...on empirical evidence of organised sadistic and ritualistic abuse

Updated 21 October 2021

For decades, many victims and therapists have told of organized ritual abuse throughout the Western world. Much research has been done on this subject. There have also been many court cases in the western world involving organized sadistic abuse, as well as ritual violence, for which all kinds of supporting evidence has been found. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good start to get an impression of the large amount of material available.


In December 2007, the knowledge centre for Transgenerational Violence published its own research, conducted among 28 care workers who together treated 109 clients who had suffered ritual abuse. The study was a response to the lack of further research by the government, which had been advised in the government study of 1994. This meticulous investigation revealed many very specific similarities in the testimonies of survivors of ritual abuse. In 2011 a very extensive follow-up report of the research will follow.


One-hour radio broadcast by Argos (VPRO), in which Sanne Terlingen and Huub Jaspers report on their research into ritual abuse, in which 140 respondents completed a questionnaire and many were interviewed face-to-face, and all kinds of overlapping explanations were found.


Video of 5 minutes in which Huub Jaspers (research program Argos) interviews Mr. Rörig, German national commissioner for child abuse. Mr. Rörig, former judge, states that 60 respondents in a current German study claim to be victims of organized ritual sexual violence.


Series of articles on the website of Ellen Lactor, American psychologist, about the occurrence and evidence of ritual abuse.

Two articles are highlighted:


Article by psychologist Ellen Lactor, in which she, based on the trial against Peter Scully, Austrialian who got a life sentence in the Phillipines for a.o. human trafficking and sadistic abuse of children, makes a plausible case that childporno on western servers is largely recorded in the west. And not, as is often assumed, mainly in third world countries.


Chapter from a book by James Randall Noblitt and Pamela Perkins Noblitt (2017), which lists a large amount of research on the occurrence of ritual abuse. In addition, information on a number of cases that have played out in the Western world and the supporting evidence therein, including the case in Oude Pekela (1987), The Netherlands.


List of court cases (1997, unfortunately not updated afterwards) in the western world in which there were convictions for organized sadistic and in many cases ritual abuse. In addition - in the last part of the article - cases in which there was evidence, but it did not lead to conviction.


Excellent article by James Quan (1996), in which in section 2 'evidence examined' he lists the empirical support evidence from a whole number of cases involving organized ritual abuse. From the list it becomes very clear that the statement 'no evidence has ever been found' is not true. The rest of the article - about arguments of proponents and opponents, background of the false memory movement and the studies they rely on - is also worth reading.

Interview with Michael Salter, Australian criminologist  https://vimeo.com/631716359

Via this link (please create an account, it's free) you can watch an interview with Michael Salter about, among other things, the situation in the Netherlands. Salter states (from minute 16.20) that in the 1990s, major mistakes were made worldwide regarding children's testimonies about organised abuse. He states that now, 25 years later, the following is crystal clear:

We have failed to protect children. We have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. We now live in a world awash with child pornography and we live in a world awash with networks of people who sexually abuse children. And that was not the world promised to us by the proponents of 'False Memory'.[1]. These advocates promised us that the world was relatively safe for children. That we did not need to make any special effort or pay special attention to the testimony of adult survivors or child victims. That we actually had to be very sceptical, because children and adults exaggerated the problem of child sexual abuse. We now know beyond doubt that the proponents of the false memory movement were wrong and that they caused immeasurable damage to a generation of children. There has been extensive research into dissociative identity disorder and dissociation. The psychological evidence is very clear that dissociation is an important psychological mechanism in response to early disorganised attachment and severe neglect. The evidence that dissociation is linked to extreme and early abuse and neglect is now irrefutable. And we have no evidence to support the view that people with dissociative identity disorder are confabulators or fantasists, making up their abuse histories. All the evidence we have suggests that people with DIS have been severely abused. The proponents of the False Memory Movement claim to be on the side of science and reason. If that is true, if they are truly committed to science, then it is high time that they admit they were wrong and take responsibility for the damage they have done.' (translation AT)

[1] With 'false memory', Salter refers to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, founded in the 1990s by a father accused of sexual abuse. It was joined by many scientists and pseudoscientists who claimed, in short, that victims' testimonies of organised and ritual abuse were either fabricated by them or peddled by therapists. More on the dubious roots of this foundation in this item. In the Netherlands, too, this movement has caused a lot of damage, among others through its representatives in the LEBZ, the National Expertise Group on Special Cases. The original first objective of the LEBZ was even to protect citizens against false reports of sexual abuse, see e.g. the Argos broadcast 'glass shards and dark rituals'.