Seven years after our
20th student Danielle
left us, I - Leif - got a phone call from DIS.
I was asked to see a
psychologist to clarify something, which has happened while Danielle stayed
with us 7 years before.
The psychologist told
me that she had seen an e-mail from Danielle accusing me for a
It should have happened one
night between August and December when Danielle slept in her room.
No further details
about the assault were
available as Danielle passed out the moment I should have touched her.
Danielle did not want to
report it to the police.
I have not done it.
It is a false accusation. I sleep beside my wife, Kirsten, during nights. Getting up would wake
her and the dog!
We proposed a meeting with DIS,
to see the e-mail and find out what it was all about. The only answer we got:
A letter from DIS'
director Anders Uhrskov - translated from Danish - saying:
has the responsibility for the students staying with a host family. Our
relationship to the Danish host families is based upon unconditional
trust to the positive character of this.
The claim we have received about you cast doubt at the character of
your behavior in relationship to our female students. The tone used in
your letter underlines to me the legitimacy of our doubt.
When doubt of this sort has been sown, we do not want to continue the
partnership. We do not take a stand in relationship to the claim, even
if it appears unpleasantly credible.
We do not, therefore, want to use you as a host family in the future and
see no reason to meet any more about this case."
Danielle wrote a few
words in our guestbook a couple of
hours before she left:
We wanted to see the e-mail about the accusation
to try to find out about the
background for it.
Furthermore, we wanted to see Danielle's comments about us in the DIS'
archives when she left Denmark.
But we were denied access to
any information about us as a host family.
DIS’ decision to deny us access to the e-mails was in
DIS' Board of Directors has approved of DIS' handling of the
Comments and questions are welcome
A DIS Host Family
We ended up in a situation we thought would never happen to
Danielle was our 20th DIS student out of 35.
Her stay was successful. She often cooked meals
Check out what she wrote in our guestbook when she
Her accusation came as a shock to us.
What has happened to her since she left us?
Check out the reaction from another student when
she learned about our situation:
When Danielle accused Leif for a sexual assault 7
years after her stay, we had - fortunately - ceased to ask for more
students to stay with us. We needed the room.
So DIS' decision to skip us as a host family had
no practical consequences for us.
DIS denies us access to any information about:
when it was supposed to have happened,
(the first night she slept in our house, the last night or in
which of the four months?)
How the American authorities have been informed about it
Danielle´s ideas about the accusation - why did she not want
the Danish police involved
details about the accusation.
Was it Danielle who sent the e-mails or was it someone else?
About DIS from their website:
“ DIS is affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and recognized,
supervised, and financially supported by the Danish government.”
“DIS is committed to the continual improvement of control and quality
development in order to secure the highest possible standards.”
and what we learned:
despite all the efforts DIS has lost its complete file of complains up to 2005,
"unfortunately" including all the information about our case!
An additional copy of all the documentation
in a seperate file had been lost at the same time, "unfortunately".
June 2007, the
Danish Data Protection Agency recommended DIS to re-train their
staff in e-mail handling and document control!
Last updated: 2014-10-01