Sunday, 26 February 2017


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



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