False abuse claim robs woman of dying dad (New Zealand]

May 20, 2004

Katrina Meaclem missed out on precious time with her dying father because of false sexual abuse allegations. Sixteen years after her father’s death, Meaclem, 29, cannot forgive Dr Diane Espie, who examined her and added considerable weight to existing claims that she had been abused by her father. Without the diagnosis by Espie when she was 12, Meaclem believes she may have been allowed to return to live with her parents. “I was daddy’s girl. (But) we had to sneak around just to spend some quality time with him,” Meaclem said. “I think the most time I spent with (my father) was when he ended up in hospital.” Her father spent six weeks in hospital before he died. Espie is under scrutiny for her examination of several young girls at Christchurch’s Glenelg Health Camp. ACT MP Deborah Coddington said Espie’s examinations and claims against the fathers of her patients amounted to a “dreadful scandal”. “Dr Espie, without the parents’ permission and with no other adult present, repeatedly examined these little girls in a way that can only be described as sexual abuse,” Coddington said under parliamentary privilege….

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