RECOVERED MEMORY THERAPY (RMT)
IMAGES OF ABUSE FOUND DURING RMT
We consider here only those instances where:
||A patient or client enters therapy with no memory of childhood
||Usually after many months of therapy, partial images of abuse start
||As therapy continues, these images coalesce into what feel like memories of abuse.
We do not consider here cases where:
||continuous memories exist -- those that have been present from the time
of the attack to the present, or
exist -- instances where abuse has apparently been forgotten, but had
subsequently flooded back into consciousness in response to a trigger (e.g. a newspaper
article, a photograph, a visit to the location of abuse etc.)
Types of images:
The type of images which develop during RMT appears to depend upon the therapist. RMT
seems to be a technique in which the patient adopts the beliefs of the therapist without
either being aware of the process.
The most common types of recovered memories were:
||memories of sexual abuse and/or incest during childhood. The father is often
remembered as the perpetrator. The abuse is often recalled as being facilitated, permitted
or ignored by the other parent.
||In about 18% of the instances of recovered memory of childhood sexual abuse,
recollections of ritual abuse are later uncovered. These typically involve Satanic cults or a men's fraternal organization (e.g. the Masonic
||memories of kidnapping by aliens and being forcibly subjected to intrusive, often
horrendous medical experiments on UFO's.
||memories of physical or sexual abuse during a former lifetime. The client is age
regressed back to childhood, to their birth and finally to an earlier lifetime where they
often recall abuse.
Childhood sexual abuse images appear to be quite believable; we know that child sexual
abuse and incest is relatively common. Whether true or not, they can also be the most damaging
form of recovered memories, because the
alleged perpetrators are usually members of the client's family of origin. During
therapy, the client is often urged to terminate all contact with the family. The splitting
or destruction of the family frequently follows.
Images of abuse by Satanic cults or Masonic groups are less believable, because
evidence of such abuse has ever been found to corroborate the images. They
can be as damaging as images of incest and sexual abuse, because the patient
will often recall specific individuals who they believe abused them.
Abuse by little green men on UFO's or by unknown perpetrators in a prior life
has less potential for damage. These forms of abuse cannot lead to
accusations against parents and others, with the resultant court battles,
destroyed reputations, overwhelming stress and immense legal costs. There is no
hard evidence of it ever occurring.
Therapists who are committed to the widespread incidence of childhood sexual abuse
recover such images in most of their clients (some claim 80 to 100% of their clients).
Therapists who believe in UFO's and in little green men under every rock recover such
memories in most of their clients. So too do therapists who believe in past lives, Satanic
Ritual Abuse or abuse by secret organizations.
If most recovered images are accurate
recollections, then the vast majority of adults who have emotional problems were sexually
abused as children by family members and by evil cults. Also they were abused on board
UFO's, and abused in former lifetimes. That is, most of them have been abused in
multiple ways by multiple groups of perpetrators, perhaps over many centuries. However,
only those images that match the belief system of the therapists actually surface during
If most recovered images are false
recollections of events that never happened, then such memories are a form of iatrogenic
disorder: false beliefs inadvertently facilitated in clients by their therapists.
The second explanation has received increasing support by memory researchers, the
mental health community, courts, and the general public. It has become apparent
therapy techniques, by loving, concerned but terribly misguided therapists had created
many victims, including:
||Their clients who are partly or completely disabled by the
||The innocent persons accused of performing the abuse.
||Siblings of the client who have been forced to choose sides.
Many families have been split and many suicides caused by false memories.
Fortunately, recovered "memories" which are false were usually very different
from the reality of the client's life. If they were not continually reinforced, they tended
to become less believable with time. This causes many "survivors" to eventually
become "recanters" and finally reject the memories as false. Unfortunately, some
clients commit suicide and/or some parents die before this point is reached. Other recanters
find that they are unable to reunite with their families; the devastation has been so
great that forgiveness is impossible.
Copyright © 1997 to 2005 by
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2005-FEB-05
Author: B.A. Robinson