False memory syndrome foundation – ulterior motive for creation?

Ralph Underwager, one of the founders of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, gave an interview in 1993 with the Dutch paedophile magazine, Paedika, in which he was reported as saying that paedophilia could be a responsible choice and that having sex with children could be seen as ‘part of God’s will’. The other co-founders of the FMSF were Pamela and Peter Freyd, whose adult daughter made accusations of childhood sexual abuse. The American media gave them almost unquestioning support until their daughter, psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd, felt obliged to speak out publicly, to stop the damage that she felt her parents and their organisation were doing to abuse survivors.

Other early promoters of false memory syndrome in the US were Paul and Shirley Erberle. In the 1970s, when child pornography laws were less rigid, they edited a magazine called Finger in which there were explicit illustrations of children involved in sexual acts with adults, with features entitled ‘Sexpot at Five’, ‘My First Rape, She Was Only Thirteen’ and ‘Toilet Training’. Another key figure is Felicity Goodyear-Smith, author of First Do No Harm (1993). Felicity Goodyear-Smith admits to a personal as well as professional involvement in the issue. Her husband and parents-in-law were imprisoned for sexual abuse offences, having been members of the New Zealand community, CentrePoint, that encouraged sexual intimacy amongst its members, including the children. Although the adults involved were prosecuted for these acts, including public sex with children, Goodyear-Smith claims that this was simply ‘childhood sexual experimentation’ and quotes studies that claim to show that adult-child sex can be harmless.

Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit

Do we see a pattern here in the backstories and activities of the founders and of the term over all? I do

5 Responses to “False memory syndrome foundation – ulterior motive for creation?”

  1. FMS info Says:

    Good article.

    Found these pages on the web and thought they may be of interest.

    False Memory Syndrome – Child Abuse Wiki

    http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=False_Memory_Syndrome

    False memory syndrome proponents have done the following to try and ensure that only their point of view is in the public view.

    http://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/false-memory-syndrome-proponents-tactics/

    Information on Ralph Underwager:

    http://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/ralph-underwager/

    Underwager:
    “Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. ”

    http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/NudistHallofShame/Underwager2.html

    “The foundation is an aggressive, well-financed p.r. machine adept at manipulating the press, harassing its critics, and mobilizing a diverse army…”

    http://web.archive.org/web/20071216011151/http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/year/97/4/memory.asp

  2. false memory information Says:

    Good article.

    Found these pages on the web and thought they may be of interest.

    False Memory Syndrome – Child Abuse Wiki

    http://childabusewiki.org/index.php?title=False_Memory_Syndrome

    False memory syndrome proponents have done the following to try and ensure that only their point of view is in the public view.

    http://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/false-memory-syndrome-proponents-tactics/

  3. false memory information Says:

    Information on Ralph Underwager:

    http://ritualabuse.us/research/memory-fms/ralph-underwager/

    Underwager:
    “Paedophiles can boldly and courageously affirm what they choose. They can say that what they want is to find the best way to love. ”

    http://www.nostatusquo.com/ACLU/NudistHallofShame/Underwager2.html

  4. false memory information Says:

    “The foundation is an aggressive, well-financed p.r. machine adept at manipulating the press, harassing its critics, and mobilizing a diverse army…”

    http://web.archive.org/web/20071216011151/http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/year/97/4/memory.asp

  5. crazylifes Says:

    Created by people who are more than likely involved in child abuse themselves.
    Makes me sick, and gets me so angry.
    They will pay in the after-life, that i know.


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