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Out of Darkness - the Controversy over Satanism & Ritual Abuse (Paper): The Controversy over Satanism and Ritual Abuse Paperback – 29 Aug 1997

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"Books such as this are essential as they provide experienced opinions that will help us solve the cruel riddle of ritual abuse." George A. Fraser, MD, director, Anxiety and Phobic Disorders Clinic, Royal Ottawa Hospital

"This comprehensive book addresses the arguments on ritual abuse that have raged on for the past decade and helps to shed light on this somber, confusing, and controversial subject." Louise M. Edwards, Registered Clinical Counselor

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Are there satanic cults? If so, how widespread are they? Is there a correlation between "satanism" and child abuse?These difficult questions must be answered every year by thousands of therapists and law enforcement officials. Out of Darkness shows how to understand, evaluate, and treat patients who––real or not––present themselves as victims of satanic cults and ritual abuse.This book takes a very thorough and balanced look at these controversial topics, bringing together leading researchers in forensic psychiatry, dissociative disorders, traumatic stress, and religious studies, as well as an FBI agent and two alleged survivors of ritual abuse.The authors maintain an attitude of both scientific skepticism and clinical empathy in their exploration of these disturbing events. In this comprehensive, compassionate and realistic book they provide∗∗ a brief history of actual satanic religions, including religious groups who perform no illegal activities∗∗ critical analysis and alternative explanations for the widespread epidemic of claims of ritual abuse∗∗ an excellent law–enforcement perspective on allegations of satanic abuse∗∗ insight into distinguishing between the various types of children and adults who report having been traumatized by ritual abuse

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95777f54) out of 5 stars A Balanced Overview of the Controversy About Ritual Abuse 28 Nov. 2000
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This book provides a very balanced perspective on the controversies in this area. It shows the views of researchers, scholars, therapists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, psychiatrists and historians. It presents therapeutic perspectives on the treatment of ritual abuse survivors as well as discussion about the disagreements in the field. Data is presented to support the various postions which are presented. It is one of the few books in the area that presents the variety of opinions which occur in this field. I would recommend it to anyone who works in the area, including any therapists who treat ritually abused clients, and for such clients and their family members. In summary, the book provides many helpful understandings about the treatment of all trauma related problems and is one that should be on your 'must read' list.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x958b9e34) out of 5 stars An excelent and balanced book on a very controvercial topic 6 Dec. 2001
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This is an excellent and balanced book. It presents the different views on this subject in a complete, fair and interesting fashion. No other book in the area shows the different issues so clearly. Other books take one side while this one points out the important issues that are present on both sides. It also has many very useful therapeutic insights that are helpful for anyone doing work in the trauma field.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x969d2840) out of 5 stars Affirming and Helpful to Survivors 12 Mar. 2001
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Not every chapter supports the reality of satanic ritual abuse, but overall, the book is very helpful and affirming, tastefully and sensitively written, and a great addition to any genuine life-student's library.
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HASH(0x96543e94) out of 5 stars Enlightening 27 July 2001
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This book described the complexities of dealing with patients who claim to have been ritualistically abused. I think that this book was both sensitive and fair to the topic it covered. It also showed the complexity of the issue.
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