by Mary W Maxwell
Australia’s 5-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – a major gift to the world – will wrap up on December 15, 2017. Over 8,000 victims reported, and 2,000 cases have been referred to police. Already we are seeing editorials about the “insufficiency” of proof, as the survivors were not cross-examined. I can agree that this is a legal problem. But I also know that there will be vicious attempts to say that no one has “repressed memories” that can be recovered later.
Beware anyone who starts in on that story. That’s what put an end to the McMartin Preschool trial and led many good citizens to believe that it was “scientifically proven” that the memories of child abuse – especially in satanic rituals – were “fed into” the child.
Oh yeah? Let’s ask Wendy Hoffman. She was 70 years old before she got her “internal parts” together. I have found her books persuasive. Here is her superb 2017 lecture:
And here’s to Senator Bill Heffernan again for speaking up for Fiona Barnett in Parliament!