Issue 85 – March 2009

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Issue 85 – March 2009

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secretive organizations and groups from abusing others and to help those who allege they have been abused by such organizations and groups. This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovering from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important: The resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book or contacting any resource mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to those organizations.  Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the views expressed in this newsletter constitute expressions of opinion, and readers are cautioned to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions by consulting a variety of sources, including this newsletter. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinions of this newsletter or its editor.

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From Confessions of a Whistle-Blower: Lessons Learned Author: Anna C. Salter DOI: 10.1207/s15327019eb0802_2 Published in: Ethics & Behavior, Volume 8, Issue 2 June 1998 , pages 115 – 124

“”The argument between the field of child sexual abuse and the backlash against survivors is not an academic debate between two well meaning groups equally invested in ascertaining truth.  It is not an academic debate at all; it is a political fight.”   P. 121

“What wins political fights is organization and stamina and a refusal to be intimidated.” P. 122

The 2009 Twelfth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference – August 14-16, 2009 information is at or available by writing the above address.

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Please note: Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them. They are for educational value only and some may be heavy for survivors to read. Some of the conferences listed may not necessarily be safe for all survivors. S.M.A.R.T. recommends always bringing a support person to all conferences. If you are a survivor of mind control and/or ritual abuse, S.M.A.R.T. recommends that you try to bring a support person that is familiar with mind control techniques. Some of the information in this newsletter came from ACHES-MC (Advocacy Committee for Human Experimentation Survivors – Mind Control) for unconsentually federally funded mind control as children or adults Canada contact Lynne Moss-Sharman, 230 Miles St. E. #3, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7C 1J6,

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Man headed world paedophile ring – The judge said he had “an inability to show remorse” BBC News 11/28/08  A man with 200,000 computer images and thousands of videos showing child sex abuse has been jailed indefinitely. Christopher Stubbings, 55, from Crawley Lane, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, was one of the ringleaders of a worldwide abuse ring, Stafford Crown Court heard.  He was ordered to serve a minimum of 12-and-a-half years in jail. Stubbings had admitted eight offences including indecent assaults on a child under 16 and the commissioning of child abuse videos. The offences also included distribution of child abuse images and possession of child abuse images….The judge, Mrs Justice Macur, said he had “an inability to show remorse, contrition or empathy.” She added the images were “deplorable and depraved – these children were abused, all of them debased, all of them humiliated”.  In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he was a co-founder of a worldwide paedophile group consisting of about 60 members and within that group he was second in command and acted as its treasurer….Asked about the sentence, Det Insp Walker added: “It truly reflects his level of offending and the seriousness of the nature and the quantity and the levels of depravity shown within those images that we’ve recovered.”

describes crimes – ‘White House Boys’ win inquiry of reform school graves By  Rich Phillips CNN Senior Producer 12/10/08 MARIANNA, Florida (CNN)– Four men, now in their 60s, met over the Internet, shared stories bout the darkest days of their pasts and spurred an investigation into 32 graves at a reform school….Roger Kiser, Michael McCarthy, Bryant Middleton and Dick Colon talked about whippings and beatings and other boys who disappeared. They discussed the 32 crosses marking the graves of persons unknown on the grounds of the former Florida Industrial School for Boys. They called their group the White House Boys, taking the name from the single story concrete building where, they say, boys were beaten and tortured decades ago. The White House Boys believe that delinquents and orphans sent to the concrete White House were killed and their remains buried to cover up the brutality.  This week, the four called on Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to investigate. Crist agreed and asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to search for remains, identify them and determine whether any crimes were committed….Two of the White House Boys, Middleton and Colon, spoke with CNN. The stories they told were chilling…. Middleton said he took six trips to the concrete White House, where he endured brutal beatings. He says boys were regularly struck with a metal-reinforced double strap with a long wooden handle…. The White House boys, who are all white, said black kids at the school were beaten even more savagely than white kids.

article describes crimes – Florida mystery: Who’s buried at school known for abuse? By Mary Ellen Klas – Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE – Convinced the 32 unmarked graves at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna are the bodies of boys abused and killed decades ago there, four former residents of the school are demanding the governor and state and federal attorneys investigate. The four men, all of whom suffered from brutal beatings while students at the Marianna-based school for delinquent boys in the late 1950s, sent letters to Gov. Charlie Crist, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. attorney general alleging that the boys were victims of state-sponsored hate crimes and murder….The men are also asking for the investigation to include the school’s use of the boys for slave labor, sexual abuse, sex trafficking and kidnapping for sexual assault. Gov. Charlie Crist’s spokeswoman said the governor was supportive of an investigation.
Inquiry urged into remains buried at school for boys

describes abuse – Men recall abuse, torture by guards at old Florida reform school – In a place where they were beaten and tortured as young boys, five Men, All in Their 60s, Recounted the Pain and Suffering at Florida’s Oldest Reform School. 12/8/08 by Carol Marbin Miller Marianna

describes abuse – Reform school alumni recount severe beatings, rapes – Half a century Ago, Victims Say, Vicious Beatings and Rapes Ruled the Day at Florida State Reform School. 10/19/08  by Carol Marbin Miller  Marianna — The Florida State Reform School — more dungeon than deliverance for much of its 108-year history — has kept chilling secrets hidden behind red-brick walls and a razor wire fence amid the gently rolling hills of rural North Florida. Established by state lawmakers in 1897 as a high-minded experiment where ”young offenders, separated from the vicious, may receive careful, physical, intellectual and moral training,” the reformatory instead became a Dickensian nightmare. Three years after the facility opened, kids were found chained in irons. A 1914 fire took six young lives while guards ”were in town upon some pleasure bent,” records say. And in the 1980s, advocates sued to stop the state from shackling and hogtying children there.  On Tuesday, about a half-dozen alumni will return to what is now called the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys to confront the most painful chapter of their troubled lives. The White House Boys, as a group of grown men now call themselves — kept one of the institution’s most shameful secrets for half a century: what was done to them inside a squat, dark, cinder-block building called The White House. There, they say, guards beat them ferociously with a lash, some dozens of times. Some men say they also were sexually abused in a crawl space below the dining hall they call the “rape room.” State juvenile justice administrators, who have not denied the allegations, will dedicate a memorial to the suffering of The White House Boys — who found one another through the Internet — at a formal ceremony at the Marianna campus Tuesday. They number in the hundreds, perhaps even thousands.

One in five students suffered sexual abuse at residential schools, figures indicate – Tim Naumetz the Canadian Press 1/17/09 Ottawa – Thousands of native children suffered sexual abuse in Indian residential schools, newly disclosed figures show – a human tragedy so pervasive it’s being called “monstrous.” The federal government has quietly paid out more than $350-million in abuse settlements over the last decade, the majority for sexual abuse, to 7,011 former students. Several thousand more claims for sexual abuse at the hands of church and school officials have been filed over the last year under a 2006 agreement to compensate surviving students, the government and victims’ lawyers say. Both sides predict about 12,000 fresh compensation claims in total will be filed under the agreement – and that the “vast majority” will be for child sexual abuse. All told, the figures suggest that at least one of every five students suffered sexual abuse at the schools, established in the 19th century to assimilate First Nations children and strip them of their aboriginal culture and language….The high rate of sexual abuse suggests the isolated schools, which paid teachers and other staff poorly and failed to screen them properly, likely attracted pedophiles who saw the dismal institutions as a “gold mine,” said one lawyer involved in past litigation on behalf of students. Court evidence in lawsuits by former students suggests the churches that ran the schools on behalf of Ottawa may have transferred sex offenders to different locations to protect them and to prevent word leaking out about the extent of sexual abuse, the lawyer said….The federal government began negotiating the 2006 deal in May 2005 after facing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of roughly 80,000 surviving students claiming a total of $36-billion in damages. Under the agreement, Ottawa will pay up to $1.9-billion to former students as compensation for simply being forced to attend the schools, separate from the abuse claims. They are expecting there to be 10,000 to 12,000, roughly, sexual-abuse claimants paid at the end of the day, so they are big numbers,” said lawyer Darcy Merkur, who compiled a historical affidavit for legal work and fees for a consortium of 19 law firms in the class action….Of the 7,011 claims in the first wave, 2,369 of 3,799 settled under a dispute resolution process the government established in 2003 involved sexual abuse, a spokesperson for the Indian Affairs Department said. And virtually all 3,097 settled prior to that through litigation involved sexual abuse, says a lawyer who took part in the lawsuits. Time limits to sue for physical assault are more restrictive. Another 133 claims settled so far under the new agreement involved sexual abuse, said the spokesperson, Patricia Valladao….The grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, said aboriginal negotiators and leaders expected a high number of sexual abuse claims under the settlement agreement.

Qld police praised for busting global child porn ring 1/17/09 Queensland police officers have been praised by the State Government after helping to break an international child pornography ring. Seven men have been convicted in the United States after a two-year investigation. A Queensland man was among the group of seven men convicted by a Florida court on a string of child pornography charges.  It follows an international operation, called Operation Achilles, headed by detectives attached to Task Force Argos. Queensland Police began a covert operation in 2006 monitoring a group of men who were trading images and videos of child pornography online. They called in help from the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States to arrest the men. They had been using sophisticated technology to send large encrypted files over the internet. They were found guilty of possessing, transporting and advertising child pornography. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse from Task Force Argos says thousands of paedophiles have been arrested as a result of the international investigation.

Seven Defendants Convicted for Participation in International Child Exploitation Enterprise Washington and Pensacola, Fla. – 1/14/09 – Seven U.S. defendants charged for their activity in a global child pornography trafficking enterprise were convicted today in the Northern District of Florida….Members of the highly-sophisticated international network were charged in a 40-count superseding indictment on March 19, 2008. Evidence presented at trial, including approximately 50 witnesses and 500 exhibits, established that the defendants participated in a well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two-year period. According to trial testimony, members of the illegal organization used Internet newsgroups – large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared – to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting prepubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts. Specifically, an Australian constable who infiltrated the group in August 2006 testified about how group members employed a complex system of pseudonyms, screening tests for new members and sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection. He also testified that the group traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before it was dismantled by law enforcement.

Retired QC Neil James Williams charged with child porn offences By Simon Jenkins, Virginia Matthews and Edwina Scott AAP  12/11/2008  A RETIRED QC from Victoria, a police officer from NSW and a childcare worker are among 19 people arrested in Australia as part of a global child abuse investigation. More than 15,000 videos and 500,000 images of child abuse – described by police as among the worst they have seen – have been seized as a result of the 12-month investigation. The images and videos, shared between members of an online network, capture the sexual abuse of children as young as one. The investigation, dubbed Operation Resistance, has so far resulted in the arrests of 19 men across NSW, Victoria and Queensland….Two children in NSW have been removed from contact with alleged offenders….Those arrested were among 200 people, from 70 countries, named as persons of interest following an investigation by Brazilian authorities, the Australian Federal Police said. “The videos seized as part of this operation have to be among the worst we have seen,” AFP acting deputy commissioner of operations Andrew Colvin said. “Some depicted sexual abuse of children lasting more than two hours.”,,24786538-29277,00.html

A Father’s Breach of Trust – For high school junior Kylie Freeman, it started out like a normal evening at home with her mom and stepfather. But as the family watched the film “Forrest Gump,” something happened to one of the characters on the screen suddenly triggered Kylie’s memory of a horrible thing that had happened to her. That’s when police say Kylie revealed to her family that her father, Kenneth John Freeman, had raped her six years earlier.
Investigators say they discovered that the abuse had started when Kylie was ten years old, around the time that Freeman was divorcing his second wife, Kylie’s stepmother. Cops say Freeman would show Kylie pornography and molest her, then threaten her not to tell anyone. After Freeman’s divorce was finalized that year, the abuse didn’t stop, In fact, police say it got a lot worse….
Police Find Evidence of Past Evils – Based on Kylie’s account alone, prosecutors felt they had enough information to file felony charges of child rape in the first degree. Detectives would soon discover disgusting and damning pieces of evidence against Freeman.  As they examined Kylie’s computer, forensic experts uncovered graphic homemade pornography of Kenneth Freeman sexually abusing Kylie — computer files that police suspect were put there by Freeman himself. Cops seemed to have all the evidence they needed to put Freeman behind bars for a very long time.
However, Freeman never showed up for his arraignment hearing in Kennewick, Washington in March 2006. In fact, detectives found surveillance video of him four hours away in Seattle leaving a parking garage on the day of his hearing. When Freeman failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest. The one-time federal law enforcement officer and reserve sheriff’s deputy became a fugitive….By Robert Brown and Denise Poon, AMW Staff

Captured:  ‘King of the Child Exploitation Suspects’ – Ex-Deputy who Allegedly Raped His Daughter and Posted the Video  Online  Finally  Caught in Hong Kong by Pierre Thomas, Jack Date and Theresa Cook May 2, 2007     The U.S. Marshals Service said a law enforcement team had hunted down Kenneth John Freeman — the man the director of the Marshals Service called the “king of the child exploitation suspects,” tracking him to Hong Kong where he was arrested Monday….Authorities charge that Freeman raped his daughter over a two-year period, starting when she was 10 years old. He videotaped the scenes and posted them online in what, they said, became “one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos” in recent history, seen by millions.

Billion-Dollar Black Market Industry – Child porn has emerged as a multibillion dollar black market industry, though “average people don’t believe it,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The reality is, with the advent of the Internet, the problem of child pornography has exploded,” said Allen. “There are more victims, the victims are younger, there are millions of people who are consuming, who are watching these images.” U.S. Marshals Director Clark noted that with technology’s advances comes the downside that children like Kylie Freeman can be victimized repeatedly. “Individuals like Mr. Freeman post pictures globally that are downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. [This] means that this image of this innocent child gets replicated and viewed over and over and over again,” he said. Criminals Close to Home “I think the depravity that this represents is impossible to overstate,” said Allen. But he said the scenario of a father victimizing his own child is an unfortunate reality. “There’s a myth here,” he said, “and that is the myth of the stranger.” Allen pointed to NCMEC’s data, which show that most child sexual exploitation victims know the perpetrator of the crime — at least 35 percent of them are the victim’s own parents and 70 percent are other family members or someone close to the child. “Overwhelmingly, the people who are victimizing America’s children, photographing it and distributing it via child pornography are close to the child,” he said. “Many of them are their dads.”

170 arrested in global child porn investigation – By Terry Frieden  CNN 12/13/08 – WASHINGTON – More than 170 people around the globe, including at least 61 in the United States, have been arrested in a major operation targeting international child pornographers, officials said Friday. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and European Union representatives announced the sting’s results Friday. Operation Joint Hammer has rescued 11 girls in the United States, ages 3 to 13, who were sexually abused by child pornography producers, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and representatives of the European Union said at the Justice Department. Dozens more were located in Europe, including several young female victims in Ukraine. Authorities found connections between producers, distributors and customers in nearly 30 countries as a single investigation grew to a global inquiry into the dark corners of brutality and child abuse. The investigation, code-named Operation Koala in Europe, was developed when investigators determined that a pornographic video found in Australia had been produced in Belgium. “This joint EU-U.S. coordinated effort began with the discovery in Europe of a father who was sexually abusing his young daughters and producing images of that abuse,” Mukasey said. Further investigation showed a number of online child porn rings. Some included dangerous offenders who not only traded child pornography but also sexually abused children, the officials said.

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty in International Child Exploitation Enterprise Case – Washington and Pensacola, Fla 12/18/08…..Mosman was one of 14 alleged members of the enterprise who were charged in a 40-count superseding indictment on March 19, 2008. He pleaded guilty today to four counts relating to his criminal activities as a member of the group: engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography; and receiving child pornography. Mosman admitted to participating in a highly sophisticated and well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two year period. According to Mosman’s guilty plea, members of the illegal organization used Internet newsgroups – large file-sharing networks where text, software, pictures and videos can be traded and shared – to traffic in illegal images and videos depicting pre-pubescent children, including toddlers, engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts. Group members used sophisticated encryption methods to avoid detection and traded more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse before their networks were dismantled by law enforcement. The charges were developed after law enforcement infiltrated the group in August 2006.

Canadian charged with running sex tourism ring from Thai home by Colin Freeze and Josh Wingrove Globe and Mail 12/15/08 A Canadian charged with running a sex tourism business pairing international travellers with young boys at his Thailand home was arrested in Britain yesterday. John Wrenshall, 62, was nabbed by British police and U.S. immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London early yesterday morning. A Canadian citizen living near Bangkok, Mr. Wrenshall was wanted on a variety of U.S. charges laid in August. The scale of the alleged sex tourism ring may be unprecedented in international law….“There were boys as young as four, six, eight, nine …. there were a range of ages. Different clients preferred different ages,” he said. The prosecutor added that “Wrenshall, from the perspective of federal law enforcement, really was the organizer of all this.”
….According the U.S. Department of Justice charges, Mr. Wrenshall has run the business since at least 2000. He arranged trips to Thailand for foreigners “to engage in sexual acts with the boys, sometimes for weeks at a time,” and was paid for the encounters, the department said in a release yesterday….His customers were allowed to photograph the abuse, and Mr. Wrenshall is said to have engaged in sex himself with the boys, according to U.S. court documents.

describes child abuse – Heaven is Hell for the Alamo Ministry Children  by Diane Dimond  12/18/2008 Seventy-two-year-old Tony Alamo…who got his start as a ‘street preacher’ in Hollywood in the 70’s, is currently in federal lock up in Ft. Smith Arkansas. He is charged with violating the Mann Act – transporting six of his underage ‘church’ girls across state lines for immoral purposes…Women in Crime Ink contributor, investigative journalist Diane Dimond, has pieced together the…tale of Alamo from the early days to modern day.

describes crimes – Sex slavery: Living the American nightmare – Shadowy multibillion-dollar industry far more widespread than expected By Alex Johnson and Cesar Rodriguez Reporters and Telemundo 12/22/08….The reality is that human trafficking goes on in nearly every American city and town, said Lisette Arsuaga, director of development for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, a human rights organization in Los Angeles. “Human trafficking is well hidden,” Arsuaga said. “I consider it a huge problem.” Her assessment is shared by authorities in Bexar County, Texas, where the Sheriff’s Office has formed a task force with Shared Hope International, an anti-slavery organization founded by former Rep. Linda Smith, D-Wash. Bexar County is considered a crossroads of the cross-border Mexican sex slave trade because two Interstate highways that crisscross the state intersect there, some 150 miles from the Mexican border….A $9.5 billion-a-year industry – Federal officials agree that the trafficking of human beings as sex slaves is far more prevalent than is popularly understood. While saying it is difficult to pinpoint the scope of the industry, given its shadowy nature, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials estimated that it likely generates more than $9.5 billion a year. Last year alone, the FBI opened more than 225 human trafficking investigations in the United States. Figures for 2008 are not yet available, but in a coordinated nationwide sweep in July, federal, state and local authorities made more than 640 arrests and rescued 47 children in just three days. In congressional testimony this year, FBI Director Robert Mueller called sex trafficking “a significant and persistent problem in the U.S. and around the world.”

Texas report: Abuse widespread in polygamist sect By Michelle Roberts – 12/23/08 San Antonio (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the families living at a polygamist group’s ranch — targeted in a high-profile raid last spring — had children who were abused or neglected, Texas child welfare officials said in a report released Tuesday. The Department of Family and Protective Services concluded there was evidence that 12 girls, ages 12 to 15, were “spiritually” married to adult men in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which runs the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. Seven of them had one or more children, the report says. Another 262 children were listed as neglected because the agency said their parents knew there was sexual abuse in the household but did not move to protect their children from possible abuse.The report, which summarizes the investigations done on all 439 children at the West Texas ranch, was issued at the request of the Health and Human Services executive commissioner, a gubernatorial appointee who oversees the protective services agency….The individual investigations, which covered 146 families, concluded that 91 families had children who were abused or neglected. Crimmins said that conclusion confirmed what investigators initially suspected — that girls were being forced into underage marriages and other children were exposed to that harm….Since the investigations, most of the 200 parents have been through parenting classes and signed agreements promising to protect their children from alleged abusers. All but 19 of the children’s cases have been dropped from court oversight because the agency believes they can be kept safe. The FLDS, which believes polygamy brings glorification in heaven, is a breakaway sect of the Mormon church, which renounced polygamy more than a century ago. Originally at
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Texas seeks custody of sect leader’s alleged bride Michelle Roberts – 1/7/09 San Antonio (AP) — Texas authorities are seeking permanent custody of an 14-year-old girl who was allegedly married to jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a step toward severing her parents’ rights altogether. The girl had been placed temporarily in foster care in August after her mother refused in court to guarantee her safety….Documents and photos seized from the ranch showed the 14-year-old married at age 12 to Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints….Last month, CPS released a report saying it believes a dozen girls, ages 12 to 15, were abused because they were “spiritually married” to adult men; another 262 were listed as neglected because the agency said their parents knew there was sexual abuse in the household but did not move to protect them. FLDS officials have called the abuse and neglect reports “manufactured.”….Jeffs was convicted in 2007 as an accomplice to rape in Utah and awaits trial in Arizona and Texas on other charges related to alleged underage marriages. He is one of a dozen FLDS men whohave been indicted in Texas on charges including sexual assault of a child and bigamy.

from LMS describes severe crimes of abuse The Evil Behind the Smiles  By Nicholas D. Kristof 12/31/08 Phnom Penh, Cambodia  ….Sina is Vietnamese but was kidnapped at the age of 13 and taken to Cambodia, where she was drugged…. Sina mostly followed instructions and smiled alluringly at men because she would have been beaten if men didn’t choose her. But sometimes she was in such pain that she resisted, and then she said she would be dragged down to a torture chamber in the basement.“Many of the brothels have these torture chambers,” she said. “They are underground because then the  girls’ screams are muffled.” As in many brothels, the torture of choice was electric shocks.

describes crimes of abuse and torture  – If This Isn’t Slavery, What Is? By Nicholas D. Kristof – 1/3/09 Phnom Penh, Cambodia  – Barack Obama’s presidency marks a triumph over the legacy of slavery, so it would be particularly meaningful if he led a new abolitionist movement against 21st-century slavery — like the trafficking of girls into brothels. Anyone who thinks it is hyperbole to describe sex trafficking as slavery should look at the maimed face of a teenage girl, Long Pross….The business model of forced prostitution is remarkably similar from Pakistan to Vietnam — and, sometimes, in the United States as well. Pimps use violence, humiliation and narcotics to shatter girls’ self-esteem and terrorize them into unquestioning, instantaneous obedience….The Obama administration will have a new tool to fight traffickers: the Wilberforce Act, just passed by Congress, which strengthens sanctions on countries that wink at sex slavery. Much will depend on whether Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton see trafficking as a priority. There would be powerful symbolism in an African-American president reminding the world that the war on slavery isn’t yet over, and helping lead the 21st-century abolitionist movement.

from LMS Ministry couldn’t make admission: Hall  – Cornwall Public Inquiry by Trevor Pritchard, Standard-Freeholder 12/08 A retired Project Truth officer believed the Ministry of the Attorney General simply couldn’t admit it was part of an alleged conspiracy to cover up a ring of pedophiles. Det. Insp. Pat Hall told the Cornwall Public Inquiry he came to that conclusion after learning four binders of evidence that were compiled by former city cop Perry Dunlop and sent to the ministry were never turned over to the detectives with Project Truth. “They didn’t want to acknowledge that (they were part of the allegations),” Hall said Thursday. “That was my view, based on the answers I was given.”….Before retiring in 2004, Hall spent 36 years with the Ontario Provincial Police. In 1997, he was assigned to Project Truth, the OPP’s investigation into allegations a clan of pedophiles had preyed on children in the Cornwall area. On July 23, 1998, Hall met with Dunlop to see if the officer – who had taken statements from a number of alleged abuse victims in the past – had handed over all his material to Project Truth. Fifteen months earlier, Dunlop gave Project Truth a binder with allegations that became the crux of their investigation. During the July 1998 meeting, Dunlop revealed he had sent additional material to a number of provincial agencies, including the Attorney General’s office. Eight days later, Dunlop handed over four binders to Hall. Two of those binders contained new information about his interactions with the Cornwall Police Service. “He’s telling me that he’s made these deliveries and I should’ve had this stuff by now,” Hall told lead commission counsel Peter Engelmann. “And you probably agreed,” said Engelmann. “Yes,” Hall said.  Hall testified he got in touch with the ministry on multiple occasions in order to find out why the material never made its way from their office to Project Truth. In September 2001, Hall received a written reply from James Stewart, the regional director of Crown attorneys, which said the ministry assumed Project Truth had received Dunlop’s material and denied they had intentionally held on to the documents. A “careful examination of the circumstances” did not support any suggestion the material was withheld from police, Stewart wrote.  Hall said he wanted a straightforward answer because Ottawa-area MPP Garry Guzzo – a vocal supporter of the conspiracy theorists -had been alleging the Attorney General’s office played a key role in the cover up. “You never received a satisfactory explanation, in your view?” Engelmann asked Hall. “Never,” Hall replied. Still, Hall said the 15 months Project Truth went without access to the documents did not “prejudice” their investigation, which ultimately found no evidence of a conspiracy.

Mind Control and Experimentation

The Truth about Satanic Ritual Abuse – Wikipedia rebuttal – A Rebuttal to Wikipedia’s Portrayal of Satanic Ritual Abuse – November 2, 2008 By Wanda Karriker, PhD

PRESS RELEASE  – Wikipedia “Satanic Ritual Abuse” article promotes PEDOPHILIA

study describes crimes – HAND-OUT for Karriker, Wanda. (2008, April). Child Sexual Abuse and Beyond: Findings From a Series of International Extreme Abuse Surveys. Paper presented at the Fourteenth Annual Northern California Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference: Sacramento, CA. Karriker, Wanda. (2008, April).
Selected Responses from the EAS
My memories of abuse include incest. 1122 70%
I had memories of incest before I sought therapy/counseling. 985 64%
I was ritually abused in a satanic cult.* 986 55%
I had memories of ritual abuse before I sought therapy/counseling. 977 48%
Secret government-sponsored mind control experiments were
performed on me as a child. 1000 26%
I have been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID or MPD). 1007 65%
I am a therapist/counselor/clergy for RA/MC survivors. 965 10%
*Of the 257 EAS respondents who reported that secret mind control experiments were used on them as children, 69% (177) reported having been abused in a satanic cult. Of the 543 respondents who reported that they had been abused in a satanic cult, 33% (179) reported having been used in secret mind control experiments as children.

Terror, trauma and the eye in the triangle: the Masonic presence in contemporary art and culture – Lynn Brunet MA (Hons) Doctor of Philosophy November 2007 p. 98 – 101 has information on allegations of Masonic ritual abuse

A Case Study Investigation of the Development and Treatment of Alter Personalities in Dissociative Identity Disorder     Brown, Ian, Edith Cowan University, 2006 Abstract:    Progress in the study and treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has been hampered by ideological debate regarding its validity. This is particularly the case when patient’s suffering from DID also report ritualistic abuse. Part of the difficulty has been that past studies have not established independent checks to assess whether alters are artefacts introduced by therapeutic bias. This study addressed this issue by using independent judges to test the validity of a patient being treated for DID who claimed ritualistic abuse. The judges were 16 clinicians with an average of 21 years experience in their respective disciplines. The study also examined the development and treatment of alter personalities through a detailed examination of case material. The patient had been in continuous therapy with the author and treatment had been conducted using the self psychology model. The study involved three phases.

Bensinger, Terri T. Long-term effects on adult women who report sexual and ritual abuse in their childhoods. Dissertation Abstracts  International 1990 Jul Vol 51(1-B), p. 420.

Brandt, Susan Jeannine. An analysis of the mental health professionals’ response to satanic ritual abuse. Dissertation Abstracts International 1993 Jul Vol 54(1-A), pp. 87–88.

Caradonna, Maria. Ritual child abuse. Dissertation Abstracts  International; 1992 Apr Vol 52(10- B) 5519 IS ISSN/ISBN: 04194217

Cole, Deborah A. The incidence of ritual abuse: A preliminary survey. Dissertation Abstracts International 1992 Dec Vol 53(6-B), p. 3150.

Kelley, Susan J. Responses of children and parents to sexual abuse and Satanic ritualistic abuse in day care centers. Dissertation Abstracts International, Vol. 49, No. 12-B, Pt. 1, June 1989.

Martin, Sharon K. Working with adult survivors of ritual abuse. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol. 52, No. 9-B, March 1992, p. 4979.

Sparkes, Barry H. Playing with the devil: Adolescent involvement with the occult, black magic, witchcraft, and the satanic to manage feelings of despair. Dissertation Abstracts International.
Vol. 50, No. 12-B, Pt 1, June 1990.

Hauer, C. (2005). Transpersonal aspects of the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder as a result of ritual abuse: A mutual descent into the underworld. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. Vol 65(8-B), pp. 4287. This phenomenological study explores transpersonal aspects of the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) caused by ritual abuse (RA). In guided interviews, seven DID/RA survivors expressed their feelings, values, attitudes, conflicts, associations, and other psychological factors related to their personal and collective healing journeys. The study was designed to provide a safe container for DID/RA survivors, in which they can share their experiences openly and courageously. The goal of the study was to help demystify the diagnosis, to create more empathy for the survivors and support for their treating therapists, and to contribute to the individual and collective understanding of the phenomenon. It gives insight into a healing process guided by the archetypes and shares unique experiences within the client-therapist relationship. Literature on the topics of Dissociative
Identity Disorder, ritual abuse, and depth psychology, including dreams, metaphors, and synchronistic experiences, was presented. Individual and collective significant and relevant meaning units were extracted from the collected data using a method described by Giorgi (1985). Finally, textural and structural individual and collective descriptions were synthesized to arrive at the essence of the phenomenon.

Title: Psychotherapy and spirituality: A paradigm for healing. Author(s)/Editor(s): Lewis, Suzanne Lee Paper Number: 20011010 Source/Citation: Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences & Engineering; Vol 61(10-B) May 2001, US: Univ Microfilms International; 2001, 5570
Description/Edition Info.: Dissertation Abstract; 350 Abstract/Review/Citation: Lewis’ exploratory study incorporates data from a case study of a profoundly depressed woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder to show how she is healed through a psychotherapeutic and spiritual journey into her unconscious mind. The study vividly details the counseling experiences that uncovered repressed memories of sexual and Satanic Ritual Abuse, the core of this depression. Extensive first-person narrative is used to illustrate how the woman was able to overcome the physical and emotional revivifications of her trauma. The study explores the use of two
relatively new techniques in spiritual counseling:  the TheoPhostic method (Smith 1996), which enables client and therapist to work together with God to reintegrate dissociated ‘parts’ on a spiritual level; and Time Line Therapy (James and Woodsmall 1988), a method for the visualization of personal time and memory recall involving color, lack of color, and light. Both methods are proposed as particularly effective in knowing about repressed and dissociated trauma memories and in healing these severe traumas as caused by sexual and Satanic Ritual Abuse. Various standard counseling techniques of reframing, changing history, discovering core beliefs, changing core beliefs and discovering disowned parts of self are all demonstrated in this work. The not so standard techniques used in this work involve the therapist and the client’s reports of finding external and internal spiritual guides along with a beautiful white light that provided extraordinary resources in stopping the client’s profound and sometimes life threatening abreactions. The most significant and powerful technique visualizing Divine Light shining on and penetrating each newly conscious traumatized ‘part’ proved to be truly miraculous for the client. Using a double column format, the client’s narrative is contextualized in terms of both traditional (Janet, Charcot, Freud, Jung, Adler) and contemporary (van der Kolk, Kluft, Putnam, Herman, Terr, LeDoux, James and Smith) researchers. The contextualized material puts the client’s behaviors and feelings into a scholarly format that therapists and students will find enriching and educational. The study is a pioneering work in spiritual psychotherapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved) Subject Descriptors: Dissociative Identity Disorder Psychotherapy Recovery (Disorders) Spirituality Unconscious (Personality Factor) Major Depression Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention–3300Notes/Comments: Print (Paper) Human 10 Female 40 Adulthood (18 yrs & older) 300 spirituality; psychotherapy; healing; unconscious mind; dissociative identity disorder; major depression Empirical Study 0800 ISSN: 0419-4217 Vendor Numbers: 2001-95008-292

Ethics of CIA and Military Contracting by Psychiatrists and Psychologists – Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry 2007 Ross, Colin  Springer Publishing Company 2007. There have been extensive, systematic violations of human rights by American psychiatrists, psychologists, and neurosurgeons throughout the second half of the twentieth century. These violations have occurred at the leading medical schools with funding from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the U.S. military. Experiments have involved brain electrodes, LSD, hypnosis, the creation of Manchurian candidates, the development of biological, chemical, and nonlethal weapons, and the implantation of false memories and creation of amnesia. Many experiments were conducted on unwitting civilians and none involved documented consent, adequate outside review, or representation for the …
Vets sue CIA, DoD over military experiments By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer 1/7/09 SAN FRANCISCO – Six veterans who say they were exposed to dangerous chemicals, germs and mind-altering drugs during Cold War-era experiments filed a federal lawsuit against the CIA, Department of Defense and other agencies Wednesday. The veterans say they volunteered for military experiments as part of a wide-ranging program started in the 1950s to test nerve agents, biological weapons and mind-control techniques, but were not properly informed of the nature of the experiments. They blame the experiments for poor health and are demanding the government provide their health care. They also want the court to rule that the program was illegal because its administrators failed to get their consent….The suit, filed in San Francisco, alleges that at least 7,800 U.S. military personnel served as volunteers to test experimental drugs such as LSD at the Edgewood Arsenal near Baltimore, Md., during a program that lasted into the 1970s, and that many others volunteered for similar experiments at other locations. “In virtually all cases, troops served in the same capacity as laboratory rats or guinea pigs,” the lawsuit states. The suit contends that veterans were wrongfully used as test subjects in experiments such as MK-ULTRA, a CIA project from the 1950s and ’60s that involved brainwashing and administering experimental drugs like LSD to unsuspecting individuals. The project was the target of several congressional inquiries in the 1970s and was tied to at least one death. Harf said that MK-ULTRA “was thoroughly investigated and the CIA fully cooperated with each of the investigations.” The plaintiffs say many of the volunteers’ records have been destroyed or remain sealed as top secret documents. They also say they were denied medals and other citations they were promised for participating in the experiments. They are not seeking monetary damages but have demanded access to health care for veterans they say were turned away at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities because they could not prove their ailments were related to their military service. In 1988, the Justice Department agreed to pay eight Canadians a total of $750,000 to settle their lawsuit alleging they suffered psychological trauma from CIA-financed mind-control experiments that included the use of LSD.

Veterans say CIA tested drugs, mind control on them  By Jay Price – The News & Observer (North Carolina) – 1/11/09 It was 1968, and Frank Rochelle was 20 years old and fresh out of Army boot camp when he saw notices posted around his base in Virginia asking for volunteers to test uniforms and equipment….Instead of equipment testing, though, the Onslow County native found himself in a bizarre, CIA-funded drug testing and mind-control program, according to a lawsuit that he and five other veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America filed last week. The suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco against the Department of Defense and the CIA. The plaintiffs seek to force the government to contact all the subjects of the experiments and give them proper health care.  The experiments have been the subject of congressional hearings, and in 2003 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a pamphlet said nearly 7,000 soldiers had been involved and more than 250 chemicals used on them, including hallucinogens such as LSD and PCP as well as biological and chemical agents. Lasting from 1950 to 1975, the experiments took place at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland. According to the lawsuit, some of the volunteers were even implanted with electrical devices in an effort to control their behavior. Rochelle, 60, who has come back to live in Onslow County, said in an interview Saturday that there were about two dozen volunteers when he was taken to Edgewood. Once there, they were asked to volunteer a second time, for drug testing. They were told that the experiments were harmless and that their health would be carefully monitored, not just during the tests but afterward, too. The doctors running the experiments, though, couldn’t have known the drugs were safe, because safety was one of the things they were trying to find out, Rochelle said. “We volunteered, yes, but we were not fully aware of the dangers,” he said. “None of us  knew the kind of drugs they gave us, or the aftereffects they’d have.” or 919-969-8094

describes graphic crimes  – Gabon election raises fears of ritual killings – Antoine Lawson 4/16/08 Libreville  – “It’s before elections and ministerial reshuffles that the vilest crimes are committed and the capital empties of certain kinds of politicians who go to the interior to carry out witchcraft,” said pastor Francois Bibang, a member of the Association to Fight Ritual Crimes (ALCR). In ritual killings, which still take place in several African countries, people, often children, are killed to obtain body parts and blood in the belief they will bring social success and political power. The ALCR says that in February alone there were 12 such killings in Gabon. “Unfortunately, this practice seems to be spreading again in Gabon,” said Jean-Elvis Ebang Ondo, who founded  ALCR….

PEACEMAKING Reflections of a Radical Criminologist by Hal Pepinsky – The University of Ottawa Press  ISBN10:  0776606409  2006 “I have mentioned that since 1993 I have come to know many people whom I believe to be genuine survivors of “ritual abuse.” These data came to me by way of parents facing loss of custody for asking that their children be protected from what they and medical professionals believed to be sexual assault while with their other parent. I have testified, borne silent witness in courtrooms, and borne vocal witness on the streets, in conferences, and in classes to countless — to me credible — accounts by those who have in the broadest category survived what in polite company we call “incest.” I have also encountered countless cases in which those who later reported having recovered repressed memories of one form or another of sexualized childhood violence have turned out to know things such as physical layouts of places where they were hurt that they otherwise could not have known. Add to this my learning from countless sources that “covert” or “emotional” incest, which might entail physical coldness and distance, could prove to be as debilitating to its survivors as the doing of anything even remotely illegal. Leave aside whether any of the stories I have heard of homicidal ceremonies is true. Effects of a problem characterized as “incest,” including the shame and fear of being trapped in “crimes,” dwarf the trauma represented by all the personal violence reported in victim surveys, which in turn far exceed police reports.” p. 84

Ritual Abuse Survivor & Author – Raising Public Awareness of Ritual & Sexual Abuse – My website is now up and running! Preview Chapter: 1 of my first book: “Unlocking Buried Secrets” by: Victorious Heart (500 pgs) by clicking on ’Excerpt of book: 1’ link. Preview comments from a survivor who has read my book. You can also view my 2nd book: “Unlocking Buried Secrets #2: Healing From Satanic Ritual Abuse For Male & Female Survivors” by Victorious Heart (500+ Pgs) that will soon be out along with my 1st book in my web store. I hope to reach many survivors and their loved ones as well as provide helpful resources and links.

describes crimes – Ritual Abuse-Torture Within Families/Groups  Authors: Jeanne Sarson, Linda MacDonald DOI: 10.1080/10926770801926146 Published in: Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, Volume 16,Issue 4 July 2008, pages 419 – 438  Abstract – Case studies provide insights into identifying 10 violent thematic issues as components of a pattern of family/group ritual abuse-torture (RAT) victimization. Narratives from victimized women suggest that victimization generally begins in infancy or soon thereafter. A visual model of RAT displays the organization of the co-culture. Examples of the family/group gatherings known as “rituals and ceremonies” provide insights into how these gatherings are used to normalize pedophilic violence. Global activism afforded the first effort ever to track RAT and human trafficking. Recognizing RAT as an emerging form of non-state actor torture, discontinuing the use of language that sexualizes adult-child relationships, and promoting human rights education are suggested social solutions. abstract:
Make torture a crime, N.S. petition says  by Mary Ellen Macintyre – Truro Bureau 1/22/09 Truro — Jean Sarson and Linda MacDonald wouldn’t know how to mince words, even if they wanted to. After years of heartbreaking research into ritual abuse and torture under their belts, they’re even less in the mood for mincing. Bill Casey welcomed them into his constituency office in Truro on Wednesday morning. The MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley settled into his chair and smiled….There are close to 800 names on the petition, which calls on Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to make torture a crime. “In the Criminal Code now only officials like police, members of the military or others can be charged with committing torture, Ms. MacDonald said. “We believe if you torture someone, whether you’re an official or not, that you should be charged with committing torture….”But they would have never been charged with torture because it’s not a charge unless you’re a police officer or a member of the military or another official, Ms. MacDonald said…..”You have to name it for what it is and recognize the issue and only then will there be social validation for the victim and then there will be help for them, said Ms. MacDonald. “And we’ll get more but these signatures are from all across Canada, said Ms. Sarson. Mr. Casey will bring the petition to Ottawa on Monday and said he will have it tabled in the House of Commons. “This is the first step toward change. You’ve made the first step and we’ll see how it progresses, he said.

Defining Torture by Non-State Actors in the Canadian Private Sphere By Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald (article describes crimes) Torture is not extinct – we must work together to make it so, internationally and nationally, for immigrants, for those seeking refuge, for migrant workers, and for women tortured by non-state actors in the Canadian private sphere. Article is at p. 29 – 32 of Winter 2009 First Light – A Biannual Publication of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) 194 Jarvis St. 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2B7, Canada  Tel: 416-363-1066 Fax: 416-363-2122
Hell Minus One – signed verified confessions of satanic ritual abuse- Anne’s parents confessed their atrocities – both in writing and verbally.

Woman revisits the ‘Hell’ of ritual abuse By Ben Winslow  Deseret News  12/10/08 describes crimes – She isn’t Rachel Hopkins anymore. Anne A Johnson Davis is shedding the moniker she used in a 1995 Deseret News story about her childhood as a victim of ritualistic Satanic abuse and speaking out in a memoir of her life. Davis, now a Lehi mother of three, is stepping into the spotlight again with the publication of her book “Hell Minus One.” “I have had enough healing and closure of my own, I feel I’m in a place where I really feel the call to share what I have to help others find courage,” Davis said in an interview Wednesday. Davis’ story is so bizarre, it’s hard to believe it actually happened — save for the fact that she has signed confessions from her mother and stepfather, a financial settlement and investigators from the Utah Attorney General’s Office who vouched for her. From age 3 until she ran away at 17, she said she was sexually abused, tortured, bathed in blood and forced to hurt her siblings in Satanic rituals.  “They would tell me, ‘Now you’re one of us. If you tell anybody, they won’t believe you and they’ll put you in a mental hospital.’ And they threatened to torture me until I was dead,” Rachel Hopkins said in 1995. It was a study by the Utah Attorney General’s Office that downplayed ritual abuse that prompted Davis to come forward. At the time, she insisted on a pseudonym and did interviews in silhouette. “I’m glad that she’s come out of the shadows and she’s in the sunlight to tell her story so other victims will speak out and know they don’t have to be afraid anymore,” said Paul Murphy, a spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s Office who interviewed her as a TV reporter back in 1995. He also wrote a blurb on the book’s jacket. Davis still takes issue with the attorney general’s report, which came out at a time when ritual abuse was being attacked as indicative of false memory syndrome — events and fantasies imagined by patients or planted by unscrupulous therapists….The Utah Attorney General’s Office has no plans to revisit the controversial study, but continues to investigate any reports of ritual abuse. “We take all child abuse very seriously,” Murphy said….When she ran away from home at 17, Davis said she cut ties with her family and anyone associated with them. She heard her stepfather died a few years ago but has no idea what happened to her mother. She also isn’t scared about publishing the family secrets. “Secrecy is their greatest weapon,” she said. “I don’t believe I have anything to be afraid of.”,5143,705269563,00.html

describes crimes – Anne’s Story of Deliverance From Satanic Ritual Abuse  and her Journey to Freedom “Hell Minus One” When Anne A Johnson Davis was just three years old, her mother and stepfather began to physically, sexually and mentally abuse her—in the name of Satan. Until she ran away from home at 17, her parents and other cult members subjected her to satanic ritual abuse, a criminally inhumane and bizarre form of devil worship. In the middle of the night, Anne would be drugged and forced to endure hours of ritualistic torture as a symbolic sacrifice….The horrors Anne experienced, the astounding miracles that helped her to survive, and the heal-or-die choices she made as an adult to triumph over her tragic past, are revealed in her new book Hell Minus One: My Story of Deliverance From Satanic Ritual Abuse and My Journey to Freedom. Hell Minus One is different from other previously published memoirs by victims of satanic ritual abuse. Instead of distressing, heart-breaking accounts without collaborative or corroborative evidence, Anne’s parents confessed their atrocities—both in writing and verbally—to clergymen, and to detectives from the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Anne’s suppressed memories, which erupted when she was in her mid-30s, were fully substantiated by her mother and stepfather….The book’s foreword was written by Lt. Detective Matt Jacobson, who was the lead investigator with the Utah Attorney General’s Office on Anne’s case in 1995. In April 1995, Anne was interviewed by KTVX Channel 4 News and The Deseret News in Salt Lake City for stories regarding a then newly released three-year study by the Utah AG’s Office about ritual abuse. In those news accounts, Anne’s identity was concealed as she explained some of the horrors of her childhood. In Hell Minus One, Anne publicly blows the door open on who she is and tells her story openly for the first time.

Organized abuse and the politics of disbelief by Michael Salter (p.243 – 283) – Faculty of Law – Faculty of Medicine – University of New South Wales in Proceedings of the 2nd Australian & New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 19 – 20 June 2008 Sydney, Australia – Presented by the Crime & Justice Research Network and the Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Network Edited by Chris Cunneen & Michael Salter – Published by The Crime and Justice research Newtork University of New South Wales December, 2008 ISBN: 9780646507378 (pdf) Since the 1980s, disclosures of organised abuse have been disparaged by a range of activists, journalists and researchers who have focused, in particular, on cases in which sexually abusive groups were alleged to have behaved in ritualistic or ceremonial ways…Whilst these authors claimed to be writing in the interests of science and social justice, what has emerged from their writing are a familiar set of arguments about the credibility of women and children’s testimony of sexual violence; in short, that women and children are prone to a range of memory and cognitive errors that lead them to make false allegations of rape. This paper argues that this body of literature has systematically misconstrued allegations of organised abuse, and used organised abuse as a lens through which the debate on child abuse could be re-envisioned along very traditional lines, attributing victim status to accused men and constructing liars out of women and children complaining of sexual abuse. The instability, the uncertainty, and the complexity of cases of organised abuse have made it an important discursive site for a number of actors with ideological objections to the changes wrought by feminism and child protection. In particular, by framing allegations of organised abuse as bizarre and beyond belief, they sought to reassert an older politics of disbelief that contests the notion that women and children are reliable witnesses (p. 248-249)….During a period in which women and children’s testimony of incest and sexual abuse were gaining an increasingly sympathetic hearing, lobby groups of people accused of child abuse construed and positioned “ritual abuse” as the new frontier of disbelief. The term “ritual abuse” arose from child protection and psychotherapy practice with adults and children disclosing organised abuse, only to be discursively encircled by backlash groups with the rhetoric of “recovered memories”, “false allegations” and “moral panic”. Seeking to recast the debate on child abuse according to an older politics of disbelief, these groups and activists attempted to characterise sexual abuse testimony, as a whole, through the lens of “ritual abuse.” (p. 270)
U.S. Supreme Court  CIA v. SIMS, 471 U.S. 159 (1985) 471 U.S. 159 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ET AL. v. SIMS ET AL.  CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT  No. 83-1075.  Argued December 4, 1984  Decided April 16, 1985 ….Between 1953 and 1966, the Central Intelligence Agency financed a wide-ranging project, code-named MKULTRA, concerned with “the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.” The [471 U.S. 159, 162]   program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MKULTRA indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.  MKULTRA was established to counter perceived Soviet and Chinese advances in brainwashing and interrogation techniques. Over the years the program included various medical and psychological experiments, some of which led to untoward results. These aspects of MKULTRA surfaced publicly during the 1970’s and became the subject of executive and congressional investigations.

No. 86-393. Argued April 21, 1987 Decided June 25, 1987 Respondent, a serviceman, volunteered for what was ostensibly a chemical warfare testing program, but in which he was secretly administered lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) pursuant to an Army plan to test the effects of the drug on human subjects, whereby he suffered severe personality changes that led to his discharge and the dissolution of his marriage. Upon being informed by the Army that he had been given LSD, respondent filed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) suit. The District Court granted the Government summary judgment on the ground that the suit was barred by the doctrine of Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135 , which precludes governmental FTCA liability for injuries to servicemen resulting from activity “incident to service.” Although agreeing with this holding, the Court of Appeals remanded the case upon concluding that respondent had at least a colorable constitutional claim under the doctrine of Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388 , whereby a violation of constitutional rights can give rise to a damages action against the offending federal officials even in the absence of a statute authorizing such relief, unless there are “special factors counselling hesitation” or an “explicit congressional declaration” of another, exclusive remedy. Respondent then amended his complaint to add Bivens claims and attempted to resurrect his FTCA claim. Although dismissing the latter claim, the District Court refused to dismiss the Bivens claims, rejecting, inter alia, the Government’s argument that the same considerations giving rise to the Feres doctrine should constitute “special factors” barring a Bivens action….In February 1958, James B. Stanley, a master sergeant in the Army stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, volunteered to participate in a program ostensibly designed to test the effectiveness of protective clothing and equipment as defenses against chemical warfare. He was released from his then-current duties and went to the Army’s Chemical Warfare Laboratories at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Four times that month, Stanley was secretly administered doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), pursuant to an Army plan to study the effects of the drug on human subjects. According to his Second Amended Complaint (the allegations of which we accept for purposes of this decision), as a result of the LSD exposure, Stanley has suffered from hallucinations and periods of incoherence and memory loss, was impaired in his military performance, and would on occasion “awake from sleep at night and, without reason, violently beat his wife and children, later being unable to recall the entire incident.” App. 5. He was discharged from the Army in 1969. One year later, his marriage dissolved because of the personality changes wrought by the LSD. On December 10, 1975, the Army sent Stanley a letter soliciting his cooperation in a study of the long-term effects of LSD on “volunteers who participated” in the 1958 tests. [483 U.S. 669, 672] This was the Government’s first notification to Stanley that he had been given LSD during his time in Maryland. After an administrative claim for compensation was denied by the Army, Stanley filed suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 2671 et seq., alleging negligence in the administration, supervision, and subsequent monitoring of the drug testing program.

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Old experiment still shocking – Maggie Fox – Reuters – 12/19/08 Washington – Some things never change. Scientists said on Friday that they had replicated an experiment in which people obediently delivered painful shocks to others if encouraged to do so by authority figures. Seventy per cent of volunteers continued to administer electrical shocks – or at least they believed they were doing so – even after an actor complained that they were painful, Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California found. “What we found is validation of the same argument – if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways,” Dr. Burger said in a telephone interview. “This research is still relevant.” Dr. Burger was replicating an experiment published in 1961 by Yale University professor Stanley Milgram, in which volunteers were asked to deliver electric “shocks” to other people if they answered certain questions incorrectly. Prof. Milgram found that, after hearing an actor cry out in pain at 150 volts, 82.5 per cent of participants continued administering shocks, most to the maximum 450 volts. The experiment surprised psychologists, and no one had tried to replicate it because of the distress suffered by many of the volunteers who believed they were shocking another person. “When you hear the man scream and say, ‘Let me out, I can’t stand it,’ that is the point when the real stress that people criticized Milgram for kicked in,” Dr. Burger said. “It was a very, very, very stressful experience for many of the participants. That is the reason no one can ethically replicate the experiment today.”….Dr. Burger modified the experiment – stopping at the 150-volt point for the 29 men and 41 women in his experiment. He measured how many of his volunteers began to deliver another shock when prompted by the experiment’s leader – but instead of letting them do so, stopped them….He found no differences among his volunteers, aged 20 to 81, and carefully screened them to be average representatives of the U.S. public. Dr. Burger said the experiment, published in the American Psychologist, can only partly explain the widely reported prisoner abuse at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or events during the Second World War. “Although one must be cautious when making the leap from laboratory studies to complex social behaviours such as genocide, understanding the social psychological factors that contribute to people acting in unexpected and unsettling ways is important,” he wrote.

describes graphic crimes – Guatemalan Recounts Time As Gang Member, December 22, 2008 · El Flaco, as we call him here, was member of Mara Salvatrucha for 18 years, before quitting two years ago. He’s 26, was born in El Salvador – and claims to have killed 22 people. Following are excerpts from an interview with NPR’s John Burnett. I was part of the Mara Salvatrucha, a gang which started in the United States and then went to El Salvador. The truth is, I want to leave because I was tired of harming the people. There’s a certain limit to where you get tired of doing bad things to people. I’m tired of living this life….What sorts of crimes did I commit? Various. Honestly, I considered crime my salary. We had a satanic cult in which we killed people….It’s no joke. In MS-13, we sold our souls to the devil, practically, so that he’ll give us everything we need. We sacrificed everybody, including innocent women and children. Every month or two we had to do a ritual.

Report of the Ritual Abuse Task Force – Los Angeles County Commission for Women – Ritual abuse is a brutal form of abuse of children, adolescents, and adults, consisting of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, and involving the use of rituals. Ritual does not necessarily mean satanic. However, most survivors state that they were ritually abused as part of satanic worship for the purpose of indoctrinating them into satanic beliefs and practices. Ritual abuse rarely consists of a single episode. It usually involves repeated abuse over an extended period of time. The physical abuse is severe, sometimes including torture and killing. The sexual abuse is usually painful, sadistic, and humiliating, intended as means of gaining dominance over the victim. The psychological abuse is devastating and involves the use of ritual/indoctrination, which includes mind control techniques and mind altering drugs, and ritual/intimidation which conveys to the victim a profound terror of the cult members and of the evil spirits they believe cult members can command. Both during and after the abuse, most victims are in a state of terror, mind control, and dissociation in which disclosure is exceedingly difficult.

Ottawa finally aids brainwashing victims Broadcast Date: Jan. 28, 1984 (digital clip) It sounds like a science fiction plot or a horror movie: A front organization for the American CIA sets up shop in Canada to engage in mind control experiments. But it’s no fiction, it’s the discussion on the floor of the House of Commons and among lawyers for the Department of External Affairs. Canadians caught up in the research, including a member of Parliament’s wife, may finally get some action from the government in their pursuit of answers and compensation.

The Sleep Room’s Missing Memories by Ray Conlogue Quebec Arts Correspondent, Montreal – The Globe and Mail (Toronto), 1998-01-10, page C2
This week on the fifth estate – “The Sleep Room” 1/6/98

describes crimes – Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital 11/30/08 By Louis Porter – Rutland Herald  – Vermont Press Bureau  Few people in Vermont remember Dr. Robert W. Hyde, but one of his former patients can’t forget him. The doctor was involved in one of the nation’s darkest chapters in medical science: In the 1950s, Hyde conducted drug and psychological experiments at a Boston hospital through funding that apparently originated with the CIA. Later, he became director of research at the Vermont State Hospital. The patient, Karen Wetmore, is convinced that Hyde and other researchers subjected her and possibly other patients to experiments paid for by the CIA at the Waterbury facility. In addition to her claim, new evidence, though incomplete, suggests that such tests might have been conducted at the Vermont State Hospital. Several books and numerous newspaper accounts have detailed how techniques developed through testing, including on mental health patients at hospitals in other parts of the country, are related to the interrogation methods used in Guantanamo and other locations in the war on terror. These well-known and well-documented drug experiments began in secret after the Korean War and were sponsored by the U.S. government. News accounts and histories of the experiments have not mentioned the Vermont State Hospital, but a congressional committee concluded that dozens of institutions, some of which have never been identified, were involved in secret experiments for the CIA. ….In order to figure out what really happened to her at the Vermont State Hospital and to overcome this credibility gap, Wetmore has spent more than 12 years collecting and analyzing reams of government documents, including state hospital records, declassified CIA paperwork and histories of MK-Ultra, the code name of the CIA’s best-known clandestine research projects on mind-control….In 1997, Wetmore decided to bring a lawsuit against the state. A psychiatrist and a Rutland lawyer agreed to help her with the case and spent months collecting and poring over evidence. They both came to the conclusion that Wetmore was the subject of drug experiments at the hospital. Wetmore and her advocates could not unequivocally link her case to the CIA’s research activities at other institutions through government documents from the agency, but histories of the CIA’s psychiatric testing, other documents and a preponderance of circumstantial evidence around Wetmore’s treatment based on her medical records suggest the Vermont State Hospital may have been one of the sites for secret experimentation.  The CIA destroyed much of the evidence regarding the drug and psychological tests on unwitting patients in the 1970s as the truth about its funding for the tests came to light, according to a 1975 congressional review headed by U.S. Sen. Frank Church….Hyde was an international pioneer in the development of mind-altering drugs and in their use in treating mental illness. He was involved in research programs sponsored and secretly funded by the CIA and the U.S. military. With an Army psychiatrist, he also conducted research on drugs designed to produce mental illness in healthy people who volunteered for such studies. In 1949, Hyde was an early experimenter with LSD: He volunteered to take the drug himself….The experiments conducted by Rinkel, Hyde and their associates (sometimes even on themselves) were an important part of secret programs run by and for the CIA to construct “black operations” for prisoner interrogation and other espionage and military uses. “Black ops” were designed to look like civilian programs, even to the researchers, with the CIA gleaning the results. The intelligence funding was often disguised as grants that were passed through organizations or other agencies. Psychiatric researchers at dozens of sites around the country, including state hospitals, prisons and universities, many of which have never been identified, cooperated sometimes knowingly and sometimes unwittingly in research on human test subjects. Finally, official documents Wetmore has uncovered show that the Vermont State Hospital had a history of experimenting with drug treatments on its patients. At least one of those experiments, which predated Hyde’s tenure at the hospital, was financed by the federal agencies identified by researchers as a conduit for money for the CIA “black-ops” experimentation. In addition, the Vermont State Hospital doctors were corresponding about that grant work with Dr. John Gittinger, a CIA scientist in Washington, D.C…..Long before the Boston researchers’ work laid the foundation for those groundbreaking psychiatric studies, it garnered attention from another, less benign profession. Soon after the Rinkel-Hyde report appeared in the APA journal, the CIA became interested in the researchers’ work, according to Stevens and others who have researched the subject. “Early on they contacted Rinkel and Hyde at Mass. Mental Health, and with Hyde as the principal contact began pouring as much as $40,000 a year into LSD research,” Stevens wrote. The CIA and the U.S. military had their own reasons for wanting to finance such experiments, an interest dating at least to the Korean War when American prisoners of war were subjected to various psychiatric drugs. In the 1950s, the New York Times, reporting on congressional hearings and studies of the effect of Communist interrogation of U.S. prisoners, wrote: “Chinese Communist attempts to create confusion, disloyalty and doubts about this country’s role were highly effective among American prisoners captured during the Korean War, an Army psychiatrist said here today.” The article went on to report on the 1950 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and on Rinkel’s research “based on the experimental reproduction of mental illness in 100 normal volunteers. The illness, similar to schizophrenia, was induced by small dosages of the chemical d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).” ….In 1977, in response to an investigation into the CIA experiments, Harold Pfautz wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times defending his own research – funded in part by the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology, an MK-Ultra front – and that of Hyde. Pfautz wrote: “I know that I (and I am convinced that Dr. Robert W. Hyde, then superintendent of the Butler Health Center, as well as my other colleagues) had no knowledge of the CIA auspices and functions of the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology. In a word this was a `black’ operation – deceptive and intended to deceive – on the part of the government and addressed to me as a citizen.”….Dr. Thomas Fox, the Rutland doctor who treated Wetmore, was so appalled by the nature of her state hospital treatment records that he agreed to help her with a lawsuit against the state in 1997. Fox, who also became a top mental health official with the state of New Hampshire before his death, had never before agreed to be an expert witness in a civil litigation. A 140-page deposition and an outline by Fox show that he concluded that Wetmore was an unwitting subject of experimental testing while she was a patient at the Vermont State Hospital. “Although Plaintiff was not schizophrenic or otherwise psychotic, she was treated with medication as if she were. Even though it was noted by the Defendants early on that she was allergic to these medications, that they would alter her behavior adversely, and that they would cause her permanent damage and even threaten her life, she was involuntarily administered massive doses of these drugs throughout the periods of her confinement,” according to Wetmore’s lawsuit. “Plaintiff was kept almost constantly in seclusion, often bound with wristlets behind her back, and left to lie unattended and unrelieved, naked on a tile floor.”

Clinical Trials of NYC Foster Children – NYSDOH Coverup Continues By  James R. Marsh 1/28/09 As I editorialized here in 2005, between 1986 and 2001 hundreds of NYC foster children were involuntarily enrolled in medical experiments. Soon after the story broke in the NYT, NYC commissioned a study by the widely respected Vera Institute for Justice. Almost four years later, that long awaited (forgotten?) study was finally released today. After interviewing people familiar with the drug trials, reviewing policy documents, and examining the child welfare files of 796 children, Vera staff identified 532 children who were enrolled in 88 clinical trials and observational research studies.

THE EXPERIENCES OF NEW YORK CITY FOSTER CHILDREN IN HIV/AIDS CLINICAL TRIALS Timothy Ross and Anne Lifflander with Sally Trued, Allon Yaroni, Rachel Wetts, Reena Ghadia, and Tania Farmiga Vera Institute of Justice January 2009….
Findings – Vera’s review of the child welfare files identified 532 New York City foster children who participated in 88 clinical trials and observational studies between 1985 and 2005. Of the 88 clinical trials and observational studies, 65 involved trials of new medications for HIV or its associated conditions. Forty-four of the 65 trials involved antiretroviral drugs. (P. 9)…
Background – In January 2004, an independent journalist named Liam Scheff published an article on the web site In his article, Scheff alleged that “black, Hispanic, and poor” children in the care of Children’s Services had been enrolled without their knowledge and against the wishes of their parents or guardians in HIV/AIDS clinical trials that were “neither safe nor necessary.” According to Scheff, these trials involved antiretroviral drugs that were “known to cause disability and death.” Scheff reported that the trials took place at the Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood. From 1988 to 2001, the facility served HIV-positive children in foster care as part of a partnership between Catholic Home Bureau, a foster care agency operating through a contract with Children’s Services, and Columbia University Medical Center. Scheff reported that doctors at ICC had coerced and threatened children who refused to take HIV/AIDS clinical trial medications. Approximately one month after Scheff’s article appeared the New York Post published two articles that repeated many of these allegations. (P. 19)…The Vera review also found evidence that supported some concerns about the participation of foster children and their families in clinical trials. This evidence includes violations of state regulations, Children’s Services’ own policies for clinical trial review and enrollment, and federal regulations for protecting human subjects. (p. 280)

The House That AIDS Built – Liam Scheff….The drugs being given to the children are toxic – they’re known to cause genetic mutation, organ failure, bone marrow death, bodily deformations, brain damage and fatal skin disorders. If the children refuse the drugs, they’re held down and have them force fed. If the children continue to resist, they’re taken to Columbia Presbyterian hospital where a surgeon puts a plastic tube through their abdominal wall into their stomachs. From then on, the drugs are injected directly into their intestines. In 2003, two children, ages 6 and 12, had debilitating strokes due to drug toxicities. The 6-year-old went blind. They both died shortly after.  Another 14-year old died recently. An 8-year-old boy had two plastic surgeries to remove large, fatty, drug-induced lumps from his neck.

Journal Articles

An examination of the diagnostic validity of dissociative identity disorder.   Gleaves DH, May MC, Cardeña E    We review the empirical evidence for the validity of the Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) diagnosis, the vast majority of which has come from research conducted within the last 10 years. After reviewing three different guidelines to establish diagnostic validity, we conclude that considerable converging evidence supports the inclusion of DID in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. For instance, DID appears to meet all of the guidelines for inclusion and none of the exclusion guidelines; proposed by Blashfield et al.[Comprehensive Psychiatry 31 (1990) 15-19], and it is one of the few disorders currently supported by taxometric research. However, we also discuss possible problems with the current diagnostic criteria and offer recommendations, based on recent research, for possible revisions to these criteria. Clin Psychol Rev. 2001 Jun;21(4):577-608. “In conclusion, despite its long and controversial past, there has been a wealth of research accumulate over the past 10 to 15 years on the DID diagnosis. This research seems to establish the validity of the DID diagnosis.”
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United States of Tara – Learn More About D.I.D. – Showtime supports the awareness for Dissociative Identity Disorder with Richard P. Kluft

In January of 2009, Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS Company, launched a new television series – the United States of Tara. Toni Colette, an Oscar nominatee, plays Tara, a woman who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)….United States of Tara is the first television series ever produced with Dissociative Identity Disorder as its focus.  Given this, ISSTD is presented with a unique opportunity to provide education to the public about a misunderstood psychiatric illness.  Our mission as an organization is to provide education regarding the dissociative disorders and to promote the effective treatment of clients with these disorders.  In response to the United States of Tara, ISSTD will be providing answers to questions about DID, as well as a professional commentary regarding each episode of the show based on our research and clinical experience. In their development of the series, the producers and script writers of United States of Tara have consulted extensively with experts in the dissociative disorders field.   We hope that the show, along with our educational efforts, will ultimately facilitate understanding of DID and the struggles and challenges that individuals with DID face in their daily lives.
Frequently asked questions about Dissociative Disorders….The vast majority of people who exhibit symptoms of DID are not faking.  In fact, most persons with DID minimize and try to hide their symptoms.

Calof, D.L. (1998).  Notes from a practice under siege: Harassment, defamation, and  intimidation in the name of science, Ethics and Behavior, 8(2) pp. 161-187. Abstract: I have practiced psychotherapy, family therapy, and hypnotherapy for over 25 years without a single board complaint or law suit by a client.  For over three years, however, a group of proponents of the false memory syndrome (FMS) hypothesis, including members, officials, and supporters of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, Inc., have waged a multi-modal campaign of harassment and defamation directed against me, my clinical clients, my staff, my family, and others connected to me.  I have neither treated these harassers or their families, nor had any professional or personal dealings with any of them; I am not related in any way to the disclosures of memories of sexual abuse in these families.  Nonetheless, this group disrupts my professional and personal life and threatens to drive me out of business.  In this article, I describe practicing psychotherapy under a state of siege and places the campaign against me in the context of a much broader effort in the FMS movement to denigrate, defame, and harass clinicians, lecturers, writers, and researchers identified with the abuse and trauma treatment communities.

The DS website, located at, is hosted by LisaBri, a poly fragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder activist with personal experience of sexual assault, incest, and Ritual abuse. The website is both informative and playful (keeping child and teenage parts in mind) and publishes a new article-topics ranging from dissociation, alcoholism to PTSD-or short fiction pieces bi-weekly. It contains safe links of interest to survivors and their supporters. Please email us at if you wish to have your story told on the DS.

Study: Most Child Abuse Goes Unreported By Tiffany Sharples 12/2/08 Time – Children in highly developed countries suffer abuse and neglect much more often than is reported by official child-protective agencies, according to the findings of the first in a comprehensive series of reports on child maltreatment, published Dec. 2 in the British medical journal The Lancet.  Based on a review of research conducted on child abuse between 2000 and June of this year, researchers estimate that 4% to 16% of children are physically abused each year in high-income nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. As many as 15% are neglected, and up to 10% of girls and 5% of boys suffer severe sexual abuse; many more are victims of other sexual injury. Yet researchers say that as few as 1 in 10 of those instances of abuse are actually confirmed by social-service agencies – and that measuring the exact scope of the problem is nearly impossible….Indeed, the second study in the Lancet analysis, citing previous research, reveals that physicians reported only 6% of children’s injury cases to protective services, even though they suspected the injury was a result of abuse 10% of the time. Further, researchers say that many more cases of maltreatment – particularly of sexual abuse – are never even suspected, and the victimized children never come forward to report the assaults. “The official statistics agencies produce are conservative estimates of probably the lowest level of child maltreatment,” says Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom, a psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who specializes in the long-term effects of child abuse and is a lead author on one of the Lancet studies. Those numbers, researchers say, may now be on the rise. Historically, economic hardship has often corresponded with increases in child abuse, says Dr. Carole Jenny, a professor of pediatrics at Brown University and an expert in identifying and treating victims of child abuse, who authored a commentary in The Lancet. In the past six months, Jenny says she has seen increases in rates of maltreatment and heard similar reports from her colleagues. “I imagine that as the economy worsens, [child-abuse specialists are] only going to be more and more busy,” she says, adding that the recession will likely mean less funding for already strained social services. “As the pressures on families are increasing markedly, the amount of help available goes down,” she says….Widom points to years of past research linking early childhood abuse to an increased possibility of long-term behavioral and psychological problems, ranging from low educational achievement to criminal behavior, risky sexual practices and even increased chance of obesity. “Child maltreatment has long-lasting effects across multiple domains of functioning. It’s not just in childhood. It lasts into adulthood, and we are not really thinking about these long-term consequences, and we’re not planning for them,” she says….There is an effort afoot to rectify that problem. Brown University’s Jenny is one of roughly 250 pediatricians across the U.S. whose specialty is the identification and prevention of child abuse, and the field is gaining momentum – and standardization. By 2012, a three-year postresidency fellowship will be required of all new pediatricians who wish to specialize in child abuse. And the National Association of Children’s Hospitals has advocated requiring all children’s medical institutions to have a child-abuse specialist on staff.,8599,1863650,00.html

Information on Ralph Underwager

Confessions of a Whistle-Blower: Lessons Learned by Anna C. Salter Published in: Ethics & Behavior, Volume 8, Issue 2 June 1998, pages 115- 124 Abstract : In 1988 I began a report on the accuracy of expert testimony in child sexual abuse cases utilizing Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield as a case study (Wakefield & Underwager, 1988). In response, Underwager and Wakefield began a campaign of harassment and intimidation, which included multiple lawsuits; an ethics charge; phony (and secretly taped) phone calls; and ad hominem attacks, including one that I was laundering federal grant monies. The harassment and intimidation failed as the author refused demands to retract. In addition, the lawsuits and ethics charges were dismissed. Lessons learned from the experience are discussed. ,DOI:10.1207/s15327019eb0802_2
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“The people who support and defend those accused of child sexual abuse indiscriminately, those who join organizations dedicated to defending people who are accused of child sexual abuse with no screening whatsoever to keep out those who are guilty as charged, are…not necessarily people engaged in an objective search for the truth. Some of them can and do use deceit, trickery, misstated research, harassment, intimidation, and charges of laundering federal money to silence their opponents.” — Confessions of a Whistle Blower: Lessons Learned, p. 122.

Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Anna Salter, Et Al., Defendants-Appellees., 22 F.3d 730 (7th Cir. 1994)  Federal Circuits, 7th Cir. (April 25, 1994) Docket number: 93-2422….
Psychologists Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield have written two books: Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse (1988), and The Real World of Child Interrogations (1990). They conclude that most accusations of child sexual abuse stem from memories implanted by faulty clinical techniques rather than from sexual contact between children and adults. The books have not been well received in the medical and scientific press. A review of the first in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that the authors took a one-sided approach: “it may be that the adversarial system has so influenced this discussion [about child abuse] that objectivity no longer has value. The book contains almost 420 text pages and the authors cite over 700 references, but they do not really review this body of literature, they cross-examine it. When a given reference fails to support their viewpoint they simply misstate the conclusion. When they cannot use a quotation out of context from an article, they make unsupported statements, some of which are palpably untrue and others simply unprovable.” David L. Chadwick, Book Review, in 261 JAMA 3035 (May 26, 1989)….

Salter had for some years doubted that Underwager’s books and testimony accurately reflected the clinical literature. After receiving a grant from the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors to finance an annotated bibliography of studies on child abuse interviews, Salter decided to concentrate on the papers Underwager and Wakefield had cited in their 1988 book. Over the course of 18 months Salter read the original works Underwager and Wakefield had discussed. In January 1990 she delivered to the New England Association a monograph titled: “Accuracy of Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Case Study of Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield.” This unpublished monograph has been widely circulated; Salter sent a copy to the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, which has made it available to prosecutors and other interested persons. The monograph is highly critical of the 1988 book and of Underwager’s testimony. Like Dr. Chadwick’s book review, the monograph states that the book misrepresents the studies, rips quotations from their context (and misleadingly redacts them), attributes to scholars positions they once held but have repudiated in light of more recent research, and ignores evidence contradicting its thesis. While Chadwick’s indictment of the book advances conclusions but not the supporting evidence, Salter’s is packed with details. For her interview with 60 Minutes Australia, however, Salter compressed her conclusions into popular language, telling Munro that Underwager “distorts the facts” and that his testimony in the Mr Bubbles case that 90% of all accusations of child molestation are wrong is “gobbledygook” unsupported by any scientific evidence….

What, then, does the record show about actual malice? Did Salter or Toth know that the statements were false? Did either one harbor doubts about the statements’ truth yet plunge recklessly ahead? The record allows no doubt about the answer to either question, for either defendant.
Salter testified by deposition that she read every one of the more than 500 papers her monograph discusses, and that she believes that her interpretation of these studies (and her condemnation of the Underwager and Wakefield interpretation) is correct. Salter’s view of the scholarly literature is congruent with Dr. Chadwick’s, and all of the other reviews we could find take Salter’s side rather than plaintiffs’. Sandra Shrimpton, Book Review (of Accusations …), 14 Child Abuse & Neglect 601-02 (1990); David L. Chadwick, Book Review (of Real World …), 15 Child Abuse & Neglect 602-03 (1991); Lenore Olson, Book Review (of Real World …), 37 Social Work 276 (1992); John E.B. Myers, The Child Sexual Abuse Literature: A Call for Greater Objectivity, 88 Mich.L.Rev. 1709, 1711-17 (1990) (discussing Accusations … and two books by other authors). Some judges have reached a similar conclusion. For example, the Supreme Court of Washington held that Underwager’s analysis and conclusions are not accepted by the scientific community, making it appropriate for a trial judge to preclude him from testifying. State v. Swan, 114 Wash.2d 613, 655-56, 790 P.2d 610, 632 (1990). See also Timmons v. Indiana, 584 N.E.2d 1108 (Ind.1992) (sustaining a decision to limit Underwager’s testimony severely). Cf. Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., — U.S. —-, 113 S.Ct. 2786, 125 L.Ed.2d 469 (1993). It may be that Salter, the judges, and the book reviewers all err in evaluating the Underwager-Wakefield work. Scientific truth is elusive. Nothing in this record suggests, however, that Salter either knew that she was writing falsehoods or feared that she might be doing so but barged ahead without checking….

Both Salter and Toth came to believe that Underwager is a hired gun who makes a living by deceiving judges about the state of medical knowledge and thus assisting child molesters to evade punishment. Persons who hold such opinions cannot be expected to look kindly on their subjects, and the law certainly does not insist that they shut up as soon as they are challenged. Van Straten, 151 Wis.2d at 917-18, 447 N.W.2d at 110-11 (repeated publication did not establish actual malice when the speakers believed their statements to be true). Underwager and Wakefield cannot, simply by filing suit and crying “character assassination!”, silence those who hold divergent views, no matter how adverse those views may be to plaintiffs’ interests. Scientific controversies must be settled by the methods of science rather than by the methods of litigation. Cf. Buckley v. Fitzsimmons, No. 89-2441 (7th Cir. Apr. 6, 1994), slip op. 8-11 & n. 1, 20 F.3d 789, 796-97. More papers, more discussion, better data, and more satisfactory models–not larger awards of damages–mark the path toward superior understanding of the world around us.

Information on Ralph Underwager, former FMSF scientific advisory board member

Information about IPT is at :
“The Institute for Psychological Therapies is a private practice of clinical psychology. It was begun in 1974 by Dr. Ralph Underwager after several years of private practice in a large, multi-specialty medical clinic and several years of research work at Youth Research Center. Ms. Wakefield joined the IPT staff in 1975. Dr. Underwager and Ms. Wakefield were married in 1978. IPT  grew to include a professional staff of 16 and was located in Minneapolis.”

“Reporter: Ralph Underwager was hired to defend Polly’s father. And as usual, he testified that nothing had happened. It was all a delusion, and Polly had simply made the whole story up. But then, Underwager was cross-examined by Polly’s lawyer, Charles Vaughan. (Scene switch to Vaughan’s office) Vaughan: He used the theory that it was a delusion of the child that she was doing a favor for the mother by saying this happened when it really didn’t happen, to gain the favor and to be the apple of the eye of the mother. Reporter: A delusion that she was continually raped over four days. Vaughan: That’s right.” “Reporter: The jury took only an hour to decide Polly Barnes was telling the  truth. And that Ralph Underwager’s testimony that nothing had happened, could be ignored. In fact, Underwager’s evidence was rejected so much, the jury awarded Polly three and a quarter million dollars.” “Reporter: Do you think Underwager has got a lot to answer for over the years? Peters: I think so. I think a lot of children have suffered at his hand. Children who probably have been abused…have been put back into situations where they’re likely to have been molested again.” “Reporter: Mr. Underwager you have researched, and quoted research, inaccurately, and distorted it for years, and you know it.”

“At the trial of this case, the defense sought to qualify Dr. Ralph Underwager, a licensed psychologist, as an expert witness. The trial court ruled that the psychologist’s proposed testimony was not proper because there was no indication that the results of the doctor’s work had been accepted in the scientific community and because the testimony went directly to the credibility of the victims and invaded the province of the jury. The court remains convinced [the psychologist] did not have the qualifications to testify as a doctor, and that the offered testimony, in any event, was within the common experience of all of us. The psychologist [w]as a researcher who did not have bona fide qualifications in the view of the Court. He was not involved in an independent research undertaking, but rather was approached to undertake research by an interested party with no interest [in] the outcome of the research. It is the Court’s memory [the psychologist’s] research was undertaken at the behest of the insurance industry relative to civil claims for child sexual abuse.”

The Paidika Interview:
Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. . . . Paedophiles can make the assertion that the pursuit of intimacy and love is what they choose. With boldness they can say, “I believe this is in fact part of God’s will. –Dr. Ralph Underwager in this interview with Paidika, a European pro-pedophile publication.

Underwager was the subject of a research project by Dr Anna Salter in 1988, who reviewed the accuracy of his academic writings and the manner in which he presented this testimony in court.[1] She uncovered systematic misrepresentations of research in his writings, as well as outright  fabrications, and she concluded that Underwager was a hired gun who makes a living by deceiving  judges about the state of medical knowledge and thus assisting child molesters to evade punishment [2] In response, Underwager filed several unsuccessful suits against Salter, and began a decade-long campaign of intimidation and entrapment including hiring a private detective, fake phone calls that Salter later found had been taped, and threatening letters.[3]
1 Salter, A. “Accuracy of Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Case Study of Ralph Underwager and Hollida Wakefield”, New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors 1988.
2 22 F.3d 730 22 Media L. Rep. 1852. Ralph UNDERWAGER and Hollida Wakefield, Plaintiffs-Appellants v. Anna SALTER, et al., Defendants-Appellees., No. 93-2422. United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. Argued Dec. 10, 1993.  Decided April 25, 1994
3 Salter, A. “Confessions of Whistle-Blower: Lessons Learnt”, Ethics & Behavior, 8, 2, 1998, 115-124

Jurors have conflicting views on child abuse, says study 12/9/08 By Elizabeth Binning – The study – which reviewed child sex abuse trials between 2005 and 2006 – looked at jurors’ knowledge, beliefs and misconceptions about child sexual abuse. It also questioned jurors about the child’s credibility while giving evidence and asked what was needed to secure a guilty verdict. The results – which have been presented to police, lawyers and various experts – found jurors held a wide range of views on what makes child witnesses and complainants credible. The difficulty was that many of those views were conflicting, therefore making it hard for jurors to unanimously determine the truth – something that is required for a verdict. An example was the level of emotion children showed while giving their evidence. One juror said that an absence of distress came across as showing the witness was overly coached and contrived while another said that the lack of eye contact, crying and not wanting to say anything made the child unbelievable. As far as police are concerned, this makes it difficult to get a conviction as it shows that regardless of how a child comes across in court, one of the jurors will probably think he or she is lying. Dr Suzanne Blackwell, who conducted the research, found that only 33 per cent of child sexual abuse cases studied result in a conviction, so part of her study tried to find out why. She found that jurors wanted corroboration, either in the form of DNA, hard medical evidence or a strong witness in order to convict. “There was no hard evidence. We really wanted a video of him doing it,” said one juror.
* Juries want DNA, medical evidence or strong eyewitnesses – all of which are difficult to obtain in child sex abuse cases.
* Juries are less likely to believe teenagers.
* If sex cases don’t involve penetration, juries tend to minimise the harm and avoid convicting.
* Defence lawyers use leading, misleading and confusing questions which lead to inconsistent child evidence. Jurors hate these tactics but still take heed of inconsistencies in the evidence.
* Defence lawyers utilise common misconceptions about child sex abuse (eg, an abused child would have reported it immediately) to discredit victims.
* Only a third of child sexual abuse cases result in a conviction.

False allegations of child sexual abuse by children are rare “allegations made by child victims match closely with confessions of pedophiles” “The evidence indicates that very few (children) lied originally.” “children tend to minimize and deny abuse, not exaggerate or over-report such incidents” sources;jsessionid=JwfdTd5V4T6qY4phJJxhtp5Q21YtbyrvJwgCj7vHJK3nkQvnPz3p!-383582632?_nfpb=true&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=%22Rieser+Margaret%22&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=au&_pageLabel=RecordDetails&objectId=0900019b80147b75&accno=EJ436461&_nfls=false
research cited at

Information on Paul McHugh

Information on Paul McHugh

The only psychiatrist on the panel is Dr. McHugh, who was a founder and board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation

Quotes:  Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. (on her testimony, research and repression)
Brown, D; Frischholz E, Scheflin A. (1999). “Iatrogenic dissociative identity disorder – an evaluation of the scientific evidence”. The Journal of Psychiatry and Law XXVII No. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 1999):549-637. p. 604 – 605 “The problem with McHugh’s publications on MPD/DID, like those of Mersky, is that they are mere speculation. From deposition testimony in several cases, McHugh has made it clear that other than an occasional consultation, he has very little actual clinical experience with the ongoing treatment of MPD/DID patients and is generally unfamiliar with both the clinical features of MPD/DID and with what usually occurs in their treatment. This McHugh’s opinion is informed neither by actual in-depth clinical experience with contemporary MPD/DID patients nor by any scientific research on MPD. Furthermore, with regard to McHugh’s main hypothesis that hysterical behavior is implicated in DID iatrogenesis, Gleaves has shown that such phenomena are no more prevalent in DID than in any other psychiatric condition.”

Morrison threatens to sue witness – Expert witness Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist, could face disciplinary action for revealing information in Wichita abortion records. By Dion Leflert 6/13/07 Wichita Eagle – Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison on Tuesday threatened to sue a psychiatric expert hired by his predecessor if he doesn’t stop making public statements about medical records from an investigation of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller. In a letter, Morrison told psychiatrist Paul McHugh that if he persists, the attorney general’s office will “pursue all available remedies.” That could include legal action to get a refund of $5,000 the state has paid McHugh…

Dubious choice for resolving church scandal Mara J. Math – San Francisco Chronicle 9/20/02 ….McHugh’s actions…pose the deepest threat to the council’s credibility. McHugh is the only therapist on the lay council. This makes his participation especially significant, because other members may rely on his presumed expertise. Because he frequently testifies on behalf of accused molesters, doubts may be raised about the council’s desire to truly solve the problem. McHugh…is the man whose report to the court in one case stated that a defendant’s harassing phone calls were not obscene – including the call that detailed a fantasy of a 4-year-old sex slave locked in a dog cage and fed human waste. At least eight men have been convicted of sexually abusing Maryland children while under treatment at the “sex disorders” clinic McHugh runs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – abuse the doctors did not report, citing client confidentiality. When Maryland law was changed to require that doctors report child molestation, the clinic fought it and advised patients on how to get around the law. The memo to patients suggested that molesters report their pedophilic activities to their lawyers, who could in turn tell staff; attorney-client privilege would then protect the molesters from being reported. This memo was fully approved by the boss – Dr. Paul McHugh.”

Paul McHugh on transsexualism – From an article by Elizabeth Gilbert: McHugh has always reserved special scorn for the practice of sex-change surgery on adult transsexuals. Classifying transsexualism as merely one symptom in  a larger complex of personality disorders, McHugh had long believed that psychiatrists should treat such patients with the talking cure, not radical, irreversible surgeries. In a 1992 article in the American Scholar, McHugh lambasted transsexual     surgery as ‘the most radical therapy ever encouraged by twentieth century psychiatrists’ and likened its popularity to the once widespread practice of frontal lobotomy.

Trauma and Recovery – Book by Judith Lewis Herman; Basic Books, 1997. 290 pgs. THE ORDINARY RESPONSE TO ATROCITIES is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable. Atrocities, however, refuse to be buried. Equally as powerful as the desire to deny atrocities is the conviction that denial does not work. Folk wisdom is filled with ghosts who refuse to rest in their graves until their stories are told. Murder will out. Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims. The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma. People who have survived atrocities often tell their stories in a highly emotional, contradictory, and fragmented manner which undermines their credibility and thereby serves the twin imperatives of truth-telling and secrecy. When the truth is finally recognized, survivors can begin their recovery. But far too often secrecy prevails, and the story of the traumatic event surfaces not as a verbal narrative but as a symptom. (p.1)

To study psychological trauma is to come face to face both with human vulnerability in the natural world and with the capacity for evil in human nature. To study psychological trauma means bearing witness to horrible events. When the events are natural disasters or “acts of God,” those who bear witness sympathize readily with the victim. But when the traumatic events are of human design, those who bear witness are caught in the conflict between victim and perpetrator. It is morally impossible to remain neutral in this conflict. The bystander is forced to take sides. It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering. (p. 7 – 8)

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrator’s first line of defense. If secrecy fads, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments, from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalization. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon herself; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail….The study of psychological trauma must constantly contend with this tendency to discredit the victim or to render her invisible. Throughout the history of the field, dispute has raged over whether patients with post-traumatic conditions are entitled to care and respect or deserving of contempt, whether they are genuinely suffering or malingering, whether their histories are true or false and, if false, whether imagined or maliciously fabricated. In spite of a vast literature documenting the phenomena of psychological trauma, debate still centers on the basic question of whether these phenomena are credible and real. (p. 8)

Information on Parental Alienation “Syndrome”
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The Evidentiary Admissibility of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Science, Law, and Policy  Jennifer Hoult – Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2006  Abstract:  Since 1985, in jurisdictions all over the United States, fathers have been awarded sole custody of their children based on claims that mothers alienated these children due to a pathological medical syndrome called Parental Alienation Syndrome (“PAS”). Given that some such cases have involved stark outcomes, including murder and suicide, PAS’s admissibility in U.S. courts deserves scrutiny. This article presents the first comprehensive analysis of the science, law, and policy issues involved in PAS’s evidentiary admissibility. As a novel scientific theory, PAS’s admissibility is governed by a variety of evidentiary gatekeeping standards that seek to protect legal fora from the influence of pseudo-science. This article analyzes every precedent-bearing decision and law review article referencing PAS in the past twenty years, finding that precedent holds PAS inadmissible and the majority of legal scholarship views it negatively. The article further analyzes PAS’s admissibility under the standards defined in Frye v. United States, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Kumho Tire Company v. Carmichael, and Rules 702 and 704(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence, including analysis of PAS’s scientific validity and reliability; concluding that PAS remains an ipse dixit and inadmissible under these standards. The article also analyzes the writings of PAS’s originator, child psychiatrist Richard Gardner – including twenty-three peer-reviewed articles and fifty legal decisions he cited in support of his claim that PAS is scientifically valid and legally admissible – finding that these materials support neither PAS’s existence, nor its legal admissibility. Finally, the article examines the policy issues raised by PAS’s admissibility through an analysis of PAS’s roots in Gardner’s theory of human sexuality, a theory that views adult-child sexual contact as benign and beneficial to the reproduction of the species.
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from the paper : 1. American Precedent Holds PAS Inadmissible – Because unreliable scientific claims pose a unique risk of undue influence and prejudice in the courtroom, the evidentiary admissibility of novel scientific material is governed by gate-keeping rules that are intended to ensure that such testimony meets adequate standards of reliability. As a novel scientific theory, PAS’s admissibility is governed by these gate-keeping rules. Gardner published the claim that fifty American decisions set precedent holding PAS admissible under the relevant evidentiary rules. A closer examination reveals this claim to be unfounded; current U.S. precedent holds PAS inadmissible. By July 19, 2005, sixty-four precedent bearing cases referenced PAS. Only two of these decisions, both originating in criminal courts in New York State, set precedent on the issue of PAS’s evidentiary admissibility; both held PAS inadmissible….

A. PAS Is Not a Medical Syndrome – A medical “syndrome” defines a “distinct” correlation between a set of symptoms and a particular pathology. Determining whether PAS is a valid medical syndrome requires an assessment of whether it is an existing pathology and whether its diagnostic criteria correlate accurately with that pathology….Both Gardner and NAMBLA claim that adult-child sex is biologically natural, not inherently harmful to the child, and that any resultant harm is caused by social stigma rather than the sexual contact itself. Gardner claimed the sole “determinant as to whether these experiences [i.e. a sexual encounter between an adult and a child] will be traumatic is the social attitude towards these encounters” and stated: “[M]any societies have been unjustifiably punitive to those who exhibit these sexual paraphilic variations [e.g. pedophiles, rapists, etc.] and have not been giving proper respect to the genetic factors that may very well be operative. Such considerations may result in greater tolerance for those who exhibit these atypical sexual proclivities. My hope is that this theory will play a role (admittedly small) in bringing about greater sympathy and respect for individuals who exhibit these variations of sexual behavior. [Further,] they do play a role in species survival.” While Gardner claimed that “repeat offenders must be removed from society,” he advocated that they only be imprisoned after treatment has failed, advocating that they not be imprisoned with “hardened criminals,” or be subjected to lengthy sentences. As a political advocate, Gardner lobbied to abolish mandated reporting of child abuse, to abolish immunity for reporters of child abuse, and for the creation of federally funded programs to assist individuals claiming to be falsely accused.

Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation: Getting It Wrong in Child Custody Cases  Carol S. Bruch  University of California, Davis 35 Family Law Quarterly 527 (2001)  Abstract:   As courts and legislatures continue their enthusiastic ventures into family law reform, they make frequent use of theories and research from the social sciences. This essay focuses on developments in child custody law stemming from “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PAS), a theory propounded in 1985 by Richard Gardner, M.D. that became widely used despite its lack of scientific foundations. The discussion highlights theoretical and practical problems with PAS, provides a similar review of more recent proposals labeled “Parental Alienation” (PA), and concludes with recommendations for lawyers and judges who must evaluate these and similar developments.
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from the paper : C. The Flaws in PAS Theory – The deficiencies in PAS theory are multiple. Some have already been identified in social science literature and child custody judicial opinions; still others are now emerging. First, Gardner confounds a child’s developmentally related reaction to divorce and high parental conflict (including violence) with psychosis. In doing so, he fails to recognize parents’ and children’s angry, often inappropriate, and totally predictable behavior following separation. This error leads him to claim that PAS constitutes a frequent example of folie à deux or folie à trois, Shared Psychotic Disorders that the American Psychiatric Association and scholarly studies report occur only rarely. His assertion that these disorders occur primarily in young children is also contrary to the literature, probably also due to a misreading of typical developmental responses to divorce on the part of young children. Second, possibly as a consequence of these errors and his tail-of-the-elephant view, Gardner vastly overstates the frequency of cases in which children and custodial parents manufacture false allegations or collude to destroy the parent-child relationship. Taken together, these assertions have the practical effect of impugning all abuse allegations, allegations which Gardner asserts are usually false in the divorce context. Here, too, Gardner cites no evidence in support of his personal view, and the relevant literature reports the contrary-that such allegations are usually well founded. Third, in this fashion, PAS shifts attention away from the perhaps dangerous behavior of the parent seeking custody to that of the custodial parent. This person, who may be attempting to protect the child, is instead presumed to be lying and poisoning the child. Indeed, for Gardner, the concerned custodial parent’s steps to obtain professional assistance in diagnosing, treating, and protecting the child constitute evidence of false allegations. Worse yet, if therapists agree that danger exists, Gardner asserts that they are almost always man-hating women who have entered into a folie à trois with the complaining child and concerned parent. Indeed, he warns judges not to take abuse allegations seriously in the divorce court setting in high conflict cases (severe PAS cases). Neither Gardner nor those who accept his views acknowledge the logical difficulties when Gardner asserts that abuse allegations which are believed by therapists constitute evidence of PA by the protective parent. Fourth, Gardner believes that, particularly in serious cases, the relationship of an alienated child with the rejected parent will be irreparably damaged, probably ending for all time, unless immediate, drastic measures (custody transfer, isolation from the loved parent, and deprogramming) are taken. Here, too, reliable sources reveal that his theory is exaggerated, with all but unusual cases (for example, those appearing in violent families) resolving themselves as the children mature. Fifth, as these sources suggest, Gardner’s proposed remedy for extreme cases is unsupported and endangers children. In his admitted decision to err on the side of under-identifying abusers, Gardner appears to have overlooked the policy differences between criminal law and child custody law and also to have misunderstood the distinction between the burdens of proof in criminal and civil cases in the United States. To the extent that PAS results in placing children with a parent who is, in fact, abusive, the youngsters will be bereft of contact with the parent who might help them. Parent groups and investigative reporting describe, for example, numerous cases in which trial courts have transferred children’s custody to known or likely abusers and custodial parents have been denied contact with the children they have been trying to protect. In less extreme cases, too, children are likely to suffer from such a sudden dislocation in their home life and relationship with the parent they trust. Even therapists who accept PAS theory have advised against custody transfers to no avail in some reported cases in which it seems judges have implemented Gardner’s views on their own initiative….PAS as developed and purveyed by Richard Gardner has neither a logical nor a scientific basis. It is rejected by responsible social scientists and lacks solid grounding in psychological theory or research. PA, although more refined in its understanding of child-parent difficulties, entails intrusive, coercive, unsubstantiated remedies of its own. Lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals who deal with child custody issues should think carefully and respond judiciously when claims based on either theory are advanced.

Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force On Violence And The Family – ISSUES AND DILEMMAS IN FAMILY VIOLENCE Issue 5 WHEN PARENTS SEPARATE AFTER AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP, SHOULDN’T FATHERS HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT AS MOTHERS TO BE GRANTED PHYSICAL CUSTODY OF AND VISITATION RIGHTS WITH THEIR CHILDREN? Tensions exist between children’s need for contact with their father and their need to be protected from the physical, sexual and psychological abuse that is common in families where there has been other forms of violence such as woman abuse.  Although most people believe that fathers should have equal access to their children after the termination of a relationship between the parents, the equal-access option is based on the assumption that the fathers will act in their children’s best interests. However, that is a naive assumption in situations where family violence has occurred. Fathers who batter their children’s mothers can be expected to use abusive power and control techniques to control the children, too. In many of these families, prior to separation, the men were not actively involved in the raising of their children. To gain control after the marital separation, the fathers fight for the right to be involved. Often children who have been exposed to violence in the family are frightened to confront their father’s negative or abusive behavior, and mothers cannot protect them. Sometimes the father tries to alienate the child from the mother by using money and other enticements, negative comments, or restricted access to the telephone during visitation with him. Other times, fathers may threaten or actually kidnap the child to punish the mother for leaving, or to try to force her to return. Most people, including the battered woman herself, believe that when a woman leaves a violent man, she will remain the primary caretaker of their children. Family courts, however, may not consider the history of woman abuse relevant in awarding custody. Recent studies suggest that an abusive man is more likely than a nonviolent father to seek sole physical custody of his children and may be just as likely (or even more likely) to be awarded custody as the mother. Often fathers win physical custody because men generally have greater financial resources and can continue the court battles with more legal assistance over a longer period of time. Family courts frequently minimize the harmful impact of children’s witnessing violence between their parents and sometimes are reluctant to believe mothers.

Ending Impunity For Rape By Marianne Mollmann 12/27/08 Washington Post Page A15 I have a project for Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton to work on together: ending impunity for rape. Rape-conviction rates are appallingly low across the globe. I don’t mean only in countries that many would think of as lacking good justice systems: Conviction rates hover just above 10 percent of complaints filed in the United States and are a measly 6 percent in Britain. Because the vast majority of rape victims don’t file complaints, it does not take precise studies or statistics to conclude that most sexual assaults in most parts of the world end without punishment for the perpetrators. Over the years, in the course of my work at Human Rights Watch, I have spoken with dozens of rape victims around the world, read rape-related court files from many countries and scrutinized legislation. Although most people agree that rape is bad, legislation and government action on sexual crimes are not always that clear. Indeed, rape seems to be graded on a scale from “unconscionable” through “bad luck” to “much deserved.” Exactly where a particular incident falls on that scale often seems to depend on factors that include family status, sobriety and ethnicity. In all too many cases, laws and judicial systems have determined that forced sex is not really rape.

14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma will be on September 21-26, 2009 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego CA.  This year’s theme is “ Promoting Peace in the Home, Your Community, and the World:  Linking Practice, Research, and Policy Across the Lifespan.  Submit your proposals online at .  Questions regarding submission process and Conference can be directed to IVAT Conferences 858-527-1860 ext 4030 or Also see

Stop the Silence, Inc. Announces Sixth Annual Run and Rally  to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse in Washington, D.C. – Run and Rally to Stop the Silence on April 19th to Raise Funds & Awareness of the Silent Epidemic  – Impacting More than One in Four Girls & One in Seven Boys in the U.S.  Washington, DC — Stop the Silence, Inc. a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to the comprehensive prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse (CSA), today announced it will hold its Sixth Annual International event, the Run and Rally to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. The event this year is being held in collaboration with the Guardians of Children and the Bikers Against Child Abuse of Gettysburg, as well as with important support from the Washington Post. The event will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 8 AM ET in Washington, D.C. in West Potomac Park. It will entail a 5K fun run, a 1K kids’ run, games and prizes, a raffle for big ticket items, bands and other entertainment, inspirational speakers, informational booths, and more.  Information and registration is available at  “There are an estimated 40-60 million survivors of child sexual abuse in our country alone!”

Planting False Childhood Memories in Children: The Role of Event Plausibility – Kathy Pezdek; Danelle Hodge – Child Development, Vol. 70, No. 4. (Jul. – Aug., 1999), pp. 887-895. Stable URL: This experiment tested and supported the hypothesis that events will be suggestively planted in children’s memory to the degree that the suggested event is plausible and script-relevant knowledge exists in memory. Nineteen 5- to 7-year-old children and 20 9- to 12-year-old children were read descriptions of two true events and two false events, reported to have occurred when they were 4 years old. One false event described the child lost in a mall while shopping (the plausible false event); the other false event described the child receiving a rectal enema (the implausible false event). The majority of the 39 children (54%) did not remember either false event. However, whereas 14 children recalled the plausible but not the implausible false event, only one child recalled the implausible but not the plausible false event; this difference was statistically significant. Three additional children (all in the younger age group) recalled both false events. Although this pattern of results was consistent for both age groups, the differences were significant for the younger children only. A framework is outlined specifying the cognitive processes underlying suggestively planting false events in memory.

Remembering Dangerously and Hoult v. Hoult Jennifer Hoult was molested as a child. She proved her claims in a landmark civil suit. In “Remembering Dangerously & Hoult v. Hoult: The Myth of Repressed Memory that Elizabeth Loftus Created,” Ms. Hoult provides source documentation to allow readers to assess the accuracy of Elizabeth Loftus’ widely-disseminated critique of her case. This article also describes various attempts to discredit Ms. Hoult following the unanimous jury decision in her favor.