This will probably be the only post I make on this thread, as the information has been posted on numerous threads already, mkay?
I think this is
as good a place as any though, to actually put together in one place my collected thoughts on the topic. I beg your indulgence, as this is going to
Wiki entry on SRA
APA page on abuse and memories
Science Daily's experiment
Christian Research's article, reprinted at rickross.com
On repressed memories and SRA
About "Michele Remembers"
Religious Tolerance's page
More on repressed memories
Issues in researching False Memory Syndrome
Suggested Reading - no, really, these books are worth hunting down at your library
Panic - Jeffrey Victor
In Pursuit Of Satan:
Police And The Occult - Robert D Hicks
Silence - Debbie Nathan
The Myth Of Repressed
Memory - Elizabeth Loftus
Jeopardy in the Courtroom:
A Scientific Analysis of Children's Testimony - Stephen Ceci
Neuropsychology of False Memories
UK Dept Of Health Report on Ritual Child Abuse
Couple of things probably need to be clarified here.
1. Whilst this is not suggesting that there have never been abusers who are Masons, please understand that these are two different ideas; just as Joe
Abuser might be a Christian, his actions are not representative of the religion, and just as he might also be an upstanding member of his Church
Choir, this in no way means that the Choir is involved in a pedophile ring.
2. Nobody here has been able to support the notion that SRA actually exists - but this is absolutely not suggesting that child sex abuse does not
3. Furthermore, nobody has been able to offer any evidence that if it exists, it's being committed by Freemasonry either as a group, or as part of a
4. As I've stated before, my objections are less about Freemasonry than they are about unsubstantiated allegations of a phenomena that doesn't
My own investigation has been conducted over two continents, over a period spanning more than 10 years. My own investigations involved two children
who were involved in the Cleveland Child Abuse scandal in England, and one who was involved in a similar alleged Satanic Abuse case in England (this
was direct contact with all three children; as a result I was able to obtain access to the testimonies of other children involved). My conclusions
are that though abuse exists, and is tragic, and absolutely needs to be stopped, there is simply no evidence that this abuse involves Satanic groups,
cults, or Masonic orders.
When the children in question first made the allegations, they had been "coached", by two social workers in particular. The questions asked of the
children involved some dubious techniques, involving leads such as "Did Mrs X ever touch you anywhere bad?". Leading questions such as this are
absolutely not considered valid, ethical or even "ok", by psychiatrists, psychologists and police departments. I do hope you can see why this is the
After the investigations were completed, the children were questioned in a much more ambiguous manner, using questions such as:
"When you were at Mrs X's house, tell us what happened after you had dinner". In other words, answers were solicited using a much more objective
technique, allowing the children to use their own words to describe what happened, instead of trying to appease the questioner by answering what they
thought was the right answer. In summary, the children either recanted through simple voluntary admittals that "well, it wasn't really like
that...." and similar answers, or they admitted that though some abuse happened, it was by two male relatives. No Satanism, and no occult or
Please, understand that this does not mean no abuse has taken place
. That's not - and never has been - in dispute. However, we must
bear in mind these points, too:
1. Children do actually lie at times - yes, even about abuse. In the past it's been repeatedly shown that an overzealous investigator and/or
therapist can ask a leading question to a child who will then answer "yes", because that's what s/he thinks the investigator wants to hear
It's less about truth in these cases than it is about lousy investigative methods. And this doesn't just apply to abuse, it applies across the
board in psychology and psychiatry, and indeed across the entire judicial arena. It's painfully easy to verify independently, unless of course it's
all part of a much larger conspiracy which would involve adults too, as they're often "led" into similar statements.
2. Children who have been abused don't have to be lying about what happened to be confused or misled into saying who did it and/or under what
Thanks for reading.