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AustraliaWoman testifies as multiple personalities in Australia-first case

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

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Woman with a personality disorder arrives in court to face sex accused father - as lawyers try to A woman with multiple personality disorder gave Ms Haynes has multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) and was intending to give evidence using six of those

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 they were questioning when Haynes took to the stand on Monday. Her condition is spawned by severe trauma as a child

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’.

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 what is believed to be a landmark case , a 49-year-old woman in Australia was due to give evidence against her father over sexual assault allegations using multiple personalities . Jennie Haynes, who has dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder)

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states.

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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The case was one of the worst cases of child sex abuse ever documented in Australia . The 49-year-old thanked the police and prosecutor Sean Hughes for allowing her to testify despite suffering from dissociative identity disorder - previously known as multiple personality disorder.

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“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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