Tuesday August 27, 1991
Satanic ritual abuse in NZ -
by Sarona Josefa
Satanic ritual abuse is occurring in
Mr Mitchell Whitman is a sexual abuse therapist who is noted for his work, as a Christian, in raising child sexual abuse awareness within
He says society has to believe victims in order to stop abuse.
Satanic ritual abuse posed as great a threat to children as sexual abuse, he said in
Mr Whitman claimed that seven victims of satanic ritual abuse had approached him during his visit to
A child said he had been made to eat faeces during a particular ritual, Mr Whitman said.
The victims feared that no one would believe them if they spoke out publicly.
"Most people say It does not happen, but I know for a fact - from talking to the parents and children involved - that it does exist here.
"And I am not afraid to say It publicly."
Mr Whitman said it bad been found in the
The Commissioner for Children, Dr Ian Hassall, said there was a world-wide phenomenon of satanic worship, but whether It related to abuse of children or just mass hysteria, was another matter.
Some cases of young heavy rock fanatics dabbling in the occult to scare their parents were brought to his attention, but none concerning ritual abuse.
"Often when you look into it, the evidence for something happening is flimsy, but . . . 20 years ago people did not believe that child abuse within families was as common as it now appears," Dr Hassall said.
He cautioned that becoming too carried away with satanic ritual abuse had the potential to cause similar hysteria to that which occurred In Cleveland, in northwest
Mr Whitman was in
D. Mitchell Whitman, M.Ed.
Clinical Psychology Intern
Professional and Educational Background
Mitch Whitman, a Certified Mental Health Counselor, has worked in the mental health field for 12 years. He comes to Bayside Associates after 5 years in private practice in
Mitch enjoys working with couples as well as individuals, in both short-term cognitive and behavioral therapy as well as longer-term psychodynamic therapy. He worked for two years with Child Protective Services, six years at Skagit Discovery with severely behaviorally disturbed children and youth, and six years at the Burnaby Christian Counseling Group in
Mitch is conversant in German and has experience in a wide range of cross-cultural counseling and training contexts. He has written the book Challenging the Darkness: Child Sexual Abuse and the Church, published in the
Areas of Specialization
Mitch works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family and group therapy. He specializes in:
∑ Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
∑ Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
∑ Relationship Issues: marriage, parent-child, etc.
∑ Sexual addiction, sexual deviance and sexual identity confusion
∑ Ongoing menís therapy group focusing on sexual compulsivity
∑ Psychological testing and assessment
∑ Christian Counseling
Mitch is married and has two young children. He enjoys traveling, mountain biking, and skiing and is learning how to paraglide.