There is a raging debate regarding “recovered memories” of sexual abuse. This web site provides a great deal of introductory information. By reading Victims of Memory, you will be introduced to many aspects of human memory research, infantile amnesia, hypnosis, multiple personality disorder, ritual abuse, interviews with those on all sides, religious aspects of the debate, legal battles, and more.
Essentially, the debate boils down to the question of “massive repression.” Can human beings completely forget years of traumatic events, only to recall them later? Victims of Memory, by Mark Pendergrast, argues that the answer is “No.” But readers must make up their own minds, once they have read the entire book.