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.