News items, from the year 2001, about:
SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE (SRA),
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER (MPD), RECOVERED MEMORY THERAPY (RMT), etc.
||2001-FEB-22: Scotland: RMT: Party leader suing over recovered memory
therapy: According to the Sunday Times:
Jim Farlie, former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, has
initiated a lawsuit in civil court against Murray Royal Hospital
in Perth. His daughter had accused him of sexual abuse. She also made
allegations against 17 other men, including two Scottish MPs. The
allegations were made after she received recovered memory therapy at
the hospital. Jim Farlie said: "This is the first case of its
kind in the UK. It is enormously significant. I am fairly sure that if
they go on the basis of the evidence that we will win. Then we can get
on with the rest of our lives and concentrate on Katrina getting well.
It could open the door for a great many other cases."
||2001-FEB: England & California: SRA: Abuse photos are fake:
Belief in SRA received major, though temporary, support in England. The
Independent newspaper reported on FEB-21 that British detectives
were trying to close a California web site that showed pictures of a
man eating a dismembered baby. Patients at Valerie Sinason's Clinic
for Dissociative Studies in London, England were instrumental in
exposing the web site. Ms. Sinason has been an active promoter of SRA
in the past. She states that she has 51 adult patients who have
disclosed ritual abuse memories during therapy. On MAR-1, the reporter
who wrote the original article in The Independent apologized.
It seems that the pictures were of a Chinese magician who had
perfected a revolting stage act in which he pretends to engage in
||2001-MAR-17: WI: Family of victim of RMT wins lawsuit: A
jury unanimously awarded $5.08 million to
the family of Nancy Anneatra. They found that her therapists, Dr. H.
Berit Midelfort and Celia Lausted, were guilty of causing
her to believe in the accuracy of false memories of physical and
sexual abuse during childhood. 1,2 Pamela Perskin,
executive director International Council on Cultism and Ritual
Trauma commented "False Memory Syndrome doesn't exist. It
is an artificial term constructed by apologists for child abusers." This is believed to be the first case
in which the family of a therapy victim has won a judgment against a
||2001-JUN-19: WI: Family of victim allowed to sue
therapist: According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Charles
and Karen Johnson of St. Louis had sued Rogers Memorial Hospital in
Oconomowoc and therapists after the treatment of their adult daughter,
Charlotte. The Johnsons claimed that the psychotherapy led their
daughter to make false allegations of sexual and physical abuse against
them. They originally sued the hospital and therapists in 1996, but
had their case thrown out both by a Circuit Judge and on appeal to the
Court of Appeals. But the state Supreme Court agreed with the plaintiffs
and sent the case back to Circuit Court for trial. Recovered memory
therapy was involved in the case. The daughter still believes that her
parents abused her as a child.
||2001-AUG-31: SC: RMT: State extends statutes of limitations: South
Carolina Governor Jim Hodges signed a bill into law which allows
adults to bring abuse charges up to three years after first discovering
the abuse, or until the age of 27, whichever is first. This is
consistent with a year 2000 ruling by the state Supreme Court in the
Moriarty v Garden Sanctuary Church that admits repressed memories to be
used in court if there is "independently verifiable, objective
evidence" to back up the claims. 3,4
||2001-SEP-7: USA: RMT: Anne Heche discusses "memories" of childhood
abuse: Actress Anne Heche has written a book "Call Me Crazy"
which she has discussed on international TV with Barbara Walters, Matt
Lauer and Larry King. She apparently had suffered from some minor
emotional problems, went into therapy and emerged believing that she is
a victim of father-daughter incest. She relates memories of having been
sexually molested by her gay father from the time that she was a
toddler. [It is important to realize that most people cannot remember
events that happened at an earlier age than 3.5 years; memories from
before 2 years are unknown to researchers, and believed to be
impossible.] She also has intervals when she believes that she is in a
"fourth dimension" and comes from outer space. Her sister and mother are
outraged at the accusations that her father abused her and that her
mother knew of the abuse.
||2001-NOV-4: UK: British Parliament to examine false accusations
of child sexual abuse: In Britain, there is no statute of
limitations, and so cases involving abuse from the distant past are
often initiated. An all-party group will examine how the police and
courts handle allegations of child sexual abuse. 3
||2001-AUG-11: Australia: RMT: Teacher freed from prison: Jack
Albert Hindman, 77, was given a two year jail sentence in early August
after having been found guilty of two charges of indecent assault which
allegedly occurred in the 1970s. However, it was determined as a result
of a victim impact statement that the "memories" of one of the
plaintiff's were recovered two years earlier. His lawyer, Paul Darcy,
said that there was a real chance there was a miscarriage of justice in
this case. Hindman has been released pending appeal. 5
David Goodman, "False Memory Case Damages Awarded,"
Associated Press, 2001-MAR-17.
Christena T. O'Brien, "Jury awards family millions: Therapists
found negligent in false memory lawsuit," Eau Clair Leader
Telegram, 2001-MAR-17, at: http://www.leadertelegram.com/top_news3.htm
- FMS Foundation Newsletter, 2001-NOV/DEC, Vol. 10, #6
"Moriarty v Garden Sanctuary Church," No 25156, SC sup Ct,
2000-JUN-26, filed (1000 S.C. LEXIS 149).
Norrie Ross, "Jailed man freed," The Herald Sun, 2001-AUG-11.
Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on
Extracted from our main SRA menu on 2000-JUN-24
Latest update: 2002-DEC-4
Author: B.A. Robinson