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Re: “Letters for January 5

D. Gordon, you stated, "The incest survivors I know, and unfortunately there are many of them, had very specific memories long before they went to therapy. The memories were not vague and they were and are very painful." It seems, thus, that you're decrying Ms. Maran's rejection of the majority of recovered memories cases with your awareness of incest victims with long-term, active recall of their abuse -- two very different categories or experiences. As the mother of a child who was raped for years by her step-father (the only "father" she ever knew), and the former-sister-in-law of a woman who is still (at 50) unaware of being raped by a relative, I absolutely believe that victims can recall their abuse from very young ages and can repress or even not understand their childhood abuse.

But as the niece of a woman who had sudden, therapy-driven claims of recalling being sexually-abused by her father (such recall occurring after his death), and the sister of a man who has suddenly recalled (or newly-categorized) the emotional abuse of his parents while reading a book on the subject, I also absolutely believe that most people who experience the recall of abuse during therapy (professional or self-help) are being led to, misinterpreting or even concocting these memories as an easy way to explain why their lives are so screwed-up.

Posted by leilah on 01/06/2011 at 10:41 PM

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