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“There’s no such thing as recovered memories.”

“"Dr. [Harrison] Pope stated that in his opinion, the phenomenon of repression and
subsequent memory recovery does not exist. Dr. Pope defined a
repressed memory as follows: "that you could have some sort of
traumatic experience and then be literally unable to remember it" and
that the memory becomes unavailable to consciousness as opposed to
simply forgetting it.” In the FMSF Newsletter. [1]


This site exists to refute this claim. We have very clear documented evidence – both case reports and scientific studies– that demonstrate how people can accurately recover memories. Recovered memories can be of singular events or repetitive actions, and either traumatic or non-traumatic nature.


[1] Rivers v. Father Flanagan's Boys Home and James E. Kelly, Doc. 1024 No. 743 (District Court of Douglas County Nebraska, 2005).
Cited in Legal Corner. (2006, January/February). FMS Foundation Newsletter. 15(1), 8.

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