Gallagher, Bernard (2000) Ritual, and child sexual abuse, but not ritual child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Review, 9 (5). pp. 321-327. ISSN 09529136

Central to the controversy over ritual (satanic) child sexual abuse have been claims concerning agency diagnoses of cases. Specifically, it has been alleged that agency findings of ritual abuse have been erroneous and are the product of poor practice. There is, though, little systematic information regarding agency assessment of suspected ritual abuse cases. This paper presents two cases where there was evidence both of child sexual abuse and ritual but where agencies adjudged that these aspects occurred independently of one another and were not indicative of ritual child sexual abuse. The existence of these cases underlines the need for a broader and more balanced debate in respect of ritual abuse in general and the agency handling of these cases in particular.

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