Please find here Vincent den Hengst’ interview with Michael Salter, criminologist specialized in ritual abuse.
When people receive sensory input, they generally automatically synthesize this incoming information into the large store of pre-existing information. If the event is personally significant, they generally will transcribe these sensations into a narrative, without conscious awareness of the processes that translate sensory impressions into a personal story.
Our research shows that in contrast with the way people seem to process ordinary information, traumatic experiences initially are imprinted as sensations or feeling states and are not collated and transcribed into personal narratives.
Both my interviews with traumatized people, and my brain imaging studies of them, seem to confirm that traumatic memories come back as emotional and sensory states, with little capacity for verbal representation.
This failure to process information on a symbolic level, which is essential for proper categorization and integration with other experiences, is at the very core of the pathology of PTSD.
Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year  alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found.Continue reading
We offer, with some reservations, a list of symptoms that could indicate experiences of ritualized abuse. This list combines the experiences from Dutch child and adolescent psychiatry and trauma care in the US.
The caveat is that we do not offer this as a checklist for a conversation with a minor – in fact, we strongly advise against that. However, the list can be used after such a conversation to form an even clearer picture, if possible, of what the conversation delivered. Please note that the list contains quite explicit symptoms, which may act as triggers. If you as a reader are concerned about this, we recommend that you do not review this list.
Lisa is 15 years old when she reports sexual abuse to the police. Because the details are increasingly gruesome and hard to believe, the Public Prosecution Service decides to stop the investigation. The Dutch NPO Radio 1 program Argos studied the files of this case. Listen to the Argos episode of December 8, 2018, and read the response of the Public Prosecution Service to the broadcast. Note that Lisa’s story contains shocking details and explicit descriptions of sexual acts and violence. Lisa is not her real name.
For several months, RTL news went undercover on the dark web, a closed area on the internet where, among other things, child pornography is shared. Their investigation demonstrates that various images of sexual abuse of Dutch children are shared. Certain members in this network also share hurtcore, child pornography focused on pain and humiliation, which is becoming increasingly popular according to the police. Source: RTL Nieuws / BNNVARA
Undercover on the dark web: abuse images of hundreds of Dutch children in online networks
This is how RTL News went undercover in the underground child pornography networks
Broadcast by BNNVARA on May 13, 2019, in which tech journalist Daniel Verlaan provides explanations
Sadistic / Satanic Ritual Abuse, or rather, Transgenerational Organized Violence and Dissociative Identity Disorder are controversial concepts, but it appears from the increasing demand for help that they describe a reality. There are at least 5 obstacles that hinder an open discussion about this. It is important not to give up when facing these obstacles, but to listen and to look for adequate forms of help. This article provides arguments why interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary. It also explains why the church can and should play a role in this. This article also argues for more insight into and support for the care provision.Continue reading
Our brochure is meant to create more awareness among social workers and other professionals who may encounter survivors of ritual abuse and organized violence within their line of work. As a result of the structural abuse the victims often develop a dissociative identity disorder (DID, a multiple personality disorder), a diagnosis which is essential to heal the complex trauma these survivors have.Continue reading
Dawn Perlmutter, Ph.D., Director of the Symbol Intelligence Group is considered one of the leading subject matter experts in the areas of symbols, symbolic methodologies, unfamiliar customs and ritualistic crimes.
Please find a collection of her articles here.