I realized that in talking about the ritual abuse I endured in the psychiatric industry, I neglected to post a common working definition for ritual abuse, which can occur anywhere and not just religious organizations. the people who wrote this recategorize these as ritual abuse-torture, the fact that it happened through the Canadian Government makes the abuse I endured state-sponsored. I’m just clarifying here, by the way.
“Ritual abuse is defined as a combination of severe physical, sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse used systematically and in combination with symbols, ceremonies and/or group activities that have a religious, magical or supernatural connotation. Victims are terrorized into silence by repetitive abuse over time and indoctrinated into beliefs and practices of the cult or group.”