UVU graduate and Miss UVU runner-up Jenny Hill recounts her experiences with ritual abuse and her multiple personalities in the recehtly published “Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities” by Judy Byington.
Byington and Hill have been piecing together the book for the past 20 years since Hill had been seeing Byington, a former therapist, for treatment. Hill wanted to write and felt that her experiences of abuse could help others. Hill has received various threats about publishing her book.
For the past 17 years, Byington and Hill have been piecing together Jenny’s biography. Since the age of 7, Hill has written her experiences in journals, feeling that in doing so, she could eventually help others. Hill claims that as a 5-year-old she was raped, tortured, watched another child be murdered and was threatened with death if she told anyone. Her perpetrators are still on the loose.
“I met her about 17 years ago,” said Byington. “I had been an Alberta Canada Mental Health Supervisor, then Director of Provo Family Counseling Center and counseled several ritually abused women who carried multiple personalities.”
Byington explained that since Jenny was not allowed to process her stressful experiences in order to cope, her thinking patterns separated into 22 multiple personalities – an extreme analysis outside mainstream psychiatry and psychology circles, yet Byington continues to sell the therapy.
According to Byington, each year in the U.S. over six million children are investigated for physical, sexual or emotional abuse, and it is estimated that millions more go unreported. The resource of this statement are not provided; are we to take Byington’s word for it?
“Multiple personalities are always caused by child abuse,” said Byington. “It has to do with the child’s developing brain, severity of the abuse and whether or not they are locked into a traumatic situation from which they can’t escape.” Careful when making an “all” statement. One of the first women diagnosed, treated, and recovered from multiple personality disorder was Chris Sizemore AKA “The Three Faces of Eve” In Sizemore’s memoirs she repeatedly explains that the trauma she sustained was from witnessing horrific events as a young child. She does not connect child sexual abuse or repressed memories to multiple personalities as most proponents of these odd theories do.
“Since the Salt Lake Tribune and Utah Daily Herald articles about “Twenty-Two Faces” were published three weeks ago, I’ve had nine ritual abuse survivors ask for free counseling through our website, http://www.22faces.com,” said Byington.
She explained ten ritual abuse survivors approached her at the first book signing at Barnes and Noble saying that they were grateful that Jenny was speaking out. Is Byington offering psychotherapy without a license?
Byington explained that there are eight adult Occult covens here in Utah. An adult coven is a group of about six to eight people who generally form a group in high school. Covens also come from multi-generational satanic families where fathers teach torture techniques to their own children. Worshippers are very secretive and are addicted to torture and murder. This thinking and nonsense began in the 1980s and most, if not all, were debunked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US, by researchers, and by former patients manipulated into these beliefs.
“These aberrant rites are everywhere, people just don’t know about them, or refuse to recognize the problem,” said Byington. Again, are we to accept that all these covens are able to keep all members quiet about their activities? I don’t think so – 3 people cannot keep a secret for long. But Byington wants the public to think that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of people remain silent. It defies reason and logic.
Hill received almost straight As while attending UVU and graduated as an LPN according to Byington who goes on to say that Jenny Hill was able to accomplish this because she compartmentalized stress within her alter personalities. “She’s an amazing person for what she’s been through,” said Byington.
Byington explained that the LDS church (church of Latter Days Saints AKA Mormon Church) conducted a study known as “The 1990 LDS Report on Ritual Abuse.” After interviewing over one hundred ritual abuse survivors across the nation the committee reported that, “45 witnessed human sacrifice.” What is the current analysis by the Mormon Church? Has the LDS retracted or otherwise updated or revised their previous statements? The report is 22 years old, what, if anything, is going on in the alleged covens in the state of Utah, USA?
“If you’ve been abused, don’t be ashamed of it,” said Byington. “Know that you can overcome it. If it’s difficult to talk about, then start writing. That will move subconscious thoughts into the conscious and help you cope.” I agree with Byingtonn on this point. Shame need not be part of the equation.
Byington said that victims need to understand that anger is one of the most devastating affects of trauma and abuse. She explains that there is a fear behind the anger and you can discover what that fear is. Byington advises that victims try to forgive those who wronged them and research ways to over come their fears.
“Believe in yourself, know that you are a Child of God,” said Hill. “He wants you to be happy. No matter the challenge you can overcome anything if you set your mind on it.”