Ritual Abuse Conference – August 2010

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The 2010 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

August 6 – 8, 2010

DoubleTree near
Bradley International Airport
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT

Internet conference information: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Conference Goals
– To help stop future occurrences of ritual  abuse
– To help survivors of ritual abuse
– To name the groups that have participated  in alleged  illegal  activities
– To unite those working to stop ritual  abuse

Conference Schedule
There will be a small get together, deli dinner, dessert  and early registration for pre-registered attendees only, on August 6, Friday  evening. The conference will be all day on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8. Please check our conference home page for the latest conference schedule information. Some presentations will also be recorded.

Speakers and Biographies
Please note: Listing of these speakers does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are speaking at our conference for educational  value  only and some may be heavy for survivors.  Listening to the speakers at the conference may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when listening to any speaker or contacting any resource mentioned in this brochure.  These descriptions may be heavy for survivors to read.

Neil Brick is a survivor of Masonic based Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. – A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. His topics  are: Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases and The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.

Nick Bryant‘s writing has recurrently focused on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States, and he’s been published in numerous national journals, including the Journal of Professional Ethics, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of School Health. He is the co-author of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy, addressing the medical and developmental problems of lower socioeconomic children in America. His topic is: Lessons learned from Franklin

Carmen Yana Holiday is a survivor of extreme domestic violence, human trafficking, child pornography, ritual abuse-torture and mind control. She has been an advocate for other survivors since 2001, developing and facilitating trauma recovery workshops and presenting as a survivor of RA-MC for several organizations. Her topic is:  Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation

Lynn Schirmer is an artist and survivor of ritual abuse-torture and trauma based mind control. She mounts frequent exhibits where she engages audiences about the reality of extreme abuse and tax funded exploitation of children and adults. Her work has been exhibited the US and France. Her topic is: Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell

Mary Keats RN BA wife, mother, grandmother, working in social services, is a survivor of Ritual Abuse Torture.  She is a spiritual person who enjoys life to the fullest. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. She refuses to be muzzled, decided early on in her recovery to break the silence, so others could be helped. Her topic is:  Hope after the Darkness

Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. is a retired psychologist who spent a career working with survivors of extreme abuse. She is author of the novel, “Morning, Come Quickly,” co-developer of the Extreme Abuse Survey Project and former editor of Survivorship. Her topic is:  The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.

Julaine has spent over 21 years on this journey. As the daughter of a career military man, working in “intelligence”, she was turned over for government experimentation prior to the formal designations like Artichoke and MKUltra. A former polyfragmented woman, she has employed many approaches and therapies to heal, and is here today to talk about things she learned as she walked this journey. Her topic is: Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey

Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. is the pen name of a real woman who is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor with a doctorate in psychology. Suzie is the author of “Wholeness, my healing journey from ritual abuse.”  Her 10-year path to recovery was a result of a savvy counselor, her own determination not to let her perpetrators “win,” plus a family that never wavered. Suzie Burke is now thriving. Info on her and her book is at http://www.suzieburke.com Her topic is:  Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.

Dr. Lacter is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, California, USA, for 24 years and specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders and ritual abuse and mind control trauma in both children and adults. She has a number of published chapters in edited books on the subjects of ritual abuse and mind control. Her website is  http://www.endritualabuse.org/

S.M.A.R.T. 2010 Conference Schedule
(Please note : this schedule may be subject to change.  Please write us for the latest schedule.)

Friday
7 – 9:00 PM – Deli Dinner and Dessert Buffet for Prepaid Registered Attendees

Saturday
9 – 10 AM – Neil Brick –  “ Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases .”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Nick Bryant – “Lessons learned from Franklin”

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM  – Carmen Yana Holiday – “Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation.”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. – “Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.”

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. – ““The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.”

7:30 –  Ellen Lacter presents the video of Trish Fotheringham

8:00 –  Ellen Lacter “A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Child Abuse Survivors”

Sunday

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Mary Keats RN BA – “Hope after the Darkness.”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Neil Brick “The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.”

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Julaine – “Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Lynn Schirmer  – “Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell”

4:00 – 5:00 PM  speaker panel discussion and closing

Innocence Revisited – a tale in parts – healing from child abuse

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Innocence Revisited – a tale in parts  by Cathy Kezelman  ISBN: 978– 0–9806193-3-1 JoJo Publishing 2010 This book….is an intensely personal story…We journey with Cathy as she goes in search of ten lost years of her childhood, feeling her suffering acutely but also celebrating her triumphs. It is  also a vivid portrayal both of the intricate psychological contortions of a child towards  psychic survival and of the mental processes of the adult towards a full life. This book…is a landmark book – a roadmap to health for those who feel isolated, lost and terrified and a reflective guide for the health professionals who work with them. In telling her story Cathy displays how an analytical psychotherapeutic process can guide a trauma survivor from confusion through chaos to stability and understanding. The story ends with a quiet sense of hope as Cathy, having integrated those ten forgotten childhood years, enjoys enriched relationships with her family and friends, and an untapped enthusiasm for the next phase of her life. To order your copy of Innocence Revisited – a tale in parts go to http://www.jojopublishing.com
http://cathykezelman.com/books/innocence-revisisted-a-tale-in-parts/

Warren Jeffs: Utah court overturns polygamist’s rape conviction

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Warren Jeffs: Utah court overturns polygamist’s rape conviction – The Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the jury in the 2007 rape trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs received improper instructions from the trial judge. By Daniel B. Wood, Staff writer / July 27, 2010  The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs’s rape conviction for conducting the marriage of a 14-year-old girl….The Utah justices held that instructions given to the jurors were erroneous and ordered a new trial. Jeffs was originally found guilty of being an accomplice to rape for using his religious influence to coerce a minor into marrying her 19-year-old cousin. The justices said that the jury’s deliberation should have been focused on whether Jeffs’ intent in performing the “spiritual marriage” was for rape to occur, not on whether the action itself led to nonconsensual sex. “In particular, the court held that Mr. Jeffs had to have the intent to aid the rape that was committed,” says Paul Cassell, professor of criminal law at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. “That will be the issue on which the new trial will focus.”

Analysts say the court’s opinion was narrow in the sense that they did not hold that Jeffs is innocent but rather simply that the jury was improperly instructed on the charges. “We regret the effect our opinion might have on the victim of the underlying crime, to whom we do not wish to cause additional pain,” wrote Justice Jill Parrish for the court. “However, we must ensure that the laws are applied evenly and appropriately, in this case as in every case, in order to protect the constitutional principles on which our legal system is based. We must guarantee justice, not just for this defendant, but for all who may be accused of a crime and subjected to the State’s power to deprive them of life, liberty, or property hereafter.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2010/0727/Warren-Jeffs-Utah-court-overturns-polygamist-s-rape-conviction

Satanists jailed, abuse/heart disease, Jeffs new trial, cult sex abuse, trauma

July 28, 2010 Comments Off on Satanists jailed, abuse/heart disease, Jeffs new trial, cult sex abuse, trauma

describes crimes – Russian Satanists jailed for gruesome ritual murders  From: NewsCore July 27, 2010 A GANG of six Russians Satanists have been handed jail sentences of up to 20 years for ritually killing and then dismembering four teenagers in a forest.

The six – all teenagers at the time – reportedly also ate the body parts of their victims in a wooded area outside the city of Yaroslavl, about 320 kilometres northeast of Moscow.
The group was found guilty of “murdering four people with the aim of carrying out an initiation ritual into a sect and of desecrating the bodies of the dead,” the Yaroslavl regional court said in a statement. The group, four of whom were under 18 at the time, killed the four teenagers in June 2008, prosecutors said….The accused were found guilty of murder, while four were also found guilty of desecrating the victims’ bodies. The longest sentence of 20 years went to the man named as the group’s leader, Nikolai Ogolobnyak.
http://www.news.com.au/world/russian-satanists-jailed-for-gruesome-ritual-murders/story-e6frfkyi-1225897258373

Link Between Childhood Physical Abuse and Heart Disease
ScienceDaily (July 23, 2010) — Childhood physical abuse is associated with significantly elevated rates of heart disease in adulthood, according to new findings by University of Toronto researchers, published in this month’s issue of the journal Child Abuse & Neglect. “Individuals who reported they had been physically abused as children had 45 per cent higher odds of heart disease than their peers who had not been abused, despite the fact we had adjusted for most of the known risk factors for heart disease,” says Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, who holds the Sandra Rotman Chair at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Department of Family and Community Medicine.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100722102043.htm

Utah court reverses polygamist leader convictions
By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press Writer Jennifer Dobner, Jul 27, 2010 SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial, saying a jury received incorrect instructions before considering his role in the 2001 nuptials of a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. Jeffs, 54, was convicted in 2007 of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice. He is serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in the Utah State Prison….Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The sect, whose estimated 10,000 members live mostly on the Utah-Arizona state line, practices polygamy in marriages arranged by church leaders. Some marriages have involved underage girls to older men.

Jeffs performed the religious marriage of Elissa Wall and Allen Steed in a Caliente, Nev., motel and later counseled Wall to be obedient and give her “mind, body and soul” to her husband in an effort to make an unhappy marriage work.

During the trial and later in her book, “Stolen Innocence,” Wall said she objected to the marriage and was forced into sexual relations with her husband….In its ruling Tuesday, the court agreed with defense attorneys who argued that jurors should not have been told to decide whether Wall’s marital relations were consensual based on Jeffs’ actions and his role as her religious leader. That essentially equates Jeffs with Steed — the person who allegedly has had nonconsensual sex. Justices said prosecutors were wrong to make that leap.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100727/ap_on_re_us/us_polygamist_leader_appeal

Michael Lyons may have raped dozens more women
Police fear dozens more women around the world have been raped by cult leader Michael Lyons.  26 Jul 2010 Officers said many victims were too scared to come forward after falling into the clutches of his intimidating group. They said Lyons, known in spiritualist circles as Mohan Singh, was a calculating criminal masquerading as a healer.

Lyons was jailed for 10 years yesterday after being convicted of raping one woman and assaulting another. However police say many more women around the world may also have been victims….Detective Sergeant Nicholas Giles, who pursued Lyons, said officers liaised with colleagues at the FBI as the net closed around their suspect.  He said Lyons travelled widely between London, Paris, Miami and New York, spending only a few months in each place.  Internet campaigners claim to have drawn up a list of 20 potential victims in New York alone.  Mr Giles said the complex and unusual case created many difficulties, including persuading the jury how dangerous Lyons was. He said: ”This is all about control, brainwashing, a cult. It is not someone with a mask jumping out of a bush. It is very hard to prove. ”We had to bring family members, people who have lost people to the cult, from America.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7911698/Michael-Lyons-may-have-raped-dozens-more-women.html

Confessions of a Trauma Therapist A Memoir of Healing and Transformation Mary K. Armstrong TO HER SURPRISE, dismay, and eventually relief, Mary Armstrong, a therapist with over thirty years of experience helping people heal from childhood trauma, uncovered her own history of child sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather and father. As she tells her harrowing but heroic tale, she casts light as never before on the issue of repressed memories and the invisible wounds left by childhood trauma. ISBN  978-1-926645-19-3 http://www.bpsbooks.com
http://www.bpsbooks.com/confessions-of-a-trauma-therapist-mary-k-armstrong/
Author’s website http://www.marykarmstrong.com/

Confessions of a Trauma Therapist A Memoir of Healing and Transformation

July 27, 2010 Comments Off on Confessions of a Trauma Therapist A Memoir of Healing and Transformation

Confessions of a Trauma Therapist A Memoir of Healing and Transformation Mary K. Armstrong – To her surprise, dismay, and eventually relief, Mary Armstrong, a therapist with over thirty years of experience helping people heal from childhood trauma, uncovered her own history of child sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather and father. As she tells her harrowing but heroic tale, she casts light as never before on the issue of repressed memories and the invisible wounds left by childhood trauma. ISBN  978-1-926645-19-3 http://www.bpsbooks.com
http://www.bpsbooks.com/confessions-of-a-trauma-therapist-mary-k-armstrong/
Author’s website http://www.marykarmstrong.com/

Ritual Abuse Conference – August 2010

July 26, 2010 Comments Off on Ritual Abuse Conference – August 2010

Ritual Abuse Conference – August 2010
Please forward this to those interested.  Thanks.

The 2010 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference

August 6 – 8, 2010

DoubleTree near
Bradley International Airport
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT

Internet conference information: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

Conference Goals
– To help stop future occurrences of ritual  abuse
– To help survivors of ritual abuse
– To name the groups that have participated  in alleged  illegal  activities
– To unite those working to stop ritual  abuse

Conference Schedule
There will be a small get together, deli dinner, dessert  and early registration for pre-registered attendees only, on August 6, Friday  evening. The conference will be all day on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8. Please check our conference home page for the latest conference schedule information. Some presentations will also be recorded.

Speakers and Biographies
Please note: Listing of these speakers does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are speaking at our conference for educational  value  only and some may be heavy for survivors.  Listening to the speakers at the conference may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when listening to any speaker or contacting any resource mentioned in this brochure.  These descriptions may be heavy for survivors to read.

Neil Brick is a survivor of Masonic based Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. – A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. His topics  are: Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases and The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.

Nick Bryant‘s writing has recurrently focused on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States, and he’s been published in numerous national journals, including the Journal of Professional Ethics, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Social Distress and Homelessness, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of School Health. He is the co-author of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy, addressing the medical and developmental problems of lower socioeconomic children in America. His topic is: Lessons learned from Franklin

Carmen Yana Holiday is a survivor of extreme domestic violence, human trafficking, child pornography, ritual abuse-torture and mind control. She has been an advocate for other survivors since 2001, developing and facilitating trauma recovery workshops and presenting as a survivor of RA-MC for several organizations. Her topic is:  Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation

Lynn Schirmer is an artist and survivor of ritual abuse-torture and trauma based mind control. She mounts frequent exhibits where she engages audiences about the reality of extreme abuse and tax funded exploitation of children and adults. Her work has been exhibited the US and France. Her topic is: Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell

Mary Keats RN BA wife, mother, grandmother, working in social services, is a survivor of Ritual Abuse Torture.  She is a spiritual person who enjoys life to the fullest. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. She refuses to be muzzled, decided early on in her recovery to break the silence, so others could be helped. Her topic is:  Hope after the Darkness

Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. is a retired psychologist who spent a career working with survivors of extreme abuse. She is author of the novel, “Morning, Come Quickly,” co-developer of the Extreme Abuse Survey Project and former editor of Survivorship. Her topic is:  The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.

Julaine has spent over 21 years on this journey. As the daughter of a career military man, working in “intelligence”, she was turned over for government experimentation prior to the formal designations like Artichoke and MKUltra. A former polyfragmented woman, she has employed many approaches and therapies to heal, and is here today to talk about things she learned as she walked this journey. Her topic is: Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey

Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. is the pen name of a real woman who is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor with a doctorate in psychology. Suzie is the author of “Wholeness, my healing journey from ritual abuse.”  Her 10-year path to recovery was a result of a savvy counselor, her own determination not to let her perpetrators “win,” plus a family that never wavered. Suzie Burke is now thriving. Info on her and her book is at http://www.suzieburke.com Her topic is:  Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.

Dr. Lacter is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, California, USA, for 24 years and specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders and ritual abuse and mind control trauma in both children and adults. She has a number of published chapters in edited books on the subjects of ritual abuse and mind control. Her website is  http://www.endritualabuse.org/

S.M.A.R.T. 2010 Conference Schedule
(Please note : this schedule may be subject to change.  Please write us for the latest schedule.)

Friday
7 – 9:00 PM – Deli Dinner and Dessert Buffet for Prepaid Registered Attendees

Saturday
9 – 10 AM – Neil Brick –  “ Fighting the Spin : The Truth about Child Abuse Cases .”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Nick Bryant – “Lessons learned from Franklin”

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM  – Carmen Yana Holiday – “Survivors of Extreme Abuse: The Awful Rowing Toward Social Emancipation.”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Suzie Burke, R.N., Ph.D. – “Wholeness: My healing journey from ritual abuse, and what you can learn from it.”

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. – ““The Ritual Abuse Controversy: A Personal Perspective.”

7:30 –  Ellen Lacter presents the video of Trish Fotheringham

8:00 –  Ellen Lacter “A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Child Abuse Survivors”

Sunday

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Mary Keats RN BA – “Hope after the Darkness.”

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Neil Brick “The Move from Blame the Victim to Blame the Helper.”

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Julaine – “Looking Back: Lessons from the Healing Journey”

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Lynn Schirmer  – “Art & Activism: Finding Effective Ways to Tell”

4:00 – 5:00 PM  speaker panel discussion and closing

measures to protect students from predators sometimes fail, pattern of abuse

July 26, 2010 Comments Off on measures to protect students from predators sometimes fail, pattern of abuse


Despite states’ efforts, measures to protect students from predators sometimes fail
By Michael Alison Chandler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 25, 2010  For nearly three decades, Kevin Ricks exploited gaps in a system that is supposed to keep sexual predators out of the classroom. He landed teaching jobs at one school after another — public and private, urban and rural, domestic and foreign — despite mounting evidence of his troubling personal relationships with male students. The emerging portrait of Ricks as a serial sexual abuser raises questions about why schools continued to hire him and what could have been done to stop him….

Maryland, Virginia and other states have long sought to bolster safeguards for students. They have required criminal background checks for prospective school employees, created tougher penalties for sex crimes committed by educators or others in positions of authority, and given employers liability protections to encourage them to speak candidly during reference checks. Many states also have required school systems to file reports when teachers are convicted of sexual crimes or resign amid allegations of abuse, so that their licenses can be reviewed or revoked.

None of these measures stopped Ricks. He held at least 12 teaching positions from 1982 until his arrest in February at Osbourn High School in Manassas….In 2004, a congressionally mandated study estimated that one in 10 students from kindergarten through 12th grade were victims of some form of sexual misconduct by a school employee — from being told a dirty joke or shown pornography to being inappropriately touched or raped. In 2007, an Associated Press investigation found more than 2,500 teachers nationwide had licenses revoked, suspended or denied from 2001 through 2005 because of sexual misconduct. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/24/AR2010072402589.html

Kevin Ricks’ career as teacher, tutor shows pattern of abuse that goes back decades By Josh White, Blaine Harden and Jennifer Buske
Sunday, July 25, 2010  What teachers, parents, students and even his wife didn’t know was that his journals contained decades of dark secrets, a running handwritten commentary of Ricks’s world of obsession, infatuation, pursuit, sexual abuse and international child exploitation. They didn’t know about his library of homemade pornographic videos and explicit photographs capturing his tequila-soaked sex acts with teenage boys he had handpicked. They didn’t know about the makeshift shrine boxes containing mementos of the episodes, including sex toys, soiled tissues and hair trimmings.

Even some of the victims didn’t know they were victims.
A four-month Washington Post investigation of Ricks’s career as a teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host and camp counselor has revealed a pattern of abuse that dates to at least 1978 and has left a trail of victims spanning the globe. But despite the abuse, Ricks moved from one teaching job to the next over nearly 30 years, navigating the nation’s public and private school systems undetected, evading traps designed to catch him.  In some cases, school officials and foreign exchange companies knew of or suspected Ricks’s inappropriate behavior and simply let him go, leaving the next employer with no idea what was coming.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/24/AR2010072402605.html

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