Extreme Abuse

Information Handout 

 
EXTREME ABUSE INDEX   
Extreme Abuse
Human Trafficking and Slavery
Torture
Non-State Actor Torture
Effects of Torture
Ritual Abuse
Mind Control
 
 
NOTICE:
The material in these Definitions is not meant as therapy or to take the place of therapy. Some of this information may trigger distressing responses, so please practice self-care and use caution and common sense while reading this material. 
 
Many of these Definitions are quoted verbatim from, or were adapted with permission from the FAQs pages at NATRCoalition.org/faq/ and ra-info.org/faqs/ .
Others were quoted or adapted as noted.
 
 

Extreme Abuse

(Adapted, with Kathleen Sullivan’s permission)

Extreme abuse can be defined as extreme forms of human-against-human abuse such as human trafficking and slavery; cult abuse; commercial sexual exploitation of children; forced participation in pornography, prostitution, drug sales, arms trafficking, murder for hire, and other illegal acts; child soldiering; kidnapping; false imprisonment; torture; ritual abuse; and mind control.             

 

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, the buying and selling of human beings, for the purposes of profit and/or pleasure. This kind of exploitation is a common experience among survivors of extreme abuse, ritual abuse and mind control. Many survivors report being traded amongst various perpetrator groups, including cults and governmental contractors.

(From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime website )

“Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person through the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, or abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability, for the purpose of exploiting them. Exploitation includes prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.”

 

Torture

(From International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims )

“Torture is the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical pain or suffering by or with the consent of the state authorities for a specific purpose. Torture is often used to punish, obtain information or a confession, take revenge on a person or persons, or create terror and fear within a population. Torture is widely used in extreme abuse, ritual abuse and mind control.

Some common methods of physical torture include beating, electric shocks, stretching, submersion, suffocation, burns, rape and sexual assault. Psychological forms of torture and ill-treatment, which very often have long-lasting consequences for victims, commonly include: isolation, threats, humiliation, mock executions, mock amputations, and witnessing the torture of others.”

Non-State Actor Torture

(Adapted From Persons Against NST – Non-State Torture)

Non-state actor torture is torture which is not committed by the state/government, but instead is committed by parents, spouses, other kin, guardians, neighbours, trusted adults, or strangers in the private sphere, for example, in homes, warehouses, cabins, rented buildings, in fields, or in various public and private places.

Non-state actor torture suffered by victims of ritual abuse and mind control is also commonly perpetrated by cult members, or members of other organized crime networks.

Effects of Torture

(From International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims)

“The consequences of torture reach far beyond immediate pain. In addition to the symptoms of PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, torture victims often feel guilt and shame, triggered by the humiliation they have endured. Many feel that they have betrayed themselves or their friends and family. All such symptoms are normal human responses to abnormal and inhuman treatment.”

 

Ritual Abuse

Ritual abuse is the abuse of a person or animal in a ritualized setting or manner. In a broad sense, many of our overtly or covertly socially sanctioned actions can be considered ritual abuse, such as military basic training, hazing, racism, spanking children, and partner-battering.

However, the term “ritual abuse” more specifically refers to repeated, sadistic abuse, especially of children, usually within a group setting. The group’s or perpetrator’s ideology is often used to justify the abuse, and the abuse can be used to teach the abuser’s ideology, ensure loyalty and compliance, and to create and manipulate alters. The activities are kept secret from society at large, as they violate norms and laws, and violations of secrecy imperatives often result in drastic consequences.

(Adapted From Persons Against NST – Non-State Torture)

Ritualized emotional abuse or torture can include such manipulative tactics as trickery, deceit, blaming the victim, offering impossible choices, forced participation in extremely violent acts, or being forced to witness extremely violent acts. Spiritual abuse can manifest as the reversal of good and evil in a destruction-based indoctrinated morality, or the denial of freedom of thought.

 

Mind Control

In its most recognizable form, all advertising and media, government, or corporate “spin doctoring” is a form of mind control, an attempt to make people buy certain brands or objects, or believe or do certain things. Political propaganda (my country is right and good, and the other country is wrong and bad) is also an example of mind control efforts in the broad sense of the term.

Where individual manipulation is concerned, however, the definition is much narrower. In this context, “mind control” means that part of a person’s mind has been programmed to obey another person without question, while other parts of the mind are unaware of this situation.

This type of Mind Control is established and developed through various means, including the use of: confusion, fear, pain, terror, guilt, shame, humiliation and belittlement; theatrics, trickery, illusion, lies and coercion; sensory/sleep/food deprivation; physical, emotional, verbal, sexual and spiritual abuse; systematic behavior modification and hypnosis techniques; double-bind situations; drugs, lights, sounds, smells, special effects, film projections, hidden cameras and microphones; sets, props, actors, costumes and make-up; role-play “characterizations” based on nursery rhymes, fairy tales, stories, books, movies and music; forced actions against self/animals/others; guns, electroshock, whips; shackles, chains and cages.

 
For further details on Extreme Abuse, go to
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