Two articles on “Ritual Abuse” by Richard Scorer cathy fox

Two articles on “Ritual Abuse” by Richard Scorer

This blog has always tackled cases alleging ritual sexual abuse, see ritual abuse category [14] This has included in UK, several court appeals and newspaper articles on Broxtowe and Esther W’s book about the Orkney abuse [14]

Whilst ritual abuse undoubtedly exists, equally it must be acknowledged some alleged cases prove not to be so.  A few hours of research does not mean a definitive answer but claims of Rochdale 1990 being of satanic abuse appear to be misplaced. The more information out in the public arena, the better (an area IICSA is conspicuously failing on).

My thanks to Richard Scorer allowing me to publish these two articles authored by him.   The first is relevant to what is known as the Rochdale “satanic abuse” case of 1990.

To put that in context, I will describe some background.

Wikipedia states

“In 1990 there was a case in Rochdale which around twenty children were removed from their homes by social services who alleged the existence of SRA after discovering ‘Satanic indicators’. No evidence was found of Satanic apparatus, and charges were dismissed when a court ruled the allegations were untrue. The children who were removed from their homes sued the city council in 2006 for compensation and an apology” [8]

I have not seen any of the 1990 news coverage apart from these small clippings on the SAFF website  [7]

A 7 year old boy was taken into care in Feb 1990, after he told social workers that he had been dreaming of ghosts. 20 or 21 children were taken from their parents in May 1990 [9].

I am not too sure what happened but I think there was an investigation for a few months. Wardship proceedings went to court in 1991 but the judge rejected the evidence and said proper assessments had not been done.

The Director of Social Services Gordon Littlemore resigned and I presume by then some of the  children were caught up in the child care system.  Children were relocated away from their parents from between 3 months and 10 years.

Some of the children, having grown up, had already contacted solicitors. Richard Scorer was a partner with Pannone and Partners by the time of his first article in July 2004, he was acting on behalf of 12 children who claimed the local council had caused psychological damage to the children. As they owed the children a duty of care they claimed the local authority were negligent in doing so.

 2004 July Local Authority Negligence: Claims for damages arising from the Rochdale “Satanic Abuse” Cases by Richard Scorer. [1a]

 

There was still an injunction however that needed to be overcome before the children could speak out about the case [13]

The injunction was overturned and on 11 January 2006 BBC 1 aired a programme When Satan came to Town: The Real Story. [3] [I cannot find a copy – if anyone knows of one, please write in comments]

This inevitably led to much publicity.

  • 2006 Jan 9 BBC When Satan came to town [4] 
  • 2006 Jan 11 BBC Lost years of ‘satanic panic’ children [2]
  • 2006 Jan 12 Guardian ‘Satanic abuse’ case families sue council for negligence [9]
  • 2006 Jan 20 Community Care TV REVIEW – When Satan Came to Town [6]
  • Other links are at the end of article

Rochdale Council  settled the claims out of court in or around 2007.

The second article that Richard has kindly sent me is 2016 Oct Richard Scorer Child Abuse linked to Accusations of Possession and Witchcraft

This is relevant to Victoria Climbie, [see Victoria Climbie Report [15]]  and cases involving “witchcraft” and cultural cases of evil possession.

Richard Scorer is now Head of Abuse Law at Slater Gordon UK. Twitter @Richard_Scorer

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]

Links

[1a] 2004 July ChildRight (published by the Children’s Legal Centre at the University of Essex)  Local Authority Negligence: Claims for damages arising from the Rochdale “Satanic Abuse” Cases by Richard Scorer.

[1b] 2006 Oct Richard Scorer ChildRight (published by the Children’s Legal Centre at the University of Essex) Child Abuse linked to Accusations of Possession and Witchcraft https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/scanned-from-a-slater-and-gordon-xerox-mfd-2-searchable.pdf

[2] 2006 Jan 11 BBC Lost years of ‘satanic panic’ childrenhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/real_story/4602302.stm

[3] 2006 Jan 11 BBC When Satan came to Town: The Real Story – BBC ONE on Wednesday 11 January at 2100 GMT  Link?

[4] 2006 Jan 9 BBC When Satan came to townhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/real_story/4595158.stm

[5] 2006 Invision Board When Satan came to town Discussion Boardhttp://z14.invisionfree.com/Unity_Injustice/index.php?showtopic=308

[6] 2006 Jan 20 Community Care TV REVIEW – When Satan Came to Townhttp://www.communitycare.co.uk/2006/01/20/tv-review-when-satan-came-to-town/

[7] 1990 Sept SAFF ROCHDALE CASE BLUNDERS EXPLODE SATANIC ABUSE MYTHhttp://saff.nfshost.com/rochdale.htm

[8] Archived 2016 Jun 17 Wikipedia List of satanic ritual abuse allegationshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_satanic_ritual_abuse_allegations#Rochdale archive http://archive.is/SvD16

[9] 2006 Jan 12 Guardian ‘Satanic abuse’ case families sue council for negligencehttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2006/jan/12/childrensservices.uknews

[10] c2005  Religious Tolerance ROCHDALE, UK SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE CASE http://www.religioustolerance.org/ra_roch.htm

[11]   2006 Jan 13 Manchester Evening News Satanic abuse scandal kids to sue http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/satanic-abuse-scandal-kids-to-sue-1016012

[12] 2006 Diane Vera The Langley estate / Rochdale Council case (1990)http://theisticsatanism.com/asp/old/Rochdale.html

[13] 2006 Jan 12 religion News blog BBC wins removed children rulinghttp://www.religionnewsblog.com/13246/BBC-wins-removed-children-ruling

[14] Cathy Fox Blog Ritual Abuse category https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/category/ritual-abuse/page/3/

[15] Victoria Climbie Report of Serious Case Review https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmhealth/570/570.pdf

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