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Factors that Cause Disclosure of Child Abuse to be Withheld or Delayed


In about 1986, based in my work with abused children, I (Ellen Lacter) began to create a list of reasons why children cannot disclose their abuse or why they delay disclosure. I found this list to be a very useful therapy tool with victims of all ages – children, teens, and adults. Many child abuse victims condemn themselves for not being able to disclose their abuse earlier. Well-meaning...

Systematic and Organic Psychological Mechanisms that Perpetuate the Cycle of Extreme Abuse


Presented at: The Centre for Knowledge on Transgenerational Organized Violence (Kenniscentrum – KTTG), The Netherlands, Semi-annual Online Conference on April 22, 2023, and The Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Mind Control 2023 Online Clinician Conference on May 19, 2023. Course Description: This presentation will examine the psychological mechanisms that perpetuate the cycle of extreme child abuse...

Living with Programmed Corruption of Ordinary Stimuli


Introduction: The Purpose of this Article There are many kinds of networks that abuse children and adults. These include ritualistic abusers, clergy abusers, government mind control projects, sex traffickers, and producers of child abuse materials. Perpetrators of these crimes use many methods to maintain long-term control of their victims. These include standard tactics of organized crime, such...

Overcoming the Devastation of Coerced Perpetration and its Fundamental Role in Extreme Abuse, by an Anonymous Survivor-Psychologist


The important autobiographical essay posted below was contributed to this website by a colleague who is both a ritual abuse survivor and a psychologist. My colleague’s hope in writing this in-depth and heart-wrenching essay is to help other survivors who, like herself, have been subjected to unthinkable cruelty and abuse in order to coerce them to harm other victims. Coerced perpetration is a...

Fear of the Consequences of Disclosure, Actual, Anticipated, or Threatened by Abuser(s) that Cause Disclosure to Be Consciously Withheld and/or that Cause Abuse Memories to Be Dissociated


Remembering Why I Could Not Tell Victims of child abuse condemn themselves unfairly for so much, for the abuse, for being powerless, for being “weak,” for not escaping, for not fighting off a larger and terrifying perpetrator, and for not having told someone sooner. They forget the impossible odds. They forget how they calculated the consequences if they resisted or fought. Perhaps they fought...

Psychotraumatology Supports the Healing Described in Walking with Aletheia, By Jean Wehner


In 1996, Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., neuroscientist at New York University, wrote a seminal  book in the field of psychotraumatology: The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life. (Simon and Schuster). (Link to purchase on Amazon: ) In this book, LeDoux provides extensive neurological and psychological evidence for two long-term memory systems: An explicit memory system...

Walking with Aletheia: A Survivor’s Memoir, by Jean Wehner (2022)


The Netflix documentary, The Keepers, documents the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnick, a high school English teacher. Jean Wehner, who is featured in The Keepers, was one of Sister Cathy’s students. Jean reports sexual abuse by a number of priests at this school, including the Director of Religious Studies and the School Counselor/Chaplain. Jean Wehner has now authored a book...

What is the Nature of a Child’s Love for a Parent or Caregiver?


The most painful thing in the world is to realize that your parent doesn’t love you.~Anonymous Survivor Victims of child abuse experience complex feelings for the parents, other family members, nannies, clergy, coaches, etc., who abused or neglected them or who enabled or were passive bystanders to their abuse. These feelings often include subjective experiences of “love” and attachment. Other...

Helping Survivors Who Have Been Coerced to Harm Others


To be able to help survivors who have been victimized by coerced perpetration, those of us who support victims –  therapists, clergy, loved ones, fellow survivors, etc., first need to develop a deep understanding of how torture-coerced harm works, that torture can make anyone do anything, and the kinds of “breaks” in free agency that happen in the course of torture. We need to understand all...

Trauma Recovery as a Path of Human Development


Note from Ellen Lacter: I am so happy that Anne Redelfs, MD, has contributed this article to my website. Dr. Redelfs is a ritual abuse survivor and retired psychiatrist. She has created a healing ministry where she helps people listen deeply to their hearts and minds as inner guides to health and wholeness. She calls herself a “gardener of the soul.” Her website, anneredelfs.com, offers...

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