Ritual Abuse and Healing: Abuse, Trauma and Building Movements For Collective Liberation

Ritual Abuse and Healing: Abuse, Trauma and Building Movements For Collective Liberation

Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm
Quaker House
91A Fourth Avenue
Bus routes: 1, 7, 101
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Ritual Abuse and Healing: Abuse, Trauma and Building Movements For Collective Liberation

*Trigger Warning*

Ritual Abuse is a form of abuse involves systemic and organized abuse of children and adults.

This panel will focus on what ritual abuse is through the stories of two survivors and on the effects that it has on their lives, as well as the processes by which they healed, and continue to heal from the traumas they experienced as children and adults. It will also focus on the importance of collective healing and collective struggle in order to end ritual abuse and child abuse, and to create a world of justice, dignity and freedom for all.

This panel features two ritual abuse survivors, billie rain and Matt Cicero, and it will be moderated by a local activist and psychotherapist Diana Ralph.

billie rain is a disabled writer, activist and filmmaker. years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to bring truth, in all it’s pain and glory, to audiences everywhere.

Matt Cicero is long-time Ottawa organizer, working mostly on indigenous solidarity and prisoner justice. He is white, male, and poor, as well as a survivor of ritual abuse and state violence. In the three years since he began counseling, and to focus seriously on healing, his life, his relationships with himself, other people, animals, and the world, have been completely transformed. He has a blog, https://stonesandsticksandwords.wordpress.com/ and a will soon have a new zine, My Life Is A *Trigger Warning*

Diana Ralph, MSW, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and social activist. She is a retired social work professor and is the author of two books, Open for Business: Mike Harris’ Ontario and Work and Madness: The Rise of Community Psychiatry.

What Is Ritual Abuse?

Ritual Abuse has only recently started to really gain visibility as the number of survivors and allies who have been speaking out continues to grow.

“ [Ritual Abuse] is methodical abuse, often using indoctrination, aimed at breaking the will of another human being. In a 1989 report, the Ritual Abuse Task Force of the L.A. County Commission for Women defined ritual abuse as: “Ritual Abuse usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time. The physical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexual abuse is usually painful,humiliating, intended as a means of gaining dominance over the victim.The psychological abuse is devastating and involves the use of ritual indoctrination. It includes mind control techniques which convey to the victim a profound terror of the cult members …most victims are in a state of terror, mind control and dissociation”.

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