What is Survivorship?


What is Survivorship?

Survivorship is one of the oldest and most respected organizations supporting survivors of extreme child abuse, including sadistic sexual abuse, ritualistic abuse, mind control, and torture.

Survivorship provides resources, healing, and community for survivors; training and education for professionals who may serve survivors; and support for survivors’ partners and other allies. The organization functions as a lifeline for survivors who may be isolated emotionally or geographically. Through community outreach and training,  Survivorship also raises awareness about these difficult issues.

Our Mission

Survivorship is dedicated to improving the lives of survivors of ritualistic abuse. Our by-laws describe our goals in these words:
1). To provide publications which offer a forum for communication, information, validation, and peer support for survivors of ritualistic abuse, torture and mind control.
2). To disseminate information relating to issues in recovery.
3). To offer educational forums for survivors, partners, professionals and other concerned citizens.
4). To provide other needed services in support of the Mission, as determined by the Board of Directors of Survivorship.

What Do We Mean by Ritualistic Abuse?

We recognize ritualistic abuse as being any repeated, systematic abuse within a cult or other controlling group, or in the name of a belief or ideology. Ritualistic abuse frequently combines mental, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse in an attempt to condition every aspect of the victim’s humanity.

Survivorship welcomes and embraces men and women who are committed to end abuse, regardless of race, religion, political party, or sexual orientation. No matter what religion, political party, or social movement was used to rationalize the crimes committed against you, you are welcome here. No matter what psychological, social, or spiritual path you are following to reclaim your life, Survivorship celebrates your healing.

Who Belongs to Survivorship?

Members of survivorship come from all parts of the world, with the majority of members living in the United States and Canada. Survivors, their partners, and professionals (therapists, clergy, activists) all belong. We also have some members who are questioning whether they have been ritualistically abused and are seeking more information.

What Kinds of Support and Education Do We Offer?

We have two kinds of newsletters. The Notes contain short articles about dealing with the after-effects of ritualistic abuse and news about Survivorship. There is also a calendar of events and notices of new books, web sites, projects, and RA-related news.

Survivorship is more literary. It contains articles, first person stories, poetry, art work, and book and movie reviews.

We offer one-day workshops periodically through out the year and short-term support groups for survivors.

Speakers are available for trainings at hotlines, shelters, medical and nursing school, churches, and law enforcement agencies.

Finally, there is our web site. It offers a wide range of information on ritualistic abuse and healing to the general public. For members, there are password-protected message boards where people share their hopes and fears. The latest newsletters are posted in the members’ section and news items and notices are archived.