Falsely accused father of sexually abusing his children speaks out in interview

Read the full story and get the details of the absurd accusations of two children likely coached by an adult. This post includes a video of the interview. Excerpts below.

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Dad falsely accused of ‘satanic’ abuse speaks of ordeal

Conference: International Association for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation

Another conference on discovering and treating multiple personalities. Don’t be fooled by the name change. This is the same organization that was founded to investigate the phenomenon of multiple personalities in the mid-1980s that, according to lawsuits, led to patient harm, familial alienation, and wrongful convictions based on recovered memories of abuse. This group of practitioners and interested parties is probably the only organization of “experts” in psychiatry and psychology that has seen the highest number of medical malpractice lawsuits, medical license revocation, and questionable associations with online degree programs.

I will have reports from the conference when they are available.

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“Exploring and Learning Together:

What We Now Know about Trauma & Dissociation”

October 23-27 || Westin Long Beach || 333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach || California 90802 || United States 

2014 Plenary Speakers

Constance J. Dalenberg, PhD
Alliant International University
Past-President, Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
Topic: Countertransference and Transference Crises in Working with Traumatized Patients

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD
University of Oregon
Editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Topic: Institutional Betrayal

Gail S. Goodman, PhD
University of California
President, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
Topic:  Trauma & Memory in Children and Adolescents

Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW
Steve LePore
, 1in6 Founder and Executive Director

Topic:  Strength & Courage; Addressing Men’s Experiences of Childhood Sexual Abuse


Therese Clemens, ISSTD Executive Director at tclemens@isst-d.org.

The ISSTD Conference Committee

Kevin J. Connors, MS, MFT, Chair
Therese Clemens, Executive Director ISSTD
Lynette Danylchuk, PhD
Philip J. Kinsler, PhD, ex officio
Christa Kruger, MD
Christine Forner, MA, MSW
Florence Hannigan, MA, BSW
Mara Katz, LCSW
Kathy Steele, MN, CS
Vedat Şar, MD
Joan Turkus, MD

Multiple Personalities: A Lifestyle of Choice

It wasn’t until the mid 1980s that hundreds of women believed they had multiple personalities and began to live their lives accordingly – whatever that meant. By the 1990s their numbers at least doubled. Richard Kluft, M.D., Bennett Braun, M.D., Cornelia Wilbur, M.D., Colin Ross, M.D., Richard E. Hicks, M.D. a other proponents at the center of the multiple personality debacle, had significant influence on their colleagues. Kluft confesses  –  “not much has changed over the years.”

Kluft is wrong, and so are the others whether or not they admit it. The change in the relationships between adult-multiples and their birth families is devastating for all – except for Kluft and others who conjure up theories, treat patients, collect numerous paychecks and then go home to enjoy the weekend. These medical doctors are either unaware or don’t care about the human carnage left behind their therapeutic wake. The impact of this psychotherapy on the families of multiple’s is profound.

You may be wondering what I mean by ‘lifestyle.” When I was misdiagnosed (by Kluft and my treating psychiatrist) and believed I had multiple personalities, life was difficult every hour of every day. It was difficult to live alone and find a means to support myself, difficult to be in and out of a hospital, difficult to be with family – difficult to be without them, and difficult to be uncertain about my future. Would I always be multiple? would I recover? were questions that plagued me.

Stress was enormous. Everyone around me believed I had multiple personalities stemming from horrific childhood sexual abuse. If they didn’t believe I was a survivor, they were replaced by others who did. Over time, my family was shunned and then cut-off altogether because I was brainwashed into believing they would impede my recovery and/or damage me further. I missed being a part of the lives of the children in my family as they grew up, missed birthday parties with kooky cakes and presents, holidays with traditional foods, songs and celebrations. I missed it all – by choice.

I was the only one in the family who was multiple; the only one who had been abused. I alone was the survivor of multi-generational sexual torture, secrecy, and nefarious acts. Common sense was no longer working in my brain. If I was the only one relating abuse stories, wasn’t it possible I was the one who was wrong – rather than declaring that everyone else was in denial? Nope. Again, that common sense switch was turned off.

I chose to surround myself with other multiples who said they were similarly abused and I allowed myself to be guided by a psychiatrist who promoted abuse theories and encouraged me to stay away from family. I’m the one who went to art therapy, to music therapy, and who sequestered myself either in my apartment, or in a hospital room ingesting psychotropic drugs ordered to relieve psychic pain by my negligent psychiatrist.

If I changed one thing about my multiple-lifestyle be it a new apartment, different friends, or treatment at a different hospital by a different psychiatrist it would have been the collapse of my social and psychic infrastructure – I unknowingly proved that theory right when I fled therapy. I found that shedding the multiple-lifestyle left me with nothing but a need to rebuild my life from the ground up.

Knowing multiple personalities didn’t exist and that the psychiatrist had a personal agenda was helpful, but didn’t put my life back together. It didn’t instantly mend my family; didn’t reinstate my career or give me a regular paycheck. I was homeless and on the run from the psychiatrist who was eager to find me and return me to treatment even if it was against my will – he court ordered treatment before and I knew he would do so again.

It’s unfortunate that multiple personality doctors and others similarly influential in the DID movement don’t spend an extended time with multiples and/or their families. If they reunite families, these theorists and therapists have a lot to lose. Some would lose their entire practice, other would lose book deals, TV consulting contracts, and the admiration of colleagues of they stopped to look at the human carnage they create. If any one of them decided to decry the multiple lifestyle as one of utter dysfunction and chaos and, instead, promoted lifestyles based on health and growth – without multiple personalities they would create an unprecedented stir in the psychiatric community that would ultimately heal many people – this time, at their own demise. Reinstate “do no harm” would kill the careers and lucrative income of many mental health care providers.

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Crime and Courts: Rethinking the ‘false memory’ controversy by Steven Elbow | The Capital Times

The article below, penned by Steven Elbow of The Capitol Times, Madison, Wisconsin, is one of the most faulty articles I’ve read. The misquotes, misinformation, and simply wrong information in this publication is astounding. Some of the facts Mr. Elbow got wrong could have easily been published correctly had he conducted a simple Google search that would have led him to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) website; a search most 13-year old students know how to conduct.

I am not a spokesperson for the FMSF; I am not, nor have I ever been, a member. I’m posting this article because I abhor misinformation posing as fact.

Mr. Elbow, in his own words did research (and I use that word loosely) “to cobble together a quick and interesting story”. However, he not to tell his readers that facts would be lacking.

I contacted Dr. Pamela Freyd at the False Memory Syndrome Foundation to inform her of Mr. Elbow’s sloppy reporting and the quotes used out of context to fit his agenda against the Foundation and its distinguished advisory board. Dr. Freyd told me she spent an hour on the phone with Mr. Elbow during his investigative research for this article.

Evidently, he wasn’t listening to Dr. Freyd.

For accurate information about the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, please visit their website @  fmsfonline.org or call Dr. Pamela Freyd, Executive Director, at USA 215-940-1040.

This is a long article. Below are only pertinent excerpts illustrating the misinformation published:

Crime and Courts: Rethinking the ‘false memory’ controversy

STEVEN ELBOW | The Capital Times | selbow@madison.com | Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 1:45 pm

“In December I wrote a story about a case in Dane County Circuit Court in which the parents of a woman sued their daughter’s therapists for psychotherapy treatment they said prompted false memories of sexual abuse by the father.

The case was being closely watched by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, a group founded in 1992 to advocate for parents who were wrongly accused.”

…A Wisconsin member of the foundation gave me a call to tip me off to the case, then put me in contact with executive director Pamela Freyd, who offered compelling quotes and easy research for a reporter trying to cobble together a quick and interesting story. It never occurred to me that I was dealing with a highly organized public relations machine until a victim and a sexual assault advocate emailed me with their concerns.”

Mr. Elbow then uses anecdotes from a victim of child sexual abuse, “Beth” who claims her memories just came to her one day at the age of 37 – she also claims to have a confession from her brother regarding the abuse. “Beth” goes on to say: “It appeared that because some women recanted their story, we should believe that recovering memories of childhood sexual abuse as adults is not something that happens.”

Mr. Elbow states that the FMSF “…rejects the idea of trauma-induced amnesia, often called repressed memories, the notion that long-forgotten incidents of abuse can be later recollected by adults. …

…The phenomenon that people think of as repressed memories can be explained by ordinary memory processes,” says Freyd, a psychiatrist. “It doesn’t take some kind of special mechanism to explain them. It doesn’t mean that the memory was repressed. …

Beth and many others maintain that perpetrators will go to any lengths to deny the allegations against them. And they believe the False Memory Syndrome Foundation provides offenders with the means to refute the allegations against them.

…Freyd says she has no way of knowing if any of the tens of thousands of parents who have contacted the foundation are perpetrators.”

“We don’t know the truth or falsity of what happened in people’s families,” she says. “The only thing that we can do is provide people with information. We can put them in touch with other families, if that’s what they want. We can help them find therapists, if that’s what they want. We can help them find attorneys, if that’s what they want.”

“The foundation does more than that, sometimes providing expert witnesses in court cases to discredit accusers. …

In an even more embarrassing incident, Ralph Underwager, a psychologist and minister who helped found the group and who became a prominent expert witness in cases involving accused parents, gave an interview to a Dutch pro-pedophilia magazine that sank his career….

…Freyd and her husband, Peter Freyd, also a psychologist, founded the False Memory Syndrome Foundation after their daughter, Jennifer Freyd, accused Peter of sexually abusing her during her teen years. Memories of the abuse surfaced in the course of psychotherapy treatment.

Jennifer Freyd has never recanted her accusations, and has become a well-respected memory researcher in her own right at the University of Oregon. …

…”Pamela Freyd says it may be time to declare the mission accomplished. A long string of court cases has practically stamped out controversial therapies for memory retrieval. And court cases concerning repressed memories that have been teased out through therapy are now rare.”

Mr. Elbow goes on to report on detail a recent case in Wisconsin where the parents of an adult-child in therapy sued the therapist for encouraging false information of sexual abuse to be remembered.

“What is the impact of mental health records being used against a patient’s will?” asks Kelly Anderson, executive director of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center.

She says the release of protected mental health records could set a dangerous precedent.”

…”Freyd says the number of cases of false memories has fallen precipitously as litigation has changed psychiatric practices.

Retrieved again on 4/28/11.

About Steve Elbow

Steve Elbow

Steven Elbow has covered police and court issues for more than a decade in Wisconsin. He joined The Capital Times in 2000, where he has covered city, county and state government in addition to law enforcement. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison. Retrieved from The Cap Times, published 9/1/09.

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Brief reality Check: Elementary My Dear Watson.

Pamela Fryed, PhD holds a degree in Education – she is NOT a psychiatrist (someone who holds a medical degree) as Mr. Elbow states

Peter Freyd, PhD holds a degree in mathematics – he is NOT a psychologist, as Mr. Elbow states.

Mr. Elbow may have written a quick and interesting story and in so doing failed miserably in writing a piece with journalistic integrity. He chose not to present factual statements and took information out of context as many do whose actual agenda is to discredit.

This type of sloppy reporting is shameful to investigative journalism and to the Capitol Times who published it. Perhaps Mr. Elbow would be interested in writing another article that he could pack with facts and with a slant towards the truth in this controversy that rips apart many families?

Mr. Elbow could have done a lot to bring polarized opinions in this matter towards understanding through information – instead he took the lazy way out and did nothing more than meet his deadline and entertain a few people for a few minutes with his “quick and interesting” story.

 

When the Devil Knocks a documentary by Helen Slinger

Bountiful Films presents:

Helen Slinger’s, When The Devil Knocks.

This documentary “sheds light on a misunderstood mental illness, but more strikingly provides viewers with a deeply intimate and stirring portrait of a long suffering woman with multiple personalities.”

Hilary Stanton, the patient starring in the film, has over 30 “alters” as she and her therapist, Dr. Cheryl Malmo, call them.

Although Dr. Malmo has worked with Hilary for over 10 years, it is not clear from the film trailer if her patient has overcome her presenting problem of childhood sexual abuse or if she has rid herself of the need for alter personalities. It seems, however, that Dr. Malmo is incompetent at her job, and that Hilary could use a second opinion and a new mental health care provider.

Happy Kreter, one reviewer of the film calls it “deeply disturbing” and I’m sure it is but for reasons beyong portraying a women tormented for over 10 years with alter personalities and with little apparent relief from them or her abusive past. It would be disturbing to most people to see a patient depicted in a film in this manner. If, as Dr. Malmo claims, Hilary has 30 or more personalities, there is no way this woman could give informed consent to be the star of a deeply intimate exposure of her personal life.

The film shows Hilary regressed to alters that are 5 years of age. There can be no informed consent from a child.

Helen Slinger, although breaching patient privacy, has provided viewers with a true look at what occurs behind the closed doors of a therapy room where DID behaviors are learned and encouraged to develop. It shows a devoted and loving therapist leading her patient through the experiences of “alters” and shows the patient, as a regressed alter, divulging her experiences.

Is this a documentary ? or patient exploitation?

 

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