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04:01  26 may  2019
04:01  26 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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It’s feared Jennifer Haynes is the victim of one of the worst cases of child abuse documented in Australia . Lawyers had to be mindful which of her six distinct personalities Police believe this could be the most prolific case of sustained child abuse against one victim that Australia has ever seen.

Woman testifies as multiple personalities in Australia-first case© AAP Image/Dave Hunt A statue of Themis, the Greek God of Justice. Jeni Haynes is a remarkable woman.

On any given day, she can present as a four-year-old girl named ‘Symphony’, an eight-year-old boy known as ‘Little Ricky’ or a protective teenager who goes by ‘Muscles’.

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Jeni has over 2000 “personalities”, a powerful psychological army created by her mind as a young child to protect her.

Tonight on 60 Minutes, Jeni – along with Symphony, Muscles, Little Ricky and others, tell their story for the first time – and how she made history by testifying against her abuser in court as not just Jeni Haynes, but as six of her alternate personalities.

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In an Australian first her multiple personalities were used as witnesses in court. The abuse was so bad Ms Haynes had to undergo reconstructive surgeries. 60 Minutes: Aussie woman testifies as multiple personalities in Australia - first case .

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Jeni has Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), now known by the psychiatric profession as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – a complex psychological condition where a person’s identity fragments into two or more distinct personality states called “alters”.

Almost all people with DID experienced severe abuse before the age of eight, and “dissociated” into separate personalities as a means of coping with a situation that was too violent or traumatic for them to endure alone.

From the ages of four to 16, Jeni suffered sustained and sadistic sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of her father, Richard Haynes.

The severity and depravity of the abuse can only be described as torture, and Jeni developed her 2000-plus personalities to take on the pain of her abuse.

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From 'Muscles' the bike-obsessed teen to 'Symphony' the abused girl: Woman with 2500 personalities opens up about the 'voices in her head' - after testifying against her paedophile dad Jeni Haynes can present as any one of 2500 different personalities in a single day, including four-year-old 'Symphony', and an eight-year-old boy named 'Little Ricky'. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au She is believed to have developed the disorder as a 'sophisticated' coping mechanism to deal with the sustained abuse she experienced at the hand of her father Richard, now 74, from the ages of four to 16.

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A woman who was due to give evidence using one of her multiple personalities over sexual assault allegations against her father believes he pleaded guilty to the In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Ms Haynes, now aged 49, was due to give evidence using one of her 2500 personalities .

“I didn't know that you're only supposed to have one personality,” Jeni tells 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes.

“I didn’t realise that having lots of voices in your head was abnormal.”

For years, Jeni’s condition, and her multiple personalities, were misunderstood both by those in her life and even many in the psychiatric profession.

But Jeni finally found psychiatrist Dr George Blair-West, who understood DID and has now been treating her for 20 years.

He says her “alters” are not a product of mental illness but rather an ingenious coping mechanism that allowed Jeni to survive her abuse.

“(Her) mind is just coming up with an incredibly sophisticated, clever solution to a scenario that most of us could not begin to understand or relate to,” Dr Blair-West says.

In a landmark case in February this year, Jeni became the first person ever to testify in an Australian court with her multiple personalities.

From the witness box in the NSW District court, four-year-old ‘Symphony’ was the first of Jeni’s army to give evidence against her father – charged with multiple counts of rape, buggery and indecent assault.

“It's not an act of mental illness or playing silly games, pretending to be other people,” Jeni tells Liz Hayes.

“You are protecting yourself. You are protecting your soul, and that's what I did.”

‘Jeni’s army’ airs tonight on 60 Minutes after The Voice Australia. For more information on 60 Minutes, visit the official website.

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