07 - CHANNEL 4 DISPATCHES PROGRAM 'BEYOND BELIEF' ON SATANIST RITUAL ABUSE (SRA) IN THE UK – SCRIPT REVIEW, FOLLOW-UP AND PSYCHIATRY IMPLICATIONS

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Abstract

Background and Aims:

On 19 February 1992 Journalist Andrew Boyd presented a program concerning allegations of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA). Snelling & Scott (1993) gave an account of the broadcast and response to the helpline for SRA Survivors. This research aims to educate mental health professionals about the nature of SRA, the investigation complexities and cases that were successfully prosecuted.

Methods

A 20-page typeset script was reviewed in the light of the 26 years that passed since the broadcast, by two experienced advocates.

Results

Sara Scott, who ran the helpline, published in 2001 a book ‘The Politics and Experience of Ritual Abuse: Beyond Disbelief’ which details many disclosures of SRA including several dozen cases of ‘Brood Mares’, breeding babies for Satanist ritual human sacrifice.

A ‘Cult’ baby was born to the victim of convicted Satanist High Priest Colin Batley (2011).

Disgraced Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced (2013) to 35 years for a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby in a Satanist context.

Albert and Carole Hickman once more received lengthy jail sentences (2015) in a historical SRA case that included ‘sucking blood’ after piercing the victim's finger with a bejewelled knife.

At least 10 SRA cases have been successfully prosecuted in Britain:

http://casra.org.uk/prosecuted-cases/

Furthermore, there is now official, public acknowledgement of the existence of SRA by the UK’s largest and oldest police force, the Metropolitan Police Service:

https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/caa/child-abuse/faith-based-abuse/

Conclusion

The research outlines avenues for further investigation and reminds mental health professionals of their duty to attend to each case on its own merits.