Supporters of the mythical “False Memory Syndrome” mock those who have the feeling, or even the circumstantial evidence, that they were abused and who express a need to uncover the memories. FMS proponents scoff at those who wish to find their past, saying that it ‘will not do them any good to go looking for repressed memories.’ Maybe if the advocates of FMS suffered from multiple unexplained physical problems, severe emotional disturbances, PTSD symptoms, panic attacks, and showed signs of having been abused, then they might not be so quick to judge what might help liberate a person from their pain.
One sexual abuse survivor, whose mother confirmed the abuse, says she still needed some kind of memory. She said, “I need to be able to say that I was wearing blue pajamas that night, or that I slept with a stuffed panda. I need to be able to say that I could hear footsteps or the wind blowing. I need to link, once and for all, those few moments so many years ago to the woman I’ve become.”1
1. The Voice of Memory: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim the Past, Beatriz Terrazas, Dallas Morning News, June 11, 2000