Another good article and summary by a fellow Satanist of the recent so-called Satanic ritual abuse claims at Hampstead. A good point is made that the agents behind the SRA hoaxes appear to move on unchallenged and without much damage to their reputations, despite inflicting terrible damage on the lives of those they accuse of SRA, and go on to repeat their activity to damage a new set of victims with SRA accusations years later.
This is a subject that I care a great deal about, as it has done so much damage, and yet responsibility for the damage has never really been publicly and clearly admitted in the past by those who furthered and perpetuated it. I am talking about the “Satanic Panics” and “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scares which were at their heights in the 1980s and 90s, but which I recently learned have not yet gone away.
That they are still with us is not a surprise; they are nothing new, in fact they evidence an archaic psychology which makes them seem surreal and oddly cinematic (having maybe been primed by fiction, film and bogus literary “accounts”). But then people are largely fairly primitive, and their moral compasses are constructed with a lot less altruism than they generally think. In that sense, it is only a matter of time before…
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