A brave biography

In this fascinating story in blog format, Janneke describes her search for a cure for her, initially unclear, symptoms.

A fruitless ramble through the Dutch health care system – the Regional Institute for Outpatient Mental Health Care, psychotherapy, psychiatric institutions – leads her to self-help with the therapies of Stettbacher and Jenson (similar to the nowadays better known Byron Katie) to work through the traumas of a childhood filled with psychological, physical and sexual abuse.

Her substantiated view and explanation of her own journey offers valuable insights and handles for therapists and survivors who want to guide themselves. Often a necessity because the pattern of such complex trauma is regularly not properly recognized and treated, causing victims to be labelled and drugged instead of cured.

She has chosen to write her story in English to make this biography of a self-healing available to a wider audience than just a Dutch audience. Please forgive the mistakes of a non-native speaker.

Facts concerning the Dutch National Unit for Special Vice Cases

The Dutch National Unit for Special Vice Cases (in Dutch: the LEBZ) continuously emphasizes that the facts show that there is no evidence that there is such a thing as ritual abuse.

FACTS

  • Fact is that the LEBZ submitted its last annual report for 2008. Only now, at the urgent request of the Minister of Justice and Security, following a unanimous vote of the House of Representatives, is the LEBZ busy collecting numbers.
  • Fact is that – according to statements from the legal department of the national police – there are no documents available based on which one can derive the facts on which the LEBZ bases its opinion that therapists use suggestive techniques and therefore do not comply with the rules of the Health Council.
  • Fact is that, again according to the national police, there are no documents based on police investigation reports from which the LEBZ derives its statements about retractors.
  • The fact is that it is unknown whether the LEBZ has investigated cases of more than one retractor, and how.
  • The fact is that scientists who are or were affiliated with the LEBZ as consultants, such as Peter van Koppen and Ineke Wessel, do not respond or do not respond substantively to questions asked about the claims they made in the media. Information about discussions around this held by the KTGG with the persons involved is available for inspection.
  • The fact is, therefore, that many of the statements and claims made with great regularity by the LEBZ are not verifiable, so far.
  • It is a fact that the LEBZ makes claims about the composition of their team: multidisciplinary and coming from various fields. It is also a fact that almost all of these experts adhere to the fantasy model to explain DID and write off recovered memories as impossible;
  • The fact is, therefore, that there can indeed be tunnel vision and groupthink when assessing police investigation reports.
  • It is also a fact that none of the consultants or permanent employees has field experience in the treatment of complex dissociative problems. So it is – for the time being – a fact that it is also not verifiable from which perspective these reports are judged.
  • Finally, it is a fact that various articles written by scientists from the Maastricht University were judged negatively in articles by other scientists, and that the former authors did not substantively respond to these criticisms.
  • The fact is, therefore, that the LEBZ’s opinions are based on theories that are internationally not highly regarded.
  • It is also a fact that the vice squad is severely understaffed and has insufficient knowledge about the very complex forms of dissociative problems that result from having undergone organized sadistic abuse.
  • Finally, a factual question is: how can the LEBZ assert their opinions with so much certainty, while only three declarations have been made in the last seven years?