Monday, 11 September 2017

False allegations

Hi John

This is the transcript of the telephone conversation you had with a journalist on 30th May 2015. 

It is a clear attempt to smear me, based on false information fed to you by Andrew Lavery.

You encourage the journalist to phone me and try to entrap me into saying that I wanted to get back on the IICSA panel. 

If you read the statement I published in May of 2015, you will see that I made it very clear that I was NOT minded to reapply for a position on the Goddard inquiry, as I had just had a heart attack, and Goddard has said she did not want survivors on the panel, due to the risk of repeated judicial challenges, now that it was a statutory inquiry.

Your attempts to smear me are totally unacceptable, and I will be seeking redress.

Kind regards

Graham

Graham Wilmer MBE
Director - The Lantern Project
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Mobile: 07852 226757
Registered Charity # 1097265

 

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Graham Wilmer <grahamwilmer51@gmail.com>
Date: 9 September 2017 at 15:22:54 BST
To: grahamwilmer51@googlemail.com
Subject: JH phone call

HEMMING 




Contemporaneous notes of a telephone conversation between a journalist (XX) and John Hemming – Saturday 30.05.15.


JH: "I spoke to the police in Staffordshire about a month ago saying I had been told by people (Andy Lavery) that this was all about Graham Wilmer wanting to get back on the child sex abuse panel, and he was making all this up because  he had  been removed from it."


XX: "He admitted that the Sunday Times had contacted him and denied he was planning to publicly issue a statement under his own name."


JH: "I .told Tom Harper I don't want to be named.. I am quite desperate about not wanting to be named. I don't mind 

talking about it but I really don't want to be named... It might be true I was making a statement to Tom but anonymously.


"The problem is that it comes down to the identity - anything that goes down that route. My name has been floated around the media for many months


"I am blaming Graham Wilmer for all this . My understanding about this, and I got  this not just from talking to the media and the police, if they were serious about this being an offence, they would have talked about it to the police well before they talked to the media.


"They should have talked to the police first and allowed them to investigate before it. became public"


XX: "I made the point that  the investigation was still a scoping exercise, and he said: 


JH: "As far as i know, it is not a proper investigation. If the police had allegations against me they would tell me about it. This has gone on now for month or so, and the police have not told me of any allegations. It all sounds a bit surreal.


"I contacted the police to say I believed there was a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice about to be committed. If you have evidence of a serious crime is being committed you should report them to the police not Sky News. I don't think she did her case any good, but then if your rational is  to try and get the Home Secretary to reinstate Graham Wilmer on the panel, that is different. 


"If your primary  objective is to get the police to investigate people, then they are not going about it the best way."


 XX: "I interjected that, surely this would not get him back on the panel? He said that if I contacted Graham Wilmer,  I might be able to get him to say this.


"I then pressed him on whether he had made a complaint to Staffordshire police. He said "I raised concerns that evidence against me was about to be manufactured, whether or not it is a fantasy or a fabrication is difficult to work out."


"Oddly enough, I had been told there were allegations about me in Staffordshire. I have never had business in Staffordshire in my life.


"To be honest, it is a load of crap. It is the sort of thing I think I would litigate over, even if you narrowed it down to 'a former Liberal Dem MP', there are only two in the West Midlands. People start saying who is the closest?


"You are narrowing down the group quite substantially. I normally don't litigate but this sort of thing I will litigate."


XX:" I told him i shall pass this on to my editor. He said " If you stick tot he world politician you are not taking any chances. There are not many MPs who. have lost of their seats in that region so, if you say a former MP, I'd rather you stick to a politician because then I have a cat in hell's chance of people not filming me and saying this is all  a pile of pile of shit. 


"It is not appropriate because these are all awful allegations."


XX: "I then put it to him that someone else had come forward, not connected with Graham Wilmer, alleging  a similar situation against him?


"He said: "Is that someone else or naming me?", I said "Naming you".


"Well, I don't know what is going on there. I know who is behind a certain set of assertions (eg Graham Wilmer), but in this case, apart from saying no, there is enough in this to say what is alleged is complete bullshit. 


"I can't deal with vague sort of information. I HAVE NOT COMMITTED CRIMINAL SEXUAL OFFENCES.


"This is one of your difficulties in being reasonably high profile - some idiot somewhere would say this... where 

do you go with all this? It is not easy to do.


"Some of the Jersey stuff over the years have got lots of evidence and lots of history to it, but difficult, and then you had the Hampstead case which is obviously..wrong. 


"So here we are - I don't want to be identified. I don't want to go close to being identified. As soon as you start this it becomes quite a big thing and to try and remove the taint to some of this is quite difficult - please stick with 

'politician'. You have always got my mobile no.

 he then added if Esther had wanted to do something she could always issue her statement to the police to be 

published."


XX: "I said 'well she did go public.' He said "It's all about publicity, not the original situation. It is all about trying 

to get back on this panel. I have seen this - you could probably stand that up if you try and speak to him. 


"You say: 'what's your view on membership of the panel? Should you go back on the panel?' He might give you the answer that stands it up.


"JH: "I have got this from members of the survivor community. There is a massive row going on - allegations by one faction a small, faction that is a noisy faction have made allegations against me. It is complete shit to have it happening.


"All allegations should be properly investigated by the police - it should not be operated through press releases, which it is now.


"To be fair she may have been abused but it wasn't by me. I  was in a sense nowhere even close.It all sounds odd to me."


XX: "He queried how old Esther really is - saying her photo showed her looking older than 32.


"He said that she may well have been abused by people, but Wilmer took the opportunity to blame me. I see her being manipulated by Wilmer - not you can't print that - just say being manipulated by others. I don't see this being driven by her, I see it being driven by someone else.."

"I am happy to talk, but not to be identified."


ENDS. 


Graham Wilmer MBE
Director - The Lantern Project
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Mobile: 07852 226757
Registered Charity # 1097265

 

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

False statements about The Lantern Project, published in Harvey Proctor's book 'Credible & True'

Letter to Biteback Publishing: 


Dear Olivia

I am writing to ask inform you that I am taking legal advise over false and clearly damaging statements about the Lantern Project, that appear on pages 866 and 867 in Harvey Proctor's book, Credible and True, which you have just published.

In particular, the book claims: "This is where 'victims' of alleged child sexual abuse are given details of the effects of sex abuse suffered by their counsellor and then urged to re-live their own abuse. It is fraught with danger." This is nonsense and has no basis in truth, and comes from inaccurate and malicious press coverage in the Sunday Times and the Daily mail, and elsewhere.

The book also claims that UTD (the therapeutic recovery model we developed) is "reminiscent of a previously discredited technique called 'recovered memory therapy'. This therapy played its part in the historic false abuse scandal in Cleveland in 1987."  Again, Mr Proctor, or whoever ghost wrote the book for him, has relied on inaccurate press articles published in the Sunday Times on 18 October 2015, which were subsequently corrected by the Sunday Times on 13 December 2015, following a referral to IPSO. The ST correction states: "Our article "VIP sex cases link to false memory" made an erroneous reference to the Cleveland child abuse scandal."

It also states: "We are happy to clarify that Ester Baker made allegations of childhood sexual abuse several months before receiving stage fiver only (Reconciliation) of UTD therapy at the project."

Mr Proctor also claims on page 867: "Wirral decided to end its financial support of £187,000 a year of the Lantern Project for a number of reasons, one of which was its use of the therapeutic model."

This too is not true, The amount Wirral CCG funded the Lantern Project in 2015 was £140,000, not £187,000, and the statement published on the CCG's web site says: "Following a review of The Lantern Project, a decision has been made by NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to cease funding of this service. Wirral CCG will endeavour to work with The Lantern Project to support existing patients to the end of their treatment or transfer them to suitable alternative services."

They make no mention of UTD being one a reason for their decision to cease funding the Lantern Project, as claimed by Mr Proctor in his book.

Mr Proctor has relied on false and malicious statements made in press articles, and subsequently corrected by the media, in his book, in order to justify his claims of being a victim of a 'witch hunt'. In doing so, he has joined the campaign to discredit the testimonies made to police by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, who have been supported by the Lantern Project.

These are serious issues, and they require an explanation from Mr Proctor and yourselves, as to why you felt justified in publishing false comments about the Lantern Project, regardless of the fact that the media have printed corrections, stating that  their original articles contained erroneous information, dressed up as 'fact'.

I'm sure you will appreciate that Mr Proctor's reliance on false statements made in the press, to support his claims that the Lantern Project is responsible for creating 'false memories', which have resulted in 'False allegations', being made, is profoundly  distressing, and very damaging the the Lantern Project and its service users.

I will write to you again, following legal advice, and I suggest that you discuss this with Mr Procter, as matter of urgency.

Kind regards

Graham
 
Graham Wilmer MBE


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Hello?

Dear Dr Kennedy

I wrote to you on 27 October 2015, following the  statements about me you made in the Sunday Times, in which you raised concerns about the support we give to fellow survivors of child sexual abuse.

To refresh your memory, this is what I said: Dear Dr Kennedy

"Your comments in the Sunday Times last week about the work I and others have been doing with adult victims of psychosexual trauma suffered in childhood were interesting, and I would like to invite you to come and discuss your observations on our work. 

As I'm sure you know, Liverpool John Moore University's department of forensic psychology are conducting a two year study into our work, and I'm surprised that you didn't ask them about that before you responded to the Sunday Times. It's also odd that you would have made the statements you did, given that the case you commented on is a live, high-profile police investigation, being conducted by Staffordshire Police.

It is possible that your involvement in this case is innocent, in as much as you were unaware of the background to this case. However, it is also questionable that an expert of your standing would easily be drawn into a campaign to discredit a prosecution witness in a live police investigation, without having at least made contact with myself, or the witness, to be able to make a balanced judgement.

I have read the book you wrote in 1997, entitled 'Child abuse, psychotherapy and the law', and it's noteworthy that you arrived at very similar conclusions regarding the long-term impact of child sexual abuse as we have done, working with adult victims over the past 15 years. 

So, for you to make such dismissive statements about the work that we do, without even speaking to us, does not sit well for someone of your academic background and your published findings.

It is possible that you were misled by the Sunday Times, in that they probably didn't inform you that they were seeking from you a few words to help support their campaign to undermine witnesses in high-profile child abuse investigations.

That said, there is a also suspicion among victims that you may be involved in supporting one of the individuals whom allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against, and I would like to hear your response to this."


I am still waiting for a reply.

Kind regards

Graham

Graham Wilmer MBE
Director - The Lantern Project
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Mobile: 07852 226757
Registered Charity # 1097265

 

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Seeking justice

Message to White Flowers Alba founder Andrew Lavery

Dear Andi

As a consequence of your efforts to undermine me, the Lantern Project and the hundreds of survivors we have supported for the past 16 years, we are now working towards seeking justice for the harm you and your associates have caused. We will continue to complain to the criminal and civil justice systems in our quest for justice, and we will not be bullied from that course by people who wish to cause us harm.


Kind regards

Graham
Graham Wilmer MBE
Director - The Lantern Project
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Mobile: 07852 226757
Registered Charity # 1097265

 

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Is there anybody out there?


Turns out that the mystery blogger 'Real Troll Exposure' in fact exposes nothing! Google News Alerts show no record of any serious news outlet ever taking any notice of the articles published on the RTE blog. So, not making a living from all the time invested in the RTE investigations? Possible to conclude RTE blogger is living of the state - but I couldn't possibly comment, as all comments (free speech etc etc,) are blocked because RTE doesn't like what folks say about them! 


This is what RTE pumped out today, and no, the mainstream media have not reported it.

"Love the referrals section of this blog’s stats… marvellous … it revealed a certain person’s little obsession…

Must be worried. Stamping his flippers up and down …😉

For reference : comments were turned off on this blog because of abusive content being posted in them and it is my responsibility to ensure that abusive content is not posted on the site, it’s no good complaining that you can’t comment when your mates have already caused the problem in the first place !😉

Nice try though but failed again … as usual.

Might want to take a look at the web archive though …😉

Too late to delete it all now.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

So who is the scribe hiding behind Real Troll Exposure?

For some time now, the blog RTE, has been pumping out allegations and insinuations, based on the right to free speech. No problem with that, except that who ever is behind it won't allow anyone to comment or challenge what appears on the RTE blog, which conflicts head on with the concept of free speech. However, it matters not, as the impact of RTE, in terms of keeping children safe from harm is zero. 

Well, here's a surprise!

The Sunday Times journalist, who told the world that I, allegedly, put 'false memories' into the minds of alleged victims of child sexual abuse, presumably based on his personal expertise in the subject, is now claiming that the late Greville Janner was totally innocent of the allegations against him. He seems to base this on an interview with a family member. It is a great comfort to know that we have such seekers of truth in our media, and that they are not open to influence; only the total pursuit of truth guides them.