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I say this in all respect of any investigative groups here, but the problem is very real.
I have a case, not the first, and definitely it won't be the last, where a paranormal investigative group went into a situation and caused a lot of damage. I'm not going to go into the details, but the damage is deep. How many groups out there have thought about the legal as well as psychological consequences of what is done during a visit with a family in a home?
The pain and real terror did not start with the entities in the home - the pain and terror started when the family was told there were demons in the house. The children were terrified by the rituals that were introduced in the house by the paranormal group, and one of the children, one who is disabled, has yet to recover from that terror. It's been a year.
Whoever is out there who has not yet thought about the ethics and responsibility that is necessary in helping people with a paranormal situation, think. Please.
The personal question I have: Is there already an organization or organizations set up that handle legal arbitration and questions for those, on both sides of the problem, who end up in this kind of mess?
hi sandra very nice topic people should be more aware of whose going to your home to investigate
we always ask our customers if we can used them as references all of them said yes.that`s another way to get the right team in your home.and any way 1 out of 60 investigations are demonic entity's not many people in the Paranormal industry get to experience Demonic Haunting s .another thing is if I have a group in my house and they put there`s shoes in my bed right in the spot I will ask them to get out of my house.I think that`s not Respectful. bottom line always look for References.can`t go wrong with that. again thank`s for bringing that topic
It is unfortunate. Our group has informed a few home owners that they dodged a bullet by finding us. There are some groups around the area that are just young thrill seekers with no remorse to the client. And for older more trusting people it could be a big mistake to not do your research.
just one of the many reasons I refuse to do these types of investigations. One, the family should never have allowed an underage child to be there, let alone be exposed to their fears. This is entire on the shoulders of the family.
Heres the legal language - the family had "actual knowledge" of the type of investigation that was to be done. Assuming the family contacted the team and not the other way around, they "opened the door to this investigation.
As there is no release or written contract however, the family did have an "expectation" that the team would not create harm. This would be the dance of the Plaintiffs lawyer if they take legal action. The team promoted themselves as "experts" ( a term used too loosely by many ) by saying they had experience in this type of spiritual activity, and therefore the family had a right to rely upon their services.
However - the defendant team lawyers would say the family had the ability and choice to contact ( not contract) the family and review their web sites, ect. It was the choice of the family and therefore they assumed the risk.
I could go on for another hundred lines, but this could all be remedied by a simple contract between the parties. The contract would state something to the effect of " we will investigate the property owned or inhabited by ___ and such and such date from this time to that time to be able to discern if the family, group or persons unusual experience can or could be associated with what can be termed as "paranormal". The team does this free of charge and will supply any and all evidence as per request of the owner, or inhabitant of the property to be investigated.
The type and depth of investigation will be agreed upon by the parties, and initialed below ( list a bunch of types ) and all follow-up will be validated by another agreement.
Did I mention that I am also "occupy the law.com"? lol talk about DEMONS! and scary stuff.
OK, seriously, this is out of thin air, but I could write up a really binding contract if you like.
Personally I tend to withhold information that I think may be to risky or hurtful, as in the case of an evil entity or demon they as in the investigator could and would cause a scare and panic that would do nothing but feed the entity with more fear making it stronger. Some things are better left unsaid.
Thank you Sandra for initiating this very important discussion. In fact I believe it's so important, that as the Site Admin/Owner, I'd like to propose that the members of this site put together a list of ethical standard suggestions (not mandates of course but suggestions) that would both protect investigators and those they are seeking to help or investigate (which is not always the same thing IMO, although often it is).
So I'd like to hear what you all think about this Suggestion? I could see this happening two ways, one, is we form a committee and meet in the chat room to hash out the suggestions, or two, we ask members to post what they feel would be important to include on a list, and then we sort through them, compile a list and submit it for final approval of the members and then post as page of standards on this site.
What do you all think about the above and is there anyone whod like to help Coordinate this project?
My group merely collects evidence and gives it to the client. We don't do rituals in someone's house. I have a spiritualist who will go in only if the family asks for them but my group does not have anything to do with that. If there is something the spiritualist needs to get rid of, he goes in by himself. The family is not present and nothing is done in front of the kids. I do not want to be in that position so I don't put my group in that kind of jam. The guy we refer them to, reviews the evidence we collected before he does anything. We make it clear he does not belong to our group and anything that goes on past our investigation, we don't have anything to do with it. We also let them know that we want to come back just to follow up afterwards.