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Survivors Speak Out on Remembering: part two (Svali Blog Post)

This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110909093615/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/39026 – Survivors Speak Out, part two: Survivors of ritual abuse come from all over the world. This is not a phenomenon limited to the United States or Europe. John, a survivor outside the U.S., shares his process of remembering:I did not always remember. As with many sexual assault survivors… read more »

Survivors Speak Out on Remembering: part one (Svali Blog Post)

  This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110820204031/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/39027 – Survivors speak out: On Remembering Part one: Important: part of this article contains discussion of survivor memories. If you are a survivor of ritual abuse, please be aware that reading about it may be triggering, and do not read if you become uncomfortable**A significant aspect of the… read more »

Should I Confront My Abuser(s)? (Svali Blog Post)

  This information was mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110321082324/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/49485 – Trigger warning: discusses cult abuse, suicidal programming, and acting out on it in article “Mom, I remember. I remember what happened. I remember my cult name, A—-, I remember yours, Sh——. I remember Dr. Brogan and what happened with him.””You’re making this all up, sweetie. Nothing happened.””Then… read more »

Ritual Holidays (Svali Blog Post)

  This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110907092801/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/65737 – The first year that I got out of the cult, I was having a horrible time on September 7 Th. I was struggling with self-harm, and the desire to recontact my ex-husband, who was a leader in the group, was almost impossible to ignore. My anxiety levels… read more »

Retraumatization (Svali Blog Post)

  This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20120426042037/http://archive.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/81275 – This article addresses how we, as therapists and counselors can unawarely retraumatize our patients, even when they have told us clearly this is what we are doing. The question will surely be asked, “How could I continue to damage my client in such a way if they… read more »

Prejudice Against Survivors (Svali Blog Post)

  This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110820233219/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/78508 – I had been out of the cult for almost 8 months and felt alone and isolated. I had been going to a large metropolitan church in the city that I was living in, and had seen a Bible Study for survivors of sexual abuse advertised in the… read more »

Overcoming Denial (Svali Blog Post)

This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110908221728/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/69562 – “You know you’re making all of this up, it isn’t true. I certainly don’t remember any of the things you are telling me.”The speaker was my mother, two years ago, and she was telling me in no uncertain terms that she did not believe me. Her amnesia is… read more »

On Dissociation: Part Two (Svali Blog Post)

  This information was mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20050909211245/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/39909 – Survivors Speak Out: On dissociation, part two: Frank, a male survivor of ritual abuse both in the U.S. and Canada, shares what being DID means to him:Being DID has made me feel distrustful of people at times. There was so much hurt to me, and that’s why… read more »

Maintaining External Safety (Svali Blog Post)

  This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20120422130229/http://archive.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/74737 – As survivors heal, they often learn things that are helpful to others. In this guest article, Olyssa shares what has helped her in maintaining safety from the cult. I admire her courage and her insights here as she shares from her heart. The goal of external safety… read more »

How to Support a Survivor (Svali Blog Post)

This information is mirrored from https://web.archive.org/web/20110830064933/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/ritual_abuse/62636 – One of the most frequent questions that people ask me is, “How can I help a survivor?” This question comes from spouses, from friends, from church members, and represents the desire of caring people to be a help. Often, behind this question is the unvoiced plea, “I don’t… read more »