Write to:

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - INBOX -

mag­a­zine­feed­back@ theaus­tralian.com.au; The Week­end Aus­tralian Mag­a­zine, GPO Box 4245, Syd­ney 2001. Let­ters must bear a full ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. As a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist with 28 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence I was hor­ri­fied to learn that “train­ing” in so-called “trauma in­formed care” is be­ing funded as a treat­ment for this vul­ner­a­ble group of vic­tims when there is a ver­i­ta­ble army of clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gists skilled in trauma fo­cused treat­ment (TFT) wait­ing to help. It would be bet­ter if the gov­ern­ment used its pre­cious money to fund ev­i­dence­based TFT treat­ments like those ad­vo­cated by Dr Richard Bryant than waste it on ho­cus-pocus with the po­ten­tial to cause fur­ther dam­age. Dr Lisa Chantler Ade­laide, SA With a his­tory of emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal ill­ness, Dr Cathy Kezel­man has al­leged sex­ual and other abuse by her fa­ther and grand­mother, and the in­dif­fer­ence of her mother to the al­leged abuse. I’m con­cerned that deeply de­struc­tive al­le­ga­tions that have no ev­i­den­tiary sup­port other than de­layed mem­ory are al­lowed to be so pub­licly aired. Of course, those who be­lieve they’ve been abused should have the al­le­ga­tions in­ves­ti­gated. They should be heard (by clin­i­cians) and treated. How­ever, with­out the strong­est of ev­i­dence, the al­le­ga­tions must be kept pri­vate. Dr Kezel­man has in­stead pub­lished a book with the al­le­ga­tions and aired them pub­licly. It seems she’s built re­spect and a ca­reer off the back of them, while de­stroy­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of her fam­ily mem­bers. That can’t be right. John Schaf­fer Rand­wick, NSW I can­not ar­gue for or against Cathy Kezel­man or her brother Claude. But what I do know is you can wit­ness abuse be­ing per­pe­trated by a fa­ther and still ini­tially be un­able to be­lieve your eyes – I did. You can as a child wit­ness your fa­ther groom­ing your friends and only years later re­alise what you wit­nessed – I did. You can be a fam­ily who heard the fa­ther ad­mit what he had done, play-act­ing re­morse so skil­fully, and yet within a year, only two fam­ily mem­bers out of six would hold that mem­ory and not bury it. And you can be vi­o­lated at a neigh­bour’s home as an 11-year-old, ly­ing frozen, deny­ing what is hap­pen­ing. That is my story. What you can­not know or tell is an­other’s story, in­clud­ing that of Cathy and Claude. But I have ex­pe­ri­enced and seen enough to re­alise it is sim­ply not black or white. Name & ad­dress sup­plied Cathy Kezel­man’s “re­cov­ered me­mories” of beat­ings, in­cest, rape, sa­tanic mobs and chil­dren be­ing dis­mem­bered by hood-wear­ing sadists seem ex­tra­or­di­nary. What is even more ex­tra­or­di­nary is that the royal com­mis­sion seems to give weight to these types of rec­ol­lec­tions. How can “crimes” be so reck­lessly as­sumed with­out ev­i­dence? Rose­mary O’Brien Ge­orges Hall, NSW As a mother, I too am a vic­tim of false al­le­ga­tions of child abuse. My adult son is study­ing coun­selling at a pri­vate col­lege in Aus­tralia, where I be­lieve some­one has en­gaged in ther­apy ses­sions with him. My son no longer com­mu­ni­cates with his par­ents and three sib­lings. I have friends who have been through worse trauma. Their son had men­tal health prob­lems as a teenager; he was on se­ri­ous med­i­ca­tion as an adult. A psy­chi­a­trist sent a re­port to his GP stat­ing that he had been abused by both his par­ents. This false al­le­ga­tion led to this young man and his sis­ter di­vorc­ing their par­ents; even­tu­ally he threw him­self in front of a train. Name & ad­dress sup­plied Arthur Giannopou­los Mitcham, SA Dr Glen Woot­ton Man­durah, WA

The writer of Oc­to­ber’s best let­ter wins a fam­ily pack­age con­tain­ing four months’ worth of skin­care prod­uct from DU’IT, val­ued at $500. DU’IT, an Aus­tralian com­pany, of­fers qual­ity, safe skin­care for ba­bies and adults, sen­si­tive and dry-prone skin. It con­tains no parabens, petro­la­tum or min­eral oil.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.