Satanic Abuse Myth: March 2004 Archives

March 6, 2004

Family might sue over Satan lies

The family of four children caught up in the infamous Rochdale 'satanic abuse' case might sue Rochdale Council over the 1990 affair.

The four children, now aged between 17 and 24, say they can't forget their ordeal. The eldest daughter, now 24, said: It was a terrible ordeal, they were looking for signs of sexual abuse. We didn't know what was going on and were frightened, especially because our parents were kept from us.

We were under a lot of pressure from the council workers who kept insisting that they were bad parents and made us agree.

They shoved us in foster homes and for nine months we were not allowed to see our parents. It was a nightmare. All I wanted to do was to go home and be with my family.

It took 18 months before a judge ruled that there was absolutely no evidence to back up the bizarre claims of social workers, but the last of the care orders was not lifted for another eight years. In her official report into the panic, Professor Jean La Fontaine observed that the only thing the vast majority of accused families had done was to be poor.

Families may sue over 'Satan abuse' claimManchester Evening News, 4th March 2004; La Fontaine, Jean (1994). The Extent and Nature of Organised and Ritual Abuse. Research Findings, London, HMSO.

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