Upcoming Professional Webinar: Moving through Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

September 27, 2011 Comments Off on Upcoming Professional Webinar: Moving through Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

Upcoming Professional Webinar: Moving through Ritual Abuse and Mind Control


Professional Webinar

Upcoming Professional Webinar:

Saturday, October 8, 2011
noon Pacific Time
Moving through Ritual Abuse and Mind Control
: Ginny Fouts, LPC, LMFT

Ginny Fouts, LPC, LMFT, is founder of Innovative Therapies LLC. Mrs. Fouts has worked in the mental health field for 30 years in a variety of settings.  She  has experience helping individuals, couples, adolescents and groups, along with a wide-range of training working with those who have experienced severe trauma.  Over the years she has seen counseling bring healing to many lives and relationships.

The webinar focus will be on how to recognize the signs for these types of traumas and different ways of healing.  We will talk about the different types of programs and how not to get bogged down in the labyrinth of details.  Ginny will discuss some of the different levels of programming so you will recognize in the early stages what levels, as a therapist, to look for and how to know you are making progress.   

Upcoming Professional Webinars
In November Staci Sprout will begin the first in a series of Sexual Ethics Workshops. These Webinars will have CE’s attached. Please do let us know if you would like to be added to the email list for upcoming professional webinars.

Registration closes the Thursday evening before the webinar

To reserve a space in the webinar, e-mail Shamai at shamai@survivorship.org   and give her this information:

1. Your name
2. The webinar you wish to attend
3. Amount and method of payment  (check, PayPal, money order)
4. Your preferred e-mail address (so we can send you instructions)

You will receive a confirmation email immediately and a guide and instructions after the registration closes


Professional Webinars are $50, which will include CEs when they are available.

The PayPal button is near the bottom of the page at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you wish to pay by check please send it to: Survivorship, Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

FUTURE WEBINARS (survivors and professionals)

Saturday, October 15
10 am Pacific Time (please note change of time)
Neil Brick
“Educating Others about Ritual Abuse”

Neil Brick is a survivor of ritual abuse. He founded S.M.A.R.T.
( http://ritualabuse.us ) a ritual abuse educational research resource with a ritual abuse newsletter and annual conferences. He is a member of the Survivorship Board of Directors. He is an advocate for getting the truth about ritual abuse out to the general public.

The webinar focus will be on how survivors can safely empower themselves by getting the truth out about the reality of ritual abuse to other child abuse survivors and the general public. Different ways of reaching the public and the media will be discussed.

Complete details on all our webinars are at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Shamai@survivorship.org


Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors

September 26, 2011 Comments Off on Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors

Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims
by Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D. Published by Urim Publications 2011
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-064-1


Pope German Visit: Religious Leader Talks With Sex Abuse Victims

September 24, 2011 Comments Off on Pope German Visit: Religious Leader Talks With Sex Abuse Victims

Pope German Visit: Religious Leader Talks With Sex Abuse Victims

ERFURT, Germany — Pope Benedict XVI met with German victims of sexual abuse by priests and expressed “deep compassion and regret” at the suffering of those abused by members of the clergy, the Vatican said Friday….

Germany’s Catholic church has seen the numbers of faithful leaving the congregation jump, after hundreds of people came forward last year with stories of having been physically or sexually abused by members of the clergy. Church leaders had expressed hope that Benedict’s visit could help heal wounds left by the scandal.

Benedict has been accused by victims groups and their lawyers of being part of systematic practice of cover-up by church hierarchy for pedophile priests, in his earlier roles as an archbishop in Germany and later at the helm of the Vatican morals office….


Jaycee Dugard sues US over failure to monitor abductor

September 23, 2011 Comments Off on Jaycee Dugard sues US over failure to monitor abductor

Jaycee Dugard sues US over failure to monitor abductor

Electronic monitoring of Garrido was considered ‘too much of a hassle,’ complaint says

Jaycee Dugard sued the federal government Thursday for failing to monitor the convicted sex offender who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco said the mistakes by federal parole officers in the handling of Phillip Garrido’s case are as “outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous.”

Had federal parole officers done their jobs, Dugard’s lawyers allege, Dugard and her daughters would not have had to endure their years of captivity in a ramshackle compound tucked inside Garrido’s Antioch backyard.

Garrido, who was convicted in 1977 of raping and kidnapping a 25-year-old woman, was on parole and under federal supervision when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991. He fathered Dugard’s two children while he and his wife, Nancy, held her captive. The pair was been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in the case.

The complaint alleges that the federal government’s negligence allowed Garrido to be free to kidnap Dugard. The complaint said federal authorities were aware he was still dangerous yet failed to revoke his parole and send him back to prison….

It says Garrido tested positive for drugs and alcohol while on parole, a violation for a sex offender, but was never punished. It also says authorities ignored reports of sexual misconduct, including a complaint that Garrido showed up at his former victim’s work and made an “alarming” comment to her.

“Inexplicably, the federal parole authorities responsible for Garrido’s direct supervision disregarded the victim’s concerns as mere hysteria,” the documents say.

After the incident, Garrido’s counselor recommended electronic monitoring, but his parole officer disregarded it as “too much of a hassle,” according to the complaint.

The documents also allege federal parole officers did not follow up on a sexual harassment complaint by one of Garrido’s co-workers….

She and her daughters already have received a $20 million settlement from the state of California for the failings of its law enforcement. The state took over Garrido’s parole supervision in 1999.

Dugard, who was kidnapped when she was 11 years old, was reunited with her family in August 2009.


new ritual abuse blog

September 22, 2011 Comments Off on new ritual abuse blog

Jeannie Riseman now has a blog at http://ritualabuse.wordpress.com/
It consists of a collection of her writing for Survivorship and
others as well as her present writing.

Child abuse increased as economy crashed, study shows

September 21, 2011 Comments Off on Child abuse increased as economy crashed, study shows

Child abuse increased as economy crashed, study shows
Poverty, stress lead to harsher parenting and abuse, researchers say   By Frederik Joelving 9/19/2011

As the U.S. economy began to tank, the number of abused kids landing in the hospital with severe brain injuries spiked, a new study shows. Anecdotes linking child abuse to the recession have surfaced before, but there had been no hard data to back the connection until now.

“It’s definitely disturbing,” said Elizabeth Gershoff, a psychologist who studies parenting but was not involved in the study.

Although there is no proof that financial hardship itself is causing the uptick in abuse, earlier research has tied parental stress to child maltreatment.

“Living in poverty for parents can be very stressful,” Gershoff, of the University of Texas at Austin, told Reuters Health. “And that in turn leads to harsher parenting.”

….In the three years leading up to the crash in December 2007, the rate of abusive head injuries was 8.9 per year per 100,000 kids. After the crash, the number jumped to 14.7 per 100,000.

“If what we are seeing is even close to generalizable, that is a lot of excess children,” said Dr. Rachel P. Berger, a child abuse expert at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh who co-authored the study.


ICC Vatican Prosecution – Clergy Sex Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint Case Charges Vatican Officials

September 19, 2011 Comments Off on ICC Vatican Prosecution – Clergy Sex Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint Case Charges Vatican Officials

ICC Vatican Prosecution –
Clergy Sex Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

At The Hague, Survivors and Leading Human Rights Group Issue Ground-Breaking Request for the Assertion of Jurisdiction by an International Court over Church Officials for Rape, Sexual Violence, and Torture by Clergy

September 13, 2011 – A survivor-led support group for clergy sex abuse victims today formally urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate the Vatican for crimes against humanity. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, together with their attorneys from the human rights organization the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), filed a lengthy and detailed complaint charging that Vatican officials tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world. Together with the complaint, they submitted more than 20,000 pages of supporting materials consisting of reports, policy papers, and evidence of the crimes by Catholic clergy committed against children and vulnerable adults.

SNAP members from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.S. traveled to The Hague to insist that the ICC take action and prosecute the Pope and three other high-ranking Vatican officials for their direct and superior responsibility for the crimes against humanity of rape and other sexual violence committed around the world.


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