Monday 10 March 2014

Albany Trust Press Release. P.I.E

Press release

Albany Trust has never supported the organisation known as P.I.E. financially, nor in support of its misguided ideology. Nor has Albany Trust ever associated itself in any way with P.I.E. in the past. For the sake of clarity, Albany Trust wishes to make it clear it entirely dissociates itself from any organisation promoting the sexual abuse of children.
The issues that have been raised by the recent media coverage of links between P.I.E. and N.C.C.L. (now Liberty) are historic. Questions have been asked relating to the 1970s and whether Albany Trust also had links to P.I.E. These matters were dealt with in Parliament at the time by the government, and extensively in the public domain by Antony Grey (then Director of Albany Trust) in his book Quest for Justice (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992.
The Minister speaking for the government of the day, stated in Parliament: "I am satisfied that no public money is being used (by Albany Trust) for any propaganda purposes on behalf of such an organisation [P.I.E.] (Hansard - HC Deb 15 December 1977 vol 941 cc 900-1).
The account given by Antony Grey makes it clear that the source of these questions were false allegations made by Mrs Mary Whitehouse. These were based on misinformation that had alarmed her about the purpose of funding provided by the government to Albany Trust. Although Mrs Whitehouse acknowledged Albany's letter to her correcting the facts by publishing it in her book, Whatever Happened to Sex? (Wayland, 1977), she never publicly apologised for her error.
Albany's counselling services continue to provide much-needed support for individuals from all backgrounds, across the spectrum of sexuality. The Trust adheres to a professional code of ethics and practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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