Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I've read some of the comments over the last few days, and frankly, I'm a little disappointed about some thing that you be surprised that I'd be disappointed about.
I've thought about not even posting my thoughts on this, because, in a sense, I'm "biting the hand that feeds me" (again).
There have been posts by a few people who claim to be shrinks, both here, and in the San Francisco Chronicle comments section. They express empathy to the victims of ayres, and they mention that ayres "Disgraced us all."
To be sure, I would STILL like to hear others in the profession comment on this, but what I REALLY want to know is: Where the hell were the comments like this BEFORE there was precious little chance of any conviction, and when speaking up might have made you a little out of place with your colleagues?
I can think of only a very small handful of people who were ASSOCIATED with ayres in the past who spoke up BEFORE or during the criminal trial, and one of those few was a judge, so doesn't really count. There is a laundry list of shrinks who sent out requests for support of ayres legal woes. ( some of them are pictured above) and one has supported ayres in public ( Etta Bryant).
But few have spoken up to clarify that:
A) It is a sham that ayres was claiming to do physicals. ( These were NOT physicals.)
B) Psychiatrists don't do physicals.
Where are all of you, why aren't you being vocal? You're complaining about your profession being disgraced: if you really care, then why didn't you speak up when it counted? If 50 shrinks in the bay area had stated in the press that this claim was bullshit, there would have been public outcry at the outcome of the first trial. If you had hounded the DA and the press about this "Disgrace" BEFORE the first trial, you all could have saved some of the disgrace brought to you profession.
When I spent years in therapy as an adult, wanting desperately to talk about the problem, and while displaying classic symptoms of an adult who had suffered child molestation, I was never asked once about where those symptoms might have come from. I was dying to be asked, and no shrink ever did.
I don't know that there's much disgrace left for your profession to suffer.
Well, so much for gratitude, right? I guess as this drags on and on, I have very little grace left in me. But at least I'm growing a pair of balls.
©Salem-McMartin By Deep Sounding at 6/21/2011 01:07:00 PM