Journal of Law and Health
childhood sexual abuse, sexual abuse, psychotherapy, false accusations, memory recovery
No issue in law and psychiatry has engendered such controversy as the current debate over whether experiences of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) are subject to repression for decades and eventually "recoverable" in therapy long after the event. One principal legal issue has been whether such "recovery" justifies the application of the "recent discovery" basis for tolling the statute of limitations, an issue which becomes significant when an adult psychotherapy patient sues her ostensible molester (often her father or other family member).
Joel J. Finer, Therapists' Liability to the Falsely Accused for Inducing Illusory Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Current Remedies and a Proposed Statute, 11 Journal of Law and Health 45 (1996 - 1997)