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review: Report focuses on diagnoses of satanic abuse
(24 Oct 95)
"Dr. Jack Leggett, a clinical psychologist
who used to review mental health claims ... reports that starting in the
1980s, he noticed 'a startling pattern' in MPD patients' claims: Most of
them had very generous insurance policies with rich benefits claims."
indictments in child abuse case dropped
(7 Nov 95)
"Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner asked that
45 indictments against 10 people be dropped because the special prosecutor
and a team that once handled the case 'irreparably tainted' the children
who were to testify .... Of particular concern ... was a 'highly controversial'
technique in which the children were held and their ribs rubbed, sometimes
to the point of raising bruises."
saga takes toll on victims (26 Nov 95)
Time wasted investigating false allegations of satanic
abuse leaves real-life murder unsolved, a child institutionalized after
abuse in foster care, and two foster parents dead by suicide:
Jury awards patient $2.6 million; Verdict finds therapist
Humenansky liable in repressed-memory trial (1 Aug 95)
"Humenansky also told Hamanne that she could not remember the abuse because
she suffered from repression, and that to be helped she would have to 'recover'
memories of the abuse, the White Bear Lake woman alleged in her lawsuit."
Board suspends license of psychiatrist Diane
Humenansky (8 Feb 97)
"Many of the former patients complained that she incorrectly diagnosed
multiple personality disorder and told them they must have been repeatedly
sexually abused by relatives .... Humenansky pleaded no contest to the
Medical Practice Board's allegations that she had demonstrated professional
incompetence and had engaged in unprofessional conduct."
Psychologist accused of planting false abuse memories
in patient (5 Apr 97)
"The female patient, who was identified only as a resident of Ramsey County,
alleged that Renee Fredrickson, who wrote "Repressed Memories: A Journey
to Recovery from Sexual Abuse," manipulated her into experiencing false
memories of ritual cult abuse, torture, dismemberment and murder, according
to the suit filed in Ramsey County District Court."
Penticton Herald (British Columbia, Canada)
Noah's mark (18 Feb 97)
"MacDonald's license was subsequently revoked by the state of Washington
for acting 'incompetently when she concluded a mentally ill patient (his
daughter) had suffered sexual and ritual abuse as a child.' In revoking
her license, the state found MacDonald had 'validated memories of alleged
childhood ritual and sexual abuse without either seeking to confirm by
any other means, or exploring alternative explanations for the memories.'
.... Noah says he paid $78, took four hours' training and became a therapist
himself, just to prove how easy it is for unqualified people to hang up
a shingle and 'help' others."
Father torn by incest accusation (11 Dec 92)
'It's like a cult,' he said about his daughter's therapy. 'It's all in
to Heal,' a book by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis that has become the
Bible of the incest recovery movement. .... Noah said his wife and their
four other daughters support his innocence,
but he said the stigma of the accusation is hard to shake: 'Everyone says,
'Why would she lie?'"
The Power to
Harm (23-27 Feb 98)
"State workers responsible for protecting the children acted with a zeal
that often did more harm than good. Mental health therapists behaved more
like cops pursuing evidence than couselors easing children's pain. Police,
prosecutors, and judges permitted civil rights violations, conflicts of
interest and rulings that may have denied fair trials for many defendants.
The guardians of justice failed in Wenatchee, as did the guardians of the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Furor over false memories puts hypnotherapist
in the spotlight (28 June 1998)
"She came to believe she'd been raped as a child by her father, the leader
of a satanic cult that also included her mother, brother, grandfather and
a neighbor .... So the young woman cut off all ties with her family for
more than a year. Lamb told her that was the only way she could hope to
recover. On Friday, St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge John Kintz sentenced
Lamb to 30 months in state prison, the dramatic end of a criminal case
with national significance."
Compensation for 'false memory syndrome' costly
for B.C. taxpayers (12 March 1999)
"B.C. tax dollars are being spent to compensate people who have uncovered
"memories" of childhood sex abuse, even though there is no proof the crimes
occurred. Critics of so-called "false memory syndrome" -- including a father
who says the B.C. government funds helped tear his family apart -- say
governments that pay for counselling reinforce the impact of artificial
memories "recovered" during dubious therapies."
Memories split his family (12 March 1999)
"After his daughters went to therapists who helped them 'recover' memories
about being sexually abused, Lloyd Corney lost his wife and children. But
the accused man has never had his day in court and thousands of tax dollars
have been spent on therapy for the accusers."
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