The following are excerpts from Wanda Karriker’s recent webinar for Survivorship: The Aftereffects of Extreme Child Abuse and the Resiliency of the Human Spirit. It is well worth the quick read, moving and powerful.
She reviews how the Extreme Abuse Survey (EAS) came into being, the state of the evidence and current levels of denial around extreme abuse, most especially RA and MC. Keep a copy on your hard drive.
For three decades, the scientific community has failed to provide fundamental research investigating the phenomenon called ritual abuse. Ever since the early 1980’ʹs when stories about ritualistic abuse of children in daycare centers began to appear in the media, and therapists and law enforcement personnel began writing and speaking about their work with adults who remembered ritual abuse as children, skeptics have been calling for proof that it exists. They have repeatedly discounted existing empirical data, criminal convictions, and credible accounts by survivors confirming that RA/MC is a reality.
Here are a couple things I consider to be irrefutable evidence for the existence of ritual abuse.
First, are some photographs of ritual crime scenes in Perlmutter’s book..
And second, the case of a young African boy, whom police named Adam, whose dismembered, decapitated ritually-‐‑abused body was recovered from the Thames River in London in 2001.
What about the evidence for GMC? [Government Mind Control]…
For example, Lynn Schirmer and Carol Rutz, who have never met each other in person, have published similar sketches depicting their memories of having been tortured in mind control experiments as children.
Now for the “smoking gun.” [Karen Coleman Wiltshire’s transport order]
But all the evidence out there (and all the evidence held within survivors’ minds) has not been enough to satisfy the skeptics who scream:
“Where’s the data?”
Every time I heard that question on an Internet group of professionals discussing dissociation, I got angry, and one morning I woke up thinking loud and clear: “I am data.”
And I realized . . . so are other victims from around the world who experienced RA/MC and similar forms of abuse. Some survived; some didn’t. We are all data.
Here is the prevalence of DID among respondents of the EAS:
DID on All Surveys
84% of survivors who have ever been diagnosed with DID
chose RA and MC as their primary category of abuse.
85% of helpers said that the majority of adult RA/MC
survivors with whom they have worked have been
diagnosed with DID.
84% of caregivers have taken care of a child who
dissociates when talking or quesFoned about RA/MC.