Two of the letters (Feb. 20), "Finding Truth in Child Abuse," contained false information about the interview procedures used by Children's Institute International with children from the McMartin Preschool.
Eveline E. Harman wrote: "Children's Institute International has allowed the parents to see only a few well-chosen fragments of their child's videotape interview." This is not true.
The videotapes of the children's interviews were always completely available to parents to view in their entirety. One of the primary benefits of videotaping is to allow the parents to see and hear what their children may be too frightened or ashamed to tell them in person.
The letter by Jackie Starmer speaks of the taped interviews . . . "showing the children being questioned and badgered hour after hour." Children were not questioned "hour after hour." The average interview was one to two hours with the first half filled with activities like drawing to put the child at ease.