Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review at Backward Messages

At Backward Messages, Beth Winegarner (author of The Columbine Effect) reviews Twenty-Two Faces, cautioning readers: "Just when you thought we were safe from the 'Satanic ritual abuse' moral panic," Judy Byington "resurrects the disproven ideas of multiple personality disorder and Satanic ritual abuse ... a syndrome many believe is actually the result of brainwashing by therapists."

According to Byington, “Satanic mind control programming" created 22 personalities in Jenny Hill. "Well," sighs Messages, "at least [Byington]’s right about the 'mind control' part." [1]
Many believe that these false memories are ... exploited by therapists, who claim it will take many years of treatment for people to heal — thus ensuring a steady, paying client base for the therapist.
Messages also notes that Byington is the founder of the "Trauma Research Center" (which appears to exist as a website only).
There, she sells copies of her books and offers for-pay “webinars” on dissociative identity disorder/multiple personality disorder and other topics..... According to a guest post over on She Writes, she has another book on the way, Saints, Sinners and Satan, “a first person account of her own experiences with multiple personality survivors and Occult crime.”
Messages is careful to point out the offense Byington gives actual sexual assault victims and the mentally ill. "We do need outlets for legitimate sufferers of trauma," writes Messages. Byington instead offers up a mix of the exploitative, the prurient, and the ridiculous.
But does Byington think she can really sell this idea in 2012, when most people are pretty skeptical of Satanic-abuse claims — and with good reason? Is society tipping back to a place of superstition and fear?

Read the rest at Backward Messages: "Retired therapist invents 22 ways to make money, and all of them involve 'Satanic ritual abuse"

[1] "Retired therapist invents 22 ways to make money, and all of them involve 'Satanic ritual abuse.'" Backward Messages. 30 July 2012. http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/retired-therapist-invents-22-ways-to-make-money-and-all-of-them-involve-satanic-ritual-abuse/

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Daily Herald review and interview

"This is a huge breaking story validating the existence of human sacrifices of children in our society," Byington tells reporter Cathy Allred in her June 2012 feature, Surviving Satan Worship: Author helps victims heal.

Writing the book wasn't easy, and Byington still encounters resistance from the most formidable of opponents. "I know it's Lucifer. I know it's his minions," Byington tells Allred, who at no point evinces skepticism, even as she reports that Jenny Hill
escaped sacrifice by a miraculous intervention -- a light so bright that those performing the ceremony to take her life after raping, desecrating and torturing, could not raise their black sword against her.
"The book has become Byington's mission," writes Allred, "to bring forth the truth and save innocents...."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune Interview

Judy Byington is interviewed by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Ben Fulton, who does not follow up on Byington's claim that she was told by Utah Attorney General’s Office "as recent as [2012]... there are active covens, or groups of men, with one woman as their witch" -- coven who, Byington implies, are not worshiping the earthmother but are responsible for unknown numbers of felony crimes against children, including sexual assault, torture, and murder.

"The biggest problem of victims is that no one around them believes them," Byington tells Fulton
They’ve been tortured, seen children murdered, and know ritual abuse first-hand. Their biggest problem is society’s denial.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Promotional Interview

In a form interview at BrooWaHa, provided by a unnamed "PR Specialist and Tour Coordinator with Pump Up Your Book Promotion," Judy Byington repeats her claims to work "as a consultant on Occult crime with the Utah Attorney General’s office"--a claim that the Utah AG's office has denied.

Twenty-Two Faces isn't just a book, says Byington.
It is a mission. Each year there are an estimated thousands of children born to parents who worship Satan and thus most likely are forced to endure entire childhoods filled with torture.