Satanic Ritual Abuse (sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic abuse, organized abuse, sadistic ritual abuse, and other variants) came to mass public awareness in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout the country and eventually to many parts of the world by the late 1990s.
SRA involves physical and sexual abuse of people in the context of occult or Satanic rituals.
In its most organized form, SRA involves a worldwide network of wealthy and influential politicians and other leaders in which children are abducted or bred for sacrifices, pornography and prostitution.
SRA also happens locally in many countries around the world. For example, rural districts near Kampala, Uganda’s capital, have been badly affected by kidnappings of children for sacrificial purposes and are gripped by fear. Witchdoctors will consult spirits for anyone who can pay his fee. The spirits via him will communicate what kind of sacrifice of appeasement they want. Often these sacrifices are chickens or goats, but when such sacrifices fail to make the client prosper instantly, ‘the spirits’ demand human sacrifices…
Young children are often the victims because they are relatively easy to abduct. The desire for instant wealth on the part of the client and greed on the part of the witchdoctor has created a ready market for children to be bought and sold at a price. Children have become a commodity of exchange and child sacrifice is more than a religious or cultural issue, it has become a commercial business.