Findings from the 2007 Extreme Abuse Survey

This lengthy (309 pages) document provides powerful validation for survivors of extreme abuse.

FINDINGS from the 2007 EXTREME ABUSE SURVEY (EAS) SERIES, by Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., Thorsten Becker, Carol Rutz, and Bettina Overcamp, Ph.D.

Tortured by the silence and self-hatred and trying to find some redeeming value in your own life after having your life threatened every moment creates an indefinable terror. Being buried alive with bugs or dead animals and later being rescued by the same torturer who is now your savior. Being brainwashed that you are one of them because you have had to kill an animal to save yourself or a sibling. Wrapped in paper and buried alive to later be thrown in a pond so that you can demonstrate how much you want to live. And being raped and then forced to deliver and bury your own child when you are but a child is impossible to process. Repeated medical tests and intrusive treatments that the professionals can document but not explain contribute to a complete and utter hopelessness.

Whom do you trust and what is real? Then, someone writes about and asks about those same experiences that haunt your life. All those ghosts that have terrorized your life and prevented a connection with another human being are suddenly documented in a survey. To learn that there are others with the same existence is bittersweet.

It’s something that you’ve never wished on anyone else but are relieved to learn that the insanity is not just in your mind. Unfortunately, the greater the numbers of strangers who have lived this tortured existence, the more validity there is that this atrocity occurs.

This, the world needs to know.

In 2007, three surveys were conducted online in English and German by Thorsten Becker, a social worker from Germany, Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., a psychologist from the United States, Carol Rut, an extreme abuse survivor from the United States, Bettina Overkamp, Ph.D., a psychologist from Germany.

The surveys are

the EAS for adult survivors of extreme abuse including, but not limited to, ritual abuse and/or mind control (RA/MC),

the P-EAS for professionals who work with survivors,

the C-EAS for caregivers of child victims of extreme abuse.

Surveys and Results in English and German are posted in Appendix A of this document and at

Rationale for development of the surveys is provided in Karriker’s (2012) webinar, “Afterefects of Extreme Child Abuse and Resiliency of the Human Spirit.” Transcript is online at

Relevant empirical research available at the time the EAS was conducted, methodology, limitations, and preliminary fndings of the frst survey are found in Rut, Becker, Overkamp and Karriker (2008).

In Becker, Karriker, Overkamp and Rut (2008), the researchers share preliminary fndings of the EAS, P-EAS, and C-EAS regarding dissociative identity disorder (DID) as sequelae of extreme abuse.



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