A senior Scientology official, a winner of an award for her activities in promoting human rights has been arrested and released on bail following allegations of perverting the course of justice. Click on photo to watch video of the news.
The allegations are that she instructed a girl and her mother to lie to police about sexual abuse by girl's stepfather. Allegedly, she told mother and daughter to hide abuse or otherwise the girl would be taken into care.
Ms Eastgate has been arrested and released on bail and is due to appear in court soon.
It is certainly true that even without any instructions to pervert the course of justice, police may have plenty of difficulties in investigating child abuse anyway and on daily basis. There are not just the frequent problems of denial by the abusers, but that of evidence (proof) and reliability of witnesses at the level required by the courts.
Children themselves can be very fearful, feel ashamed and take many years to work through different stages of the trauma following abuse. Many self -harm and some kill themselves.
Those children who are not believed by their family even when they speak up suffer for many years. The reasons for denial by family members include financial dependency on alleged abuser in nuclear family and fear of social shaming and blaming.
Scientology is a religion and there are many others. However, surely, mother is responsible for accepting alleged advice by Ms Jan Eastgate and for her other beliefs religious and not religious. Equally responsible is Ms Jan Eastgate if the allegations are true.
Psychologists and social workers as well as psychiatrists have supported many victims of abuse and Scientology has reputation of being anti-psychiatry.
The case of Ms Jan Eastgate has many interesting psychological and political aspects. There is a worldwide shortage of psychiatrists and it is very difficult for many people to get help even when they are begging their General Medical Practitioners for referrals to psychiatrists (in London, UK, for example). Patients are told they cannot be referred to psychiatrists because there is not enough psychiatrists to see them. Perhaps, Australia has decided to lead the world and show itself as being psychiatrists friendly unlike some places, like UK , where significant persecution of psychiatrists has taken place at the hands of the religious lot and not just Scientologists.
There are activists who see it as their mission to do in as many psychiatrists as possible. Doctors who have never experienced the relentless onslaught of telephone calls from such activists have no idea just how stressful and dangerous some of these people are.
Psychiatrists have been made bankrupt, lost their registrations with medical regulator and their reputations in a wider social context.
Religiously biased medical institutions did absolutely nothing to stop this kind of abuse of properly qualified professionals because they had so much support from the government of the past days who lavished money on them (millions) and later on promoted infiltration by such religious activists into medical organizations.
Earlier on, in 1988, Dr Bisa Haeger and Dr Joy Dalton psychiatrists published the first investigation in the world into the attitudes of psychiatrists about child sexual abuse. They found psychiatrists were well informed about the psychological consequences of abuse but had not many cases of victims on their books despite the prevalence research which showed it could be somewhere around 50% of psychiatric patients. Click HERE to read the study. It would be interesting to see how things have changed in the last twenty years in terms of social attitudes of psychiatrists to child abuse.
CLICK HERE to watch video of Scientology conference and their mission to destroy psychiatry sent by the Anonymous commentator below.