Australian False Memory Association
“The Australian False Memory Association has been formed to support families affected by recovered false memories. False Memory is the phenomenon when the person recovering the memories believes them to be true when they are not. The recovered memories frequently relate to child sexual abuse and these memories often emerge after adult children seek therapy for various reasons, such as depression, lack of self-esteem, eating disorders or drug dependency.
The Australian False Memory Association abhors any form of child abuse, and is only against unjust and unfounded accusations of abuse.
“We aim to bring the problem of the damage being inflicted on ordinary Australians into the open so the public may be aware of the dangers.
We work for the reconciliation of families affected by false recovered memories, the advancement of understanding of the phenomenon and justice for all those involved in past or future accusations.
…AFMA is not affiliated with any other organisation in Australia or overseas.”
Message to Those who have Recovered Memories
…”Truth is important for all. For the abused, the falsely accused, and those who recover false memories. The AFMA represents grieving individuals and their families, accused by a either a family-member, acquaintance, or stranger. …AFMA places the welfare of the individual and their family above that of any ideology. …We accept the reality of the genuine distress of individuals who have come to truly believe they were abused, following the “recovery of false repressed/ dissociated memories.” Resentments and misunderstandings occur. Only the interpretation and beliefs associated with the “recovered memory experience”, is the subject of our reasonable doubts.Our concern is as much for the welfare of those who eventually come to realise that their life and relationships have become distorted by a mis-informed, or mis-guided, belief. Recovering the “memories” is dreadful enough, let alone coming to the later realisation that these are wrong. … You are our children, grand children, brothers and sisters.The AFMA does not wish for any more casualties. Your “recovered memory experience” needs to be understood, not to be the subject of ceaseless conflict. Through knowledge, communication, honesty, and awareness of the feelings and views of others, the initial steps towards reconciliation can occur.Reconciliation is only sought in the spirit of understanding and truth.”To get information about families dealing with issues surrounding erroneous allegations of childhood sexual abuse you may contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the website of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation newsletter.
Posted by Jeanette Bartha on 04/01/2011