Meditation Retreat with Arinna Weisman For Survivors of Trauma

October 27, 2011 Comments Off on Meditation Retreat with Arinna Weisman For Survivors of Trauma

Meditation Retreat with Arinna Weisman
For Survivors of Trauma

During this day we will support each other to open to love, wisdom and the other qualities of the heart that dissolve our suffering and confusion. By learning this practice together we give and receive the greatest of blessings; spiritual friendship.

As Survivors of trauma it is important for us to know we can create a safe space and give voice to how the day unfolds so there will be many opportunities to check in and receive support.

When:   Saturday November 19th, 2011 9:30am – 2pm

Where: 470 27th St   Oakland, Ca 94612

Cost:    $5-50

There will be ½ hour lunch break, please bring lunch with you.

Contact for Info: survivorshipstaff@yahoo.com

Arinna Weisman has studied Insight Meditation for 30 years. She teaches in the lineage of the Great Burmese master U Bha Khin and was empowered to teach by Ruth Denison. Arinna is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, MA, and co-author of A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation.  She has been teaching since 1989. Her passion is building multicultural sanghas. She has spent many years learning how to meditate a a survivor of trauma.

Dvora Gordon from Survivorship will also be present at the workshop and available to Survivorship members if needed.

Dvora has been a member of Survivorship since 1998 and is a member of the Board of Directors.

People can also sign up at: http://survivorship.org/workshops.html

Frequency of dissociative identity disorder in the general population in Turkey  Gamze Akyüz et al Comprehensive Psychiatry Volume 40, Issue 2, March-April 1999, Pages 151-159

Abstract:
This study attempted to determine the prevalence of dissociative identity disorder in the general population. The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) was administered to 994 subjects in 500 homes who constituted a representative sample of the population of Sivas City, Turkey. The mean DES score was 6.7 ± 6.1 (mean ± SD). Of the 62 respondents who scored above 17 on the DES, 32 (51.6%) could be contacted during the second phase of the study. They were matched for age and gender with a group of respondents who scored below 10 on the scale, and the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS) was then administered to both groups.

Seventeen subjects (1.7%) received a diagnosis of dissociative disorder according to the structured interview. In the third phase, eight of 17 subjects who had a dissociative disorder on the structured interview could be contacted for a clinical evaluation. They were matched with a nondissociative control group and interviewed by a clinician blind to the structured interview diagnosis.

Four of eight subjects were diagnosed clinically with dissociative identity disorder, yielding a minimum prevalence of 0.4%. Dissociative identity disorder is not rare in the general population. Self-rating instruments and structured interviews can be used successfully for screening these cases.

Our data, derived from a population with no public awareness about dissociative identity disorder and no exposure to systematic psychotherapy, suggest that dissociative identity disorder cannot be considered simply an iatrogenic artifact, a culture-bound syndrome, or a phenomenon induced by media influences.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010440X99901207

Child Pornography Victims Abandoned at the Supreme Court

October 25, 2011 Comments Off on Child Pornography Victims Abandoned at the Supreme Court

Child Pornography Victims Abandoned at the Supreme Court
By James R. Marsh on October 24, 2011

Last week, the Solicitor General filed this brief with the United States Supreme Court which effectively denies child victims the ability to obtain criminal restitution from the thousands of child molesters and pedophiles who collect and share child pornography.

The defendant in the case currently pending before the Supreme Court, Amy v. Monzel, admitted to law enforcement that he sexually abused his granddaughter and traded images of girls being sexually abused. A search of his home uncovered more than 800 child sex abuse images including pictures of Amy, the victim in this case. The defendant pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The District court ordered the defendant to pay just $5000 in criminal restitution to Amy, a girl whose rape and sexual abuse images were found in his collection. That award was overturned on appeal. Amy then appealed to the Supreme Court where three amicus joined her in asking the Court to take the case.

Despite supporting the victims in the lower courts, the government abandoned victims of child pornography at the Supreme Court by asking the Court not to review the Court of Appeals’ denial of restitution. The Solicitor General’s position on this issue effectively strips victims of child pornography the ability to obtain criminal restitution from any of the thousands of child molesters and pedophiles who collect and share their child sex abuse images.
http://www.childlaw.us/2011/10/child-pornography-victims-aban.html

Anonymous Hackers Take Down Child Porn Websites, Leak Users’ Names
Oct 20, 2011 By Matt Liebowitz, SecurityNewsDaily Staff Writer

Members of the Anonymous hacktivist movement are claiming responsibility for taking down more than 40 secret child-pornography websites and leaking the names of more than 1,500 members of one of the illegal sites.

The Anonymous campaign began Oct. 14, when members of the hacktivist group found a cache of child-pornography websites while browsing a secret website called the Hidden Wiki, a guidebook to hundreds of underground websites invisible to search engines and regular Internet users.
http://www.securitynewsdaily.com/anonymous-hackers-child-porn-sites-1260/

Hacking Child Pornography
By James R. Marsh on October 21, 2011
A new front has opened in the battle to control child pornography on the internet. Members of the Anonymous hacktivist movement have recently taken down more than 40 secret child-pornography websites and revealed the names of more than 1,500 members of one of the illegal sites.
http://www.childlaw.us/2011/10/hacking-child-pornography.html

review of “Sybil Exposed” by Lynn Crook

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review of “Sybil Exposed” by Lynn Crook

permission from author of review to post

Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case

This book “reads like fiction” as the cover says.

But is it “fact” as the cover claims?

On page 222 of “Sybil Exposed,” Nathan says, “Roseanne Barr . . . would later describe her twenty alter personalities. They included `Piggy,’ `Bambi and `F . . . . . ‘” Nathan’s cite for this statement is People Magazine, October 7, 1991.

However, there is no mention of any alter personalities in the 1991 article (pp. 84-88) by correspondent Vickie Bane. None of these names are mentioned in the article. Nathan also says that Barr “forgot about it until she entered therapy.” But in the People Magazine article, Barr says she started to recover memories of abuse after her then-fiancé Tom’s telephone call from rehab in 1989 telling her he was molested by a babysitter (p. 85). After she began to recall, then Barr saw a therapist.

On page 225 of her book Nathan says, “The state of Texas closed Peterson’s dissociative disorders unit after determining it had overused physical restraints . . . ” This claim may have originated with Frontline’s 1995 documentary, “Divided Memories.” In 1996, when I reviewed this Frontline documentary for a news journal, I contacted the Texas Department of Health. A spokesperson there denied any such closing of the unit. The review was published in 1996.

Nathan fails to mention that the trial of US v. Peterson et al. on mail and insurance fraud vindicated Peterson and the others of all charges. Here’s what happened in this Houston trial. By February 1999, the federal government had been presenting its case for six months. The government’s first expert, Dr. James Hudson, had just undergone a rigorous cross-examination by Peterson’s attorney. The jury was down to 12 members and the defense was prepared to continue. The government dropped all the charges.

Inaccuracies in Nathan’s book, Sybil Exposed

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Inaccuracies in Nathan’s book, Sybil Exposed

October 19, 2011,   Statement from Dr. Patrick Suraci

I went to the Special Collections Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to verify statements made by Debbie Nathan in her book SYBIL EXPOSED.

1. On pages 99-100 Nathan writes: “Connie would carry her apparatus to Shirley’s apartment and climb in bed with her. She would clamp the paddles to Shirley’s temples, twirl the dials, and press the buttons. Connie’s gadget was an old electro-convulsive machine she had retired years earlier.”

Nathan cites the evidence for this in her “Notes: Chapter 8, No.38.. FRS Box 37, Files 1081, Tape 124.” In this document on January 26, 1955, Shirley writes about “electric shock” along with her other treatments. There is absolutely no documentation of Nathan’s outrageous claim.

2. On page 71 Nathan writes: “Completely inexperienced with men, she had little idea of how to take Gene’s (O’Neill) measure. He noticed her ignorance and didn’t like it. Too‘girlish’ he called Flora, particularly when it came to sex. In a sheaf of notes she wrote to herself, she described feeling pain at having his finger inside her, let alone his penis. ‘Be an animal,’ Gene would urge her, and he blamed her reticence  on the fact that she had a profession. ‘You bring Adelphi College into the bedroom. It is not that career women don’t want to go to bed – it is that they don’t know how,’ he scolded Flora.”

To prove this Nathan cites in: “Notes: Chapter 6, No.11, FRS Box 34, File 1051” In this document Schreiber writes about Eugene O’Neill: “His complaint – Be an animal – give – you bring Adelphi College into the bedroom – we’re close friends in the living room and the moment we go into the bedroom you become a stranger…he says that it is not that career women don’t want to go to bed – it is that they don’t know how. Outcome might have been different if she had gone to bed with him on the last Saturday after he told her about _____” Schreiber at no time writes about O’Neill’s “finger” or “penis.”

3. On page 232 Nathan writes: “…She (Shirley Mason) died quietly in her home, surrounded by nurses, on February 26 of that year. She was seventy-five years old. It was early evening when she died.”

In my book SYBIL in her own words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings.  On page 261 I write:

“The penultimate time I phoned Shirley’s home was on February 26, 1998, at 12:07 PM. In the background I heard her weak voice pleading to Roberta ,(Guy) ‘Tell him I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ Roberta informed me that Shirley was too sick to speak on the phone. I mumbled, ‘Please tell her that it’s okay, it’s okay. I’ll call later.’ …

“When I called later that day  at 3:01 PM Roberta stunned me with the news than Shirley had just died.”

Dr. Suraci has the telephone records of that day, February 26, 1998.

Information about Dr. Suraci:

“SYBIL In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings” by Patrick Suraci, Ph.D.

SYBIL is a new book about Shirley Mason who had 16 personalities. It  tells the story of her life after her cure depicted in the book SYBIL  and TV movie starring Sally Field. This book contains paintings by 5 of  Sybil’s alternate personalities. The author’s interviews with Shirley  Mason report her own words and her new whole personality.

In the book, the author presents evidence refuting Dr. Spiegel’s claim to have hypnotized  Shirley Mason. Dr. Suraci discovered an audio cassette where Ms. Mason  and Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, her therapist, discuss how it was impossible  for Dr. Spiegel to hypnotize Shirley, because she did not trust or like him.

Dr. Leah Dickstein, who worked with Mason in her later years, stands by her assessment of Mason as a multiple. Professionals and staff at Wilbur’s Lexington, Kentucky clinic confirm that Mason was multiple, and that she attempted to integrate several times, without success. Dr. Leah Dickstein, whose mentor was Dr. Wilbur

Dr. Dickstein also stated that she was in touch with Mason for many years after Wilbur died. She remembers Mason telling her that “every word in the book is true.” She stated that Wilbur had “no need to make this up.” Ritter, Malcolm Doubt Cast on Story of `Sybil’ AP 8/16/98

Dr. Leah J. Dickstein
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_85.html

The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis – Jan 2008 The bifurcation of the self: The history and theory of dissociation and its disorders, The
by Lawrence, Mark

“In fact, from my perspective, it is Rieber who has distorted the evidence to establish his case. For example, the appendix includes a long letter which includes a short section in which Sybil refers to having written something to the effect that she had made up everything about being a multiple personality, but this was presented in her letter in the context of trying to find a way of not needing Dr. Wilbur. Rieber calls this a “letter of denial” of MPD/DID. There are many more instances in which Rieber misrepresents the material in the appendix to support his case.”

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4087/is_200801/ai_n21279759/

“SYBIL In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings” by Patrick Suraci, Ph.D.

SYBIL is a new book about Shirley Mason who had 16 personalities. It tells the story of her life after her cure depicted in the book SYBIL and TV movie starring Sally Field. This book contains paintings by 5 of Sybil’s alternate personalities. The author’s interviews with Shirley Mason report her own words and her new whole personality. (video of Dr. Suraci explaining the book.)
http://bea11.mapyourshow.com/3_0/exhibitor_details.cfm?exhid=331445&markcamefrom=y

“SYBIL In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings” by Patrick Suraci, Ph.D. presents evidence refuting Dr. Spiegel’s claim to have hypnotized Shirley Mason. Dr. Suraci discovered an audio cassette where Ms. Mason and Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, her therapist, discuss how it was impossible for Dr. Spiegel to hypnotize Shirley, because she did not trust or like him.

SYBIL In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings (2011), a book written by Patrick Suraci, Ph.D. ISBN: 978-0-615-44600-4
http://members.authorsguild.net/psuraci/

Born May 31, 1936 in Rochester, New York, Patrick Suraci received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Assumption College, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York in 1981.

His latest work, Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings is being launched at Book Expo America at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City on May 24, 2011….Dr. Suraci was a Staff Psychologist for the New York Police Department and is now in private practice in Manhattan. He has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Baruch College at the City University of New York.

Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings
Dr. Suraci developed a friendship with Shirley Mason (Sybil) after she was cured from Multiple Personality Disorder. She gave him personal effects and paintings made by five of her personalities which all appear in the book. He discovered evidence to disprove the critics who were attempting to attack the veracity of her case.
http://members.authorsguild.net/psuraci/

Sybil In Her Own Words on facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sybil-In-Her-Own-Words/108610352553254

 

Survivorship Ritual Abuse Webinar – A Multiple’s Story of Hope

October 20, 2011 Comments Off on Survivorship Ritual Abuse Webinar – A Multiple’s Story of Hope

Upcoming Webinar:

Saturday, November 19
12 pm Pacific Time
deJoly LaBrier
“All Together Now, a Multiple’s Story of Hope & Healing”

deJoly LaBrier was born into a Marine Corps family that was involved in a child sex ring, government experimentation and a sadistic ritualistic cult. In 1988, deJoly began the healing journey toward wholeness while identifying 52+ alter personalities that carried on her life. She is the author of two books, DIARY OF A SURVIVOR IN ART AND POETRY, and ALL TOGETHER NOW, A MULTIPLE’S STORY OF HOPE & HEALING. Today she lives with her partner in the mountains of Northwest Georgia, enjoying the serenity and beauty of nature.

deJoly LaBrier will talk about the methods she used to heal from the effects of ritualized torture, an organized child sex ring, and government experimentation. In her recent book, ALL TOGETHER NOW, A MULTIPLE’S STORY OF HOPE AND HEALING, deJoly writes in detail about the various forms the abuse took. She is grateful that during the early part of her recovery, she was introduced to the 12-Steps of AA, as they have been adapted into other groups.

REGISTRATION
Registration closes Thursday evening November 17, 2011

To reserve a space in the webinar, e-mail Shamai at shamai@survivorship.org   and give her this information:

1. Your name
2. The webinar you wish to attend: “All Together Now, a Multiple’s Story of Hope & Healing”
3. Amount and method of payment  (check, PayPal, money order)
4. Your preferred e-mail address (so we can send you instructions)
5. The name you will be using for the webinar. (This does not have to be your real name or your message board screen name.)

You will receive a confirmation email immediately and a guide and instructions after the registration closes

COST

Webinars are on a sliding scale from $50.00 to full scholarship (Please remember to factor in the cost of the telephone call if you don’t have a computer headset).

The PayPal button is near the bottom of the page at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you wish to pay by check please send it to: Survivorship, Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

PAST WEBINARS

Survivorship members may listen to past webinars in the members’ section.
For information on joining Survivorship, go to http://www.survivorship.org/about/membership.html

Complete details on all our webinars are at http://www.survivorship.org/webinars.html

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Shamai@survivorship.org

America’s child death shame, Ritual Abuse Conference Scotland

October 19, 2011 Comments Off on America’s child death shame, Ritual Abuse Conference Scotland

America’s child death shame 17 October 2011

Introduction

Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US.
The latest government figures show an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009.
A recent congressional report concludes the real number could be nearer 2,500.

In fact, America has the worst child abuse record in the industrialised world. Why? The BBC’s Natalia Antelava investigates.

Scale of abuse

Sixty-six children under the age of 15 die from physical abuse or neglect every week in the industrialised world. Twenty-seven of those die in the US – the highest number of any other country.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15288865

America’s Child Death Shame – BBC News documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfI8tf6uhvU&

Izzy’s Promise is hosting a conference for survivors, support workers & organisations on the subject of:

RITUAL ABUSE IN THE UK 10 YEARS ON

VENUE: 1 VICTORIA ROAD, DUNDEE, DD1 1EL
DATE: THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2011

Main Speaker: Laurie Matthew
http://www.izzyspromise.org.uk/downloads/conf1111.pdf

U.S. bishop charged for not taking porn to police

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U.S. bishop charged for not taking porn to police
October 14, 2011 (CBS/AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City’s Catholic bishop was charged Friday with not telling police about child pornography found on a priest’s computer, making him the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children.

Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert Finn, the first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman, pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and his diocese, which also was charged with one count, had “reasonable cause” to suspect a child had been abused after learning of the images.

“Now that the grand jury investigation has resulted in this indictment, my office will pursue this case vigorously because it is about protecting children,” Baker said. “I want to ensure there are no future failures to report resulting in other unsuspecting victims.”

Finn has acknowledged that he and other diocese officials knew for months about hundreds of “disturbing” images of children that were discovered on a priest’s computer but did not report the matter to authorities or turn over the computer.

….The New York Times reports that Bishop Finn was appointed in 2005 and his vision to return the diocese to more traditional practices has drawn strong opinions. The paper reports he is one of only a few bishops affiliated with Opus Dei, a conservative movement….
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/14/national/main20120751.shtml

Bishop Finn Indictment
http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2011/10/14/14/36/1jHnmQ.So.81.pdf

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