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Apology

Posted by Wittgensteinz on January 17, 2009, at 3:48:37

In reply to Re: Good blurb bout D.I.D._telling friend B2chica, posted by muffled on January 16, 2009, at 12:22:55

I think I owe an apology for the thing I wrote early in this thread.

I have to be honest, I mentioned the FMS because when I saw Dr. Kluft I did not know of him and so did a google search and the first thing that came up were references to him on this FMS site on a kind of black list. That's why I wrote what I did. This is the first time I've heard of this FMS organisation (I've heard of false memory syndrome before but didn't know how strong a movement existed attacking all kinds of memory retrieval). I can see why mentioning that organisation could upset people - it basically says to a whole group of people that their memories are false when that really isn't the case. I think their ideas are extreme. I see why such an organisation came into existence - perhaps from the outset to protect against vulnerable, impressionable people from being manipulated, specifically children who are questioned inappropriately by police for example. I also see why the result of these kinds of interventions can break up families and cause much harm. That said if the FMS would have its way it seems they would like to discredit all kinds of abuse testimony and in turn they are invalidating many survivors. It seems the group represents a people who do not want to know/accept that these attrocities can happen, who would rather deny them than accept that such abuse is even possible. I can understand this too - it's 'easier' to have an idealised view - reading about terrible abuse, realising it can happen on your doorstep and no-one knows is threatening of course but to deny it point black is very ignorant and equally harmful. It makes me think of a famous case that came to light recently in Austria of a man who kept his daughter hostage for 20 years in his cellar. She bore 6 children to him during her captivity and no-one, not even his wife knew of this until the police discovered the underground prison.

So I think by mentioning FMS, and I was ignorant to do so, may well have alientated me from people here and I regret it. Validation is such an important thing and this organisation seems set up to invalidate very vulnerable people, doing more harm than good - adding insult to injury, the trauma of invalidation. So I'm sorry I wrote what I did before looking more at the site and realising what it was about.

Witti

 

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