The Sunday Times – VIP Sex Cases Link to False Memory

The Sunday Times (18 October 2015) published the following headline: ‘VIP sex cases link to false memory – Experts slam controversial therapy.’

Is false memory responsible for the VIP paedophile historical sex allegations? The Sunday Times reported on the front page that ‘key witnesses’ may have undergone ‘recovered memory’ therapy, after attending counselling sessions at a Liverpool-based charity named the Lantern Project. Using a technique which they describe as ‘unrestructured therapeutic disclosure’ (UTD), a video on the charity’s website states: “Our approach begins with what we call ‘reverse disclosure’, where we tell the victims they do not need to tell us what happened to them as we already know because it’s happened to us.” Esther Baker received therapy from the Lantern Project. Earlier this year, she made extreme claims that she had been raped repeatedly in a forest at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, by a former MP. She claimed further that the attack took place in the presence of police officers. Ms Baker has also made unsubstantiated claims that she was trafficked to a flat in Dolphin Square, Westminster, where she was putatively abused by a former Cabinet Minister. After being interviewed by police, the former MP has emphatically denied the allegations. He proclaimed that the therapeutic techniques deployed were a “mechanism for generating miscarriages of justice.”

‘Darren’, who is also known to the Lantern Project, accused a former Cabinet Minister of being a child rapist. He claims to have witnessed the murder of a young girl at a sex party which he alleges took place in Dolphin Square. Earlier this month, a Panorama broadcast, ‘The VIP Paedophile Ring: What’s the Truth?’, cast doubt on the validity of these fantastical claims. Reporter Danniel Foggo, investigated why these allegations, described by a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, as “credible and true”, were investigated by police without any corroborative evidence. To date, in spite of extensive police investigations, there appears to be no corroborative evidence whatsoever. In sum, these allegations leave a lingering doubt that they may well be false memories generated through poor therapy.

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