A new book has expressed in detail the sexual activities of a Satanic sex cult that apparently controlled a single cul-de-sac in the village of Kidwelly, Wales, and submitted a young girl from the age of seven to varied sexual abuse in a bid to appease the imagined God of an Edwardian sadist.
The book, called the ‘Devil on the Doorstep’, tells of the group which followed the teaching of ‘The Great Beast’ Aleister Crowley, who inducted the girl into their ring after she witnessed her mother performing sexual acts as part of a pseudo-religious ceremony when she was only seven years old. At the age of eleven the group leader took her virginity and she was soon being subjected to group orgies.
Although the Satanic group was a relatively small entity, it forced the young girl, who is identified by the pseudonym of Annabelle Forest into prostitution to raise funds for their ‘church’. Through the repeated abuses and being pimped out by the group leader, by the age of 18 she claimed to have been forced into sleeping with more than 1,800 people.
‘Forest’ is not the only young girl to have been initiated into this cult, although the exact number of young people, which involved teenage and pre pubescent boys as well as girls, is not known. When jailed in 2011, the cult leader had been convicted with 11 cases of rape, three of indecent assault, the crime of causing prostitution for personal gain, causing a child to have sex, inciting a child to have sex, six counts of buggery and four counts of possessing child pornography.
Although Satanism is often confused with Paganism, a traditional form of nature worship, it is actually a European splinter cult related to, but distinct from Christianity. Satanism began with the Enlightenment and came to prominence with the notorious writings of Occultist Aleister Crowley in the 19th century, and is often cited as in inspiration for Satanists. While the cult acknowledges the Christian God, it instead opts to worship Satan as a bringer of liberty and hedonistic pleasure.
In line with broader moves towards cultural relativism and acceptance of a broad range of religious beliefs, Satanism has moved a long way from its position of moral panics of the 1980’s and now enjoys status as an official faith in the UK. As of 2004 the Royal Navy had at least one practicing Satanist openly worshiping, aboard HMS Cumberland. According to the 2011 census, there were some 93 Satanists in Wales.