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Members of the British false memory society: The legal consequences of the accusations for the families

Members of the British false memory society: The legal consequences of the accusations for the... Abstract In a previous study, 282 members of the British False Memory Society (BFMS) filled in a detailed questionnaire about the families involved in sexual accusations. In the present study the 37 cases where criminal proceedings were reported as having been instigated were followed up and a supplementary questionnaire was completed about the outcome of the cases. In 23 a defendant was charged by the police, 3 were subsequently discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service, 20 proceeded to court, and in 8 there was a conviction and a lengthy prison sentence. The involvement of the police and a subsequent conviction in court were significantly associated with the absence of alleged recovered memories concerning the childhood sexual abuse. The author concludes that the police, lawyers, judges and jurors appear reluctant to accept the testimony of accusers who claim recovered memories of sexual abuse and that such cases are less likely to reach court. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry Taylor & Francis

Members of the British false memory society: The legal consequences of the accusations for the families

The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry , Volume 8 (2): 9 – Sep 1, 1997
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Taylor & Francis
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0958-5184
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1469-9478
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10.1080/09585189708412016
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Abstract

Abstract In a previous study, 282 members of the British False Memory Society (BFMS) filled in a detailed questionnaire about the families involved in sexual accusations. In the present study the 37 cases where criminal proceedings were reported as having been instigated were followed up and a supplementary questionnaire was completed about the outcome of the cases. In 23 a defendant was charged by the police, 3 were subsequently discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service, 20 proceeded to court, and in 8 there was a conviction and a lengthy prison sentence. The involvement of the police and a subsequent conviction in court were significantly associated with the absence of alleged recovered memories concerning the childhood sexual abuse. The author concludes that the police, lawyers, judges and jurors appear reluctant to accept the testimony of accusers who claim recovered memories of sexual abuse and that such cases are less likely to reach court.

Journal

The Journal of Forensic PsychiatryTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 1997

Keywords: British False Memory Society; alleged recovered memories; childhood sexual abuse; legal consequences

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