The “False Memory” Defense: Using Disinformation and Junk Science In and Out of Court

@article{Whitfield2000TheM,
  title={The “False Memory” Defense: Using Disinformation and Junk Science In and Out of Court},
  author={Charles L. Whitfield},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  year={2000},
  volume={9},
  pages={53 - 78}
}
  • C. Whitfield
  • Published 11 March 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
SUMMARY This article describes a seemingly sophisticated, but mostly contrived and often erroneous “false memory” defense, and compares it in a brief review to what the science says about the effect of trauma on memory. Child sexual abuse is widespread and dissociative/traumatic amnesia for it is common. Accused, convicted and self-confessed child molesters and their advocates have crafted a strategy that tries to negate their abusive, criminal behavior, which we can call a “false memory… 

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