I wanted to send you this message which outlines the seriousness of the issue we are involved in investigating. Deborah met with us here at my home several times and helped us put together our second documentary with TVNZ on the issue. We have the support of leading experts in the various fields in the World. Psychology , Forensic Psychiatry , Forensic Pathology. This is a small piece of a gigantic conspiracy to destroy our Families. I feel that you could become a valuable member of our Team if you wanted to help in some way. Our struggle for truth and justice has defined us as individuals but has come at a huge personal cost .
Hope it doesn't frighten you away. I wanted you to know so that you can decide. With your gentle , compassionate heart I know that you could be of comfort to many people.
Hope you had a lovely day
Love and light
Wednesday, 12 May 2004
DEBORAH CODDINGTON (ACT):
What I am about to say will shock this House.Every member should be ashamed of what happened. This Government and the last Government have ignored a dreadful scandal. In 1987 three little girls went to the Glenelg Health Camp in Christchurch. They were put in the care of the State. Their parents trusted their children to the care of the
State. A State employee sexually abused these little girls, and no Government has ever done anything except sweep this scandal under the carpet.
The Ministry of Health employed a medical officer of health, Dr Diane Espie, to work at the health camp. Without the parents' permission, and with no other adult present, Dr Espie repeatedly examined these little girls in a way that can only be described as sexual abuse. She inserted swabs into their vaginas. She measured their vaginas with tape measures, not once, not twice, but over and over again. She kept saying to these little girls: "This is what your fathers do to you, isn't it?". One little girl says that Dr Espie rubbed her breasts, and when the little girl cried Dr Espie slapped her and said she was having a bad day.
That was child abuse, but, worse, this doctor convinced the Department of Social Welfare that these girls were being sexually abused by their fathers. The girls were not allowed home to their families until their mothers agreed to separate from their husbands. The police investigated these men and found there was not a shred of evidence that they had sexually abused their daughters. These families have been destroyed. One of the girls, whom I am in contact with now, is a very, very damaged young lady. She was put into foster care. She was abused in foster care. She lived on the streets from the age of 11. Eventually, she found her way back to her father. These people have fought for 17 years for justice, for someone to just stand up and say "I'm sorry.", and for Dr Espie to be accountable. Nothing has ever been done by any Government, despite letters written by Helen Clark and Phil Goff, letters to Katherine O'Regan and Peter Gresham.
In 1987 the Cartwright inquiry was appalled that vaginal swabs were taken from stillborn female fetuses without parental consent. This situation is worse because no Government has been appalled by it. Why did not any one care about these families? I believe that if Dr Espie was a male doctor, she would have been brought to justice and she might well be in jail now. She might well be innocent, but she needs to be brought to an inquiry, which I have asked this House to instigate. I ask members of this House to imagine for one moment that their children had gone off to a health camp with minor health problems and never come home to their families again, and that they had been sexually examined without parental consent. How would fathers feel being accused of sexually abusing their daughters? How would mothers feel being forced to break up their families so that they can keep their children? The State has enormous power. It has huge powers. It has abused its power in this case, and the State can try to do something to put it right. The State has been so wrong, and I implore the Minister of Justice to act on my letter and my petition to do something for these families.