Out of Darkness: Exploring Satanism and Ritual Abuse

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A revealing investigation of satanism in America. The authors bring together leading researchers specializing in forensic psychiatry, multiple personality and dissociative disorders, traumatic stress, and religious studies, as well as an FBI agent and two survivors of ritual abuse, to offer a balanced look at a deeply troubling phenomenon.

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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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DAVID K. SAKHEIM has served on the adjunct faculties of Tufts University, Antioch College and Union College, and is in private practice in both South Windsor, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts. SUSAN E. DEVINE received her training from Yale University School of Nursing and is a consultant for the New Haven Court Clinic and the Yale Law and Psychiatry Program.

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