Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

Synopsis

A personal but also scholarly journey into the clandestine and confusing world of ritual abuse, this book provides unique insights into the catastrophic experiences of ritual abuse survivors and their efforts to find healing through psychological treatment. This revised edition provides contemporary revelations about cults in existence today and also new therapies developed since the first edition was published in 1995. Co-authored by a clinical psychologist and the executive director of a professional organization dedicated to treating survivors of cult and ritual abuse, this edition will be of interest to both academic and professional markets.

Excerpt

We ask the reader's indulgence. As you will no doubt notice, this book has two authors yet is frequently narrated in the first person singular. As the primary author, Dr. Noblitt is conveying information based on his clinical experiences with patients. As secondary author, Ms. Perskin is not a clinician, but she has worked extensively with survivors, clinicians, law enforcement representatives, investigative journalists, and others, particularly in her role as executive director of the International Council on Cultism and Ritual Trauma. We have spent several years reviewing the clinical, historical and anthropological literature related to this topic. This book is the result of our combined efforts to bring to the reader the outcomes of our comprehensive research as well as our different perspectives on the problem.

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