Q2: What about the many sources that claim the SRA represented credible evidence of actual child abuse?
A2: Most of the sources that claimed SRA was real were published during the lead-up to, and peak of the moral panic. Even at the peak, the publications were generally in low-impact journals and other fringe publications. As the moral panic peaked, the opinions of the sources began to turn negative. The most recent, most reliable sources are explicit in labelling and discussing this phenomenon a historical example of a moral panic. Recent sources that discuss SRA as a "real" phenomenon are published in low-quality, low-impact publications, often from self-published or pay-to-publish sources, which carry very little weight and are considered an example and demonstration of the low notability of this opinion.
Q3: Doesn't the seriousness of the allegations merit a serious discussion?
A3: Wikipedia is not a soapbox to advocate for a particular point of view. All editors believe that child abuse is a serious crime that deserves serious attention; however many editors and scholars believe that the combination of the bizarreness of the accusations and complete lack of forensic proof means there was never any merit to the satanic and bizarre aspects of the accusations. The willingness to take testimonials of adults and children at face value is seriously believed to have resulted in numerous wrongful convictions.
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1 - his assertion that "Lanning's distinction between conspiratorial claims and individual cases is overlooked" is nonsense. The Satanic Ritual Abuse panic was specifically a panic about a world-spanning Satanic conspiracy, and it was never a panic about any individual case where some mentally ill individual committed crimes and said "oh PS I love Satan". That is why the distinction is used, and oh by the way this very article does explicitly highlight that distinction.
2 - He agrees "there is no evidence for vast networks of Satanic or ritual abusers", therefore his work does not disagree with this article. This article is limited to the Satanic Ritual Abuse moral panic that occurred in the US in the 80s and 90s (and spread to other parts of the world afterwards): it is *not* an article about murderers or sexual abusers who said "oh PS I love Satan".
3 - If he contends that disbelief in a world-spanning Satanic cult causes people to also disbelieve real cases of child sex abuse, then please provide the links to the methodologically-valid quantitative statistical studies that are the empirical basis for his contention. Hint: I doubt you'll find any. AllGloryToTheHypnotoad (talk) 14:12, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Should Dungeons and Dragons be mentioned here?
in the 80's many Christians in the USA thought that D&D was "Satanic". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:52, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
You're right. However, we'd need both a reliable source discussing this topic (D&D Christian controversies) as well as one making the link between that particular moral panic event and the belief that there could be a relation between D&D and alleged increased Satanic ritual abuse (this article's topic), to avoid original research. Thanks, —PaleoNeonate – 19:53, 18 December 2017 (UTC)