Examining Claims That Are Hard To Hear: Sarah Ruth Ashcraft

Sarah Ruth Ashcraft. Photo via Twitter.
Approximately a month ago, "Sarah Ruth Ashcraft" directly accused Hillary Clinton of participating in a "ritual abuse event," via Tweet. Responding to Bill Clinton accuser Juanita Broaddrick on November 15, 2017, she said:
"I was only 8 when I encountered Hillary as part of an occult ritual abuse event. I'm now 36. It never goes away. As a fellow survivor, @atensnut I see you, I believe you, I stand with you to say #ItEndsNow." 
Ashcraft has a Twitter and a Facebook account and describes herself on both as: 
"Survivor of Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, Child Porn, and Sex Trafficking. Philosopher by education. Truth warrior."
Before proceeding let me say that I instinctively believe Sarah, and I've told her as much on Twitter, even though I have no idea who this person really is. Frankly, this could be someone who made up a picture, put it on two social media accounts, and is spinning a tale aimed at the gullible masses. 

I believe her even as I acknowledge that legally, people are entitled to the presumption of innocence until they are proven guilty. And we cannot and should not convict people in the court of social media.

Why do I believe her? Because there is great danger, not glamour, in taking on a worldwide network of child sex traffickers in high places. Especially if you're claiming that they engage in Satanic rituals. Especially if you claim to have personally witnessed them. Especially if you say you are a victim who can testify. Especially if you name the most powerful among them. And especially if you give your own name. 

On December 15, 2017, Ashcraft replied on Twitter to to Hollywood star Terry Crews, who is suing a Hollywood agent for sexual assault. Crews had shared his belief that his life is in danger due to revealing what happened to him: 
"LAPD task force detectives let me know these people don’t play fair. There are a lot of secrets to protect, and they will do anything to keep them. The town is compromised. But me, and my team, are not. If I were to have a timely “accident” — you know where to look."
Ashcraft told Crews that she could offer him "a few safety tips specifically regarding these #Hivite Luciferian pedo rapist cannibal human sacrificers and their most common tactics."

The link goes to a page on EndRitualAbuse.org, which contains tips by Dr. Ellen Lacter, a trauma psychologist who treats victims of ritual abuse. Dr. Lacter has been called essentially a quack by Satanists themselves, and became infamous for treating a woman who later killed her autistic son. But claims that Dr. Lacter is incompetent are undermined by a Newsweek report which notes that she did make the distinction between possible child abuse and ritual abuse.

In any case, the tips that appear on the ritual abuse page (such as wearing a camera around one's neck at all times to ward off potential attackers, and avoiding going anywhere alone) are extreme. If ritual abuse is a nonsensical, delusional fantasy, then such ideas only make paranoia worse. 

But if it is real...

On December 4, 2017, Ashcraft made the claim that she was sexually abused as a child by Tom Hanks: "Everyone loves Tom Hanks. I can't stand him after what he did to me. He's worried about @realDonaldTrump for good reason. He knows trump is going after pedophiles." 

Ashcraft added: "He plays the nice guy so well. He's even sweet to the little girls he plays with. But that's not nice or sweet, to play with little girls or to let men rent his little boy. He's a pedophile who keeps company with other pedophiles."

She further claims that "pizzagate," meaning a tightly connected, powerful network of pedophiles, is real. On November 25, 2017, she stated:
"The more than 60 investigations initiated by the LAPD (some passed to other jurisdictions) has me considering naming 3 other Hollywood elites who violated me as a child. It's hard to know when the right time is to report, since I don't have all my memories back yet. #pizzagate"
Objectively, however, some of her claims sound insane when taken at face value, without any additional evidence, as for example her belief that an ancient family has been engineering a worldwide conspiracy for thousands of years. Ashcraft also stated today, December 17, 2017: 
"This is about a 6000 year old plan for the world, being played out through the centuries by a giant, ancient Family (sic)."
She further claimed, on December 17, 2017 (today), that The Roeper School, in Michigan, is:
"...a grooming school for #Hivite Luciferian pedo rapist cannibal human sacrificing families."
Asked whether she had reported her allegations regarding abuse, Ashcraft stated on December 1, 2017 that she has, but nothing happened:
"I've made reports to the FBI and the police regarding both of my parents. I have not seen any action taken, and I have no need or interest in pursuing earthly justice. I did my part, it is up to law enforcement to decide to do theirs." 
You may ask why we should entertain such outlandish claims. But in response, I ask you: Would you ever have anticipated the deluge of rape and sexual harassment claims, from some of the most well-known figures in America, that we are witnessing today?

Would you have believed, during the 1992 Bosnian war, that Muslim girls and women were deliberately held for organized sexual attack in "rape camps"?

Would you have believed that 2 million lives were  exterminated in Darfur, starting as recently as 2003?

Would you have believed that during World War II, a "doctor" named Josef Mengele used prisoners of war for "experiments" so brutal, so unprintable and so twisted they called him the "Angel of Death?"

You probably could not, or would not, have believed all of this at the time it was reported. It probably took some time for the facts to sink in, and now you would not question that they are true.

So I ask you: When we hear over and over again about the reality of ritual sexual abuse (see for example this list of memoirs), when we hear from respected ex-government officials about powerful people engaged in child sex trafficking absent claims of ritual abuse, when reporters are routinely threatened for examining this story, how is it logical to automatically dismiss all claims as "debunked conspiracy theory?"

Let the evidence come to the forefront. Let us examine it rationally.

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Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Photo via Twitter.

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Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.