One of those I asked reported back:
Jennifer Hoult is on my list of crazy detractors. She did indeed sue her father, a MIT math professor. The professor & his lawyer thought Jennifer’s accusations were so far fetched that no one in their right mind would believe them. I think they even went to trial without an expert…….. And lost.
Jennifer Hoult in the 1990s thus claimed she had got so called repressed memories of her father´s sexual assualts – including repeated rapes – during her years 4-17, memories that she then as an adult had started ”recover”. This text from the web June 28, 2009 tells about it:
What Jennifer Hoult said in 2011 on the feminist meeting in Sweden about parental alienation was reported in ”Feminstic Perspective” (by Gerda Christensson 2011-11-11) under the heading:
PAS make abused children mute
”There is a wide spread myth that mothers in custody battles make up that their children have been abused by the father, according to the participants on the ROKS conference…
Earlier those who urge the PAS-theory said that PAS wason its way to be included among scientifically accepted diagnoses in he US, but with time there are fewer who tick to that. PAS s not a scinetifically approved diagnosis. On the contrary it has been dismissed by most psychologists and medical docors in the US.”
DSM – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is not based on science, but is an internationally used manual, in Sweden used in combination with ICD – International Clasification of Diseases, a manual much more used internationally.
In the issue DSM-5, published in 2015 there are four diagnoses with reference to damages caused by cutting children off from half of their rootsystem and influence them to reject those´whom they have been cut off from. These four diagnoses are:
child affected by parental relationship distress
parent-child relational problem
child psychological abuse
Back to what was written in 2011 referring to the invited ”expert” Jennifer Hoult on the ROKS-conference:
”Gardner witnessed to the benefit of men in about 400 legal cases in the US. No one checked his background, or if he was what he gave himself out as. He gave himself out as an expert – a professor at Columbia University. In reality he had an unpaid position as a volunteer at the university, while he earnd his money by giving witness in court trials.
Jennifer Hoult also told that Richard Gardner wrote a lot of books,that he published by his own publishing house…
Jennier Hoult also commented on Gardner´s minimizing of sexual abuse of children. She meant that from a pedophile prespective Gardner´s theory becomes logical.
– The only abuse then taking place is the alienation, as the incest is not seen as abuse.”
Other lecturers who agreed with Jenifer Hoult, the alleged victim of her father´s abuse of her as a child, were Eva Diesen, presented as a legal professional specialized in children´s rights, sexual crimes and animal protection, and Eva Kornhall a lawyer who said:
-PAS exists to make excuses for what children tell about sexual abuse. PAS makes the children keep silent, Through PAS the society makes the children hold their tongues…
-The father´s right to his children has bigger importance than the children´s right to a safeupbringing.
-Only 3% av cases reported to the polce lead to verdicts of guilt, and these are mostly the caes where the man has confessed…
At the end of the conference the question of how it could be that such a, according to Eva Kornhall, false doctrine could have had such an impact. She is of the opinion that it is due to ”unlikely clever lobbying.
-Behind there are financially strong pedophile groups.”
The symposium in Uppsala in 2015 was called “Children´s statements”, and was arranged by a cooperative organization formed in 2012 called “Barnskyddsrådet”/Child protection council.” In this organization you can find persons from organizations and authorities such as Save the children, the social services, the Academic hospital in Uppsala, the school, the preschool, and the “Barnombudsmannen In Uppsala”.
The chair of the last organization, Lisa Skiöld also chaired the symposium. She translated from my information pamphlet about my book THE CHILD´S RIGHT TO FAMILY LIFE. 25 SWEDISH CASE STUDIES OF PARENTAL ALIENATION to Jennifer Hoult, JF, before this lady started her lecture as the last speaker.
Jennifer Hoult started with referring to the dinner conversation she had had the evening before with the organizers and gave her experiences on children´s statements. She said she had had about 1000 cases as a prosecutor/counselor and that children do not lie about sexual abuse. She stated:
– It is extremely unusual with false accounts of sexual abuse, about 2 %.
She went on saying that children very easily can be abused and often are in a very short time, also with other people around. It doesn´t take many seconds to put a finger in the child´s vagina for the pedophile, or to abuse the child while the person accompanying
The child for visitation pays a visit to the toilet. JF gave high figures on the numbers of girls – and boys (good of her to not forget that boys can be sexually abused) – that are sexually abused in the states.
JF heavily criticized the system in the US, that according to her does not handle sexual abuse cases in a correct way and that does not punish the pedophiles, but let them go.
– Not potential harm but real serious harm is often not enough for state intervention. Children have no standing and no rights.
She then turned to criticize PAS and above all Richard Gardner. She showed and read out loud a lot of what she said was his opinion that pedophilia was something natural and good. Here is from my notes, please be aware that I can have missed words and meaning as I did not audio record what she said:
– There is an assumption that bad-mouthing of one parent makes the child turn against that parent. That is not true.
– If you don´t like your parent does that make you mentally ill?
– Gardner presented PAS as a medical methodology which it is not.
– Gardner published a lot of literature on his own.
– He was not alive for me to ask him how pedophilia and necrophilia can support the species as he wrote.
She waved with the information pamphlet about my book, and said that Lisa (the chair) had translated it to her and she said:
– It says that parental alienation is the worse form of psychological abuse towards a child. It was they all say. That is not true!
She turned to the audience (about 40 people, most women) and asked us if we knew the solution by king Salomon with the two women fighting over one child.
– This is what we do, we slice up the children´s time.
– You do not diagnose a fracture from something done by another person.
– Gardner was an unemployed in Colombia university, a volunteer. Noone controlled his affillation.
JH then gave more figures on pedophilia – with no mentioning of her sources for these figures.
– 20 % of cases of pedophilia consist of penetration of children in dipers.
She cited Matt 7:15 Beware wolves in sheep´s clothing.
– One pedophile had committed 300 cases of rape when he was caught! Most of the pedophiles walk without punishment.
– It takes a few seconds to rape a child.
When JH then turned to talk about “Reunification Therapy” I made these notes from her speech:
– It is a lot of money, but no medical treatment.
– They spend a week threatening the child.
– Threaten the child that the child will never see the other parent again.
– Isolation, threatening the children with no one there to be their advocates – IT IS BRAINWASHING.
JH referred to the Geneva convention on torture, article 1 and stated:
– Reunification therapy constitutes torture of children.
– It is also a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Freedom of thought, freedom of speech.
She was told she had gone out of time and finished her speech with referring to the good intentions to help and the help there is for all those who have been abused_
– There is help out there for all who have been abused.
Then there was time for questions sent by sms from the audience to the chair who picked some out.
I did not write those questions down, I just made notes about some of the things JH said in her answers:
– There are many judges who violate the rules of law. They order the children reunification therapy without a proceeding.
– The rule of law is not in rule.
– A parent can put pressure on a child but it doesn´t neccesarily turn the child against the other parent. Alienation is as estrangement.
– My position is that it is a violation of the child´s human rights to force the child to love the other parent.
– If you use money for reunification therapy you will not have contact with your child and grand children. My advice is to respect the child´s will.
Jennifer Houlds doesn´t give her audience information based on research and empirically proved facts.
A new study has demonstrated that by use of the PARQ – Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire, developed by Ronald Rohner et al, alienated children can clearly be distinguished from estranged children (2016, Bernet, W., Öngider-Gregory, N., Reay, K.M., Rohnerm R.P. An Objective Measure of Splitting in Parental Alienation: The Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire, article under publication)
Based on human experiences, science, and empirical observations we know that children need close contact with both parents for their healthy development. They need their love and acceptance, and need to be allowed to love both their parents – without having to choose one of them.
Children can easily be influenced, mostly in combination with separation, to reject the parent the child is separated from. Love/acceptance from the parents (or those who are by the child´s side like parents) is the child´s basic need and it is in accordance with the national legislation of children´s rights, and in accordance with universal human rights, and with article 8 in the European Declaration of Human Rights.