Letter of Support for Neil Brick:
For the many years we have been active as advocates for survivors of extreme abuse, we have been dismayed that no matter how cogent and consistent the message we deliver, we are regularly shouted down by the backlash that appears so united it speaks with one voice. The survivor movement has many factions with frequently competing agendas and it has been disheartening to see the conflicts that have periodically erupted as differing viewpoints collide. This prevents us from presenting a united front and detracts from the force of our message.
One strong voice that has emerged from the fray has always concentrated exclusively on getting out the truth of ritual abuse and child sexual abuse in general. We are speaking of Neil Brick. Neil founded SMART and in 1995 started publishing a newsletter that included news and items of interest, announcements of books and articles, and in-depth discussions of issues. For sixteen consecutive years he has organized a conference with the goals of "helping stop future occurrences of ritual abuse, helping survivors of ritual abuse, naming groups that have participated in alleged illegal activities, and uniting those working to stop ritual abuse." These conferences have done enormous good for the survivor community. Neil has provided a safe and congenial environment where survivors and their advocates can share, learn, and teach.
Recently Neil has been engulfed in controversies not of his choosing or making. He has been the target of salacious and slanderous attacks that impugn his integrity, morality, and values. In the face of this barrage of innuendo and lies, Neil has tried to remain focused on the bigger picture: the survival of the survivor movement. To this end he has attempted to disconnect himself from the battle that threatens his reputation and direct his energies and passions toward the success of the upcoming SMART conference in August. Neil’s efforts are laudable and deserve the respect and support of the advocacy and survivor communities.
We ask you to join us in a demonstration of our support for our friend, Neil Brick, and for the courage and compassion at the core of his dedication to survivors and their right to take control of their own lives. We encourage you all to show your confidence in Neil by committing to attend the SMART conferences whenever you are able. They are not only a valuable resource from which we all benefit from sharing and learning, they offer us the opportunity for renewal, connection, and integration into the wider world beyond our personal borders. Engaging with one another and joining together to confront the challenging social, criminal, psychological and physical effects of victimization gives meaning to the suffering of survivors past and present, and brings closer a time when we can assert that there will be no future victims to join their ranks.
Neil has our unwavering and unconditional support. Please let him know he has yours too by adding your signatures to this letter of support.
Written by Randy and Pam Noblitt
Shamai Currim PhD
Pamela J. Monday, Ph.D., Austin, Texas
E. Sue Blume, LCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Kathy Downing, Burbank, CA
Lynn Crook, MEd
Wanda Karriker, Ph.D.
Jan Kraft, M.A., Ed.
Mary Jo Schneller
Helen L. McGonigle
Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret
Dana Raphael, PhD
Sandra Fecht M.A.
Staci Sprout, LICSW, CSAT
Keely S. Dorran
Julaine Cooper, aka Judith Swanson
Dr Carl Stonier PhD
I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support of my work. I really appreciate all those working together to help stop child abuse. Sincerely, Neil Brick
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Douglas Misicko alias Douglas Mesner update 6 – Examiner.com article
We recommend you read these pages before reading this page:
These pages will give readers the full background on this subject as well as a rebuttal to Mesner’s comments about ritual abuse and our conference. These pages list many of the comments posted by Douglas Mesner as well as other aliases. These pages will show connections between Mesner and websites like process, radiofreesatan.com and the book “Might is Right.”
Douglas Mesner has continued using insults and attacks against survivors of ritual abuse and the professionals that work with them. He has harassed and followed survivors and survivor advocates around the Internet for the last several years. Aliases have been used adding additional insults and name calling against survivors.
On approximately May 25, 2013, Mr. Mesner published an article on the examiner.com about the Castlewood Treatment Center and its founder Mark Schwartz. This article originally contained another attack against Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T.
In the original article at the examiner.com in 2009, Mr. Mesner wrote about 2009 S.M.A.R.T. conference he attended. He attended without telling S.M.A.R.T. he was a reporter. The media is not allowed into the presentations at the S.M.A.R.T. conference for the safety of the conference participants, who are survivors of child abuse and their supporters. He cancelled his conference check immediately after attending the conference without notifying S.M.A.R.T.
In 2011, in written correspondence with the examiner.com, Mr. Brick was notified by the examiner.com that Mr. Mesner had agreed to stop writing about Mr. Brick and his organization.
In the original 2013 examiner article, Mr. Mesner repeated the fact that one display table out of many at the conference had a hat (as well as many other items) used to protect the wearer from electromagnetism. He took this one thing totally out of proportion to attack the conference. He repeated the fact that one woman at the conference talked about supernatural occurrences in her abuse story. He used these two occurrences at our conference to attack and insult our conference and our work, ignoring the strong research base backing the reality of ritual abuse and the many presentations at our conference verifying the reality of ritual abuse. In the original examiner.com article, he used the terms “lunacy” and “delusional assertions” to further insult the work of S.M.A.R.T. Mr. Mesner continues taking facts out of context and using these to disparage Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. has written rebuttals about different parts of Mesner’s conference report.
Neil Brick called the examiner.com to request removal of the section of the article about S.M.A.R.T., due to its misrepresenting and insulting the work of S.M.A.R.T. The article was taken down temporarily pending further discussion.
Before this could occur, it is believed Mr. Mesner put the article back up under a different url. Mesner had apparently removed the name “Neil Brick” and “S.M.A.R.T”, and instead had the word “Censored” with hyperlinks which go directly to his article about the 2009 S.M.A.R.T. conference. In the one paragraph about S.M.A.R.T., Mr. Mesner links six times to his articles, either about the S.M.A.R.T. conference or the law suit. Furthermore, Mr. Mesner mentions who and what is censored in the comment section below the article.
Mesner writes in the comment section, “If ever there are factual disputes with any of my articles, I am happy to correct any error.” S.M.A.R.T. believes this not to be the case. Mr. Mesner has been notified of factual errors and has not changed these. One example was the title of his examiner article itself, “Mark Schwartz, accused of malpractice, removed from Castlewood clinic staff.” There is no evidence presented that Dr. Schwartz was “removed” from the Castlewood Clinical Staff. The two articles Mr. Mesner links to in the comment section state Dr. Schwartz “stepped down.” To the best of our knowledge, this was never corrected before the article was taken down.
In the comment section, Mr Mesner stated that Mr. Brick made “incessant phone calls” to the examiner. This is not true also and is another exaggeration of Mr. Mesner’s. He states the “Examiner pulled the article out of convenience.” No, the examiner pulled the article pending further investigation.
Later, the paragraphs in the examiner article mentioning Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T were deleted, but the comment in the comment section about Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T. remained. After this, the entire article was deleted from the examiner.com . Then it appears he was terminated as an editor by the examiner.com (by his account at a new Internet article).
At a new article about all this, he wrote about a woman called Julaine, who spoke at our conference.
This is what she wrote for us in rebuttal to him previously:
“As a speaker at the conference as well as “named” throughout this commentary, I am amazed and appalled at the inclusion of a seriously flawed “report” from a man who canceled his check that was to pay for his attendance….and then failed to check his “facts” about not only myself but others in attendance as well. His errors include such small details as my age and health, reason for sitting at a table (too many papers to juggle standing up), and larger ones such as misquoting and putting words in my mouth. My presentation is on tape, and it would have been easy for him to verify any of his shaky “facts”, but he chose to make fun of our pain, as well.”
In the new article about his no longer being at the examiner.com, he writes about his interactions with the examiner.com Neil Brick did send the examiner.com correspondence indicating errors in Mr. Mesner’s examiner.com article about Castlewood, which included information about Mr. Brick and S.M.A.R.T.
In the new article, Mr. Mesner writes “In fact, Brick was just awarded some type of honors from an organization that (a former member of the Castlewood clinical staff) is a board member of…” Neil Brick is unaware of receiving any award from anywhere. This appears to be a total fabrication.
In the new article, Mr. Mesner quotes his private correspondence with the examiner.com and some of their replies. As a general rule, private correspondence is kept private.
In the new article, Mr. Mesner keeps mentioning the word “harassment.” S.M.A.R.T. believes this is not true. Some correspondence was made as needed to let the examiner know about the problems with the article.
Douglas Mesner also writes “Remarkably, Examiner never questioned what the facts were…” The examiner did request Neil Brick to send them information about problems with the article, and this was sent.
Other Internet Information
Other supporters of Mr. Mesner also wrote about Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T. in regard to Mesner’s Castlewood article.
A supporter states Mr. Brick promotes harmful and inaccurate information to the public. This is obviously not true. Everything published by Neil Brick and S.M.A.R.T. is primarily from scientific and mainstream media sources. The information published by S.M.A.R.T. has helped many trauma survivors and their helpers
The harassment of trauma survivors and their supporters continues, but survivors and their helpers still continue to publish their research and work. They continue to speak out for themselves and other survivors. The most important thing is to not be silenced, regardless of the harassment, insults and inaccurate statements made by the false memory syndrome proponents.
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