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Re: Questions for Abductees

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 10:26:54 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 23:38:58 -0500
Subject: Re: Questions for Abductees

>Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 03:59:47 -0500 (CDT)
>From: Michael Wayne Malone <wayne@fly.HiWAAY.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Questions for Abductees

>> From: wlmss@peg.apc.org [Lawrie Williams]
>> Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 04:57:14 +1000 (GMT+1000)
>> To: updates@globalserve.net
>> Subject: Questions for Abductees

>> How anyone can draw such extensive inferences both factual and
>> moral from the minimal information I provided is quite beyond me.
>> My file was brief and lucid before consumption, and related to a
>> very real event. Now it has become a mini-myth and has taken on a
>> life of its own.  I am mightily entertained.

>Mightily entertaining to watch you as well.  How did you draw
>such an extensive inference of facts about a child's experience
>without interviewing the subject?  You actually took second hand
>information, drew a definite conclusion, predicted an uncheckable
>hypothesis, tainted an abduction information source and insulted
>field researchers all without leaving the comfort of your chair
>of interviewing the original subject.

>Nice peice of work.

I am a little surprised that the legal ramifications of this
matter haven't been discussed.  I have watched this discussion
with interest, and wonder if those who provide advice and
counseling have taken the precaution of obtaining liability
insurance to protect their assets.  In this emotionally charged
genre we have already seen legal suits brought against those who
provide such counseling.  In the "brief and lucid" information
provided on this list, it is apparent that such action could be
brought by the parents of the youth involved, and by the youth at
some future date, if additional counseling were to show that this
contact led to psychological difficulties.  Even if the parents
were to give permission, that would not entirely shield the
"therapist" from legal action.

I don't raise this issue as criticism of the current matter under
discussion, since others have already chosen to make those
points.  But, there are legal issues involved here that should be
kept in mind no matter how good one's intention may be.


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