The psychological abuse which is inflicted as part of ritual abuse causes severe men-
tal and emotional suffering to the victims*
. Victims are subjected to profound terror as
well as to mind control techniques so severe that most victims dissociate* their memories
of the experience and lose their sense of free will.
SOME REPORTED EXAMPLES
1. Threats of punishment, torture, mutilation, or death of the victim, the victim’s family
or pets. Threats are heightened by carrying out killings of animals or human beings in
the presence of the victim, sometimes with the victim’s forced participation. Told that
it would be futile to disclose because “no-one will believe you.”
2. Threats against the victim’s property including threats that his/her house will be bro-
ken into or burned down if s/he discloses the abuse.
3. Told that family or other loving and protective figures are secretly cult members who
intend to harm the victim. Or made to believe that parents not only know, but have
chosen that their child be ritually abused. Told that s/he is no longer loved by family
or by God.
4. Told that his/her family is not the “real” family, that the abusers are in fact the child’s
“real” family. Victim is told s/he will be kidnapped and forced to live with the
abusers, apart from his/her family. Or told that parents no longer want the child and
approve of the cult becoming the child’s “new family.”