Memory Distortion and Learned Behavior
the affect of being interviewed
and time again about having been sexually abused? The additional information which seeps
repeated interviews can distort the memory, so that the child's
of the event is no longer a valid one. Once having muddied those
waters, the child's recollection can never return to normal.
Once the memory is distorted, the greatest expert in the country can't retrieve it. One has to expect that you're never going to find out the details surrounding the suspected abuse.
A second thing that begins to
is being questioned by adults is the child is learning to say the
that those adults are looking for . . . things which may have nothing
do with the truth.