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Is there corroborated and verifiable evidence of recovered memories?

The simple answer is YES, if you are willing to look for it.

The recovered memory archive lists 36 such cases. I have featured just one of the cases that can be viewed on their site.



Herald v. Hood (Summit County, Ohio, jury verdict, 1992; affirmed 1995). Julie Herald sued her uncle, Dennis Hood, alleging sexual abuse from age 3 (in 1962) through 15. The memory returned while Herald was watching her 4-year old daughter play with a friend. Herald presented a taped telephone conversation in which her uncle indicated that she "had been the only one." Two therapists also testified that at a meeting with Herald in their offices, he admitted sexually abusing her. She was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld the decision. (Reginald Fields, "Witness Says She Felt Confusion and Guilt; Memory of Sex Abuse Comes Back by Observing Daughter, Court is Told," Akron Beacon Journal, July 25, 1992: C1.)from the Recovered Memory Archive

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