Tag Archives: Child abuse


Satanic Ritual Abuse

In the 1980s, allegations of physical and sexual abuse linked to occult or satanic rituals caused a panic in the US. These claims of satanic ritual abuse typically came from children in daycare centers, but nearly all instances were later discredited when the coercive methods used to generate testimony came to light. These included asking children leading questions and “uncovering” unconscious mental traumas in therapy. What were some of the outlandish claims children were pressured to make? More… Discuss


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No Sun for Sect’s Kids Living in Bunker

A number of children born to members of a Russian Islamist sect that sequestered itself in an underground bunker for nearly a decade saw the sun for the first time this month, after the group’s quarters were discovered by authorities in Kazan. Prohibited from leaving the eight-story, unheated underground bunker, the 70 members of the Fayzarahmanist sect, named for its organizer and prophet Fayzrahman Satarov, are now under investigation for illegal activities such as prohibiting members from seeking medical care and education and for potential child abuseMore… Discuss


Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Recession Linked to Rise in Child Abuse Injuries

Since the start of the economic downturn in the US, the number of children being hospitalized with severe brain injuries as a result of abuse has spiked. In the three years leading up to the recession, the rate of abusive head injuries was 8.9 per year per 100,000 kids. During the recession, this number jumped to 14.7 per 100,000. Although there is no proof that pay cuts or job loss is responsible for the increase in abuse, previous research has linked parental stress to child maltreatment, and financial hardship could certainly contribute to parental stress. More… Discuss