||Don't Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A Child's Book About
Satanic Ritual Abuse
|| Doris Sanford
|| Multnomah Press © 1990
10209 5. E. Division
Portland, Oregon 97266
This children's book was written by a woman who is reportedly
a psychiatric nurse instructor and part-time consultant for Child Protective
Services who screens and interviews children for potential abuse. The author
states that "the words of the text and the objects and situations
illustrated are based on months of intensive research into the nature and
practice of satanic ritual abuse. Any child who has been ritually abused will
recognize the validity of this story and will be able to relate to most of the
scenes portrayed." The author apparently uses this book as a tool for
interviewing children who are suspected of being ritually abused, and this is
the purpose for which the book is recommended.
The book contains a frightening scene of ritual activities,
including hooded figures, children in a ritual circle, and a noose hanging from a
tree. The abused child is said to have nightmares and is shown pretending to be
dead. The parents reassure her that she is not bad, the day care people were
bad, and that someday she will be able to tell her parents about what happened.
At the end of the book are suggestions for parents.
In essence, the book is serving many of the same functions as
some of the preventive education programs that have been in vogue for teaching
children about child molestation. Like them, it may raise the number of children
who allegedly complain about being abused, and no one knows how many of such complaints may be invalid.
The book is beautifully
illustrated in full color by Graci Evans, and reportedly there are symbols
buried in the book that only victims would recognize. There is, nevertheless, a
lot of information both in verbal and pictorial form that could potentially make
it difficult for someone to sort out what really happened to a child who is
subsequently interviewed for abuse. This is a dangerous book because real
victims and non-victims alike will be confused. In addition, the book is likely
to be extremely frightening to a young child, particularly if it is read to the
child by a parent who is hypersensitive to the possibility of sexual abuse.
Reviewed by Martha L. Rogers, Tustin, California.