One of the perverse horrors in this world just happens to be trending up and yet few are even aware that such a deviant crime actually exists.
The number of hypnotists and hypnotherapists arrested for sexual assault took a bump up in 2020, with five arrested through October, up one from 2019 and up three over the last eight years. The upward annual trend is disturbing and needs to be recognized and addressed, not only by the hypnosis community, but also by major medical institutions and law enforcement officials.
The issue of hypnosis assault has been with the world for hundreds of years and yet has been argued about and denied for the last two hundred, despite scores of documented cases, involving over 170 hypnotists identified to date. (see hypno-predator list on front page)
The thing about hypnosis predators such as this is that they are generally noted for having multiple victims. One example is the Michael Fine case from Sheffield, Ohio. Fine is reported to have had well over 36 victims. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that he was not actually a hypnotist, per se, but a divorce lawyer who simply learned the craft on his own. As outrageous and alarming as this might sound, hypnosis abuse is real and multiple victims has been the norm for such predators.
Another disturbing example would be Philip Lamb from Ft. Worth, Texas. Lamb was arrested in 2019 for hypnosis sexual assault. He bailed himself out of jail and then proceeded to do the exact same thing all over again, with a different woman, getting caught a second time for hypnosis sexual assault, less than one year later in 2020.
Again, hypnosis predators such as this are historically known for repeating this type of lurid crime.
Hypnosis sexual assault is clearly not only a present danger to society, but is also a threat that is growing. As evidenced by the alarming statistics above, the problem is indeed getting worse. An unknown danger such as this needs to be recognized and addressed by authorities the world over. Unless new laws are enacted to threaten hypnotists against committing such a crime, hypnosis-abuse will only continue to grow, as it has since Michael Fine was arrested in 2015.
The sad thing to understand is that for every hypno-rapist caught, there are still others out there at large who are able to get by without notice, totally undetected. This should be a very chilling thought for an unsuspecting society that has historically (and wrongfully) been told that such a crime is just not possible.
The fact of the matter is, the statistics speak for
themselves. Hypnosis sexual assault is far more prevalent than most people
have any clue of. It happens many times, annually.
Legal authorities and law enforcement officials who have not taken note of
this type of crime absolutely need to, because the yearly numbers are
beginning to rise and that's a clear, undeniable concern for society.