HASC Feb 2015

Letter sent to VARIOUS people in 2015 telling half of the story xx

To Whom it may Concern

I am writing to you with regard to my attendance at the HASC pre appointment hearing of Justice Goddard.

I welcomed the opportunity to attend this hearing.

I would like to make you aware of a conversation (albeit a rather one sided conversation) that was had between Ben Emmerson QC and Justice Goddards husband shortly after they arrived at Portcullis House. Justice Goddard went to the toilet and I passed her on her way, assisting her to find the location of the toilets. When I got back to the Boothroyd Room Ben Emmerson QC and Justice Goddards husband were waiting outside of the Boothroyd Room. I overheard Ben Emmerson explain to Mr Goddard that he had been trying to help Justice Goddard understand that she [Justice Goddard] should not be worried about nor intimidated by the HASC committee hearing as they were “all well below her [Justice Goddard’s] intellect”. He went on to further explain that the hearing was not important to her role or employment which were both secure despite the pre appointment hearing. He went on to then offer a very personal of opinion of Keith Vaz MP (Chair of the HASC) and stated that he [Keith Vaz MP] was one of the least respected MPs in parliament and that “nobody really had any time for him”. Ben Emmerson QC went onto give his opinion of the way the HASC presented questions “they don’t really ask questions, they make long five minute statements that have about 15 questions in them somewhere”. Mr Goddard contributed very little to this conversation and I would like to make very clear it was not hushed nor secretive in any way, in fact I would describe Mr Emmersons voice as quite booming.

When Justice Goddard returned she along with her husband and Ben Emmerson were ushered into a private room so that Keith Vaz MP could introduce himself to them.

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, who had put a lot of faith in the HASC and their purpose it was entirely disheartening to hear counsel to the CSA Inquiry referring to it and its committee members in such a derisory fashion.

I do wonder given Mr Emmerson’s low opinion of a select committee what exactly he thinks of survivor’s intellect and “sensibilities”.

I would appreciate acknowledgement on receipt of this letter.

Yours sincerely Esther Baker

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NAPAC 

Following being made aware of accusations made to the iicsa & various other people I have posted below in the interests of transparency all of my email communication with NAPAC in the past – barring a request for help from them severa years ago which was never replied to. I have never had any phone conversations with them. 
Dear Gabrielle
We have never communicated, but you may remember using my case back in May to comment on behalf of NAPAC – I have included the screen shot to remind you of this. 

This investigation is progressing and is very much still active as Operation Ruffle. I am writing to inform you that as of this morning I have had to report one of your staff members to the investigation as she has joined in with a campaign of harassment and abuse against me which the police are investigating as witness intimidation and attempting to pevert the course of justice. This woman has revealed survivor details and named formerly anonymous survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the past on social media and also to her journalist connections. She is now using her employment status at NAPAC to somehow offer credence to her opinions, which are extremely derogatory and offensive to me as a survivor of sexual abuse for over 30 years and the complainant in an active investigation. She is constantly commenting on my social media postings even though she has been blocked for several months and as such would have to actively search for my postings. 

I am not suggesting that NAPAC would be able to take any disciplinary action against ******, and indeed that is not the purpose of this email, but I wanted to make you aware of this course of conduct and to also make you aware on the impact this has had on several survivors, and is still having. I feel that this is giving NAPAC a very bad name and is raising suspicions on NAPAC’s credibility as well as *******. Survivors are now scared to come forward on social media in case they are attacked in the same way – which I’m sure you can understand is unacceptable in every way. 

I would appreciate you registering receipt of this email. 
Yours

Esther Baker
Sent from my iPhone
As you are aware I sent you an email several weeks ago about a safeguarding issue. As I had no response from either yourself or Gabriella Shaw I’m beginning to assume that things have been said to you about me that are clearly untrue. No matter. That’s what the police investigation is for. 

Aside from that – this email is to make you aware – if you are not already that the NAPAC Twitter account has in the last 24 hours blocked over 20 survivors of sexual abuse – some of these have never tweeted with NAPAC and are understandably confused by that. Others have been vocal supporters of NAPAC for several years and are also understandably quite angered by that. As NAPAC appears to have forgotten that its main aim is to support survivors of sexual abuse I must tell you that some survivors have been incredibly upset by this as they feel they have done something wrong, when they haven’t done anything wrong at all. I’m sure we both know what that feels like. What could be perceived by some as abandonment by what is supposed to be a support network can be extremely damaging – again I’m sure you know this. I assume your opinions of me and my case, whatever they are won’t prevent you from taking safeguarding action over this matter. 
Yours. Esther Baker
As I am not sure whether you will receive this email – as indeed there was no response to the last, I have taken the precaution of Cc’ing other interested parties into this email in the hopes that it will somehow reach your attention.  
Sent from my iPhone
As you are aware I sent you an email several weeks ago about a safeguarding issue. As I had no response from either yourself or Gabriella Shaw I’m beginning to assume that things have been said to you about me that are clearly untrue. No matter. That’s what the police investigation is for. 

Aside from that – this email is to make you aware – if you are not already that the NAPAC Twitter account has in the last 24 hours blocked over 20 survivors of sexual abuse – some of these have never tweeted with NAPAC and are understandably confused by that. Others have been vocal supporters of NAPAC for several years and are also understandably quite angered by that. As NAPAC appears to have forgotten that its main aim is to support survivors of sexual abuse I must tell you that some survivors have been incredibly upset by this as they feel they have done something wrong, when they haven’t done anything wrong at all. I’m sure we both know what that feels like. What could be perceived by some as abandonment by what is supposed to be a support network can be extremely damaging – again I’m sure you know this. I assume your opinions of me and my case, whatever they are won’t prevent you from taking safeguarding action over this matter. 
Yours. Esther Baker
As I am not sure whether you will receive this email – as indeed there was no response to the last, I have taken the precaution of Cc’ing other interested parties into this email in the hopes that it will somehow reach your attention.  
Sent from my iPhone
Hi Peter
That seems fair enough although some things I will not be able to fill you in on email as I’m aware that mistakes can be made and they may end up in the public domain. 

The basic outline is that yesterday morning the NAPAC Twitter feed appeared to endorse the White Flowers Alba Website. As you are probably aware this is a separate group from the White Flowers Campaign 

I’m incredibly concerned that with napac’s seeming approval that now vulnerable adults will contact **** service for “counselling and advocacy” which is what his website offers. 

As I’m sure you’re aware **** has no formal training in helping survivors. The website and white flowers Alba is not registered as a company or charity in any way. It has no address. The contact details on the website are two email addresses and **** mobile phone number. There are claims that he has a good working relationship with the home office and police Scotland – which simply isn’t true. 

The truth is **** has already in 2014 received a PIN harassment warning for harassment against a survivor. There is also an ongoing police investigation into his behaviour which I cannot discuss on here – but am happy to talk to you confidentially about on a very serious matter. Again as you may be aware he recorded survivors without their permission at a meeting and passed that to a Sunday Times journalist.  

To sum up I am hugely concerned about the safeguarding issues this raises – but am informed that apparently anybody can set up a counselling service with no training or safeguarding and until they register in one form or another there is nothing really that can be done about it. I also understand that it’s not really something which any of us can stop at the moment. However to see NAPAC endorsing – or seeming to endorse by advertising this service is hugely worrying. It lends the credibility of NAPAC to what can only be described as a dangerous, back street service and to be honest with you I am scared for the safety of the people who may now be getting involved with **** after reading that tweet. I’m interested to hear your opinions and again you are perfectly welcome to ring me to discuss this and the parts I am not able to email further
Esther Baker
Sent from my iPhone
On 28 Apr 2016, at 17:42, Peter Saunders <peter.saunders@napac.org.uk> wrote:
Good morning

I think I may be getting my wires crossed but ***** said you would like me to contact you. Is that right?

Since we don’t know each other perhaps you could email me the gist of what is on your mind?

If I can help I will. It’s what NAPAC is for.

Pete
Best wishes
Peter Saunders FRSA
Founder 

NAPAC
0203 176 0560

peter@napac.org.uk  

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On 27 Apr 2016, at 21:45, Esther Baker <esther_jambo@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Yes that’s no problem. Is there a convenient time. 
Sent from my iPhone
On 27 Apr 2016, at 21:43, Peter Saunders <peter.saunders@napac.org.uk> wrote:
Call you tomorrow 

Pete
Best wishes
Peter Saunders FRSA
Founder 

NAPAC
0203 176 0560

peter@napac.org.uk  

http://www.napac.org.uk&nbsp;
On 27 Apr 2016, at 21:37, Esther Baker <esther_jambo@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
Hi Peter
******* has just said that you asked me to drop you an email. It’s up to you how you’d like to communicate. I’m happy to speak either on the phone or by email. My number is ********. Or this is my main email account. 
Sent from my iPhone

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A Very Merry Daily Fail

Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you the latest round of rubbish from the mail. My comments will be in bold – the rest is the online Mail article copied and pasted directly from their site.

VIP child sex charity loses its NHS funds over concerns that controversial therapy they use may cause ‘false memories’

By Stephen Wright, Associate News Editor For The Daily Mail
00:57 09 Dec 2015, updated 00:59 09 Dec 2015

The Lantern Project charity has been stripped of financial support (ONLY BY THE NHS

Two alleged victims claim to have suffered abuse at the hands of VIPs There’s actually a great many more of us than that. Last time I looked there were 700 and odd allegations. Not all from Darren and I.

But police have been unable to corroborate any of their allegations
That’s why they have already arrested one person, interviewed 2 under caution and are presently working their way through a large number of witnesses.

Concerns have since been raised over Lantern Project’s methods
A charity which has helped two key witnesses in the VIP child sex abuse investigation has lost NHS funding amid concerns over its use of a controversial therapy which can generate false memories. False memory syndrome is in itself a controversial and not proven theory

The Lantern Project was stripped of financial support after fears were raised over its governance, counselling techniques and use of unqualified staff.
tell the highly qualified staff that that have all worked in the field for many years
The move raises further questions about the judgment of Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, who championed two alleged victims of VIP abuse helped by the charity. Sorry but it’s nowt to do with Tom. I’ve met the guy once at an election campaign meeting along with about 50 other people. Darren I don’t think has ever met him

And it is another blow to Operation Midland, the beleaguered Scotland Yard probe into alleged abuse and murder by a gang of senior Establishment figures.
a) is it even called Midland anymore? didn’t it get added to due to the other allegations? B) I’ve never spoken to op Midland. They’re nothing to do with my case

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Questions raised: Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, championed two alleged victims of abuse who had been helped by the charity The Lantern Project as above
The two alleged victims helped by the Lantern Project, Esther Baker and a man known only as Darren, claim to have suffered and witnessed abuse at the hands of VIPs.
allege would be a better word I think – although kudos to the writer for using a more emotive word that suggest incredulity
But police have been unable to corroborate any of their sensational allegations.
of course not. That’s why they’re arresting people – would it have killed the Mail to google it or ask Staffs for a press statement?

Doubts about the pair intensified in October, when concerns emerged about a technique used by the Lantern Project called unstructured therapeutic disclosure (UTD), in which the victims are given the details of the effects of sex abuse suffered by their counsellor. Nah. Doubts about the pair intensified when the Sunday Times printed a story which even they have admitted to IPSO was inaccurate to say the least. My counsellor has never been abused so I’m not sure how that works

MORE…
Inside The National Crime Agency: How a Bahraini paedophile ring who befriended underage British boys online and terrorised them into performing sexual acts was FINALLY brought to justice
^^ Ironic link ^^

It has described its approach as ‘reverse disclosure’ – in which ‘the victims do not need to tell us what happened to them as we already know, because it happened to us’.

The project based in Wallasey on Merseyside has also referred to victims having ‘memories they have tried for many years to bury deep in their sub-conscious’.
don’t remember seeing that – but could be wrong
But a number of experts say it is reminiscent of a previously discredited technique called ‘recovered memory therapy’, which played a part in false abuse cases such as the Cleveland child abuse scandal in 1987 and the Orkney satanic ritual case in 1991.
ah yes. Barristerblog – et al. Those experts (with what qualifications exactly? Talking about a false memory syndrome that doesn’t feature in any reputable mental health directories – bumped up by two examples in which – you guessed it – false memory was proved to not be a feature at all. Google Mail reporters. Google is your friend. Duh.

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Esther Baker claimed to have suffered and witnessed abuse at the hands of VIPs jeez wept. They said something true – although my point about allege vs claims still stands
Last night the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed it had ceased funding the Lantern Project, which it has given £185,000 since 2013.
again I may be wrong but I believe they have been giving funds and sending clients to the Lantern for 4 years. They only seem to have had a problem this year. And especially after my allegations about government members, they lose government funding. Doesn’t take a genius …

It said: ‘Wirral CCG has previously commissioned The Lantern Project to provide counselling and psychotherapy to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence. oh look. There ya go. They were happy enough to send hundred of clients to them in the last.

‘Recently, however, yes. Recently – by trolls, stalkers and a couple of perverts the CCG has been made aware of, and continues to have concerns regarding, the governance of the service, the therapeutic model used and the use of unqualified staff.

‘Unfortunately, following the review, and as the CCG were not assured in these areas, a decision has been made to cease funding the service.’
I’ll leave that one to the Lantern to correct – which they will
Miss Baker, 32, who has received UTD therapy from the Lantern Project, claimed in January to have been abused in a church setting but did not mention politicians.
Yeah. Hi. I haven’t relieved UTD from the Lantern or anywhere else. When I made my allegations I was in counselling with RASA – and please forgive me for not sharing every detail of my sordid past to some bloke & girl from C4 who I’d never met before & didn’t know who they might be associated with, who after all were there to speak about the National Inquiry not the specifics of my abuse. I have given over 100 hours of evidence to the police. The C4 story was approx 8 minutes

In May, after widespread publicity about VIP sex abuse, she waived her right to anonymity and claimed that when she was aged from six to 11 she had been repeatedly raped by a former MP and others in a forest at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, as police stood guard.

I’m starting to really dislike the word “claim”

Miss Baker, who has had close dealings with the disgraced ‘investigative’ news website Exaro, also alleged she was trafficked to a flat in Dolphin Square in Westminster for sex parties which included a former cabinet minister. Mr Watson then called for a full investigation into her case. Hey. When did poor Exaro become disgraced. It’s you who should be disgraced for writing this piece riddled with rubbish. Next question. I’ll give a chocolate bar to anyone who says they’ve seen me say that I was at Dolphin Square. See the difference is Exaro research their own articles – they don’t just copy & paste inaccurate articles from other papers

The former MP about who she made the claims was questioned ( not questioned. Interviewed under caution) for three hours by police in October. He vehemently denies her allegations and says he has serious concerns about the Lantern Project’s techniques. ah an anonymous bloke accused of rape and CSA says he didn’t do it – and of course he has serious concerns. The fact remains though that I made the allegations before the Lantern project

Darren claimed he had been abused on an estate in Suffolk, had witnessed the murder of a man and had been trafficked to Dolphin Square. He named a former cabinet minister as a child rapist and said he knew of a girl who had died during one sex party.

In September Suffolk police concluded there was no substance to Darren’s claims.

That month, it emerged he had been previously sentenced to two years in jail for making hoax bomb calls, nuisance and threatening calls about neighbours and criminal damage, had falsely confessed to the murder of a prostitute in the midst of a high profile police manhunt, and a judge had once accused of him of telling “some pretty whopping lies” at the conclusion of a court case.

According to reports in October, Darren has not had UTD therapy, but the Lantern Project has been supporting him in some of his dealings with police.

I cannot and will not make any comments on Darren and his allegations.
The charity is run by Graham Wilmer, an anti-abuse campaigner who set it up 12 years ago. He said at his home on Merseyside: ‘We cannot make a statement at this time as there is a live police investigation relating to this matter.
right there mate xx
‘We are in total dispute with the CCG statement because it is simply not right and we are discussing it with our lawyers.’

we’ll get there

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Troll no 2

DRLaverty is now saying this is a conspiracy against him. Ah well. Moving on to troll no. 2.
This is a delightful anonymous account although I’m pretty sure I know who is behind it. As an anon account I would recommend people to report it to twitter – but the same as Laverty I don’t want or need people to engage with it in any way. Again. Make up your own minds and see the people he converses with.

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Laverty

Let’s make it clear – I’ll not share my opinion of this guy in case it “upsets” him – I’ll just share a small selection if his tweets and let you make your own minds up. I have restricted this to tweets from his name & directly about me – I have excluded a number of sub-tweets as unlike some blogs I’d prefer to deal in fact only – the “anon” accounts can wait for another day. He is also not an survivor of sexual abuse – which he has said himself numerous times – in fact he sued a newspaper for suggesting he was. I’ll let you guys draw your own conclusions into this “campaigner” & “criminologist”. I am not accusing him of any crimes – just decided it was time to highlight his opinions – in the interest of being fair. I also need to make it clear I don’t want anyone to attack or challenge him for his opinions – he has a perfect right to them.

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