More harm was done by repeated questioning by parents, police and myself

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It was always my conviction that far more harm was done by repeated questioning by parents, police and myself, and by subsequent examination, than by the act itself, which if left alone the child would soon have forgotten.

source: Letter by Dr. A. P. McEldowney (was for twenty-five years the Metropolitan Police Surgeon); TIMES newspaper; 16 February 1978; Quoted used in 'Power and consent' by Eric Presland; From the book 'The Betrayal of Youth - Radical Perspectives on Childhood Sexuality, Intergenerational Sex, and the Social Oppression of Children and Young People'; Edited by Warren Middleton; CL Publications, London; 1986; The Times from: 16 February 1978