Lost Daughters

Lost Daughters

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by Reinder Van Til, Reinder Van Til
     
 

The practice of recovered memory therapy (RMT) and the resulting accusations of childhood sexual abuse have polarized the psychotherapy community and crowded the courts. This book depicts the human toll exacted by the practice of RMT. Combining first person stories of families devastated by RMT-inspired memories with a critical cultural analysis, this book provides a…  See more details below

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The practice of recovered memory therapy (RMT) and the resulting accusations of childhood sexual abuse have polarized the psychotherapy community and crowded the courts. This book depicts the human toll exacted by the practice of RMT. Combining first person stories of families devastated by RMT-inspired memories with a critical cultural analysis, this book provides a unique glimpse into a catastrophically misguided therapy.

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Five personal and painful accounts of how recovered memory therapy (RMT) has led daughters to make false accusations of child sexual abuse against their fathers, combined with an examination of the forces in society that have created an environment in which RMT flourishes.

The first story is Van Til's own; three of the others were told to him by a parent or parents; and the last is the first-person narrative of a woman who underwent RMT, "recovered" incest memories, came to doubt them, and finally recanted them. Each of these frightening stories is followed by an analytical chapter. In these, the author looks at what recovered memory therapists believe and their use of such questionable therapeutic techniques as guided imagery and hypnosis; the close relationship between RMT and radical feminists, whose sense of victimhood has promoted the idea of American society as a "rape culture"; and the growing public concern about child abuse since passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in 1974, which resulted in a huge increase in reports, both genuine and spurious. This leads him to the increased popularity of belief in the threat of satanic cults and ritual abuse, and to an examination of the relationship between satanic ritual abuse and multiple personality states children purportedly develop as a form of psychic protection from the violence visited on them. Van Til makes clear that he is not denying the existence of child sexual abuse, but that his concern is therapeutically induced false memories of abuse. In an epilogue, he draws telling parallels between the situation of today's falsely accused parents and those persecuted in the 17th-century's Salem witch trials.

A convincing demonstration of the devastation wreaked by some therapists, the gullibility of some patients, and the very real vulnerability of us all to such unfounded charges.

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ISBN-13:
9780802842725
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great, easy-to-read book which gives a heart-to-heart story in every other chapter and then follows up with excellent commentary on the issues of repressed memory and recovered memory. Every one in any form of psychotherapy or who has a family memory in therapy should read this book. It will enlighten them and perhaps help them avoid the tragedies of the families who have been caught up in this unethical, unscientific process of recovered memory therapy. If you have a child in this therapy, it will help you understand that your child is not the culprit in making the accusations but just another victim of the misguided therapists.