10 Seconds of terror - a thousand years of preparation - a lifetime of trauma and suffering. A brief moment in the life of a Catholic child.
Nun Vincent slapping me across the head whilst shouting Hab Bit through to her actions and the effects. A clinical look at the before and after, the affects, outcomes and perspectives of 10 seconds in the life of a Catholic child. Page 17 -
Hijacking the mind of a child is easy
A 3-5 year old child feels it is quite natural to have an imaginary friend, the child has no concept or experience by which it can determine that having the concept of another human being in their head can be a dangerous place to be later in life.
It is simply a natural component of the life of every child at this stage in their development. The idea of a god is completely acceptable to children of this age as it mirrors the reality of their own personality at this stage in their development as a human child.
Many children grow out of this by the age of 9 or 10. It may be that children are initially learning to communicate with themselves in the way we do as adults through the use of an imaginary friend. The friend becomes integrated into the whole of the person that the child is.
Even easier when you use god as a weapon
If a child is introduced to a god that is as equally pervasive and is spoken of by others as being a particular entity the child must know on some level that the god that is in their head is the very same one spoken of by adults. This mirrored aspect of their personality is hijacked by the concept of a god in their head; not only that, there is no mirrored personality for the child to communicate with in the way other children who have not been introduced to the god concept can and do do.
The development of the personality of the child in a natural unaffected environment will never encounter the possibility that another mind or being can exist inside their head.
As they develop they begin to understand that the person they are communicating with is their own personality and that is integrated into their psyche quite naturally.
On the other hand the child who has had to reject that mirror image of themselves and replace it with the concept of an all seeing eye in their mind capable of knowing their every intimate thought is for the young child a very real concept and as such will be accepted and integrated into their personality.
Once this has been accepted by the child they are at the whim and the disposal of any entity who can claim to have a closer connection to the god that exists in their head which they see as a separate personality or entity.
Kutner (n.d.) reported that 65% of seven-year old children report they have had an imaginary companion at some point in their lives. He further reported:
"Imaginary companions are an integral part of many children's lives. They provide comfort in times of stress, companionship when they're lonely, someone to boss around when they feel powerless,and someone to blame for the broken lamp in the living room. Most important, an imaginary companion is a tool young children use to help them make sense of the adult world."
A fractured sense of identity that may last a lifetime
The theft of the child's mind is irrevocable once its position of authority is cemented in place through the use of religious threat and it's blackmail style through the introduction of the devil and the terror of the Catholic Hell.
Those in a position of authority over the child have a position of control at a level of understanding that is not available to the child while they hold to the notion of the existence of a god or other "spirit" entities. The ability to control the innocent mind is a circuitous one that the child's mind simply cannot untangle.
The child must cede to this pressure and sets in place a marker in their mind that this is an immutable rule that must be enforced as to do otherwise there is the immediate risk of losing one's life; as well the added threat of rejection builds a barrier too great for the child to surmount. The role of the priest becomes one who has access through his connection with god giving him total control over every aspect of the self of the hapless child. Effectively they have been psychologically trapped by a concept that is beyond their cognitive ability at this early and vulnerable stage of their life.
Some of the future potential issues that may arise for a child who has experienced such a trauma would include a wide range of psychological issues including multiple personality disorder, bi-polar, schizophrenia, denial, disconnected personality, escapism, suppressed anger, suppressed rage. The individual will find it difficult to identify which are real threats and which are imagined; as well they will never be able to stand up to the control that is wielded over them and as such they are forced to project their fears on to any who may accidentally touch on their vulnerability.
The child will remain trapped in a perpetual state of pending doom or disaster for however long they retain the notion or concept of the existence of a god, devil of the Christian kind or other religiously inspired spiritual concepts. It is for this reason that the child can receive countless apologies and assertions that their safety is assured and yet they remain psychologically trapped in this most insidious form of child abuse until they are free to develop to their full potential as a human being.
A child raised in such a manner must find blackmail, bribery, coercion, deception, excuse making, double or floating or moving standards, mystification, and subterfuge to be a natural aspect of their world and environment as without these dysfunctional features in their life they would not have been able to survive for as long as they have. The unfortunate child is left to live a life of perpetual fear that their constructed world view can be torn down and thus they must forever be on guard against any who attempt to encourage them to question the fallacies of their childhood. Truth for them is and will remain a convoluted construction that must never allow for the facts and the reality of evidence or reason to exist in their environment.
Torture - From the Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma:
Torture is the most serious violation of a person’s fundamental right to personal integrity and a pathological form of human interaction.
The United Nations (UN), in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1984, adopted the following definition:
For the purpose of this Convention, the term “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purpose as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed, or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by, or at the instigation of, or with the consent or acquiescence of, a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to lawful sanctions (United Nations, 1995, pp. 294-300).
This definition has been universally accepted by the 146 countries that have currently ratified the Convention. In summary, torture is defined as a political act inflicted by a public official, with the intent and purpose of extracting a confession or information, punishment, intimidation, coercion, or discrimination. The most important criteria in the definition of torture are the intention and purpose, not the severity of the pain. In addition, torture occurs during detention when the prisoner is powerless and under the control of authorities. The use of force and the infliction of pain under these circumstances violate the principle of proportionality, forbidden by international law (Nowak, 2006). Torture has been defined by other organizations, such as the World Medical Association, and by individual countries in their national laws, but the UN definition is the most applicable and widely accepted for governments (Quiroga & Jaranson, 2005)Studies show that perceived distress and controllability of torture stressors, not just exposure to them, is associated with greater likelihood of PTSD and depression. Higher resilience levels, meaning greater ability to exercise control over the torture stressors, is associated with less perceived distress during torture and less PTSD subsequently (Basoglu & Paker, 1995; Basoglu, Livanou, & Crnobaric, 2007).
A recent study shows that the division of torture methods into physical and nonphysical (psychological) methods is artificial because, from the point of view of the psychological impact, both produce similar levels of symptoms. The division between torture and CIDT is also artificial because both methods produce similar psychological consequences (Basoglu et al., 2007).
The most important physical consequence of torture is chronic, long-lasting, pain experienced in multiple sites. A recent study shows that after ten years pain is still highly prevalent. Survivors also experience diverse psychophysiologic symptoms. All of the victims of physical abuse show some acute injuries, sometimes temporary, such as bruises, hematomas, lacerations, cuts, burns, and fractures of teeth or bones, if examined close to the trauma episode. Permanent lesions, such as skin scars on different parts of the body, have been found in 40% to 70% of the victims. Complex lesions with temporary or permanent disability have rarely been documented (Quiroga & Jaranson, 2005).
A few medical consequences of torture have been clearly identified and well documented. Falanga, beating the sole of the feet with a wooden or metallic baton, has been studied extensively. Survivors complain of chronic pain, a burning sensation. The MRI shows thickness of the plantar aponeurosis (Skylv, 1995). Acute renal failure secondary to rhabdomyolysis is a possible consequence of severe beating involving damage to muscle tissue. The condition can be fatal without hemodialysis (Malik et al.1995). A severe traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain, fracture of the skull, brain hemorrhage, brain edema, seizure and dementia have been documented. The effect of minor brain injury has not been well studied. Peripheral neuropathies have been documented in cases where victims have been suspended by their arms, while handcuff neuropathies have been documented due to tight handcuffing (Moreno & Grodin, 2002)
Treatment for torture survivors ideally requires a multidisciplinary approach, since the sequelae of torture are acute and chronic, and may include physical, psychological, cognitive and socio-political problems. Treatment also requires a long-term approach. The approaches are many, little consensus exists, and treatment effectiveness has not been scientifically validated by treatment outcomes studies (Quiroga & Jaranson, 2005).
4 Jaranson’s general treatment approach for severely traumatized patients also applies to torture survivors. The basic principles are 1) do not harm, 2) focus treatment on the individual treatment needs 3) have a single professional act as a case manager 4) aggressively treat pharmacologically the intrusive symptoms of impaired sleep, nightmares, hyperarousal, startle reactions, and irritability 5) provide supportive therapy 6) support the physical, social, and medical needs of survivors 7) do not refocus on the trauma until the intrusive symptoms are decreased 8) do not encourage or discourage political activities or public activism until survivors are ready 9) use groups for socializing and supportive activities to reestablish a sense of family and cultural values and 10) support the traditional religious beliefs of the victim (Jaranson et al., 2001).
The medical, psychiatric, and social needs may be multiple and persistent or easily exacerbated Specific physical treatment modalities include physiotherapy and medical care for specific conditions. Individual psychotherapeutic approaches include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Of the psychotherapies, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is well-documented as effective. Psychotropic medications, most frequently antidepressants, may facilitate psychotherapy by reducing symptoms. Psychosocial interventions are community-based rather than individually-based (Quiroga & Jaranson, 2005).
The movement for the rehabilitation of torture survivors began at the end of the seventies in Latin America. By the early 1980s a handful of centers operated in Europe and North America. Today nearly 250 centers or programs have been identified in the world, 143 of them accredited as members of the international network known as the International Rehabilitation Council of Torture Victims (IRCT), which has its secretariat in Copenhagen (IRCT, 2006). Since torture adversely affects not only survivors, but their families and societies, many centers treat not only the individual but confront larger social issues related to torture, such as reparation, impunity, and the ultimate goal of preventing torture.
Should the threat of Hell be used to keep Catholics and Christians silent about child sexual abuse by clergy?
When a trauma bonding event takes place the child's mind partitions off the experience as it is too much for the mind of the child at that time to cope with. This is a survival strategy that is automatic in human children. Every child responds in the same way when they encounter an insurmountable situation that includes a threat against their life.
The threat of Hell has been used against every Catholic child at some point in their life. How does the mind of a child respond to such a threat? How do survivors engage with that experience on through their life?
The sticking point in any discussion with bodies such as the Royal Commission or the Catholic Church or even individuals within law enforcement and the judiciary as well as everyday Catholics and Christians goes to the question as to whether the use of the threat of hell against children constitutes child abuse or not.
The threat of Hell includes with it a direct threat against the life of the child as well as an eternity of suffering through being burnt alive forever.
The threat of Hell in real terms is described as a threat against the life of a child with additional menaces against the child's survival and the continuation of its physical and spiritual existence.
The reality of such a threat is that the child is left with only the option of compliance if it wants to continue to survive. In the Catholic environment this threat can be called at any time and as often as desired by those wanting to control your mind and your body.
Some children survive by rejecting aspects of the threat and as a result of their mind compartmentalizing the event as a way of diminishing the threat from their abuser; others survive through bonding with their abuser and go on to become lifelong Catholics unable to distinguish between right and wrong unless they are directed by the wants and whims of their priest and bishops - they are effectively trapped into a cycle of addiction and dependence upon their association with their abuser (the Church/religion).
When repeated this process establishes a habit whereby the threat is taken seriously and yet the mind compartmentalizes it thus silencing any dissension as rapidly as possible. This is the mind game that Catholicism plays with the minds of 3 to 5 year olds; this is a mind game that many well skilled adults can fall prey to and yet we permit millions of children to be exposed to such moral corruption simply because it is put forward as being a part of a religion.
This form of torture bonding is perpetuated with repeated threats until the child's mind must compartmentalize it simply in order to survive; it does this in response on each occasion the threat is made or implied. This conditions the child into a state of mind where they can be manipulated and controlled for the rest of their life.
With this psychological form of entrapment set in place and repeatedly bonded via threats and inducements such as ceremonial events that take the child further into the realms of the religion it can be said that the human mind that belongs to that person is in the complete control of the clergy in regards to their existence as a person and within their community.
If the Royal Commission were to consider the safety and the protection of children so as to protect them from the high risk of sexual abuse by clergy when they are permanently entrapped in a vulnerable position without any foreknowledge of the risks or dangers of involvement in such a relationship. It is this relationship that has been repeatedly used and exploited by so many pedophile clergy firstly to gain access to children for their sexual gratification and then to silence the child, the religious community and any politicians, police or other members of the judiciary or community who have also been entrapped by the the threats made throughout the Christian religion.
Should the Royal Commission recommend legislation that would protect children from such coercive and dangerous behavior when it has been shown that there is a direct connection with the repeated sexual abuse and the coverup of those abuses of children in religious environments?
Fortunately Trauma and Vicarious Trauma are beginning to be seen in their real role within the Catholic religion and the conversation is moving forever towards the reality that there is no evidence for the many claims of the Catholic religion and that they have resorted to psychological entrapment over time through the bonding and survival processes that are in all of us.
If Catholicism were to be accurately described it would be the religion of trauma - vicarious trauma, embedded trauma, transferred trauma and trauma and entrapment of vulnerable children at every level. Of course this can not be acknowledged as the ability to see from the others perspective is not possible as a result of the many many toxic layers of trauma laid down in your Catholic upbringing since the earliest moments of your childhood.
Is it truly plausible that people can be compromised and kept in a perpetual state of fear from early childhood and on through all of adulthood today as a result of childhood indoctrination? Surely their Human Rights will have been breached if that is the case.
John Brown the author and publisher was born in Yea Victoria 3717 on 27 December, 1948. John grew up in Yea, he went to the Catholic school and then a final year at Yea High. He undertook an apprenticeship as a Hand and Machine Compositor/Linotype Mechanic at the local newspaper The Yea Chronicle. He left Yea ...... read more
Human rights for Catholic children exist only if they remain bonded through the abusive practices of a culture with the longest history of war, rape, genocide and child abuse humanity has ever encountered.
Human rights do not exist in the Catholic religion unless the perceived rights of gods, demons, angels, devils, poltergeists and a myriad of other mythical creatures and superstitions are met to the satisfaction of those traumatically bonded to Catholicism through their own abusive childhood experience