The Following News Report is from the Independent, one of the United Kingdom National +quo
The Following News Report is from the Independent, one of the
United Kingdom National "qualities" of 1 June 1990:
CARE WORKERS "LED CHILDREN TO INVENT SEX ALLEGATIONS" By Jack
O'Sullivan - Health Services Correspondent.
A CONFIDENTIAL report on alleged Satanic abuse of children in
Nottinghamshire has accused social workers of leading children
into making unfounded allegations.
The report, leaked to Central Television, details evidence from
one child psychologist that "the disclosure procedures followed
by social workers may well be doing positive harm to the young
people they are questioning".
It finds no evidence of ritualistic abuse, which was described by
children during interviews with social workers. It says that
much of the evidence of alleged Satanic abuse was merely a
product of a suggestive questioning technique. [Almost allways by
The conclusions of the report and the failure to publish its
contents has provoked bitter resentment among the social workers
who feel unable to argue with leaks from it.
A spokesman for NALGO, the union representing the social workers,
said: "This report has been leaked to the press, yet our members
have been unable to see it. They would welcome the outcome of
the full report at the earliest time possible so that they can
The inquiry was set up last year after eight members of a family
and a male friend were jailed for a total of 43 years in
Britain's biggest child sex abuse case which resulted in 23
children, 18 from one family and all aged under 12, being taken
As suspicions rose that the well documented abuse may have had
"ritual" aspects to it, an inquiry was set up including three
social work managers not involved in the case.
The inquiry team claims that after three months of therapy by
social workers one female child alleged acts of cannibalism and
witnessing seven murders.
The submission of the team is that "the interviewing techniques
deployed by social workers on her amounts to interrogation with
pressure being gradually increased until answers are provided
which social workers want to hear". Another member of the team
claims: "The limited choice questions such as 'you killed three
or thirty babies?'...can be interpreted as a typical
psychological ploy to induce confession."
The report adds that in one police interview a girl claimed she
fabricated the whole story. All the information she had, she
stated, had come from social workers who pressured her.
In the case of a young woman constantly questioned by one young
woman, the team reports: "It is hard not to draw the conclusion
that she will remain a highly confused individual in terms of
what happened and what didn't... as a direct result of social
work practice. Will she go through life believing she is a child
abuser having participated in the killing and eating of babies?"
There have been increasing reports of children being "ritually"
abused in bizarre ceremonies. In March, The National Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said that seven of its
teams had reported cases of children who had directly experienced
Commentary. How much of YOUR tax dollars are going toward witch-
hunts such as this? Could it be that said abuse is only found by
religionists that WANT to find it? The facts says that this is
the case! -dr
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