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NCJ Number: 174848 Find in a Library
Title: Recovered Memories of Child Sexual Abuse -- Fact or Fantasy?
Journal: Judicial Review  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:September 1997  Pages:163-199
Author(s): A Cossins
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 37
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This article examines the empirical basis for the existence of alleged false memory syndrome (FMS) and the scientific evidence on the phenomenon of delayed recall of child sexual abuse memories.
Abstract: Studies indicate that delayed recall of traumatic events has been widely documented but that such findings in the area of child sexual abuse have been controversial. The author considers the nature of traumatic memories, how science explains the phenomenon of traumatic amnesia, characteristics of recovered memories, empirical versus ideological evidence, and the ideological basis of the claim that recovered child sexual abuse memories are false. Citing evidence from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, the author concludes the criminal justice system needs to adjust to deal with the extent of child sexual abuse and the reality of the phenomenon of recovered child sexual abuse memories. 167 footnotes
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Australia; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Eyewitness memory; Juvenile victims; Juvenile witnesses; Psychological research; United Kingdom (UK); United States of America; US/foreign comparisons; Witness credibility
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