“Confessions of a Whistle-blower: Lessons Learned, (previously cited), author Anna Salter says it best:
“[This] . . . is not an academic debate between two well-meaning groups equally invested in ascertaining truth. It is not an academic debate at all. . . it is a political fight between a group of well-financed, well-organized people . . . [who are] threatened by disclosures of child sexual abuse, and . . . a group of well-meaning, ill organized, underfinanced, and often terribly naïve academics who expect fair play. . . Because we project onto others our own moral sense, and we do not want to face the existence of malevolence any more than the American public does. . .many of us assumed . . . truth will prevail. However, truth. . . does not win political fights. What wins political fights is organization and stamina and refusal to be intimidated.”
Reflections of Trauma in Art
by Anne Dietrich, Ph.D., R. Psych.
A psychologist in private practice, who specializes in treatment of trauma
and related problems. She also is on the BCPA Board of Directors.
The expressive arts, whether in terms of narratives,
psychodrama, poetry, performing arts, photography,
sculpture, or painting (this is not intended to
be an exhaustive list), have been recognized as
helpful adjuncts to talk therapy. The emotional/
psychological experience of trauma is often not
expressible in words. How would a client sufficiently
express with words the excruciating experience of
being raped as a child or of witnessing parents being
severely tortured and killed during acts of war?
Bennett asserts that “the experience of trauma
paradigmatically encapsulates both direct,
unmediated affective experience and an absence of
affect, insofar as it is resistant to cognitive processing
and induces ‘psychic numbing’” (2005, p. 5). The
following works were created by a survivor of severe
childhood sexual abuse and torture, who has been
diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
The emotional valence — horror, helplessness,
incredulity and shock, the fragmentation that
prevents the development of a coherent and unified
sense of self, torture, and much more — is evident
in Ms. Schirmer’s works. Words alone do not
adequately convey such an experience to others, and
words alone do not help the survivor to understand
his or her experience in a holistic manner.
Jenny says she suffers from dissociative identity disorder, historically called multiple personality disorder, and has 22 “alters,” which she calls “pieces of me.”
Jenny’s therapist of 20 years, Judy, has written a book based on Jenny’s journals and their sessions together, entitled Twenty-Two Faces. In the book, Judy says that Jenny was severely abused as a child. She also says Jenny experienced a human sacrifice ceremony and satanic ritual as a child where 30 people tortured Jenny and another girl while the children were tied up and bound.
Jenny’s son, Robert, says he takes issue with his mother’s therapist. “Judy is taking advantage of my mom,” he says. “My mom is a real person, and she has a real story to be told and I don’t think this is it.”
“Jenny is not making up this stuff,” Judy says in defense, adding the book was Jenny’s idea.
Robert says Jenny’s stories have become more salacious over time and that it’s difficult to know what the truth is.
DAYTIME EXCLUSIVE: Mom with Over 20 Different Personalities: A mom living with over 20 personalities, including a man, a teenage boy, and a bulimic, breaks her silence about her struggle.
Project Willow wrote:Trigger warning!
Crossposting from the video thread.
Late 1990's Ritual Abuse cases in France and appalling official responses. Child victim made to re-enact abuse scene in police arranged "confrontation" with abuser.
These don't auto-play in sequence, so see this link to manual queue:
This doc covers Dutroux, and the Zandvoort CDrom which held 8,000 child pron pics. 81 victims are identified in the photos yet no action is ever taken in their cases, and the whistleblower is jailed.
Dr. Phil – The Rest of the Story – By Judy Byington, Author, Twenty-Two Faces
Dr. Phil: “Mentally Ill Moms” – January 11, 2013
As a retired Supervisor of Alberta Mental Health, CEO of Provo Family Counseling Center and therapist for 23 years, I have known and worked with many Dissociate Identity Disorder (DID or multipule personality) sufferers who claimed being ritually abused. Twenty years ago Jenny asked that I write her biography. Since then I have served as a friend, biographer and counselor, though have never done, nor been paid for doing therapy with her.
We intended Twenty-Two Faces as a voice for the ritually abused, explaining DID, exposing the rampant practice of ritual abuse and hopefully saving children from the trauma Jenny endured. We applied to be on the Dr. Phil show in anticipation viewers would gain a better understanding of DID and its tie-in to childhood trauma, specifically ritualized abuse.
We were optimistic, that with Dr. Phil’s help, we might secure Jenny an evaluation at the Colin A Ross Institute. For the last 29 years since she was diagnosed DID at the Utah State Psychiatric Hospital, Jenny has not received therapy for her multiplicity. She is seen by a clinician at Wasatch Mental Health who “maintains” her, but does no treatment for multiplicity. She also sees a psychiatrist twice a year for medication adjustment. For many years she has suffered from DID-related symptoms including Depression.
The Dr. Phil show was taped in 4 sessions. On September 10 just as we left to tape before the live audience, I was informed by staff:
1. Dr. Phil had not read Twenty-Two Faces.
2. Jenny would not be offered treatment.
3. The show producers did not believe Jenny’s story.
rest at the link: http://22faces.com/dr-phil-the-rest-of-the-story/
NCRJ Reveals Itself
February 9th, 2013
There was a powerful article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine on January 27 about the devastating effects of child pornography on victims whose images have been spread around the world on the Internet. It is the kind of article that would seem to generate only sympathy and concern for victims. But the “National Center for Reason and Justice” proved otherwise. This Orwellian-named organization used the occasion to question whether real harms occurred and to smear Dr. Joyanna Silberg, one of the therapists named in the article. In a letter to the New York Times, published on the NCRJ website, the president of the organization, defense lawyer Michael Snedeker, claimed that “Joyanna Silberg, the therapist of one young woman in the story, is notorious for advocating the debunked myth of satanic ritual child abuse.” Snedeker also asserted that “obsessive attention paid to victims can paradoxically make their feelings of trauma worse, or even cause them in the first place.” He closed by expressing concern about giving “pseudoscientific, dangerous therapists another gravy train.”
These statements are wrong in every particular. Dr. Silberg is not even the therapist for the woman she mentions in the story! That woman lives in another city. Dr. Silberg merely conducted assesments for the purpose of litigation. Dr. Silberg did not receive a percentage of any legal judgments, nor has she received any payment other than the set fees for conducting an evaluation. The insinuation that she may have engaged in therapy that made the woman worse is beyond false, it is defamatory. It is also a claim that defies common sense. It is clear from the article that what Snedeker calls “feelings of trauma” were hardly caused by the therapists in this case. They were caused by the appalling actions of those who took these images and disseminated them. Moreover, Dr. Silberg has never advocated or endorsed anything pertaining to satanic ritual abuse. Instead, she is apparently a target for these smears because she has spoken up for victims of sexual abuse through the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence.
There is real irony in the fact that an organization that claims to worry about false accusations would levy several of their own. One can only speculate why the NCRJ is so threatened by an article about victims of child pornography that it would make such baseless claims. Whatever the reason, their response reveals a great deal about their true values.
Note: we will be engaging the NCRJ’s extremist position on recovered memory in future posts.
The F.B.I. traced BMR’s AOL account to a suburban house in a small town, and in October of that year, a team of agents arrived with a search warrant. In a basement bedroom, they found the gray carpet and the dresser. They also seized a computer full of illegal images, including pictures that showed the same girl being forced to give oral sex and being raped. The man the F.B.I. suspected was BMR wasn’t home, so the agents showed the face of the child in the photos to his wife and his adult son. Did they recognize the girl?
They did. As they spoke, one of the agents looked out the window of the house and saw the girl playing in the yard across the street. “It’s something I’ll never forget,” he told me.
Amy, as she’s called in the court documents, was BMR’s 9-year-old niece. Shown sanitized versions of the pictures, Amy denied that her uncle had abused her. She said he told her she was special and took her to buy treats like beef jerky, and she didn’t want anything bad to happen to him. “How is he?” she asked her parents in the weeks after his arrest. “Is he going to be mad at me?”
Over months of therapy, Amy began to talk about the abuse. “My mind has everything in it,” she told her therapist, according to court records I read with her permission. She remembered her uncle trying to have sex with her — it hurt, and she pulled away. And she remembered, at his direction, chatting with men over the Internet about the photos he sent them.
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