That recovered memory is the biggest single issue dividing the profession of psychiatry, places a particularly heavy burden on counsel, judge and jury. Opinions on the validity, or otherwise, of long-forgotten recovered memories need to be treated with considerable care.BFMS newsletter available for download (PDF) from:
To all involved, it is a seductive proposition that, while undergoing therapy, a witness is able to recall events that bring to book someone who has succeeded in escaping justice for many years.
It is doubly seductive because those who ‘remember’ do so with convincing detail and colour. The more bizarre the events recalled, the more likely it appears the judge and jury are to believe “this could not have been made up”.