Saturday, November 30, 2013
False Accusation of Childhood Sexual Abuse
With the sexual abuse allegation by a grown woman against her father, there is a need for Statement Analysis.
What if the woman is telling the truth?
What if the father is falsely accused?
What if a therapist is touting a new theory and is playing with lives?
What if a vengeful parent has talked her daughter into making the false claim?
What if it really did, in deed, happen?
Statement Analysis can get to the truth.
I have worked with some fathers who were falsely accused. Those men who were falsely accused loved their daughters and said things like this:
"I love my daughter. I did not molest her, touch her, show her porn, or anything like that. I would never as a father do such things. But someone has. My daughter needs help. Please help her! I will take a polygraph if needed, but please help my daughter."
In spite of fear of being falsely accused and falsely imprisoned, the caring father speaks out due to his love of his daughter, showing that he loves her, more than he loves his own life.
The victim's own statement can be analyzed, knowing that with PTSD like symptoms, some present tense language will be indicated.
The diagnosing psychologist will not only need to get to the truth, but will need to know what actions were taken by the victim. This is because the psychological trauma of child rape, for example, can cause the child to disassociate as the brain protects itself. The language will seem passive, as if the subject is "watching herself" be abused.
In the case against William Kennedy Smith, there was not a rape, in legal terms, that took place, but the victim's language did, in fact, show that she has been sexually molested in childhood.
When a child is subjected to rape at an early age, you can expect some extreme reactions from her...perhaps not until adolescence, and then again, statistically, in her mid 30's, but you will get reactions:
In short, you often find victims of early and acute childhood sexual abuse doing one thing well in life, consistently:
destroying her own life. Later in life, she may be frigid, unable to enjoy intimacy.
The psychologist must know that the actions speak as do the words.
The statement analyst can learn truth from deception, and since the child's brain has an extreme reaction to the abuse (disassociation), the analyst must be very careful to stitch together the language, over time, that the victim's brain is willing to yield, often in small increments. Whatever word slips out, must be considered highly significant.
One MUST hear.
A child who is sexually abused fears muted her entire life. That child must have a voice. This is why I implore therapists to take the SCAN training and put its tools to good use. I think some of the best therapists are likely intuitive about language, something that would be in agreement with the SCAN technique, and who, when trained, would take to the training without difficulty.
I have had many cases in which the woman was telling the truth, and her history only bore testimony that she had been sexually assaulted in early childhood, interfering with the natural development of the brain.
I have also had cases where the father was falsely accused. In one case, the victim simply entered into the language of her mother, and when confronted with this, confessed. I also learned that the mother owed the father money, and had hoped for extortion.
Guilty parties often seek to silence the victim.
A little girl who is sexually assaulted feels muted. Some will delay speech, and others will grow up incapable of standing up for themselves.
Disassociation through child rape, for example, can lead to a woman incapable of true empathy for others, as they learn to detach from pain. Often, the only way to get "the story" is to listen for the missing information that SCAN so well identifies...
"The next thing I knew..."
"And so I left."
Readers here know that these are signals of missing information, and jumps in time.
We will look at a series of examples of statements in which sexual abuse was indicated, and we will show when in which the subject was deceptive, and later confessed to the deception.
The falsely accused father, who loves his daughter, will cooperate with the therapist, or police investigation, and the interview will be "team work" to get to the truth.
Due to detachment and disassociation, it can be very difficult to string together a cohesive statement from a victim, but the diagnosis must include external testimony of behavioral interactions.
It is a very tragic outcome, no matter what help is given, and for a moment's perverse "pleasure" by the perpetrator, the woman is given a life sentence of pain; along with all who love her.