Tuesday, September 9, 2008

“Child protection agencies and Survivor Groups don’t want to even acknowledge that false allegations can happen"

See the story below.

A father is almost suicidal and has turned to drink; a mother feels as though a limb has been ripped off; a family is torn apart. All because a grown woman claims that she somehow remembers her father "raped" her -- when she was two years old. You read that correctly: two years old.

And this is taken seriously -- why?

Of course, in the enlightend U.K. (by the way, that is sarcasm), the "victim" retains her anonymity.

There is a very specific legal term here in the U.S. for this young woman's claim: horseshit.

She should be jailed for the distress she's caused her parents and her sister, who all know the truth.

In the most telling part of the piece that follows, the sister utters these sad words: “Child protection agencies and Survivor Groups don’t want to even acknowledge that false allegations can happen. Until they do, families will continue to be torn apart.”

Bravo. Organizations that engender, enable and promote these lies ought to be disbanded and sued as complicit partners in destroying innocent men's lives.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently got it right when it acknowledged how untrustworthy child testimony about sexual assault can be. See here It's time Britain tossed aside its precious political correctness, which it exalts over the rights of so-called "privileged" males. The system, or at least the way it's being administered, is immoral.


Family torn apart by child abuse slur

Jul 22 2008 By Adam Aspinall

A WOMAN has told how her Midland family was torn apart after her sister made false child sex abuse allegations against their father.

The daughter, now a high-profile figure in education, had claimed she was raped by her dad at the age of just two.

But her shocked father and family have always denied the allegations and say she is a victim of False Memory Syndrome.

Critics say the condition is a damaging side-effect of a controversial psychological treatment called Recovered Memory Therapy.

The practice has been discredited by many experts and groups, including the British False Memory Society which says more than 2,000 families have been hit by unfounded child abuse accusations.

The daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had accused her father of raping her as a toddler in a letter to him just months before she was due to marry. Yet she has never gone to police with the claims, which followed long periods of counselling.

Her angry sister said: ‘‘My sister has suffered from depression and was in expensive private therapy from the age of 19.

“After university she got engaged and everything seemed to be going perfectly.

But months before her wedding she sent a letter to my parents claiming that my father had abused her and she did not want them at the wedding.

"It was devastating. Everyone was in pieces.

“I remember my father saying, ‘How can she think I did this to her?’ Next day he left me an answerphone message saying he wanted to kill himself but wouldn’t because the only thing that kept him going was our mother.

"Yet you can’t prove innocence of a crime that never happened. My father cannot prove he did not rape my sister when she was two years-old.

‘‘With cases where an adult claims to have recovered memories from childhood, it’s just one person’s word against another.’’

The devastated father was prepared to deny the claims at court - but his daughter has never reported them to police.

Her sister added: ‘‘If she was ever serious about them she would have gone to the police but she never did and now she has a high-profie job I doubt she ever will.

‘‘She left me in the impossible situation where I didn’t want to believe my father had raped her but I also didn’t want to dismiss her allegations, even though I believed they were untrue.

“But in the meantime, our family has been torn apart.

“The best way I can describe it is like a bereavement. We feel the pain of losing her every day.

“My mother said it is like having a limb cut off andmy dad has turned to drink to cope. It is just devastating to see them like this.

“I have no doubt this was brought on by the damaging memory regression therapy she had, and books which promote these false memories in people.

“She was led through therapy to believe what she now believes, even though she can’t explain what those memories are exactly.

“But there is a confusion surrounding this whole issue.

“I would never dismiss someone who claimed they had been abused but too many people refuse to acknowledge that false memories exist.

“Child protection agencies and Survivor Groups don’t want to even acknowledge that false allegations can happen.

Until they do, families will continue to be torn apart.”

● For more information contact the British False Memory Society at http://www.bfms.org.uk/

Link: http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2008/07/22/family-torn-apart-by-child-abuse-slur-66331-21383084/