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Remembering our ChildhoodHow Memory Betrays Us$
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Karl Sabbagh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199218417.001.0001

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Freyds and Feuds

Freyds and Feuds

(p.171) 11 Freyds and Feuds
Remembering our Childhood

Karl Sabbagh


This chapter describes the British False Memory Society (BFMS) and its American equivalent, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF). These organizations are made up of parents who had been accused of abuse — they would say falsely — by one of their children. It suggests that while it is conceivable that these societies have a few genuine abusers in their ranks, it is a big stretch to go from there to say that all of them are really child abusers, banding together in a self-protective huddle. The chapter also argues that, regardless of the dangers of disbelieving children and adults who have been genuinely abused, it appears that we can no longer automatically ‘believe the children’, unless we are prepared to change the basis on which we believe anyone's narratives.

Keywords:   British False Memory Society, False Memory Syndrome Foundation, parents, child abuse

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