child’s remains discovered in ‘abuse’ care home 2/24/08 By Joanna Vallely The investigation began in November 2006 after Jersey Police noticed links between victims in a string of sexual offence convictions involving officers from the island’s Sea Cadet Corps, and cases from several island institutions – including Haut de la Garenne. The alleged physical and sexual abuse against children is believed to date back to the 1960s, and attacks at Haut de la Garenne may have taken place over three decades, although police said the bulk of them focus on the 1970s and 1980s. Built at the turn of the 20th century, Haut de la Garenne served as a school and as an orphanage before becoming part of Jersey’s childcare provision. Until its closure in the 1980s, it housed up to 60 young people with special needs. It is now a 100-bed youth hostel, run by the YHA, attracting tourists keen to explore the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by the Nazis. Police said more than 140 potential victims had contacted a helpline since they went public about the investigation at the end of last year. Many distraught victims were said to have expressed anger that their complaints had not been heeded at the time. From those contacts, within a month police had identified more than 70 alleged victims, and at least 20 suspects. At that point, faced with such a major inquiry, Jersey Police requested specialist help from the UK. Deputy Chief Police Officer Lenny Harper admitted to the BBC in December that the allegations ranged “from pretty severe physical and mental abuse right through to the most serious sexual crimes that you can imagine”….The case has echoes of the child abuse committed in Scottish care homes such as Kerelaw, in Stevenston, Ayrshire. It was claimed as many as 40 staff members at Kerelaw preyed on vulnerable youngsters, sometimes with the full knowledge of co-workers and superiors, amid a culture of fear and collusion. Kerelaw opened in the 1970s, originally only for boys, but later taking girls. Some youngsters had committed offences; others were sent there because of unruly behaviour or difficulties at home. The school was closed after an investigation by the Care Commission and education inspectors in 2004. Former art teacher Matthew George, 57, and care worker John Muldoon, 53, were brought to justice in 2006, facing charges going back more than 30 years. George was jailed for 10 years for sexually or physically abusing several boys and a girl, while Muldoon was given a 30-month prison term on indecency charges involving three girls….A lawyer representing about 1,000 victims of historic abuse in children’s homes in Scotland said he “fully expects” a “time-bar” rule to be swept aside following a House of Lords ruling last month. Cameron Fyfe, who said that on his books he has 1,000 former children’s home residents claiming abuse, added he expects the time bar north of the Border to be overturned at the Court of Session next month. http://news.scotsman.com/uk?articleid=3810100

describes abuse – ‘Abuse was anything from rape to torture. It happened every night’ Victims call for house to be demolished as they reveal full scale of horror at Haut de la Garenne – By Jonathan Brown and Jerome Taylor in Jersey 2/27/2008 Former residents at a Jersey care home where police are searching for the remains of up to six children described yesterday how they were repeatedly drugged, raped and abused while supposedly under the protection of the institution’s staff. Testimonies, including one from a leading local trade unionist, painted a horrifying picture of life inside Haut de la Garenne, where more than 1,000 children were housed in the decades before it was closed down….Some 150 people have contacted police since the discovery of human bones at the care home on Saturday. It also emerged that the notorious paedophile Edward Paisnell, known as the Beast of Jersey, visited Haut de la Garenne during the 1960s. The political fallout on the island from the affair continued yesterday. The Chief Minister, Frank Walker, issued a statement conceding that “a cloud hangs over Jersey”. However, he sought to calm fears of an island-wide cover up by insisting there was “no hiding place in Jersey for anyone who abused children or, who in any way may have colluded with that abuse and no stone will be left unturned to bring them to justice”. But the former health minister who was sacked after blowing the whistle on the children’s care home scandal claimed senior figures on the island had concealed evidence of an earlier sex abuse scandal at a school. Senator Stuart Syvret handed out copies of a confidential report from 2000 on the activities of Jervis Dykes, a teacher at the local Victoria College, who was jailed for abusing six pupils between 1979 and 1996. Mr Syvret also accused the island’s newspaper, the Jersey Evening Post, of failing to publish the critical findings, which he had leaked to journalists. The newspaper said the document contained no new information and it had decided not to publish “in deference to the feelings of victims and their families”. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/abuse-was-anything-from-rape-to-torture-it-happened-every-night-787918.html

Jersey care home probe into dungeon four – EXCLUSIVE New horror in torture home Kate Mansey In St Martin, Jersey Kate.Mansey@Sundaymirror.Co.Uk 3/2/08 Detectives searching the Jersey house of horrors were last night preparing to break into a FOURTH secret torture chamber. They have been directed to a dungeon beneath the mansion’s courtyard by new witnesses who remember as children being taken by staff “through a secret passage” to a dark room. Sniffer dogs trained to find bodies, have also uncovered a possible “hot spot” at a manhole above the area. Police have already unearthed three cellars under a trap door in the former children’s home, Haut de la Garenne. Statements from victims and whistleblowers taken over the last 48 hours include details of how staff would invite friends from outside to come for “abuse parties” where children were drugged, raped and beaten. And horrified locals told how they had seen staff dragging children across the fields late at night. Some were never seen again. Deputy chief police officer for Jersey Lenny Harper said: “There are rumours and anecdotal evidence of bodies being buried in the grounds and we’ve been told that remains were buried in the grass banks nearby. “People who stayed at the home told us they would hear screaming in the night and when they woke, a person had disappeared. The staff would always say they had just run away. We cannot ignore this.”….Officers have a hit-list of 40 suspects and last night Lenny Harper warned: “We know who you are and we know you are waiting for us to knock on your door. You can’t do those sorts of things to children and forget about it.” Meanwhile Tony and Morag Jordan, who ran the home from 1971 to 1984 and now live in Angus, Scotland, claim they knew nothing about children being abused. Gordon Wateridge, 76, was last year charged with indecently assaulting three girls under the age of 16 between 1969 and 1973. He is due in court again in March. But some of the perpetrators are dead – including the infamous Beast of Jersey, paedophile Edward Paisnel. Paisnel visited the home as Father Christmas but was later jailed for raping and abusing more than 25 boys and girls. He died in prison….So far more than 160 victims of the nightmare regime at Haut de la Garenne have now come forward to tell sickening tales of how staff abused them. Police chief Lenny Harper said: “We know that friends were invited to the home to take part in the abuse. “The abuse was systematic, endemic and… brutal.” http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/sunday/2008/03/02/jersey-care-home-probe-into-dungeon-four-98487-20337108/

Senior island officials are caught up in abuse inquiry 2/29/08 A number of high-profile names in Jersey society have been caught up in the child-abuse scandal. Channel Television suggested yesterday that among those people who should perhaps have known what was going on at the home was Reg Jeune, once one of the island’s most powerful politicians. Mr Jeune, a retired former senator and Finance Minister, was president of the education committee from 1971 to 1984, when police claim abuse was at its worst. Former staff at the home include the island’s current director of education. Mario Lundy, who worked at the Haut de la Garenne before its closure in 1986, is one of a number of States of Jersey employees connected to the home. Mr Lundy declined to comment. Frank Walker, the island’s Chief Minister, said that no current government employees were the “subject of any police recommendation”. Mr Jeune declined to come to the door of his pink granite farmhouse on the outskirts of St Helier yesterday. Others who should perhaps have known the facts were named by Channel Television last night as John Le Marquand, education committee president in the early 1960s, Herbert Wimberley, the director of education, and Patricia Thornton, the children’s officer. At the time, Colin Tilbrook was a headmaster at Haut de la Garenne. Mr Jeune was replaced as education committee president in 1984 by Phil G. Mourant. Charles Smith, the assistant children’s officer since 1964, succeeded Mrs Thornton in 1973. In 1974 John Rodhouse succeeded Mr Wimberley as director of education. Jim Thomson, now dead, became superintendent at the home in 1979. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3456100.ece

from LMS – Islanders hold a minute’s silence to remember alleged Jersey abuse victims Kevin Dowling 3/8/08 ….Detectives have heard harrowing accounts of sexual and physical abuse in the home’s cellar from the 1960s until it’s closure in 1986 and have said they could start making arrests within the next two weeks….Detectives have information about more than 40 suspects, including members of the island’s Establishment and former care workers. They have heard from more than 160 alleged victims. Police confirmed that 100 people say that they were abused there and 25 people are suspected of sex crimes and physical assaults, including senior members of staff and a former politician. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3511034.ece

from LMS – describe crimes – Blood found in Jersey care home ‘torture chamber’ at the centre of child abuse investigation By Lucy Ballinger Blood has been found in a bath at the former children’s home in Jersey at the centre of a child abuse investigation. Specially-trained police dogs detected traces of blood yesterday morning in the underground chamber at Haut de la Garenne. The discovery appears to confirm the claims of 100 people who said they were victims of sexual and physical abuse at the home….Mr O’Neil later reported the abuse during his time at the home from 1965 to 1972 to a children’s officer, but he says his claims were not taken seriously. “I saw a lot of terrible things, but the States of Jersey did nothing. It was all covered up,” he said….Mr O’Neil’s claims of a cover-up were supported by paedophile investigator Bob McLachlan. Formerly Scotland Yard’s top paedophile investigator, Mr MCLachlan moved to the island ten years ago before retiring in 2002. He says he offered his expertise to Jersey’s Health Ministry twice, but was turned down. He said: “The police failed to investigate child abuse properly. It wasn’t a proper crime like armed robbery.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=528629&in_page_id=1770

describes crimes – Headmaster’s evil lives on in 20-year-old abuse case By Jill Taylor Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 3/1/08 Stuart – Twenty years ago today, on a quiet street in a guard-gated Palm City community, investigators snapped handcuffs onto the wrists of a respected Montessori school headmaster and delivered a message the people of Martin County did not want to hear. Little children, lots of little children, were raped and defiled in unspeakable ways by a man some of the smartest and richest people in the community had trusted to care for their sons and daughters….Hours later, Toward’s office manager, Brenda Williams, turned herself in at the Martin County jail to answer similar charges. Four months later, Toward was charged with molesting and kidnapping five more preschool boys, and Williams was charged in four of those cases. Investigators later learned of up to 60 victims, most ages 2 to 5….Toward, now 77, pleaded guilty to molesting or kidnapping the six boys and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. He was released from his prison term on probation after 12 years, but has remained in custody under the state’s Jimmy Ryce Act, which allows confinement of sex offenders deemed a continuing danger to the community. Toward is challenging his commitment and maintains his innocence, saying his plea was only to avoid a harsher sentence. No date has been scheduled for a civil trial on the issue. He did not respond to a request for an interview. Part of Toward’s plea deal prevented prosecutors from filing more charges or arresting others they thought were involved when dozens more victims came forward later….”We found there were literally dozens of kids who were affected by this guy for a long time,” Colton said. “He spent his life manipulating people. He convinced people they could trust him with their children.” Ralicki expects she will be called to testify at an upcoming Jimmy Ryce hearing. She says she has no doubt that Toward still poses a threat to children. She can never forget what he did to the 20 or so children she treated….Williams pleaded no contest to sex and attempted kidnapping charges involving five boys, and was released from prison in 1993 after serving five years of a 10-year sentence. She could not be reached for comment, but is listed in records as owning a home in Vero Beach. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/

describes crimes – Officers: Thousands of Child Porn Suspects Not Investigated 2/6/08 by Dena Potter Richmond, Va. (AP)….Law enforcement officials have identified more than 19,000 individual computers with such hard-core child pornography files on them in Virginia, but said they simply do not have the resources to investigate all of the suspected sexual predators. Members from Virginia’s two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces were in Richmond on Wednesday to push “Alicia’s Law,” named after a Pennsylvania teen who was brought to Virginia by an online predator, raped and tortured….Virginia ranks eighth per capita nationwide in the number of transactions of child pornography over the Internet, according to software that tracks peer-to-peer file transactions. Since 2005, the ICAC task forces have identified more than 215,000 folders containing child pornography that Virginians have shared on Web sites commonly used to share music and other files….Officers have identified 1,956 computers containing child pornography in Virginia Beach _ the most of any Virginia locality. The problem exists even in the state’s small towns, with tiny Pound in far southwest Virginia being home to 53 unique hard drives containing child porn. The ICAC team has identified one computer in Sandston near Richmond that has made at least 187 transactions, sharing pictures and videos of infants and young children being brutally raped and molested…..A 2005 Department of Justice study suggested that 55 percent of those convicted of possessing child pornography admitted to illegal contact with children. The ICAC task forces have found that local children are the victims in about 30 percent of the discovered files. http://www.wtop.com/?nid=600&sid=1331687

Australia grappling with child abuse ‘epidemic’ 2/12/08 A child protection organisation says the rate of child abuse in Australia has reached epidemic levels. Child Wise has collated research showing one in four girls and one in seven boys experience some form of sexual abuse. It is launching a national campaign to raise awareness about the problem and help parents and others who work with children recognise the signs. The group’s chief executive Bernadette McMenamin says the silence about abuse has to be broken. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/12/2160172.htm

Only 3% of children will ever tell of their abuse (Savi Report 2004) The overall cost of 30,009 cases of child sexual abuse to the Australian tax payers could be estimated at $2.58 billion increasing every year. The cost of 30,009 cases of child sexual abuse is: Medical costs at $1 billion, Foster care and out of home care at $613 million, Social and psychological costs at $1.46 billion, Justice system costs at $611 million. (The Abused Children’s Trust 2006) Only 5% of child sex offenders will have been caught and convicted for their crimes. (Dr K Gelb, Victoria Sentencing Commission) http://www.childwise.net/speak_up/campaign.php

Schools let sex abuse cases slide 2/17/08 Records show a pattern of missed red flags and ignored complaints from students by Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves The Oregonian… is one of 129 Oregon educators disciplined for molesting or having sexual relations with more than 215 public school children over the past 10 years. An examination of those cases by The Oregonian, combined with hundreds of interviews and thousands of pages of documents obtained under state public records law, shows that state and local officials repeatedly missed opportunities to protect students. The Oregonian tracked a 10-year period – 1997 to 2007 – because such cases take years to wind through the state’s teacher discipline system. Records show that school leaders missed red flags or ignored complaints from parents, students and staff, allowing some educators to engage in years of sexual misconduct, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape. The documents reveal that many school administrators concealed alleged sexual misconduct from hiring districts, allowing educators to resign and move on to jobs elsewhere working with children….Between 1997 and 2007, 767 cases of misconduct involving Oregon educators ranged from minor infractions to criminal behavior. Although those who sexually exploit students are a tiny fraction of the 35,000 educators who teach, mentor and coach in Oregon public schools, sexual misconduct with a child ranked as the most common reason the state disciplined an educator….Most cases of educator sexual misconduct don’t end in a criminal conviction, The Oregonian’s investigation found. Between 1997 and 2007, 58 teachers were convicted of a crime related to sexual misconduct with a child. An additional 71 who admitted to sexual misconduct were either not charged or never convicted. In many of those cases, the victims were at or near 18, the legal age of consent. Then, the relationship no longer constitutes a crime. But a teacher having an intimate relationship with a student, regardless of age, violates state rules enforced by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/02/schools_let_sex_abuse_cases_sl.html

International child porn ring uncovered By Lara Jakes Jordan – AP Writer 3/4/08 Washington….Freeman, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., was one of 12 Americans indicted last week in a worldwide investigation that ultimately charged 22 people with participating in the porn ring — and intentionally blocking police from investigating it. In all, more than 400,000 pictures, video files and other images showing children engaged in sexual behavior were produced, advertised, traded and distributed globally in the online pornography ring, according to U.S. and international authorities. The sting, which started in Australia, also netted accused pornographers in England, Canada and Germany. Some victims were as young as five years old. Others were preyed upon for innocent characteristics such as wearing their hair in pigtails….FBI executive assistant director J. Stephen Tidwell…with the lewd images used as currency instead of cash….So far, authorities have identified and rescued 20 of the children who were exploited, he said, adding: “But with 400,000 (images) we’re going to be at this for years, trying to find the victims.”….A 35-count indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Fla., details conversations among the 12 men accused of trading and advertising the pornography. Two other Americans were also arrested in connection with the ring but not included in the indictment….The 12 men were charged with engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; illegally posting notices seeking to receive, exchange and distribute child porn across state lines; and obstructing of justice. Several also were charged with producing the pornography — meaning they had contact with the children who were exploited, Tidwell said. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/03/04/international_child_porn_ring_uncovered/

UK children rescued from worldwide sex abuse ring – Two-year inquiry smashes highly sophisticated group – 22 new arrests follow jailing of six Britons – Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent The Guardian, 3/6/08 Detectives in three continents believe they have broken one of the most sophisticated paedophile rings ever. Eight British children between six and 14 years old have been rescued and arrests made in the UK, Australia and the US….Australian police said the international covert operation had uncovered 2,500 “customers” in 19 countries. As a result of the two-year operation, 400,000 images of child abuse were seized. Police also closed four commercial child sex web sites and arrested more than 100 people for allegedly purchasing child sex material. Officers in the UK used facial recognition software and a database called Childbase as they raced to identify victims from clues in each image. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/06/ukcrime.internationalcrime

Members of Vast Child Exploitation Enterprise Indicted in the Northern District of Florida By U.S. Department of Justice 3/4/08 WASHINGTON A federal grand jury in Pensacola, Fla. has returned a 35-count indictment against 12 individuals who engaged in a criminal enterprise involving the advertisement, transportation and shipment of child pornography over a two-year period, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Gregory R. Miller, and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced today. According to the indictment, the 12 men participated since August 2006 in a highly-sophisticated and well-organized scheme to proliferate child sex abuse images to the organization’s membership. Until the group was dismantled by law enforcement, members of the group utilized Internet newsgroups — or large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared — to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts. The group utilized sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection and traded over 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before being dismantled. The charges were developed after law enforcement infiltrated the group. The indictment charges the 12 defendants with numerous federal crimes, including engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy, advertisement of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and obstruction of justice. http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/March/08_crm_166.html

US Catholic church paid 615 mln dlrs for abuse cases in 2007: report 3/7/08 The Roman Catholic church in the United States paid out 615 million dollars (400 million euros) last year for child sex abuse cases involving members of the clergy, or 54 percent more than the previous year, a report showed Friday. Of the monies paid out by the church, 526 million dollars went to settling cases — almost double the amount paid out in 2006, according to the report commissioned by the church. Around 23 million dollars was paid out for therapy for victims or support for accused offenders, and 60 million dollars for legal fees. The annual report on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People showed that 689 new allegations of abuse were lodged last year — three percent fewer than in 2006 — but most involved cases dating back decades….According to Terry McKiernan, president of “Bishop Accountability,” which documents the abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic church, more than 5,000 priests out of the 42,000 across the United States have been denounced for sexual abuse. “We know that the number is considerably over 5,000 now, and that on the basis of annual adjustments since the John Jay report came out in 2004,” McKiernan told AFP. The John Jay report was commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops from the eponymous College of Criminal Justice in Washington. It found that nearly 4,400 priests had been accused of abuse. http://rawstory.com/news/afp/US_Catholic_church_paid_615_mln_dlr_03072008.html

Pope ‘led cover-up of child abuse by priests’ 3/18/08 The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, according to a shocking documentary to be screened by the BBC tonight. In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety. The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated. The Panorama special, Sex Crimes And The Vatican, investigates the details of this little-known document for the first time. The programme also accuses the Catholic Church of knowingly harbouring paedophile clergymen. It reveals that priests accused of child abuse are generally not struck off or arrested but simply moved to another parish, often to reoffend. It gives examples of hush funds being used to silence the victims. Before being elected as Pope Benedict XVI in April last year, the pontiff was Cardinal Thomas Ratzinger who had, for 24 years, been the head of the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of The Faith, the department of the Roman Catholic Church charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith. An arch-Conservative, he was regarded as the ‘enforcer’ of Pope John Paul II in cracking down on liberal challenges to traditional Catholic teachings. Five years ago he sent out an updated version of the notorious 1962 Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis – Latin for The Crime of Solicitation – which laid down the Vatican’s strict instructions on covering up sexual scandal. It was regarded as so secret that it came with instructions that bishops had to keep it locked in a safe at all times. Cardinal Ratzinger reinforced the strict cover-up policy by introducing a new principle: that the Vatican must have what it calls Exclusive Competence. In other words, he commanded that all child abuse allegations should be dealt with direct by Rome. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23369148-details/Pope%20’led%20cover-up%20of%20child%20abuse%20by%20priests’/article.do?expand=true

Silenced in the Barracks – The Pentagon fails to protect U.S. troops from sexual abuse By Jessica Pupovac….Since she left the Army in 1995, Avila-Smith estimates that she has helped about 1,200 rape survivors separate from the U.S. Armed Forces and claim their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. As founder of Women Organizing Women, an online support group for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST), Avila-Smith has heard it all….A 2004 survey of U.S. service members conducted by the Pentagon’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Services found fear of repercussions to be the number one “perceived barrier” to reporting sexual abuse, noted by 81 percent of female respondents and 73 percent of male respondents. http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3541/silenced_in_the_barracks/

Poll: 100,000 children in Israel have been sexually assaulted By Haaretz Service2/11/08 A national poll reveals that some 100,000 children in Israel have been sexually assaulted, but only 2.5 percent of the incidents are reported to the proper authorities. The poll, presented at a National Council for the Child conference in Be’er Sheva on Monday, encompassed 500 polled parents. The poll shows that 5 percent o f the parents reported that their children had been sexually harassed, and a quarter of the parents never told their children to avoid contact with strangers. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/953249.html

Mind Control and Experimentation

“Michelle Remembers” by Michelle Smith and Lawrence Pazder, MD “A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER” pages xi – xiii” “Dr. Pazder’s credentials are impressive. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1961; his diploma in tropical medicine from the University Liverpool in 1962; and in 1968, his specialist certificate in psychiatry and his diploma in psychological medicine from McGill University. In 1971, he was made a fellow of Canada’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of three Canadian professional associations and of the American Psychiatric Association as well. He practiced medicine in West Africa and has participated in medical task forces and health organizations. He has been chairman of the Mental Health Committee of the Health Planning Council for British Columbia. A member of the staff of two hospitals in Victoria, British Columbia-the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General-he is in private practice with a group of five psychiatrists. His professional papers include a study of the long-term effects of stress upon concentration-camp victims. Two experienced interviewers journeyed to Victoria and talked to Dr. Pazder’s colleagues, to the priests and the bishop who became involved in the case, to doctors who treated Michelle Smith when she was a child, to relatives and friends. From local newspaper, clergy, and police sources they learned that reports of Satanism in Victoria are not infrequent and that Satanism has apparently existed there for many years. Satanism in Western Canada flourished in many areas with activities far more ominous than some of the innocuous groups now found in parts of the United States who claim some connection with Satanism. The source material was scrutinized. The many thousands of pages of transcript of the tape recordings that Dr. Pazder and Michelle Smith made of their psychiatric sessions were read and digested; they became the basis of this book. The tapes themselves were listened to in good measure, and the videotapes made of some of his sessions were viewed. Both the audio and video are powerfully convincing. It is nearly unthinkable that the protracted agony they record could have been fabricated.” Thomas B. Congdon, Jr New York April 22, 1980

from LMS – Freemasons open a lodge at Buckingham Palace… but the Queen isn’t amused 3/8/08 A branch of the Freemasons secret society is being formed by members of the Royal Household and police who protect the Royal Family. And their decision to call it The Royal Household Lodge has put them on a collision course with Buckingham Palace – as has their plan to co-opt the royal cipher – EIIR – for their regalia, to underline their connection to the Queen….Last night, a spokesman for the Queen said: “Buckingham Palace has not, and would not, endorse this sort of arrangement. No permission has been given by the Palace for a Buckingham Palace lodge or anything similar. “If permission is sought, it will be declined.” The founding of the lodge has also alarmed some Royal staff who do not wish to be associated with the fraternity famed for bizarre initiation rites, mystical regalia and mysterious codes of conduct. It is also likely to cause consternation among career women in the Palace, as it is a men-only organisation. Non-members in Royal service are said to be fearful they will be overlooked for prestigious promotions and left unsupported in any below-stairs clashes. Masons are widely believed to further the business and professional interests of brother Masons, although they would deny this and claim it is a harmless social and charitable organisation….”They are concerned that Masons will be preferred and those who aren’t Masons will be written out of the script. “Backstairs life is already complicated enough – there are all sorts of allegiances and cliques and cabals. People fall in and out of favour and there’s a lot of whispering in ears. “The last thing the household needs is a secret society, especially one with the reputation of Freemasonry.”

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all accusations are alleged – “Jesters” To Testify about Illegal Drugs, Child Prostitution? 3/6/08 Sandy Frost Federal court documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, related to case number 07-21228, list 19 witnesses who are believed to be members of the Royal Order of Jesters (ROJ) AKA Shriners AKA Masons, who are expected to testify about fishing trips to Brazil and: “their first hand knowledge of prostitution, minor prostitution, use of illegal drugs and/or entry into Indian reservations by Schair (plaintiff) and/or his customers.” http://sandyfrost.newsvine.com/_news/2008/03/06/1347611-jesters-to-testify-about-illegal-drugs-child-prostitution

from LMS ‘Atomic human guinea pigs’ file suit – Gov’t deserted soldiers after their exposure to nuclear tests: lawyer Janet French, The StarPhoenix 2/20/08 Former soldiers the Canadian military once sent within a couple kilometres of nuclear explosions have launched a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada. Regina lawyer Tony Merchant filed the suit in federal court Tuesday on behalf of an estimated 1,000 “atomic human guinea pigs,” who were sent to the U.S., Australia and islands in the South Pacific between 1946 and 1963. There, soldiers were exposed to huge doses of radiation that caused radiation sickness, then later, cancers and untimely deaths, the suit claims. The statement of claim also alleges the government knew the harmful effects of radiation when the military volunteered its soldiers to be the unwitting test subjects of nuclear blasts….After an uproar by American soldiers also on site for the tests, the U.S. government in 1990 awarded $75,000 to each exposed soldier. http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/story.html?id=c5134536-b076-4b40-95f9-469080884d5d&k=24001

describes graphic crimes – Priest fails in bid to halt abuse case – Robinson suit will proceed By David Yonke Blade Religion Editor – Columbus – The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday allowed a Toledo woman’s lawsuit against Gerald Robinson to continue in which she claims she repeatedly was raped and tortured by the Toledo Catholic priest in satanic rituals when she was a child….In a 4-2 decision, the state’s high court declined to hear an appeal filed by the priest’s attorneys seeking to dismiss the suit. Robinson, 69, was convicted in a separate, high-profile case in 2006 of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl 26 years earlier. He is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in the Hocking Correctional Facility in southern Ohio. Yesterday’s Supreme Court action sends the Toledo woman’s case back to Lucas County Common Pleas Court, where a pretrial hearing with Judge Ruth Ann Franks is set for March 27….The woman sued anonymously as Survivor Doe with her husband, Spouse Doe, claiming Robinson and Toledoan Jerry Mazuchowski were part of a group that dressed as nuns and used fake names when they raped and tortured her between 1968 and 1975. Now in her mid-40s, the woman claims that her abusers chanted Satanic verses, cut her with a knife as a sacrifice to Satan, drew an upside-down cross on her abdomen, and forced her to drink the blood of sacrificed animals. She said the men dressed in nuns’ clothing, used fake names such as “Carrie Jerry” and “Mary Jerry,” and performed the rituals while she was on a table. She said they restrained her if she tried to leave. Survivor Doe said the abuse took place in the basement of St. Adalbert Church in North Toledo until 1972, when it was moved to an undisclosed wooded area. The lawsuit, filed in April, 2005, contends that Father Robinson and Mr. Mazuchowski “had a close relationship with Survivor Doe’s mother, who also participated in the ceremonies in the woods and was becoming [a] high priestess of Satan.” Judge Franks dismissed the suit in January, 2007, saying the statute of limitations had expired. But Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals reinstated the case in October. The appeals court cited four reasons that Survivor Doe’s case was unique: She did not know her alleged abusers’ identities until she recognized them in the media in 2004 and 2005. Her alleged abusers “successfully controlled Survivor Doe during the abusive years by threatening to kill her if she told.” The victim had been psychologically impaired by the trauma. She never considered that her perpetrators could be priests because of her “indoctrination in the Roman Catholic Church.” http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/NEWS02/803130375

from LMS Keywords by David Yonke.…I wrote “Sin, Shame and Secrets.”….”Sin, Shame and Secrets” is about a few despicable priests, and about the bad judgments some church leaders made, sometimes with good but misguided intentions, in trying to protect the offenders and/or protect the reputation of the church….the Father Robinson case. I have been a journalist in Toledo for 25 years. I am a member of this community. I know the players in this story. I covered the trial from the start of jury selection to the post-verdict analyses….But I I have always taken pride in being fair, objective and thorough in my reporting, and as difficult as it was to write some of these chapters, they are all accurate accounts of the events that unfolded….August 15, 2006 The leap to the dark side – I interviewed Father Clement Machado today, who is coming to Father Stanbery’s church in New Bavaria for a parish mission next week. A Canadian native and a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity religious order, Father Machado is living in Rome and has been a frequent commentator on EWTN Catholic radio and television. After we talked for a while, discussing the impact of evil on society, I decided to tell him about my book. I don’t usually inject my own affairs into my interviews as The Blade’s religion editor, but sometimes the interviews turn into conversations and you find that the disembodied voice on the other end of the line has an interest in who you are and what you’re thinking. This was one of those cases. The soft-spoken cleric had been unaware of the Father Robinson case and said he was sad to hear that a Catholic priest had been convicted of murder. Then, after discussing the evidence that indicated it was a satanic ritual slaying, Father Machado surprised me by saying he wasn’t that surprised. In his role as counselor, he said he has met with many people who were victims of ritual abuse by priests. It’s not all that uncommon, but it is rarely talked about, he said. People who are victims of satanic abuse by priests find it hard, if not impossible, to speak about. And even if they did get up the nerve to report the abuse, who would believe them? A priest involved in a satanic cult would seem preposterous to most rational adults. And so the victims keep quiet or, in rare cases, speak up only to find their allegations dismissed out of hand. Father Machado knows too well that it is a hidden plague on society. The more people refuse to believe, the more the perpetrators are able to carry on their horrific crimes. As 18th century statesman Edmund Burke said so eloquently, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It is my hope that “Sin, Shame and Secrets” gives strength to the victims and a sense of validation, emboldening them to speak up. I also hope that by shining a light on the darkness, my book will bring people to the point where they just might believe it when a victim of ritual abuse reports such unspeakable acts. Aug. 15, 2006. Sylvania, Ohio http://www.davidyonke.com/Blog/Keywords/2006/08/

The Toledo diocese, sex abuse, and a woman’s death – Matt C. Abbott 12/2/04 – Julie Bonczek was a young woman who happened upon something disturbing. According to a friend who knew her from 1985 through 1989, Julie had walked in on two men engaging in sex acts in the sanctuary of a parish in the Diocese of Toledo. She subsequently did some digging and found that there was a network of priests and laymen involved in ritualistic sexual abuse, homosexual activity and the occult. On January 5, 1993, Julie was found dead of gun shot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a suicide. But her friend thinks she might have met with foul play. “I know that Julie was very afraid of what she had learned about this group and their activities,” said the friend. “When she died, my gut feeling was that it was related to what she knew.” The friend continued: “The police report (which I have a copy of) states that Julie had previously received a note saying ‘we found you narc your dead,’ and that she had called Lt. Hageman of the Stryker, Ohio police ‘stating someone was trying to kill her.’ Julie was a drug informant for a while and had some troubles with it. The assumption was that the death threats were from drug dealers. But Julie did go to the FBI with her information about the ritual sexual abuse. “As I learned information about this group, from Julie and an employee of the Diocese of Toledo, I talked about it with the pastor of the parish I worked at and that Julie was a member of. Soon I began to receive anonymous threats to get out of the parish. The pastor assured me I had nothing to worry about. I cut most of my ties with the parish after the pastor made sexual advances toward me and invited me to participate in sex orgies with numerous other priests that regularly met at a cottage in Marblehead, Ohio.” The alleged network was known as the “Sisters of the Assumed Mary” (S.A.M.). http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/abbott/041212

has graphic descriptions of crimes – Is Ritual Child Abuse Just a Hoax? By Victoria Hardy 2/15/08 In 1984, a woman accused employees of the McMartin Preschool of molesting her young son when he came home bleeding from his rectum, a doctor verified that the child had been sodomized and thus became the longest criminal trial in American history….During the investigation, 460 children reported being sexually abused and 80% showed physical symptoms including vaginal and rectal scarring, anal bleeding and sexually transmitted chlamydia infections. The children´s stories were remarkably similar concerning the nature, location and perpetrators of the abuse. Although the media held our attention, the public was never informed that teenagers and twenty-year-olds, former students of McMartin´s Preschool, had also come forward confirming the claims of the children, but were not allowed to testify due to the statute of limitations….”Neither side is going to like what I have to say,” Bynum told a reporter before he died. Bynum wanted to know how his citation books, the official police records kept from his time as a detective, had turned up in Ray Buckley´s desk when he was arrested for molestation. And he could corroborate a key point in the children´s testimonies. The children had stated their attackers killed turtles and other small animals to scare them into silence and Bynum, while retained by the defense, found numerous turtle shells and other small animal bones buried in the yard of the preschool. According to the editor of the Los Angeles Times, Noel Greenwood, the widespread media coverage was “a mean-spirited campaign” organized to discredit the kids and their therapists. Besides the ridicule the media heaped on Judy Johnson before her death, they also belittled the children´s claims… http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/52590
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Parental Alienation Syndrome: What Professionals Need to Know Part 1 of 2 Update – Volume 16, Number 6, 2003 By Erika Rivera Ragland & Hope Fields PAS is based primarily upon two notions, neither of which has a foundation in empirical research. 1. PAS Presupposes a High Rate of False Accusations in Custody Cases The theory of PAS is based in part on the notion that, within custody disputes, there is a high incidence of false abuse allegations. Dr. Gardner theorized that allegations arising within the context of a custody dispute have a “high likelihood of being false,”5 and went so far as to state that he believed “the vast majority of allegations in this category [divorce cases with custody disputes] are false.” To the contrary, the available research suggests that false allegation rates are not significantly high. For example, a 1990 study by Thoennes and Tjaden evaluated 9,000 divorces in 12 states and found that sexual abuse allegations were made in less than 2 percent of the contested divorces involving child custody. Within this group, it appears false allegations occurred in approximately 5% to 8% of cases. This study is one of the most comprehensive and least subject to bias and sampling problems, since its sample is so large and representative of the population of those divorcing with custody and visitation disputes. 2. PAS Presumes a Disadvantage to Women in Child Custody Determinations….Other Weaknesses: Lack of Peer Review and Recognition by DSM-IV Dr. Gardner mostly self-published and thus did not generally subject his theory to the peer review process. Moreover, PAS is not recognized by any professional associations, including the American Psychiatric Association. PAS is also not included within the DSM-IV. It is also worth noting that Dr. Gardner often expressed disdain for child abuse professionals, labeling them “validators,” theorizing that greed and desire for increased business prompted some sexual abuse allegations, and speculating that parents and professionals alike made some false allegations because “all of us have some pedophilia within us.” Conclusion – At best, PAS is a nondiagnostic “syndrome” that only explains the behavior of the child and the mother when there is a known false allegation. It is a courtroom diagnosis befitting adversaries involved in legal sparring. It is not capable of lending itself to hard data or inclusion in the forthcoming DSM-V. In short, PAS is an untested theory that, unchallenged, can have far-reaching consequences for children seeking protection and legal vindication in courts of law.

http://www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_volume_16_number_6_2003.html

Parental Alienation Syndrome: What Professionals Need to Know Update – Volume 16, Number 7, 2003 Part 2 of 2 By Hope Fields & Erika Rivera Ragland PAS is an unproven theory that can threaten the integrity of the criminal justice system and the safety of abused children. Prosecutors should educate themselves about PAS and be prepared to argue against its admission in court. In cases where PAS testimony is admitted, it is a prosecutor’s responsibility to educate the judge and jury about the shortfalls of this theory. As more criminal courts refuse to admit PAS evidence, more protection will be afforded to victims of sexual abuse in our court system. http://www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_volume_16_number_7_2003.html

Almost 90 percent of children reported experiencing sexual violence – 10/15/07 – Almost 90% of teenagers aged 12-18 claim to have been victims of some level of sexual violence, according to a study conducted jointly by the University of Haifa and Ben Gurion University (Israel). The research surveyed 1,036 high school students. Additionally, 82% of the boys and 76% of the girls reported said that they had been subjects of violent physical assault. Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel from the University of Haifa’s School of Social Work, one of the authors of the study, noted that the results showed a distressing increase in the incidence of violence – both sexual and physical – over the past few years. The number of criminal files opened by the police for assault against children rose from 6,370 in 1998 to 8,805 in 2005. According to the National Council for the Child, the number of children treated for suspected violent attacks or abuse in 2005 stood at more than 37,000, a rise of 120% over the past decade. Of the 37,000, 30.5% were reported physical violence, 9.9% sexual, 13% psychological and 36.8% varying degrees of neglect. Prof. Lev-Wiesel stressed that the aim of the research was to examine the personal and social factors that help adolescents cope with the trauma of a violent assault. A questionnaire was completed anonymously by over 1,000 high school students. The questionnaire measured six variables: demography, physical and sexual assaults, PTSD, potency and social support from family and friends. http://www.physorg.com/news111664508.html

Evidence against the iatrogenesis of multiple personality disorder. Dissociation, 2, 61-65. Colin A. Ross, M.D., G. Ron Norton, Ph.D., George A. Fraser, M.D. (1989). Exposure to hypnosis does not appear to influence the phenomenology of MPD….There is no evidence derived from the study of clinical MPD that the disorder is artifactual. In fact there is not one case of MPD created artifactually by a specialist in dissociation reported in the literature. Given the absence of positive evidence for the artifactual nature of clinical MPD, the data in the present study provide compelling evidence that MPD is a genuine disorder with a consistent set of core features. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/bitstream/1794/1424/1/Diss_2_2_2_OCR.pdf

Women who suffered child abuse spend more on health care – Middle-aged women who suffered physical or sexual abuse as children spend up to one-third more than average in health-care costs, according to a long-term study of more than 3,000 women. Even decades after the abuse ended, these women used health services at significantly higher rates than did non-abused women, the research found. “What’s remarkable is that women with an average age in their late 40s still suffer consequences from abuse that occurred decades ago,” said Amy Bonomi, associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University, who led the study at Group Health in Seattle. “No other study has found that before.” Women who had no history of abuse spent an average of $2,413 a year (in 2004 dollars) on health care costs. Women who were sexually abused only paid an average of $382 a year more, those who were physically abused spent $502 more, and women who suffered both types of abuse spent $790 a year in additional health care costs. The study appears online in advance of the March issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine….The study took into account factors such as age and education that also can affect health care use. “We are able to say pretty confidently that it was the abuse itself that is driving higher health care use and costs in these women,” she said. After accounting for women’s age and education, women who were sexually abused as children faced health care costs 16 percent higher than non-abused women, while physically abused women’s costs were 22 percent higher. For women who suffered both types of abuse, costs rose 36 percent above average. The research examined data from 3,333 women who belonged to Group Health, a health care system in the Pacific Northwest. While other studies had linked childhood abuse to higher adult health care costs, this research provides the most comprehensive and accurate evidence to date, Bonomi said. http://www.physorg.com/printnews.php?newsid=122662483

Former Eagles player Al Chesley encourages child sexual abuse victims to speak out AP 3/5/08 Wilmington, Del. – Former NFL linebacker Al Chesley said Wednesday he was sexually abused as a teenager and is encouraging victims of child sexual abuse to step forward and tell their stories….Livingston and Casteix took advantage of a 2003 California law, similar to Delaware’s, that allowed a one-year “lookback” window for victims to file lawsuits that previously had been barred by the statute of limitations. Delaware’s law, enacted last year, allows a two-year lookback period. According to SNAP members, California’s civil window has led to criminal convictions against three child predators. “This law is the only way we can get molesters off the street right now,” Casteix said. Casteix said she and Livingston were among 90 plaintiffs who settled with the Catholic diocese of Orange County, Calif., in 2004 for a total of $100 million. A key to the settlement, she said, was the release of church documents showing that the diocese knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3278613

Research suggests that children’s memory may be more reliable than adults’ in court cases 3/6/08 Scientists found that humans exhibit two types of memory. They call one “verbatim trace,” in which events are recorded very precisely and factually. Children have more “verbatim trace,” but as they mature, they develop more and more of a second type of memory: “gist trace,” in which they recall the meaning of an event, its emotional flavor, but not precise facts. Gist trace is the most common cause of false memories, occurring most often in adults. Research shows that children are less likely to produce false memories, because gist trace develops slowly. As a result, children’s recollections could be more reliable than those of adults, and this could lead to ramifications in the courtroom….Researchers Valerie Reyna, human development professor, and Chuck Brainerd, human development and law school professor– both from Cornell University — argue that…memory is of two minds — that is, memories are captured and recorded separately and differently in two distinct parts of the mind. They say children depend more heavily on a part of the mind that records, “what actually happened,” while adults depend more on another part of the mind that records, “the meaning of what happened.” As a result, they say, adults are more susceptible to false memories, which can be extremely problematic in court cases. Reyna’s and Brainerd’s research, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), sparked more than 30 follow-up memory studies (many also funded by NSF), which the researchers review in an upcoming issue of Psychological Bulletin. This research shows that meaning-based memories are largely responsible for false memories, especially in adult witnesses. Because the ability to extract meaning from experience develops slowly, children are less likely to produce these false memories than adults, and are more likely to give accurate testimony when properly questioned. ….Reyna and Brainerd’s findings are summarized in a new book, The Science of False Memory, published by Oxford University Press. Source: NSF http://www.physorg.com/news124040343.html

from LMS – The Myth of the Victimless Crime By Melissa Farley and Victor Malarek 3/12/08….Whose theory is it that prostitution is victimless? It’s the men who buy prostitutes who spew the myths that women choose prostitution, that they get rich, that it’s glamorous and that it turns women on. But most women in prostitution, including those working for escort services, have been sexually abused as children, studies show. Incest sets young women up for prostitution — by letting them know what they’re worth and what’s expected of them. Other forces that channel women into escort prostitution are economic hardship and racism. The Emperor’s Club presented itself as an elite escort service. But aside from charging more, it worked like any other prostitution business. The pimps took their 50 percent cut. The Emperor’s Club often required that the women provide sex twice an hour. One woman who was wiretapped indicated that she couldn’t handle that pressure. The ring operated throughout the United States and Europe. The transport of women for prostitution was masked by its description as “travel dates.”….Whether the woman is in a hotel room or on a side street in someone’s car, whether she’s trafficked from New York to Washington or from Mexico to Florida or from the city to the suburbs, the experience of being prostituted causes her immense psychological and physical harm. And it all starts with the buyer. Melissa Farley is the author of “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections.” Victor Malarek is the author of “The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/opinion/12farley.html

Dissociation and Trauma Archives – Full text searchable articles and case studies published in the 1800s and early 1900s. http://boundless.uoregon.edu/digcol/diss/index.html

Multiple personality and dissociation, 1791-1992: a complete bibliography – Author Goettmann, B. A. Greaves, B. G. Coons M. P. “Multiple personality and dissociation, 1791-1992(2nd edition)” is a bibliography. It contains the 1st edition as well as updates through November 30, 1993. Article errors have been corrected when possible. The bibliography is divided up into the following areas: Multiple personalities, Dissociation and Amnesia, Depersonalization and Derealization, Fugue States, and Medico-legal Aspects. Sidran Press. 2nd Edition. ISBN 0-9629164-5-5 University of Oregon Librarieshttp://boundless.uoregon.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/diss&CISOPTR=38

Traumatised South African children play ‘rape me’ games Chris McGreal in Johannesburg – The Guardian, 3/13/08…. In a report on school violence published yesterday, the commission said schools were the “single most common” site of crimes against children, such as robbery and assault, including rampant sexual violence, some of it by teachers. The commission said it had identified a number of games pupils played in response to the violence, including one in which they pretended to rape each other. “This game demonstrates the extent and level … brutalisation of the youth has reached, and how endemic sexual violence has become in South Africa,” it said. The report said that a fifth of all sexual assaults on young people occurred at school. A survey of 1,227 female students who were victims of sexual assault found that nearly 9% of them had been attacked by teachers….A separate study by the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme found that a quarter of secondary school students said that forced sexual intercourse did not necessarily constitute rape. The human rights commission report said that more than 40% of the young people it interviewed had been victims of some form of crime. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/13/southafrica.internationalcrime

Experts: Parents often reluctant to report sex abuse by Andrew Strickler andrew.strickler@newsday.com 3/10/08 ….”Culturally, we have a strong resistance to acknowledging sexual abuse, especially same-sex child abuse,” says Pat Patrick, director of the nonprofit Darkness to Light in Charleston, S.C., which teaches sex abuse prevention. A perceived stigma attached to victims persists, experts say, despite a growing awareness of such crimes. Six of every 1,000 children report being sexually abused in the previous year by an adult known to them, according to a 2002 survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center. Reports of child sex abuse have dropped sharply in recent years, according to director David Finkelhor, although most experts believe such incidents remain underreported. While many fear strangers, the majority of sex crimes against children are committed by a family member, a friend or someone else the child knows, a fact that experts say also contributes to unreported abuses.

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/suffolk/ny-lisile095608279mar10,0,7065346.story

Seeds of PTSD Planted in Childhood By Constance Holden – ScienceNOW Daily News 3/18/08 Not everyone is vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)–the extreme anxiety, depression, and nightmares that can follow a harrowing event. Although some people develop symptoms after seemingly minor traumas, others can handle wars, hurricanes, or various forms of physical abuse without losing their emotional balance. Now, researchers have shown that mutations in a stress-related gene may help determine whether someone who suffered from abuse as a child is susceptible to PTSD later in life. Teasing out the genetics of PTSD has been difficult. Children who are abused are more susceptible to PTSD as adults, and researchers estimate that up to 40% of this susceptibility is inherited. But just what genes are responsible is not known….The researchers collected data on 762 people, most of them from poor black neighborhoods, who came to the clinic over a 2-year period for nonpsychiatric reasons. Through interviews and questionnaires, the subjects reported experiences with childhood abuse as well as other types of trauma in later life. Clinicians determined whether such traumas had triggered PTSD in adulthood. Subjects also gave saliva samples so their DNA could be tested. Some 30% of the patients reported physical or sexual abuse, or both, as a child. This group showed twice the number of PTSD symptoms following later traumas, such as an accident or robbery, as those who had not reported being abused. http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/318/2?etoc also see http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/299/11/1291 and http://www.medpagetoday.com/Genetics/GeneticTesting/dh/8824

Planting False Childhood Memories in Children: The Role of Event Plausibility – Kathy Pezdek, Danelle Hodge – Child Development, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Jul. – Aug., 1999), pp. 887-895 Abstract – This experiment tested and supported the hypothesis that events will be suggestively planted in children’s memory to the degree that the suggested event is plausible and script-relevant knowledge exists in memory. Nineteen 5- to 7-year-old children and 20 9- to 12-year-old children were read descriptions of two true events and two false events, reported to have occurred when they were 4 years old. One false event described the child lost in a mall while shopping (the plausible false event); the other false event described the child receiving a rectal enema (the implausible false event). The majority of the 39 children (54%) did not remember either false event. However, whereas 14 children recalled the plausible but not the implausible false event, only one child recalled the implausible but not the plausible false event; this difference was statistically significant. Three additional children (all in the younger age group) recalled both false events. Although this pattern of results was consistent for both age groups, the differences were significant for the younger children only. A framework is outlined specifying the cognitive processes underlying suggestively planting false events in memory. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0009-3920%28199907%2F08%2970%3A4%3C887%3APFCMIC%3E2.0.CO%3B2-G&size=LARGE&origin=JSTOR-enlargePage

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from LMS – State removes 52 girls from polygamist ranch – CPS received a tip about sexual abuse in isolated religious sect by Janet Elliot 4/4/08 – Austin – Fifty-two girls, including 18 suspected abuse victims, were removed by state officials Friday from the West Texas compound where a religious sect kept them isolated from the outside world….The complex of dormitory-style buildings and a large temple was founded four years ago by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who was convicted last year in Utah of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl….The complex of dormitory-style buildings and a large temple was founded four years ago by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who was convicted last year in Utah of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl….The social workers spent Thursday night and Friday questioning people living at the complex. They determined that 18 girls, ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years, had been abused or were at immediate risk of future abuse….The sudden police invasion of the religious sect, which is not associated with the mainstream Mormon Church, reminded some of the deadly federal raid 15 years ago of the Branch Davidian complex near Waco….”There was reason to believe a girl had called in and said she was being raped,” Black said. “There also was reason to believe they were heavily armed out there.” Members of the sect from Utah, known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arrived in Texas in late 2003. They purchased the 1,700-acre ranch four miles outside of Eldorado, a town of 2,000, and began construction….Jeffs was convicted in September. A 14-year-old girl testified she was forced to wed her cousin. He was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life. Testimony indicated he performed the ceremony and forced the girl to marry the 19-year-old man and have sex with him. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5676830.html

from LMS Over 400 Kids Taken From Polygamist Sect By Michelle Roberts, AP Writer 4/7/08 Eldorado, Texas (AP) – More than 400 children, mostly girls in pioneer dresses, were swept into state custody from a polygamist sect in what authorities described Monday as the largest child-welfare operation in Texas history. The days long raid on the sprawling compound built by now-jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sparked by a 16-year-old girl’s call to authorities that she was being abused and that girls as young as 14 and 15 were being forced into marriages with much older men. Dressed in home-sewn, ankle-length dresses with their hair pinned up in braids, some 133 women left the Yearning for Zion Ranch of their own volition along with the children. State troopers were holding an unknown number of men in the compound until investigators finished executing a house-to-house search of the 1,700-acre property, which includes a medical facility, a cheese-making plant, a cement plant, a school, numerous large housing units and an 80-foot white limestone temple that rises discordantly out of the brown scrub. “In my opinion, this is the largest endeavor we’ve ever been involved in in the state of Texas,” said Children’s Protective Services spokesman Marleigh Meisner, who said the agency was also involved in the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. The members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spent their days raising numerous children, tilling small gardens and doing chores. But at least one former resident says life was not some idyllic replica of 19th-century life. “Once you go into the compound, you don’t ever leave it,” said Carolyn Jessop, one of the wives of the alleged leader of the Eldorado complex. Jessop left with her eight children before part of the sect moved to Texas. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/04/04/national/a132730D77.DTL

describes crimes Woman describes ‘escape’ from polygamy – She left the same sect that 534 women, children were freed from in Texas – By Mike Celizic TODAYShow.com contributor – 4/8/08 – A polygamous community in Texas that follows the teaching of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints practices pedophilia, torture and child abuse under the guise of a religion, according to a woman who escaped the sect with her eight children five years ago. “I think it’s a form of pedophilia hiding behind a religion as a protection,” Carolyn Jessop told TODAY’s Matt Lauer from Salt Lake City on Tuesday. “There’s just a desire to control and manipulate and torture people, and religion is just used as the cover.”….Police removed 401 children and 133 women from the compound on warrants issued by a judge, who deemed them to be under imminent danger of physical abuse….When Jessop was a member of the sect, it was centered in Colorado City, Ariz., on the Utah border. The 1,700-acre Texas compound was built after she left. The sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last September after being found guilty of two counts of first-degree accomplice rape for sanctioning the forced marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin….She has written a book about her experience entitled “Escape,” and in it, she talks about being totally cut off from the world and not being allowed to watch television or read newspapers or magazines. “Everything you did was monitored and controlled and everybody reported on everyone else,” she said. “It was a police state. You were not allowed to make decisions in your life. I had no power over my life or the lives of my children. It was a terrible way to live.” The alleged control began in infancy. “The method he would use with infants was a form of water torture,” Jessop said of her former husband. “He would spank the baby until it was screaming out of control, and then he would hold the baby face up under a tap of running water so it couldn’t breathe. He would do this repeatedly. Sometimes, it would go on for an hour, until the baby was so exhausted it couldn’t cry anymore. This method he called ‘breaking them.'” To a child, the abuse becomes normal, she said, and resistance becomes unthinkable to most. “With this level of mind control, it’s something you’re born into and it’s generational. The babies born into this, they don’t stand a chance from the beginning,” she said….The fundamentalist group claims to hold to the original teachings of Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon religion in rural upstate New York in 1830. It is not recognized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which renounced plural marriage in 1904 under pressure from the federal government. There are a number of fundamentalist branches with compounds in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Mexico and Texas, according to Jon Krakauer’s book, “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24009286/

Woman Who Escaped Polygamous Sect Revisits Past – Laurene Jessop Confronts Husband Who Also Married Her Sister — Will She Forgive Him? 3/1/06 ‘Keep Sweet’ – When Laurene finally spoke up about her “sister wife,” Laurene said Jessop called the sect police, who forcibly removed Laurene from her home — she says for not following the law that says plural wives must obey their husband. “These are state-certified policemen who have been ordered by the prophet, or an elder, to come in there and arrest me,” Laurene said. She said she was handcuffed, put in a police car and taken to a mental institution in Flagstaff, Ariz., more than 200 miles away from her children. Laurene returned home and said she was sent to the institution three more times. She says she found it impossible to be the perfect servant to her husband’s every whim, even though it was the law of the land….Confronting Abuse – In Colorado City, Laurene says men wield absolute power over both wives and children. For Laurene, a much harsher indoctrination into the male-dominated culture began before she was even married. She said she was sexually abused by her father. “The sexual abuse started about the time I started developing,” she said. “There was no safe place to go. There would be several of us girls in the room, and he would come into the house and go around and put — kiss each one of the girls — put his hand down your blouse, say, ‘Oh, looks like you’re getting bigger, you know, you’re developing, you’re coming along very well here.'” Laurene and 12 of her sisters reported being molested, though they say the abuse stopped short of actual intercourse. In 1983 their father, Jack Cooke, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and went to prison for five years. http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/Story?id=1672757&page=1 (through 4)

40 more women in polygamy sect opt for shelters By Janet Elliot 4/25/08 Austin – Forty women opted Thursday to go to a family violence shelter rather than return to the West Texas ranch where authorities allege children are unsafe because of the polygamist group’s practice of “spiritually marrying” underage girls to older men. Seven of the women who had been staying with their children in public shelters for the past three weeks returned to the Yearning for Zion ranch near Eldorado. The number of women choosing to go to an undisclosed family violence shelter was a turnaround from last week, when six sought shelter and 51 returned to the isolated compound.http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5729490.html

Court orders return of sect children to parents – About 440 seized from polygamist compound; ruling shatters state’s case 5/29/08 The Texas Supreme Court decides children in polygamist custody case must be returned to their parents. NBC’s Pete Williams reports. MSNBC – SAN ANTONIO – In a crushing blow to the state’s massive seizure of children from a polygamist sect’s ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that child welfare officials overstepped their authority and the children should go back to their parents. The high court affirmed a decision by an appellate court last week, saying Child Protective Services failed to show an immediate danger to the more than 400 children swept up from the Yearning For Zion Ranch nearly two months ago. “On the record before us, removal of the children was not warranted,” the justices said in their ruling issued in Austin…..Texas officials claimed at one point that there were 31 teenage girls at the ranch who were pregnant or had been pregnant, but later conceded that about half of those mothers, if not more, were adults. One was 27. Under Texas law, children can be taken from their parents if there’s a danger to their physical safety, an urgent need for protection and if officials made a reasonable effort to keep the children in their homes. The high court agreed with the appellate court that the seizures fell short of that standard. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24878696/

31 of 53 teen girls at FLDS ranch have been pregnant By Michelle Roberts AP Press Writer San Antonio – More than half the teen girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas either are pregnant or have children, state officials said Monday. A total of 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are in state custody after a raid 3 1/2 weeks ago at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Of those girls, 31 have children or are pregnant, said Child Protective Services spokesman Darrell Azar. “It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive,” he said. State officials took custody of all 463 children at the ranch controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, saying a pattern of teen girls forced into underage “spiritual” marriages and sex with much older men created an unsafe environment for the sect’s children. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5736597.html

A ‘village’ of child sexual abuse By Ellen Goodman 5/16/08 “In the world of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, “spiritual marriage” between older men and underage girls – what the law defines as rape – is given the stamp of religious approval. Of 53 girls believed to be between 14 and 17, more than 30 have children or are pregnant, including one who gave birth to her second child in custody. Among the boys, too, there is suspicion of widespread physical abuse….Nevertheless, what do we make of an entire sect that has sexual abuse at its very heart? That believes plural “marriages” between older men and underage women are not an aberration but a pathway to heaven? Nobody can prosecute the FLDS for what they believe, says Marci Hamilton, author of “God vs. the Gavel.” “They can stay together and believe what they want into eternity. What they can’t do is illegal action.” She compares their community to a crack house. “If you go into a drug den in a burnt-out rowhouse and all the adults are drug addicts, how can you leave the children there?” Hamilton calls this sect a “conspiracy of adults to commit systematic child sex abuse.”….Individual hearings will begin next week. I hope that the children and mothers will tell the truth rather than follow the admonition to “keep sweet.” I hope mothers will choose their children over obedience to their patriarchs. But in the end, what we have on that ranch in Eldorado is not a lifestyle. It’s a pedophile ring. If we cannot rescue children from that, we’ve already destroyed their village.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/05/16/a_village_of_child_sexual_abuse/

Polygamy and the Law – 400 Children Removed From Religious Sect’s Texas Ranch – Marci Hamilton 4/8/08 Marci Hamilton, a leading church/state expert who specializes on the issue of whether religious practices that violate the law should be accommodated, law professor at Princeton University and author of “God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law” and the upcoming “Justice Denied: What American Can Do To Protect Its Children,” was online Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the situation in Texas….What types of people join these organizations and agree to live their lives like this? Marci Hamilton: Most are born into the organization, so they do not make a conscious “choice” to join. A few escape, like the members of Tapestry, an organization of formerly polygamous wives in Utah, but most never do. They are not permitted to watch television or be exposed to the outside influences that might persuade them there is a better life than the one they are living. The FLDS’s “success” depends in no small part on its insularity. Annapolis, Md.: How restrictive are the churches on the movement of the people that live there? Are they ever able to leave the grounds? Do they truly believe that it is a religion and did they make the choice to join? Marci Hamilton: Every move is monitored. A number of boys are abandoned by the group to keep the numbers favorable to the men, and when they are dropped off on street corners in cities like Phoenix or Salt Lake City, it is often the first time they have ever been outside the group. They have been dubbed the “lost boys” for good reason….Washington, D.C.: Don’t blame “Big Love”! I love the TV show. Marci Hamilton: Sorry– the t.v. show is propaganda for an organization that engages in persistent child and spousal abuse….In the U.S., polygamy is usually portrayed as being in secluded, white communities in the western states. Is there any evidence of significant polygamous activity outside of that stereotype? Marci Hamilton: Polygamy has been a staple of Islamic culture around the world, and is still practiced in some countries. Your second point is accurate- it’s all about who has the power — the education, the wealth, and the physical capacity to insist on their way. That’s true in every abuse situation, sadly.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/04/08/DI2008040801532_pf.html

Former polygamist wife blasts court ruling on sect kids’ seizure 5/22/08 By Courtney Zubowski / 11 News – Houston – Carolyn Jessop, a 40-year-old mother of eight, lived on the FLDS compound ruled by Warren Jeffs in Arizona for most of her life. So when she heard about a court ruling Thursday that condemned the state’s seizure of hundreds of children from an FLDS ranch in West Texas, she was particularly upset. “Absolutely tragic. I am actually horrified a judge would make that decision,” Jessop said. Jessop said she saw a future for the children who were taken from the ranch, but the ruling was a huge blow to that hope. “Even the remote concept, the remote concept they could be handed back when this level of child abuse is being exposed, it’s unbelievable to me,” she said. Jessop was 18 when she married a 50-year-old man on the FLDS compound in Arizona. He had four wives and 34 kids. Five years ago, it just got to be too much for Jessop, and she left. http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/khou080522_tnt_polygamistinsider.1c6a8038.html

Official: Sex abuse of boys in sect possible – Texas investigators give few details, cite journal entries, interviews 4/30/2008 Austin, Texas – Texas officials told legislators Wednesday that they’re investigating the possible sexual abuse of some young boys taken from a polygamist sect’s ranch, as well as broken bones among other children. The disclosures are the first suggestions that anyone other than teenage girls may have been sexually or physically abused at the ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect. In written and oral testimony provided to lawmakers Wednesday, officials with the state Department of Family and Protective Services said interviews and journal entries suggested that boys may have been sexually abused. Earlier, the department’s commissioner, Carey Cockerell, told lawmakers that at least 41 children, some of them “very young,” have evidence of broken bones. The state has custody of 464 children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in the west Texas prairie town of Eldorado, including a baby born to a teen mother Tuesday. On Monday, CPS announced that almost 60 percent of the underage girls living on the Eldorado ranch are pregnant or already have children. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24388249/

FLDS: Texas court fight heats up – State appeals Thursday’s ruling, releases Jeffs’ photos with a young girl as 12 FLDS children reunite with parents By Brooke Adams The Salt Lake Tribune 5/24/08 Photographs submitted into evidence in a Texas court hearing Friday showing FLDS leader Warren Jeffs with a young girl. The photos are dated July 27, 2006. The Salt Lake Tribune blurred the girl’s face. San Angelo, Texas – A single photograph introduced in court Friday could define Texas’ case against a polygamous sect: FLDS leader Warren S. Jeffs cradling a 12-year-old girl in his arms and kissing her, a state attorney said, “how a husband would kiss a wife.” The photo was introduced in a custody hearing for an infant born nearly two weeks ago to Louisa Bradshaw Jessop, whose two older children were taken into state care during an April raid on the sect’s YFZ Ranch in west Texas. The court-approved raid, which removed more than 450 children, was based on the state’s belief that young girls were being wed to older men and that boys were being groomed to continue the practice. The Texas Supreme Court is reviewing the Department of Family and Protective Services’ petition for a stay of an appellate court decision that found there was inadequate evidence for a trial judge to keep about 450 FLDS children in custody. http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9361767

Abuse cases ‘slip under the rug’ ‘STATE OF DENIAL’ – Many educators who molest kids are allowed to quit, move on: experts 3/30/08 By Mike Thomas – Staff Reporter/mthomas@suntimes.com 4.5 million abused, study says – But according to experts, many such cases never come to the surface. “These cases tend to slip under the rug,” said Terri Miller, president of the national organization Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation. “They let teachers quietly resign and move on.”….In 2004, Congress released the results of a report it had commissioned on teacher sexual misconduct. Compiled by Hofstra University Professor Charol Shakeshaft, it concluded that an estimated 4.5 million of 50 million students in American public schools “are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade.” http://www.suntimes.com/

Lost 400 children may have been trafficked into sex or drugs trade – Rise in foreign youngsters missing from care in UK – Government action plan ‘failing to protect victims’ Robert Booth The Guardian, 4/23/08 More than 400 foreign children, many suspected of being trafficked into the sex or drug trade in Britain, have gone missing from local authority care. Children from Africa, Asia and eastern Europe have disappeared from safe houses and foster homes around the country’s biggest ports and airports, figures released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/23/childprotection.immigrationandpublicservices

Curley family drops lawsuit vs. NAMBLA By O’Ryan Johnson 4/24/08 A federal civil lawsuit brought by the parents of a young boy killed 11 years ago, which attempted to punish members of the North American Man Boy Love Association for his excruciating final hours, was dropped yesterday, according to court records. The lawsuit was filed in 2000 by Robert and Barbara Curley, the parents of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge, who was abducted, raped and murdered in October 1997. Charles Jaynes was convicted of the crime and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. During his murder trial, evidence suggested Jaynes was mailed NAMBLA publications that were found in a New Hampshire apartment where the boy was held during his abduction.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1089285

Supreme Court upholds part of anti-child porn law 5/19/08 By Mark Sherman – Washington (AP) – The Supreme Court upheld criminal penalties Monday for promoting child pornography. The court, in a 7-2 decision, brushed aside concerns that the law could apply to mainstream movies that depict adolescent sex, classic literature or innocent e-mails that describe pictures of grandchildren. The ruling upheld part of a 2003 law that also prohibits possession of child porn. It replaced an earlier law against child pornography that the court struck down as unconstitutional. The law sets a five-year mandatory prison term for promoting, or pandering, child porn. It does not require that someone actually possess child pornography. Opponents have said the law could apply to movies like “Traffic” or “Titanic” that depict adolescent sex. But Justice Antonin Scalia, in his opinion for the court, said the law does not cover movie sex. there is no “possibility that virtual child pornography or sex between youthful-looking adult actors might be covered by the term ‘simulated sexual intercourse.'” Scalia said. Likewise, Scalia said, First Amendment protections do not apply to “offers to provide or requests to obtain child pornography.”….Authorities arrested Michael Williams in an undercover operation aimed at fighting child exploitation on the Internet. A Secret Service agent engaged Williams in an Internet chat room, where they swapped non-pornographic photographs. Williams advertised himself as “Dad of toddler has ‘good’ pics of her an me for swap of your toddler pics, or live cam.” After the initial photo exchange, Williams allegedly posted seven images of actual minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Agents who executed a search warrant found 22 child porn images on Williams’ home computer. Williams also was convicted of possession of child pornography. That conviction, and the resulting five-year prison term, was not challenged. The case is U.S. v. Williams, 06-694. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080519/D90ORGEG2.html

Mueller: ‘We’re Losing’ the Child Porn War FBI Director Says Task Forces, More Record Retention Could Help Combat the Problem By Jason Ryan – Washington, 4/23/08 U.S. law enforcement is losing the battle to combat child pornography and child exploitation on the Internet, FBI Director Robert Mueller said today during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told members of Congress that, in the battle against the spread of child pornography, “We’re losing.”….”It is growing on the Internet, exponentially is probably too strong a term, but just about every crime there is has gravitated to the Internet, and in certain cases, the Internet has provided the vehicle for expansion that otherwise would not be there, and that’s certainly true with child pornography,” Mueller told Franks and the rest of the committee. Due to the growing use of the Internet, digital photography and encryption software, the problem has become more pervasive in recent years….According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), child pornography is a $20 billion-a-year black market industry that has been proliferating on the Internet….Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., questioned the FBI’s allocation of resources on the issue and told the Director, “I don’t think that the FBI is doing enough to pursue online child predators… There are about 500,000 known online child pornographers, people trading these images — these are depictions of sexual acts that are actually happening, crime scene photographs.” http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/FedCrimes/Story?id=4712725&page=1

Agencies see cases on luring kids rise by Linda Satter 5/25/08 A nationwide effort that has been afoot for two years to catch child predators who exploit children by either soliciting them for sex or distributing obscene images of them is just now making its presence felt in federal courtrooms across the country, including those in the Eastern and Western districts of Arkansas….”Statistics show that 85 percent of people we prosecute for child pornography are also child molesters, so these are not just people looking at photos,” Balfe (U. S. Attorney Bob Balfe) said. He said the proliferation of photographs involving children involved in sexually explicit conduct also “creates a market for people who exploit children.” “They feed off each other,” he said of molesters and pornographers. “One of the strongest reasons we go after this is that the child molester and the child pornographer are often one and the same person. There’s a reason they look at this stuff.” He noted that many people think of child pornography as photos of a 15-year-old girl in a skimpy bathing suit, but actually, “We’re talking about images of children in horrific activities.” Citing national statistics, he said that 83 percent of child-pornography cases involve children between the ages of 6 and 12, while 40 percent involve images of children ages 3 to 5, and 19 percent involve children ages 2 and younger. http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/226737/

Child abuse by aidworkers, peacekeepers rife: study – David Clarke – Reuters US Online Report World News 5/26/08 London (Reuters) – Sexual abuse of children by aid workers and peacekeepers is rife and efforts to protect young people are inadequate, said a report published on Tuesday. The study by charity Save the Children UK said there were significant levels of abuse in emergencies, much of it unreported and unless the silence ended, attempts to stamp out exploitation would “remain fundamentally flawed.”….Save the Children based its findings on visits last year to Haiti, Southern Sudan and Ivory Coast. It held 38 focus group discussions with 250 children and 90 adults, followed up by in-depth interviews with some and desk-based research. The study found a huge range of exploitation and abuse: children trading sex for food, forced sex, verbal sexual abuse, child prostitution, child pornography, sexual slavery, sexual assault and child trafficking. The focus groups identified children as young as six as having been abused, although most were aged 14 to 15. U.N. peacekeepers were identified as the most likely perpetrators by 20 of the 38 groups, although a total of 23 humanitarian, peacekeeping and security organizations were associated with sexual abuse in the three countries. http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Child_abuse_by_aidworkers_peacekeep_05262008.html

Underage prostitutes marketed on Internet By Jocelyn Wiener – jwiener@sacbee.com 5/18/08 It is difficult to estimate just how many children are being pimped out, either locally or nationally. In 2003, the FBI reported about 1,400 juveniles were arrested nationally for prostitution. Most believe the problem is much larger than that number suggests. Estimates vary wildly and are considered, by law enforcement and other experts, to be based on shaky methodology. What Seyffert knows is this: In Sacramento, the trade in sex with underage girls is thriving. Between 2005 and 2007, her department picked up at least 65 girls, and she feels certain many more are out there. As prostitution increasingly moves to the Web, she says, the girls are just getting harder for police to find….What is it that lures a young girl to prostitution? For Jasmine, it started with a rape when she was 11. She was living in her grandparents’ North Sacramento home, attending elementary school. Her mother was addicted to drugs, she said. Her father was physically abusive. She said she confided to her mother about the attack, and her mother responded that it was the girl’s own fault. Jasmine ran then – first to the streets, then to a friend’s house. There, she met a man who told her all kinds of nice things – compliments she’d rarely heard. He also gave her physical affection. “In other words, sex,” she said recently, her big brown eyes unblinking as she sat in Seyffert’s office. Before long, the pimp taught Jasmine to sell her body, sometimes for $80, sometimes $300. He kept the profits, buying her cheeseburgers and sexy clothes. From him – and the other five pimps she worked for between ages 11 and 14 – she learned to keep her eyes trained on the ground, and to shut off her mind when johns climbed on top of her. http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/947617.html

Jersey police say bones may lead to murder investigation in child abuse case AP 5/21/08 London: Police on the island of Jersey say bone fragments found in a child abuse investigation may lead to a murder investigation. Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper says there is no doubt that bones and teeth found at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home indicate that at least one child’s remains were left in the basement there. He says a decision on whether to open a murder investigation will depend on tests to determine the age of the bones. He says a murder probe will be likely if the bones date from the 1950s or later but are not practical if the bones come from an earlier era. Harper says there are roughly 70 suspects in the wide-ranging abuse case. Police have been digging through rubble at the former children’s home since February. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/21/europe/EU-GEN-Britain-Jersey-Abuse.php

Jersey inquiry:’A child lies buried… I’m not going to walk away’ 5/23/08 The policeman at the centre of the Jersey inquiry tells Gordon Rayner he will not be cowed by threats Bent cops. Hostile politicians. Buried bodies. And at the centre of it, a maverick lawman who has received death threats for daring to uncover dark secrets from the past. ‘Doing what we have to do’: Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper was unprepared for the ‘venom’ directed against him Sounds familiar? It is, of course, a formula that has been endlessly revisited by film and television scriptwriters. But for Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper this is real life in the unlikely setting of Jersey, as he and his team try to discover the truth about appalling physical and sexual abuse allegedly meted out to more than 100 children in a former care home. Although Harper is considered a hero by those who trust him enough to reveal the details of their childhood at the Haut de la Garenne home, there are those on the island who see the Ulsterman as an enemy of the state, an “outsider” poking his nose in where it is not welcome. Since he became involved in the investigation, he has had more than 140 poison-pen letters – one even threatening to burn down his house and firebomb his car. ….Until now, Harper has refused to be drawn into a fight, but on Wednesday he could barely contain his anger as he faced the cameras to rebut suggestions that he had deliberately withheld a laboratory report that suggested a “skull fragment” found at the home might in fact be a piece of wood or coconut shell. Not only had he not seen the lab report, he said, but cuts on some of the 30 pieces of bone and seven milk teeth discovered so far by his team pointed to “a homicide or unexplained death”. He even produced one of the teeth to press home his point. His message was clear: no amount of criticism will prevent him from pursuing the truth.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?xml=/portal/2008/05/23/ftjersey123.xml

Beyond the pleasure beach – Blackpool has a terrible secret: shockingly high levels of child sex abuse. Julie Bindel reports how the disappearance of a teenage girl revealed a dark side of the holiday resort Julie Bindel The Guardian, 5/30/08 ….Seasonal employment in the town’s tourist industry and the large stock of low-cost, privately rented accommodation mean there is a constant flow of people moving into and out of Blackpool. Poverty levels are high: Blackpool is the 12th poorest area in the country. The number of children on Blackpool’s child protection register who are vulnerable to, or experiencing, sexual abuse is, at 16%, almost twice the national average, as is the number of children living in care homes or foster families. It is one of the only places in the country where girls do worse at school than boys. The suicide rate among the 15 to 19 age group in Blackpool is eight times higher than the UK average. Underage and unprotected sex is rife. HIV cases rose by 50% between 2001 and 2004; one in 12 girls is pregnant before the age of 18. A report published around the time of Charlene’s disappearance put this down to the resort’s “carnivalistic and hedonistic atmosphere”. Children are attracted to the bright lights of Blackpool, so the town receives its fair share of runaways. And there are always plenty of sexual predators waiting for them to arrive, knowing they will be cold, hungry and homeless; probably already victims of abuse. On average, two more young children are found to be homeless in Blackpool every month. There are approximately 800 convicted high-risk sex offenders living in Blackpool. Many choose to move there after their release from prison. “Why do so many child abusers want to live in Blackpool?” asks Wendy Shepherd from children’s charity Barnardos. “Alongside the increase in child sexual exploitation there is a marked increase in the sex industry in Blackpool, and sex tourism masquerading as stag weekends. Questions need to be asked about the links.” Recently the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping (Crop), a child protection charity based in West Yorkshire, warned that Blackpool is becoming one of the hotspots where children and young people are sold for sex to older men. “We know that young people from this area are being taken over to Blackpool,” said Aravinda Kosaraju, a researcher at Crop. “If you’re 13 or 14 and invited to come for a night out to a club in Blackpool, or have a holiday there, it may be hard to resist.” There is some evidence that disproportionate numbers of men from migrant communities are involved in the abuse of girls. Opportunism is one possible explanation, according to a police officer who worked on missing children cases. “A number of them work illegally in the takeaways, which is where a lot of the vulnerable girls either work for pocket money, or hang out.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/may/30/ukcrime.childprotection

Tyler man sentenced to life for running child-sex club AP 3/28/08 Tyler – A jury deliberated four minutes Thursday before convicting a Tyler man of aggravated sexual assault of a child in connection with his role in running a Mineola swingers club where several young children were forced to dance and perform sexual acts for an audience. The jury then deliberated two minutes before sentencing Jamie Pittman, 36, to life in prison and fining him $10,000, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported in its online edition Thursday. The jury found Pittman guilty for causing two young siblings to have sex with each other in 2004. The charges against Pittman and six others came after a two-year investigation that began in March 2005 with Child Protective Services investigating allegations of neglect and child abuse. CPS found children suffering ongoing sexual abuse and exploitation. At the time, the siblings were a girl aged 7, her 6-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister. The newspaper said the children’s 6-year-old aunt also was forced to dance and have sex with the other children. The children testified Thursday about what they were forced to do and that they were fed drugs to help them perform. http://www.chron.com/

Mind Control and Experimentation

all accusations are alleged – In the United States District Court for the Southern District of California Amended Complaint – Diana Napolis Plaintiff V. Michael Aquino, Michelle Devereaux, Tanya Lysenko, Aka Tani Jantsang, Carol Hopkins, Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Mark Sauer, David Copley, San Diego Union-tribune, a Business Entity, San Diego State University, and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Defendants Case No.: 08cv557 Wqhnls – Complaint For: 1. Negligence; 2. Defamation; 3. Violation of Plaintiff’s Right to Privacy; 4. False Light; 5. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; 6. Conspiracy to Violate Plaintiff’s Right to Privacy and First Ame Ndment Right to Free Speech; 7. Conspiracy GENERAL ALLEGATIONS 10. Plaintiff alleges that satanist Defendant Aquino and his associates conspired to violate Plaintiff’s Right to Privacy and First Amendment Rights to Free Speech on the internet between 1995-2000 after she proved the existence of the satanic ritual abuse of children under the pseudonyms “Curio” and “Karen Jones” which was contrary to their agenda. 11. Defendants and other Does proceeded to conspire with Defendant Devereaux and San Diego Union Tribune [SDUT] reporter Mark Sauer to identify Plaintiff after which Defendant Devereaux enlisted the aid of San Diego State University [SDSU] Campus police, by fraudulent misrepresentation, to identify Plaintiff in June 2000. Despite Plaintiff advising Defendant SDSU’s campus police that dangerous individuals were seeking her identity, the campus police proceeded to engage in reckless and outrageous conduct and subjected Plaintiff to invasion of privacy by negligently revealing her identity to SDUT reporter Mark Sauer after which he wrote an invasive and defamatory news article about Plaintiff titled, “A Web of Intrigue/The Search for Curio Leads Cybersleuths Down a Twisted Path” on September 24, 2000 which Defendant Copley negligently published. 12. After Defendant Mark Sauer’s defamatory news article was published, Plaintiff was subjected to further invasion of privacy after Defendant Devereaux and others accessed private information about Plaintiff’s family court case which forced Plaintiff to resign as visitation supervisor due to her concern for the safety of the party she was supervising and because she had become a “controversial figure.” After the publication of Mark Sauer’s news article Plaintiff was the subject of internet threats by Defendant Lysenko/Jantsang and further libel and defamation….BACKGROUND 20. Plaintiff was witness to a documented cover-up of the satanic ritual abuse of children while employed as a Court Intervention Social Worker for Child Protection Services [CPS] which was due to the efforts of a woman by the name of Defendant Carol Hopkins – a 1991-92 San Diego Grand Jury Foreman – a 1993-94 San Diego Grand Jury, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and two newspaper reporters, Jim Okerblom and Mark Sauer of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Plaintiff had researched and investigated the validity of ritual abuse and had handled several case assignments with negative occult themes within this agency. http://members.cox.net/legalfed/NapolisvAquino.pdf

Some of the following cases depict graphic, violent activity – Satanism and Ritual Abuse Archive…Diana Napolis M.A. The following cases describe legal proceedings held in Juvenile, Family, Civil and Criminal Courts around the world where there have been allegations of Satanism or the use of Ritual to abuse others….Some of the following cases depict graphic, violent activity….In the 1980’s adults and children came forward around the world disclosing that they were victims/perpetrators of satanic ritual abuse [SRA] and/or were witness to satanic ritual murders….Entire families have been implicated in the ritual abuse of children which proves the fact that generational Satanism exists. See the following legal cases: Parker (1995), Figured/Hill (1994), and Gallup (1991) Perpetrators have been found to be professionals who work in law enforcement, the military or daycare, and Christian fronts have been used in some instances as a means of hiding the satanic motivation of the perpetrators. See Cannaday (1994), Wright (1992), Gallup (1991) and Orr (1984). In several cases the perpetrators have confessed to the satanic element of the crime or participation in prior satanic offenses. See Helms (2006), Cala (2003), Smith (2003), Delaney (2002), Morris (2001), South (2000), Page (2000), T. Kokoraleis (1999), Bonacci (1999), Brooks (1996), Hughes (1996), Penick (1995), Alvarado (1995), Ingram (1992), Rogers (1992), and Fryman (1988). http://members.cox.net/dnap/srarchive.pdf

PEACEMAKING – Reflections of a Radical Criminologist Published by the University of Ottawa Press, 2006 – 542 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 press@uottawa.ca

http://www.uopress.uottawa.ca I have mentioned that since 1993 I have come to know many people whom I believe to be genuine survivors of “ritual abuse.” These data came to me by way of parents facing loss of custody for asking that their children be protected from what they and medical professionals believed to be sexual assault while with their other parent. I have testified, borne silent witness in courtrooms, and borne vocal witness on the streets, in conferences, and in classes to countless—-to me credible—- accounts by those who have in the broadest category survived what in polite company we call “”incest.”” I have also encountered countless cases in which those who later reported having recovered repressed memories of one form or another of sexualized childhood violence have turned out to know things such as physical layouts of places where they were hurt that they otherwise could not have known. Add to this my learning from countless sources that “covert” or “emotional” incest, which might entail physical coldness and distance, could prove to be as debilitating to its survivors as the doing of anything even remotely illegal. Leave aside whether any of the stories I have heard of homicidal ceremonies is true. Effects of a problem characterized as “incest,” including the shame and fear of being trapped in “crimes,” dwarf the trauma represented by all the personal violence reported in victim surveys, which in turn far exceed police reports.

Journal Articles

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Brown, D; Frischholz E; Scheflin A. ‘Iatrogenic dissociative identity disorder – an evaluation of the scientific evidence’ – The Journal of Psychiatry and Law vol XXVII No.3-4 Fall-Winter 1999 p. 549 – 637 Conclusions…At present the scientific evidence is insufficient and inadequate to support plaintiffs’ complaints that suggestive influences allegedly operative in psychotherapy can create a major psychiatric disorder like MPD per se…there is virtually no support for the unique contribution of hypnosis to the alleged iatrogenic creation of MPD in appropriately controlled research.’ “The Spanos socio-cognitive model reduces MPD to socially constructed role enactments. In this model, the often severe psychopathology associated with clinical MPD is minimized. Very recent studies suggest a possible neurobiological basis to MPD in at least certain MPD patients….It is clear that Spanos et al.’s 1985 conclusion that MPD is a role enactment based on their observation of role-playing subjects is based on circular logic: You ask a subject to pretend that he has alters and he complies; then you conclude that having alters is the product of role playing….Spanos’s conclusion of the iatrogenic nature of MPD also suffers from an additional logical error. Even if it were true that MPD could be created iatrogenically, that does not prove that every case for noniatrogenic MPD cases….Thus the Spanos studies alone do not adequately define MPD for several reasons: Situationally bound enactment of predefined secondary-personality roles presumes sufficient executive control to do it. Genuine MPD is defined in DSM as the loss of executive control…Genuine DID was defined in DSM-IV as the loss of a unified identity…Presumably none of Spanos’s laboratory subjects suffered from a fundamental loss of a unified identity as a result of the experimental instructions….Genuine MPD is characterized by enduring alter-personality states that are defined by a relatively stable set of personality characteristics over time….The secondary-personality states reported by Spanos’s subjects in the laboratory were very temporary role enactments….Spanos has seriously overgeneralized from the data of his 1985, 1986 and 1991 laboratory experiments that multiple personalities can be created in the laboratory.’ The more conservative interpretation merited by these data is that certain individuals with certain personality characteristics in a particular social context report temporary role enactments of different identities that are limited to the context of the experiment….Overall the Spanos data offer no evidence that either stable alter personalities or the range of clinical features typically associated with MPD can be created in the laboratory, and the data certainly offer no support whatsoever that MPD per se can be created through suggestive influences. At best, these data support the view that certain individuals in a high-demand context, and/or under extreme interview conditions wherein misinformation is systematically supplied, report temporary secondary-personality states….Overall, these data offer little evidence that the disorder MPD per se can be created through suggestive influences.”

“The problem with McHugh’s publications on MPD/DID, like those of Merskey, is that they are mere speculation. From deposition testimony in several cases, McHugh has made it clear that other than an occasional consultation, he has very little actual clinical experience with the ongoing treatment of MPD/DID patients and is generally unfamiliar with both the clinical features of MPD/DID and with what usually occurs in their treatment. Thus McHugh’s opinion is informed neither by actual in-depth clinical experience with contemporary MPD/DID patients nor by any scientific research on MPD. Furthermore, with regard to McHugh’s main hypothesis that hysterical behavior is implicated in DID iatrogenesis, Gleaves has shown that such phenomena are no more prevalent in DID than in any other psychiatric condition” (p. 604-605) Iatrogenic dissociative identity disorder – an evaluation of the scientific evidence – Brown, D., Frischholz E., Scheflin A. – The Journal of Psychiatry and Law – volume XXVII No. 3-4, issue Fall-Winter 1999 pgs 549 – 637

What about Recovered Memories? Jennifer J. Freyd, University of Oregon – Short Definition – Sivers, Schooler, and Freyd (2002, p 169) define recovered memory as “The recollection of a memory that is perceived to have been unavailable for some period of time.” http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/whatabout.html Memory on Trial – Research suggests that children’s memory may be more reliable than adults’ in court cases …3/6/08 The U.S. legal system has long assumed that all testimony is not equally credible, that some witnesses are more reliable than others. In tough cases with child witnesses, it assumes adult witnesses to be more reliable. But what if the legal system had it wrong? Researchers Valerie Reyna, human development professor, and Chuck Brainerd, human development and law school professor — both from Cornell University — argue that like the two-headed Roman god Janus, memory is of two minds — that is, memories are captured and recorded separately and differently in two distinct parts of the mind. They say children depend more heavily on a part of the mind that records, “what actually happened,” while adults depend more on another part of the mind that records, “the meaning of what happened.” As a result, they say, adults are more susceptible to false memories, which can be extremely problematic in court cases. Reyna’s and Brainerd’s research, funded by the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va., sparked more than 30 follow-up memory studies, many of them also funded by NSF. The researchers review the follow-on studies in an upcoming issue of Psychological Bulletin….Reyna and Brainerd’s findings are summarized in a new book, The Science of False Memory, published by Oxford University Press. http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111230&org=NSF&from=news?

Childhood Trauma, Adult Trauma, and Dissociation Michelle Lee Pearson, M .Sc. Dissociation. Vol . X . Nn.1, March 1991 p. 58 – 62 Abstract – This paper studies the relationship among childhood trauma, recent trauma, and dissociation. Literature has suggested that early trauma may lead to dissociation. It was hypothesized that dissociation, including symptoms associated with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), would be more prevalent in those survivors of childhood abuse who were later traumatized in adulthood . Seventy-five female subjects completed a survey protocol. Subjects who experienced both early and recent trauma were more dissociative and endorsed more symptoms consistent with DID. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/bitstream/1794/1837/1/Diss_10_1_9_OCR.pdf

Health Care Utilization and Costs Associated with Childhood Abuse – Amy E. Bonomi, Melissa L. Anderson, Frederick P. Rivara, Elizabeth A. Cannon, Paul A. Fishman, David Carrell, Robert J. Reid and Robert S. Thompson – Journal of General Internal Medicine – 10.1007/s11606-008-0516-1 Abstract – Background – Physical and sexual childhood abuse is associated with poor health across the lifespan. However, the association between these types of abuse and actual health care use and costs over the long run has not been documented….Participants –  Three thousand three hundred thirty-three women (mean age, 47 years) randomly selected from the membership files of a large integrated health care delivery system. Measurements  – Automated annual health care utilization and costs were assembled over an average of 7.4 years for women with physical only, sexual only, or both physical and sexual childhood abuse (as reported in a telephone survey), and for women without these abuse histories (reference group). Results  – Significantly higher annual health care use and costs were observed for women with a child abuse history compared to women without comparable abuse histories. The most pronounced use and costs were observed for women with a history of both physical and sexual child abuse….Total adjusted annual health care costs were 36% higher for women with both abuse types, 22% higher for women with physical abuse only, and 16% higher for women with sexual abuse only. Conclusions: Child abuse is associated with long-term elevated health care use and costs, particularly for women who suffer both physical and sexual abuse. http://www.springerlink.com/content/j54j767nx7026h66/fulltext.html

Iatrongenic Creation of New Alter Personalities Richard P. Kluft, M.D. Dissociation, Vol. II, No. 2: June 1989 “many clinicians and scientific investigators treating and studying multiple personality disorder (MPD) have taken great pains to emphasize that MPD is a naturally occurring mental disorder that cannot be induced by iatrogenesis or clever experimental manipulations….Two modern surveys (Putnam, Guroff, Silberman, Barhan & Post, 1986; Ross, Horton, & Fraser, 1989) have shown that hypnosis does not appear to alter the phenomena of MPD, that patients diagnosed and/or treated with hypnosis do not differ substantially from those who were never hypnotized….It would appear that the weight of available evidence, although far from conclusive, suggests quite strongly that the iatrogenesis of MPD de norm has yet to be demonstrated. Most of what would appear to be examples of the iatrogenic creation of new alters reflects the uncovering process of psychotherapy as it reaches already extant alters that were not immediately accessible for a variety of reasons, or the ongoing use by the patient of his or her characteristic ways of coping within the context of therapy.” https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/bitstream/1794/1428/1/Diss_2_2_6_OCR.pdf

Iatrophilia And Iatrophobia in The Diagnosis And Treatment of MPD Bennett G. Braun, M.d. – Dissociation, Vol. II, No. 2: June 1989 “The most convincing evidence that alters are not being iatrogenically induced comes with time,” Putnam writes, “Although new personalities may be created in therapy, the great majority will have a life history that predates therapy. This history, with sufficient documentation, will emerge as the therapist and patient reopen the past and make it clear. In the long run, the question of iatrogenesis becomes less urgent” (1989, p. 132). In this statement, an experienced MPD clinician and investigator erodes the myth that hypnosis can induce an alter personality that meets the criteria of DSM-III-R (1987) including an enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to and thinking about self and the environment….Hypnotizability, as a manifestation of the ability to dissociate, is not an indication that hypnosis can induce true alter personalities….other means is highly unlikely, given the DSM-III-R criteria for defining an alter. Fear of iatrogenesis may deter some therapists from making the diagnosis of MPD or undertaking therapy. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dspace/bitstream/1794/1425/1/Diss_2_2_3_OCR.pdf

A Prospective Investigation of Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbidity in Abused and Neglected Children Grown Up A Prospective Investigation of Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbidity in Abused and Neglected Children Grown Up – Cathy Spatz Widom, PhD; Kimberly DuMont, PhD; Sally J. Czaja, PhDARCH GEN PSYCHIATRY/VOL 64, JAN 2007Child abuse and neglect were associated with an increased risk for current MDD...Childhood sexual abuse was not associated with elevated risk of MDD….These results may not seem consistent with previous studies describing a relationship between childhood sexual abuse and depression, because we did not find evidence of elevated risk for lifetime or current MDD. However, childhood victims of sexual abuse reported significantly more depression symptoms than controls.” “IN 2002, 2.6 MILLION REFERRALS were made in the United States for possible child maltreatment and approximately 896,000 cases were substantiated after investigation.” http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/64/1/49

Child Abuse And Neglect Associated With Increased Risk Of Depression Among Young Adults ScienceDaily 1/3/07 People who were abused and neglected during childhood have a higher risk of major depression when they become young adults, according to a report in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Child abuse has been linked to depression in clinical populations and community surveys, according to background information in the article. But few prospective longitudinal studies have examined the relationship between abuse or neglect in childhood and depression in adulthood. Cathy Spatz Widom, Ph.D., then of the New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, and now of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, and colleagues conducted a prospective study to determine whether abused and neglected children were at elevated risk of major depressive disorder (MDD) and psychiatric illness, compared with matched control subjects, when followed up into young adulthood. The study included 676 children with substantiated cases of physical and sexual abuse and neglect before the age of 11. They were matched based on age, race, sex, and approximate family social class with 520 non-abused and non-neglected children. All were followed up into young adulthood (average age: 28.7). “The current results show that childhood physical abuse was associated with increased risk for lifetime MDD,” the authors write. “We also provide new evidence that neglected children are at increased risk for depression as well.” Child abuse and neglect were associated with a 51 percent increased risk for current MDD in young adulthood. Children who were physically abused had a 59 percent increased risk of lifetime MDD. Those who experienced multiple types of abuse had a 75 percent increased risk of lifetime MDD. The risk of current MDD was 59 percent higher for those who were neglected. Childhood sexual abuse was not associated with an elevated risk of MDD. “However, childhood victims of sexual abuse reported significantly more depression symptoms than controls,” the authors point out. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070102092229.htm

Ruling debunks custody diagnosis Tony Koch 4/07/08 Child custody determinations in scores of Family Court decisions could be challenged following a ruling debunking parental alienation syndrome, a controversial diagnosis of the effects on a child when one parent denigrates the other. The Psychologists Board of Queensland last month disciplined prominent Brisbane clinical psychologist William Wrigley, saying he had acted unprofessionally in giving evidence about parental alienation syndrome to the court. An investigation found that Dr Wrigley’s evidence three years ago, which had led to a mother losing custody of her two children, constituted “professional conduct that demonstrates incompetence or a lack of adequate knowledge, skill, judgment or care”. The Australian understands that Dr Wrigley has identified the syndrome as a factor in other cases to the Family Court. So have psychologists and psychiatrists throughout Australia….The complaint was lodged by the Brisbane mother who lost custody of her two children in 2005 when Family Court judge Neil Buckley determined, acknowledging the evidence of Dr Wrigley, that she had affected the children with the syndrome. Justice Buckley said Dr Wrigley’s reports provided a “comprehensive and balanced assessment” of all relevant issues. “It has to be said that in terms of objectivity, professionalism, fairness and balance, his reports are in stark contrast to those provided by (other professionals),” he said. The board advised Dr Wrigley on March 3 of its unanimous decision that he had “acted in a way that constituted unsatisfactory conduct” for “referring to an unrecognised syndrome in his reports”. “It was inappropriate for the registrant (Dr Wrigley) to either diagnose the children or state there was a likelihood the children could develop parental alienation syndrome, as it is not a recognised syndrome,” it said. “To diagnose a patient as suffering from or demonstrating a potential to develop an unrecognised syndrome is contrary to the code of ethics.” However, the board advised that details of the disciplinary action not be recorded on the public register because it was “not within the public interest”. The board told The Australian it was precluded by law from commenting on the disciplinary action taken against Dr Wrigley. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23495760-2702,00.html

Denial and silence allow abuse to continue – Child sexual abuse destroys lives of so many by Paula Barr and Teresa Ressel Daily Journal Staff Writers 1/13/2008 Denial and silence, however, allow the abuse to continue. Until the secrecy is eliminated, children will remain in danger, said Tammy Gwaltney, executive director of the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence in Cape Girardeau. “We don’t talk about it. We want to shut everybody up or say they’re lying,” Gwaltney complained. “We want to bury our heads in the sand about this issue.” An estimated 300,000 children in this country are sexually abused each year, according to Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) at the University of New Hampshire. Of those, approximately 90 percent of victims already knew their abusers when the abuse began. A random sampling of 101 incarcerated child sex abuse cases done by the Missouri Department of Corrections indicated that only four of the abusers were strangers to their victims. Slightly more than half were acquaintances of the child before the abuse. The other 43 percent were family members. “About half the molestation that occurs is within the family,” said U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway of the Eastern District of Missouri. “We need to be honest about that and speak up about that.” The damages caused by child sex abuse make it imperative that society learns the facts and takes steps to stop it. That can only be done by dispelling myths, facing the truth and discussing the problem openly, therapists and law enforcement officials said. That means looking at more than “stranger danger.”….An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America. Many victims are adults before they disclose the abuse. A few adult survivors of child abuse were elderly before they finally opened up to Gwaltney. Some never tell at all. Stop It Now!, an organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse, estimates that 88 percent of sex offenders are never reported. No one is untouched by the crime, even those who believe there has been no abuse in their families,” Gwaltney contends. “Somebody in your family has been perpetrated upon,” she said. “They might not have told, or it might be the family secret. But research indicates that 25 percent of children are abused before the age of 18.”

http://www.mydjconnection.com/articles/2008/01/13/abuse/main/doc4787da1c5f657916881001.txt

Excerpt: ‘Breaking Free’ – Herschel Walker Pens Book About the Fight for His Mental Health 4/14/2008 Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is known nationally for his dominance on the gridiron, but the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner secretly battled inner demons throughout his life. In his new book, “Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder,” Walker makes a stunning revelation and discusses his multiple personality disorder. Walker also talks about how he approached his mental health. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/TurningPoints/story?id=4643347&page=1

A Profile of Pedophilia: Definition, Characteristics of Offenders, Recidivism, Treatment Outcomes, and Forensic Issues Ryan C. W. Hall, MD, and Richard C. W. Hall, MD, PA Mayo Clin Proc. April 2007;82(4):457-471 http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com/pdf%2F8204%2F8204sa.pdf

Why Emotional Memories Of Traumatic Life Events Are So Persistent ScienceDaily (May 11, 2008) — Emotional memories of traumatic life events such as accidents, war experiences or serious illnesses are stored in a particularly robust way by the brain. This renders effective treatment very difficult. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have now successfully tracked down the molecular bases of these strong, very persistent memories. The expression “post-traumatic stress disorder” is once again constantly on everyone’s lips in relation to those returning from the Iraq war or survivors of catastrophes such as the tsunami. This is not a new development, since it always occurs when people experience extreme situations. It is known that emotional memories of both a positive and a negative kind are stored by our brain in a particularly robust way. Consequently they have a very large effect on our behaviour and, in the case of adverse memories, they can place considerable restrictions on the way we go about our lives. As a result, we avoid places, smells or objects that remind us of the traumatic experience, because they may trigger severe anxieties. Isabelle Mansuy, Professor of Cellular Neurobiology at ETH Zurich and of Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences at the University of Zurich, and her research group have now shown that the enzyme calcineurin and the gene regulation factor Zif268 decisively determine the intensity of emotional memories. For the first time, this has enabled the regulatory processes at the synapse, which are important for emotional memories, to be linked to the processes in the cell nucleus….However, their aversion can be overcome slowly through intensive training. Mansuy explains that “Emotional memories are not simply erased. Oppressive negative memories need to be actively replaced by positive memories.” She says it is important at the same time to understand that the negative memories do not disappear, they merely slide down in a kind of priority list and are outweighed by the newly learned positive memories….Journal reference: Karsten Baumgärtel, David Genoux, Hans Welzl, Ry Y Tweedie-Cullen, Kyoko Koshibu, Magdalena Livingstone-Zatchej, Céline Mamie & Isabelle M Mansuy: Control of the establishment of aversive memory by calcineurin and Zif268. Nature Neuroscience 2008 May;11(5):572-8. Published on-line on 20 April 2008. doi: 10.1038/nn.2113 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080509152307.htm

“Forgetting and Recovering the Unforgettable.” Psychological Science – Volume 19, Number 5 – May 2008 Steven M. Smith & Sarah C. Moynan Some experiences, particularly those that are emotional and distinctive, may seem unforgettable. Can memories of emotional and distinctive events be blocked from consciousness, and if so, can those memories subsequently be recovered? Although there is considerable laboratory research demonstrating false memories, relatively few studies have examined blocked and recovered memories, as we did in the study reported in this article. As noted in reviews by Gleaves, Smith, Butler, and Spiegel (2004) and by Roediger and Bergman (1998), the false-memory debate must be informed by experimental laboratory research examining not only false memories, but also blocked and recovered memories.In the present study, we investigated whether interference can cause dramatic forgetting that is subsequently reversed when retrieval cues are provided. Using a combination of classic laboratory methods for manipulating interference and cuing, we repeatedly found high levels of blocked and recovered memories, even for materials that had sexually explicit and violent content. Correspondence about the article may be sent to Steven M. Smith, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, e-mail: stevesmith@tamu.edu http://www.psychologicalscience.org/journals/ps/19_5.cfm

describes abuse – Sexual Child Abuse Knows No Boundaries 5/12/08 by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD.In her autobiography, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,” Julie Andrews reveals the all too often kept dark secret of sexual abuse….Not telling about the sexual abuse is a sad state of affairs, because it leaves the person, as well as others, vulnerable to being abused. Yet, this is a common response to this horrific experience. Girls are scripted and rewarded to not cause a scene and to be cute and demur. Boys are scripted and rewarded to be strong, and to exhibit bravery in every situation. The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most do not report the offense – National Institute of Mental Health. 1988 This statistic has remained consistent for many decades. Child sexual abuse is the greatest hidden epidemic in the world. U.S. statistics reveal as high as 62 percent of females and 31 percent of males will be sexually violated before age 18. “If a disease affected our children in these enormous numbers we would declare a national emergency. Monies for research to find a cure would be made available immediately.” States Claire R. Reeves, President/Founder/Chief Executive Office of Mothers Against Sexual Abuse – MASA. http://www.evliving.com/wellness.php?action=fullnews&id=9903

Trauma and dissociation in children – A Video Series on Training for Child Protective Service Workers, Forensic Evaluators, and Prosecutors, in 3 parts Abuse and neglect can have profound effects on children’s neurological development, and on their behaviors. The often devastating impacts of trauma – on children’s sense of self, on their ability to regulate their emotions, and on their capacity to talk about what has happened to them – can pose major challenges for child protective services workers, law enforcement investigators, forensic interviewers, and prosecutors. “In order to investigate a case of suspected child abuse or litigate that case, you have to not only understand the legal issues, which are complex enough, but one really has to understand something about child development, about the impact of traumatic experiences on children, in order to understand how they react to it and to understand how we react to them.” – John E.B. Myers, JD “[Traumatized children] have problems with their body where they can’t understand signals from their body and have a lot of somatic symptoms. They can’t integrate their memories. They have difficulty, of course, relating with other people. So there’s a whole array of biological and social and psychological disregulation that happens because secure attachment never gave them the foundation to learn those things.” – Kathy Steele, MN CS International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation    8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102 Telephone: 703/610-9037    Fax: 703/610-9005    E-mail: info@isst-d.org http://www.isst-d.org/store/trauma-and-dissociation-children-video.html

Science News – Child Abuse May ‘Mark’ Genes In Brains Of Suicide Victims ScienceDaily (May 7, 2008) — A team of McGill University scientists has discovered important differences between the brains of suicide victims and so-called normal brains. Although the genetic sequence was identical in the suicide and non-suicide brains, there were differences in their epigenetic marking – a chemical coating influenced by environmental factors. All of the 13 suicide victims in the study had experienced abuse as children. “It’s possible the changes in epigenetic markers were caused by the exposure to childhood abuse, although in humans it’s difficult to establish causality between early childhood and epigenetic markers, in the way we have established this in animal subjects,” said Moshe Szyf, a professor in McGill’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. “The big remaining questions are whether scientists could detect similar changes in blood DNA – which could lead to diagnostic tests – and whether we could design interventions to erase these differences in epigenetic markings”. In the first study of its kind, Szyf, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics; Gustavo Turecki, Department of Psychiatry who practices at the Douglas Hospital; Michael Meaney, a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery, who is also at the Douglas Hospital; and McGill postdoctoral research fellow Patrick McGowan have built on their world-renowned epigenetics work to uncover differences in the DNA in the brains of a group of male suicide victims from Quebec. The all-McGill study is set to be published in the May 6, 2008 edition of the online journal Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE). Journal reference: McGowan PO, Sasaki A, Huang TCT, Unterberger A, Suderman M, et al. (2008) Promoter-Wide Hypermethylation of the Ribosomal RNA Gene Promoter in the Suicide Brain. PLoS ONE 3(5): e2085. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002085 http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0002085 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080507084001.htm

Abuse, neglect seen in 30,000 newborns By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer 4/3/08 Atlanta – About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year, according to the first national study of the problem in that age group. The study focused on children younger than 1 year, and found nearly a third were one week old or younger when the abuse or neglect occurred. “It is a particularly vulnerable group,” said study co-author Rebecca Leeb, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We were struck by the fact there was a clustering of maltreatment with the very, very early age group.” The researchers counted more than 91,000 infant victims of abuse and neglect in the period Oct. 1, 2005 to Sept. 30, 2006. The information came from a national data base of cases verified by protective services agencies in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico….About 68 percent of those cases were attributed to neglect….The results mirror what a study in Canada found, Leeb said. The CDC collaborated on the study with the federal Administration for Children and Families. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080403/ap_on_re_us/infant_neglect