We think our recollections are reliable,but research shows that all of us are susceptible to false memories. Kate Hilpern discovers what can happen when we rewrite the past.
Following sensational claims about a paedophile ring involving MPs, widely reported in the national press, Matthew Scott, a respected senior Barrister, has written a brilliant and illuminating essay which warns of the dangers of leaping to precipitous conclusions
“I’m going to tell you something that will change your lives forever.” The devastating impact of being falsely accused of child sexual abuse is readily apparent in this excellent article by journalist Frances Hardy, writing in the Daily Mail.
The Sun has published an important story in its Fabulous magazine on Satanic Ritual Abuse, false memory and bad therapy.
False memories are a normal part of everyday life and are not a symptom of mental ill-health or disease.
Jimmy Savile and Bryn Estyn – the Danger of Modern Witch Hunts Barrister Mark Barlow and Solicitor Advocate Mark Newby have written an impressive article on the Jimmy Savile scandal and the recent epidemic of historic abuse accusations.
Simon Heffer has written a scathing critique of the treatment of Lord Bramall, who has been under investigation over accusations of historic sexual abuse.
Dr Julia Shaw writes about false memories and how imagination can give credibility to them. It is possible not only to adopt false memories but even to ‘steal’ the memories of others and appropriate them to oneself.
Richard Littlejohn has written an extraordinary, excoriating article on the behaviour of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service in the Neil Fox case and the historic abuse cases of recent years.
An opinion poll by solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen has found a dramatic lack of faith by the general public in today’s legal system.