Ritual abuse and False Memory Syndrome are subjects I’ve heavily researched myself and Nathaniel’s analysis is thoughtful, compassionate and authoritative with useful guidelines. A couple of details I would add for the benefit of anyone told they are suffering from “False” Memories.
The British False Memory Syndrome Foundation (“Syndrome”?!!) not only has a formidable battery of very well connected people on its advisory board but usually receives very positive reports in the British press such as the Mail and the Guardian. Yep. They have good lobbyists. So if that is your only information source, you could well think you were imagining what ever happened to you. And that’s their objective. Please don’t let them influence you.
There’s a quick example you can find easily on line that will prove otherwise: Frank Fitzpatrick, a private detective, experienced recovered memories which led to the successful prosecution of the notorious paedophile Father James Porter. Thanks to Frank’s work, there are now on line 53 similar cases in America where the guilty were prosecuted because of recovered memories confirmed by other objective evidence. Would the Guardian ever report this? Of course not. And that’s so wrong, because Frank Fitzpatrick is surely a hero of our times.
Sadly, our media has a mental stranglehold on us which is why we desperately need more works like Nathaniel’s.