Friday, 7 May 2010

A suitable case for libel?

Chris French is a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and edits The Skeptic  magazine. He writes:

As a member of the British False Memory Society, I and others like me are portrayed as giving comfort to child sex abusers. Is it worth suing our accusers?

Some weeks ago, I wrote a piece for the Guardian criticising the Reverend Pearl Luxon, the person in charge of the Church of England's child protection policy, who appears to believe that "there is no such thing as false memory". The Church continues to recommend a self-help book called The Courage to Heal as part of their child protection policy despite the fact that the book has been criticised as contributing to the formation of false memories of childhood sexual abuse both by the scientific and professional advisory board of the British False Memory Society (BFMS) and other experts in the field.

This led to accusations that I and other members of the BFMS as well as sociologist Jo Woodiwiss, were attacking survivors of child abuse and denying their experiences of a traumatic childhood...