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The functional role of sex and pregnancy in transgenerational Satanic Cults is described and contrasted with its purpose in "normal" social groups. These observations are based on the reports of former Satanic cult members who are now being treated for some type of dissociative disorder. In "normal" social groups, the primary functions of sex and pregnancy center on perpetuating the gene pool of group members. In Satanic cults, however, the primary function of sex is to form a bond between some type of painful stimulation and physical pleasure. Pregnancy, while also a means of perpetuating the gene pool of cult members, is also viewed as a method for offering new souls to Satan. In "normal" social groups, every effort is made to preserve the life of one's offspring. However, in Satanic cults.a specific selection process determines which babies will live or die. For example, some cult members are designated as "breeders" and their task is to produce children who will be offered as sacrifices in Satanic rituals or for black market trade. Breeders are sadistically abused while pregnant and often it is considered a challenge to see how much torture they can endure without aborting their unborn child. Breeders suffer this abuse because it is a way for them to advance in the cult hierarchy of power. The young children of cult members are forced to play a prominent role in various sadistic sexual and sacrificial rituals at an early age. Afterwards, they are forced to cannibalize the dead sacrifice as part of their initiation into the cult. Until recently, many psychologists and psychiatrists were likely to incorrectly interpret the reports of former cult members as sadistic fantasies. This suggests that the underlying cause of their pathology was unlikely to be addressed in treatment. Now that a number of these reports have been externally corroborated by independent sources, health professionals should give greater credence to the potential reality of these bizarre events. Hopefully, this more open perspective will improve the likelihood that these severely damaged patients will receive appropriate and effective treatment.


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Roberta G. Sachs, Ph.D.

Roberta G. Sachs received her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Michigan and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University. She is currently an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and psychology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She is also Director of Clinical Training for the Dissociative Disorders Program/Inpatient Unit at Rush North Shore Medical Center. Address correspondence to 660 LaSalle Place, Highland Park, IL 60035.