There is no doubt that sexual abuse happens in families of all nationalities and cultures regardless of financial status. Sexual abuse doesn’t discriminate between the rich and poor, or between black and white. There is also no doubt that dealing with the memories and confronting those individuals who have violated a child or person’s trust is extremely difficult and can tear families apart. It’s tough enough when the allegations are true, but can be even tougher if the allegations aren’t.
With a topic as serious as this, it is hard to believe that people would make false allegations and that therapists would take advantage of people’s vulnerability and plant such disturbing memories and experiences and convince their patients that they have been violated. Why would anyone want to do that?
Unfortunately, therapists appear to be doing this, victims are not always victims, the memories “recovered” are not always reliable, and families continue to be ripped apart.
The psychiatric/psychological community at large recognizes the extreme psychological trauma that accompanies sexual abuse; what they remain largely divided on is how the brain processes such experiences, and that victims can experience a form of “amnesia” or memory repression related to those abusive events. But it is really difficult to pinpoint precisely what a person’s mind does with this repressed information and how it affects a person’s life. There’s no question that these experiences shape how victims form and maintain relationships with others, and view themselves.
The claim by proponents of repression therapy technique therapists is that victims exhibit behaviors that are indicative and likely resultant from child sexual abuse experiences that the victim can’t remember. The only way for the victim to become whole is to “recover” those memories and deal with them and confront the individual or individuals who abused them.