Survivorship Notes Vol. 11 No. 11 and 12

November/December 2009

The Notes, formerly called Chart Notes, ISSN 1523-275, is published bimonthly. Copyright © 1999-2009 by Survivorship, Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. All rights reserved. The entire contents of this issue are copyrighted by Survivorship and by the individual contributors. Contact Survivorship, or email info@survivorship.org for permission to reprint. Survivorship is a nonprofit organization.

Dear Survivorship Community,

We know this is a difficult time of year for many of you, so we want to remind you that you are not alone. If you are somewhere where you are isolated, read these words many times over if you need to and remember we are there with you in our hearts.

The webinars continue to be a great connection for many survivors. Thank you to those of you who have joined us for them and a big warm invitation to those of you who are considering checking them out. It is a new and different way of connecting and we are happy for those people that are feeling more community because of their existence.

On Saturday October 10, we also had a play day for survivors. It was small and very successful. People sang and wrote songs together, played games, and generally had a great time.

On November 14, we are having another “writing ourselves whole” workshop. Read the writing of one of the participants from our last writing workshop (see p. 2) and you will get an idea of what it was like to be there.

We are officially welcoming John Trautman to our Board of Directors. He is a great addition to our board. Thank you John and welcome aboard.

Take care of yourselves and each other where possible. And again remember you are not alone.

The Survivorship Board of Directors:
Dvora Gordon (President), Dan Fendel (Treasurer), Jan White (Secretary), Neil Brick, Shamai Currim, Micaela Martinez,  and John Trautman

Community Calendar

Survivorship lists events, services, and resources for your information. We do not endorse resources listed and cannot guarantee that individuals, groups, conferences, or books are pro-survivor. Unless you are already familiar with the organization or individual, please check this out in advance if you are interested. More events and resources are available at http://www.survivorship.org

Upcoming Survivorship Webinars

Go to http://www.survivorship.org/events.html for more information.

November 7: “Empowerment and Managing the Effects of Programming”; Presenter: Randy Noblitt, Ph.D.

December 5: “The Benefits of Developing Co-Consciousness Early in the Healing Process”; Presenter: Julaine

January 9, 2010: “Understanding Nazi Influence in Ritual Abuse”; Presenter: Alik of the OwlClan

February 6, 2010: “Healing and Music”; Presenter: Michael Skinner
Upcoming Survivorship Workshop

November 14, 2009, 12:30-4 pm, at the Alameda County Family Justice Center (470 27th Street, Oakland, CA): “Writing Ourselves Whole”; Presenter: Jen Cross; for more info or to register, please go to http://www.survivorship.org
(Also see the article–p. 2–from a participant in a recent similar workshop.)

CONFERENCES

Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior
http://www.iahb.org/html/workshops.html

“Reconsidering Trauma: Treatment Advances, Relational Issues and Mindfulness in Integrated Trauma Therapy”
Presenter: John Briere, PhD; Dec. 3-4: Portland, OR; Jan. 21-22, 2010: Seattle, WA

“Feeling Good Now! Rapid Recovery Techniques for Depression and Low Self-Esteem”
Presenter: David Burns, M.D.; Dec. 3-4: Seattle, WA; Jan 22-23, 2010: Portland, OR

“New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment”
Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk, MD; Nov. 13-14: Newark, NJ; Dec. 4-5: Boston, MA;
Jan. 21-22, 2010: Denver, CO

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation  (ISST-D )
26th Annual International Conference: “Pathways to Integration”
http://www.isst-d.org/annual_conference/2009/index.htm
Nov. 21-23, Washington, DC
Pre-conference: Nov. 19-20 (The pre-conference will include workshops on ritual abuse)

Male Survivor
http://www.malesurvivor.org/weekends/2008/schedule.html
Annual Conference: “Healing and Hope”

March 18-21, 2010, NY, NY ; 801-364-5700 ex 1; hfradkin@malesurvivor.org
(Continued on p. 2)

CONFERENCES (continued)

Next Step Counseling
http://www.nextstepcounseling.org/upcomingevents2.htm
nextstep.counseling@verizon.net
617-277-7172
“Healing Together”: A Recovery Weekend for Female and Male Survivors
Led by Louise Kindley and Mike Lew
Jan. 22-24, 2010, Bangor, PA
River Oaks Hospital

“Creating a Culture of Transformation: Trauma and Eating Disorders”
http://www.riveroakshospital.com/events_edtc.html ; 800-366-1740; Nov. 13, Nashville, TN; Dec. 4, Asheville, NC
Trauma Center at JRI
http://www.traumacenter.org/training/workshops.php
moreinfo@traumacenter.org; 617- 232-1303

“Building Trauma-Informed Systems: Integrating Clinical Wisdom into Sustainable Organizational Systems.”
Presenters: Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D. Laura Fizek, LICSW; Nov. 12-13
“Sensorimotor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART): Bottom-up Interventions for Childhood Trauma.”
Presenters: Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D., Anne Westcott, LICSW; March 5, 2010
“The Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Beyond.”
Presenter: Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D.; Jan. 29, 2010

“Creating Change: Expressive Arts and Improvisational Theatre in Child and Adolescent Trauma Intervention.”
Presenters: Erika Lally, LMHC, ATR-BC, Michelle Harris, LMHC, ATR-BC, Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., and Members of the Urban Improv “Trauma Drama” troupe; April 26-27, 2010

Vital Cycles
http://www.vitalcycles.org/LocalHealing
Events in New England:
“Parenting” (real children and inner children)
Facilitators: Susan and Heather
Nov. 21, Groveland, MA

“Sculpture: Memory Recasting Role Plays”
Facilitators: Rick and Bob
Dec. 19, Chelmsford, MA

Looking Ahead:
The 2010 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference
August 6 – 8, 2010
S.M.A.R.T., P. O Box 1295, Easthampton, MA 01027-1295 smartnews@aol.com
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

A Survivor Discusses a Survivorship Workshop

On July 18 I attended the Survivorship workshop “Write Whole.” Writer Jen Cross facilitated, providing exercises in the form of suggested prompts, such as:
“And the body–what about the body?”
“I want things whole, but I love things broken.”
“If you do not come too close…”
Participants then free-wrote–that is, they kept their pens moving nonstop across the paper for an allotted period of time.
When the time was up, everyone who wanted to could read aloud what they’d just written, and listeners could then respond, telling what they liked, what was strong, or what stayed with them.
I was amazed at the depth and beauty of the writing and cherished the sense of community that resulted from sharing the writing aloud. I also noticed that, time and again, people prefaced reading their pieces with comments like “This isn’t very good,” or “I’m not really a writer.” And then they would read something lovely, moving, and wonderful.
Here is one of the pieces I wrote at the workshop. I present it here unedited, as we did at the workshop.

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If you do not come too close, they’ll show you.  If you do not come too close, they will peek out and look at you. But you must not come too close. And you must be very still, and quiet. If you do not come too close, and you are very still, and quiet, you will hear a faint stirring, and a rustling, and then you will see someone peeking at you shyly and curiously. You can smile, that is okay.  If it is a real smile. If it is a real smile, and if you do not come too close, and if you are still and quiet, you might see them smile back at you. It will begin in the eyes. It will begin in the eyes and then it will spread to the corner of the mouth, the beginnings of a smile. And if you hold still and quiet, not coming too close, the smile might take hold, and develop into a full-fledged smile, and maybe even a grin. And because you were quiet, and did not come too close, you will see them shining in the eyes, and then, one just might tell you her name.

From a survivor


REGULAR MEETINGS AND ON-GOING EVENTS

An Infinite Mind, Goldenrod, FL
On-going DID support group; Facilitator: Jaime Pollack
http://www.aninfinitemind.com ; contact@aninfinitemind.com

ISST-D (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation )
ISST-D has in-person and on-line training programs for clinicians in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Israel on the diagnosis and treatment of adults and adolescents; http://www.isst-d.org

National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
About 30 free on-line lectures on childhood trauma by noted researchers and clinicians; CEU’s available; http://learn.nctsn.org/

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

SIA holds 12-step meetings for incest survivors. Those designated “Nothing Too Heavy to Share” are designed for ritual abuse survivors. http://www.siawso.org

Womencare Counseling Center, Evanston, IL.
Weekly ongoing groups
www.womencarecounseling.com ; info@womencarecounseling.com ; 847-475-7003

Women’s Center, Cambridge, MA
Weekly and monthly groups for survivors of child sexual abuse, incest survivor’s interfaith quilt project, Survivors of Incest Anonymous, eating disorder support group, emotional healing group, more.
http://www.cambridgewomenscenter.org ; info@cambridgewomenscenter.org
Helpline. 617-354-8807
More information is available at http://www.survivorship.org/events.html

Renewing

Your membership expiration date is before your name on the mailing label. When it’s time to renew, the envelope will be marked to remind you. For those who get their Notes electronically, we will email you when it is time to renew.
Rates are: $25.00 for an electronic membership, $35.00 for a regular mail membership. Add $6.00 postage for Canada, $12.00 for countries other than the US and Canada. We suggest that health-care professionals contribute $35.00 toward gift memberships. Remember that we have full and partial gift memberships!

Ritual Calendar

Major Upcoming Holidays
A full list of holidays is at
http://www.survivorship.org/ritdates.html

S=Satanic; N=Nazi

November
11/1 S All Saints’ Day
11/2 S All Souls’ Day
11/2 S Full moon
11/9 N Kristallnacht
11/13 S Friday the 13th
11/26 S US Thanksgiving

December
11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 S The Sundays of Advent
12/2 S N Full Moon
12/22 S N P Yule/Winter Solstice
12/24 S N Christmas Eve/Satanic and demon revels/Da Meur/Grand High Climax
12/25 S N Christmas Day
12/31 S Full moon (blue moon)
12/31 S New Year’s Eve

January
1/1 S New Year’s Day
1/11 S Full moon
1/12 N Birth of both Rosenburg and Goering, Nazi leaders in WWII
1/13 S Satanic New Year
1/17 S Feast of Fools (Old Twelfth Night) /satanic and demon revels
1/30 N Hitler named Chancellor of Germany

Wikipedia Blacklists Websites on Ritual Abuse

The following is excerpted from a posting by Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D. The full post is on her website at http://endritualabuse.org/wikipedia.html

On July 18, 2009, at about 9:30pm Pacific time, Wikipedia blacklisted the
following important websites on ritual abuse:
http://abusearticles.wordpress.com http://extreme-abuse-survey.net
http://ritualabuse.us http://endritualabuse.org

I have attempted to get information from Wikipedia on why my website was
blacklisted and to get it de-blacklisted. I have been stonewalled on both counts.

Since February, 2008, on Wikipedia’s page on “Satanic Ritual Abuse,”
Wikipedia’s staff has been suppressing and deleting credible posts from
credible sources (including my posts — I am a licensed California psychologist) that have documented substantial criminal and psychological evidence of  criminal ritual abuse, and instead has completely discounted the existence of of ritual abuse. As of July 27, 2009, Wikipedia’s page on “Satanic ritual abuse” begins as follows: “Satanic ritual abuse (SRA, sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic abuse, organised abuse, sadistic abuse and other variants) refers to a moral panic that originated in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout the country and eventually to many parts of the world, before subsiding in the late 1990s.”

Wikipedia has now escalated its censorship of all information supporting the
existence of ritual abuse by blacklisting four important websites about ritual
abuse on July 18, 2009. I find Wikipedia’s history of treatment of this issue
dangerous to victims and survivors of ritual abuse and dangerous to victims of child abuse in general.

Useful Books and Articles on Ritual Abuse

Survivorship provides the following suggested reading, along with web pages from http://childabusewiki.org and elsewhere that give further details:

Noblitt, J.R.; Perskin, P. Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America (2000) Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN 027596664X
This book discusses the idea that ritual abuse is an age-old phenomenon and it is found in many cultures throughout the world.
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Cult_and_Ritual_Abuse
http://books.google.com/books?id=zJkTTpfyJ-8C

Noblitt, R.; Perskin, P. Ritual abuse in the Twenty First Century (2008) Reed Publishers, Bandon, OR; ISBN 1-934759-12-0
This book contains articles from two dozen international authors who write about the psychological, forensic, social and political consequences and ramifications of ritual abuse in modern times.
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Ritual_Abuse_in_the_Twenty-First_Century http://www.rdrpublishers.com/catalog/item/6339393/5820690.htm

Sinason, V. Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse, Routledge, New York 1994; ISBN 0-415-10543-9
This book discusses the clinical issues around the treatment of survivors of ritual Satanist abuse.
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Treating_Survivors_of_Satanist_Abuse
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119961579/abstract

Ryder, CCDC, LSW, D. Breaking the Circle of Satanic Ritual Abuse: Recognizing and Recovering from the Hidden Trauma, Compcare Pubs. Minneapolis 1992; ISBN 0-89638-258-3
http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=Breaking_the_Circle_of_Satanic_Ritual_Abuse

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