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Complex Trauma, Somatoform Dissociation and (Re-)Victimisation: A UK Family Court Case Study

Background and Aims:
This single case study outlines the inter-generational abuse background to a series of offences including arson, murder and rape. Psychiatrists and psychologists acting as court appointed experts ignored dissociative symptoms and interpreted psychometric tools incorrectly (Kurz, 2017). The poster highlights problematic issues related to the Family Court process where a compromise allegation and a witness reference to the work of Miller (2012) and Badouk Epstein (2011) on extreme offending in Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) cults were ignored.


A mother of a toddler reached out to an acquaintance for help when her son was sexually assaulted by a family member in shocking circumstances seemingly designed to trigger removal of custody and destruction of the reputation of the mother through compromised UK Family Court processes. Conversations, privately commissioned trauma therapy sessions and location visits uncovered supportive forensic evidence.

Chilling details emerged that suggest operation of a British Isles abuse cult operating in Kingston-upon-Thames, South Wales and across the Irish Sea. 12 months before the assault a police officer, contrary to procedure, instructed the mother to wait several weeks before reporting the sexual assault. Three adults were found dead within 6 months of these improper instructions. A sustained stalking, defamation and harassment campaign unfolded over the next 6 months, seemingly orchestrated to make the mother appear delusional and paranoid. An NHS clinic psychiatrist who interacted with the mother in her youth made self-incriminating remarks whilst making an unfavourable diagnosis that a colleague backed. A freelance Psychiatrist found the mother delusional about the index incidents but simultaneously ‘confirmed litigation capacity’ thus avoiding a transfer to a court designed for vulnerable persons. A
freelance psychologist poorly interpreted WISC and MCMI psychometric results. All experts found the mother ‘delusional’ but none referred to a definition of ‘delusion’ with appropriate
caveats such as provided in DSM: ‘a false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everyone beliefs and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary’. This left the presiding judge open to using a weak definition in ‘Blacks Medical Dictionary’ (Marcovitch, 2010). In the course of preparing an appeal application five privately commissioned specialists found no reason to disbelieve the mother’s account regarding the daytime toddler rape and her account of giving birth as a young teenager to a baby girl that within a week 'disappeared'.


In this ‘Child Smuggling’ case organised manipulation and trauma was seemingly used to cover up prior extreme abuse offences (including suspected human sacrifice infanticide). The ploy succeeded in destroying the credibility of the mother and wrestling away custody, by all appearances into the control of the abuse group. This problematic case lends credence to the concerns raised by England (2012) who found that 2/3 of psychological assessment reports
trawled from UK Family Courts were ‘’poor’ or ‘very poor’. Efforts are continuing to get authority representatives to properly examine matters (including house fire artefacts & DNA).

Presenter: Dr. Rainer Hermann Kurz

Rainer Kurz is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in assessment who lives in London. Rainer studied Psychology in Bavaria before moving to the UK in 1989. Since completing his MSc in 1990 he worked in Research & Development roles for leading test publishers. His PhD dissertation was on enhancing the validity and utility of ability testing. Rainer developed 50+ psychometric tests and conducted pioneering research into computer-based assessment, leadership and competencies. He is author of more than 100 papers, posters, articles and book chapters. Following 6 years as a member of the Committee on Test Standards (CTS) at the British Psychological Society (BPS) he is currently the Science & Practice Strategy Convener of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and a Consultant Editor for Test Reviews at the Psychometric Testing Centre (PTC).

Since 2014 Rainer has delivered more than 25 presentations on trauma, personality disorder, dyslexia, dissociation and healing at international peer-reviewed mental health conferences that can be downloaded from his ResearchGate profile: