Monday, August 31, 2009

Rebuttal to the second article report from the SMART 2009 conference

The author continues his attack on child abuse survivors and his name calling and insults on the conference attendees in Part 2.

He insults one of our older conference presenters, stating she is "infirm."

He attacks the book "Michelle Remembers" with an article now posted on the "Temple of Set" website.

What he fails to mention is that the book's accuracy was verified by the publisher, see

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: "The source material was scrutinized. The many thousands of pages of transcript of the tape recordings that Dr. Pazder and Michelle Smith made of their psychiatric sessions were read and digested; they became the basis of this book. The tapes themselves were listened to in good measure, and the videotapes made of some of his sessions were viewed. Both the audio and video are powerfully convincing. It is nearly unthinkable that the protracted agony they record could have been fabricated.”

He also attacks the book "Sybil." Yet, Sybil’s psychiatrist, Cornelia Wilbur, went to great lengths to validate the accounts of abuse…. The case firmly linked multiple personality disorder with child abuse. And Dr. Leah Dickstein of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, who said she was in touch with Sybil for several years after Wilbur's death, recalls Sybil telling her, "tell people every word in the book is true."' Dickstein, who knew Wilbur, said Wilbur "had no need to make this up."

The author of the attack on our conference attacks Bennett Braun in the Burgus case.

Here’s a summary of the research on Burgus v. Braun et al that was presented by a researcher at the 2002 International Society for the Study of Dissociation conference in Baltimore….In 1993 the Burgus family filed a malpractice lawsuit against Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Dr. Elva Poznanski, the boys” psychiatrist, and Dr. Bennett Braun, Pat’s psychiatrist…Before her hospitalization at Rush in 1983, Pat spent most days in bed in with the curtains drawn, unable to care for herself. She threatened to kill herself and others. Her husband came home for lunch to make sure the boys were fed. She became convinced that the doctor who did her tubal ligation had implanted a fetus during the surgery. She approached mothers of infant daughters, asking them if they would trade their daughter for her infant son, Mikey. Pat entered Rush diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. Upon admission Pat was agitated and incoherent. During her first month on the unit and before she was placed on meds, Pat told staff “I’m switching [personalities] out of control today. I’m doing so much switching today I can’t believe it.” Pat testified that the rapid switching decreased over time as her medications were increased….Other patients said they recognized her from her participation in cult-related criminal activities. At the time of her release from Rush in 1987 Pat was more stable and integrated. Did Pat’s psychiatrist implant false memories as Pat has claimed? On January 17, 1997, a defense attorney asked Pat about the source of her memories. Pat repeatedly conceded that she had originated all the memories herself. Her psychiatrist did not implant any memories. He had simply passed on to her what the other patients had reported.”

Candidate accused by former patient by Thomas R. O’Donnell – Des Moines Register – 10/28/98 – “A former Iowan who won a $10.6 million settlement from a Chicago hospital and two psychiatrists said the diagnosis of multiple personalities and repressed memories of satanic cults that led to her lawsuit originated with a West Des Moines clinical social worker. But the social worker, Ann-Marie Baughman, now a Polk County legislative candidate, said that when she started counseling Patricia Burgus in 1982, Burgus was a troubled woman who was threatening to kill herself and others. Burgus…also was displaying behavior that Baughman could not understand. “It was the physical changes more than just the verbal expressions of what she was telling me” that led Baughman to conclude she was seeing multiple personalities. The “muscles in her face would all relax . . . and she would just look different. It was just the eeriest thing….But suggestions that Braun somehow planted the horrific memories in Burgus’ head are wrong, Baughman said, because they started surfacing during her sessions with Burgus in Des Moines….In the settlement, reached last fall after six years of litigation, neither the hospital nor the psychiatrists, Braun and Elva Poznanski, admitted fault. Braun has said his insurance company settled over his objections.”

It appears that Burgus' symptoms appeared before her work with Braun, something the attacking author appears to ignore.

The attacking author states he only found one mention of the Amirault case on our website

He obviously did not look very hard.

"All nine children testified in a broadly consistent way…The children testified to numerous instances of sexual abuse. Some of the children testified that they were photographed during this abuse, describing a big camera with wires, a red button, and pictures which came out of the camera. The children testified that the defendant threatened them and told them that their families would be harmed if they told anyone about the abuse….The Commonwealth also presented a pediatric gynecologist and pediatrician who examined five of the girls who testified…She made findings consistent with abuse in four of the girls.”

Additional information on the Amirault case is at our website at

"in Amirault, the majority of the female children who testified had some relevant physical findings, as did several female children involved in the investigation who did not participate in the trial. The findings included labial adhesions and hymenal scarring of the sort present in a very small percentage of non-sexually abused children."

"Victims in the Fells Acres child abuse case broke down Thursday as they described their pain publicly for the first time in hopes of keeping the last person convicted in the case behind bars. Victims urged her to keep Amirault in prison."

"This family raped me, molested me and totally ruined my life,’’said Jennifer Bennett, who was 3 1/2 years old when she started at Fells Acres. “We weren’t coaxed. We weren’t lying. We’re telling the truth and we always will.”

The attacking author states "sexually repressed housewives may place themselves in the midst of deviant orgies in which they had no choice but to participate." This incredible statement shows the author's thinking clearly.

The attacking author even criticizes the story of one speaker that has signed confessions of Satanic Ritual Abuse from her mother and stepfather.

The attacking author states the conference is "full of bullshit." He even criticizes the well established diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder, citing Paul McHugh.

Information on Paul McHugh is at

"The problem with McHugh’s publications on MPD/DID, like those of Mersky, is that they are mere speculation. From deposition testimony in several cases, McHugh has made it clear that other than an occasional consultation, he has very little actual clinical experience with the ongoing treatment of MPD/DID patients and is generally unfamiliar with both the clinical features of MPD/DID and with what usually occurs in their treatment. This McHugh’s opinion is informed neither by actual in-depth clinical experience with contemporary MPD/DID patients nor by any scientific research on MPD."

"At least eight men have been convicted of sexually abusing Maryland children while under treatment at the “sex disorders” clinic McHugh runs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – abuse the doctors did not report, citing client confidentiality."

The attacking author writes "As Brick wrote in an angry comment upon my first half of this article, “who are you to decide what people remember?” Yet, Brick did not say any such thing. This is more inaccurate writing from the attacking author.

The attacking author writes "Disassociative Disorders” and "Disassociative Identity Disorder" yet they are actually called "Dissociative Disorders" and "Dissociative Identity Disorder."

But if the author had any experience in the field, he would know this.
The attacking author's continued one-sided attack on our conference is inaccurate, insulting and simply untrue.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

ritual abuse, Franklin Scandal, dissociation, schizophrenia and child abuse

The FRANKLIN SCANDAL - A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal By Nick Bryant Allegations of crimes, conspiracies, and cover-ups in the heartland and the capital - A chilling exposé of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union and took the author beyond the Midwest and ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the venerable Boys Town organization, this extensively researched report includes firsthand interviews with key witnesses and explores a controversy that has received scant media attention.
The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring's pimps were a pair of Republican powerbrokers who used Boys Town as a pedophiliac reservoir, had access to the highest levels of our government, and connections to the CIA. ISBN: 0977795322
TrineDay P O Box 577 Walterville, OR 97489 1-800-556-2012

Trauma And Dissociation in a Cross-cultural Perspective: Not Just a North American Phenomenon (Hardcover) by Jr. George F. Rhoades (Editor), Vedat Sar (Editor) Routledge (2006) ISBN-13: 978-0789034076
An international look at the similarities and differences of long-lasting trauma - Trauma and Dissociation in a Cross-Cultural Perspective examines the psychological, sociological, political, economic, and cultural aspects of trauma and its consequences on people around the world. Dispelling the myth that trauma-related dissociative disorders are a North American phenomenon, this unique book travels through more than a dozen countries to analyze the effects of long-lasting traumatization-both natural and man-made-on adults and children. Working from theoretical and clinical perspectives, the field's leading experts address trauma in situations that range from the psychological effects of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland to the emergence of "Hikikomori," the phenomenon of social withdrawal in Japanese youth.

Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Schizophrenia Book by John Read, Loren R. Mosher, Richard P. Bentall; Brunner-Routledge, 2004. 373 pgs.
p. 223 "Chapter 16 - Childhood trauma, loss and stress -
John Read, Lisa Goodman, Anthony P. Morrison, Colin A. Ross and Volkmar Aderhold - Child abuse has been shown to have a causal role in depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, personality disorders and dissociative disorders (Boney-McCoy and Finkelhor 1996; Kendler et al. 2000). The more severe the abuse, the greater is the probability of these problems in adulthood (Mullen et al. 1993). Yet it is often assumed that child abuse is less related to the more severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychosis in general and schizophrenia in particular. We will demonstrate, however, that the relationship between childhood trauma and the symptoms of schizophrenia is as strong, or stronger, than the relationships between childhood trauma and less severe disorders."
p242 " The 'traumagenic neurodevelopmental' model -
22 What does it mean that the heightened sensitivity to stressors found in 'schizophrenia' consists, for many patients, of long-lasting neuro-developmental changes to the brain caused by trauma in the early years of life? The evidence for this is that all the structural and functional differences between the brains of 'schizophrenics'and 'normal' adults are the same differences found between young children who have been traumatized and those who have not. These include: overactivity of the hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis; dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine abnormalities; and structural differences such as hippocampal damage, cerebral atrophy, ventricular enlargements and reversed cerebral asymmetry. The same differences are found between children with and without childhood-onset schizophrenia (Read et al. 2001b).
23 Can the traumagenic neurodevelopmental model also explain some of the cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia, which are also found in abused children (Lysaker et al. 200Ib; Read et al. 200Ib), such as deficits in verbal functioning (Heinrichs and Zakzanis 1998) and intellectual decline during childhood (Kremen et al. 1998)?
24 What does it mean that many of the effects of trauma on the developing brain, which are so similar to the dysfunctions found in the brains of adult and childhood 'schizophrenics', are also found in other trauma-based symptom clusters including post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders (Ito et al. 1993; Sapolsky 2000)?"

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy After Child Abuse: The Treatment of Adults and Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse, Violence, and Neglect in Childhood - Karnac Books (2008) Edited by Daniel McQueen, Catherine Itzin, Roger Kennedy, Valerie Sinason and Fay Maxted. A coherent and readable narrative review of the current state of knowledge of the effects and role of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the treatment of children and adults who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect. This book is intended for practitioners of psychiatric, psychological, and psychoanalytic therapies and providers of mental health services to children and adults. It should inform Primary Care Trusts, Children's Services commissioners, and health service providers about theoretical approaches and therapeutic practice involved in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. ISBN 13 : 9781855756397

The latest newsletter SMART newsletter - Issue 88 - September 2009
with information on pedophile rings, clergy abuse, ritual abuse, mind control, MK-ULTRA, Wikipedia blacklisting of ritual abuse pages and dissociative identity disorder is at

Information on how to order CDs from our August ritual abuse conference is at

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rebuttal to the Report from the SMART 2009 conference

Rebuttal to an attack on our recent conference in August 2009.

Our ritual abuse conference went really well this year. Many excellent researchers from several countries presented data backing the existence of ritual abuse crimes in a variety of settings.

Unfortunately a “journalist” snuck into the conference under false pretenses pseudonymously. This person on a website for radiofreesatan, where he is a DJ and is described as “an unscrupulous journalist.”

This journalist paid to enter the conference with a check. He stopped payment on the check after the conference.

Our conference brochure, which all that register are required to read, states “Members of secret organizations, acting out perpetrators, and/or members of unsympathetic organizations are excluded from the conference. This is for the protection and safety of those in attendance.”

Also, it is clearly announced at the beginning of the conference, “Please note that media people are not allowed in the conference at any time without the written permission of SMART.”

Less than one week after the conference, he placed a vicious article on a major Internet newspaper about myself, personally attacking myself Neil Brick, the conference attendees, the field of DID and memory. Attacks on myself included disparaging remarks about my appearance and voice as well claiming child abuse survivor accounts at the conference were fictional. Fortunately, with the hard work of many people, this article was removed from this major Internet newspaper after four days.

The author repeats the rebutted attacks on the field of DID and ritual abuse made over twenty years ago. The scientific research on DID shows it to be a solid and robust phenomenon that had been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia for over half a century. The research he cites “offer(s) no evidence that either stable alter personalities or the range of clinical features typically associated with MPD can be created in the laboratory.” Accurate information on DID and rebuttals to skeptics can be found at

He also attacks the phenomenon of recovered memory. Yet recovered memory has been found to be a proven and verifiable phenomenon in many cases with fairly high accuracy rates. For more information on this, see

He repeats the same misstatements made about “panic” made twenty years ago. Yet, ritual abuse crimes and their incident rates have been shown to be very real. For more information on this, see and

This author’s article concludes with several misstatements about what he claims I stated at the conference about the FMSF. However, I never stated any of these things. This is another misstatement made by the author.

In essence, his article contained insults, personal attacks, misstatements, misrepresented and slanted data as well as blatant lies.

The following are some comments posted on the website below the article attacking our conference before the article was permanently removed from the Internet. Some of these comments were removed from the page by the author, yet comments calling myself a “pedophile” more than once were allowed to stay up.

(Note: Many additional comments were made defending myself, the conference and ritual abuse survivors, we have not received permission yet to post these.)

Neil Brick 8/22/09
This article contains many untruths and insults.

No one by the name of _____ attended the conference. (Note: he attended with a fake name)

We clearly state in our conference registration form “members of unsympathetic organizations are excluded from the conference. This is for the protection and safety of those in attendance.”

We also clearly state that members of the media are not permitted to attend the conference without written permission, to protect the attendees anonymity.

The author above, if he did attend the conference, attended with a fake name and under false pretenses.

The article itself personally insults both myself and the conference attendees, with statements like….Yet several attendees and speaker have solid evidence including confessions of the perpetrators and scientific books and publications. These were left out of his article.

Neil Brick
The article also misrepresents the data around many important issues.

There are hundreds of scientific books and journals documenting the reality of ritual abuse crimes. Information on these can be found at

There was no MPD craze. It is well documented that most MPD (now called DID) cases were misdiagnosed as schizophrenia for over 60 years. There is no evidence of therapist “coercion” in the scientific literature. Spanos has been critiqued as seriously overgeneralized his data and his data “data offer no evidence that either stable alter personalities or the range of clinical features typically associated with MPD can be created in the laboratory.”

There was no “panic.” There were victims of horrible crimes coming forward to expose their perpetrators….

Neil Brick
Readers should draw their own conclusions around this issue, with thorough research about the topics of ritual abuse and DID.

However, one sided articles like the one above that contain personal insults about people serve no constructive purpose whatsoever. They only continue to polarize the debate around these issues and lower the level of civil and intellectual discourse.
August 23, 2009

Neil Brick
There is no such thing as “repressed memory therapy.” This is a construct of those that attack the field of therapy and those that attack those that help trauma survivors.

You make excuses for your personal attacks of others, yet you are responsible for your own behavior. You insult my voice and appearance in your article as well as the other conference attendees because of your supposed “disgust.” This goes beyond an ad hominem attack on your part, degenerating into name calling and personal insults.

You create a straw man argument, discussing an “international satanic conspiracy” yet no one has discussed this, and no has mentioned anything about a conspiracy. What has been mentioned is that ritual abuse does exist.

At my website, there are hundreds of books and article documenting ritual abuse crimes. Go to and click on the ritual abuse tab.

August 23, 2009
Neil Brick

You state (in the article author’s comment on the page): “yes, I did attend pseudononymously.” In other words, you must have used a fake ID to attend the conference, as all participants need to present an ID to gain admittance to protect the safety of all conference members.

So you lied to attend the conference. You misrepresented the reason you were attending and you even lied about who you were. So why should we believe you now?

You knew media personnel were not allowed at the conference without permission, yet you attended anyway, simply to attack myself and the conference.

You made up statements about what you claim I stated about the FMSF and you state we often cite Ms. Freyd, another fabrication. You even got my height wrong.

Your article does not fairly represent the research on the topics it presents.

You state “I see my description of Brick as accurate, even charitable.” Really, personally insulting someone’s appearance and voice is “charitable.”

Neil Brick
The author mentions Loftus to back his theory of memory.

Loftus is very biased in her interpretation of traumatic memory. There is NO evidence that traumatic memories can be created through manipulation. Loftus’ work has also been heavily critiqued. See the work of Hopper, Hoult, Crook, Pezdek and Pope. Loftus even published a study that shows recovered memory exists (Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18 (1994) 67-84.)

The reality is that recovered memory has been proven in numerous studies to exist and that it has fairly high corroboration rates. (go to and click on the related research tab)

Or use a search engine for “101 corroborated cases of recovered memory”

Neil Brick
Since you ignored my question the first time, here it is again:

You state: “yes, I did attend pseudononymously.” In other words, you must have used a fake ID to attend the conference, as all participants need to present an ID to gain admittance to protect the safety of all conference members.

So you lied to attend the conference. You misrepresented the reason you were attending and you even lied about who you were. So why should we believe you now?

What kind of a “researcher” uses a fake ID to attend a conference and then repeatedly uses name calling and insults to “prove” their points?

The author of the article attacking our conference made a comment on 8/23/09 about the daughter of Pamela Freyd, stating her daughter (Jennifer) recovered her memories during therapy sessions and then retracted the claim and reconciled.

It was point out to the author in a comment on the page that Jennifer did not recover her memories in therapy, nor did she retract, nor did she ever reconcile with her mother. This entire section was deleted by the article author the next day.

Neil Brick

You keep mentioning “hats.” One conference table (of many, note how the author only describes one) run by one person did have information on how to protect oneself from certain electromagnetic frequencies. There is scientific evidence that certain electromagnetic frequencies can cause problems for certain people. However, most conference participants were not involved with this topic. And whether one believes this topic is accurate or not certainly has nothing to do with the fact that ritual abuse exists around the world.

A dishonest debater would of course conflate the two terms to discredit both.

Neil Brick
It is interesting that several comments I have made defending myself,
even today, as well as others’ comments defending me have been deleted, yet libelous comments calling me a “pedophile” have been kept.

The author’s creation of a straw man argument, that there is an organized conspiracy, is of course a dishonest debate tactic. The point is that ritual abuse exists around the world and that this is well documented.

My organization helps trauma survivors, by providing resources and
accurate information to them. His article hurts them, by
personally attacking myself and them, in a one sided and inaccurate
manner. He has not corrected his several misstatements as promised, but he has continued to present his disinformation. He has no experience in the field of trauma, and repeats the same misstatements by others about the field of trauma.

This reporter failed to mention the professionals who spoke at this conference, or Anne A Johnson, author of Hell Minus One, who obtained written confessions from her parent. Another sources for facts: Colin Ross’ book, Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists, based on 15,000 pages of documents obtained from the CIA. The FMSF was formed by Pamela and Peter Freyd, Hollida Wakefield and Ralph Underwager. Pamela and Peter Freyd are parents of Jennifer Freyd, who, despite statements to the contrary, always had memories of her abuse, and never recanted. You can find Jennifer’s story (and her refusal to recant) in her book, Betrayal Trauma: the Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. This reporter entered the conference under false pretenses, creating false images. I am disappointed in this newspaper for allowing this, and expect better things from it in the future. Meanwhile, please do your own research on this topic rather than buying into this version. sondra

Cecilie says:
I am very grateful to Neil Brick for the work he continues to do on behalf of RA and government mind control victims. Articles like yours contribute to survivors fears of coming forward and reinforce the public’s head in the sand position, thus prolonging the exposure of this kind of activity.

I am a survivor of ritual abuse in the Catholic Church….If you are a sincere person and not just trying to add to the misinformation out there, I suggest you do some reading on the current research out there on trauma and DID. You are are sadly misinformed.
August 24

August 22, 2009.
Pamela Perskin Noblitt
I responded to the article with the following comment:
If I were Mr. Brick, I would consult a lawyer to discuss the defamatory manner in which he was characterized in this article. Your disrespectful, biased, and poorly researched story is clearly a work of fiction….Journalism requires an open mind, an investigative spirit, and a passion for truth and justice. Sadly, you are lacking in each of these departments. Perhaps you should take the time to actually do some research. And by research, I mean studying alternative perspectives from your own with discretion, respect, and scientifically based inquisitiveness. Remember the first rule of science is parsimony. The simplest answer is often the truest. Which is more likely? That people dreadfully abused in childhood carry lifelong scars? Or that well-reared, well cared for children grow to adulthood and suddenly turn on their good parents? I wish you well in your next career.

Pamela Perskin Noblitt

I have been researching the area of religious cults for the past 33 years and ritual abuse for the past 20 years. In my chapter on History of Satanic Religions in Out of Darkness (I document that satanic (in the original meaning of the term satanic as simply adversarial to social norms) has a long history. This dovetails with University of Alberta Sociology Professor Stephen Kent’s articles in Religion in 1993 in which he analyzed the content of abuse survivors statements and found differences between Masonic satanic abuse, Christian satanic abuse and Mormon satanic abuse….
all the best
Martin H. Katchen

Kay says:
My memories were clear all the way. I was seduced at 14, which is rape by law. He told me to keep quiet, because he was a man of [God] and because of brainwashing by the Institutional Corporate Roman Catholic Church. It took me more than 45 years but, because of survivor support groups like SNAP and SMART, I can now post my full name without fear….I believe Mr. Brick is a victim/survivor of ritual abuse, further; I admire and respect Mr. Brick and SMART for reaching out to other survivors. You chose, with the stroke of your pen, to degrade not only Mr. Brick, but every other human being who does not fit in a [box]. Like…, your attitude comes across as arrogant and threatening. People have feelings.
August 23, 3:43 PM

Kay says:
ATTENTION! NEWSFLASH! Freedom of Speech exists, is alive, and flourishing. Freedom of the Press exists, is alive, and flourishing. Mr. Brick convened a group of people who are survivors of ritual abuse. The author attended that conference. Instead of reporting on the conference, he chose to use…to vent against victim/survivors of any form of abuse, including abuse by brainwashing. The author has certainly achieved his goal….The author has chosen to use his talent as a writer to demean others. I am NOT a survivor of ritual abuse. I am NOT a professional with credentials. I AM, however, a survivor of child rape by a Roman Catholic priest via brainwashing that led me to believe that a priest is “God” on earth.
August 23, 1:33 PM

This was sent to the online newspaper after the article was taken down.

Thank you for taking down the article about the SMART conference, dealing with Ritual Abuse Torture and Mind Control. As a survivor, this conference had been a life line for me. When the problem of Child Sexual abuse within the family was first brought up, people didn’t want to believe that it was happening. Not even professionals. I don’t think that any of us would deny it today. Ritual Abuse Torture is going through the same process.

Hopefully the writer doesn’t have a personal interest in discarding survivor’s reports, as do the actual criminals. I would like to think that he just has a hard time believing such things can happen to children. They do. They happened to me and to clients I worked with as a therapist.

No matter what the writer’s motivation is, survivors need support and not attack. The person who organizes these conferences put many hours of hard work into them and does not deserve such treatment. Neil especially takes a special care to make this conference a safe place for survivors. Just a small example: I must have been coming to the conference for the last five years and Neil knows me quite well by now. Never the less you can rest assure that he will still be asking for my ID when I first walk in.

Trying to discredit and silence us does not help the children who still suffer today. Again, thank you for removing the article…from your website. It was defamatory, insulting, and inaccurate.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

trauma and dissociation video and DID book

YouTube - Trauma and Dissociation in Children - ISSTD's YouTube podcast featuring our Understanding Dissociation video

Why, Mommy, Why? – Dissociative Identity Disorder by Jody Thomas - The book is for the general public and professionals in the psychology field. Jody Thomas’ autobiography is the story of a joyful recovery from severe childhood abuse. What sets this account apart is the author’s unique exploration of the extreme defenses we are capable of developing to survive severe trauma and how, later, these same defenses begin to work against us. It is about her difficult journey through frequent hospitalizations, suicide attempts, disability, cognitive therapy and harrowing childhood memories. Jody’s account gives readers a rare glimpse into the therapeutic process from the patient’s perspective. Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Art Therapy and Psychodrama help Jody overcome decades of abuse and the even more powerful psychological messages that accompanied it. Publisher: Green Effect Media – the publishing arm of ttdesigns Also available as an e-book. It can be purchased directly from the publisher online at: or by calling (630) 201-3504.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Violence and Childhood: How Persisting Fear Can Alter the Developing Child's Brain

Violence and Childhood: How Persisting Fear Can Alter the Developing Child's Brain - A Special ChildTrauma Academy WebSite version of:

The Neurodevelopmental Impact of Violence in Childhood
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

The ChildTrauma Academy Web Version DRAFT
Perry, B.D. (2001b). The neurodevelopmental impact of violence in childhood. In Schetky D & Benedek, E. (Eds.) Textbook of child and adolescent forensic psychiatry. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc. (221-238)

Violence in Childhood: Scope of the Problem - Violence in the Home

Childhood is a dangerous time. For infants and children, survival is dependent upon adults, most typically, the nuclear family. It is in the family setting that the child is fed, clothed, sheltered, nurtured and educated. Unfortunately, it is in the familial incubator that children are most frequently manipulated, coerced, degraded, inoculated with destructive beliefs and exposed to violence.

The home is the most violent place in America
(Straus, 1974). In 1995, the FBI reported that 27% of all violent crime involves family on family violence, 48% involved acquaintances with the violence often occurring in the home (National Incident-Based Reporting System, Uniform Crime Reporting Program, 1999). Children are often the witnesses to, or victims of, these violent crimes.
Violent crime statistics, however, grossly underestimate the prevalence of violence in the home. It is likely that less than 5% of all domestic violence results in a criminal report. Intra-familial abuse and domestic battery account for the majority of physical and emotional violence suffered by children in this country (see Koop et al., 1992; Horowitz et al., 1995; Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1995). This violence takes many forms. The child may witness the assault of her mother by father or boyfriend. The child may be the direct victim of violence - physical or emotional - from father, mother or even older siblings. Straus and Gelles (1996) have estimated that over 29 million children commit an act of violence against a sibling each year. The child may become the direct victim of the adult male if he or she tries to intervene and protect mother or sibling. While these all cause physical violence, an additional destructive element of this intra-familial toxicity is emotional violence - humiliation, coercion, degradation, and threat of abandonment or physical assault.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ex-Polygamy Cult Member Shares Tale Of Sex, Control

describes crimes
Charisse Yu 8/09 Amber Dawn Lee, a former polygamy cult member involved with a group where women were forced to model and sew lingerie, is now sharing her past....After joining several different groups, Lee said her foster parents settled in Ogden, Utah. They joined the Zion Society, a group led by Arvin Shreeve. Tucked in a small community in Ogden, Utah, a handful of homes housed Shreeve's followers....The self-proclaimed prophet controlled everything from the women's diets to their finances. ....Lee also described disturbing instances of physical and sexual abuse that happened within the group. "The children were all taught that if we were ever to talk about what happened sexually inside the group that we will go straight to hell," said Lee. According to Lee, followers would have to give up their children. In addition, she said, the children were told they were not blood-related, therefore making it easier for sexual relationships to occur. "A 15-year-old girl would be instructed to teach the nine-year-old girl how to sexually satisfy a man or a woman," Lee said. "All of the women would have sex with each other as well because they said that one man couldn't satisfy 30 wives and that they were suppose to help satisfy each other."....A former member's statement to police eventually led to the arrest of Arvin Shreeve. Shreeve, two men and several women were arrested and convicted on child molestation charges. Shreeve is serving time on two counts of sodomy on a child -- a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life -- and two counts of sexual abuse of a child -- a second-degree felony punishable by one to 15 years.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ritual abuse conference CDs are now available at

Ritual abuse conference CDs are now available at Information on trauma treatment and treating mind control survivors is on these CDs.

CD Order Form for The Twelfth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference - 2009

Some of the topics discussed on these CDs may be very triggering. These CDs are educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. Statements made on these CDs are the speaker's own statements only and don't necessarily represent the policies or views of conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, exhibitors or organizers. Speaker descriptions will follow ordering information.

1) Neil Brick - "Ritual Abuse, the trenches of the stopping child abuse movement."

2) Anne A Johnson Davis - "Hell Minus One: My Recovery From Satanic Ritual Abuse and My Journey To Freedom."

3) Adah Sachs - "The DID RA family: an attachment perspective on a forensic relationship"

4) Julaine - "Generational Abuse - Breaking the Chain"

5) Royal - "Post-Abortive Stress and the RA survivor – Its causes, impact on RA survivors and the healing steps towards freedom."

6) Lowell Routley - "Dissociation and Time Management"

7) deJoly LaBrier - "Life as a Onesie: Making a Diffference"

8) Shamai Currim PhD - "From Victim to Survivor to Advocate"

9) Hal Pepinsky- "Reflections of a Believer"

10) Eileen Schrader - "Programming and Relationships - The Mind Control of Shame"

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Speakers and Biographies

Please note: Listing of these speakers does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are speaking at our conference for educational value only and some may be triggering. Listening to the speakers at the conference may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when listening to any speaker or contacting any resource mentioned herein. These descriptions may be triggering. Please use caution while reading.

Neil Brick is a survivor of alleged Masonic Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. - A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. His topic is : Ritual Abuse, the trenches of the stopping child abuse movement.

deJoly LaBrier has been doing recovery work for 20 yrs. She has spoken publicly about her experiences in a military sex ring, Satanic cult and government experimentation; and is grateful for the serenity and sanity she now experiences. Her topic is: Life as a Onesie: Making a Diffference

Lowell Routley is executive director of Heartland Trauma Initiative, created to serve survivors of extreme trauma. Over his 36 years of clinical experience in the Midwest, Lowell has listened to survivors to find what works, what doesn't, and why. Out of those observations, he developed The Core Integrity Model. Through Heartland Trauma Initiative, Lowell provides training and consultation for therapists and survivors to explore, understand, and resolve impasses in healing. His topic is: Dissociation and Time Management.

Julaine is a victorious survivor of incest, RA, and Govt. MC. She is from a multi-generational family, was the oldest child of a career military man, whose brothers were also govt. intelligence workers. She was a polyfragmented multiple, now integrated. She wishes to share her story, her victories, and stand for the hope of strength and healing for all of us. Her topic is: Generational Abuse--Breaking the Chain

When Anne A Johnson Davis was three, her mother and stepfather began to torture her in the name of Satan until she ran away at 17. Anne's memories were recovered in her late 30's. Her parents confessed - in writing and verbally - to clergymen, and to detectives from the Utah Attorney General's Office. Her book, Hell Minus One, was published in 2008. Her website is Her topic is: Hell Minus One: My Recovery From Satanic Ritual Abuse and My Journey To Freedom

Hal Pepinsky reflects on the experience of learning from and teaching with ra/mc survivors and advocates from 1993 until his retirement from criminal justice at Indiana University this past spring, including progress in and around SMART conferences since 1998 in building popular recognition of the reality of ra/mc, and progress in the healing of survivors he has known. His topic is: Reflections of a Believer

Shamai Currim PhD is a healed survivor from a multi-generations SRA family and a therapist working in private practice in CT. She is a member of RA/MC advocate, study, and online groups, has worked with perpetrators in prisons, and has spoken up for injustice in third world countries. Her topic is: From Victim to Survivor to Advocate

Eileen Schrader is a therapist and a survivor of RA/MC, who has the privilege of treating fellow survivors. She wants all survivors to live the best lives possible, and has advocated for them at the United Nations. She is grateful to her husband, Henry, for his humor and dedication. Her topic is : Programming and Relationships - The Mind Control of Shame

Royal is an SRA/DID survivor from a multi-generational satanic family. For twenty-one years she has invested her life to recover from ritual abuse. Today she works at Hosanna Counseling, helping others heal. She also co-founded Freedom Run Ministries created to educate and challenge the Christian church on the topic of ritual abuse. Her topic is: Post-Abortive Stress and the RA survivor – Its causes, impact on RA survivors and the healing steps towards freedom.

Adah Sachs (London, UK) is an Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She is a consultant psychotherapist at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, an NHS provider for people suffering from severe trauma and dissociation. She is a visiting lecturer and a training supervisor at the John Bowlby Centre, the Centre for Child Mental Health and at the Institute for Arts in Psychotherapy and Education, and lectures widely on trauma. Co-edited (2008) Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder, London, Karnac. Her topic is: The DID RA family

Sunday, August 9, 2009

ritual abuse conferences, wikipedia blacklisting

Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs 9/25- 9/26/09 London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA Joint conference by The Bowlby Centre and The Clinic for Dissociative Studies. Sponsored by the Paracelcus Trust - This conference aims to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience from both clinicians and survivors to promote understanding and recovery from organized and ritual abuse, mind control and programming. It will combine clinical presentations, survivors' voices, and research material and will be the first conference in the UK to address the ways in which we can work clinically from the perspective of relational psychotherapy. This is also a unique opportunity to hear Ellen Lacter bring up-to-date knowledge from the US on treatment for the impact of mind control experiments and approaches to deprogramming. Other key speakers include Valerie Sinason. For further details please go to our website or e-mail or telephone 020 7247 9101. has been blacklisted from wikipedia with three other sites with evidence of child abuse and ritual abuse crimes against children. We are recommending that people do not use wikipedia as a resource until all four sites are removed from the blacklist. We are also recommending that people write wikipedia and let others know about this.

A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse (ritual abuse) and torture will be held on August 14 - 16, 2009, between 8 - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA). This conference will help educate survivors of this abuse and their helpers. Pre-registration is preferred. For information write S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 E-mail:, conference information is at:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

child abuse information deleted from wikipedia (Hosanna church ritual abuse case)

Hosanna Church ritual abuse case deleted
also has mk-ultra video, trauma conference has been blacklisted from wikipedia with three other sites with evidence of child abuse and ritual abuse crimes against children. We are recommending that people do not use wikipedia as a resource until all four sites are removed from the blacklist. We are also recommending that people write wikipedia and let others know about this.

Hosanna Church information deleted from wikipedia

from the List of SRA allegations page

Hosanna Church, New Orleans

(describes crimes)

In December, 2007 Austin Trey Bernard was found guilty of raping his son and daughter, convicted despite a not guilty plea on the basis of three previous confessions and a detailed diary of his actions.[56] The allegations came to light upon the confession of one of the defendants.[57] Bernard confessed to sexual abuse of the children as well as satanically-themed ritualistic abuse including the use of animal parts and blood.[58] The room had been decorated with pentagrams that were partially destroyed[59] song lyrics and bible verses.[58]

56 "First charged in devil worshiping rituals convicted". The Associated Press. 2007-12-04.
57 Grinberg, Emanuella (2005-08-03). "Claims of brainwashing, child abuse and a cult-like sex ring to be aired in court". Court TV.
58 Ellzey, Don (November 30, 2007). "Agents graphically describe abuse". Hammond Star.
59 RICK LYMAN (May 25, 2005). "Sex Charges Follow a Church's Collapse". New York Times.

MK Ultra Survivors Speak Pt 1

14th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE, & TRAUMA TO BE HOSTED IN SAN DIEGO The 14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, co-hosted by the Children's Institute, Inc., is facilitated by the non-profit Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University. Promoting Peace at Home, in your Community and the World: Linking Research, Practice & Policy Across the Lifespan, the 2009 Conference theme, is reflected in the two-part trainings scheduled for September 21 & 22, and 23 to 26, at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego. To learn more or to register, go to IVAT's website: IVAT Contact: Malou Indon, Marketing and Events Coordinator: 858-527-1860 x4270

Sunday, August 2, 2009

ritual abuse information and conference has been blacklisted from wikipedia with three other sites with evidence of child abuse and ritual abuse crimes against children. We are recommending that people do not use wikipedia as a resource until all four sites are removed from the blacklist. We are also recommending that people write wikipedia and let others know about this.

conference press release - please post and forward

A conference to help survivors of severe child abuse (ritual abuse) and torture will be held on August 14 - 16, 2009, between 8 - 5 PM Saturday and Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel near Bradley International Airport, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA). This conference will help educate survivors of this abuse and their helpers. Pre-registration is preferred. For information write S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 E-mail:, conference information is at:

Freedom Run Ministries' primary function is to promote the education & application of the knowledge on the topic of ritual abuse to the Christian Church while challenging and encouraging them to use the knowledge they have learned to help those suffering from this type of trauma. Freedom Runs message is a topic that is often considered taboo in our society as well as the Christian Church. Although this topic may seem heavy in nature, it is a message that we believe the Church body needs to hear.