According to Delaware authorities, in May of this year, 62-year-old Calvin Huss confessed to the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl during a seven-month period at his home in 1993. The victim, now in her thirties, went to police after she remembered the sexual abuse during psychotherapy sessions.
Her repressed memory returned after it had been blocked from her mind for 17 years. Huss confessed a month after the woman reported her memories to the police. Huss has also confessed to sexually abusing two teenage girls in his home between 2008 and 2010.
Following the confession, police had the department of social services contact and interview the teenage victims. Both girls confirmed Huss had “molested” them.
Did Huss rape these women? We don’t know for certain because 90% of news reports don’t use the word “rape” when a child or adult has been raped. They call it “assault,” “molestation,” or “abuse.” As one of my readers pointed out to me in a private email, many of us who have been raped want it spoken. The term “‘sexual assault” is a blanket term for rape. Let’s call it what it is! Most of us want it spoken and hate the word, “unspeakable” in relation to child sexual abuse and child rape. Calling child rape “sexual assault” is nothing but cotton candy for mainstream Americans.
Given that repressed memory is usually associated with violent sexual acts, or severe trauma on the victim, the woman who recalled years later that she had been repeatedly assaulted by Huss, was probably raped.
In a plea deal, Huss now faces up to 15 years in prison for the 1993 case, and up to 25 years for each of the recent assaults. Sentencing is set for Nov. 19 2010.
Three cheers to Ross Cheit and his outstanding work in the Recovered Memory Project. His website is what alerted me to this case. There is another interesting repressed memory case listed on the page provided at the link above. It involves a woman’s previously repressed memory –leading to the arrest of a man for a kidnapping and “sexual assault” that happened in 1998. The woman’s memory recall was so good that her memories led police right to the suspect, who was then linked to the crime by DNA evidence. As Cheit points out, how can those who deny the existence of repressed memory ignore this case?