Organised Abuse

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In 2012 Michael Salter published a book called “Organised sexual abuse”.

He writes about the false memory movement

The false memory movement does not like the term organised sexual abuse and prefers to re-name it as satanic ritual abuse. The movement emphasises Satan as a deliberate strategy that shifts the debate away from issues of child safety.

The subject is re-framed as an issue of gullible people who believe in witchcraft.

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Salter found that the main organisation in the USA false memory movement published 144 newsletters between 1992 and 2011. The term satanic ritual abuse was referred to in all but four of these newsletters.

Salter writes:-

Since the 1980s, disclosures of organised abuse [cases of child sexual abuse that involve multiple perpetrators] have been disparaged by a range of activists, journalists and researchers who have focused, in particular, on cases in which sexually abusive groups were alleged to have behaved in ritualistic or ceremonial ways”

“Whilst these authors claimed to be writing in the interests of science and social justice, what has emerged from their writing are a familiar set of arguments about the credibility of women and children’s testimony of sexual violence; in short, that women and children are prone to a range of memory and cognitive errors that lead them to make false allegations of rape”.

“This body of literature has systematically misconstrued allegations of organised abuse, and used organised abuse as a lens through which the debate on child abuse could be re-envisioned along very traditional lines, attributing victim status to accused men and constructing liars out of women and children complaining of sexual abuse….In particular, by framing allegations of organised abuse as bizarre and beyond belief, they sought to reassert an older politics of disbelief that contests the notion that women and children are reliable witnesses.”

At the time of writing ( 2015 ) the subject of organised sexual abuse is frequently discussed in the UK media. The Home Secretary Teresa May has admitted that the historical sexual abuse of children in the UK is far higher than was previously admitted. This includes sexual abuse that was organised and planned by groups of people – as opposed to child sexual abuse that was carried out by individuals acting alone.
It is therefore rather strange that the British Humanist Association is holding a conference called “Searching for Satan” on in June 2015 (2)
Are children not humans?

Are adult survivors of sexual abuse not humans too?

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Detail from Lot and one of his daughters – before she was sent to Sodom

References
1) Salter, Michael “Organised Sexual Abuse.” Routledge 2012
A really good interview with Michael Salter here:-
http://newbooksinsociology.com/2014/05/07/michael-salter-organised-sexual-abuse-routledge-2012/

2) CFI UK Conference: Searching for Satan: Miscarriages of memory, fractured families and Satanic panics http://conwayhall.org.uk/event/cfi-uk-conference-searching-for-satan-miscarriages-of-memory-fractured-families-and-satanic-panics/

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