lobbying parliament about false memory syndrome

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In the early naughties the false memory people joined-up with other groups who were also busy denying CSA. They started writing submissions to parliament and enquiries.

These groups held joint training days with groups such as F.A.C.T. The journalist David Rose gave advice on how to deal with the media

(disclaimer: I no longer have a source for this information as the fm people are taking  online stuff away. So now they can say this whole blog is a false memory and I have a coconut brain?)

In 2002 the Select Committee on Home Affairs interviewed four people who had served as expert witnesses in English and Scottish courts of Law.

They were being questioned in order to understand better the memories of people who remember being sexually abused in residential care homes.

Two of these people were part of the  UK false memory movement.

Dr Thompson is a sociologist and a former member of a  false memory advisory board ( had to leave after teling the police that some images found on his computer were there because of work he was doing for the false memory people )

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:-

Dr Thompson

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.”

Dr Boakes

⦁ 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

 –  auto-suggestion.
–  a psychiatric illness

Because of the above, police and barristers need to be trained so that they can detect false memories.

3 thoughts on “lobbying parliament about false memory syndrome

  1. These evil swine are stalking child abuse victims, they stop us getting real helpful therapy, they are stealing the funding that is supposed to be for CSA victims and using it to torment us with their claptrap all over again

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    1. Hi Zoompad. Thank you for your comment and we at “This so-called false memory” are really indebted to all the work you have done on this subject. We googled this person and can’t find a reference to them and FM in published literature, newspaper articles or other official documents such as submissions to government. These are the only sources we are allowed use on this blog and therefore have had to edited your comment so only the intials of this person are visable. We apologise for the hurt this can cause and we very much appreciate feedback. Best wishes, Morgans

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