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
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