Another major story on how regression therapy plays a central part in false accusations. David Brown reports in The Times:
Charges against five men accused of being in a paedophile ring have been dropped two weeks before their trial after prosecutors admitted having concerns about the alleged victim’s evidence. During controversial regression therapy the woman had recalled being abused throughout childhood, and she had exchanged hundreds of emails and text messages with the officer in charge of her case.
Her alleged abusers, including a retired GP and social worker, yesterday called for a national inquiry into the handling of rape and sex abuse cases by police and prosecutors. They have described the woman as a serial fantasist.
The woman claimed to have been raped at parties held in Cardiff in the late 1980s and early 1990s. According to reports, her claims only arose after receiving regression therapy. A consultant gynaecologist who presented evidence to the court said her account of an abortion she claimed to have undergone was a result of watching an episode of the BBC drama ‘Call the Midwife’. The procedure seemed to be ‘completely impossible’.
Nevertheless, the woman had previously been awarded £22,000 from the Criminal Compensation Injuries Authority.
Altogether five men were charged, and one of them – Dr Stephen Glascoe, a retired GP, said that during the 18 month investigation he had spent £100,000 to defend against the 13 charges levelled against him.
Later speaking to The Times, he criticised the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders over her comments that men cleared of rape were not falsely accused.
He said the ‘pendulum has swung too far’ in favour of accusers being believed and not those they accused.
…. He said he feared he could have been sent to prison for the rest of his life in what he says would have been a ‘huge miscarriage of justice’.
As a result of the collapse of numerous high profile trials, the Crown Prosecution Service has since admitted it is now reviewing every rape and sexual assault case in the country.