What are Ritual Abuse and Mind Control?

What are Ritual Abuse and Mind Control?

In my own words, Ritual Abuse and Mind Control are the organized and systematic abuse of children and adults with the goal of brainwashing and indoctrinating them into an organization, or cult. The extent of the abuse is truly massive, and encompasses physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse, rape and torture.

The abuse is worst during childhood as this is how the cult maintains itself.  However, it continues into adulthood.  The abuse involves harming, raping, torturing and killing plants, animals and humans with the goal maintaining cult membership and of desensitizing and dehumanizing everyone involved.

Larry Padzer and Michelle Smith described Ritual Abuse in the 1989 book Michelle Remembers as “repeated physical, emotional, mental and spiritual assaults combined with a systematic use of symbols, ceremonies, and machinations designed and orchestrated to attain malevolent effects.”

Survivorship ( https://survivorship.org/) defines Ritual Abuse in this way:

“Repeated, extreme, sadistic abuse, especially of children, within a group setting.  The group’s ideology is used to justify the abuse, and abuse is used to justify the group’s ideology.  The activities are kept secret from society at large, as they violate norms and laws.”

 The 1991 report by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s Ritual abuse Task Force states:

“Mind Control is the cornerstone of ritual abuse, the key element in the subjugation and silencing of its victims.  Victims of ritual abuse are subjected to a rigorously applied system of mind control designed to rob them of their free will and to impose upon them the will of the cult and its leaders.  Most often these ritually abusive cults are motivated by a satanic belief system.  The mind control is achieved through an elaborate system of brainwashing, programming, indoctrination, hypnosis, and the use of various mind-altering drugs. The purpose of the mind control is to compel ritual abuse victims to keep the secret of their abuse, to conform to the beliefs and behaviours of the cult by carrying out the directives of its leaders without being detected within society at large.”

Michelle Remembers, 1989, Larry Padzer and Michelle Smith

Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control,
2012, Allison Miller, Karnac

Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs,
2011, eds. Orit Badouk, Joseph Schwartz and Rachel Wingfield Schwartz,


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