The Satanic Abuse Panic Returns

VennerRoad By VennerRoad, 11th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The truth about the perennial Satanic abuse scam, which is now being revived in Scotland.

The Satanic Abuse Panic Returns

On Monday this week, the Daily Express newspaper ran the shocking headline:
EXCLUSIVE: Charities claim that the satanic abuse of children is rife - shocking it may be, but this is typically sensationalist garbage from this tabloid, and dangerous garbage at that. The article begins: “CHILDREN have been the victims of satanic abuse including rape, murder and even the production of so-called snuff films which depict killings, two leading charities claimed last night.”

It is truly amazing the kind of demented people who can obtain charitable status nowadays; one of the charities concerned is Break The Silence. On the Scottish Charity Register its object is given as:

“To promote the welfare and relieve the suffering and distress of female and male survivors over the age of 16 years who are experiencing trauma in their lives due to the effects of childhood sexual abuse, and aim to improve the quality of life and self worth of the individual.”

Noble as this sounds, child sexual abuse is one thing, but Satanic ritual abuse? Snuff films? There is worse though, babies are bred for sacrifice by secret paedophile networks. Finally, for good measure, we are told that Jimmy Savile raped a 15 year old girl during a Satanic ritual, we are even shown a photograph of him glaring wickedly. What are we to make of this?

Sadly, this sort of nonsense is anything but new; it is also dangerous because it exploits mentally disturbed people who need proper care and not credulous idiots who listen to their fantasies, perpetuating them, wasting valuable public resources such as police time, and even encouraging others to develop the same delusions.

Satanic fantasies go back a long way of course; the interested reader might like to check out the Pendle Witch Trials. For our purposes though, it begins with the publication in 1980 of Michelle Remembers, which is credited to Lawrence Pazder and Michelle Smith. Pazder married Smith, and together they made a lot of money peddling her drivel about how wicked people did unspeakable things to her when she was a child. All her claims were thoroughly discredited, but for true believers mere proof is never enough.

Although Pazder was a Canadian, the Satanic panic for which this book was at least partially responsible began in earnest in the United States. This resulted in some disgraceful prosecutions and terrible miscarriages of justice including the McMartin Preschool Case and that of Kelly Michaels. It was inevitable that it would cross the Atlantic, and by the early 1990s, moral crusader Mary Whitehouse was making outrageous claims about snuff films and the use of children in pornography.

The 1980s saw inter alia the Cleveland child abuse scandal; the real scandal here turned out to be the misdiagnoses of sexual abuse in both girls and boys by a paediatrician who clearly did not know what she was doing. By the 1990s, the panic was in full swing; 1991 saw the publication of Chasing Satan: An Investigation Into Satanic Crimes Against Children. In this book, Dianne Core demonstrates that she is living on a different planet from the rest of us. For example, she alludes to the Spanner case as proof of Satanic abuse.

In 1994, a mainstream academic publisher put out Treating Survivors Of Satanist Abuse, which was edited by Valerie Sinason. This book is too silly for words. By the turn of the Millennium, repressed memories and recovered memories of such abuse were being taken seriously by some people in both local and national government, so much so that Sinason was commissioned by the Department of Health, no less, to investigate this elusive phenomenon. In February 2000, Sinason was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme by an on-the-ball presenter who expressed extreme skepticism about these claims. What happened to her report? Fourteen years on and there is still nothing but talk.

There is a premise that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proof; if as Dianne Core asserted, 4,000 babies are bred for sacrifice in the UK every year, where are the bodies? Where is any evidence apart from fanciful interpretations of grafitti, occasional finds of apparently mutilated animal carcases, and most of all the insane ravings of for the most part young women who have related these fanciful tales to therapists like Sinason, or have even had such fantasies implanted in their fragile brains?

The reason no real evidence has ever been found is because the conspirators are all-powerful and operating at the highest levels of government in Scotland, England, and Heaven knows where else. Can a conspiracy of this nature really exist? The answer is no. What happens for example when someone reports finding a dead body, say the body of a child? The usual process is the finder dials 999, the call is logged, and the local police station dispatches officers to the scene; when a body is found there will usually be at least one detective, and if there isn’t, there soon will be.

This is all done at a local level and logged; this is the way the police operate. It is certainly true that scandals can be “hushed up”, including false allegations, but not murders and serious indictable offences for which there is solid evidence. Not on this scale.

It is this nonsense which is responsible at least in part for the investigation (read witch-hunt) into allegations of historical abuse against first celebrities and now politicians. It would be uncharitable to single out any more of these people, but without too much effort the reader will be able to find a large number of websites that peddle this line. It will suffice to quote Kate Short of Break The Silence: the level of depravity experienced by some of their clients – most of whom are now aged 30 to 55 – was “unbelievable”.

Never was a truer word spoken.


Break The Silence, Dianne Core, Kate Short, Michelle Remembers, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Valerie Sinason

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12th Nov 2014 (#)

It is certainly worrying if this scare is being revived - I vividly remember the Orkney case that resulted in families being broken up for no good reason.

It would be a real scandal if this is being revived just to sell more newspapers.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Nov 2014 (#)

.Wow, what many people do to create havoc and panic without any scruples and damage they can inflict, thats diabolical, not the post!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Nov 2014 (#)

I'm not familiar with the Orkney case. I live near Cleveland but I never heard of it. The world is made up of some really evil people. To create panic is downright evil. Great article.

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