In 2012 Michael Salter published a book called “Organised sexual abuse”.
He writes about the false memory movement
The false memory movement does not like the term organised sexual abuse and prefers to re-name it as satanic ritualabuse. The movement emphasises Satan as a deliberate strategy that shifts the debate away from issues of child safety.
The subject is re-framed as an issue of gullible people who believe in witchcraft.
Salter found that the main organisation in the USA false memory movement published 144 newsletters between 1992 and 2011. The term satanic ritual abuse was referred to in all but four of these newsletters.
Since the 1980s, disclosures of organised abuse [cases of child sexual abuse that involve multiple perpetrators] 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 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….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.”
At the time of writing ( 2015 ) the subject of organised sexual abuse is frequently discussed in the UK media. The Home Secretary Teresa May has admitted that the historical sexual abuse of children in the UK is far higher than was previously admitted. This includes sexual abuse that was organised and planned by groups of people – as opposed to child sexual abuse that was carried out by individuals acting alone.
It is therefore rather strange that the British Humanist Association is holding a conference called “Searching for Satan” on in June 2015 (2)
Are children not humans?
Are adult survivors of sexual abuse not humans too?
Dr Boakes is a psychiatrist who has served as an expert witness on false memory and was one of the authors of the Brandon Report.
Here is some of what they said:-
Child sexual abuse does not cause long term damage: “You have been told, of course, that people who suffer from it then have a living death. That is not true.”
Police gather evidence about SCA in the wrong way. “People could say “Ah, our number has come up. It is our care home now. What can we say?”…….it would always be possible that someone seeking to gain an advantage, jump on the band wagon…..”
Police don’t know how to interview people: ” 40 to 50 per cent of the questions asked in every damn memorandum interview in this country is either leading or is suggestive.”
Social workers are not trained properly: “There was “trawling” in Orkney. It was just between the children. Get another list, get another child name, off you go to their house, etc etc”
There are “unholy alliances” going on in society. “Unholy alliance of psychiatrists, social workers, judges and lawyers has allowed evidence which is demonstrably flawed, if not worthless, to be used to lock people up.”
Ex-care home residents often have criminal records and therefore possibility that they are lying “A person who has a long history of making claims against all sorts of bodies and it would appear that the sex assault allegations may be the latest in a long line. “
Sex-care home residents may have a history of violence themselves and use childhood abuse as an explanation for this: “Several of these people making complaints were themselves, contemporaneously or just previously to their allegations, convicted or about to face charges for sex assaults on children. The “abuse excuse” would be very useful in court. “I did this because I was abused as a child”
Ex-care home residents may be in current trouble with the law and ask: ” the police to have a word with the judge because they would like this informant’s information and their co-operation in a major care home investigation to be taken into consideration when that person is going to be sentenced. They also write a second letter proclaiming that the effect of abuse has probably led to that offence and that could be a justifiable reason for reducing the sentence.”
⦁ False memories can be
– inplanted by therapists, both deliberately and by mistake.
– triggered by police questioning
– arise from the complainent’s social network
– dwelling on a subject to much
– a psychiatric illness
Because of the above, police and barristers need to be trained so that they can detect false memories.