The following organizations provide Information about the Neo-Pagan and/or Wiccan communities:
CultWatch Response, Inc.
P.O. Box 1842
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
Gerald L. Bliss, Executive Secretary and Editor
CultWatch Response, Inc. provides law enforcement officials with information on the Craft in the United States and Canada and seeks to help responsible people safely practice their chosen religion. CultWatch Response, the organization's journal, publishes articles that promote understanding about the Craft.
Institute for the Study of American Religion
P.O. Box 90709
Santa Barbara, California 93190
Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director.
[Considered unreliable as a source for valid information about criminal and/or abusive cults.]
Over 1,500 of the Institute's 28,000 volume collection are books, booklets, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine articles about the American and British Neo-Pagan and Wiccan movements. These documents are particularly useful to persons conducting historical and contemporary research.
Pagan Anti-Defamation League
BO Box 7097
London WCIN 3XX England
Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick, Directors
This British organization is dedicated to correcting misconceptions, distortions and untruths about Neo-Paganism. It provides materials and information to Neo-Pagans and the interested public from around the world upon request.
Witches' League for Public Awareness
P.O. Box 8736
Salem, MA Of 971
Laurie Cabot, President
The non-profit WLPA informs the public and the media about Witchcraft and tries to correct misinformation about Witches. Its bi-annual newsletter, The Quill & Sword, contains news of WLPA activities and articles about how to correct misinformation and appropriately educate the public.
The following provide readable and useful Information about Neo-Pagan and Wiccan belief systems:
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Drukis, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today by Margot Adler. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986. Written by a well-known journalist and self-professed Pagan, this comprehensive analysis includes chapters on the history and background of Neo-Pagan and Wiccan belief systems; the contemporary American Wiccan revival; the organizational and belief systems of other contemporary Neo-Pagan groups; the writings and attitudes of historical and contemporary scholars, writers and journalists who have studied the occult; and an extensive list of resources and Neo-Pagan rituals.
Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Putnam Demos. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. This is probably the best- researched and most readable historical account of all the recorded Witchcraft proceedings that occurred in 17th Century New England. Dr. Demos provides careful biographical sketches of both the accused Witches and their accusers; draws a detailed picture of how the Witchcraft cases became an integral part of the Puritans' social experience; and discusses the historical "peaks and valleys" of the Witchcraft cases that cropped up during this first Century of living in the New World. Among his most important conclusions are that while there was some evidence of occultism through fortune-telling, random cursing, and minor talismanic magic, no evidence of Witchcraft as a religious conspiracy exists in the available records; and that by the 18th Century, the legal proceedings ended because relaxed community bonds no longer required a reason for Witches.
Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca by Kerr Cuhulain. Colorado Springs: CultWatch Response, Inc., 1989. The only guide of its kind currently distributed in the U.S., Cuhulain's information is particularly useful because he is both a law enforcement officer and a practicing Wiccan. The guide includes a brief description of Wiccan history; useful definitions of Wiccan symbols, rituals and terminology; helpful hints for criminal justice practitioners investigating possible occult crimes; and an extensive resource section.