Other Religions Alternative Religions How Prevalent is Satanic Ritual Abuse? Share Flipboard Email Print Alternative Religions Satanic Beliefs and Creeds Overview Beliefs Mythological Figures By Catherine Beyer Wicca Expert M.A., History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee B.A., History, Kalamazoo College Catherine Beyer is a practicing Wiccan who has taught religion in at Lakeland College in Wisconsin as well as humanities and Western culture at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. our editorial process Catherine Beyer Updated March 08, 2017 Question: How Prevalent is Satanic Ritual Abuse? Answer: Satanic Ritual Abuse, or SRA, is essentially a myth. While self-styled Satanists occasionally commit brutal crimes, these are the result of disturbed individuals whose beliefs often have little in common with mainline Satanists. The accusation of an organized group of Satanists perpetuating sexual, physical or emotional abuse upon victims has never been substantiated. Thus, the FBI has concluded that SRA is a myth, and stories of SRA were largely generated and circulated during the Satanic Panic. Common Accusations Forced drug useRape or sexual molestationTorture and terrorizationBrainwashing to indoctrinate victims in Satanic beliefsMurder, or being forced to commit murder upon anotherCannibalism Lack of Evidence The stories presented by victims are generally lacking in detail. The only details of rituals provided are often what can be found in books or in horror movies. When multiple victims are alleged, the stories of individuals do not agree with the stories of any other victim. Physical evidence is largely or entirely absent. No location can be found that bears any suggestion that it witnessed a Satanic ritual, or any other kind of ritual, for that matter, even when accusations are made soon after the supposed abuse took place. People tell stories of ritual murder, yet no one is reported missing and no corpse is discovered. Indeed, people who are convinced of a wide Satanic conspiracy cite annual number of child victims in the tens of thousands (or even greater), while missing person reports can only account for a tiny fraction of that number. Real Satanic Practices . Even those who do believe in such a being do not envision him as Christians do. He does not thrive on suffering, human blood or perversion. The accusations of SRA are just as abhorrent to these Satanists as they are to everyone else.