Saturday, 1 August 2015

'Sarah's 'Law'' Advert For August

15/7/2015 10:42 am

Registered sex offender attacked at work not eligible for comp

"A registered sex offender who sustained injuries when he was assaulted by his co-worker on the job isn't entitled to workers compensation benefits, the Nebraska Court of Appeals has ruled.

P McD was working for Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative monitoring machinery and ensuring work areas were clean in February 2013 when a co-worker, Jason Bates, assaulted him with a brass hammer, according to court records.

Mr. Bates called Mr. McD a “chimo", which is short for child molester, according to court documents, after seeing on the Internet that Mr. McD is a registered sex offender. Mr. Bates' employment was terminated immediately.

Having sustained injuries to his nose, clavicle and left shoulder, Mr. McD filed a petition for workers comp benefits, according to records.

Determining that Mr. McD was assaulted for reasons personal to Mr. Bates, the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court found that he was not entitled to workers comp benefits, records show."

Monday, 13 July 2015

Stop Calling Non-Paedophiles, Paedophiles !!!


13th July, 2015 

The Nature of Paedophilia [maybe]

"Three years on from the murder of their daughter April Jones by paedophile [not] Mark Bridger, her parents Coral and Paul are calling for help to be given to paedophiles to stop them offending. Perhaps surprising views given their loss, but should we be giving this idea a lot more thought? And how can we stop child abuse by paedophiles [not]  when we understand very little about them? [Eh?]

BBC health correspondent Matthew Hill looks at the subject from a scientific point of view and examines what we do know about paedophilia. He explores the latest scientific research on what causes it, whether it is a treatable illness and how our understanding of the condition has implications for the best way to manage it.

He talks to leading neuroscientists about what is going in the brains of paedophiles and visits the NeMUP project in Germany; a research consortium studying the neurobiological mechanisms underlying paedophilia.

Matthew considers whether our collective revulsion of paedophiles [sic] is getting in the way of preventing child sexual abuse. If they were less vilified, would they be more willing to seek help and would this prevent offences being committed? [sic] With exclusive access to two paedophiles, Matthew finds out what it is like to be seen by society as a monster and what support is available in the UK.

And if paedophilia is a medical condition [no, PD is] that needs our understanding, should we not be investing more in preventative treatment? The NSPCC and police service think so and believe we need to adopt a public health approach. The programme also speaks to “Don’t Offend”, a unique prevention project taking place in Germany.

(Image: Brain differences between paedophiles and non-paedophiles illustrated in Dr James Cantor’s white matter study)"


22:18, 13 July 2015

The paedophiles who never abuse children: Anonymous treatment programme has dealt with more than 400 men

"The radical policy has been turning heads in Germany, where it now has 11 centres and more than 5,000 potential applicants."

13 July 2015

Germany urges paedophiles out of the shadows

"Some men who are sexually attracted to children would like help to change their condition but fear doctors will tell the police. In Germany, though, a campaign is under way to persuade them to sign up for confidential treatment, even if they have abused a child - and doctors are hailing it as a big success."

June 9, 2015

Paedophiles ‘need therapy not arrest’ to fight child abuse

"Paedophiles should be given therapy without the threat of arrest to help tackle child abuse, a leading UK academic on paedophiles has said.

Dr Sarah Goode warned the threat of being reported by doctors and therapists is driving paedophiles underground and stopping them seeking help.

She is calling for the government to support a national prevention programme offering free help for paedophiles before they have committed a crime.

Dr Goode, author of Paedophiles in Society, said: “At the moment the only thing we do is try and catch people after they have harmed children – nobody is intervening before.

“We need to train therapists across the country so if you have concerns about your sexual feelings you can go to a therapist feeling confident they are not going to report you.”"

Tuesday 14 July 2015

In Germany, they treat paedophiles as victims… not offenders

"Dunkelfeld-Project allows paedophiles to seek help anonymous."

July 18, 2015 12:08PM

Experts are calling for prevention strategies for paedophilia, so why is no one listening?

"However when she began lobbying to establish a similar initiative in Australia in 2003, she was met with a wall of resistance.

“It’s been highly frustrating ... and now we’ve come to a standstill,” she told

She’s had countless meetings with politicians and put in countless submissions for funding, but the director of Bundaberg-based charity Phoenix House says it’s been “a real political struggle”.

“We’ll have a mass exodus of votes if we do that,” Aussie politicians have told her in the past.

But she hasn’t stopped trying.

“We have the evidence that men who want to change will come forward,” she laments. However securing funding remains an elusive goal. “We’ve been going around in circles.”

Ms Prentice admits that is a politically unattractive issue and understands the reluctance but believes the “benefits” of “a comprehensive response” are greatly needed.

Ms Ronken from Bravehearts agrees. While dedicated to protecting children and victims of abuse, she wants Australian men who voluntarily seek help to be able to get it.

“It’s not an either/or for us,” she said."

Updated 16 Jul 2015, 1:23am

Paedophiles [sic] who don't want to harm children need specialist counselling, experts warn

"The German program uses therapy to challenge cognitive distortion. [sic]

"I would be very supportive of Australia adopting an approach like the Dunkelfeld Project ... but undoubtedly there would be resistance to such an approach here, undoubtedly there was resistance to such an approach in Germany.""

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Sexual Crime in Myth and Reality 

"News outlets often use the term ‘paedophile’ (and/or ‘paedophilia’) in a way that essentially assumes it means the same thing as ‘child sexual abuse’.

However, there are fundamental differences between these two terms.

There is no reference to paedophilia within the Sexual Offences Act 2003, meaning that, legally speaking, ‘paedophilia’ is not a crime.

However, the area that does use the phrase ‘paedophilia’ is psychiatry, which defines it as a pervasive pattern of sexual interest in prepubertal children (typically aged below 13 years). It’s here that there is a difference.

Paedophilia can be defined as a sexual preference – but is not necessarily a behaviour."



Facing Disturbing Truths About Pedophilia Could Help Us Keep Kids Safer

"Pedophilia can be something you're born with.

It's not an addiction, although pedophiles can be sex addicts and are often given addiction-type treatment.

As a sex addict, I'm convinced we fail these people in ways that increase our risks."

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2015-July-13 22:40:53

Germany urges paedophiles out of the shadows


We have confirmed, that the German teams, qualify their patients under the ICD-10 criteria, and not DSM-V



iPM - Mandatory Reporting Issues

"'If I report too readily the risk is that they're not going to come to therapy.'

To report or not to report? A listener's dilemma when counselling paedophiles."

StopSO @StopSexOffendng 

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Juliet Grayson @CounsellorsCPD


If you are affected, by any of the issues, raised, here ...

MAPs - you are not alone - very much, not alone ... - - - - - - - -

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Risk Assessment - Not The Strong Point of CEOP/NCA

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6 Jul 2015 at 14:52

Schools told to screen foreign applicants for paedophilia [sic]

"Directive sent after UK embassy warned convicted paedophile applied for teaching job in Thailand."

'Sarah's 'Law'' Advert For July

22:24, 24 June 2015

Mum who stabbed alleged paedophile to death 'told police "I took care of it"'

"Sarah Sands, 32, admits killing MP, 77, who was facing child abuse charges, but denies murder at the Old Bailey.

A woman told police she “took care” of an alleged paedophile pensioner on her estate after knifing him to death, a court heard today.

Mum of five Sarah Sands, 32, confronted MP, 77, in his home after downing two bottles of wine and a bottle of brandy, stabbing him eight times."

June 26, 2015

Sarah Sands, Mom Of Five, Finds Out A Suspected Pedophile Moved In Next Door: Now She’s Going To Jail

24 June 2015

London 'paedophile' knife murder accused woman on trial

Monday, 29 June 2015

If It Kills Us

Paraphilic Disorders (2014)

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If you are affected, by any of the issues, raised, here ...

MAPs - you are not alone - very much, not alone ... - - - - - - -

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Why Stinson Is A Vigilante And Vigilante-Enabler

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25th June, 2015

Stinson Hunter: I’m no vigilante — and I can’t protect everyone’s kids from paedophiles 

"For the record, a vigilante is a member of a self-appointed group of citizens [check] who undertake law enforcement [check] in their community without legal authority [check], typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate [check]."

So, there we are.

"Stinson, 33, who now lives “somewhere between Blackburn and Preston”, argues that he is not working against the authorities. He passes information he receives over to the police." 

He, also, has little idea what Paedophilia is ...


The 'disorder', is Paedophilic Disorder ...

... a little knowledge, is a dangerous thing.


Monday, 22 June 2015

'Sarah's 'Law'' Advert For Late June

22nd June, 2015

Suspected paedophile lured to house and had phone forcibly inserted into his bottom

"TWO people from East Lancashire have confessed to plotting to carry out an attack on a suspected paedophile in Burnley.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is said to have confessed to having indecent thoughts regarding a young girl.

He then suffered a serious assault as a consequence.

Sophie Louise Cooke, 21, of HS, Nelson, was originally charged with encouraging the commission of a scheduled offence, namely sexual assault, by sending a text to the victim, luring him to an address, to which she had pleaded not guilty.

But prosecutor Emma Kehoe was given permission at Burnley Crown Court to add an offence of conspiracy to commit assault, between March 5 and March 8 this year, to the indictment, which Cook admitted.

Her co-defendant Stephen Daniel Holmes, 23 of no fixed address, appeared before the court via a video link to Forest Bank Prison, near Salford.

Holmes, who was represented in court by defence counsel Simon Gurney, also admitted the conspiracy to assault charge and the theft of a mobile phone from the same victim."

The Eikonophobiacs Are On the Move - Again

June 21, 2015

Permission-giving thoughts relating to child sexual exploitation material offending

“The children in the images were not harmed”: 

"Following on from the recent blog post detailing the development of the Children, Internet, and Sex Cognitions (CISC) scale, this post will further explore the findings from this research, focusing on the permission-giving thoughts endorsed by individuals with an offence related to child sexual exploitation material (CSEM).

The figure below provides examples of permission-giving thoughts endorsed by individuals with a child sex offence, as identified by Ward and Keenan (1999). A starting point in the research that colleagues and I carried out was to explore whether these thoughts can be applied to individuals with a CSEM related offence."

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Published 24 Dec 2010; DOI: 10.1348/135532506X114608; Volume 11 Issue 2 (September 2006), Pages 155-339

A Fundamental Attribution Error? Rethinking Cognitive Distortions

"The notion of ‘cognitive distortion’ has become enshrined in the offender treatment literature over the last 20 years, yet the concept still suffers from a lack of definitional clarity.

In particular, the umbrella term is often used to refer to offence‐supportive attitudes, cognitive processing during an offence sequence, as well as post‐hoc neutralisations or excuses for offending.

Of these very different processes, the last one might be the most popular and problematic.

Treatment programmes for offenders often aim to eliminate excuse‐making as a primary aim, and decision‐makers place great weight on the degree to which an offender “takes responsibility” for his or her offending.

Yet, the relationship between these after‐the‐fact explanations and future crime is not at all clear. Indeed, the designation of post hoc excuses as criminogenic may itself be an example of fallacious thinking. After all, outside of the criminal context, post hoc excuse‐making is widely viewed as normal, healthy, and socially rewarded behaviour.

We argue that the open exploration of contextual risk factors leading to offending can help in the identification of criminogenic factors as well as strengthen the therapeutic experience.

Rather than insist that offenders take “responsibility” for the past, we suggest that efforts should focus on helping them take responsibility for the future, shifting the therapeutic focus from post hoc excuses to offence‐supportive attitudes and underlying cognitive schemas that are empirically linked to re‐offending."


March 20, 2011, doi: 10.1177/0306624X11402945 Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol May 2012 vol. 56 no. 3 465-482

Making Sense, Making Good, or Making Meaning? Cognitive Distortions as Targets of Change in Offender Treatment


Most structured sex-offender programs are based on a cognitive-behavioural model of behaviour change.

Within this overarching theoretical paradigm, extensive use of cognitive distortions is seen as a central core symptom among sex offenders.

However, the literature on cognitive distortions lacks a clear and consistent definition of the term. 

It is unclear whether cognitive distortions are consciously employed excuses or unconscious processes serving to protect the offender from feelings of guilt or shame. 

In this article, the dominant cognitive-behavioural interpretation of cognitive distortions is contrasted with two alternative interpretations.

One is based on an attributional perspective and the notion of attributional biases. 

The other explanation is based on a narrative approach focusing on the action elements of cognitive distortions, that is, as something people do rather than something they have. 

Clinical implications of these alternative conceptualizations are discussed and illustrated throughout by a case example."


Received: 20 Aug 2012 Accepted: 28 Feb 2014 Published online: 07 Apr 2014

The Endorsement of Cognitive Distortions: Comparing Child Pornography Offenders and Contact Sex Offenders

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Monday, 8 June 2015

A Decent Life: The Dissenting Narrative of Tom O'Carroll


David Kennerly @DavidKennerly

Allan Marshall


Friday, 5 June, 2015


"There’s a fantastic new film out today but I have a bit of a problem if I try to big it up too much. It’s the greatest thing you’ll ever see but I can’t say so on account of an embarrassing personal detail, namely that I have an – ahem, excuse me – starring role! So that’s why I am mentioning it only down-page rather than giving it top billing. On this occasion I am quite happy to play second fiddle even to Stinson Hunter!

The real star of A Decent Life: The Dissenting Narrative of Tom O’Carroll, is the director, David Kennerly, who has miraculously managed to turn the pig’s ear of my discarded interview last year for Testimony Films into the silk purse of a 11-part, all-singing, all-dancing (well, not by me!) epic, which is launched today and can be seen on YouTube. The segments are each just a few minutes long, hence easily viewed at separate sittings, while the complete work is a little over 68 minutes.

David, as those who have been around at Heretic TOC since the inception will know, has been a guest blogger here a couple of times, debuting in 2013 with a piece about his childhood in the American Midwest and returning last year to warn about the menacing advance of securocratic government.

He studied at film school and has been involved professionally in film production. I didn’t know this background, but when he was liaising with me to make A Decent Life (his title not mine, in case you’re wondering, and I like it) it became obvious to me he has the relevant skills.

David first went to work on the audio of the Testimony Films interview last year, producing Stitching Up Steve Humphries, Humphries being the guy who conducted an interview on behalf of Testimony, which, in the light of what happened later, appears to have been designed to stitch me up as the interviewee. In making his pitch to me, Humphries had come across as a very sympathetic figure, emphasising his background as a social historian, and his interest in hearing a diverse range of views on sexuality, including mine.

The interview was to be part of a documentary on paedophilia he was making for Channel 4 called The Paedophile New Door. When this was aired, however – without any footage from his interview with me – it became overwhelmingly clear his position had all along been fundamentally hostile to mine. It looks as though he ditched my contribution because he had failed to trick me into saying anything that would discredit me: his would-be stitch-up had unravelled.

What David did was to turn the tables on Humphries, stringing together the audio of all his questions but without giving a word of my responses. This cleverly exposed his stitch-up tactics for what they were.

In A Decent Life, by contrast, he has done the exact opposite. This time we hear not a peep from Humphries. Instead, he has given full rein to my responses without them being butchered to quote me out of context or otherwise discredit my contribution.

I like the result and I hope you will. If you agree A Decent Life is a good film, please Tweet about it or give it a plug wherever you can, online via the social media or elsewhere. Thanks!"

Thursday, 4 June 2015

'Sarah's 'Law'' Advert For June

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13:16, 4 June 2015 

Notorious child rapist DW beaten by vigilante gang who wanted him out of town

"A notorious child rapist was beaten by a vigilante gang after word got out he was staying in a local bed and breakfast.

Pervert DW was in south Dublin when locals decided they wanted him out of the area.

When he left the bedsit, he was set upon by the group in Ringsend, in the south inner city, reports the Irish Mirror.

W has now been moved to Irishtown Garda Station for his own safety and will be moved on to another location this evening.

The savage assault was first highlighted on the FM104 Phoneshow with Chris Barry last night.

No arrests have been made following the attack."

05 June 2015 12:00 AM

Convicted rapist beaten and chased out of Dublin suburb by furious mob

"A CONVICTED child rapist had to be hospitalised after being beaten by a vigilante mob which ran him out of a Dublin suburb." 

10 June 2015 06:43 AM

Local mob that beat up convicted child rapist in Dublin were 'concerned parents'

"A woman who claimed to be involved in a group of local people who beat up a convicted child rapist said she 'wouldn't describe it as a vigilante mob'."


The 'expected' comments, from ...

Friday, June 5th, 3:13 am

Comments ... 

Jun 04, 2015

DW – known child rapist was ‘badly beaten’ by vigilante group in Dublin last night


18:47, 20 July 2015

Child rapist DW tracked down, confronted and attacked in Garda station by vigilante group

"A man recorded the group's actions from start to finish in a three minute clip which shows an attack on the pervert, previously caged for raping a young girl."

20 July 2015 06:16 AM

Child rapist filmed being kicked and punched in city garda station attack

"A man is being questioned after a convicted child rapist who was tracked down by vigilantes was attacked in a garda station."


9:35 22 Jul 2015

How should we deal with convicted sex offenders returning to the community?

"Recent vigilante action has sparked a debate about dealing with convicted sex offenders after release from prison.

Newstalk Breakfast spoke with Maeve Lewis, Executive Director of One in Four, and Padraig MacLochlainn, TD for Donegal North East and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, this morning.

Ms Lewis said that while she could “really understand the concern parents might have if there were convicted sex offenders living in the community” it was still important to resist any temptations to give in to mob mentality.

“I think we need to take a deep breath and stand back and a look at what is the best way to protect children,” she said.

The man attacked in the video has been widely identified in the press and on social media – by radio show hosts to politicians in recent weeks – and Chris asked Ms Lewis what the knock on effect of that could be.

“I suspect what will happen is that man is going to go underground and that is when he will be most dangerous,” she said.

“All the research shows right around the world that if we are to keep children safe, the sex offenders we know, be they convicted or not, need a number of things – they need not to be living in isolation.

“They need support from the community, they need to have meaningful work and they need to be managed by the statutory services.

“The guards, the probation officers, social workers need to know where they are and keep an eye on them.”"


10:32, 1 August 2015 

DW: Notorious child sex beast [offensive and inflammatory] spotted fleeing Ireland and heading for the UK

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Policing The Paedophiles - Depressives, Anxious and Bipolar Next?


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Are 'paedophile hunters' hindering police?

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Posted: June 09, 2015

Stinson Hunter style vigilante paedophile-hunting gangs increase - leading figures speak out

"LEADING figures from around the area have spoken out over the rise of vigilante paedophile [sic] hunting groups.

The group Dark Justice has been making headlines recently in Newcastle upon Tyne, by posing as 13-year-old girls to trick men into meeting with them.

By working with the police, they have been able to secure several prosecutions against paedophiles [sic].

The practice is not illegal, though some have questioned its morality while others have warned about the risks to the people involved and of jeopardising prosecutions."

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Chris Wittwer's Dirty Jobs Boy (2) - Phase 1 Complete

'Ted Clarke'

UK Peados Exposed

Ted Clarke Information and Updates

nowhereur Cusoon 

Welcome to the website of Ted Clarke


First published Monday 2 March 2015: Last updated 08:22 Tuesday 3 March 2015 

Photographer acquitted of trying to make money by taking pictures of convicted sex offenders

"A PHOTGRAPHER accused of trying to take pictures of two convicted sex offenders in Bradford and Keighley to make money has been acquitted.

Andrew Stone was found not guilty on charges of fraud and blackmail by a judge after prosecutors offered no evidence on the day he was due to stand trial, having denied the offences.

However, he was given an indefinite restraining order and criticised by the judge for his behaviour.

"Under the terms of the restraining order, Mr Stone cannot make direct or indirect contact with certain people or take or publish their photograph."

"Despite Mr Stone’s acquittal, Judge Pearson refused his application for £600 costs, saying “his behaviour is such that in my view it offends against principles of fairness and justice” and described his behaviour as “questionable”, “reprehensible” and “far from blameless”."

"“His behaviour in attempting to obtain photographs in some cases was devious,” he added."

"Judge Pearson also said he was not convinced that Mr Stone, of AR, St D, Southampton, was motivated solely by reasons of public good."

"Judge Pearson told Portsmouth Crown Court today that punishment of sex offenders was for the courts."

"“It’s right and proper that the public is protected from sex offenders,” he added.

“It’s also right and proper that all offenders including sex offenders have the right to be rehabilitated, providing the public isn’t put at risk.”"

First published Saturday 24 November 2012 

Man charged over 21 Southampton burglaries

"Andrew Stone, 46, of AR, St D, has been charged with two counts of handling stolen goods and will appear before Southampton Magistrates on December 7."

Published 22nd March 2015

'What a sly b**** making money off my back': Gazza rages at ex in 12-hour Twitter meltdown

"Yesterday, during online rants that went on for more than 12-hours, he also poured scorn on photographer Andy Stone who he accused of “stalking” and being in cahoots with his ex.

Gazza claimed he had called the police about the pair but last night officers said they were not involved in any enquiries concerning the star." 

Published: 10:25, 21 May 2015 | Updated: 00:51, 22 May 2015

Paul Gascoigne, Sadie Frost and Shane Ritchie win big payouts from Mirror Group Newspapers as judge awards eight phone-hacking victims more than £1.2million damages


Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Blackstones Guide to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Restraining Orders - Section 5, Protection from Harassment Act 1997


"Following the implementation of section 12 of the DVCVA 2004, restraining orders may be made on conviction or acquittal for any criminal offence. These orders are intended to be preventative and protective. The guiding principle is that there must be a need for the order to protect a person or persons. A restraining order is therefore preventative, not punitive.

Restraining orders can only be made in respect of the defendant (not the victim or any witness), even if evidence in the course of a trial indicates that the behaviour of both the defendant and the victim requires addressing.

The test to be applied by the court before making an order is whether an order is necessary to protect the persons named in it from harassment or conduct that will put them in fear of violence. This necessitates an evaluation by the court of the evidence before it. It will require the court to determine whether there is sufficient evidence in front of it to enable it to form a view that an order is necessary. Restraining orders are civil behaviour orders and therefore the standard of proof is a civil one (R v Major [2010] EWCA Crim 3016)."


As Mr Stone is now, indefinitely and officially, potentially dangerous, to members of the public, he will be continued to be monitored, as we do for any such person.


Monday, 25 May 2015

MSM Dips Its Toes - SRA

Not an issue, today, of course


May 25th, 2015

Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic, pt 1


David Aaronovitch of The Times traces the powerful intellectual influences behind what he sees as one of the most important cultural shifts of the past 40 years: from a society in which accusations of sexual abuse were wrongly ignored to one in which the falsely accused were crushed by a system where the mantra was "victims must be believed".

In the first of two programmes, Aaronovitch will examine the role played by unproven psychoanalytic theories which, from the 1980s, spread from the world of therapists in Canada and the USA to social work, medicine and then to law enforcement in Britain.

From the NSPCC to academia it was believed that children were being sexually abused in group Satanic rituals, which involved murder and animal sacrifice. The programme will explore how these bizarre ideas took hold, how they were related to mistaken psychotherapeutic practices, and how they resonate still.

The programme will look at the influences of four books which played a key role in influencing the intellectual and cultural climate. These are Sybil, Michelle Remembers, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and The Courage to Heal.

Producer: Hannah Barnes


Rosie Waterhouse - Investigative Journalist; Head of MA in investigative journalism at City University

Debbie Nathan - Investigative Journalist and Author

Tim Tate - Television Producer and Director

Sue Hampson - Former counsellor, and now Director of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy

Roma Hart - Former Multiple Personality Disorder patient, who has retracted claims she was abused in childhood."

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June 1st, 2015

Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic, pt 2 

"David Aaronovitch of The Times traces the powerful intellectual influences behind what he sees as one of the most important cultural shifts of the past 40 years: from a society in which accusations of sexual abuse were wrongly ignored to one in which the falsely accused were crushed by a system where the mantra was "victims must be believed".

In the second of two programmes, Aaronovitch re-examines the role played by unproven psychoanalytic theories which, from the 1980s, spread from the world of therapists in Canada and the USA to social work, medicine and then to law enforcement in Britain.

The programme explores the parallels between the belief in ritual abuse with some of the claims being made today about VIP paedophile rings and group murder.

Some of the mistakes of the past - such as the false accusations made against parents in the Orkneys and Rochdale of satanic abuse - have been acknowledged. But, Aaronovitch argues, without a profound understanding of how and why such moral panics arise we are unlikely to avoid similar mistakes in the future. And when such mistakes recur we risk an over-reaction and a return to a culture of denial."

Producer: Hannah Barnes


Rosie Waterhouse - Investigative Journalist; Head of MA in investigative journalism at City University

Debbie Nathan - Investigative Journalist and Author

Tim Tate - Television Producer and Director

Sue Hampson - Former counsellor, and now Director of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy

Dr Sarah Nelson - Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Richard McNally - Professor of Psychology at Harvard University

Anonymous case study.

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Wednesday, June 3 2015 at 7:30PM /19 March 2013

The Satanic ritual abuse myth, false memories and weird beliefs: Anatomy of a 20-year investigation


Lurid tales of children being sexually abused, of animals being ritually slaughtered and babies being bred for sacrifice, in bizarre black magic ceremonies, by cults of devil worshipping Satanists first surfaced in America in the early 1980s. The allegations of what became known as Satanic ritual abuse soon spread to Britain, Australia and New Zealand in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the same time, belief in this apparently new and especially depraved form of child abuse was reinforced and said to be corroborated by another new phenomenon, or fashion, in the field of adult psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry – the recovered memory movement. On conference circuits and in literature, this movement, led by both medically qualified professionals and untrained therapists, promoted the theory that adults can be helped to recover long-buried “repressed” memories of childhood sexual abuse, in some cases Satanic ritual abuse, and that as a consequence of that abuse those patients suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder.

This talk explores the origins and spread of the myth of Satanic ritual abuse. As early as 1994 a UK government-funded investigation concluded there was no evidence Satanic ritual abuse existed. Yet despite the continuing absence of evidence, anywhere in the world, a minority of child care professionals, including police officers and social workers, and adult psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, persist in the belief that Satanic ritual abuse exists. Conferences are still being held around the world.

This talk will chart the progress of my ongoing investigation over 22 years which has examined allegations of the Satanic ritual abuse of children and asked ‘where’s the evidence’?

In the course of the investigation I explored the controversy over the extreme and polarised recovered-versus-false memory debate – still one of the most divisive issues in adult psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry today. As an illustration of the damage caused by zealots who believed in Satanic ritual abuse and in their ability to “help” a patient recover the memories, I will relate the tragic story of the life and untimely death of Carol Felstead, alias Myers.

Finally, this talk will explore how the myth of Satanic ritual abuse can be considered in the context of the field of anomalistic psychology, the wonderful whacky world of weird beliefs, for example how people can come to believe they have been abducted by aliens. Some of these UFO “experiencers” also believe they were also victims of Satanic ritual abuse. Part of the purpose of my research, ultimately for a PhD by Prior Publication, is to try to understand how and why people can come to believe bizarre, appalling, weird things happened in the total absence of evidence."


More to follow

Genuinely, A New One To Us - POCD

"POCD is widely used to refer to fears associated with paedophilia OCD, an unwarranted obsessional fear of being a paedophile.

Some sufferers use acronyms to refer to their type of OCD, but the acronym is often used as an avoidance, in this case from using the word 'paedophile'.

The term POCD can also lead to confusion over the type of OCD being referred to because some use it to describe other forms of OCD, for example postpartum OCD or 'Pure O'.

This confusion leads to delays in treatment where a person will seek specialists in POCD but are unable to find any, as POCD is not a medically recognised term.

It is also possible that thinking of the illness to be something other than Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may also hinder progress in understanding and tackling the illness, especially if the OCD later changes guise chameleon-like.

For informational purposes the acronym POCD is most are commonly understood to refer to:

Paedophile OCD.

Because of the high risk of confusion, OCD-UK generally discourages the use of these acronyms.

Regardless of the form of OCD, it will involve both obsessions and compulsions which are the problems that need addressing, and they are all equally as treatable through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)."


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'I Was Scared I Was a Paedophile': 

"17 Years Living With Intrusive Thoughts And Pure OCD 

"Professional opinion is clear that intrusive thoughts do not lead to the doing of the feared action and do not indicate a moral flaw. However, socially speaking, thoughts of suicide, homicide and child abuse do not tend to make the grade as a general topic of conversation. I wrote this article to try and answer a simple question: how does one say that they have scary thoughts of child abuse without sounding like a paedophile? How does the mother explain that she thinks of harming her child without having to doubt her own sanity? How does the person who fears contracting a disease through seemingly impossible means ever sound OK? In short, how do we explain the horrors of our mind without sounding horrific?

The answer lies in understanding. Understanding that intrusive thoughts are actually just thoughts. We need not be scared or ashamed of these thoughts, no matter how sickening, shocking or horrific. And that is a wonderful thought."


Pedophile Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

"Painful, Unwanted Obsessions About Children

Although all the many ways that obsessive-compulsive fears manifest themselves can cause debilitating anguish, perhaps there is none that causes more distress than OCD with pedophile obsessions, sometimes called POCD. This form of OCD involves the fear of harming or molesting a child.

People may wonder what causes OCD to take this form. OCD has a tendency to latch onto things that are important to a person. For most parents, there is nothing more important than their children. So, imagine the distress experienced by a loving mother with a newborn baby, who imagines every day that she will do something unimaginable to her child."


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Could I Be a Pedophile? The Worst Kind of OCD


Sep 30, 2013 

Keep My Children Away From Me—I’m Dangerous!